Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner has reached new heights in a space jump that was clocked at speeds of 364 miles per hour.
Red Bull Stratos, the name of the mission, is hoping to break even more records with a high-altitude skydive. Baumgartner is going after the world record of a skydive of 102,800 feet previously set by U.S. Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger in 1960.
"The height of Felix's test flight was significant, as it was the first time he passed the Armstrong Line of approximately 63,000 feet, where the atmospheric pressure truly tests Felix's custom-made space suit," the Red Bull team said in a statement. more >>
Earth's magnetic field is expected to be hit by the effects of a major solar flare on Thursday, which might disrupt utility grids, airline flights, satellite networks and GPS services across the Northern globe.
"It's hitting us right in the nose," explained Joe Kunches, a scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo. The sun has not produced much turbulent activity in a while, but a recent solar flare, part of a normal 11-year-cycle that occurred earlier this week, has grown and reached outwards from the sun, The Associated Press reported.
When it hits Earth's magnetic field, it has the potential to disrupt some important network technology, but also string the aurora lights farther from the poles than normal. Scientists are saying that the storm will not put human health in danger, however. more >>
The "Jesus Discovery," presented by archaeologist and professor James Tabor with documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, claimed to have found the tomb of Jesus and his family in Jerusalem in 2010. However, many remained skeptical. Now, their persistence has unveiled another nearby tomb that is causing renewed debate and controversy.
The new tomb – about 200 feet from the "Jesus Family Tomb" – is marked with the first Christian symbol, the cross. It also has markings allegedly saying "Divine Jehovah, raise up, raise up" and a drawing of a fish with a stick.
"In my assessment, there's zero percent chance that their theory is correct," Andrew Vaughn, executive director of the American Schools of Oriental Research, told MSNBC of the findings. For him, the second tomb does not strengthen the case that the first one is authentic. more >>
The oldest elephant herd ever to exist may have been found by scientists from the United Arab Emirates. The researchers found fossilized footprints in an Arabian desert dating back over 6 million years.
The paleontologists' discovery of the oldest elephant herd, reported in scientific journal Biology Letters, shows at least 13 elephants – both adults and young calves – on an interrupted trail through mud of almost 853 feet (260 meters) long.
The elephant herd did not consist of the same elephants that we have today. The tracks, which are about 15 inches (40 centimeters) wide, were most likely made by the four-tusked Stegotetrabelodon syrticus – the elephant ancestor most likely to be in open country. more >>
A 300 million-year-old forest that was discovered by a team on scientists in China is helping to shed light on how ancient climates affected ecosystems.
Pennsylvania State University's Hermann Pfefferkorn, a professor in the university's Department of Earth and Environmental Science, worked with three colleagues in China.
Jun Wang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yi Zhang of Shenyang Normal University, and Zhuo Feng of Yunnan University all helped contribute to the discovery. more >>
NASHVILLE – Christian apologists like Ken Ham, president and founder of Answers in Genesis, might see more opposition to their literal way of reading the Bible. That includes believing in a literal Adam and Eve and the fall of man, Ham told The Christian Post Sunday.
His belief that the Bible is the history book of the universe is increasingly under attack, he said.
"One of the things that we see happening in the Christian culture is that the battle over Genesis – the literal Adam and Eve, the literal fall – is really heating up," said Ham, who leads what is considered the largest biblical apologetics ministry in the United States. "Not just the battle over the age of the earth, between creationists and evolutionists, but now it's gone onto a battle over literal Adam and Eve, their literal fall." more >>