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  • The Trump Administration Is Advancing Ocean Exploration

    06/12/2020 10:46:38 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | June 12, 2020 | Mary B. Neumayr and Kelvin K. Droegemeier
    America’s oceans, coastal waters, and Great Lakes are national treasures, providing beauty and recreation, along with valuable resources that enhance our health, security, and economic prosperity. America’s oceans and coastlines contribute greatly to America’s economy, supporting 154,000 ocean-dependent businesses, $373 billion of economic activity annually, 2.3 million jobs, and $162 billion in wages.Advancing understanding of our oceans and coastlines has been a top priority for President Trump, particularly as it relates to further mapping the United States Exclusive Economic Zone (U.S. EEZ) –an area surrounding the United States that is larger than the areas of all fifty states combined....
  • 4 Promising Oil Trends To Watch In 2020

    01/22/2020 4:00:53 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11-22-2020 | Jimmy B
    Nothing quite tickles the fancy of energy investors like a giant oil or gas find. But heres the secret sauce: stocks of small-cap companies tend to enjoy serious leverage whenever they strike oil, whereas the heavyweights, well, not so much. You dont have to look very far for an example: shares of ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) are down more than 20% since the company announced a 14-strong string of good discoveries off the coast of Guyana in 2015, one of its best finds ever. Thats because companies like Exxon have their fingers in too many pies, and their share prices depend...
  • SpaceIL: Beresheet #2 is on its way to the moon

    04/13/2019 4:17:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/4/19 | Sarah Rubenstein
    Morris Khan, Beresheet's largest funder and president of SpaceIL, announced on Saturday night that he is establishing Beresheet 2 to complete the mission of an Israeli spacecraft landing on the moon. "In light of the wonderful messages of support and encouragement and excitement I received from all over the world, I decided that we're going to establish Beresheet 2," Khan said. "We're going to put a new spacecraft on the moon and we're going to complete the mission. Tomorrow [Sunday] morning - first thing- we have a task force - we're going to sit down and plan...
  • Row over whether America, Australia, or Britain gets the wreck of James Cook's ship [tr]

    09/20/2018 9:14:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 20, 2018 | Khaleda Rahman
    As American scientists prepare to announce the location of the remains of Endeavour, a battle is expected over whether Britain, the United States or Australia gets the wreck of James Cook's famed ship. A team of marine archaeologists from Australia and the US said they believe they may have found the resting place of the ship used by the British explorer on a voyage of discovery to Australia in 1768 - 25 years after beginning their search. They are expected to announce on Friday 'one or two' sites in Newport Harbour in Rhode Island, where the Endeavour was scuttled...
  • From Palos de la Frontera, Westward Bound

    08/03/2018 7:23:10 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 3, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    On August 3, 1492, Cristoforo Colombo (yes, you non-Italians spell it Christopher Columbus) set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain, with three ships the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria headed for Asia. And he might have made it, too, eventually if the Western Hemisphere hadnt been in the way. As it was, he gets the credit for discovering the Americas (even if a clever cartographer named Amerigo Vespucci grabbed up the naming rights first). Would some other European eventually have had the same idea, twenty, fifty or a hundred years later? Certainly. Eventually, the Europeans...
  • A Good Health Check for Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter, but....HiRISE Camera a concern

    02/09/2018 10:52:22 AM PST · by Voption · 8 replies
    JPL via Behind the Black ^ | February 9, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    "...some HiRISE images taken in 2017 and early 2018 show slight blurring not seen earlier in the mission. The cause is under investigation. The percentage of full-resolution images with blurring peaked at 70 percent last October, at about the time when Mars was at the point in its orbit farthest from the Sun. The percentage has since declined to less than 20 percent. Even before the first blurred images were seen, observations with HiRISE commonly used a technique that covers more ground area at half the resolution. This still provides higher resolution than any other camera orbiting Mars about...
  • Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin reveals it is aiming for a manned launch in 2018

