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Astronomers spot supermassive blackhole destroying star Astronomers spot supermassive blackhole destroying star
- June 19, 2018

Astronomers tracked a supermassive black hole , 20 million times larger than the sun, which ate up and destroyed a star that came too close. When the black hole devoured the star, it spewed a fast group of particles that contained 125 billion times the amount of energy that the sun releases annually. (more...)
Invasive plant that causes 3rd-degree burns, permanent blindness discovered in Virginia
- June 18, 2018

This will cause the plant's sap to splatter and spread quickly. It was identified in Clarke County by researchers at the Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech , who say there are about 30 plants in the area. The plant, which is in the carrot family, cannot only pose a threat to your skin, but it can also impact the environment. These days, it is by far the scariest plant you could find in the Baltic States and Poland, where it's considered highly invasive. (more...)
Stephen Hawking was buried on Friday Stephen Hawking was buried on Friday
- June 18, 2018

A message from late British astrophysics giant Stephen Hawking was beamed towards the nearest black hole on Friday as his remains were laid to rest in London's Westminster Abbey. But he lived for decades with the disease, using a wheelchair to move and a computer system to speak . His 1988 book, A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes , has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. (more...)
ON Premier-Designate Ford Announces End of Carbon Tax ON Premier-Designate Ford Announces End of Carbon Tax
- June 17, 2018

Kingston mayor Bryan Paterson says he hasn't seen any signs from the new provincial government that funding promises won't be honoured: "All the conversations we've had with the provincial government so far have been very positive, and so again we're certainly not concerned at this point". (more...)
99-million-year-old frog found encased in amber 99-million-year-old frog found encased in amber
- June 17, 2018

Blackburn, a co-author of the new study and the associate curator of amphibians and reptiles at the Florida Museum of Natural History , told Gizmodo . However, Blackburn noted that small animals living in tropical forests have a very low chance of leaving behind fossils, which makes it hard to study their ancient history. (more...)
Antarctica is now melting three times faster than ever before
- June 17, 2018

The rapid increase in Antarctic ice loss and consequent sea level rise we have measured over the past 25 years are a clear indicator of climate change . Lead author Steve Rintoul of the Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research and Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre in Hobart, Australia, said, "The trajectory that will play out over the next 50 years depends on choices made today". (more...)
Nasa rover falls silent as huge dust storm envelops Mars Nasa rover falls silent as huge dust storm envelops Mars
- June 17, 2018

Dust storms are a frequent feature on Mars, occurring in all seasons. "Out of those seasonal storms that do occur only about a dozen or so have ever, in the historical record or the modern record, expanded to circle the planet or cover the globe". (more...)
Scientists Just Watched a Supermassive Black Hole Swallow a Star Scientists Just Watched a Supermassive Black Hole Swallow a Star
- June 16, 2018

Theoretical astrophysicists "believe that material pulled from the doomed stars forms a rotating disk around the black hole , emitting intense radiation and shoots powerful jets of material from the poles of the disk, close to the speed of light", says Sky News . (more...)
Thanks To Human Activities, For Making Animals Night Owls Thanks To Human Activities, For Making Animals Night Owls
- June 16, 2018

This means an animal that naturally split its activity evenly between the day and night increased its nighttime activity to 68 percent around people. As humans encroach more and more on wildlife habitats, animals are finding that the best way to survive isn't to pack up and move-it's to embrace the night life. (more...)
SD ag groups scrutinize EPA Administrator Pruitt's visit SD ag groups scrutinize EPA Administrator Pruitt's visit
- June 15, 2018

However, the Washington Post reported that Inhofe said in a separate interview with the paper that he was not calling on Pruitt to resign. Citing their shared background and beliefs, Inhofe said he was surprised by the near-constant churn of bruising stories about Pruitt's ethics and personal conduct in office. (more...)
Scientists just spotted three 'baby' planets at the moment they formed Scientists just spotted three 'baby' planets at the moment they formed
- June 15, 2018

