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Astronauts Safely On Earth After Rocket Malfunctions

Astronauts Safely On Earth After Rocket Malfunctions Search and rescue crews are heading to the landing site. After about 20 minutes of uncertainty, Russian officials confirmed the crew were OK, and had landed about 20km east of Dzhezkazgan, a city in central Kazakhstan. Search and rescue teams are heading towards the expected touchdown location of the spacecraft and crew'. "A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted... [Full Article...]

Alarming portents from global warming report

Alarming portents from global warming report Global carbon dioxide emissions must nearly halve within 12 years to avoid a catastrophic loss of coral reefs and Arctic ice, intense floods and droughts, according to a United Nations report. But the report said the efficacy of measures, such as planting forests, bioenergy use or capturing and storing CO2, were unproven at a large scale and carried some risks. [Full Article...]

B.C. asked to conserve energy after pipeline explosion

B.C. asked to conserve energy after pipeline explosion One of two pipelines has been turned back on after a natural gas explosion damaged the other and saw homes evacuated on Tuesday, but British Columbians are still being asked to conserve gas as a possible shortage looms. Police said the gas line has since been shut down. Homebuilders are not expecting to feel any impact unless a shortage becomes a long-term problem. [Full Article...]

Visuals of How Much Damage Hurricane Michael Inflicted on the Gulf Coast

Visuals of How Much Damage Hurricane Michael Inflicted on the Gulf Coast It could reach into the millions from the "potentially catastrophic" Cat 4 storm, which was packing sustained winds of 155 miles per hour - just 2 miles per hour short of Cat 5 status. "It's our first storm (forecast) to be on top of us", Mollie Williams, a 17-year resident, said warily. Before even before landfall, Long had ominous words for those who stayed. [Full Article...]

United Nations panel urges fast action to avoid climate catastrophe

United Nations panel urges fast action to avoid climate catastrophe Greg Flato, a senior scientist with Environment Canada's climate research division and one of the IPCC special report's authors, said the report shows "emissions from all sectors will have to reduce rapidly in order to keep temperatures from exceeding 1.5 degrees". [Full Article...]

Richard Branson issues stark warning to rival Elon Musk

Richard Branson issues stark warning to rival Elon Musk This week, Virgin Management met with people directors at the group of companies to ensure mental health challenges are detected fast and that "everyone in the Virgin family has somewhere to go when they feel their mental health is affected", he said . [Full Article...]

Michael forecast to grow into major hurricane

Michael forecast to grow into major hurricane Michael, which had caught many by surprise with its rapid intensification as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico, was the most powerful recorded storm ever to hit the Panhandle. "We haven t seen as robust of an evacuation response from the civilian population that we have seen in other storms". Only three major hurricanes made landfall in the Panhandle since 1950 before this: Eloise in ... [Full Article...]

Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall near Panama City

Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall near Panama City Jonathan Bachman / Reuters Waves crash along a pier as Hurricane Michael approaches Panama City Beach, Florida , on October 10. By 8pm, it was down to a category 1. She could not say what time the death occurred or give any details about the victim. "Along our coast, communities are going to see unimaginable devastation", Scott said, with storm surge posing the greatest danger. [Full Article...]

Australia Will Keep Burning Coal To Produce Electricity Despite Stern IPCC Warning

Australia Will Keep Burning Coal To Produce Electricity Despite Stern IPCC Warning Coalition members collectively represent more than 1.3 billion people and $34 trillion in GDP - equivalent to 17 percent of the global population and 43 percent of the global economy. The implications of what the near future holds for these countries, which are already dealing with climate adaptation challenges, demand concerted action, both locally and internationally. [Full Article...]

First Death Reported as Hurricane Michael Devastates Florida Panhandle

First Death Reported as Hurricane Michael Devastates Florida Panhandle Residents of Georgia and Alabama have been hit with power blackouts after the hurricane crossed into the southeastern part of the states. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Michael would dump as much as 8 inches of rain in some areas. [Full Article...]

