Category: Science

NASA’s Giant Moon Rocket Emerges for Debut Launch

NASA’s gigantic Space Launch System moon rocket, topped with an uncrewed astronaut capsule, began an hours-long crawl to its launchpad Tuesday night ahead of the behemoth’s debut test flight this month. The 322-foot-tall rocket is scheduled to embark on its first mission to space–without any humans—on Aug. 29. It will be a crucial, long-delayed demonstration…


A Major Step Towards Nuclear Fusion As Researchers Confirm Scientific Ignition

On Aug. 8, 2021, scientists took a laser the size of three football fields and focused all 192 of its beams of light on a capsule of hydrogen the size of a BB pellet. When 192 laser beams focus on an area that size, it creates temperatures of more than 100 million degrees and pressure…


Officials: Loud ‘Boom’ Heard in North Utah Likely a Meteor

SALT LAKE CITY—A loud “boom” heard across areas of northern Utah was likely a meteor, officials said Saturday. Reports of the loud noise circulated at about 8:30 a.m., with people from Orem to southern Idaho posting that they heard the “boom,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox wrote on Twitter that his…


What Killed Tons of Fish in European River? Mystery Deepens

WARSAW, Poland—Laboratory tests following a mass die-off of fish in the Oder River detected high levels of salinity but no mercury poisoning its waters, Poland’s environment minister said Saturday as the mystery continued as to what killed tons of fish in Central Europe. Anna Moskwa, the minister of climate and environment, said analyses of river…


Europe Eyes Musk’s SpaceX to Bridge Launch Gap Left by Russia Tensions

PARIS—The European Space Agency (ESA) has begun preliminary technical discussions with Elon Musk’s SpaceX that could lead to the temporary use of its launchers after the Ukraine conflict blocked Western access to Russia’s Soyuz rockets. The private American competitor to Europe’s Arianespace has emerged as a key contender to plug a temporary gap alongside Japan…


The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’: The Green New Deal’s New Look?

News Analysis Although our legacy media have dutifully described the Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)/Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) climate bill as the “Inflation Reduction Act,” it’s no stretch to call that a misnomer. After all, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the legislation would have a “negligible effect on inflation.” Yet, even before the bill passed the…


Heating Your Home Will Hurt This Winter as Natural Gas Prices Climb

It will take more than an extra sweater to stay warm this winter; anyone heating with natural gas will require extra money to burn the furnace. Natural gas is sharply higher than it was last year. This week, natural gas was $8.20 an mcf—the volume of 1,000 cubic feet. This is the price paid to…


Without Nuclear Power Green Energy Costs Will Skyrocket, Experts Claim

As the United States transitions to renewable energy, experts say costs could increase exponentially. Nuclear industry organization SMR Start released a 2021 report examining the costs of transitioning the electric grid to renewable energy. It found that the effective cost of covering demand using only solar would be between $216.4 per megawatt hour and $274/MWh….


FCC Rejects Broadband Subsidies for SpaceX’s Starlink, LTD

WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected SpaceX’s Starlink and LTD Broadband’s applications for more than $2 billion in internet service subsidies, the FCC said on Wednesday. In December 2020, the FCC tentatively awarded $9.2 billion to over 300 bidders to deploy high-speed broadband from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. LTD Broadband won $1.32 billion and…


Bioplastics Investment Soars as Market Expands

Investors are pouring billions into the bioplastics industry, foreseeing a massive business opportunity in a sector at a time when plastic pollution has become a major global concern. Bioplastics are plastics made from natural resources such as oils and starches. According to data from market intelligence provider i3 Connect, $500 million was invested in bioplastic…