ROBERTS CREEK, B.C. – An amateur astronomer in British Columbia has made a discovery that has gained the attention of NASA.
Scott Tilley, a 47-year-old electrical technologist, sneaks time away from his family when he can to search for spy satellites using radio frequency signals and a contraption of remote control cameras and antennas on the roof of his Roberts Creek home on the Sunshine Coast.
The truth is out there, and in 2015, more Canadians tried to find it when it came to UFOs.
A newly-released study by Winnipeg-based Ufology Research has found while UFOs aren’t on the minds of most people, sightings of the flying objects spiked last year to 1,267. That’s about three or four every day reported to civilian and official agencies.
Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland had more reported UFOs in 2015 compared with 2014.
STOCKHOLM – Arthur McDonald — a professor emeritus at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and the director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in northern Ontario — is a co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on tiny particles called neutrinos.
McDonald and Japanese scientist Takaaki Kajita were cited for the discovery of neutrino oscillations and their contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos change identities.
“The discovery has changed our understanding of the innermost workings of matter and can prove crucial to our view of the universe,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in announcing the award early Tuesday.
McDonald, who spoke to reporters by phone from his home in Kingston immediately after the prize was announced, said being named by the committee is a “very daunting experience, needless to say.”
“Fortunately, I have many colleagues as well who share this prize with me.”
WINNIPEG – From now on when someone says it’s as cold as Winnipeg, you may have to ask them to be more specific.
Winnipeg, Manitoba? Or Winnipeg, Mars?
A team of NASA scientists who are working with the Curiosity rover as it scans the red planet have named a small patch of rock “Winnipeg.”
“It’s been looking for water, essentially, evidence of past life and things like that. So Winnipeg is one of those spots along that scientific journey,” Scott Young, an astronomer with the Manitoba Museum, said Friday.
The Manitoba government is spending $9.2 million to upgrade 21 science labs across the province.
The second phase of the province’s Science Action Plan was highlighted Monday at Collège Béliveau, where the school will benefit from two upgraded labs. Renovations include replacement of millwork, fixtures, flooring, ceilings, lighting and ventilation fume hoods.
(NC) — On Earth, it would already be the next workout craze. Months after his videos of science experiments and everyday tasks such as shaving, brushing teeth and making a sandwich in space took off, Chris Hadfield’s YouTube clips about health and exercise have quietly gained their own devoted fan following.
From pumping iron and running to simply sleep, Hadfield’s workout videos have gotten more than 3.6 million views on the Canadian Space Agency’s YouTube channel.
Not only are people watching with interest as astronauts exercise, some are even copying those space voyagers’ training routines. To date, over 24,000 people have participated in NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins’ “Train like an astronaut” program.
(NC) — Baby boomers often think of 50 as the new 40. This is especially true now as the last members of the think-young generation reach the half-century mark. With an unprecedented life expectancy of 78.7 years for the youngest of the boomers, we are all being encouraged to incorporate healthy habits to keep our minds beautiful during the second half of life.
The latest science indicates that there are simple, but powerful, steps you can take to help your brain remain strong and healthy as you age. A partnership between the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) in Washington, D.C. and the life’sDHAbrand, identifies key lifestyle factors known as the “Four Dimensions of Brain Health” that can make a positive impact throughout life. The campaign, Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential, names these factors as: diet and nutrition, physical health, mental health and social well-being.
(NC) A new Canadian spacecraft could someday help ID and track ships across millions of square kilometres of open-ocean, even when those ships fall out of range of other tracking technology.
For decades, sea captains have used radar and transponder-based technology to see other boats around them. It’s a system limited by distance, but that could soon change.
Packed with high-tech gear that gives a global ship traffic view over huge areas, M3MSat (the “M3” stands for “Maritime Monitoring and Messaging,” while the second “M” stands for “Micro-satellite”) is the latest generation of small-but-mighty spacecraft sent to test new technologies before they’re deployed on full-scale orbiters.