True to its name, the whitetip reef shark sports shiny white tips on its dorsal and caudal fins. It enjoys nosing about in reef neighborhoods, and would rather cruise shallower waters not much deeper than 100 feet, but it can also be found venturing out into open waters of the ocean. It’s most commonly found among the coral reefs of the Pacific and Indian oceans.
There was mournful news out of Sweden with the announcement that the world’s oldest known European eel had passed away recently at the age of 155, after living through two world wars, the Cold War, disco, punk, grunge, and the advent of the Internet. Read more
Two Mars-bound spacecraft are both in excellent health ahead of their September arrivals in orbit around the Red Planet, managers for both missions report.
A newly described species of dolphin, the Australian humpback dolphin, was just named a few days ago, and it’s already under threat.
Human fear of sharks, which has let to shark nets being set around coastal areas, has caused the accidental capture of the newly identified dolphin.
According to a paper published in the journal Marine Mammal Science, the dolphins wind up as by-catch “in shark nets set around beaches to protect bathers.” Fisheries also pose a threat, as do habitat loss and degradation from coastal development, pollution and climate change. Read more
A penguin that lived more than 35 million years ago was the largest ever, and would stand twice as tall as today’s largest penguin, according to new fossil evidence.
One of Jupiter’s moons has unleashed a series of huge volcanic eruptions over a hellish 2 week period that were so bright they could be studied in detail by ground based observatories.
At 4pm PT (7pm ET) today, Discovery News and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will team up to bring you the latest news from NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory by the scientists and engineers who drive and care for the Curiosity rover.
Joining DNews’ Trace Dominguez and Ian O’Neill will be:
- Ashwin Vasavada, MSL deputy project scientist (at JPL Mission Control).
- Nagin Cox, MSL tactical uplink lead (JPL Mars Yard). Twitter: @nasa_nagin
- Matt Heverly, MSL rover driver (JPL Mars Yard). Twitter: @Matt_Heverly
- Amy Shira Teitel, space historian and DNews space guest host. Twitter: @astVintageSpace
The Google+ Hangout will also feature live video from the Mars Yard at JPL. We’ll get the low down on Curiosity’s health, the team’s hopes for the future and a look back over it’s biggest discoveries from its first Mars year on the red planet. We will also be taking live questions from our viewers via the G+ event page and on Twitter. Make sure you also keep an eye on @DNews, @NASAJPL and @MarsCuriosity for updates and use the #SpaceOut hashtag if you have any questions for the JPL team.