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Endangered Dusky Gopher Frog Suffers Setback In Supreme Court Ruling Endangered Dusky Gopher Frog Suffers Setback In Supreme Court Ruling
- November 29, 2018

In 2012, the agency chose to include private land where the frog does not now live as critical habitat, potentially putting restrictions on future development opportunities under the Endangered Species Act. The Pacific Legal Foundation , a conservative legal group that represents Edward Poitevent, whose family owns most of the land in question, hailed the ruling. (more...)
Mass whale beaching on remote Gippsland beach Mass whale beaching on remote Gippsland beach
- November 28, 2018

Gail Wright of Parks Victoria said samples were being taken from the remains to try to understand how the whales came to be stranded. A pilot flying a private plane over Croajingolong National Park in Victoria state spotted 27 pilot whales and one humpback stranded on the beach Tuesday afternoon. (more...)
Astronaut Mike Massimino and NASA's Mars Insight mission Astronaut Mike Massimino and NASA's Mars Insight mission
- November 28, 2018

The 360kg (880 pounds) InSight - its name is short for Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport - marks the 21st USA. Creating a 3D model of the surface will help engineers understand where to place instruments and hammer in the probe, called the Mars mole HP3 by those who built it. (more...)
Chinese bioethics expert slams scientist who claims gene-editing coup Chinese bioethics expert slams scientist who claims gene-editing coup
- November 28, 2018

But according to reports in the People's Daily, He said he would display results of the twins' blood from their umbilical cord at the Hong Kong seminar to prove the experiment was a success. Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports by the Associated Press , Reuters and Agence France-Presse. Jiankui's research has not been independently verified or published though he feels confident in his findings: "I feel a strong responsibility that it's not just to make ... (more...)
Claims of gene-edited baby sparks local outage
- November 28, 2018

Annas also faulted He for conducting his research on "twins instead of one baby" and said scientists should "never endanger two children with a first of its kind experiment-but should do one and not add others until safety (and efficacy) are confirmed in the first". (more...)
Elon Musk Says There's a 70% Chance He'll Move to Mars Elon Musk Says There's a 70% Chance He'll Move to Mars
- November 28, 2018

We came within single digit weeks [of death]. Musk noted that he was pushed to his limits and he was sleeping on the factory floor during that time. The lead designer of SpaceX , an aerospace company headquartered in Hawthorne, California, also said that SpaceX's Mars colony would not be a ticket out of Earth for the rich. (more...)
Chinese Scientist Who Created 'Gene-Edited Twins' Under Probe Chinese Scientist Who Created 'Gene-Edited Twins' Under Probe
- November 27, 2018

A Chinese researcher's claim that he successfully modified the genes of human embryos may force the country to make a stark choice about the future of its burgeoning biotechnology industry - one with significant implications for an emerging technology arms race with the West. (more...)
Macron acknowledges protests, but won't 'change course' Macron acknowledges protests, but won't 'change course'
- November 27, 2018

One can not be pro-environment on Monday and then be against rising fuel prices on Tuesday... "But we need to change how we work because a number of our citizens feel this policy course is imposed on them from above", he said. About 300,000 people took part in a nationwide protest earlier this month, many obstructing highway exits, gas stations and traffic circles. Macron's predecessor, Francois Hollande, wanted to achieve a similar goal by 2025. (more...)
Trump says he doesn't believe his administration's climate report Trump says he doesn't believe his administration's climate report
- November 27, 2018

A report released last Friday by Donald Trump's administration said global warming is making US natural disasters worse. The report, which was written before California's recent deadly fires , also says the last few years have smashed records for damaging weather in the USA, costing almost $400 billion since 2015. (more...)
'I don't believe' government climate report finding
- November 27, 2018

One benefit the report may have, even despite a lack of media coverage, may be to weaken the administration's legal case to gut environmental standards, such as the freeze in federal fuel-economy rules, which is already being challenged in court. (more...)
Chinese scientist's claim of gene-edited babies 'extremely concerning' Chinese scientist's claim of gene-edited babies 'extremely concerning'
- November 27, 2018

