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Lunar eclipse will not be visible in India; here's where to watch Lunar eclipse will not be visible in India; here's where to watch
- January 22, 2019

Hundreds of people came out late on Sunday night or early Monday morning to witness the event, capturing images of the super blood wolf moon and sharing it on Twitter. Elisabeth in Nuremberg, Germany. This moon is also called as "blood moon" because of this red glow. And David Wahl, the Director of Awesome at Seattle's Archie McPhee novelty emporium , suggested that from now on, each night's moon should be given a jazzy name. (more...)
Japan satellite to stage 'shows' of artificial shooting stars from 2020 Japan satellite to stage 'shows' of artificial shooting stars from 2020
- January 20, 2019

Basically, it releases small balls that glow, making it look as if there is a meteor shower. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency ( JAXA ) is set to launch the Epsilon-4 rocket from Japan's Uchinoura Space Center at 7:50 p.m. There are 400 tiny balls on the satellite. That should be enough for 20-30 events, as one shower will involve up to 20 stars, according to the company. (more...)
Blood moon set to bring lunar spectacle - send us your photos Blood moon set to bring lunar spectacle - send us your photos
- January 20, 2019

That's a mouthful, but let's break it down. The supermoon portion of this event happens when the full moon is at the closest point of orbit to the Earth, called a perigee. Sometimes it passes between the Earth and the sun and causes an eclipse of the sun, and can similarly cause a partial eclipse of the sun. "It's like seeing a sunset all the way around the Earth", Hayne told Live Science. (more...)
Work on United Kingdom nuclear power plant halted over financing impasse Work on United Kingdom nuclear power plant halted over financing impasse
- January 20, 2019

Hitachi said talks with the United Kingdom government to reach an arrangement to finance the project, which is being built at Wylfa Newydd in north Wales by its subsidiary Horizon Nuclear Power , have failed to reach an agreement. "This Government is committed to the nuclear sector, giving the go ahead to the first new nuclear power station in a generation at Hinkley Point C , investing £200 million through our recent sector, which includes millions for advanced nuclear technologies". (more...)
EPA nominee Andrew Wheeler’s confirmation hearing EPA nominee Andrew Wheeler’s confirmation hearing
- January 18, 2019

He defended his record on rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations as Democrats assailed his ties to business and his lack of urgency on the issue of climate change. One shouted, "This is outrage". Activists briefly interrupted Wheeler's testimony on Wednesday shouting "Shut down Wheeler, not the EPA", and several were arrested after demonstrating outside the hearing room. (more...)
Global alliance of companies to eliminate plastic waste launched Global alliance of companies to eliminate plastic waste launched
- January 18, 2019

The cross-value chain Alliance to End Plastic Waste ( AEPW ), now made up of almost 30 member companies, has committed more than US$1bn with the goal of investing $1.5bn over the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment . (more...)
Saturn's rings are younger than the planet itself Saturn's rings are younger than the planet itself
- January 18, 2019

The rings of Saturn may be iconic, but there was a time when the majestic gas giant existed without its distinctive halo. The sixth planet from the Sun formed about 4.5 billion years ago, along with the rest of the planets in our solar system, and spent the bulk of its existence without the characteristic rings it is known for today. (more...)
Total lunar eclipse: Super Wolf Blood Moon visible in the Netherlands Total lunar eclipse: Super Wolf Blood Moon visible in the Netherlands
- January 18, 2019

This is known as the blood moon . Viewers in the region should get a clear look at the eclipse as it begins around 10:30 p.m. The moon will start to enter the earth's shadow just after 2.30am and the maximum eclipse will happen just before 5.15am. (more...)
2018 was the hottest year ever recorded for the planet's oceans 2018 was the hottest year ever recorded for the planet's oceans
- January 18, 2019

The same group of scientists published a study last week showing that oceans are warming faster than scientists thought , by absorbing more heat than was previously known. The added heat resulted in a global mean sea level rise of 29.5 millimeters above the 1981-2010 average, which was the largest ever observed. Publishing their work in Nature Communications, the study authors note that coastal communities around the world will be especially impacted, particularly in the face of sea level ... (more...)
More than half of the world's coffee is in danger of extinction More than half of the world's coffee is in danger of extinction
- January 18, 2019

