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[Science] Millions of ‘Cannibal Ants’ Found Trapped in a Forgotten Soviet-Bunker

The following article, Millions of ‘Cannibal Ants’ Found Trapped in a Forgotten Soviet-Bunker, was first published on Godfather Politics.

Scientists have discovered a million ants trapped in a Soviet-era bunker in Poland that only survived by cannibalizing their dead nestmates.

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Published:11/7/2019 7:16:30 AM
[Science] [VIDEO] Prager U’s Evolution: Bacteria to Beethoven

Prager U’s latest video boldly examines whether Darwin’s theory of evolution answers all the questions about how we got here. Pardon the non-blogging today. I had a low-level migraine that left me rather inert. I did, however, watch the newest Prager U video, which I’ve embedded below. I was weened on Evolution so, naturally enough, […]

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Published:10/21/2019 11:08:16 PM
[Science] Feast your eyes on the first interstellar comet ever directly observed The solar system has another interstellar visitor, but there's no question of this one being an alien spacecraft. It's a true comet and the first we've ever confirmed comes from interstellar space, and the Hubble Space Telescope captured some amazing imagery of it. Good thing, too — because it's never coming back. Published:10/16/2019 5:07:15 PM
[Science] NASA shares 3D Moon data for CG artists and creators If you want to set your movie or game on the Moon, it's not hard to find imagery of our photogenic satellite. But NASA has just released a useful and beautiful new set of data just for creators that includes not just imagery but depth data, making it simple to build an incredibly detailed 3D map of the Moon. Published:10/5/2019 6:05:43 PM
[Science] Elon Musk says Starship should reach orbit within six months – and could even fly with a crew next year SpaceX CEO Elon Musk delivered an update about Starship, the company’s nest generation spacecraft, which is being designed for full, “rapid reusability.” Musk discussed the technology behind the design of Starship, which has evolved somewhat through testing and development after its original introduction in 2017. Among the updates detailed, Musk articulated how Starship will be […] Published:9/29/2019 12:51:21 AM
[Science] Why Maxar CTO Walter Scott thinks now is the time to address the orbital traffic boom The number of objects in orbit around Earth has been growing, and growing fast. Before 1957, of course, there were a total of zero human-made objects in the orbital region of outer space just beyond Earth’s atmosphere. There were 4,987 satellites orbiting the globe at the start of this year, according to the U.N. Office […] Published:9/27/2019 11:12:12 AM
[Science] NASA orders up to a dozen Orion spacecraft from Lockheed Martin for Moon missions NASA has placed an order for a minimum of six, and as many as 12 Orion spacecraft from Lockheed Martin. The Orion is a spacecraft that Lockheed Martin designed and built specifically for the purpose of flying crewed missions to space, and the first Orion recently completed construction ahead of testing and preparation for its […] Published:9/24/2019 7:59:55 AM
[Science] Watch Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency launch supplies to the International Space Station live The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch a cargo of experiments, supplies and small satellite payloads to the International Space Station today at 12:05 PM EDT (1:05 AM JST / 9:05 AM PDT). The payload will be delivered via a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIB rocket, packed in an H-II Transport Vehicle (HTV) unpiloted […] Published:9/24/2019 7:24:16 AM
[Science] Scientists Accidentally Create ‘Super Mosquitoes’ That Can’t Be Killed

The following article, Scientists Accidentally Create ‘Super Mosquitoes’ That Can’t Be Killed, was first published on Godfather Politics.

A strain of man-made genetically modified mosquitoes made to kill bug populations has accidentally done the opposite.