Gene editing is a potential fix for heritable diseases but it is extremely controversial because the changes would be passed down to future generations and could eventually affect the entire gene pool. According to the medical document published online , the study recruited HIV-positive men with HIV-negative female partners, and who were willing to participate in an IVF program and allow embryos to be edited with CRISPR . (more...)
Brexit survey - have YOUR say on the nation's future Brexit survey - have YOUR say on the nation's future
- November 27, 2018

In the Sunday Express, Mr Rees-Mogg, who is calling for Mrs May to be replaced, said the deal was a "failure". It was a day many doubted would ever come, but May was anything but triumphant as she reported back to Parliament, which must approve the deal for it to take effect. (more...)
Spacecraft successfully lands on Mars Spacecraft successfully lands on Mars
- November 27, 2018

NASA's Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport ( InSight) lander touched down on the Red Planet at approximately 3 pm EST November 26 (1.30am IST on November 27). Only 40% of missions sent to the Red Planet by any agency have been successful. "If life did ever establish itself early on, Mars has been a hard place for it to hang on". (more...)
Elon Musk Says There’s 70% Chance He Will Move To Mars
- November 27, 2018

He also implied that such a move might be permanent, saying: " We think you can come back but we're not sure ". Musk may have other reasons to want to leave Earth though - he's now being sued in two separate cases. " Tesla really faced a fear or threat of death due to Model 3 production ramp.... the company was bleeding money like insane, if we didn't solve the problems in a short period of time we would die". (more...)
Mars Spacecraft Set To Land On Monday Mars Spacecraft Set To Land On Monday
- November 26, 2018

For NASA's InSight spacecraft, it all comes down to the final six minutes of a six-month journey to Mars Nov. 26, the Monday after Thanksgiving. It's touching down on Mars that aerospace engineers consider to be one of the greatest challenges in the solar system; in fact, about a third of missions successfully launched to the red planet don't survive a landing. (more...)
Mission to Mars will allow for robotic exploration Mission to Mars will allow for robotic exploration
- November 26, 2018

MarCO is a small spacecraft that's flying to Mars with InSight. - Mars' robotic population is set to increase by one on Monday afternoon with the landing of the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission. (more...)
What to Expect: New US Report Details Dire Consequences of Climate Change What to Expect: New US Report Details Dire Consequences of Climate Change
- November 26, 2018

Former Vice President Al Gore accused the Trump administration of trying to "bury' a damning government report that linked global warming to the worsening of natural disasters by quietly releasing the study on the Friday after Thanksgiving". (more...)
'Heartbreaking' stranding on remote New Zealand beach leaves 145 whales dead 'Heartbreaking' stranding on remote New Zealand beach leaves 145 whales dead
- November 26, 2018

He described the decision as "heart-breaking". However, conservation workers are hoping to save some of the eight pygmy killer whales that remained stranded Monday at the other end of the country in an unrelated event. Since 1840, more than 5,000 strandings have been recorded around the New Zealand coastline. Whales can only swim forward, so can also become stuck as the tide recedes. (more...)
NASA Sets Date For First Uncrewed SpaceX Rocket Launch NASA Sets Date For First Uncrewed SpaceX Rocket Launch
- November 25, 2018

Vic Keasler, Director of Research, Development and Engineering at Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company, will discuss an investigation to examine the rate of corrosion on carbon steel materials caused by films made up of microorganisms on Earth and in space. (more...)
NASA selects ancient crater as Mars 2020 rover landing site NASA selects ancient crater as Mars 2020 rover landing site
- November 24, 2018

The mission , scheduled to take place in July , will see NASA's latest rover land in the Jezero Crater , a giant "impact basin" just north of Mars' equator. NASA hopes its outcroppings, sediments and river delta will provide insights into the Mars environment as far back as 3.6 billion years, and perhaps include evidence of past microbial life. (more...)
NASA Investigating SpaceX After Elon Musk's Marijuana Reference NASA Investigating SpaceX After Elon Musk's Marijuana Reference
- November 24, 2018

