NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is about a month from its destination, the potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu, and can finally get a look at the space rock it plans to steal a chunk of. Turns out that Bennu looks a lot like the diamond-shaped asteroid Ryugu that is currently being visited by the Japanese Hayabusa-2 mission. "The fact that the Japanese mission has reached its target a little ahead of us turns out to be extremely interesting, as we can now interpret our results and compare to the results obtained by another mission almost on real time," explains Julia de León, a member of the mission's science team from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, in a release. OSIRIS-REx was launched over two years ago on Sept. 8, 2016 and is set to arrive at Bennu on Dec. 2. Once there, the spacecraft will spend the better part of a year-and-a-half surveying the asteroid.The hope is to bring a small piece of the asteroid back Earth in 2023. Once here, the … [Read more...] about NASA gets first good look at asteroid it plans to pickpocket
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Kelly Dittmar, a political science professor at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University in New Jersey, has been tracking what in some ways is a standout year for female political candidates. "You would think that women are sort of taking over American politics; all of the stories are about women running," she said. "The attention is to the surge or the tsunami or the pink wave. And so, all of the rhetoric makes it appear as if women are going to be well-represented." In all, more than 500 women announced runs for Congress and governorships in 2018 – a record number of women running for office. It sounds impressive, but this record year looks a little different when you take the longer view. Since the first Congress in 1789, fewer than three percent of America's national political leaders have been women. And the pace of change has been slow. Jeannette Rankin from Montana became the first woman to join the House in 1917. It took until 1992, … [Read more...] about Looking at 2018’s “Pink Wave”
NEW YORK — YouTube is continuing its leave-no-screenplay-unmade strategy, and the website's latest Original offering is a sci-fi series called "Origin." Space.com got a look at the trailer and some previously unseen footage Oct. 4 at New York Comic Con. The premise is very familiar: A diverse group of people sets off from Earth to start fresh on another planet, each of them leaving behind a dark past of some sort. When they're mysteriously awakened from stasis before the long journey is complete, they realize almost everyone is gone … and something is killing the few people left. [Biggest Space Movies to Watch in 2018] Every writer is influenced by the work of others, but the influences here are obvious, and the plot shown in the trailer and the footage unveiled so far feel like a checklist of clichés: Crew wakes up on giant ship, and everyone else has disappeared — CHECK (see "Dark Matter"). Crew was on said ship because they were part of huge expedition … [Read more...] about First Look at YouTube Premium’s Sci-Fi Series ‘Origin’
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The fall television season is in full swing and if spending a lot of time in front of your TV has you thinking it might be time for a new one, you're in luck. The experts at Consumer Reports explain the one new feature you might want to seriously consider when you go TV shopping.If you are in the market for a new television, there's a new technology separating good TV's from even better ones. It's called High Dynamic Range, or HDR, and it's available on most 4K TV's. "This is a technology that's making bigger, brighter, bolder images really more like what you see like in real life. And so that's really the big differentiator this year is how well can a TV handle HDR content," said Jim Willcox, Consumer Reports tech editor.RELATED: How to get the most with an HDTV antenna HDR is designed to show brighter images with more detail in both the darkest and brightest parts of a scene.Plenty of TV's on the market say they're HDR capable, but that won't give you an … [Read more...] about What is HDR? Here’s a look at what it means for televisions to have High Dynamic Range
Syfy has revealed the first look at Emmett J. Scanlan in full costume as Lobo for the upcoming 2019 season of "Krypton." "A ruthless bounty hunter, who murdered his entire species, he possesses a genius level intellect when it comes to matters of warfare, making him a deadly adversary," reads Syfy's description. "Imbued with superhuman strength, and virtually immortal, Lobo will keep coming until the job is finished. His word is the only thing Lobo holds sacred; and although he'll never violate the letter of an agreement, he might disregard its spirit from time to time!" The second season of "Krypton," which follows the life of Superman's grandfather as a young man, is anticipated to begin in 2019. Originally published on Newsarama. … [Read more...] about First Look at Lobo from Syfy’s ‘Krypton’!