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Published:9/18/2019 11:19:14 AM
[Science] SpaceX’s orbital Starship prototype construction progress detailed in new photos SpaceX is making progress assembling its Starship orbital spacecraft prototype, as seen in new photos shared by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk . This full-scale testing version of the Starship will take over for the StarHopper, which was a scaled down version used to test the Raptor engine initially with low-altitude ‘hop’ flights. The Starship Mk […] Published:9/17/2019 9:11:54 AM
[Science] Scientists propose ‘Spaceline’ elevator to the Moon Fans of sci-fi and fringe tech may already be familiar with the idea of the "space elevator," which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like — and totally impossible with today's technology. But a pair of scientists think they've found an alternative: a Moon elevator. And it's slightly less insane... technically. Published:9/12/2019 6:13:41 PM
[Science] SpaceX ‘getting ready’ to fly orbital Starship design with new FCC filing SpaceX is taking the steps necessary to begin test flying the orbital-class version of its Starship spacecraft, with new documents filed by the company (via Teslarati) with the FCC seeking necessary permissions for it to communicate with the prototype while it’s in flight. The company filed documents with the U.S. regulatory agency this week in […] Published:9/10/2019 9:38:29 PM
[Science] Watch JAXA’s HTV-8 mission launch aboard a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIB rocket live   Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’s Launch Services division is all set to send a crucial cargo payload to the International Space Station from JAXA today. The launch is scheduled for 6:33 AM Japan Standard Time (5:33 PM ET/2:33 PM PT), and will take off from Tanegashima Island, at JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center. The rocket used for […] Published:9/10/2019 11:27:37 AM
[Science] SpaceX’s Dragon completes record-setting third Space Station resupply mission A SpaceX Dragon capsule that set down in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday after having been docked at the International Space Station since late July became the first such vehicle to do three of those trips. SpaceX uses its Dragon cargo capsule to ferry experiment materials, supplies and more to and from the ISS, and […] Published:8/28/2019 11:06:55 AM
[Science] SpaceX Starhopper ‘hops’ to around 500 feet and flies for just under a minute in new test flight SpaceX has completed a second low-altitude test flight of its ‘Starhopper’ demonstration prototype, which is being used to test technologies that will be used to build the full-scale next-generation SpaceX ‘Starship’ spacecraft. This test involved ‘hopping’ the Starhopper (hence the name, get it?) to a height of around 150m (or a little under 500 feet), […] Published:8/27/2019 5:33:41 PM
[Science] Second docking adapter for commercial crew vehicles installed on International Space Station The International Space Station is now more than ready for crew-carrying spacecraft flown by commercial companies to pay it a visit: The second planned International Dock Adapter (IDA) was installed on the Space Station during a spacewalk by NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan earlier today. The dock adapter, actually IDA-3 since the first […] Published:8/21/2019 2:25:04 PM
[Science] Watch live as NASA astronauts spacewalk to install a new automated docking ring on the ISS NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan are setting out today to perform the installation of a new International Docking Adapter (IDA) on the International Space Station that will provide another way for futuer crew craft flown by commercial providers to bring astronauts to the orbital research platform. This is the second IDA to be […] Published:8/21/2019 6:52:41 AM
[Science] MIT develops a sensor that can work underwater without a battery and send back data MIT researchers have created a new underwater sensor and communication system that doesn’t require batteries, and barely uses any power at all. This could help set up an underwater ‘internet of things’ according to MIT, which would allow for real-time sea temperature and marine life monitoring, without requiring regular equipment and power swaps to make […] Published:8/20/2019 10:48:04 AM
[Science] NASA and SpaceX practice Crew Dragon evacuation procedure with astronaut recovery vessel NASA and SpaceX continue their joint preparations for the eventually astronaut crew missions that SpaceX will fly for the agency, with a test of the emergency evacuation procedure for SpaceX’s GO Searcher seaborne ship. The ship is intended to be used to recover spacecraft and astronauts in an actual mission scenario, and the rehearsals this […] Published:8/17/2019 12:33:02 PM
[Science] Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will go reusable, with the company aiming for mid-air helicopter recovery Private rocket launch startup and SpaceX competitor Rocket Lab made a big announcement today: It’ll be looking to re-use the first stage of its Electron rockets, returning them to Earth with a controlled landing after they make their initial trip to orbit with the payload on board. The landing sequence will be different from SpaceX’s […] Published:8/6/2019 5:29:27 PM