For comparison, six percent of hazelnuts and nine percent of pistachios face an extinction threat, in addition to about half of all wild tea and mango species. And the researchers say coffee species appear to be extinction sensitive, having low adaptive potential, growing in narrow climatic envelopes and in restricted habitats. (more...)
Cottoning on: Chinese seed sprouts on moon Cottoning on: Chinese seed sprouts on moon
- January 18, 2019

Another objective of the mission was to test whether plants could grow in a low-gravity environment, a test which appears to have already yielded results. Fruit flies, they added, "as consumers, and yeast, as decomposers, would generate carbon dioxide by consuming oxygen for photosynthesis of plants". No biological matter had previously been grown on the lunar surface, while January 3 marked the first time a spacecraft landed on the far side of the Moon . (more...)
Scientists: Saturn spent billions of years without its rings
- January 18, 2019

It's possible that the rings are the remnants of a comet or some other icy object that made a chance encounter with Saturn and got ripped up, he says. Mimas is smooth and round, 246 kilometers in diameter. That's because the rings seem to be made of extremely pure water ice, suggesting that the bright white rings have not existed long enough to be contaminated by the bombardment of messy, dirty comets that would be expected to occur over billions of years. (more...)
The magnetic north pole is messing with your smartphone's mapping apps The magnetic north pole is messing with your smartphone's mapping apps
- January 18, 2019

Scientists have spotted something odd at the top of the world: the magnetic North Pole is drifting eastwards at an unexpectedly rapid rate. The reason behind this was zeroed down to a combined effect of a global geomagnetic acceleration pulse that occurred in 2015-2016, and a swiftly changing magnetic field in the North Polar Area. (more...)
First plant grown on moon has already withered and died First plant grown on moon has already withered and died
- January 18, 2019

Earlier this week, Chinese scientists confirmed that the cotton seeds had sprouted . The far side of the moon has been observed many times from lunar orbits, but never explored on the surface. The historic mission is meant to accomplish a range of tasks, including conducting the first lunar low-frequency radio astronomy experiment and exploring whether there is water at the moon's poles. (more...)
Antarctica is losing ice much faster than previously thought Antarctica is losing ice much faster than previously thought
- January 18, 2019

Already, Antarctic melting has raised global sea levels more than half an inch (1.4 centimeters) between 1979 and 2017, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a peer-reviewed U.S. The study's lead author, glaciologist Eric Rignot , senior project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, says "This region is probably more sensitive to climate [change] than has traditionally been assumed, and that's important to know, because it holds even more ... (more...)
A 'super blood wolf moon eclipse' is happening this weekend A 'super blood wolf moon eclipse' is happening this weekend
- January 18, 2019

For the keen sky-watchers the lunar disk will appear a few percent larger and brighter than usual making it a lovely sight to soak in and a great photo opportunity. Hence, the "Super" portion of the moniker. Although it is set to be a late Sunday night, there is no shortage of activities inside the centre in the lead-up to the eclipse. (more...)
£21bn 'holy grail' particle collider splits the scientific community £21bn 'holy grail' particle collider splits the scientific community
- January 17, 2019

Finally, protons will be made possible collisions in the 100-Kilometer-long Tunnel at center of mass energies of up to 100 teraelectron volts - the latter Design, however, would only be taken after the successful implementation of the electron-Positron accelerator in attack and, thus, in the late 2050s years. (more...)
A cotton seed sprouted - and died - on China’s Lunar Lander A cotton seed sprouted - and died - on China’s Lunar Lander
- January 17, 2019

The mission's architects say the experiments could help lay a foundation for one day establishing a lunar base. There's cotton growing on the far side of the moon-the first time plants have sprouted there. While it's certainly been determined that human interaction will be a big hurdle for long-term space faring missions, the engineering side of sustainable food production off-Earth is still facing challenges of its own and will continue to need development efforts. (more...)
China Sprouts First-Ever Plants on the Moon's Surface China Sprouts First-Ever Plants on the Moon's Surface
- January 17, 2019

The ability to grow food and other resources in space could help to decrease the amount of cargo astronauts need to bring with them. The China National Space Administration also is planning its first mission to Mars in 2020. Image: China's lunar rover Jade Rabbit 2. This seed experiment was created to test how space impacts photosynthesis and respiration. China has a new farm-on the far side of the Moon. (more...)
China sprouts cotton plants on the moon China sprouts cotton plants on the moon
- January 16, 2019

