Science News in Brief, 15th November 2016

Dan Rather supports science

According to Scientific American, Dan Rather supports science and says that it is more important than ever in the modern world. Some questions might be raised about the presidential election of 2016 by future historians.

The Trump Administration will need to work on the scientific front because of the pressing concerns of the modern world that require scientific solutions and pursuit for their alleviation. “The political press treats science as a niche issue. But I would argue that it is central to America’s military and economic might […] it shapes the health and welfare of our citizenry, and that our governmental support of the pure pursuit of knowledge through basic research is one of the defining symbols of American excellence.”

“Supermoon” is here

Space.com reports that there will be a November “supermoon” on November 14 that can provide “an extraordinary sight for skywatchers,” which is “a full moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth during the lunar orbit.”

It will be the brightest and biggest moon, supermoon that is, to date in about 69 years, where the next one is expected to come on November 25, 2034. It is a rare event, and a rarefied experience for those that had or have the chance to see it.

NASA’s Noah Petro, Deputy Scientist of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, said, “The main reason why the orbit of the moon is not a perfect circle is that there are a lot of tidal, or gravitational, forces that are pulling on the moon.”

New Zealand shakes and kills

Science Magazine said that an earthquake hit New Zealand on November 14, which killed 2 people, and that New Zealand has convoluted seismic activity based on the judgment of experts.

James Goff, Seismologist and Tsunami Expert at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, said, “[New Zealand -seismology] is a lot more complicated than we thought…We are finding out again that there is seismic activity that we didn’t really know about.”
The US Geological Survey found the epicenter was a 7.8 magnitude earthquake near kaikoura, which is a coastal tourist town. The shallow quake from the earthquake “caused extensive damage to infrastructure.”

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