    12/20/2017 6:00:36 PM PST · by mairdie · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20 December 2017 | Mark Prigg
    The battle of the billionaires between Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson looks set to finally blast its first passengers into space next year. Speaking at the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Colorado, Jeff Ashby, a former NASA astronaut who is director of safety and mission assurance for Jeff Bezos' space firm Blue Origin, said the firm is now 'a year out' from human flights. It comes as Richard Branson claimed in October he will travel to space on his Virgin Galactic craft within six months. Elon Musk is also expected to soon reveal the launch schedule for a...
  • Notre Dame Students Want to Rid School of Christopher Columbus Murals

    12/06/2017 6:21:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/5/17 | Chris Perez
    The Fighting Irish have a bone to pick with Christopher Columbus. Notre Dame students are calling for the removal of 12 iconic murals, which honor the famous explorer and have been on campus since 1884. The students have reportedly teamed up with alumni, faculty and staff in an effort to get rid of the 19th Century paintings. In this era of political divisiveness and a renewed rise of dangerous nationalism, it is time for Notre Dame to remove its own version of a Confederate monument, the group wrote in an open letter last week that was published in the school...
  • Astronomers turn eyes to New Horizons target beyond Pluto

    07/11/2017 2:34:28 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 14 replies
    Cosmos ^ | 11 Jul, 2017 | MICHAEL LUCY
    The New Horizons space probe, which made headlines around the world in 2015 when it beamed back humanitys best-ever views of Pluto, is currently hurtling through the outer reaches of the solar system on its way to a rendezvous with a lump of ice known as MU69. New Horizons wont get to MU69 for another year and a half the flyby is expected to occur on 31 December 2018 or 1 January 2019 so the spacecraft is hibernating to preserve its energy. Meanwhile, scientists on Earth are doing everything they can to find out as much as possible...
  • A rare, risky mission is underway to rescue sick scientists from the South Pole

    06/18/2016 11:38:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Two small bush planes are flying to the South Pole this week to evacuate workers at the Amundsen-Scott research station a feat rarely attempted during the middle of the Antarctic winter. Kelly Falkner, the director of polar programs for the National Science Foundation (which runs the South Pole station), said that at least one seasonal employee for contractor Lockheed Martin requires medical treatment not available at the station and needs to be flown out. A second worker may also be rescued. Falkner couldn't provide further details about the medical motivation behind the rescues for privacy reasons. "We try to...
  • THE JACKI DAILY Show! Listen live at 2PM Eastern!

    03/20/2016 3:43:51 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 1 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 3/20/16 | The Jacki Daily Show
    THE JACKI DAILY Show! Listen live at 2PM Eastern! Now playing also on station KWEL in Midland-Odessa! The host of the Jacki Daily show has had an impressive career in energy, law, and politics.Most recently, Jacki served as General Counsel to an engineering firm specializing in energy, national security and environmental cleanup. Previously, she served many years as legal counsel on Capitol Hill to the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and the former Ranking Member of the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, advising on the oversight of federal agencies. Prior to her career in Washington, she worked as...
  • A New Skeleton and an Old Debate About Syphilis

    02/19/2016 8:53:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Atlantic ^ | February 18, 2016 | Cari Romm
    In June 1495, the Italian historian Niccolo Squillaci wrote a letter describing a horrific disease that was sweeping through Europe. “There are itching sensations, and an unpleasant pain in the joints; there is a rapidly increasing fever,” he wrote. “The skin is inflamed with revolting scabs and is completely covered with swellings and tubercules, which are initially of a livid red color, and then become blacker.” And, tellingly, “It most often begins with the private parts.”
  • Russian space agency cuts most projects related to Moon exploration

    12/30/2015 1:53:14 AM PST · by Monty22002 · 15 replies
    TASS ^ | 12/29/2015
    MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. Practically all the projects related to manned flights to the moon are absent from an updated version of the Federal Space Programme for the years 2016 through 2025 drafted by the Federal Space Agency after the downwards revision of its budget, Izvestia daily said on Tuesday referring to the document it had obtained. "As it follows from the text of the draft programme, which Roscosmos has submitted to the government for review, a decision was taken to sacrifice the lunar programme that was named a strategic goal for future development of Russian space research," the newspaper...
  • Oil Megaprojects Won’t Stay On The Shelf For Long

