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Antarctic Ice Shelf Antarctic Ice Shelf "Sings" as Winds Whip Across Its Surface
- October 20, 2018

As wind blows across the shelf's snow dunes, the snow layers and thick slab of floating ice beneath vibrates, producing low-pitched humming patterns. To avoid the fate of the Larsen shelf, the researchers found watching him with 34 seismic sensors. (more...)
Wet and Mild: Warm Winter Predicted for Much of US Wet and Mild: Warm Winter Predicted for Much of US
- October 20, 2018

During the winter, typical El Nino conditions in the US can include wetter-than-average precipitation in the South and drier conditions in parts of the North. During the winter, typical El Nino conditions in the USA can include wetter-than-average precipitation in the South and drier conditions in parts of the North. (more...)
Watch the Nighttime Launch of a New US Military Satellite Tonight! Watch the Nighttime Launch of a New US Military Satellite Tonight!
- October 19, 2018

The satellite, known as Advanced Extremely High Frequency 4 (AEHF-4), departed from Space Launch Complex 41 at 12:15 a.m. local time, lighting up the night as the 21-story rocket made its way over the Atlantic Ocean. Gen. John Thompson of the USAF Space and Missiles Systems Center in Los Angeles said of AEHF-4 in a statement when the satellite was delivered to its launch site in July. (more...)
‘There is NO God’ Stephen Hawking’s mind-blowing final ‘profound realisation’ REVEALED ‘There is NO God’ Stephen Hawking’s mind-blowing final ‘profound realisation’ REVEALED
- October 19, 2018

Shape the future.' Hawking also encouraged youth to 'wonder about what makes the universe exist.' In an excerpt of his book published in a British paper, Hawking theorised about the potential emergence of a genetically-enhanced elite. "If you want, you can say that these laws are God's work, but this is rather a definition of God rather than a proof of its existence", Hawking writes. (more...)
NOAA releases 2018-19 Winter Outlook
- October 19, 2018

But North and SC, along with much of the southeast and Mid-Atlantic, the Tennessee Valley and Ohio Valley , "all have equal chances for below-, near- or above-average temperatures", NOAA said. Kentucky has equal chances for both above and below average temperatures according to NOAA's outlook. The WYMT Weather team will have their 2018-2019 Winter Outlook for Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, November 20th. (more...)
Research: Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis
- October 19, 2018

A group of scientists has just published a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that details the impact that humans have had on mammal species since the appearance of humans on the evolutionary scene. (more...)
IFRC Secretary General appointed Global Commissioner on Climate Change Adaptation IFRC Secretary General appointed Global Commissioner on Climate Change Adaptation
- October 18, 2018

A huge sum of money is being invested in cutting carbon emissions than preparing for the climate change impacts that are already inevitable. "In the agriculture sector, for example, those opportunities include new climate resilient crop and livestock varieties". (more...)
NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory bounces back into action NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory bounces back into action
- October 18, 2018

The cause of Chandra's safe mode on October 10 has now been understood and the Operations team has successfully returned the spacecraft to its normal pointing mode, according to the USA space agency. The reasons for failure x-ray Observatory "Chandra" is still unknown. While the telescope can function with two, or even one, gyro - the gyroscopes keep the telescope pointed in the same direction for long periods of time - Hubble functions best with at least three gyros. (more...)
That’s no moon, it’s a Chinese space light That’s no moon, it’s a Chinese space light
- October 18, 2018

Video A Chinese businessman has announced plans to light Chengdu at night by launching an artificial "moon" to direct the out-of-sight Sun's rays down onto the city's streets. Controls on the satellite will allow light levels to be configured and controlled, Wu told a conference of entrepreneurs, and the final object would be able to reflect light on a 10 to 80 mile area, well within the city's area. (more...)
Astronaut describes close call on failed Soyuz launch Astronaut describes close call on failed Soyuz launch
- October 17, 2018

Hague said he first noticed "being shaken fairly violently side to side as that safety system pulled us away from the rocket". "We had to go through the steps that the crew has to take and prepare for emergency landing.so that the crew is still functioning after landing". (more...)
Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says
- October 16, 2018

