NASA selects partners to develop new spacesuits for return to the moon

The suits will also be worn by crew members living and working on the International Space Station. The orbiting laboratory is not just a testing ground for space exploration, but new technology as well. The contracts were awarded by NASA as part of its strategy of growing commercial partnerships. Both companies have been selected to … Read more

World’s largest plant discovered in Australia

The sprawling seagrass, a marine flowering plant known as Posidonia australis, stretches for more than 112 miles (180 kilometers) in Shark Bay, a wilderness area protected as a World Heritage site, said Elizabeth Sinclair, a senior research fellow at the School of Biological Sciences and Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia. That’s about … Read more

Monkeypox is not Covid. Here’s why

A new virus outbreak is detected. It starts spreading around the globe, case by case, country by country. Health authorities launch into action, tracking infections and issuing guidance. “This is not Covid,” Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, a veterinarian and deputy director of the CDC’s Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, said in a statement last … Read more

Hubble spies the heart of a grand design spiral galaxy

The Hubble Space Telescope captured a spectacular head-on view of the grand design spiral galaxy NGC 3631, located about 53 million light-years away. This collection of 37 images from the Hubble Space Telescope, taken between 2003 and 2021, includes galaxies that are all hosts to both Cepheid variables and supernovae. They serve as cosmic tools … Read more

Great white sharks may have doomed megalodon

However, the two shark species, which once coexisted, likely hunted some of the same prey. This competition could potentially have been one reason why the 65-foot-long (20-meter-long) megalodon went extinct, a new study has suggested. To arrive at this finding, the researchers involved in the study used a new technique. They analyzed dietary signatures contained … Read more

Telescopes reveal why Neptune is more blue than Uranus

New space and ground-based telescope observations have revealed what’s behind this difference in tone. The most distant planets from the sun in our solar system, Neptune and Uranus have similar sizes, masses and atmospheric conditions. Looking at the the two planets side by side, which was made possible after NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by … Read more

Tau Herculids meteor shower may light up night sky over North America

Night sky watchers in North America have the best chance of seeing the tau Herculid shower, with NASA recommended around 1 am on the East Coast or 10 pm on the West Coast as the best times to look up. The moon is new, so there will be no moonlight to obscure the meteors. However, … Read more