    11/03/2015 7:44:12 AM PST · by bananaman22
    Oilprice.com ^ | 03-11-2015 | Deepwater
    One casualty of the oil price downturn could be the megaproject. For years, as conventional oil reserves depleted and became increasingly hard to find, oil companies ventured into far-flung locales to find new sources of production. Extracting oil from these frontier areas required more advanced technology and a lot more capital: Ultra deepwater, Arctic offshore, heavy oil sands, and increasingly, the Lower Tertiary. Often these megaprojects projects were only the purview of the largest oil companies, as smaller players did not have the resources – financial or technological – to make them work. Meanwhile, smaller drillers, at least in North...
  • Nine rules for exploration success from the world's best mine finder

    10/29/2015 9:25:41 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 8 replies
    Mining.com ^ | 10/28/2015 | Michael McCray
    Simply put, you just have to be out of the office, in the field and drilling holes if you want to be making discoveries says legendary explorationist and geologist, Dave Lowell, in his book Intrepid Explorer – The Autobiography of the World's Best Mine Finder. Lowell—this past century's most successful mining explorationist having discovered an unprecedented seventeen ore bodies including the world’s largest copper mine—distilled his years of wisdom into nine rules on making discoveries. Reprint of the nine rules was generously permitted by Sentinel Peak, The University of Arizona Press. I have a number of exploration rules that I...
  • The End Of The Oil Major?

    10/14/2015 12:00:46 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 17 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 14-10-2015 | meh
    A new report finds that the largest oil companies are set to cut spending on exploration by at least half, potentially leading to very few new oil discoveries in the years ahead. The report from investment bank Tudor, Pickering, Hold & Co., and reported by Fuel Fix, estimates that exploration budgets among the oil majors will drop to $25 billion in 2016, down from $50 billion from just a few years ago. Obviously, low oil prices are taking their toll, forcing deep spending cuts in a desperate attempt to shore up profitability. But the cuts have large implications for the...
  • How Noam Chomsky and Lawrence Krauss got space exploration wrong

    06/24/2015 9:11:48 PM PDT · by Marcus · 5 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    According to a Tuesday piece in Motherboard, Noam Chomsky, a philosopher and political commentator, and Lawrence Krauss, a physicist and cosmologist, had a public dialogue about space exploration. Being both men of the far left, they concluded that space travel should be best left to robots and conducted by governments. The conclusions are the exact opposite of what the prevailing trends are in space policy.
  • Gold Prospecting in the United States

    06/19/2015 10:00:40 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 27 replies
    Geology.com ^ | 2015 | Harold Kirkimo
    Anyone who pans for gold hopes to be rewarded by the glitter of colors in the fine material collected in the bottom of the pan. Although the exercise and outdoor activity experienced in prospecting are rewarding, there are few thrills comparable to finding gold. Even an assay report showing an appreciable content of gold in a sample obtained from a lode deposit is exciting. The would-be prospector hoping for financial gain, however, should carefully consider all the pertinent facts before deciding on a prospecting venture.
  • Shells Arctic Ambitions Held Up In Seattle

    05/06/2015 7:54:23 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 06-05-2015 | The Balvenie
    Shells ambitious plans to finally return to the Arctic face yet another hurdle, one that could delay drilling once again. Shell is using the port of Seattle as its base for some of its vessels that it will use in the Arctic. Seattle has been a launching point for Shell in the past (and has hosted Alaskan drilling equipment for decades), but a new greener municipal government is taking a harder look at Shells operations. Spurred on by Shells error-ridden 2012 campaign in the Arctic that culminated in the grounding of the Kulluk, environmental groups have mustered up some political...
  • Could we get to Mars in 39 DAYS? Nasa selects companies to develop super fast deep-space engine

    04/01/2015 1:36:52 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Nasa has selected a variety of companies to work on projects to create advanced space technologies, including faster methods of propulsion. Other projects to be worked on include improved habitats for humans, and small satellites to explore deep space. And one of the companies in the 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextStep) says they have an engine that could get humans to Mars in just 39 days.