Similar to Earth, Pluto also has blue skies and patches of frozen water, according to the latest data out Thursday from NASA's unmanned New Horizons probe. This frigid region of the solar system beyond Neptune that is home to many comets and asteroids was observed for the first time, in such detail. Along with the announcement, NASA released an image showing a blue haze around Pluto, taken by the New Horizons spacecraft's camera. Blue skies are seen on Earth because of the scattering of sunlight by very small particles of nitrogen. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Farmer James Bristle and a friend were digging in his southern Michigan soybean field when they unearthed what looked like a bent fence post at first, caked with mud. It was actually a part of a pelvis from an ancient woolly mammoth that lived up to 15,000 years ago. Researchers from the University of Michigan used an excavator to recover 20% of the animal's skeleton this week in Washtenaw County's Lima Township. Aside from the pelvis, they also found the skull and two tusks, along with numerous vertebrae, ribs and both shoulder blades. Continue reading to watch the raw un-edited video footage of the dig and more pictures.
Scientists announced today "the strongest evidence yet" of liquid water on Mars. "Mars is not the dry, arid planet we thought of in the past. Under certain circumstances, liquid water has been found on Mars," said Jim Green, NASA's planetary science director. Experts said mysterious lines running down steep slopes on the surface of the Red Planet may be streaks of super-salty brine. According to NASA, these findings "provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars," making it easier to send a manned mission to the planet, which they aim to do in the 2030s. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
The total super blood moon eclipse will last over a hour and begin at 9:11 p.m. CDT (or 10:11 p.m. EDT or 7:11 p.m. PDT). While super moons aren't rare, tonight's will be the closest to Earth in all of 2015, coming within 221,753 miles of our planet, and it will also appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. The last time a supermoon occurred with a total lunar eclipse was in 1982, and the next time it will happen will be in 2033. "Earth's shadow will begin to dim the supermoon slightly beginning at 8:11 p.m. EDT. A noticeable shadow will begin to fall on the moon at 9:07 p.m., and the total eclipse will start at 10:11 p.m," NASA says. Continue reading for another video explaining the phenomenon, and more information.
A red super moon in combination with a lunar eclipse can be witnessed this weekend, the first time since 1982. Beginning during the late night hours of September 27th, a total lunar eclipse will mask the moon's larger-than-life face across the world. The most recent blood moon occurred during Easter, and this super blood moon lunar eclipse will be the fourth event in a 'Tetrad,' which some believe marks the the beginning of significant events. The moon will enter the dark part of Earth's shadow at approximately 9:07pm EST, becoming a total eclipse by 10:11pm, and then reemerge from the shadow 12-minutes later. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Apple fans rejoice! The iPhone 6S ($649) and iPhone 6S Plus ($749) are here. The most notable new feature is 3D Touch, which basically senses how deeply you press the display, giving you real-time feedback in the form of subtle taps from the all-new Taptic Engine. There's also a new 12MP iSight camera that takes brilliant 4K video, along with a 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. Apple's 64-bit A9 chip delivers performance once found only in desktop computers - up to 70 percent faster CPU performance, and up to 90 percent faster GPU performance for all your favorite graphics-intensive games and apps. Even the phones' casing has been upgraded to aerospace-grade 7000 series aluminum. Continue reading for a video preview, hands-on images and additional information.
Yesterday at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced that the company is building two 14-acre expansions to its theme parks - Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando and Disneyland Park in Anaheim - that will bring the Star Wars universe to life. This marks Disney's largest single theme-park expansion in its history. Planned attractions include: one showcasing the battle between the First Order and the Resistance, and the second will put fans at the helm of the Millennium Falcon. "[It's] a remote port, one of the last stops before wild space. The stores and restaurants will include its own cantina, and will be operated by local inhabitants," said Iger. Continue reading for the full announcement video from D23 Expo, complete with a first look at the planned Star Tours upgrade.
By now, you've probably heard about "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most powerful drug lord, escaping Altiplano, a maximum security prison 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of Mexico City. In addition to the help he may have received, a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) tunnel, 19 meters (about 62 feet) below the surface, was also discovered. Jim Dinkins, former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, says that a complex tunnel like this one, complete with lights, air venting, and a customized motorcycle rigged up on a rail line, would normally take 18 months to two years to complete. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Finally, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has successfully completed its flyby of Pluto, shooting past the dwarf planet at 4:49 a.m. PDT. What you're looking at above are the first high-res photos beamed back as the spacecraft approached its closest position to Pluto, flying at 28,000mph. New Horizons was approximately 476,000 miles from the surface at the time this photo was taken, but it got as close as 7,500 miles. "It's truly a mark in human history. Pluto didn't turn out to be a relatively featureless planet with a foggy nitrogen rich atmosphere as was expected. It has turned out to be a complex and interesting world. For the very first time we know that," said John Grunsfeld, Nasa's associate administrator for science from the mission control center at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Continue reading for a NASA video and the image they posted on Instagram.
Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo, has died of cancer at the age of 55. Iwata underwent surgery last year and had resumed his duties after a brief period of recovery. He is a highly admired figure in the Japanese gaming scene and considered the leading figure behind Nintendo's successful turnaround after he joined the company in the year 2000. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.