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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here New Guinea singing dogs are related to Australian dingoes.Credit: Daniel Heuclin/NPL The largest-ever study of ancient dog genomes has revealed a lot about our four-legged friends. The analysis of more than two dozen Eurasian dogs suggests
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The merging of two black holes releases gravitational waves.Credit: Science Photo Library/Alamy Astronomers observed 39 cosmic events that released gravitational waves over a 6-month period in 2019 — a rate of more than one per week. The bounty, described in a series of papers published on 28 October, demonstrates how observatories that detect these ripples
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WASHINGTON — The commercial space industry hopes to continue recent progress in regulatory reform even if there is a new president or a change in party control in Congress after the election. The last six months have seen two major milestones in government regulation of commercial space activities: the publication of revised commercial remote sensing
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The Presidential election looming next week could change everything for the future of the environment, clean air and the markets contributing to the clean economy. And if Vice President Joe Biden wins, there’s a chance it could change everything for California’s clean air chief Mary Nichols, too.  Bloomberg recently reported that Nichols, the retiring chair
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Countries have banded together to propose marine reserves to protect Antarctic krill species from global warming and overfishing. The cornerstone of the biologically diverse Antarctic Peninsula is the shrimp-like, small Antarctic krill. READ: Scientists Determine How Marsh Birds Survive Dangerous Hurricanes and Natural Disasters such as Hurricane Zeta The Importance of and Threats To Krill According to University of Colorado environmental scientist Cassandra Brooks, krill are the
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WASHINGTON — NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has secured material it collected from the asteroid Bennu into a sample return capsule, a process the mission accelerated after images showed material leaking into space. At an Oct. 29 briefing, project officials said they had stowed a sample collection device called the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) into a
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Scientists have detected 39 gravitational-wave events that they say will further help them understand the universe, as well as explore its population of black holes and neutron stars. The latest events add to the 11 already confirmed events, taking the total number of events to 50. According to astrophysicists, this has been possible due to
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Scientists have learnt to produce the relatively unstable element lithium (pictured) inside a microscope, making the metal’s crystallization easy to observe. Credit: Petr Jan Juracka/SPL Materials science 29 October 2020 A standard laboratory tool allows researchers to produce two potentially dangerous metals and to observe them as they form. Lithium and sodium are highly reactive
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Brian Roberts, CEO, Comcast  David A. Grogan | CNBC Comcast is set to report earnings for its third quarter of 2020 before the bell on Thursday. Here are the key numbers: Earnings per share: 52 cents expected, according to Refinitiv survey of analysts Revenue: $24.74 billion expected, according to Refinitiv High-speed internet customers: 534,000 net adds expected,
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Rosetta’s lander Philae on the surface of a comet (artist’s impression).Credit: ESA/ATG medialab The chaotic crash-landing of a robotic spacecraft called Philae has yielded serendipitous insights into the softness of comets. In 2014, the European Space Agency’s pioneering lander touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, after a ten-year journey aboard its mothership, Rosetta. But rather than
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Scientists say reforestation in tropical forest and savannah biomes in Africa must be done properly. Otherwise, they may do more harm than good. According to Université de Montréal geography department visiting researcher Julie Aleman, the state of ecosystems should be taken into consideration in planning for reforestation in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. Savannah versus tropical forest According to Aleman, all the regions they have studied
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WASHINGTON — A Rocket Lab Electron rocket successfully placed 10 satellites into orbit for two customers who lost payloads on a launch failure earlier this year. The Electron rocket lifted off from the company’s launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 5:21 p.m. Eastern Oct. 28. The rocket’s kick stage deployed its payload of
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In a first, NASA scientists have spotted a molecule of cyclopropenylidene (C3H2) in the atmosphere of the largest of Saturn’s 62 moons, Titan. Calling this development ‘unexpected’, scientists claim that this is the first time that they have detected this molecule in an atmosphere. They found C3H2 by using a radio telescope observatory in northern
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Hear the latest from the world of science, brought to you by Benjamin Thompson and Noah Baker. Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 In this episode: 00:59 The ethics of creating consciousness Brain organoids, created by culturing stem cells in a petri dish, are a mainstay of neuroscience research. But as
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Flying to conduct fieldwork is one reason climate researchers might travel more than other scientists.Credit: Andrew McCaren/LNP/Shutterstock In recent years, a growing number of climate-change researchers have made the conscious decision to reduce their carbon footprints by avoiding air travel or flying less. But an analysis suggests that, despite these efforts, climate researchers travel and
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Air Force Col. Michael “Hopper” Hopkins, commander of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission, will be commissioned into the U.S. Space Force. WASHINGTON — NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, a U.S. Air Force colonel and the commander of the upcoming SpaceX Crew Dragon mission, is transferring to the U.S. Space Force and is expected to be commissioned aboard
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Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, is pictured at Microsoft’s annual shareholder meeting in Bellevue, Washington on November 30, 2016. Jason Redmond | AFP | Getty Images Microsoft will announce its fiscal first-quarter earnings after market close on Tuesday. Here are the numbers to watch: Earnings: $1.54 per share, adjusted, as expected by analysts, according to
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The collecting arm on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx craft plunged as far as 48 centimetres into asteroid Bennu’s surface.Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona NASA overachieves during asteroid sampling NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission exceeded expectations when it grabbed rocks and dirt off the surface of the asteroid Bennu on 20 October. The spacecraft gathered so much material that several rocks
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With 38 time zones worldwide, juggling the timings of virtual conferences to suit everyone can be a tricky task.Credit: Adapted from Getty Back in 2019, travelling to a conference many time zones away was difficult, but the content of the posters, the roar of the crowd and a few shots of caffeine were usually enough
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By Allison Kubo Hutchsion  Although humans first witnessed nuclear reactors in 1942 with the development of the Chicago-Pile by Enrico Fermi, natural fission reactors existed billions of years ago. Fission is the process of breaking apart atoms of heavy elements such as uranium. Energy is released during fission in the form of heat and can
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