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Oscar 'Not A Threat To Bermuda At This Time' Oscar 'Not A Threat To Bermuda At This Time'
- October 28, 2018

The storm had top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph). A front early next week will pick Oscar up and turn it quickly northeast before even reaching Bermuda. Oscar is the 15th named storm this season, the 7th storm to be subtropical. Officials said that six more people have died in Florida in Hurricane Michael more than two weeks ago, bringing the death toll to 45, The Associated Press reported . (more...)
Fracking halted at Cuadrilla's Lancashire site after natural disaster Fracking halted at Cuadrilla's Lancashire site after natural disaster
- October 28, 2018

Drilling for shale gas in Lancashire was given the green light earlier this month, despite strong opposition. Any tremor measuring 0.5 or above means fracking must be temporarily stopped while tests are carried out. A Cuadrilla spokeswoman said that, as the operations had finished before the detection, "This is not an "red" incident under the traffic light system operated by the Oil and Gas Authority as we were not pumping fracturing fluid as part of our hydraulic fracturing operations at ... (more...)
Oldest weapons in North America discovered in Texas Oldest weapons in North America discovered in Texas
- October 28, 2018

Through excavation of the Debra L. Friedkin site northwest of Austin, Texas , a team of archaeologists has identified a particular style of projectile point dated between 13,500 and 15,500 years ago - this is earlier than typical Clovis-style technologies dated to 13,000 years ago. (more...)
Here's what Earth looks like when you're heading to the Sun Here's what Earth looks like when you're heading to the Sun
- October 28, 2018

Some of the visible objects in the image - for example, Galaxies below and to the left from the Ground, on the right side of the image , and two bright object, Betelgeuse and Bellatrix in the bottom left of the image appear elongated due to the reflection region of the device. (more...)
NASA spotted a rectangular iceberg in Antarctica during survey NASA spotted a rectangular iceberg in Antarctica during survey
- October 28, 2018

Scientists photographed the phenomenon, known as a "tabular" iceberg, during an aerial survey named Operation IceBridge last week. "We get two types of icebergs: We get the type that everyone can envision in their head that sank the Titanic, and they look like prisms or triangles at the surface and you know they have a insane subsurface", Brunt told Live Science . (more...)
Delhi continues to choke with very poor air quality, say authorities Delhi continues to choke with very poor air quality, say authorities
- October 27, 2018

The Central Pollution Control Board's air quality index shows that in the past eight days, Lucknow had two very poor and six poor days. "If we come back into the "poor" category of pollution, it will be a very big achievement", he added. With Diwali round the corner, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday expressed concerns on the rise of air pollution and urged social organisations to spread awareness about celebrating festivals without harming the environment. (more...)
Hunter's Full Moon occurs Wednesday night Hunter's Full Moon occurs Wednesday night
- October 27, 2018

Images from around the world show the Moon glowing eerily in the October night sky, whilst footage from Novotel London Canary Wharf shows a stunning timelapse of the Full Moon . It then waxes to a gibbous moon before becoming a full moon . A complete cycle takes 29 and a half days. The Moon resides in the northern part of the constellation Cetus. (more...)
Cloudy, cool and wet weather continues Cloudy, cool and wet weather continues
- October 27, 2018

HIghs get back to about 50 on Saturday , but climb into the mid to upper 50s on Sunday ahead of our next system Sunday night. Temperatures are quite cool, but a little higher, with readings in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Wind: SW 10-15 miles per hour. THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. Winds: S around 10 miles per hour. For now, showers should hold off until the night, potentially lingering into Thursday . (more...)
Hubble to soon return to normal science operations Hubble to soon return to normal science operations
- October 27, 2018

There is a backup gyro the team turned on, but it did not work as expected. In a new update, NASA explains the steps it's taken to resolve the issue that it detected with the Hubble's backup gyroscope in the wake of a separate gyro failure on October 5th. (more...)
Stephen Hawking wheelchair, thesis up for sale Stephen Hawking wheelchair, thesis up for sale
- October 26, 2018

Professor Hawking died in March aged 76 , with his funeral held in Cambridge, the city where he studied and worked. His unique status is reflected in an upcoming auction of some of the late physicist's possessions: It includes complex scientific papers, one of the world's most iconic wheelchairs and a script from "The Simpsons ". (more...)
A Category 5 hurricane wiped an entire Hawaiian island off the map A Category 5 hurricane wiped an entire Hawaiian island off the map
- October 26, 2018