U.S., Russian Space Crew Heading Back To Earth After Booster Failure

The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan . Search-and-rescue teams were headed to the area where the capsule was expected to come down for what a NASA TV announcer said was likely to be a "hard landing". [Full Article...]

Hurricane Michael threatens Florida with 150mph winds

Hurricane Michael is closing in on the Florida Panhandle with potentially catastrophic winds of 150 miles per hour. It had sustained winds of 155 mph, meaning it wasn't from a Category 5 storm - a Category 4 hurricane has sustained winds of up to 156 mph, and Category 5 is 157 mph and above. [Full Article...]

Hubble Space Telescope is in trouble after gyroscope failure

Hubble Space Telescope is in trouble after gyroscope failure Although science operations are expected to resume fairly soon, the current issues raise concerns about the future of the invaluable scientific instrument. The telescope, which travels the Earth at about five miles per second - equivalent to driving from America's East to West Coast in just 10 minutes - faces out to space to take pictures of planets, stars and galaxies to help scientists learn abo... [Full Article...]

'Extremely Dangerous' Hurricane Michael Set to Hit Florida Panhandle

'Extremely Dangerous' Hurricane Michael Set to Hit Florida Panhandle Florida Governor Rick Scott said Michael was expected to be "the most deadly, destructive storm to the Panhandle in decades". "Bay County ( Panama City ) likely to be ground zero for landfall later this afternoon". Dwight Williams, who lives across the street from Thomas, wasn't taking any chances - he and his wife were packing to evacuate. "Due to the mishaps from last year with Irma, I thou... [Full Article...]

Evacuations ordered as Florida braces for Hurricane Michael

Evacuations ordered as Florida braces for Hurricane Michael Governor Rick Scott´s office said mandatory evacuation orders were in place for parts of Bay County , which includes the popular Panama City beach resort, and areas in nearby Gulf and Franklin counties. "This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said in a news briefing . Two days from now, forecasts project it will be a major hurricane (category three or stronger) bearing... [Full Article...]

SpaceX launch and landing in California

SpaceX launch and landing in California Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was among those trying to clear up the speculation, tweeting a photo of the launch and writing: "Nope, definitely not aliens". By the way: SpaceX would like to land every booster on terra firma , to ease the reflight process. Only 12 of these launches has managed to land on the solid ground. [Full Article...]

Hurricane Michael a very different storm to Florence: RMS

Hurricane Michael a very different storm to Florence: RMS For Volusia and Flagler counties, the hurricane's path to the west will bring an increased chance of showers and thunderstorms, with gusty winds on Wednesday and Thursday . The Weather Service cautioned Floridians not to focus on the exact track of the storm. Catastrophe risk modelling firm RMS has highlighted some key differences between hurricane Michael , which is heading for the Florid... [Full Article...]

Hubble Space Telescope taken offline after gyroscope failure ars_ab.settitle(1389895)

That gyro, which had been powered down, is not "performing at the level required for operations", according to spacecraft telemetry after it was commanded to turn on. Gyroscopes are needed to keep Hubble pointed in the right direction during observations. 'Which the Astro community wants desperately. It's impossible to overstate the amount of data Hubble has collected during its 28-year stint ... [Full Article...]

SpaceX Launch Seen in Local Skies

SpaceX Launch Seen in Local Skies Such sights and sounds are familiar to residents near the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida where SpaceX first landed a Falcon 9 booster in December 2015 . Prior landings have taken place on the East Coast. Saocom-1A has an L-band payload created to study soil moisture for agriculture, disaster monitoring and scientific research. [Full Article...]

Meteorite used as doorstop for decades worth $100,000

Meteorite used as doorstop for decades worth $100,000 After this the farmer took the stone to the University of MI, research staff after the study stated that the boulder is composed of Nickel and iron, and its estimated cost almost $ 100,000. Mazurek became the rock's owner in 1988, when he bought a farm in Edmore, Michigan. It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located. [Full Article...]


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