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SpaceX successfully launches 'hammy' satellite SpaceX successfully launches 'hammy' satellite
- November 17, 2018

The motor stage is mounted on the bolts, not welded to the structure. Falcon 9 first launched on 4 June 2010, and since that time it underwent two substantial changes. The bull's-eye landing marked the 31st for SpaceX and the second landing for the booster. The satellite will use its own power to achieve a geostationary orbit. (more...)
'Fundamental reform' of United Kingdom land needed to combat climate change 'Fundamental reform' of United Kingdom land needed to combat climate change
- November 17, 2018

Reducing meat consumption in line with the Government's healthy eating guidelines would cut emissions and free up land for other uses, though the report does not call for people to switch to vegetarian diets. "Unsustainable supplies of biomass have no place in our future energy mix". "A zero carbon city will have many benefits for our citizens, not least enhanced air quality, better public transport networks, lower energy bills and future job opportunities in the growing low-carbon energy ... (more...)
Astronomers Discover Ghost Galaxy Lurking on Edge of Milky Way Astronomers Discover Ghost Galaxy Lurking on Edge of Milky Way
- November 17, 2018

In March, a separate team of astronomers found the galaxy NGC 1052-DF2 that is missing most of its dark matter that challenges currently-accepted theories of galaxy formation and seeks scientists to re-look at the nature of planet formation as well as the studies on the dark matter . (more...)
Asteroid alert: 19-mile crater found in Greenland - with massive consequences Asteroid alert: 19-mile crater found in Greenland - with massive consequences
- November 15, 2018

Conceptual image of the asteroid slamming into Greenland's ice sheet. The crater is the first of its kind ever found on Greenland - or under any of the Earth's ice sheets - and is among the 25 largest known on Earth, said the report in the journal Science Advances . (more...)
As 2nd-largest carbon spewer from power: IEA As 2nd-largest carbon spewer from power: IEA
- November 15, 2018

The stark note comes within the IEA's World Energy Outlook (WEO), the body's annual analysis of global energy trends, this year's edition of which was released earlier today (13 November). "The question we are asking is: can the USA, and United States shale in particular step up?" "Crafting the right policies and proper incentives will be critical to meeting our common goals of securing energy supplies, reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality in urban centres, and expanding basic ... (more...)
China's 'Artificial Sun' Marks Breakthrough for Nuclear Fusion China's 'Artificial Sun' Marks Breakthrough for Nuclear Fusion
- November 15, 2018

Apart from being remarkably hot, EAST plasma temperature is also important because it is the minimum temperature scientists believe is required for producing a self-sustaining nuclear fusion reach on Earth. Scientists at the Hefei Institute of Physical Science , which is part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have been working on an experiment to achieve nuclear fusion since 2006. (more...)
Cold ‘super-Earth’ exoplanet discovered orbiting nearby star Cold ‘super-Earth’ exoplanet discovered orbiting nearby star
- November 15, 2018

Finding out more about Barnard's star b will likely require telescopes able to detect light from the planet itself. Barnard's Star has always been "the great white whale" of exoplanet hunting, said Carnegie astronomer Paul Butler, a co-author on the Nature paper. (more...)
Was mysterious object spotted in space an alien probe? Was mysterious object spotted in space an alien probe?
- November 14, 2018

Oumuamua , Hawaiian for "messenger" or "scout", was first viewed by telescopes in October 2017. He also lamented that mankind now lacks the technology necessary to chase Oumuamua for a closer study, as the rock's point of origin makes it very fascinating for researchers. (more...)
Supermarket ad banned for being too 'political' becomes an online hit Supermarket ad banned for being too 'political' becomes an online hit
- November 14, 2018

The Iceland supermarket chain wanted to broadcast a TV commercial that is an edited version of a Greenpeace-made animated video, highlighting the scourge of palm oil growers destroying rain forest habitats causing orangutans to become a critically endangered species. (more...)
Rocket Lab hopes to launch commercial rocket Rocket Lab hopes to launch commercial rocket
- November 13, 2018

As CNBC noted , the Electron rocket is created to carry spacecraft up to the size of a refrigerator on a faster timetable than larger competitors like SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets, though it actually costs more than the latter. The first successful test of the Electron rocket came in January of this year. That would be a pretty remarkable launch rate for a relatively new company. (more...)
Tropical wave heading toward Caribbean, 50% chance of development Tropical wave heading toward Caribbean, 50% chance of development
- November 12, 2018