Inside are cotton, potato, and arabidopsis seeds - a plant of the mustard family - as well as fruit fly eggs and yeast. The Chang'e-4 probe had achieved the expected landing precision. The germination of the cotton seeds alone has not yet been determined or specified by China's space agency, the China National Space Administration (CNSA). (more...)
Thailand set to deploy rainmaking planes as pollution chokes Bangkok Thailand set to deploy rainmaking planes as pollution chokes Bangkok
- January 16, 2019

As Thais woke up on Monday morning to another day of murky air blanketing its bustling construction-filled capital, environment group Greenpeace said Bangkok was now the 10th most polluted in the world, rivalling some cities in China. (more...)
The International Space Station will release its SpaceX cargo ship this weekend The International Space Station will release its SpaceX cargo ship this weekend
- January 16, 2019

USA cargo spacecraft Dragon left the International Space Station (ISS) after a month in the orbit and is expected to land in the Pacific later on Monday, the spacecraft's manufacturer SpaceX reported late on Sunday. The commercial cargo vessel will bring home a variety of critical space research , including ISS hardware to extracted for analysis, refurbishment or discarding, NASA said. (more...)
Watch China's rover drive around on the dark side of the moon Watch China's rover drive around on the dark side of the moon
- January 16, 2019

The Chang'e 4 now sits at an altitude of about minus 6,000 meters, which was one of the intents of this mission, said Li Chunlai, deputy director of the National Astronomical Observatories of China and commander in chief of the ground application system for Chang'e 4 . (more...)
Super Wolf Blood Moon Watch Parties Popping Up In Colorado Super Wolf Blood Moon Watch Parties Popping Up In Colorado
- January 15, 2019

China will launch a probe to collect samples from the moon around the end of this year, a space official said on Monday, weeks after Beijing hailed the successful touch down on the far side of the moon. With days until the Super Wolf Blood Moon, several watch parties are being organized along the Front Range. The answer.Yes - weather permitting . (more...)
The Oceans Are Warming Faster Than We Thought, a New Study Says The Oceans Are Warming Faster Than We Thought, a New Study Says
- January 15, 2019

The warming of the oceans is a critical sign of climate change, because it is estimated that 93 percent of the excess of solar energy captured by the GEI is accumulated in the ocean depths. "If the ocean wasn't absorbing as much heat, the surface of the land would heat up much faster than it is right now", Malin Pinsky, an associate professor in the department of ecology, evolution and natural resources at Rutgers University, told The New York Times . (more...)
Antarctica ice loss increases six fold since 1979 Antarctica ice loss increases six fold since 1979
- January 15, 2019

This 2016 photo provided by NASA shows the Getz Ice Shelf. Data was derived from fairly high-resolution aerial photographs taken from a distance of about 350 meters via NASA's Operation IceBridge; satellite radar interferometry from multiple space agencies; and the ongoing Landsat satellite imagery series, begun in the early 1970s. (more...)
Nobel Prize Winner James Watson Stripped Of Title Over Racist Comment Nobel Prize Winner James Watson Stripped Of Title Over Racist Comment
- January 14, 2019

In 2007 Watson told the Sunday Times that he was "gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because " all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, whereas all the testing says not really ". In the documentary he admitted that his views on race and intelligence had not changed - "not at all". In February 1953, a jubilant Dr Crick walked into The Eagle pub in Cambridge, the local for scientists at the University's Cavendish Laboratory, and ... (more...)
Wide Field Camera 3 Anomaly on Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Camera 3 Anomaly on Hubble Space Telescope
- January 13, 2019

Astronomers used data from the Nasa/European Space Agency's telescope to find the ancient quasar - the extremely bright nucleus of an active galaxy created by energy released by gas falling towards the supermassive black hole at its centre. (more...)
SpaceX laying off 10 percent of its workforce
- January 13, 2019

In a statement , Elon Musk's firm says it needs to trim costs in order to take on ambitious projects that would have bankrupted other organizations. The firings were related to disagreements over the pace at which the team was developing and testing its Starlink satellites . (more...)
Birth of A Black Hole Seen for First Time Ever? Birth of A Black Hole Seen for First Time Ever?
- January 13, 2019

After comparing data from different sources, scientists are now confident that what they saw was the exact moment that a star collapsed into a compact object, forming a black hole or a neutron star. "We knew right away that this source went from inactive to peak luminosity within just a few days", Margutti said. When Margutti and her team examined The Cow's chemical composition, they found clear evidence of hydrogen and helium, which excluded models of compact objects merging-like those that ... (more...)