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Earth’s magnetic north pole has officially moved

March 27th, 2019 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

This map shows the new location of the magnetic North Pole (the white star). NOAA NCEI/CIRES Earth’s magnetic North Pole has drifted so fast that authorities have had to officially redefine the location of the magnetic North Pole. The extreme wandering of the North Pole caused increasing concerns over navigation, especially in high latitudes. Earth’s […]



Japan just became the first country to deploy rovers on an asteroid

September 28th, 2018 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

The Hayabusa 2 mission is visiting an asteroid 200 million miles from Earth to collect samples. The mission profile involves a lot of robots, bullets, and explosives. In 2014, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft on a four year journey to Ryugu, an asteroid nearly 200 million miles from Earth. […]



A massive, ‘semi-infinite’ trove of rare-earth metals has been found in Japan

April 13th, 2018 at 10:16 am » Comments Off

Researchers have found hundreds of years’ worth of rare-earth materials underneath Japanese waters — enough to supply to the world on a “semi-infinite basis,” according to a study published in Nature Publishing Group’s Scientific Reports. Rare-earth metals are crucial in the making of high-tech products such as electric vehicles and batteries, and most of the […]



The Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn’t what you think it is

March 25th, 2018 at 9:26 am » Comments Off

It’s not all bottles and straws—the patch is mostly abandoned fishing gear. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the world’s largest collection of floating trash—and the most famous. It lies between Hawaii and California and is often described as “larger than Texas,” even though it contains not a square foot of surface on which to […]



The crowds are back. Now can the space industry build on the momentum?

February 8th, 2018 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

The crowd cheers at Playalinda Beach along the Canaveral National Seashore, just north of the Kennedy Space Center, during the successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday. (Joe Burbank/AP)



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