24 Apr 2019

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NASA’s InSight lander may have just captured a ‘Marsquake’ for the first time

NASA’s InSight lander may have just captured a ‘Marsquake’ for the first timeNASA's Mars rovers have provided breathtaking images from the surface of Mars for many years, but listening to Mars is a whole other story. The InSight lander, which touched down on Mars in late 2018, is designed to listen closely to the inner workings of the planet, and it may have just nailed a huge milestone.In a new blog post, NASA reveals what appears to be a recording of audio from the first Marsquake observed by the lander. It's a small step in a long road ahead for InSight, but it's an exciting development in a mission that has seen more than its fair share of trouble.You'll remember that back in March, NASA was faced with a huge hurdle to overcome when the InSight's drilling tool failed to drill deep enough into the Martian surface. The instrument came up well short of the intended depth to be drilled, but the robot has additional observational tools at its disposal as well.In the video below you'll hear the high-pitched whine of, well, something going on near the InSight. Scientists believe it to be evidence of the first Marsquake observed by mankind, but they're still digging into the data in order to confirm that notion.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLBP-5KoSCc"InSight's first readings carry on the science that began with NASA's Apollo missions," InSight Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt said in a statement. "We've been collecting background noise up until now, but this first event officially kicks off a new field: Martian seismology!"The rumblings were detected by the InSight lander's SEIS (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure) instrument, which the robot placed on the planet's surface last year. InSight is currently less than six months into its two-year primary mission, so we can expect to see many additional discoveries in the coming months.


24 Apr 2019 3:07am GMT

Samsung's Reputation Founders on Rush for Lead in Folding Phones

Samsung's Reputation Founders on Rush for Lead in Folding PhonesSamsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday scrapped what was to have been a crowning achievement, the launch of the world's first mass-produced foldable smartphone. Instead of trumpeting its April 26 return to the forefront of global consumer electronics, the tech giant is now investigating how test versions of the $1,980 Galaxy Fold developed problems -- including screen failures -- after mere days of use.


24 Apr 2019 1:22am GMT

Canada oil sands CO2 emissions hugely underestimated: study

Canada oil sands CO2 emissions hugely underestimated: studyCanada's oil sands CO2 emissions are significantly higher than indicated by industry data collected using internationally recommended methods, according to a study published Tuesday. Environment Canada scientists flying over the region took atmospheric measurements and found CO2 emission intensities up to 123 percent higher than current estimates. "This leads to 64 percent higher annual GHG emissions from surface mining operations, and 30 percent higher overall oil sands GHG emissions (17 Mt) compared to that reported by industry, despite emissions reporting which uses the most up to date and recommended bottom-up approaches," said the study, referring to greenhouse gases.


24 Apr 2019 12:36am GMT

Does Southern Cross Electrical Engineering Limited's (ASX:SXE) P/E Ratio Signal A Buying Opportunity?

Does Southern Cross Electrical Engineering Limited's (ASX:SXE) P/E Ratio Signal A Buying Opportunity?This article is for investors who would like to improve their understanding of price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We'll look at Southern Cross Electrical Engineering Limited's (ASX:SXE) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us...


24 Apr 2019 12:07am GMT

23 Apr 2019

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AbbVie's Skyrizi drug to treat psoriasis wins U.S. approval

AbbVie's Skyrizi drug to treat psoriasis wins U.S. approvalAbbVie Inc said on Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its Skyrizi drug as a treatment for plaque psoriasis at a time when its blockbuster psoriasis drug, Humira, faces patent pressures. Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis, a chronic skin condition. The approval of Skyrizi, an injectable drug, is based on results from AbbVie's global Phase 3 psoriasis program, which assessed the safety and efficacy of the drug in adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.


23 Apr 2019 11:34pm GMT

Trump Meets Twitter’s Dorsey After Fuming Over ‘Political Games’

Trump Meets Twitter’s Dorsey After Fuming Over ‘Political Games’Trump tweeted that he had a "great meeting" with Dorsey and that he wants to keep an "open dialogue" with the tech executive. "Thank you for the time," Dorsey said in a tweeted response. "Twitter is here to serve the entire public conversation, and we intend to make it healthier and more civil.


23 Apr 2019 11:31pm GMT

John McAfee Vows to Unmask Bitcoin’s Satoshi Nakamoto

John McAfee Vows to Unmask Bitcoin’s Satoshi NakamotoAfter previously telling Bloomberg he would expose Nakamoto "within a week," he backed off the plan. McAfee said Tuesday on Twitter the controversy could hurt his efforts to fight an extradition to the U.S. The background of Nakamoto -- a pseudonym that is thought to refer to a person or group of people -- has been fiercely debated for years, with a long list of discredited theories fueling suspicion Bitcoin's pioneer is probably dead.


