by Bryan Nelson, Mother Nature Network
The Big Bang wasn’t the start of time, it was just a transition.
One of the most baffling aspects of the Big Bang theory is figuring out how to explain what happened “before” time and space began. The language itself is awkward. How does it make sense to even refer to a time “before” time itself existed?
Continue reading Time actually existed before the Big Bang, according to new theory
by Saqib Shah, engadget
The amount of Japanese students with less than 20/20 vision is at at its peak.
The eyesight of Japan’s students is deteriorating and the country’s government thinks smartphones are to blame. A recent survey conducted by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology found that the number of students with vision below the standard 1.0 score (equivalent to 20/20 vision) is at an all-time high of 25.3 percent. Worse still, just over 67 percent of high school students and more than 34 percent of elementary students didn’t meet the bar. The government is attributing the trend to “increased time spent staring at [smartphone] screens…and mobile games.”
Continue reading Japan thinks smartphones are destroying students’ eyesight
Samsung and Huawei, the world’s two biggest sellers of Android phones, are preparing to switch their lineups to the latest version of Google’s mobile phone operating system. Android 9.0 (aka Android Pie) will be available first on the Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20 Pro, and thereafter on other models.
Continue reading Samsung and Huawei ready for Android Pie rollout
by Marlene Cimons, NexusMedia
Carbon-fixing materials — substances powered by the sun that use atmospheric carbon dioxide to grow and repair themselves, just as plants do — don’t yet exist outside the lab. But scientists are getting tantalizingly close to making them a commercial reality.
Continue reading Imagine a Phone That Regrows Its Screen
by Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post
Scientists studying a mysterious event over Siberia in 1908 call for a special observation campaign next summer.
On June 30, 1908, an object the size of an apartment building came hurtling out of the sky and exploded in the atmosphere above Siberia. The Tunguska event, named for a river, flattened trees for 800 square miles. It occurred in one of the least-populated places in Asia, and no one was killed or injured. But the Tunguska airburst stands as the most powerful impact event in recorded human history, and it remains enigmatic, as scientists don’t know the origin of the object or whether it was an asteroid or a comet.
Continue reading Incoming! A June meteor swarm could be loaded with surprises
by Associated Press and Cheyenne MacDonald for Daily Mail
A Russian cosmonaut who explored a mysterious hole in a capsule docked to the International Space Station has revealed that the opening was drilled from inside the spacecraft.
Continue reading Russian cosmonaut confirms mysterious hole in the International Space Station was drilled from INSIDE – but investigators still don’t know how it got there
by Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press
EarthSky Communications Inc., a Texas-based science website, says the Jan. 21 event is also expected to be a supermoon, or a “new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.”
Continue reading How to watch the super blood wolf moon eclipse in January
by George Dvorsky, Gizmodo
NASA’s New Horizons is en route to Ultima Thule, a journey that will see the NASA spacecraft whiz past this mysterious Kuiper Belt object on New Year’s Day. But as the probe nears, mission specialists are already having to deal with a rather strange observation—an anomaly in the way Ultima Thule is reflecting incoming light.
Continue reading Days Before Ultima Thule Flyby, New Horizons Has Detected Something Weird About Its Distant Target
by Jeff Foust, SpaceNews
The Senate approved legislation Dec. 20 to reform commercial space regulations and extend the life of the International Space Station, but the passage may be too late for this bill to become law.
Continue reading Senate passes commercial space bill
by BBC News – Science & Environment
Earth’s North Pole is famous for its snowy climes – and for hosting Santa’s workshop, of course.
But as these pictures reveal, it’s not the only planet with snow scenes this holiday season.
Continue reading Mars: Pictures reveal ‘winter wonderland’ on the red planet