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NASA, Israel Space Agency ink deal for moon-bound mission

NASA, Israel Space Agency ink deal for moon-bound mission USA aerospace giant Lockheed Martin , responding to NASA's plans to renew the exploration of the moon and Mars in the next decade, unveiled Wednesday a concept spacecraft able to land on the lunar surface. According to Lockheed, it will be capable of carrying 2,000 pounds of cargo and supporting a crew of four on the Moon's surface for up to two weeks at a time. [Full Article...]

First woman in 55 years wins physics Nobel prize

First woman in 55 years wins physics Nobel prize Macron tweeted on Tuesday "we are proud of Gerard Mourou", the 74-year-old co-winner with Arthur Ashkin of the United States and Canada's Donna Strickland . "And with me here on podium is, to my right, Professor Olga Botner, the chairman of the Nobel Committee for Physics, and on my left side, Professor Mats Larsson, who is the member of the committee and an expert in the field of this year's... [Full Article...]

Portland doctor’s research key in Nobel Prize for medicine

Portland doctor’s research key in Nobel Prize for medicine In the early 1990s, Allison had been studying a protein called CTLA-4, which sits in the outer layer - the membrane - of an active T-cell and behaves like an off-switch. The discoveries led to the creation of a multibillion-dollar market for new cancer medicines. Allison's work led to development of the first immune checkpoint inhibitor drug which would become the first to extend the survi... [Full Article...]

Laser breakthroughs win physics Nobel

Laser breakthroughs win physics Nobel Strickland is the first woman to win the physics prize since 1963, when Maria Goeppert-Mayer was recognized for her work on the structure of nuclei. It recognises their discoveries in the field of laser physics. Strickland became the third female Nobel laureate in physics. Strickland and Mourou will share the other half, after they were singled out for helping develop laser pulses that can be ... [Full Article...]

Hurricane Rosa to downgrade to tropical storm before making landfall in Mexico

Hurricane Rosa to downgrade to tropical storm before making landfall in Mexico On the forecast track, the center of Rosa will approach the central and northern Baja California peninsula on Monday. Rosa, with maximum sustained winds decreasing to nearly 120 miles per hour (195 kph), was now a Category 3 storm, coming down a notch on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. [Full Article...]

Hayabusa 2 spacecraft deploys rovers on asteroid called Ryugu

Hayabusa 2 spacecraft deploys rovers on asteroid called Ryugu A still from a 15-frame movie captured by one of the MINERVA-II1 rovers on the surface of asteroid Ryugu last week. Although JAXA was unable to contact the rovers for a short time after they were sent to the surface, they've been sending photos back to JAXA . [Full Article...]

Beluga whale spotted in the Thames

Beluga whale spotted in the Thames Marine life experts have confirmed that it is indeed a Beluga whale, after first being spotted by ecologist and ornithologist Dave Andrews. The creature is thousands of miles from its normal Arctic habitat, which makes this an "extremely unusual sighting", said Hoit. [Full Article...]

Japanese rovers send back images and video from asteroid Ryugu

Japanese rovers send back images and video from asteroid Ryugu Enjoy "standing" on the surface of this asteroid! We now have our first major look at the surface of the Ryugu asteroid courtesy of rovers exploring it from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ( JAXA ), and the photos are stunning. "Therefore, this hopping mechanism was adopted for moving across the surface of such small celestial bodies". "I can not find words to express how happy I am t... [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Kirk, Hurricane Rosa Are Strengthening: NHC

Tropical Storm Kirk, Hurricane Rosa Are Strengthening: NHC The good news with this system is that most of the rain associated with it is located east of its center, mainly keeping most of the rain offshore and away from the Carolinas. Kirk is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 miles per hour (30 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue over the next few days. Its maximum sustained winds were 45 miles per hour. [Full Article...]

Japan Lands Robot Rovers On Asteroid To Collect Solar System Data

Japan Lands Robot Rovers On Asteroid To Collect Solar System Data It also posted new images that the bots sent back. When the rovers were released, JAXA engineers were forced to wait and wonder if they made it to the surface in one piece. After the initial landing, the two rovers continue to collect data by hopping across the asteroid and taking photos. Because of the lower gravity on the Astroid, the rovers will jump up to 15 meters to record scientific data. [Full Article...]