The chance of formation through the next 48 hours is 50 per cent, while that increases to 90 per cent over the next five days. The wave that is moving through the Atlantic has a good chance of becoming a tropical or subtropical cyclone by the middle of the week as it passes near Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the southeastern Bahamas. (more...)
California wildfires leave several dead, force thousands to flee California wildfires leave several dead, force thousands to flee
- November 12, 2018

The San Antonio Fire Department, District 7, Schertz Fire Department and Grey Forest Fire Department will each send members of their teams to California, SAFD spokesman Joe Arrington confirmed Sunday. "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", said Cal Fire Captain Scott McLean. Fire officials warned that the winds would be back on Sunday morning, and they were right. (more...)
Astronomers discover pairs of black holes ready to merge as galaxies collide Astronomers discover pairs of black holes ready to merge as galaxies collide
- November 11, 2018

The image at top left, taken by Hubble's Wide. A galaxy merger is a billion-plus-year process as two galaxies dance toward each other before finally joining together. The researchers analyzed 96 galaxies observed at Keck Observatory, and 385 of galaxies from the archive of Hubble. "Right now, the galaxies are separated by millions of light-years, but we're moving toward Andromeda at 250,000 miles per hour [400,000 km/h]", Koss said. (more...)
Second Brexit referendum still an option, Labour MPs told Second Brexit referendum still an option, Labour MPs told
- November 11, 2018

She expressed her admiration for her brother putting "principle ahead of party" and "country ahead of his own career" and wondered whether other MPs might follow his example. Writing in Saturday's Daily Telegraph, she said she had raised DUP concerns with Mrs May, but the PM's response failed to allay their fears. The better alternative, he believes, is to have another vote on whether the people want to actually leave now when they know the cost they will have to pay. (more...)
VX1: Asteroid Will Fly Past Earth Closer Than the Moon on Saturday VX1: Asteroid Will Fly Past Earth Closer Than the Moon on Saturday
- November 11, 2018

Asteroid 2018 VS1 will pass at around 02:03pm UTC (07:03pm Pakistan Time) at about 1.38 million km away from Earth - nearly four times as far away from the planet as the moon is. This involves the asteroid 2018 VR1 , which is a little wider at 30 metres in diameter. He will approach the Earth at 379 thousand kilometers. Two days later, the Minor Planet Center announced the discovery, estimaging the asteroid's diameter to be between 26 and 59 feet (8 and 18 m). (more...)
Stephen Hawking's thesis, wheelchair get big bids at auction Stephen Hawking's thesis, wheelchair get big bids at auction
- November 11, 2018

The motorized chair, used by Hawking after he was paralyzed with motor neuron disease - also called Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease - raised 296,750 pounds in a Christie's online auction. In addition to Hawking's personal documents and items, an original production script for Stephen Hawking's final appearance on The Simpsons - in which he was portrayed as a disc jockey with gold chains and a Kangol hat - also sold £6250 ($11,260). (more...)
Solar Probe 'alive' after being closest ever to Sun Solar Probe 'alive' after being closest ever to Sun
- November 10, 2018

According to NASA , it received data back from the spacecraft indicating an "A" status, which is the best of four status signals. Fifteen million miles is far closer to the sun than any spacecraft has ever gone-the previous record was set by Helios B in 1976 and broken by Parker on October 29 . (more...)
Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for R5.5m at auction Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for R5.5m at auction
- November 10, 2018

Hawking's 1965 thesis on the origins of the universe sold for £584 750, more than three times its pre-sale estimate, in the auction that ended on Thursday. When the document was made available online past year by Cambridge University, where Hawking spent his career, it was so popular that it crashed the website. (more...)
US Comes Up With Laser ‘Porch Light’ to Attract Space Aliens US Comes Up With Laser ‘Porch Light’ to Attract Space Aliens
- November 09, 2018

Clark and Kerri Cahoy and published in the journal The Astrophysical Journal , the two scientists believe that the laser technology would be the best way to capture the attention of the aliens astronomical. This would produce a beam with a staggering range of 20,000 light years. He also found that while a 30-meter telescope considerably dwarfs any existing observatory on Earth today, there are plans to build such massive telescopes in the near future, including the 24-meter Giant ... (more...)
Harvard Researchers: Mysterious cigar-shaped object is probably alien tech Harvard Researchers: Mysterious cigar-shaped object is probably alien tech
- November 09, 2018

