Science

Male dolphins form lifelong bonds that help them find mates, research finds

Dolphins form decade-long social bonds, and cooperate among and between cliques, to help one another find mates and fight off competitors, new research has found – behaviour not previously confirmed among animals. “These dolphins have long-term stable alliances, and they have intergroup alliances. Alliances of alliances of alliances, really,” said Dr Richard Connor, a behavioural …

Male dolphins form lifelong bonds that help them find mates, research finds Read More »

NASA postpones debut Artemis test flight of new moon rocket after engine snag

NASA postpones debut Artemis test flight of new moon rocket after engine snag

Florida blast-off had been targeted for Monday Artemis program seeks to return humans to moon, perhaps by 2025 Program is successor to Apollo moon missions 50 years ago CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug 29 (Reuters) – An engine-cooling problem forced NASA on Monday to postpone for at least four days the debut test launch of the …

NASA postpones debut Artemis test flight of new moon rocket after engine snag Read More »

Greenland ice sheet set to raise sea levels by nearly a foot, study finds

Greenland ice sheet set to raise sea levels by nearly a foot, study finds

Comment on this story Comment Human-driven climate change has set in motion massive ice losses in Greenland that couldn’t be halted even if the world stopped emitting greenhouse gases today, according to a new study published Monday. The findings in Nature Climate Change project that it is now inevitable that 3.3 percent of the Greenland …

Greenland ice sheet set to raise sea levels by nearly a foot, study finds Read More »

Professor Jason Box takes samples as he stands on exposed ice below the snow line of the Greenland Ice Sheet in West Greenland during the melt season. Box is with the glaciology and climate department at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.

Melting Greenland ice sheet will raise seas by nearly a foot

Even if the entire world stopped burning fossil fuels today, a new study finds the Greenland ice sheet would still lose enough ice to add nearly a foot to rising sea levels. Melting over the past century has altered the ice sheet’s equilibrium, according to the study led by two glaciologists at the National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. For …

Melting Greenland ice sheet will raise seas by nearly a foot Read More »

Launch of NASA's Artemis 1 test flight postponed after issues arise

Launch of NASA’s Artemis 1 test flight postponed after issues arise

After months of tests, troubleshooting and repairs, engineers fueled the Space Launch System moon rocket for blastoff Monday on NASA’s long-overdue Artemis 1 test flight — a mission to send an unpiloted Orion crew capsule on a 42-day mission beyond the moon and back. But after working through a weather delay and a brief indication …

Launch of NASA’s Artemis 1 test flight postponed after issues arise Read More »

An illustration of lystrosaurs with short-tailed, lizard-like bodies, tusks, and beaks. The Triassic animals are standing near a waterway in front of some mountains and ominous clouds.

Mummified, spread-eagled Triassic ‘shovel lizards’ look like roadkill and likely died in a drought

About 251 million years ago, groups of pig-size herbivores with tusks and beaks huddled together, died, shriveled up and then fossilized looking like squashed roadkill, with impressions of their pebbly skin still present in the rocks around them.  These strange layers of fossils suggest that recurring drought was a big problem for the animals, which …

Mummified, spread-eagled Triassic ‘shovel lizards’ look like roadkill and likely died in a drought Read More »

colorful swirl

Dark energy remains a mystery as Einstein’s theory of gravity passes another test

Scientists are still coming up empty in the hunt for flaws in Einstein’s theory of general relativity that could explain the mysterious force driving the accelerating expansion of the universe.  The researchers studied 100 million galaxies looking for signs that the strength of gravity has varied throughout the universe’s history or over vast cosmic distances. …

Dark energy remains a mystery as Einstein’s theory of gravity passes another test Read More »