America’s House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is, to put it politely, a joke. The Republican-dominated chamber is lacking in actual scientists, full of climate change deniers, and it regularly shares Breitbart articles on its Trump apologist-themed Twitter feed of falsehoods. Despite being able to direct the country’s science policy, it is about as scientifically knowledgeable as a dog. One of the high-ranking members of this committee, Dana Rohrabacher, has said some truly remarkable things in the past, but he’s just outdone himself. During a panel with several space science experts, including those from NASA, he asked: “Is it possible that there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago?” That
The mummified bodies of an adult and a baby, both wrapped in copper, have been unearthed after being frozen in the Siberian permafrost for centuries. An announcement from the Governor of Yamalo-Nenets District says the recent discovery includes two mummies wrapped in a thick textile material, fur, and tree bark, with the adult encased in copper plates and the baby covered with copper kettle fragments. It’s believed the copper was used for its antimicrobial properties to help preserve the body. The remains were also naturally “refrigerated” by the permafrost of this notoriously cold part of the world. The larger of the two mummies is approximately 170 centimeters (5 feet 7 inches), suggesting it’s a fully grown adult
In most countries, people have a belief about where they'd end up if they dug their way through the center of the Earth and popped up on the other side. For people in the USA, they think it's China. For people in the UK, they think it's Australia. Australians think it's somewhere in Europe and hope it's not the UK because the weather is too terrible there. But prepare to readjust your childhood belief, as this interactive map will show you where you'd really end up if you were to dig your way through the Earth and somehow don't get burned to death by the core, or crushed by the intense pressure. If you're in the UK, sorry, don't pack a hat with corks on. One, it's offensive, and two, you're going to end up in the oce...
On Monday August 21, a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it. Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse. This is what you’ll see, and the time you’ll see it, in your zip code. We recommend punching in a few different ones to see how the eclipse experience will vary across the country. Salem, Oregon (97301), is going to see a total eclipse. Downtown Los Angeles (90012) will see 62 percent of the sun blocked at the peak. In Lake Charles, Louisiana (70601), it’ll be 71 percent. The eclipse animation relies on data provided by The United States Naval Observatory and uses en
Despite America’s temporary lack of leadership on the climate crisis, there is a good chance that a prolonged catastrophe can be avoided. Thanks to a combination of market forces, an unprecedented surge in climate activism, and the increasingly concrete global cooperation on the issue, renewable energy is proliferating across the planet like never before. Much of the developing world is still heavily reliant on coal, and despite massive investments in solar and wind power, populous nations like India are still set to be prolific polluters. When it comes to the African continent, however, something rather interesting is happening: Many of its countries are set to leapfrog over coal and head straight for clean energy e
A team of scientists has found evidence for an unusual particle that, bizarrely, is also its own antiparticle. It was first theorized 80 years ago but now looks like it might be a reality. The findings, published in the journal Science, were conducted by scientists from Stanford University in California and the University of California. The idea of a particle having its own antiparticle goes back to 1937 when Italian physicist Ettore Majorana (who mysteriously disappeared in 1938) first postulated the theory. He said that within the class of fermions, which include protons, electrons, and neutrons, some particles should have their own antiparticles, which became known as Majorana particles. An antiparticle is a parti
In what is believed to be a world first, scientists have reversed brain damage in a toddler that drowned in a swimming pool. Using oxygen therapy, scientists were able to restore her ability to walk and talk just months after the accident, in which she spent 15 minutes submerged in a swimming pool and two hours where her heart did not beat on its own.The accident took place in February 2016. Two-year-old Eden Carlson had managed to get through a baby gate and fall into the family swimming pool and was in the 5 degree Celsius water for up to 15 minutes before being discovered.Read more: First Double-Hand Transplant Allows Child to Eat, Dress and Write Tech & Science Emails and Alerts - Get the best of Newsweek Tech & Science delivered to your inboxAfter being resuscitated and treate
Planet Earth lovers, rejoice! The BBC has uploaded hours' worth of extra footage to YouTube. The bonus film was captured by Planet Earth II camera teams while out on location. An ethereal odyssey, the cinematography soars above craggy mountain peaks, windswept islands, lush tangles of trees, and scorched desert rocks. The background footage from the acclaimed documentary series is split into four 10-hour “soundscapes” – one for mountains, islands, jungles, and deserts. Much of the visuals are B-roll that didn't make it past the cutting room floor, and although the videos do repeat themselves after a certain point, it is gorgeous to look at and certainly relaxing. The release is part of the BBC’s Real Happiness Projec