Image credit: ALMA / ESO / NAOJ / NRAO / AUI / NSF / A. Isella / B. Saxton. Scientists' using the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) telescope have been able to examine the protoplanetary disks circling young stars. Of the two teams working on the same project, the team led by Christophe Pinte from Monash University in Australia discovered the outermost planet in the system. (more...)
A woman asks a court to approve her ownership of moon dust A woman asks a court to approve her ownership of moon dust
- June 15, 2018

But a Nasa official suspected that Davis had committed a crime by being in possession of contraband or stolen government property, as The Washington Post's Fred Barbash wrote. What the woman claims comes in contradiction with NASA's rules according to which no private citizen is able to own lunar material. "It is not illegal to own or possess". (more...)
Antarctic Thaw Quickens, Trillions of Tonnes of Ice Raise Sea Levels Antarctic Thaw Quickens, Trillions of Tonnes of Ice Raise Sea Levels
- June 15, 2018

A new climate assessment called the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise ( IMBIE ) found a startling rise in sea level. The greatest change in annual ice loss was in West Antarctica , averaging around 58 billion tons in the years leading up to 2012, then skyrocketing to 175 billion tons per year in the five years since. (more...)
Professor Stephen Hawking's ashes are buried in Westminster Abbey Professor Stephen Hawking's ashes are buried in Westminster Abbey
- June 15, 2018

More than 1,000 people Friday attended a service of thanksgiving for the physicist, who died in March at age 76 after decades of living with motor neuron disease. The stone is also inscribed with one of Hawking's equations describing the entropy of a black hole. She said that the recording is a "beautiful and symbolic gesture that creates a link between our father's presence on this planet, his wish to go into space and his explorations of the universe in his mind". (more...)
Epic Antarctic ice sheet melt speeding up sea level rise
- June 15, 2018

The measurements are vital information for the almost eight billion of us who don't live on Antarctica, because they allow scientists to compute sea level rise rates and contributions. "If we aren't already alert to the dangers posed by climate change , this should be an enormous wake-up call", he added. "This is a concerning thing if you consider that ice shelves exist around 75 per cent of the periphery of Antarctica". (more...)
USA, Canada and Mexico to host football World Cup 2026
- June 14, 2018

This was the first World Cup vote since 2010, when the rights to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments were awarded to Russian Federation and Qatar respectively. "The people of North America have always welcomed me". Bid leader Cordeiro said his team was "humbled" by the result and predicted the tournament would put football "on a new and sustainable path for generations to come". (more...)
NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars
- June 13, 2018

As of June 10, it covered more than 15.8 million square miles (41 million square kilometers) - about the area of North America and Russian Federation combined. Whereas the previous storm had an opacity level (tau) of about 5.5, this new storm has an estimated tau of 10.8. "If the rover's computer determines that its batteries don't have enough charge, it will again put itself back to sleep", NASA officials said. (more...)
In NASA announced a giant sandstorm on Mars In NASA announced a giant sandstorm on Mars
- June 13, 2018

The Article from A massive dust storm on Mars has recently hit NASA's Opportunity Rover . "In a matter of days, the storm had ballooned", explained NASA's spokespersons in an official statement . This isn't Opportunity's first time hunkering down in bad weather: in 2007, a much larger storm covered the planet. "It's not unlike running a vehicle in the winter so that the cold doesn't sap its battery charge", NASA writes in a release. (more...)
Dem lawmakers seek criminal corruption probe of EPA's Pruitt Dem lawmakers seek criminal corruption probe of EPA's Pruitt
- June 13, 2018

Kaptur told her committee colleagues that "taxpayers entrust us to spend their money wisely, and I can not imagine there are many of our citizens who think that $130 vanity pens are worthy investments". Asked about the report , Pruitt did not directly comment on whether he sought a franchise for his wife, according to an excerpt of an interview with Nexstar Media Group posted on Twitter on Wednesday. (more...)
French Farmers' Protest Against Palm Oil Imports Gaining Steam French Farmers' Protest Against Palm Oil Imports Gaining Steam
- June 13, 2018