Researches found the object to be unusual, elongated shape and unexpected trajectory ruled out conventional possibilities, including an asteroid. Axios reported that the study suggests that solar radiation pressure could be behind the object's "peculiar" acceleration around the sun. (more...)
Research: 'Bionic mushrooms' fuse nanotech, bacteria and fungi Research: 'Bionic mushrooms' fuse nanotech, bacteria and fungi
- November 09, 2018

Despite research projects examining how cyanobacteria could be used to make electricity , their use in power generation is limited by the fact that they cannot survive for long on artificial surfaces. The mushrooms essentially serve as a suitable environmental substrate with advanced functionality of nourishing the energy producing cyanobacteria. (more...)
USA court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline USA court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline
- November 09, 2018

However, President Donald Trump reversed the decision shortly after taking office, saying it would bring thousands of jobs. The administration overturned a ruling by the previous Barack Obama administration in 2015 that denied a permit for the pipeline, largely on environmental grounds. (more...)
Ozone layer hole will ‘totally heal within 50 years’ Ozone layer hole will ‘totally heal within 50 years’
- November 09, 2018

Rolando Garcia, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, told National Geographic that it would have been possible for skin to "literally" burn in just five minutes if an agreement hadn't been met about the ozone layer. (more...)
China Unveils New 'Heavenly Palace' Space Station China Unveils New 'Heavenly Palace' Space Station
- November 09, 2018

The results are in, one year after the Hewlett Packard Enterprise sent an off-the-shelf supercomputer to the International Space Station to test if mass-produced hardware could survive, basically unmodified, in the harsh environment of space. (more...)
Earth's protective ozone layer is finally healing Earth's protective ozone layer is finally healing
- November 08, 2018

Scientists discovered the the ozone layer, particularly over the Antarctic region and as far up as Australia, had depleted in the 1970s. The ozone layer's increasing health has been put down to the 1987 Montreal Protocol - an worldwide treaty banning ozone-depleting chemicals, including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), alongside new technology. (more...)
Nasa shares picture of a 'flying saucer that crash-landed from space' Nasa shares picture of a 'flying saucer that crash-landed from space'
- November 07, 2018

It turns out that sensational frame shows the capsule of the spacecraft "Genesis", which was launched on 8 August 2001 to study the Sun. "Flying saucer" photo released by NASA as it revisits old project's demise NASA has reiterated its confirmation that a flying saucer crash-landed in the Utah desert in 2004 after being tracked on radar and pursued by multiple helicopters, but alas, it's not what ufologists might think. (more...)
Harvard Researchers: Space Object Was Alien Spacecraft Harvard Researchers: Space Object Was Alien Spacecraft
- November 07, 2018

A "unique object" was discovered travelling at 196,000 miles per hour on October 19, 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii. But its "flattened, elongated shape and the way it accelerated on its way through the solar system set it apart from conventional asteroids and comets", reports NBC News. (more...)
NASA Detects Smiley in New Galaxy Through Its Hubble Space Telescope NASA Detects Smiley in New Galaxy Through Its Hubble Space Telescope
- November 07, 2018

In an image posted to NASA's website, two yellow orbs could be seen above an arc of light, painting a smiley face in the middle of a sea of stars. "Lower bow-shaped galaxy has a shape which is characteristic of gravitational lensing ". (more...)
Hold tight for a Brexit breakthrough, May tells Cabinet Hold tight for a Brexit breakthrough, May tells Cabinet
- November 06, 2018

May spokesperson said it was likely that a further cabinet meeting would be held before a deal was agreed, hinting that this could happen later in the week. Mr Baker said: "If we are going to regulate our own economy, if we are going to have our own independent trade policy, if we are going to be a normal independent country - which is what I understood the referendum result to have decided - then we need to be out of the customs union and we need to get out of the customs union in a timely ... (more...)
Tesla’s Starman And Roadster Have Crossed Mars And Gone Beyond Tesla’s Starman And Roadster Have Crossed Mars And Gone Beyond
- November 06, 2018

The SEC charged in a lawsuit that Mr. Musk had misled investors, and Tesla and Mr. Musk agreed last month to each pay $20-M and have Mr. Musk ousted as Chairman of the Board. They show what the posters claim are piles of scrapped parts such as sub-frames and plastic panels, built in a rush to hit quarterly production targets. (more...)