Category: World

The Cassini spacecraft dove between Saturn and its rings: Here are the photos to prove it

Cassini shot the gap and lived to tell the tale. The Saturn-exploring spacecraft managed to successfully fly through the 1,500 mile gap between Saturn and its rings and survive seemingly unscathed. New photos beamed home after it completed that daredevil maneuver show the planet's atmosphere from a closer distance than ever before. At its nearest point, Cassini flew about 1,900 miles above  Saturn's clouds, which are mainly comprised of hydrogen and helium.  SEE ALSO: Cassini's stellar Saturn maneuvers get the adorable celebration they deserve While the unprocessed images still look pretty rough, they show details of Saturn's atmosphere that aren't usually on display.  Read more...More about Saturn Rings, Space Exploration, Cassini, Saturn, and Saturn Photos

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How self-healing concrete could redefine the construction industry

Bio-concrete is dead concrete infused with bacteria that awaken when cracks appear. Then, they produce limestone that fills the cracks in a matter of weeks. The concrete lasts for 200 years and self-activates if damage occurs. Read more...More about Construction, Self Healing, Concrete, Real Time, and Real Time Video

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China is weighing dust on streets to determine if the cleaners did a good enough job

Road cleaners in China are being measured by a new and unusual method.  City inspectors have started weighing dirt found on the street, in order to determine how good a job the cleaners are doing. SEE ALSO: This city installed subway gates on the sidewalk to stop people jaywalking The exercise started on Wednesday in Xi'an, the capital of the Shaanxi province. Inspectors draw out a random square meter on the street, and sweep up the dust within, placing it on a weighing scale. Image: people's daily Image: weiboStreets which exceed 5 grams of dust per square meter will count as a strike against its cleaner. Three strikes gets the cleaner fired, and their supervisors will face disciplinary action too, reported the state-run People's Daily. Read more...More about Cities, China, and World

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This view finally makes me want to risk my life to fly to space

I know that this is a weird thing for a space reporter to admit publicly, but here's the truth: I've never had any desire to travel to space.  Let's just say that I've seen one too many rockets explode to make me comfortable with flying up to space. SEE ALSO: Please leave me alone while I stare at this photo of Jupiter But I have to say, photos like this one, of an uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft approaching the International Space Station on April 22, make me rethink my hard-line stance against space travel.  It's not that this picture is so much more fantastic than other photos taken from space. It's that this image is so ordinary. Read more...More about International Space Station, Human Spaceflight, Space Photos, Space Exploration, and Space Travel

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Here’s why these mushrooms glow in the dark

Dozens of glow-in-the-dark mushroom species grow around the world. But details on what makes them shine so bright have long been dim. In a new study, scientists say they can finally explain what makes bioluminescent mushrooms glow. They describe a process of "enzyme promiscuity" that leads to changes in the intensity and colors of mushrooms' light emissions. SEE ALSO: This frog's slime can destroy flu viruses The researchers, who hail from Russia, Brazil, and Japan, published their findings Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. Bioluminescence exists in a wide range of organisms, including deep sea fish, fireflies, and glowworms. In March, another group of scientists found the first solid evidence of fluorescence in amphibians, courtesy of the South American tree frog.  Read more...More about Chemistry, Shrooms, Vietnam, Russia, and Brazil

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NASA’s new space fabric looks like chain mail and can protect astronauts

Raul Polit Casillas at NASA's JPL created a 3D-printed "space fabric" that's flexible, easy to create, and a thermal regulator. Read more...More about Insulation, Thermal, 3d Printed, 3d Printer, and 3d Printing

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Sobering visualizations reveal how sea level rise could transform cities in your lifetime

Until recently, it seemed that we would be able to manage global warming-induced sea level rise through the end of the century. It would be problematic, of course, but manageable, particularly in industrialized nations like the U.S. However, troubling indications from the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets show that melting is taking place faster than previously thought and that entire glaciers — if not portions of the ice sheets themselves — are destabilizing. This has scientists increasingly worried that the consensus sea level rise estimates are too conservative. With sea level rise, as with other climate impacts, the uncertainties tend to skew toward the more severe end of the scale. So, it's time to consider some worst-case scenarios. Read more...More about Climate Central, Greenland, Antarctica, Extreme Sea Level Rise, and Science

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Stop what your doing and put this time-lapse of the Milky Way on fullscreen

Just turn your video to full HD, go fullscreen, and set the gearshift of your soul to high for the best experience possible. Airline pilot Sales Wick captured a stunning scene of the MilkyWay during one of his overnight trans-Atlantic flights from Europe to Brazil, and we. can't. look. away. SEE ALSO: Astronomers built an 'Earth-sized' telescope to peer into black holes And be sure to keep your eyes peeled for quick streaks that cross the frame, part of the Perseid meteor shower, according to Wick.  [via Gizmodo] Read more... More about Time Lapse, Milky Way, Science, World, and Space

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This gripping app lets you ‘walk a mile’ in a 16-year-old refugee girl’s shoes

Smartphones have become lifelines for refugees around the world. Now, a powerful new app will show you how crucial the technology is by taking over your phone's operating system and transforming it into the phone of a 16-year-old refugee girl. "Finding Home," which was launched on Tuesday by the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and advertising firm Grey Malaysia, puts you in the shoes of Rohingya teenager Kathijah as she flees persecution in Myanmar and tries to make a new life in Malaysia.  SEE ALSO: These new educational apps will help Syrian refugee kids learn and play Kathijah, or "Kat" to friends and family, is fictional. But what you see in the app are very real struggles for Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic minority that has faced discrimination and persecution in Myanmar for years. The app's goal is to spread awareness, create empathy, and galvanize action around the global refugee crisis overall. Read more...More about Tech, Apps, United Nations, Rohingya, and Refugee Crisis

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These shades will have you looking like the life of the party

The 'RGB Shades' are meant for those that want to stand out and also want to learn about programming.  While they come with preset designs, you can program it yourself to suit your unique personality.  Read more...More about Rgb Shades, Life Of The Party, Fun, Party, and Learning

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