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Hawaii wants last hurricane declared a disaster Hawaii wants last hurricane declared a disaster
- September 09, 2018

Lane was the nation's second rainiest tropical cyclone since 1950. Mountain View on the Big Island recorded 52.02 inches (132 centimetres) of rain during the storm. Steady weakening is expected during the next few days. Wave heights could reach 12 to 18 feet for east shores of Maui County and the Big Island, and 10 to 15 feet for Kauai and Oahu. (more...)
Carlsberg launches a six-pack with a snap Carlsberg launches a six-pack with a snap
- September 09, 2018

The Snap Pack has been developed as one of the many plastic-reducing initiatives aligned with Carlsberg's industry-leading global sustainability programme, Together Towards Zero. However, they have become a real problem in contributing to ocean plastic pollution . "Our wildlife is drowning in plastic - and the problem is unfortunately growing considerably", he said. (more...)
Scottish 'site' in new Martian panorama from Nasa Scottish 'site' in new Martian panorama from Nasa
- September 09, 2018

The one-ton Curiosity, which carries a massive amount of scientific kit, was drilling for a new rock sample when the photo was taken. The image, which is a bit distorted near the bottom due to the quirks of taking a panorama with the rover's own body in the frame, is a timely reminder of just how harsh the conditions on the Red Planet are. (more...)
Russian Federation suggests sabotage on the International Space Station Russian Federation suggests sabotage on the International Space Station
- September 08, 2018

Alexander Zheleznyakov, a former space industry engineer and author, told the TASS state news agency that drilling the hole in zero gravity would be almost impossible in that part of the spacecraft. The hole was plugged up, but the material that was used to do so was suddenly dislodged. Gold said the possibilities could include having Nasa receive reimbursement when commercial space companies sell spots on spacecraft heading for the ISS, and leveraging those funds for access or services ... (more...)
Florence could restrengthen into hurricane this weekend Florence could restrengthen into hurricane this weekend
- September 08, 2018

Cooper signed a transportation waiver that would allow farmers to harvest and transport their crops more quickly. The once powerful Florence took a hit Thursday, but its life as a major hurricane is likely not over just yet, and it has East Coast residents on the edge of their seats. (more...)
Kavanaugh denies he suggested Roe not settled Kavanaugh denies he suggested Roe not settled
- September 07, 2018

But their long-shot chances of defeating him appeared to be fading. Those emails are now being withheld by the committee as confidential. The document is partially black out. However, Booker argued that the documents should not be held as confidential because they did not deal with national security. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) risked being expelled from the U.S. (more...)
Emmanuel Macron loses second minister in a week Emmanuel Macron loses second minister in a week
- September 06, 2018

The European elections are shaping up to be a major battle between centrist, pro-EU parties like Macron's Republique En Marche and more radical right-wing and far-right groups such as National Rally that want to shake up European politics after almost a decade of financial and immigration crises. (more...)
Meet the Shark That Likes Grass More Than Meat Meet the Shark That Likes Grass More Than Meat
- September 06, 2018

But just because an animal has chose to eat something doesn't mean it can properly digest it and take advantage of potential nutrients. Sharks , we thought we knew you. She tagged the seagrass with a marker she could track as the fish consumed the plant material, digested and excreted it. Around half of the total organic matter in seagrass was digested. (more...)
New Way To Turn Sunlight Into Fuel New Way To Turn Sunlight Into Fuel
- September 06, 2018

It's a process they call semi artificial photosynthesis, and they say it could help revolutionize the development of renewable power. It has always been known that during photosynthesis, plants split water molecules when they convert sunlight into energy. (more...)
Klobuchar Questions Kavanaugh On Presidential Privilege Klobuchar Questions Kavanaugh On Presidential Privilege
- September 06, 2018

Booker later posted the documents on Twitter. He explicitly criticized the withholding of the profiling document. "We are holding back not only - not only holding back documents, labeling committee confidential, but not even giving us the time to review those documents", he continued. (more...)
Protesters interrupt Kavanaugh confirmation hearing for second day Protesters interrupt Kavanaugh confirmation hearing for second day
- September 06, 2018

