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Spider Sex Party Covers Greek Beach in 1000-Foot-Long Web Spider Sex Party Covers Greek Beach in 1000-Foot-Long Web
- September 23, 2018

An increase in the mosquito population is also thought to have contributed to a large number of spiders in the region. Like this story? Share it with a friend! The spiders are likely from the genus Tetragnatha which are commonly known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. (more...)
NASAs planet-hunting probe TESS sends back its first image NASAs planet-hunting probe TESS sends back its first image
- September 23, 2018

The newly released photo shows sparkling bright stars, as well as two nearby galaxies. More observations will have to confirm their existence before they're entered into the history books as the first exoplanets spotted by TESS . Scientists anticipate that data from TESS could reveal thousands of new planets that are within 200 light-years of Earth. During its first year of operations, the satellite will study the 13 sectors making up the southern sky. (more...)
Ecstasy Makes Octopuses More Friendly, Study Shows Ecstasy Makes Octopuses More Friendly, Study Shows
- September 23, 2018

Octopuses and humans are separated by 500 million years of evolution. Writing in the journal Current Biology , researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the USA say the drug affected the creatures in a similar way to humans. Finally, the results could significantly impact what we know about the evolution of brains and why MDMA-assisted therapy seems to be such a useful tool in treating post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. (more...)
Who Is Yusaka Maezawa, The Mysterious First Tourist to Visit the Moon? Who Is Yusaka Maezawa, The Mysterious First Tourist to Visit the Moon?
- September 22, 2018

Twenty-four men flew to the moon from 1968 through 1972, and half of them made it to the lunar surface. He will be boarding SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket or BFR which is still now under development. Maezawa's identity was revealed at an event held Monday night at SpaceX headquarters and the rocket plant in Hawthorne, a suburb of Los Angeles. "I choose to go to the moon with artists". (more...)
Spiders Cover Shores Of Greek Town With 1,000-Foot Web Spiders Cover Shores Of Greek Town With 1,000-Foot Web
- September 22, 2018

A video shows the web's thick blanket cloaking trees, bushes and shrubberies near the shore, with a quick shot of two spiders that appear to be mating. Moreover and according to biologist Maria Chatzaki, they pose no threat to the flora and fauna of the environment. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation". (more...)
Wilson: $13 billion Space Force cost estimate is 'conservative' Wilson: $13 billion Space Force cost estimate is 'conservative'
- September 22, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters that the preliminary analysis drew partly from classified intelligence about possible threats in the 2025 to 2030 time frame, showing that the service, at its current size, would be unable to preserve America's edge. (more...)
Enormous 1,000ft spider web mysteriously appears overnight in Greece
- September 22, 2018

See the massive spider webs in the video player above. Thousands of the creatures, known as Tetragnatha spiders , spun the web near a lagoon in Aitoliko to facilitate mating in what experts call a "seasonal phenomenon", according to the BBC . (more...)
Florence Unleashing a Flood of Pig Poop on North Carolina Florence Unleashing a Flood of Pig Poop on North Carolina
- September 22, 2018

Baker was unsure, however, whether this particular boat was part of state reconnaissance efforts, or simply someone taking a freakish boating trip down a USA highway. Two years ago, flooding ruined the baseboards and carpet. Poultry losses will also likely exceed the 1.8 million birds that died from Hurricane Matthew , Troxler said. (more...)
Spider Webs Cover Entire Greek Lagoon
- September 22, 2018

The cloudy web stretches over an abandoned boat, trees and rows of vegetation in photographs published to Facebook by user Giannis Giannakopoulos. A 300m-long spider's web has settled over an area of greenery surrounding the coast, casting a ghost-like veil. (more...)
SpaceX moon passenger to invite artists on journey SpaceX moon passenger to invite artists on journey
- September 22, 2018

Watch the full announcement in the video player below. Smiling widely, Maezawa said: "Finally, I can tell you that I choose to go to the Moon". During the SpaceX reveal event, Maezawa explained that his desire is to bring a bunch of artists with him on his trip around the Moon. (more...)
Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept tows portable observatory Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept tows portable observatory
- September 21, 2018

