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Historically, tornadoes have been thought to originate in the clouds, reaching turbulent fingers down to Earth. But now a team of climatologists has demonstrated that this ‘top-down’ model of tornadogenesis might actually be wrong. Yep. Tornadoes, their research has found, form from the ground up. Tornadoes can form surprisingly quickly, in just a couple minutes.
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This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. The U.S. Air Force’s first GPS 3 satellite was encapsulated within a SpaceX payload fairing at Astrotech Space Operations on Dec. 7 in preparation
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The Parker Solar Probe will be the first-ever mission to “touch” the Sun, traveling directly into the Sun’s atmosphere about 4 million miles from the surface. Read the story: https://go.nasa.gov/2KEExYZ NASA launch schedule: https://go.nasa.gov/2JfklMB The Sun contains 99.8 of the mass in our solar system. Its gravitational pull is what keeps everything here, from tiny
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#HowItsMade Mondays 9/8c on Science 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time. Chocolate syrup is the world’s most popular ice cream topping. Full episodes streaming FREE on Science GO! https://www.sciencechannelgo.com/how-its-made/ More How It’s Made: http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Check out SCI2 for infinitely awesome science videos. Every
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WASHINGTON — A Rocket Lab Electron rocket successfully launched a group of cubesats Dec. 16 on a mission funded by NASA as the company looks ahead to more frequent launches in the next year. The Electron rocket lifted off from the company’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 1:33 a.m. Eastern. The
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You child’s digital footprint can begin before birth.Getty Now that 6.8 million more people have just had their (private!) Facebook photos exposed, now seems like a good time to talk about online privacy, especially when it comes to what people post about their children. Parents are already some of the biggest violators of their kids’ privacy, leaving
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There were 13 small satellites on boardRocket Lab Rocket Lab has successfully launched its fourth rocket, and it was an important one – the company’s first ever mission for NASA. Their two-stage Electron rocket lifted off from the company’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula today, December 16 at 7.33pm local time (1.33am
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#MythBusters | Wednesdays at 9/8c Full Episodes Streaming FREE on Science GO: https://www.sciencechannelgo.com/mythbusters-on-science/ Adam and Jamie get into character and figure out whether the buoyancy of a wooden board would allow for both Jack and Rose to survive the frigid North Atlantic in “Titanic.” More MythBusters! http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel Twitter:
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Get a behind the scenes look a the tension, anticipation and exhilaration experienced by scientists and engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. during the Curiosity rover’s harrowing descent through the Martian atmosphere — known as “Seven Minutes of Terror.” News of Curiosity’s safe touchdown following the 13-thousand-to-zero-mile-an-hour descent to the Red Planet’s
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Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin directed Fred Kennedy, director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, to lead a study team and come up with recommendations for the “implementation of the Space Development Agency.” WASHINGTON — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — an organization known for its unconventional approach to solving military
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Any distant gravitational source can emit gravitational waves and send out a signal that deforms the fabric of space, which manifests as gravitational attraction. But this deformation only travels at the speed of light; distant objects must wait a long time before feeling that force.European Gravitational Observatory, Lionel BRET/EUROLIOS When you travel through the Universe,
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An initiative called Breakthrough Starshot wants to explore another star system using ultra-powerful laser beams and wafer-thin spaceships. It’s a goal that sounds so fantastic, you’d be forgiven for dismissing it as science fiction. But it’s no joke, and the project’s chief engineer says millions of dollars’ worth of work is moving along without any
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Shark populations off the east coast of Australia have been declining over the past 55 years with little sign of recovery, according to research published in the journal Communications Biology. Coastal shark numbers are continuing a 50-year decline, contradicting popular theories of exploding shark populations, according to an analysis of Queensland Shark Control Program data.
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WASHINGTON — The NASA Advisory Council has recommended that NASA review its existing planetary protection guidelines to balance the needs of science and exploration, an effort that could set the stage for a similar revision at the international level. The council, during a two-day meeting at NASA Headquarters Dec. 10–11, adopted a recommendation calling on
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Starting with detailed drawings and computer renderings, casts of toy figurines are either 3D printed or hand-carved from wax. The casts then turn out hundreds of textured parts that are assembled and painted. | http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/ Catch HOW IT’S MADE Thursdays at 9/8c on Science! Watch full episodes: http://bit.ly/HowItsMadeFullEpisodes Subscribe to Science Channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sciencechannel Check out
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What will disqualify me from being an organ donor? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Zoe-Anne Barcellos, Medicolegal Death Investigator, on Quora: There are several things that can disqualify you from being an organ donor. There are
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SAN FRANCISCO — Business Finland, a Finnish trade and economic development agency, awarded a 10 million Euro ($11.36 million) grant to radar satellite operator ICEYE. The grant, announced Dec. 14, will help ICEYE “maintain the very tight launch schedule ahead,” Rafal Modrzewski, ICEYE chief executive and co-founder, said by email. ICEYE launched the first SAR
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Two fire technicians have died after a generator incident occurred at one of the largest stations in Antarctica. According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), on 12 December, the two technicians were performing routine maintenance on a generator building’s fire suppression system. The generator powers a radio transmitter nearby the station. Unfortunately, the maintenance did not
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