Astronomer Frank Drake dies

On Friday, September 2, 2022, at the age of 93, American astronomer Frank Drake, who became one of the pioneers of the search for radio signals from extraterrestrial civilizations, died. He is also one of the creators of the records for the Pioneer and Voyager probes and the Arecibo radio message, according to the SETI… Continue reading Astronomer Frank Drake dies

Burial of a woman with a 1,400-year-old folding chair unearthed in Germany

Archaeologists have discovered the burial of a woman in Middle Franconia who died at approximately 40–50 years of age around 600 AD. Among her accompanying equipment was a folding iron chair. This is only the second such discovery from the early Middle Ages made in Germany. This was reported in a press release from the… Continue reading Burial of a woman with a 1,400-year-old folding chair unearthed in Germany

Sahelanthropus was again allowed to walk on two legs

Paleontologists examined femur and ulna bones found more than 20 years ago in Chad. They concluded that the remains belonged to Sahelanthropus (Sahelanthropus tchadensis), who lived about seven million years ago. According to the researchers, the individual could move on the ground on two legs, but also climbed trees. This was reported in an article… Continue reading Sahelanthropus was again allowed to walk on two legs

The French presented a manned drone with turbojet engines

The French company Zapata presented a high-speed manned drone with ten turbojet engines. She also showed a recording of flight tests, during which the drone not only flew in a straight line, but also turned over in a controlled manner. The drone's estimated maximum speed is 250 kilometers per hour, and its payload capacity is… Continue reading The French presented a manned drone with turbojet engines

Astronomers have found four overlooked early fast radio bursts

Astronomers, in the course of re-analyzing archived pulsar observation data from the Parkes radio telescope, discovered four previously unknown fast radio bursts, which may be considered the very first such phenomena detected. Three of them are characterized by a record long duration, and one is characterized by a record large measure of signal dispersion. A… Continue reading Astronomers have found four overlooked early fast radio bursts

Physicists have learned to direct lightning with a laser

Physicists from several countries have reported the successful use of high-power lasers to control the propagation of lightning. To do this, they illuminated the space above the Säntis Tower, located in the mountains of Switzerland, for two months during a thunderstorm. Of the 16 lightning strikes that struck the tower during the observation period, four… Continue reading Physicists have learned to direct lightning with a laser

Physicists have proposed a scheme for producing spin-polarized metastable matter

German physicists have proposed a scheme for producing spin-polarized metastable matter. To do this, it is necessary to mix a beam of ions with a beam of hydrogen, all of whose electron spins are aligned along the same direction. Such atoms will be able to accumulate enormous amounts of energy and will also create a… Continue reading Physicists have proposed a scheme for producing spin-polarized metastable matter

Europe has finally abandoned cooperation with Russia on the ExoMars mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) has decided to finally stop cooperation with Roscosmos on the second part of the ExoMars project, which involved sending a Russian landing platform and a European rover to Mars. stated agency director Josef Aschbacher. Previously, due to Russia’s military actions on the territory of Ukraine, this cooperation was frozen, but… Continue reading Europe has finally abandoned cooperation with Russia on the ExoMars mission

Volunteers found 34 ultra-cool dwarfs in binary systems

Volunteers from the citizen science project Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 helped astronomers find 34 previously unknown binary systems where one of the companions is an ultra-cool dwarf. It is expected that these discoveries will provide a better understanding of the mechanisms of formation and evolution of low-mass systems. Article published in The Astronomical Journal. Studies… Continue reading Volunteers found 34 ultra-cool dwarfs in binary systems

The Bavarians buried the man killed in battle prone. But along with valuables

In Bavaria, a burial of the 7th–8th century AD was excavated, which contained the remains of an individual buried prone with valuable accompanying equipment, including a spatha. Anthropologists found that the bones belonged to a male warrior 20–30 years old, who, judging by the damage, died in battle. The funeral rite, unusual for the Bavarians,… Continue reading The Bavarians buried the man killed in battle prone. But along with valuables