As a result, the cost of beer could soar. Beer drinkers face soaring prices for their favourite schooner due to the effects of climate change, scientists have warned. "That's comparable to all the beer consumption in the U.S.", he added, "Future climate and pricing conditions could put beer out of reach for hundreds of millions of people around the world". (more...)
Idaho Wildlife Official Resigns Over Uproar About African Hunting Trip Idaho Wildlife Official Resigns Over Uproar About African Hunting Trip
- October 16, 2018

Commissioner Blake Fischer and his wife shot at least 14 animals in Namibia, according to the photos and descriptions included in an email he sent to more than 100 recipients. Given that people within pro-hunting circles are disturbed by the killing of the baboon family, it is unsurprising that animal welfare groups are taking a strong stance against Fischer remaining in his role as commissioner, since he sees no problem with what he did. (more...)
Genetic privacy eroding fast with growth of ancestry databases Genetic privacy eroding fast with growth of ancestry databases
- October 15, 2018

But as these registries of genetic identity grow, it's becoming harder for individuals to retain any anonymity. More than 60 percent of individuals in the U.S. This, the study says, has huge implications if people and companies continue making DNA public. The phenomenon isn't limited to databases built from voluntary submissions like MyHeritage. (more...)
NASA's Chandra Telescope in Safe Mode Due to Glitch NASA's Chandra Telescope in Safe Mode Due to Glitch
- October 15, 2018

It's been a bad couple weeks in space. "Analysis of available data indicates the transition to safe mode was normal behavior for such an event", the agency stated. NASA doesn't yet know what triggered the space telescope to enter safe mode, but says it may be due to a gyroscope issue. Till then, science operations with Hubble have been suspended. (more...)
Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises as Rescuers Search for Survivors Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises as Rescuers Search for Survivors
- October 14, 2018

According to the latest report by CNN , the death toll now stands at 17. While most residents fled ahead of the storm's arrival, others stayed to face the hurricane. "We are with you!" he tweeted. Shell-shocked survivors who barely escaped with their lives told of terrifying winds, surging floodwaters and homes cracking like eggs. (more...)
Stephen Hawking's Final Work Completed and Published by Colleagues
- October 13, 2018

Days before Hawking's death , Perry reportedly called the ailing physicist to give him an update. This year, another one of Hawking's papers has been posthumously published , authored in collaboration with Thomas Hertog, a Belgian physicist at the Catholic University of Leuven. (more...)
Healthy mice born from same-sex parents for first time Healthy mice born from same-sex parents for first time
- October 13, 2018

The offspring eventually grew into healthy adults and even had their own healthy children. Just as impressively, the created mice were able to live to adulthood and have offspring of their own. The mechanism controls the growth of young mammals through parts of genes called imprinted regions, which require DNA from both male and female parents for normal growth. (more...)
US, Russian astronauts safe after emergency landing US, Russian astronauts safe after emergency landing
- October 13, 2018

The city is about 450 kilometers from the Russia's Baikonur space center, which Russian Federation operates through an agreement with the Republic of Kazakhstan . Sergei Krikalyov, the cosmonaut who heads the manned spaceflight program at Roskosmos, said that the next manned mission to the ISS had been scheduled for December "and we are still counting on that date", the state-run news agency TASS reported. (more...)
Canal Water on the Rise
- October 13, 2018

The United Nations (UN) has reeled out unprecedented changes humanity must make to avoid extinction from catastrophic climate change in twelve years. However, more than ten countries, including Ireland, showed a lack of appetite for increasing the EU's climate target. The dramatic report warned that the planet is now heading to warm by 3C - and to slash that to less than 1.5C as laid out in the Paris agreement will require "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of ... (more...)
Death Toll From Hurricane Michael Climbs to 11 Death Toll From Hurricane Michael Climbs to 11
- October 13, 2018

The Gadsden County Sheriff's office reported four people killed, with one young girl killed in Georgia . The official said that after Hurricane Irma in September 2017, a field hospital was required in the Florida Keys for a year, and similar situations may be required with Michael. (more...)
Soyuz Space Crew Makes Emergency Landing After Terrifying Booster Failure Soyuz Space Crew Makes Emergency Landing After Terrifying Booster Failure
- October 13, 2018