The extent of the ecological damage and whether the island will ever return is still unknown, but about a seventh of the entire population of Hawaiian monk seals-one of the most endangered marine mammals-was born on East Island, and more than half of all Hawaiian green sea turtles-which are classified as threatened under the Endangered Species Act-had nested on it. (more...)
NASA releases 450,000 gallons of water in one minute NASA releases 450,000 gallons of water in one minute
- October 26, 2018

Specifically, Nasa is preparing for next year's maiden flight of the Space Launch System (SLS), a new rocket that will produce 8.4 million pounds of thrust. The system is created to carry larger payloads and generate more energy, which could open the door to deep space missions "including robotic scientific missions to places like Mars, Saturn and Jupiter", said NASA. (more...)
In the United States told of the readiness of space forces In the United States told of the readiness of space forces
- October 26, 2018

However, he added that, starting next year, the administration trump will start the cooperative work with the Congress over the adoption of the law on the establishment of an independent space force . The head of the US Air Force said in September that creating a Space Force would cost about $13 billion for a force of 13,000 people in the first five years. (more...)
Federal carbon tax unfair, will hurt people in the wallet: Manitoba premier Federal carbon tax unfair, will hurt people in the wallet: Manitoba premier
- October 25, 2018

The prime minister's plan has two pillars: a tax on fuel, widely detailed Tuesday, and one on major industrial emitters. Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick have not complied and will have a federal carbon levy on fuels as well as a cap-and-trade style system for large industrial emitters imposed on them. (more...)
Mars may have enough oxygen to support living organisms Mars may have enough oxygen to support living organisms
- October 25, 2018

According to the researches held by NASA scientists, it has been proven that the red planet, Mars is the next most hospitable planet after Earth. As light breaks down carbon dioxide on Mars, a little bit of oxygen is produced. The team found that, at low-enough elevations (where the atmosphere is thickest) and at low-enough temperatures (where gases like oxygen have an easier time staying in a liquid solution), an unexpectedly high amount of oxygen could exist in the water-a value several ... (more...)
China will launch an artificial moon China will launch an artificial moon
- October 25, 2018

Local newspapers reported that the illumination satellite would be created to complement the moon at night, with its own brightness eight times that of the earth's natural satellite, and "bright enough to replace street lights in the city". (more...)
Mercury-bound spacecraft sends back first selfies Mercury-bound spacecraft sends back first selfies
- October 24, 2018

A heavy Ariane 5 booster rocket was launched from the Guiana Space Centre on the night of 19-20 October. The mission is a joint project between the European Space Agency ( ESA - which is totally separate from the European Union) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ( JAXA ). (more...)
NASA's spectacular water deluge system test uses 450,000 gallons of water
- October 24, 2018

In less than two minutes from start to finish, the system spews hundreds of thousands of gallons of water into the sky, with the stream climbing to roughly 100 feet into the air like a massive geyser. "Modifications were made to the pad after a previous wet flow test, increasing the performance of the system". The SLS system is "a powerful, advanced launch vehicle for a new era of human exploration beyond Earth's orbit", a NASA Fact Sheet explains. (more...)
Stephen Hawking wheelchair, thesis up for sale - USA Stephen Hawking wheelchair, thesis up for sale - USA
- October 24, 2018

Perhaps the most sought-after artifact in the auction will be one of five existing copies of Hawking's 1965 Cambridge University Ph.D. thesis, " Properties of Expanding Universes ", which carries an estimated price of £100,000 to £150,000 ($130,000 to $195,000). (more...)
Hurricane Willa makes landfall in Mexico Hurricane Willa makes landfall in Mexico
- October 24, 2018

Hurricane Willa roared into a cluster of Mexican islands holding a prison colony and headed for a Tuesday afternoon collision with a stretch of the country's Pacific coast, its 125 miles per hour (205 kph) winds and high waves threatening high-rise resorts, surfing beaches and fishing villages. (more...)
NASA Photographed a Rectangular Iceberg Floating off Antarctica NASA Photographed a Rectangular Iceberg Floating off Antarctica
- October 24, 2018