[Science] SpaceX details launch and landing plans for Starship and Super Heavy in new document SpaceX has prepared a draft environmental assessment around its plans for the new Starship and Super Heavy spacecraft launches it intends to begin, in a test capacity, very soon. Preparing and finalizing this environmental assessment is a key ingredient in actually launching both Super Heavy, the first stage for SpaceX’s forthcoming fully reusable, high-capacity launch […] Published:8/2/2019 8:31:23 AM
[Science] The galaxy is not flat, researchers show in new 3D model of the Milky Way Six years of tracking a special class of star have yielded a new and improved 3D model of our galaxy, based on direct observation rather than theoretical frameworks. And although no one ever really though the Milky Way was flat flat, the curves at its edges have now been characterized in better detail than ever before. Published:8/1/2019 6:28:51 PM
[Science] NASA calls for more companies to join its commercial lunar lander program NASA has opened up a call for companies to join the ranks of its nine existing Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) providers, a group it chose in November after a similar solicitation for proposals. With the CLPS program, NASA is buying space aboard future commercial lunar landers to deliver its future research, science and demonstration […] Published:7/30/2019 5:45:38 PM
[Science] SpaceX succeeds with first untethered StarHopper low altitude ‘hop’ test SpaceX is racking up wins this week, after a successful second launch attempt for its CRS-18 mission earlier this evening, and now with a first short-hop free flight for its StarHopper prototype spacecraft on Thursday night, again on its second try after a scrub earlier this week. This test involved flying StarHopper to the relatively modest […] Published:7/26/2019 6:53:22 AM
[Science] Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 delivers amazing images of its deployed solar sail We got word yesterday that the crowdfunded LightSail 2 spacecraft had successfully deployed its mylar solar sail, a large sheet of reflective material that will harness the minute power of photos bouncing off its surface to make an energy-efficient traversal through space. But that was based on data transmitted by the spacecraft, and now we […] Published:7/25/2019 8:17:59 AM
[Science] SpaceX untethered StarHopper ‘hop’ test flight aborted after engines briefly flare SpaceX encountered a snag in an attempted test key to the development of its next-generation Starship spacecraft. Specifically, the StarHopper sub scale demonstration and testing craft it’s using to work on the Starthip’s propulsion system fails to undertake its first untethered test flight at a testing site in Boca Chica Beach in Texas, The plan […] Published:7/24/2019 7:57:36 PM
[Science] Team TUM wins SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition with record 288 mph top speed SpaceX hosted its fourth annual SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition finals on Sunday at the test tube it built outside its Hawthorne HQ. We were on site for the competition, and watched as Team TUM, from the Technical University of Munich, took home the win thanks to achieving the top speed overall of any team to […] Published:7/21/2019 9:40:34 PM
[Science] NASA’s Orion crew capsule is officially complete and ready to prep for its first Moon mission NASA’s 50th anniversary celebrations weren’t limited to just remembrances of past achievements – the space agency also marked the day by confirming that the Orion crew capsule that will bring astronauts back to the Moon for the first time since the end of the Apollo program is ready for its first trip to lunar orbit, […] Published:7/20/2019 6:34:54 PM
[Science] Elon Musk says Starship prototypes will have first test flights in ‘2 to 3 months’ SpaceX CEO Elon Musk believes that both the Texas and Florida Starship prototype rockets being developed by the private space company will fly “in 2 to three months,” which is an aggressive timeline considering the planned untethered flight of its Starhopper demonstration prototype missed its target of running this past week. SpaceX is developing two […] Published:7/20/2019 4:36:55 PM
[Science] Hold the first Moon rock ever collected with your smartphone NASA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in a variety of ways today, but here’s one you can experience no matter where you are, provided you have a modern smartphone. NASA’s Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) department has released a fully detailed model of the first ever sample of […] Published:7/20/2019 2:32:18 PM
[Science] Moon bricks could keep the lights on and the heat up in Lunar colonies There may be no "dark side" of the Moon, but when and where it is dark, it's dark — and stays that way for two weeks. If we're going to have colonists up there, they'll need to stay warm and keep the lights (among other things) on for the long lunar night. Turns out bricks made of Moon dust could be part of the solution. Published:7/19/2019 5:58:19 PM
[Science] Virgin Orbit signs agreement to launch small satellites for the UK’s Royal Air Force Virgin Orbit, the small satellite launch company backed by billionaire Richard Branson, has signed an initial agreement to develop small satellite launch capabilities for the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF). The deal, which is part of the RAF’s Artemis project, will see Virgin Orbit aim to launch hardware provided by Guildford, UK-based Surrey Satellites in […] Published:7/19/2019 9:01:22 AM