Earlier this week, Nissan teased a Navara pickup concept with trailer in tow. The design of the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept takes its inspiration from the cosmos. Nissan has tweaked the ProPilot system, around view monitor and blind spot warnings to work properly with its expensive trailer contents as well as a system - Intelligent Towing Hitch Alignment - to ensure hook-up is seamless and automatic. (more...)
The Hardest Known Substance in the Universe - Nuclear Pasta
- September 21, 2018

These radiations can be detected using telescopes and indicate that the nature of neutron stars is unlike anything observed on Earth. These tiny spinning objects are only a dozen or so miles wide and yet pack in the entire mass of our sun. Matthew Caplan , a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University. The strongest material in the known universe is a odd form of pasta - it's not campanelle, gnocchi, or penne, but rather an esoteric-like concoction called nuclear pasta , which is formed by ... (more...)
Donald Trump Jokes with Storm Victim After Boat Lands in His Yard Donald Trump Jokes with Storm Victim After Boat Lands in His Yard
- September 21, 2018

Trump spoke briefly about the "epic" flooding and promised to throw all the money at North Carolina as soon as possible. There, Roberta and Joseph Keithley had been sleeping on cots set up in a school classroom since Friday. According to NOAA , an average of three hurricanes cross the US coast every five years. For Chris Smith, whose North Carolina farm is home to 30,000 chickens and 150 acres of sweet potatoes, the fight to survive Hurricane Florence is not yet over. (more...)
Spiders are 'having a party' in this terrifying 1,000-foot web
- September 21, 2018

Warmer weather conditions in western Greece have led to the eerie spectacle of a 300m-long spider-web in Aitoliko. Greek local and photographer Giannis Giannakopoulos captured stunning photographs and a video of the webs. Thankfully for residents, however, the species are harmless. Speaking to Greek news websites, molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki said that the spiders are not unsafe to humans and she not be feared. (more...)
Michael Jordan makes two enormous donations to Hurricane Florence victims Michael Jordan makes two enormous donations to Hurricane Florence victims
- September 20, 2018

The President then met with local and state officials, SC senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, and Congressman Tom Rice at the Horry County Emergency Operations Center, assuring them that Washington is behind the county and will provide federal help. (more...)
Hurricane Florence death toll climbs to 37; Donald Trump visits stricken area Hurricane Florence death toll climbs to 37; Donald Trump visits stricken area
- September 20, 2018

Trump told the crowd of officials that the federal government's resources are at the disposal of North Carolina . Harrowing police scanner audio provides details of the efforts to save the women, who could be heard talking as rescuers scrambled to save them. (more...)
SpaceX to announce private moon flight passenger SpaceX to announce private moon flight passenger
- September 20, 2018

The Japanese billionaire is also known as a contemporary art collector and curator with a large collection at his Contemporary Art Foundation in Tokyo, which features works of various renowned painters like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. (more...)
Trump tells Hurricane Florence survivor to 'have a good time' Trump tells Hurricane Florence survivor to 'have a good time'
- September 20, 2018

A Philippine police officer says residents of a mining camp in a mountain village refused to leave ahead of the powerful typhoon, believing their chapel and nearby bunkhouses were on stable ground. At least 27 people have been killed in North Carolina, eight in SC, and one in Virginia. "All my stuff is gone", she said. Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials Tuesday in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by high water days after Hurricane Florence unleashed ... (more...)
Trump Visits Hurricane-Damaged North Carolina
- September 20, 2018

Behind the house was a large boat, which had washed up near the man's property. Local Republicans and other dignitaries expressed their appreciation for Trump, including U.S. The president later told reporters the homeowner told Trump his insurance company didn't want to pay for the damage, according to the report. "That's nice", Trump reportedly replied. (more...)
The first science image from NASA's TESS exoplanet hunter is mind-boggling The first science image from NASA's TESS exoplanet hunter is mind-boggling
- September 20, 2018

Orbital Observatory TESS gave to the Earth its first picture of the patch of sky in the southern hemisphere . The probe's exemplary inaugural science image is the first look at TESS's unique approach to planet hunting. NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and a new generation of ground-based telescopes will be well-suited for the follow-up work. The satellite's target stars are 30 to 300 light-years away, 30 to 100 times brighter than the targets Kepler has, which are also much further away. (more...)
President Trump visits North Carolina as governor pleads for patience President Trump visits North Carolina as governor pleads for patience
- September 19, 2018

