Chelyabinsk asteroid measured 12,000 tonnes
Paris (AFP) Nov 06, 2013 – The asteroid that smashed into the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk initially measured 19 metres (61 feet) across, packing the energy of dozens of Hiroshima bombs, a study said on Wednesday. Scientists in the Czech Republic and Canada analysed video and audio footage and fragments recovered from the dramatic incident on February 15. They estimated the asteroid had probably once been p … more

First study of Russian meteor
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2013 – The meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February 2013 was “a wake-up call,” according to a University of California, Davis scientist who participated in analyzing the event. The work is published Nov. 7 in the journal Science by an international team of researchers. “If humanity does not want to go the way of the dinosaurs, we need to study an event like this in detail,” said … more

Another black hole in a star cluster
East Lansing, MI (SPX) Nov 07, 2013 – Last year when a team of astronomers led by a Michigan State University professor discovered two black holes in a collection of stars known as a globular cluster, the team wasn’t sure if the black holes’ presence was a common occurrence or a unique stroke of luck. Researchers are now thinking it was the former, as evidence of yet another black hole has been found in a globular cluster by a … more

Israel drone manufacturing booms
Beijing (XNA) Nov 06, 2013 – The Drone market is booming worldwide, moving so quickly that aviation experts predict unmanned aerial vehicle sales will soon take the largest market share of all aircraft sales. The front-running drone exporter is, surprisingly, not the U.S., it’s Israel. In the world of new age surveillance and cutting-edge military technology, UAVs are the path of the future unmanned aerial vehicles, o … more

Researchers Turn to Technology to Discover a Novel Way of Mapping Landscapes
Cincinnati OH (SPX) Nov 05, 2013 – University of Cincinnati researchers are blending technology with tradition, as they discover new and improved methods for mapping landscapes. The research is newly published in the Journal of Applied Geography (Vol. 45, December 2013) by UC authors Jacek Niesterowicz, a doctoral student in the geography department, and Professor Tomasz Stepinski, the Thomas Jefferson Chair of Space Exploration … more