SPHERICAL CAMERA AT THE EDGE OF SPACE: On Feb. 27th,
Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched a
space weather balloon to monitor increasing levels of cosmic rays in the
stratosphere. The payload carried something new: a spherical camera.
Visit Spaceweather.com to view the first interactive 3D images of the edge of space.
CHANCE OF STORMS:
NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of minor geomagnetic storms on
March 1st when a solar wind stream is expected to hit Earth's magnetic
field. Arctic sky watchers should be alert for auroras.
It was “one giant leap for mankind,”
but the next step forward may require going back. Yes, back to the
moon. Only this time the hardware may come from China. Or perhaps
Europe. In fact, it seems that the only developed nation not going lunar
is the U.S.
Find out why our pockmarked
satellite is such hot real estate, and whether it has the raw materials we’d
need to colonize it. A new theory of how the moon formed may tell us
what’s below its dusty surface.
But – before packing your bags –
you’ll want to skim Article IX of the U.N. treaty on planetary
protection. We can’t go contaminating any old planetary body, can
James Oberg - Former Space Shuttle Mission Control engineer and space policy
Only two of the following three
creations have had lasting scientific or cultural impact: The telescope …
the Sistine Chapel ceiling … the electric banana. Find out why one didn’t
make the cut as a game-changer, and why certain eras and places produce a
remarkable flowering of creativity (we’re looking at you, Athens).
Plus, Yogi Berra found it difficult
to make predictions, especially about the future, but we try anyway. A
technology expert says he’s identified the next Silicon Valley. Hint: its
focus is on genetic – not computer – code and its language in the lab is
We got the past and the future
covered. Where’s innovation now? We leave that to the biohackers
who are remaking the human body one sensory organ at a time. Are you
ready for eye-socket cameras and mind readers?
GEOMAGNETIC STORM IN PROGRESS: Earth is entering a
stream of high-speed solar wind, and this is causing G1-class
geomagnetic storms on Feb. 16th. This is not the CME we have been
waiting for since Valentine's Day. Instead, the solar wind is flowing
from a coronal hole on the sun Visit Spaceweather.com for photos and more information.
SPACE WEATHER BALLOON LAUNCH: To monitor the effect of
the ongoing storm on radiation levels in the atmosphere,
Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus will launch a
helium balloon carrying cosmic ray sensors. Stay tuned for pictures and
data from the flight, scheduled for liftoff just a few hours from now
You are not alone. You can’t
see ‘em, but your face is a festival of face mites. They’ve evolved
with us for millennia. And a new study finds that hundreds of different
tiny spiders, beetles, and – our favorite - book lice make your home
theirs. But before you go bonkers with the disinfectant, consider:
eradicating these critters may do more harm than good. Some are such
close evolutionary partners with humans that they keep us healthy and can even
reveal something about our ancestry.
But then there are bed bugs.
Pests without redemption. However, their newly-sequenced genome may help
us end their nightly nuisances. And of course some microscopic critters
are deadly. So when it comes to bugs: when do we accommodate and when do
In astronomy, the rule of thumb was
simple: If you can’t see it with a telescope, it’s not real. Seeing is
believing. Well, tell that to the astronomers who discovered dark energy,
or dark matter … or, more recently, Planet 9. And yet we have
evidence that all these things exist (although skepticism about the ninth – or
is it tenth? – planet still lingers).
Find out how we know what we know
about the latest cosmic discoveries – even if we can’t see them directly.
The astronomer who found Planet 9 – and killed Pluto – offers his
And, a speculative scenario suggests
that dark matter helped do away with the dinosaurs.
Plus, the winner of the 2015 Nobel
Prize in Physics explains why neutrinos that are zipping through your body
right now may hold clues to the origin of the universe.