Day: September 12, 2019

Newly Discovered Comet Is Likely Interstellar Visitor

A newly discovered comet has excited the astronomical community this week because it appears to have originated from outside the solar system. The object – designated C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) – was discovered on Aug. 30, 2019, by Gennady Borisov at the MARGO observatory in Nauchnij, Crimea. The official confirmation that comet C/2019 Q4 is an…

EPA Makes Rollback Of Clean Water Rules Official, Repealing 2015 Protections

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the repeal of Obama-era water rules will end an overreach by the federal government. Timothy Gardner/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Timothy Gardner/Reuters EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the repeal of Obama-era water rules will end an overreach by the federal government. Timothy Gardner/Reuters The Trump administration is changing the definition…

Scientists dig genetic clues from 1.7m-year-old rhino tooth

Genetic information has been 
extracted from a 1.7 million year old rhino tooth, raising hopes that crucial data about extinct animals could be 
retrieved, or lost species revived. The discovery is one million years older than the oldest DNA sequenced, from a 700,000-year-old horse, and is the earliest ever recorded. Researchers at the universities of Cambridge…