NASA expert identifies mysterious extraterrestrial object as old Centaur rocket booster

Earth may get a new “mini-moon” soon.

But it’s probably just an old rocket booster from 1966.

The mysterious extraterrestrial object once called “asteroid 2020 SO” now appears to be an old rocket from a failed moon-landing mission 54 years ago, according to NASA’s leading asteroid expert Paul Chodas.

The “asteroid” was on track to get nabbed by Earth’s gravitational pull and become a small moon next month.

The formerly known asteroid may actually be the Centaur upper-rocket stage that successfully propelled NASA’s Surveyor 2 lander to the moon in 1966. According to NASA, the lander ended up colliding into the moon after one of its thrusters failed to ignite.


Last month, this mysterious object was detected by a telescope in Hawaii, according to Space.com’s Meghan Bartels. The object is roughly estimated to be 26 feet based on its brightness—near the length of the old Centaur, which now would be

Read More

NASA expert identifies mystery object once thought an asteroid

The jig may be up for an “asteroid” that’s expected to get nabbed by Earth’s gravity and become a mini moon next month. Instead of a cosmic rock, the newly discovered object appears to be an old rocket from a failed moon-landing mission 54 years ago that’s finally making its way back home, according to NASA’s leading asteroid expert. Observations should help nail its identity.

“I’m pretty jazzed about this,” Paul Chodas told The Associated Press. “It’s been a hobby of mine to find one of these and draw such a link, and I’ve been doing it for decades now.”

Chodas speculates that asteroid 2020 SO, as it is formally known, is actually the Centaur upper rocket stage that successfully propelled NASA’s Surveyor 2 lander to the moon in 1966 before it was discarded. The lander ended up crashing into the moon after one of its thrusters failed to ignite

Read More

Skoda develop a smartphone app that identifies what’s wrong with your car by listening to the engine



a person driving a car: MailOnline logo


© Provided by This Is Money
MailOnline logo

Skoda has developed new technology it believes will make car mechanics’ lives easier – or possible make them redundant entirely.

The Czech brand – which sits under VW Group’s ownership – says it has completed successful trials of a smartphone app that can listen to any thuds, bangs or clatter produced by a vehicle and diagnose the problem from the sound alone.

Called the Skoda Sound Analyser, the manufacturer says it has a 90 per cent success rate of identifying issues with cars correctly.



a hand holding a small camera: Smart-phone app for car mechanics: Skoda has developed an application that listens to a car's engine noise to identify if it has an underlying issue that needs to be fixed by a technician


© Provided by This Is Money
Smart-phone app for car mechanics: Skoda has developed an application that listens to a car’s engine noise to identify if it has an underlying issue that needs to be fixed by a technician

Skoda has developed the system in house to be used by technicians in its franchised servicing departments to quickly

Read More

Research identifies sperm biomarker associated with couples’ pregnancy probability — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have identified a single-measure biomarker in sperm mitochondrial DNA that may predict male reproductive health and pregnancy success.

The discovery applies not just to couples seeking care for infertility but also for the general population. This biomarker could become a more accurate predictor of male infertility than semen parameters, on which health care organizations and clinicians have long relied.

“Clinically, the diagnosis of male infertility really hasn’t changed in decades,” says UMass Amherst environmental epigeneticist Richard Pilsner, corresponding author of the study published today, Oct. 6, in the journal Human Reproduction. “In the last 10 to 20 years, there have been major advances in the understanding of the molecular and cellular functions of sperm, but the clinical diagnosis hasn’t changed or caught up.”

In addition to Pilsner, the team of UMass researchers included lead author Allyson Rosati, who wrote the paper as

Read More

University of Oregon-led project identifies the age, depth and carbon stock of the world’s oldest tropical peatlands — ScienceDaily

Researchers probing peatlands to discover clues about past environments and carbon stocks on land have identified peatland that is twice as old and much deeper than previously thought.

Their findings, detailed in an open-access paper published Sept. 14 in the journal Environmental Research Letters, show that an inland site near Putussibau, not far from the Indonesia-Malaysia border, formed at least 47,800 years old and contains peat 18 meters deep — roughly the height of a six-story building.

The study provides new insights about the climate of equatorial rainforests, especially during the last ice age, said study co-author Dan Gavin, a professor of geography at the University of Oregon.

“This existence of this very deep and old peatland provides some clues on past climate,” Gavin said. “It tells us that this area remained sufficiently wet and warm to support peat growth through the last ice age. The climate during that

Read More

Nomura identifies three factors that are fueling South Korean stocks

  • By the end of the third quarter, South Korea’s Kospi has risen nearly 6% so far this year. In comparison, the Shanghai composite in China has risen about 5.5%, while the Japan’s Nikkei 225 remains around 2% lower.
  • Nomura’s Chetan Seth says there’re three reasons behind the positive performance of South Korean shares: retail investor support, the country’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the composition of the stock market.



A currency dealer monitors exchange rates in a trading room at KEB Hana Bank in Seoul on December 30, 2019.


© Provided by CNBC
A currency dealer monitors exchange rates in a trading room at KEB Hana Bank in Seoul on December 30, 2019.

SINGAPORE — South Korea’s markets have powered ahead of their peers in a year that has seen major economies globally falling into recession as authorities race to stem the economic and public health fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

By the end of the third quarter, the country’s Kospi has risen nearly 6% so far

Read More

Greenwich Associates research identifies key trends for successful technology transformation

LONDON, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Financial services firms relying on technology upgrades to make them more competitive and profitable must review their exploration stages to ensure success, according to new research from Greenwich Associates, commissioned by Finastra.

Finastra Logo
Finastra Logo

The new report series, Ensuring Successful IT Transformations in 2020 and Beyond, examines technology transformation firms and the critical elements involved. It identifies the key drivers of success to help financial services companies complete their transformations effectively, on budget and on time.

For instance, almost half of technology executives believe that better defined scope and goals are needed to improve success rates in technology transformation programs, and 31% noted that setting realistic timeframes and budget would improve the ability to meet their strategic objectives.

Key findings focus on ensuring success in major technology projects:

  • Technology professionals at some of the world’s largest financial services companies report that the

Read More