23 Apr 2019 11:30pm GMT

Otherworldly: Sounds of first 'Marsquake' detected

Otherworldly: Sounds of first 'Marsquake' detectedThe first "Marsquake" has been detected. The finding "officially kicks off a new field: Martian seismology!," said Bruce Banerdt of NASA.


23 Apr 2019 11:13pm GMT

Texas Instruments' Forecast Stokes Optimism for a Chip Revival

Texas Instruments' Forecast Stokes Optimism for a Chip RevivalOn average, analysts predicted profit of $1.24 a share and sales of $3.66 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The company's shares rallied after the initial numbers were released, but lost ground later during a conference call, when Chief Financial Officer Rafael Lizardi offered a more subdued outlook. It happens every few years because of the way the industry works," Lizardi said in an interview.


23 Apr 2019 10:23pm GMT

The Initial Thoughts That Went Through My Mind After My Cancer Diagnosis

The Initial Thoughts That Went Through My Mind After My Cancer DiagnosisThe author shares the emotions she felt after her multiple myeloma diagnosis.


23 Apr 2019 9:52pm GMT

'Marsquake' detected for first time, Nasa says

'Marsquake' detected for first time, Nasa saysNasa has detected a probable "Marsquake" for the first time. The suspected seismic event on the Red Planet was recorded using silicon sensors developed in the UK. A dome-shaped apparatus known as Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure [SEIS] landed on Mars last year equipped with the sensors, which were built with £4 million in funding from the UK Space Agency Nasa said the measuring of the quake, which occurred on April 6, marked the "birth of a new discipline - Martian seismology". Chris Skidmore, the science minister, said it was a "testament to the UK's world leading science and engineering space sector". Professor Tom Pike of Imperial College London, leading the UK contribution, said: "This is what we were all waiting for, the first quivering of the planet picked up by our sensors. Our first investigation of the interior of another planet is now underway." Mars is not nearly as geologically active as Earth and, like our moon, lacks tectonic plates. Nasa's InSight lander's domed wind and thermal shield which covers a seismometer Credit: Nasa But thousands of "moonquakes" were detected on the lunar surface between 1969 and 1977 using equipment installed there by Nasa's Apollo missions. The French space agency Cnes, which operates SEIS, said there had been a "weak but distinct seismic signal" on Mars which could shed light on the ancient origins of Earth's neighbour. It added: "We've waited for our first Martian quake for months." The tremor was so faint that an earthquake of the same magnitude in southern California would be virtually lost among the dozens of tiny seismological events that occur there every day, Nasa said.


23 Apr 2019 9:50pm GMT

SoftBank to Consider Acquiring 5% Stake in Wirecard

SoftBank to Consider Acquiring 5% Stake in WirecardSoftBank has hired financial advisers and is working on a deal to acquire bonds that can be converted into Wirecard shares, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. A representative for Tokyo-based SoftBank declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Munich-based Wirecard didn't respond to emails and phone calls requesting comment after business hours.


23 Apr 2019 9:47pm GMT

Is Baby Powder Safe to Use? Depends on What’s in It

Is Baby Powder Safe to Use? Depends on What’s in ItThere are better ways to smooth a baby's bottom, experts warn.


23 Apr 2019 9:46pm GMT

If You've Tried to Hide Your Diabetes Supplies, You Might Relate to James Norton's Tricks

If You've Tried to Hide Your Diabetes Supplies, You Might Relate to James Norton's TricksBritish actor James Norton shares how he hides his diabetes when he is onstage or filming a TV show or movie.


23 Apr 2019 9:39pm GMT

Libyan forces push back Haftar's troops south of Tripoli: witnesses

Libyan forces push back Haftar's troops south of Tripoli: witnessesThe town of Aziziya was fully under the control of the Tripoli forces, with shops reopening after days of fighting, a Reuters team at the scene said. Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA), which is allied to a rival government in eastern Libya, mounted an offensive on Tripoli almost three weeks ago but despite heavy fighting last week it has failed to breach the city's southern defenses. In recent days, forces backing the Tripoli administration have pushed back the LNA in some areas.


23 Apr 2019 9:37pm GMT

NASA probe records first likely 'marsquake' detected on red planet

NASA probe records first likely 'marsquake' detected on red planetNASA's robotic probe InSight has detected and measured what scientists believe to be a "marsquake," marking the first time a likely seismological tremor has been recorded on another planet, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California reported on Tuesday. The breakthrough came five months after InSight, the first spacecraft designed specifically to study the deep interior of a distant world, touched down on the surface of Mars to begin its two-year seismological mission on the red planet. The faint rumble characterized by JPL scientists as a likely marsquake was recorded on April 6, the lander's 128th Martian day, or sol.


23 Apr 2019 9:31pm GMT