In addition, about 30 Sanderson farms that together house more than 6 million chickens around hard-hit Lumberton, North Carolina, remain isolated by floodwater and out of reach of feed trucks, Sanderson said, noting that the number of dead chickens could increase. (more...)
Trump to visit North Carolina as governor urges residents to be patient Trump to visit North Carolina as governor urges residents to be patient
- September 19, 2018

Almost 50,000 homes and businesses remain without power in the county where Wilmington is located. The federal response to Hurricane Florence has largely been overshadowed by the president's claims of "A Plus" response to past storms, including that of Hurricane Maria. (more...)
'There is no access to Wilmington': Rivers swell as Florence looms 'There is no access to Wilmington': Rivers swell as Florence looms
- September 19, 2018

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Florence, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression, continues to dump heavy rain on parts of North Carolina and northeastern SC. The centre of the storm was about 45 miles (70 km) north-northeast of Greenville and moving north at 10 mph (17 kph), the hurricane centre said. Among the other fatalities were two men in their 70s who died in Lenoir County - one had been connecting extension cords and another was blown by high winds when ... (more...)
Scallop Wars OVER: French and British fisherman reach peace deal Scallop Wars OVER: French and British fisherman reach peace deal
- September 19, 2018

The more than a decade-long disagreement came to a head in the early hours of 28 August as French fishermen allegedly threw smoke bombs , rocks and other projectiles at English and Scottish boats in the scallop-rich bay off the Normandy coast. (more...)
NASA satellite launched to measure Earth's ice changes NASA satellite launched to measure Earth's ice changes
- September 19, 2018

The US space agency NASA has launched what it describes as its most advanced space laser into orbit, in a bid to find out just how much of the Earth's ice is melting as the planet warms. We don't open up the [telescope] door for about another week. The satellite will be starting to collect the data which will be using a specially designed laser device which will give the scientists more data that is exactly about the ice that is melting very fast. (more...)
1.7 million chickens drowned in Florence flooding 1.7 million chickens drowned in Florence flooding
- September 19, 2018

Emergency workers delivered truckloads of food and water to the coastal city of Wilmington , which remains largely cut off from the rest of North Carolina with just one major accessible route. Further flooding could push up that figure. Hurricane Florence's torrential rains have flooded much of the area and washed over sections of numerous roads, including the interstate. (more...)
Musk names Japan billionaire for around-the-moon space trip Musk names Japan billionaire for around-the-moon space trip
- September 19, 2018

Today SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell was quoted as saying that the company had its "eyes on the prize" for an initial BFR flight to Mars in 2024, although she acknowledged that SpaceX's timelines often slip to the right. SpaceX is now prototyping the spaceship and other BFR hardware inside a 20,000-square-foot tent at the Port of Los Angeles - at least until a much bigger permanent facility is completed. (more...)
Is Hurricane Florence More Dangerous Because of Climate Change? Is Hurricane Florence More Dangerous Because of Climate Change?
- September 18, 2018

Studies have shown that climate change makes hurricanes and typhoons worse, and the same is true for Hurricane Florence . The warmer the world, the wetter and more destructive are hurricanes, concluded meteorologists and scientists who study climate change and hurricanes . (more...)
Death toll rises to 31 as Hurricane Florence continues to RAVAGE US Death toll rises to 31 as Hurricane Florence continues to RAVAGE US
- September 18, 2018

At least 32 people have been killed since Florence came ashore as a hurricane on Friday, including 25 in North Carolina and six in SC. A one-year-old boy is the youngest victim to have been killed by the storm after he fell out of his mother's hands near Charlotte, North Carolina. (more...)
Flooding in Fayetteville: Cape Fear River rising Flooding in Fayetteville: Cape Fear River rising
- September 18, 2018

WE KNOW LESS ABOUT THE MANY SMALLER RIVERS AND STREAMS, BUT . rainfall tallies and other storm-related and pre-existing conditions suggest flooding will assume a character as bad or worse than that of Hurricanes Floyd and Matthew . Topsail Elementary is located at US Hwy 17, Hamptead; Cape Fear Middle School is located at1886 NC Highway 133, Rocky Point; Malpass Corners Elementary at 4992 Malpass Corner Rd., Burgaw. (more...)