If they did, they would've let members of Congress speak and ask Kavanaugh important questions impacting future generations - and given him a chance to answer - without obstruction. In 2015, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional for states to prohibit marriage between two people of the same sex. (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh sidesteps Senate questions on Roe v Wade Brett Kavanaugh sidesteps Senate questions on Roe v Wade
- September 06, 2018

Then Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, another Democrat, chimed in. Tillis said , "We have had almost every member in the minority on this committee either publicly state or participate in a press conference that they were going to vote against Judge Kavanaugh, with majority announcing it within the first 24 hours". (more...)
Miniature 'Space Elevator' to Be Tested Next Week Miniature 'Space Elevator' to Be Tested Next Week
- September 06, 2018

Obviously, if the project does prove to be successful, it would dramatically decrease the costs and risks of space travelling - transporting cargo via space shuttle costs around $22,000 per kilogram, while the Obayashi elevator would reduce that cost to merely $200. (more...)
Planet Nine Per chance Exists But Invisible To Existing Telescopes: Astronomers Planet Nine Per chance Exists But Invisible To Existing Telescopes: Astronomers
- September 06, 2018

There's just one problem: scientists claim it is invisible to telescopes , making it a pain to track down. Planet Nine, is believed to be 10 times bigger than Earth and 20 times farther out from the sun than Neptune - the outer-most planet in the solar system. (more...)
Trump's Supreme Court pick vows independence, sidesteps questions
- September 06, 2018

Sasse then used a hypothetical president from the "purple" party that gets drunk and hits someone with their vehicle to press Kavanaugh if he thought that hypothetical president would be "immune" from being sued or charged with a crime. When asked if he would harbor any loyalty to Trump since he nominated him, or if he would rule against him, Kavanaugh said his allegiance as a judge was to the constitution. (more...)
See Tropical Storm Gordon from the International Space Station See Tropical Storm Gordon from the International Space Station
- September 06, 2018

According to the latest data gathered by the National Hurricane Center , Gordon is packing an area of maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, which is just shy of category 1 hurricane status. Hurricane Florence was some 2,400 miles away from the USA, and lining up behind it, another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa. (more...)
Hurricane warning issued as Tropical Storm Gordon takes aim at Gulf Coast Hurricane warning issued as Tropical Storm Gordon takes aim at Gulf Coast
- September 06, 2018

It was moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour and was expected to continue that course through the night. Rapid weakening is forecast after Gordon moves inland, and Gordon is forecast to become a tropical depression on Wednesday. Hurricane warnings are posted for Alabama and MS with Tropical Storm Warnings for parts of eastern Louisiana. "Any strong tropical storm has the potential to strengthen to a hurricane even when that storm may only spend a day or two over warm waters", ... (more...)
Democratic Senators Send Fundraising Emails During Kavanaugh Hearing Democratic Senators Send Fundraising Emails During Kavanaugh Hearing
- September 06, 2018

Burwell , in which the nuns didn't want to have to sign documents that would allow employees of their order to receive outside insurance coverage for contraception. Ever the polished politician, Kavanaugh took time to explain why he was dodging all these "how would you rule on ...?" questions: "My personal beliefs are not relevant to how I decide cases", he said. (more...)
Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court
- September 06, 2018

Sources said that during a conference call on the eve of the hearing, Senate Democrats debated staging a mass walkout, or refusing to show up at all. There is a long history of heated fights over US Supreme Court nominations. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years. (more...)
‘NASA seeks ideas to convert CO2 into useful compounds’ ‘NASA seeks ideas to convert CO2 into useful compounds’
- September 05, 2018

NASA's new CO2 Conversion Challenge is a public competition seeking novel ways to convert carbon dioxide into useful compounds, the U.S. space agency said. Even though NASA's main goal is for its astronauts from Mars to produce the materials they need directly on the planet, it is not as easy as they expected because the resources which are taken for granted on Earth are really hard to get on the Red Planet. (more...)
Russia: Hole In Space Station Was Likely Sabotage Russia: Hole In Space Station Was Likely Sabotage
- September 05, 2018