France's main farm union called early on Wednesday for protestors to continue a blockade of refineries and fuel depots after the government failed to ease their concerns. Total's decision was "the last straw", she said in an interview with Franceinfo television. Palm oil is cheaper than rapeseed oil as a feedstock for biodiesel. (more...)
Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexico Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexico
- June 12, 2018

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Bud has maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 kph). Bud is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 75 to 150 millimeters across much of southwestern Mexico and waves of three to four meters in Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco. (more...)
Tetrapod fossil discovery in S. Africa dispels tropical myth Tetrapod fossil discovery in S. Africa dispels tropical myth
- June 12, 2018

The two new species, named Tutusius umlambo , after Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu , and Umzantsia amazana , are Africa's earliest known four-legged vertebrates at 360-million years old, 120-million years older than the first dinosaur discoveries in the region. (more...)
Scientists find new solar systems with planets the same size as ours Scientists find new solar systems with planets the same size as ours
- June 11, 2018

The surface temperature of the new planet is around 600°C as it is very close to the host star.This might make it uninhabitable, but such a discovery is of importance for understanding the formation mechanism of such super-Neptune or sub-Saturn kind of planets that are too close to the host star. (more...)
Soyuz capsule with three astronauts docks with International Space Station Soyuz capsule with three astronauts docks with International Space Station
- June 11, 2018

NASA has launched its new Expedition 56-57 mission to the ISS. This coverage will be followed by coverage of the opening of the hatches in between the spacecraft and the space station. Their mission is to conduct 250 experiments in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology. Gerst will become the next ISS commander. (more...)
India discovers new planet, joins elite club
- June 11, 2018

It is being reported that when it comes to the temperature of the three planets that are the same size as Earth, this is where the similarity ends as they would nearly certainly have surface temperatures that are much higher than our planet owing to the intense radiation given by the red dwarf star they orbit. (more...)
NASA finds ancient organic material, mysterious methane on Mars NASA finds ancient organic material, mysterious methane on Mars
- June 10, 2018

Humayan is a professor of geochemistry at Florida State Univeristy and on staff at the FSU-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. The findings were published in the journal Science . " Are there signs of life on Mars ? " said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program, at NASA Headquarters. Launched in 2011, Curiosity was created to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. (more...)
Former Canadian PM says U.S. tariffs to dominate G7 summit — Interview Former Canadian PM says U.S. tariffs to dominate G7 summit — Interview
- June 09, 2018

The atmosphere was mainly upbeat, with some wearing colourful costumes and bearing signs advocating for such diverse causes as food security, open borders and environmental protection. Trump, who aides said has scant interest in multilateralism, resumed his tirade against G7 members and their "unfair trade practices" early on Friday. (more...)
Jupiter’s Mysterious Lightning - New Discoveries Have Been Made Jupiter’s Mysterious Lightning - New Discoveries Have Been Made
- June 09, 2018

Some of Juno's accomplishments include offering humanity's first up-close view of Jupiter's Great Red Spot, stating that the planet's atmosphere has features unlike anything else encountered in the solar system, and that the Great Red Spot storm has been shrinking for years but that as it shrinks it grows taller. (more...)
Oh No: Ferrari mistakes Toronto for Montreal in tweet Oh No: Ferrari mistakes Toronto for Montreal in tweet
- June 09, 2018

Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Ferrari , 2004. All three have won two races so far this season. The other occasions were 1987 and 1977. A four-time Formula One champion, Hamilton is looking for his fourth straight win and his seventh overall in Montreal , which would tie Michael Schumacher for the most at the track; no one else has won more than three times. (more...)
Aletta Intensifies as Hemisphere's First Major Hurricane Aletta Intensifies as Hemisphere's First Major Hurricane
- June 09, 2018

As of 9 a.m. MT on Friday, the center of Aletta was located about 815 kilometers (505 miles) southwest of Manzanillo in Mexico. Fortunately for Mexicans and travellers alike, the storm's track keeps it well offshore throughout its life cycle. (more...)