[Science] ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon lander mission launch reset for July 22 The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) was all set to launch its Chandrayaan-2 mission to deliver a rover to the Moon’s South Pole last week, but a “technical snag” observed during the last hour of launch prep put a hold on those plans. Now, ISRO has officially set a new date for the launch: Monday, […] Published:7/18/2019 8:19:43 AM
[Science] Watch 5,000 rockets attempt a world record simultaneous launch to celebrate Apollo 11 50 years ago today, at 9:32 AM ET, Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a Saturn V rocket. At 9:32 AM ET this morning in 2019, you can watch as the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL attempts a record of its own. The Space & Rocket Center […] Published:7/16/2019 8:07:46 AM
[Science] SpaceX targets Tuesday for Starhopper demo rocket hover test SpaceX is preparing for a key test in development of its next-generation Starship spacecraft, with a target of performing a ‘hover’ demo of its ‘Starhopper’ prototype rocket on Tuesday next week. The test will be the first time the rocket attempts liftoff with the new Raptor engine SpaceX is designing to succeed the Merlins used […] Published:7/12/2019 7:43:11 AM
[Science] Hayabusa2 lands on an asteroid and sends back amazing pictures to prove it Japan's Hayabusa2 mission to the asteroid Ryugu is an ambitious one to begin with, and the team recently made the decision to up the stakes with a second touchdown on the space rock's surface. Not only did all go as planned, but we now have the best shots of an asteroid's surface ever to be sent back to Earth. Published:7/11/2019 8:41:21 PM
[Science] Virgin Orbit performs a successful drop test of its LauncherOne rocket launch system Richard Branson-backed space startup Virgin Orbit has completed a key step along its path to launching satellites for commercial customers. The company held a successful “drop test” of its LauncherOne rocket, in which the crucial piece of its launch system was released in a free fall from its Boeing 747-based launch aircraft (nicknamed “Cosmic Girl”). […] Published:7/10/2019 5:01:14 PM
[Science] Small fire breaks out and is extinguished at SpaceX’s Florida Starship facility A small fire broke out Monday at SpaceX’s Florida facility focused on development of Starship, the company’s next generation rocket. The facility is one of two SpaceX development centres for Starship, which is intended to be a new, entirely reusable spacecraft that will help the company move closer to its goal of reaching Mars. “This […] Published:7/8/2019 1:06:24 PM
[Science] Elon Musk teases possible late July Starship presentation following engine test Elon Musk was fielding a number of questions from fans on Twitter on Sunday, and revealed that the current target for a full presentation of Starship, SpaceX’s next-generation reusable rocket and a key piece of the company’s plan to reach Mars, could come as soon as “late July.” The SpaceX CEO also noted that the […] Published:7/8/2019 8:36:27 AM
[Science] Watch SpaceX catch a rocket fairing on a ship at sea after it returns from space SpaceX managed another first for its reusable rocketry efforts during its most recent launch when it caught part of the fairing in a giant net mounted on a boat named ‘Ms. Tree.’ The nosecone component, used to protect the Falcon Heavy’s cargo during its June 25 launch, typically is either lost or falls into the […] Published:7/4/2019 7:47:26 AM
[Science] Crowdfunded solar sail spacecraft moves closer to flying on light alone The Planetary Society’s crowdfunded LightSail 2 spacecraft reported back some good news today: It’s officially orbiting on its own after being delivered to space via rocket ride share about SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy last week. LightSail 2 “phoned home” today in the wee hours of the morning, a good sign that it’s well set up to […] Published:7/2/2019 12:35:24 PM
[Science] Loon breaks its stratospheric balloon flight record with 223 days aloft Alphabet’s Loon is gearing up for its first big commercial trial later this year, but it’s also breaking records in terms of pure performance. The company announced today that it just retrieved P-496, one of its balloon flight systems that earned the notable distinction of breaking the record for longest time spent continuously in the […] Published:7/2/2019 9:06:39 AM
[Science] NASA performs successful test of Orion spacecraft launch abort crew escape system NASA has completed a key test in preparing for its planned crewed space mission to return to the Moon, successfully testing the Launch Abort System (LAS for short) for its Orion spacecraft. This is the first full stress test of the LAS, which involved launching both an Orion test craft and the full LAS system […] Published:7/2/2019 6:59:02 AM
[Science] Watch SpaceX’s spectacular first Falcon Heavy night launch live SpaceX is going to launch a Falcon Heavy rocket for only the third time ever tonight, should all go according to the current mission plan. The launch, set to take place during a four-hour launch window that opens at 11:30 PM EDT (8:30 PM PDT) tonight, will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at Florida’s […] Published:6/24/2019 10:45:38 AM
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