Inflation makes everyone spend more, but it may be the engine to save our money — and our planet

Inflation worries many Americans — a jump in the price of groceries and gas means paying more for fewer items, and potentially restricting any savings in the future. But it could also be an opportunity to rethink daily spending, and perhaps even help the environment. There is a link between consumer spending and climate change. … Read more

Boeing ready to launch Starliner, rival to SpaceX’s Dragon

first passenger She will fly aboard Boeing’s Starliner Rosie Rocketer, a model who is scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station aboard the capsule Thursday night. If she makes the trip safely, NASA astronauts will be allowed to fly in the future aboard the new spacecraft. The successful unmanned demonstration will make Boeing … Read more

3D porous structure of the oldest materials in the solar system

Porosity is an important physical property that greatly influences a wide range of physical processes on asteroids. Significantly affects the mechanics of drilling. It not only contributes to dampening shock waves but also determines the amount and distribution of waste heat generated1,2,3. Porosity affects the permeability and movement of gases and liquids through an object, … Read more

China plans the world’s first search for a habitable planet outside the solar system

An artistic illustration of the exoplanets. / CFP An artistic illustration of the exoplanets. / CFP Chinese scientists have proposed a space project to scan the sky with a space-borne telescope to search for habitable Earth-like planets outside our solar system, about 32 light-years from Earth. The project, called Closeby Habitable Exoplanet Survey (CHES), if … Read more

Amazing Experience, UAA Planetarium is back with ‘Exploding Universe’

The Planetarium and Visualization Theater at UAA seats 62 people. Photography by Matthew Schmitz Giving viewers a front row seat to some of the most dramatic and violent events in natural history, Clark Planetarium Productions’ “Exploding Universe” uses 3D animation to simulate explosions across the universe, whether large or small. Presented on May 13 by … Read more

Ceres likely formed far in the solar system and migrated inland

When Sicilian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi discovered Ceres in 1801, he thought it was a planet. Astronomers did not know about asteroids at the time. Now we know that there are a huge number of them, residing mainly in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Ceres is about 1,000 kilometers in diameter and accounts … Read more