RIA Novosti , the Russian state news agency, quoted an unnamed space industry source who said it had been done on Earth and... "We are considering all the theories", Rogozin said during the press conference. Auñón-Chancellor. Roscosmos would very much like to deflect the blame onto Energia or the rocket company's yet-to-be named employee, but the space agency shares the blame for failing to catch or prevent the defect. (more...)
Outrage as nearly 100 elephants killed for ivory in Botswana Outrage as nearly 100 elephants killed for ivory in Botswana
- September 05, 2018

The sanctuary, covering nearly 8,500 square miles (22,000 square kilometers), is a major tourism draw. "People did warn us of an impending poaching problem and we thought we were prepared for it", said Dr Chase. It's a move that goes against Botswana's former policy against poachers, which had garnered praise from conservationists for its " shoot to kill " stance. (more...)
Gordon forecast to become hurricane; new wave forms Gordon forecast to become hurricane; new wave forms
- September 05, 2018

The last hurricane to strike the US was Nate in October, coming ashore in Biloxi with 75 miles per hour (120 kph) winds. After making landfall, Gordon is likely to weaken substantially as it tracks into the mid-South, bringing stormy weather to areas of MS and Arkansas on Wednesday. (more...)
Gulf Coast prepares for Gordon's expected arrival as hurricane Gulf Coast prepares for Gordon's expected arrival as hurricane
- September 05, 2018

Officials aren't taking any chances as Tropical Storm Gordon bears down on the Gulf Coast, with about 1.7 million people under a hurricane warning and another 6.5 million under a tropical storm watch. The worst-hit areas could see up to five feet of flooding. Graham said there could be waves in the Gulf of Mexico up to 15 feet (4.5 metres), and that cruise ships and other boats were avoiding Gordon's path. (more...)
Planet Nine and six other baffling space mysteries scientists can't explain
- September 05, 2018

Read on to discover the biggest space conundrums that science has yet to crack. Scientists hypothesize that the mysterious planet would be between five and 20 Earth masses and would orbit on an elliptical some hundreds or thousands of times more distant from the Sun than the Earth. (more...)
Russia: Hole in space station was likely act of sabotage Russia: Hole in space station was likely act of sabotage
- September 05, 2018

Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin said the hole detected Thursday in a Russian space craft docked at the orbiting station was caused by a drill and could have been done deliberately, either back on Earth or in space. Initial Russian media accounts speculated a technician mistakenly drilled the hole during pre-flight processing and then attempted to cover up the mistake. (more...)
United Nations climate talks 'flawed', could sabotage efforts United Nations climate talks 'flawed', could sabotage efforts
- September 04, 2018

But there is no clear pathway to reach that goal, and poor countries are struggling to cope with losses from floods and drought, campaigners said ahead of a meeting in Bangkok to produce a negotiating draft for the next United Nations climate conference . (more...)
Indian-Origin UK Lawmaker Challenges Theresa May's Brexit Strategy Indian-Origin UK Lawmaker Challenges Theresa May's Brexit Strategy
- September 04, 2018

Defending the prime minister's proposals, Brexit minister Robin Walker said: "What parliament will want to see is we're delivering on what people voted for in the referendum: taking control of our laws, our money and our borders". "If Mr Johnson were as weak as they seem to say, when you say "what do you think of Mr Johnson", they would say 'who?'". Referring to EU trade rules, Mr Barnier said: "Outside of the internal market and the customs union, this involves customs formalities and ... (more...)
Elephants Massacred After Anti-Poaching Unit Disarmed
- September 04, 2018

An elephant is described a "fresh" when it is killed within the last three months, but a majority of the elephants found near the delta died in recent weeks, NPR reported , citing an Elephant Poaching Incident Report Reference written by Chase. (more...)
Strawberry Full Moon: How and when to see it
- September 04, 2018

According to Space. com , the June full moon coincides nearly exactly with the apogee - the annual point in time when the moon is farthest from the Earth - popping up just 14 hours and 40 minutes after this moment. Take a look to see what you hopefully didn't miss on June 9, 2017! Overall, it should be a good night for a Strawberry Moon watch party! It will be big, bright, and white just like any other full moon. (more...)