Beluga whale 'takes wrong turn' and ends up in Thames

There are occasional reports of belugas off the British coast, though very rarely this far south. "Hopefully instinct will soon kick in and the beluga will leave the estuary and go out into the North Sea and then head north where it should be", Mr Lott said. [Full Article...]

'It's pretty devastating': Ottawa family speaks about losing house in tornado

'It's pretty devastating': Ottawa family speaks about losing house in tornado More than 270,000 residents and businesses in the Ottawa and Gatineau region are still without power following Friday's violent storm. He has compared the damage to the city's power grid as being on the magnitude of the debilitating ice storm of 1998. [Full Article...]

Japan Lands Two Tiny Rovers on Asteroid Ryugu

Japan Lands Two Tiny Rovers on Asteroid Ryugu They will also measure the surface temperature ahead of Hayabusa2's own landing late next month. On 3 October, the mothership will deploy a lander called Mascot, which has been developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) together with the French Space Agency (CNES). [Full Article...]

Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot Aboard SpaceX's 'Big Falcon Rocket'

Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot Aboard SpaceX's 'Big Falcon Rocket' Other space companies, like Virgin Galactic, founded by British tycoon Richard Branson, and billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's rocket company Blue Origin, are working on trips to the edge of space that could offer tourists a chance at weightlessness for 10 minutes or so. [Full Article...]

Trump to visit North Carolina as waterways rise after Florence

Trump to visit North Carolina as waterways rise after Florence Michael Jordan, who grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, close to where Florence came ashore as a Category 1 hurricane, has donated $2 million to relief and recovery agencies. Kinston Police in North Carolina also posted a video on Facebook showing clumps of fire ants in flood waters, warning residents to stay safe. Hurricane Matthew caused a partial structural failure at one lagoon, while n... [Full Article...]

Subtropical Storm Leslie forms in north Atlantic

Subtropical Storm Leslie forms in north Atlantic However, Barbados is likely to experience moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds from the system as it moves across the island chain late Monday into Tuesday. "It is possible that Kirk could degenerate into a trough of low pressure during the next day or two while it moves quickly across the tropical central Atlantic", the public advisory says. [Full Article...]

Foot Spider Web Blankets Entire Lagoon In Greece

Foot Spider Web Blankets Entire Lagoon In Greece The spiders who made the web are from the genus Tetragnatha and are also known as stretch spiders due to the long bodies. In a bid to maintain balance, nature introduces a large number of spiders to keep the mosquito number in check. [Full Article...]

Hamilton nurse in South Carolina to assist American Red Cross

Hamilton nurse in South Carolina to assist American Red Cross As Florence dumps more than 30 inches of rain in North Carolina and the surrounding areas, it's all hands on deck for the American Red Cross . Elizabeth Anderson has been riding out the storm with 200 volunteers in an emergency shelter at a school in Myrtle Beach, distributing donated items and keeping children entertained. [Full Article...]

1,000-Foot Spider Web Appears Overnight in Greece

1,000-Foot Spider Web Appears Overnight in Greece Greek local and photographer Giannis Giannakopoulos captured stunning photographs and a video of the webs. They are often known as stretch spiders , as they have elongated bodies - and in another worrying development for those who fear spiders - Tetragnatha extensa are small enough and light enough to be able to run across water faster than they can move on land. [Full Article...]

SpaceX will take a Japanese billionaire on a trip around the Moon

SpaceX will take a Japanese billionaire on a trip around the Moon The First SpaceX BFR Passenger To The MoonSpaceX recently announced that the first private citizen has signed up to take the trip to the moon, inside the company's BFR . Of course he paid a huge sum, though Musk refused to reveal how much. Maezawa, founder of fashion retail website Zozo and avid art collector, is well, over the moon, about the prospect of being Space X's first space touris... [Full Article...]


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