The image was taken as part of NASA's Operation Icebridge , which involves photographing Earth's polar ice to better understand connections between polar regions and the global climate system. Speaking to LiveScience , University of Maryland Earth scientist Kelly Brunt compared calving events to a long fingernail that eventually snaps off at the end; the process often results in seemingly flawless geometric edges. (more...)
This rectangular iceberg in Antarctica is near ideal
- October 23, 2018

Scientists are now taking part in an airborne survey of Earth's ice as part of what is known as Operation IceBridge . The second are called " tabular icebergs ", Ms Brunt said, comparing their formation to a fingernail growing too long and breaking off at the end. (more...)
Europe, Japan ready spacecraft for 7-year journey to Mercury Europe, Japan ready spacecraft for 7-year journey to Mercury
- October 23, 2018

Speaking after the launch, Professor Gunther Hasinger, the European Space Agency's director of science, said: "This is truly breathtaking". The mission is due for lift-off from the European space port at Kourou, French Guiana , at 2:45 a.m. (more...)
NASA Names New Constellations After Sci-Fi Stars, Report NASA Names New Constellations After Sci-Fi Stars, Report
- October 23, 2018

To be fair, these aren't star signs - they're constellations based on gamma rays which are a type of electromagnetic radiation emanating through space. There are now 88 official constellations and the original set of constellations is recognized by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Other pop-culture icons were also given their own gamma constellations including the U.S.S. (more...)
China to launch ‘SECOND moon’ into orbit by 2020 to illuminate streets China to launch ‘SECOND moon’ into orbit by 2020 to illuminate streets
- October 23, 2018

Chengdu, a city in the country's southwestern Sichuan province, is now working on developing artificial "illumination satellites", which will go up there and shine eight times more brightly than the moon , informed China Daily . However, much more testing needs to be done, Wu said, to ensure the plan is feasible and will not have a harmful effect on the natural environment. (more...)
'Extremely Threatening' Hurricane Willa Heads For Mexico's Pacific Coast 'Extremely Threatening' Hurricane Willa Heads For Mexico's Pacific Coast
- October 22, 2018

Packing winds of up to 155mph, Willa is just 2mph away from becoming a Category 5 hurricane. The NHC said "a risky storm surge" was also likely to affect coastal areas by Tuesday evening, adding that rain and strong winds would be accompanied by "large destructive waves". (more...)
UN Scientific Panel Stresses The Need To Limit Global Warming UN Scientific Panel Stresses The Need To Limit Global Warming
- October 22, 2018

Flooding during Hurricane Florence cut off Wilmington from the rest of the state for days. Scientists all over the world have agreed that by 2100, we'll face mass extinctions, a dramatic increase in wildfires, dead fish, and limited fresh water to drink. (more...)
China to launch artificial moon by 2020. Here's what it will do China to launch artificial moon by 2020. Here's what it will do
- October 22, 2018

Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province, plans to launch an "artificial moon" in 2020 , the People's Daily Online reports . "The first satellite will be mainly experimental, but the following three " moons " that can be run to 2022, will have great commercial potential", said Chunfeng. (more...)
Orionid meteor shower set to peak this weekend Orionid meteor shower set to peak this weekend
- October 21, 2018

Accuweather's Dave Samuhel said in an article that the meteor shower is expected to be higher this year with 20 to 25 meteors per hour; however, moonlight could be an issue, as it is almost a full moon overnight. This means that stargazers should move as far away from the city lights as possible. You may have seen a few stray meteors zooming across the sky, leftover Draconids whose peak passed earlier this month or leftover meteors from the South Taurid shower that's still ongoing. (more...)
European-Japanese Space Mission Takes Off To Explore Mysteries Of Mercury European-Japanese Space Mission Takes Off To Explore Mysteries Of Mercury
- October 20, 2018

All those close encounters are carefully created to slow down BepiColombo's speed enough to put it into a stable orbit around Mercury in 2025. Flying a mission so close to the sun is tricky for a few reasons. -Mercury has a higher overall density than any other terrestrial world. Why? While MPO will go into an approximately 400 x 1500 km mapping orbit around Mercury, MMO will enter a highly elliptical orbit to study the planet's enigmatically strong magnetic field. (more...)