Extreme Light Infrastructure for Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) High Power Laser System (HPLS) reached a power level of 10.88 PetaWatt (ten millions of billions of Watts)
Researchers discovered that Toxeus magnus, a jumping spider species, secrets a milk-like substance on which its young offspring are entirely dependent.
Joseph Sifakis is a Greek scientist and winner of the 2007 Turing Award, the computer science world’s equivalent of a Nobel Prize.
Multiple coronal holes merged into a single form resembling a question mark, starting on 21 December 2017. Coronal holes are areas of open magnetic field that appear darker in extreme ultraviolet light.
Chinese scientists used Micius, the world’s first quantum communication satellite, for quantum key distribution (QKD), securing the world’s first intercontinental quantum video call
Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, manually deployd five nanosatellites
After 718 days in orbit, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle mission 4 (OTV-4) landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility on 7 May 2017. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV, is an experimental unmanned, reusable space plane to demonstrate technologies for a reliable space test platform for the U.S.…
The Southern Ring of Fire Eclipse
Venus flytrap sea anemone (Actinoscyphia sp.) filmed near the Moki seamount, American Samoa
SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-10 launch
SpaceX aborted the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket with CRS-10 Dragon spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on 18 February 2017, at 15:01 UTC (10:01 EST), due to a problem with the second stage. According to NASA, the “launch attempt has been scrubbed because of the…
In Ankarana National Park, Antsiranana Province, north Madagascar, researchers discovered a new species of fish-scale gecko: Geckolepis megalepis. To escape from predators, the gecko can lose its scales at the slightest touch. The scales grow back, scar-free, in a matter of weeks
At depths of 470–1000 meters in the South-East Atlantic and South-West Indian oceans, researchers discovered a new species of chimaerid, commonly known as ghost shark. Hydrolagus erithacus is he second larges species of ghost shark ever recorded and the 50th ghost shark species described so far. The species was named…
Scientists developed a soft robotic sleeve which supports heart function. Tests done in pig hearts show that the device restores acutely failing hearts to 97 percent of their original cardiac output. More research is needed before the sleeve can be implanted in humans.
A new moth species was discovered in California and Baja California, Mexico. It was named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi in honor of Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States. According to the author, “The reason for this choice of name is to bring wider public attention to the need to continue protecting…
Scientists made audio recordings using autonomous gliders east of Guam in an area that included the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument. One complex call caught their attention and was named Western Pacific “Biotwang” because of its unusual synthetic sound. Researchers believe the sound is biological and produced…
Researchers discovered snail species that use their shells to hit predators.
An undescribed orb web spider species resembling leaves was discovered in the tropical rain forests of Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, southwest China.