Despite that, it appears substantial progress has been made and both companies are nearly ready to undergo their unmanned test flights. Boeing will also experience the same review, presumably to provide the illusion of objectivity. A SpaceX spokesman told CBS News human spaceflight "is the core mission of our company" and "there is nothing more important to SpaceX than this endeavor". (more...)
Climate report warns of grim economic consequences, worsening weather disasters in US Climate report warns of grim economic consequences, worsening weather disasters in US
- November 24, 2018

A massive new federal report warns that extreme weather disasters, like California's wildfires and 2018's hurricanes, are worsening in the United States. "Earth's climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities", the report reads. (more...)
NASA orders safety review of SpaceX after Elon Musk's joint-smoking NASA orders safety review of SpaceX after Elon Musk's joint-smoking
- November 23, 2018

He is also facing a lawsuit from a British diver involved in the rescue of the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave after Musk called him a "pedo guy" in a tweet. "Current projected schedules for uncrewed and crewed test flights for both providers have considerable risk and do not appear achievable", said Patricia Sanders, chair of NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), of the commercial crew program during an October 11 meeting of the committee. (more...)
UN environment chief Erik Solheim resigns over travel expense audit report UN environment chief Erik Solheim resigns over travel expense audit report
- November 23, 2018

Aftenposten's report came two months after Solheim first faced a severe scolding from United Nations auditors who criticized not only his spending on massive worldwide travel but also an alleged lack of respect for United Nations regulations and funds. (more...)
Elon Musk's Big Falcon Rocket Just Got a New Name: Starship Elon Musk's Big Falcon Rocket Just Got a New Name: Starship
- November 22, 2018

Musk upped the stakes for an already complex and costly project that is in its earliest stages by responding, "Later versions will", presumably meaning that the future iterations of the Starship will leave our star system. But to put things into perspective, the closest star system to our Solar System is the Alpha Centauri which is 4.367 lightyears (41.32 trillion km) away. (more...)
Big Termite mounds in Brazil seen from space Big Termite mounds in Brazil seen from space
- November 22, 2018

The mounds have approximately 1,800 cubic feet of soil into them. Co-author Roy Funch of Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana in Brazil said, 'This is apparently the world's most extensive bioengineering effort by a single insect species. (more...)
Facing aggravated climate threats, scientists call for more adaptive policies Facing aggravated climate threats, scientists call for more adaptive policies
- November 22, 2018

The report chronicles how climate hazards such as heat waves, wildfires, floods and sea level rise have impacted human disease, the food supply, economies, infrastructure, security and other aspects of society. NY can expect to be hit by four climate crises at a time by 2100 if carbon emissions continue at their current pace, the study says, but if emissions are cut significantly, that number could be reduced to one. (more...)
Rotting dead whale had 13 pounds of plastic inside stomach, official says Rotting dead whale had 13 pounds of plastic inside stomach, official says
- November 22, 2018

Rescuers intervened after hearing villagers were beginning to butcher the dead whale, park chief Heri Santoso said. Although the cause of death is unknown, the mammal's stomach contained more than 100 plastic cups, 4 plastic bottles, 2 sandals and a sack containing more than 1,000 pieces of string. (more...)
First successful flight for experimental electric plane First successful flight for experimental electric plane
- November 22, 2018

Awind thruster that is used to generate ionic wind. Dr Barrett came up with the prototype after reexamining the 1960s research in 2009, and told MIT Technology Review he was "inspired by the science fiction ideas of planes and spacecraft". (more...)
ESO discovers triple star system dubbed ESO discovers triple star system dubbed "Apep" in our galaxy
- November 22, 2018

GRBs throw out huge amounts of material in the form of a powerful stellar wind, hurling matter outwards at millions of kilometres per hour. The Wolf-Rayet stars must be rotating extraordinarily fast to fling off all that matter - almost fast enough to tear themselves apart, the study said. (more...)