Good evening! This nighttime image taken from the International Space Station shows the city lights in at least half a dozen states in southern America. (Image Credit: NASA)
It was a PR email with a subject too good to not click: “Robo Brain Will Teach Robots Everything from the Internet.”
A new viral video depicting a juvenile beluga whale playing peek-a-boo is drawing attention to arctic animals. The video, which has nearly a million views, shows a group of children laughing while a 12-year-old beluga whale checks them out from its tank at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Click through to watch.
NASA officials say they’ve completed a “rigorous review” of the Space Launch System, a large rocket that could one day take human passengers to Mars. It’s the first time an exploration class vehicle has moved into the “development” phase since the space shuttle.
"Mathematically, even though we’ve made thousands of them, they’re impossible to make." - Erik Demaine describing the hyperbolic paraboloid on WNPR’s The Colin McEnroe Show. (Image Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Stewart)
Best of luck to all the science teachers out there who are prepping up for a new school year!
Photo of the Day: Sailfish Skips School
Photo by Brandi Mueller (Oostburg, WI, USA); Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Researchers at the University of Connecticut are investigating the feasibility of managing grade school athletic fields without pesticides. It’s science that could one day inform athletic-field management across the nation.
Seals may have brought tuberculosis to the Americas. For years, it was thought the disease came to the New World through 16th-century Spanish explorers, but now, preliminary science suggests a modified form of TB may have traveled across the Atlantic inside a seal. (Photo Credit: well that’s adorable)
Apologies for the blog being a little slow this week. We’ll be back from our summer hiatus on Monday. (Also, welcome to all our new followers!)
Photo of the Day: Fishermen on Stilts
Photo by Suranga Weeratunga (Kandy, Sri Lanka); Galle, Sri Lanka
Researchers at Trinity College in Connecticut are snapping pictures of animals at compost piles as part of an ongoing biology project. They’ve been getting lots of pictures, and they’re now hoping a new group can help analyze them: veterans.
Happy Wednesday lunch break.
Photo of the Day: Circle of Life
Photo by Beverly Houwing (Beverly Hills, CA, USA); Kalahari Desert, South Africa
For young scientists, finding money to support basic research can be difficult. Federal research budgets are shrinking, and grant applications can be a time sink, removing researchers from their lab or their graduate work.
Some young scientists are now forgoing traditional funding mechanisms, and turning to the power of the crowd.
Mammal Monday: Caribou (Reindeer). In most populations both sexes grow antlers.
© The Field Museum, CSZ77110.
Caribou, (Rangifer tarandus) Hall 16 Diorama Zoology specimen 36719.
It’s a question that’s been pondered for hundreds of years, where are the world’s tallest trees, and why do they grow so big?