Cold nights, warm days trigger pollution alerts across France
Nearly a third of the 22 regions in mainland France on Wednesday were on a maximum pollution alert including a swathe of the country's north, centre-east and the Paris region.
NASA to launch students' nanosatellite
EQUiSat, a nanosatellite being built by a team of Brown University students, has been cleared for launch.
Nearest supernova in 27 years explodes in M82 galaxy
Desire to reproduce drives active nightlife of birds
For a non-nocturnal bird, the yellow-breasted chat spends a significant amount of time visiting other birds' territories during the night. A University of Illinois researcher who was studying birds' movement ...
Crittercam captures crocodilian foraging behaviors
Animal-borne camera reveals that alligators may attempt to capture prey most often at night, even though the calculated probability of catching prey is highest in the morning, according to a study published ...
"Loss of the night" app measures light pollution
If the Christmas story were set in the modern era, you might expect that the three wise men would need to rely on their GPS whenever they came into a town. But in fact, some stars can still be seen in even ...
Up in the sky: It's a nuclear explosion
If you live in the southern hemisphere, you now can safely view the aftermath of a nuclear explosion from the comfort of your own backyard.
Rocket with secret payload launches off California
A rocket carrying a secret payload for the U.S. government has successfully launched from the central California coast.
South Pole telescope detector aids study of the universe
Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) users from Argonne's High Energy Physics and Materials Science divisions helped design and operate part of the South Pole Telescope, a project that aims a large telescope ...
South Pole Telescope helps Argonne scientists study earliest ages of the universe
(Phys.org) —For physicist Clarence Chang at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, looking backward in time to the earliest ages of the universe is all in a day's work.
Foxconn admits to intern labour violations in China
Taiwan's Foxconn, which assembles products for Apple, Sony and other major tech firms, has admitted some of its student interns worked night shifts and overtime in violation of company policy in its Chinese facility.
Light at night, melatonin and bird behaviour
Low light levels, similar to those found in urban areas at night, can have a significant effect on melatonin production in birds at night. This suggests that melatonin could be mediating changes in bird behaviour at night. ...
Researchers find that bright nearby double star Fomalhaut is actually a triple
(Phys.org) —The nearby star system Fomalhaut – of special interest for its unusual exoplanet and dusty debris disk – has been discovered to be not just a double star, as astronomers had thought, but one of the widest ...
Preparing for comet ISON
(Phys.org) —ESA's space missions are getting ready to observe an icy visitor to the inner Solar System: Comet ISON, which might also be visible in the night sky later this year as a naked eye object.