USA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were rescued without injuries in Kazakhstan. Roscosmos' executive director Sergei Krikalyov said in comments on state television that the rocket's failure happened after parts of the first and second stage came into collision. (more...)
Michaelle Jean Loses Backing Of Canada, Quebec Governments For Francophonie Leadership Michaelle Jean Loses Backing Of Canada, Quebec Governments For Francophonie Leadership
- October 13, 2018

Members of the global organization of French-speaking countries will choose between Jean, who has held the position since 2014, and Mushikiwabo, who has served as Rwanda's foreign affairs minister since 2009, during la Francophonie's summit in Armenia on October 11-12. (more...)
Death Toll From Michael Rises to at Least 13 Death Toll From Michael Rises to at Least 13
- October 13, 2018

Meanwhile, thousands of National Guard troops, law enforcement officers and rescue teams still had much to do in the hardest hit area: Florida's Panhandle. They included a 45-year-old man swept from his vehicle during a flash flood in Pittsylvania County, state police said. So far, Coast Guard crews in Florida have rescued 40 people and assisted 232. (more...)
3 companies win major Air Force rocket contracts 3 companies win major Air Force rocket contracts
- October 12, 2018

The three contracts are part of a Department of Defence initiative to assure constant military access to space and curb reliance on foreign-made rocket engines, like ULA's flagship Atlas V rocket that uses Russian-made RD-180 boosters. Two of the new rockets will be selected in a second competition, providing assured access to space through the next decade and beyond. Air Force to "leverage its commercial, heavy-lift New Glenn launch vehicle for national security space missions", according ... (more...)
First death from Michael in NC reported after tree falls on vehicle First death from Michael in NC reported after tree falls on vehicle
- October 12, 2018

He says a firefighter also was killed when a tractor-trailer slammed into his fire truck while he was responding to a two-car crash in heavy storm conditions. The impact of Tropical Storm Michael continues in North Carolina, with one death in Iredell County, 490,000 people without power Friday morning, ongoing flooding and more than a dozen school districts closed. (more...)
Store owner stays put for Hurricane Michael Store owner stays put for Hurricane Michael
- October 12, 2018

Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. "The storm surge is absolutely deadly". Interests elsewhere across the southeastern United States should monitor the progress of Michael. A "Wall of Water" is now threatening thousands of residents along the Gulf Coast. The water has the potential to reach the following heights above ground if peak surge occurs at the time of high tide... (more...)
Hurricane Michael latest: Watch weather phenomenon turn Florida sky PURPLE Hurricane Michael latest: Watch weather phenomenon turn Florida sky PURPLE
- October 12, 2018

On Thursday morning, people were starting to get out and assess the damage from Michael, which is being blamed for at least two deaths as it moves over the Southeast. Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in hard-hit Panama City, 32 km northwest of Mexico Beach, was treating some of the injured. Down the road, one property featured a garage complete with motorbike, untouched, next to a home that had been splintered to pieces by three huge trees. (more...)
Dramatic Footage Shows Moment Inside Soyuz Capsule When Booster Rocket Failed Dramatic Footage Shows Moment Inside Soyuz Capsule When Booster Rocket Failed
- October 12, 2018

Unfortunately, Hague and Ovchinin never made it that far. One of the pictures showed Hague smiling and another had him sitting next to Russia's space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin. Eric Berger ofArs Technica reports that Russian sources said the failure occurred about two minutes into flight, suggesting the rocket had a problem during second stage separation, but the exact nature of the complication is unknown. (more...)
The Last SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Left Spectacular Lights In The Sky The Last SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Left Spectacular Lights In The Sky
- October 12, 2018

Before sticking the ideal landing on the soil, the Falcon 9 rocket delivered the latest Earth-observing satellite of Argentina, dubbed SAOCOM-1A, into space. The move marked the rocket's first and reusable stage, which landed successfully. The Air Force has issued a circular in this regard to the residents of the Central California coast as they may experience some multiple sonic booms when these rockets are returning to the base. (more...)
Hubble Space Telescope in ‘Safe Mode’ After Technical Disturbances Hubble Space Telescope in ‘Safe Mode’ After Technical Disturbances
- October 12, 2018

Six new gyroscopes were installed during the servicing mission-4 in Hubble made with the additional gyroscope in 2009. In a series of tweets and a press release, the space agency revealed that one of the three gyroscopes (gyros) that is now in use failed. (more...)