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NASA spacecraft sets record for closest approach to sun

NASA spacecraft sets record for closest approach to sun The sun's gravity will eventually see the probe reach speeds of about 430,000mph. The spacecraft, which was launched in August with an ambitious goal to "touch the Sun" - not literally, though, - is created to re-think our understanding of the Sun's corona and solar winds. [Full Article...]

For 50 years, the population of Earth was reduced by 60% - WWF

For 50 years, the population of Earth was reduced by 60% - WWF More species referenced in the report as those whose populations are in decline include black and white rhinos, polar bears, African grey parrots, hedgehogs, whale sharks, Bornean orangutans, puffins and the wandering albatross. However, functions such as these "have been taken for granted until now by not acting against the accelerated loss of nature ", lamented Lambertini. [Full Article...]

Tracking the Tropics: Oscar forms, could become a hurricane

Tracking the Tropics: Oscar forms, could become a hurricane East Coast blocks its progress. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year, while the Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 to November 30, the center said . Oscar became a named system late Friday evening as a subtropical storm. A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast on Monday. Hurricane winds extend only 15 miles from the center, while tropi... [Full Article...]

Delhi records worst air quality of season as thick haze engulfs city

Delhi records worst air quality of season as thick haze engulfs city The decline in air quality has been attributed to vehicular pollution, construction dust as well as stubble burning in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab, said authorities. Experts have projected that air quality may dip further in the coming days, especially from the beginning of the next month, due to adverse weather conditions and approaching winter. [Full Article...]

Storm upgraded - but not a threat to Bermuda

Storm upgraded - but not a threat to Bermuda Oscar has become the eighth hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, but the storm is far out in the Atlantic where it poses no threat to land. A cyclone is a closed-circulation rotating storm that depending on its wind-speed intensity is classified, from weakest to strongest, as a tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane. [Full Article...]

Hawaiian island disappeared from the face of the earth after the storm

Hawaiian island disappeared from the face of the earth after the storm At this time it remains unclear whether the island will resurface again, the media outlet notes, as an islet named Whale-Skate Island vanished from French Frigate Shoals in the 1990s and has not reappeared since. When the turtles return next year, they may try to find another island on which to nest, Littnan said. It was used to breed under threat of extinction, monk seals, and rare for today is... [Full Article...]

Pence Won't Rule Out Nukes in Space

Pence Won't Rule Out Nukes in Space He named United States adversaries as Russian Federation and China, and said potential space threats include anti-satellite weapons, airborne lasers, "highly threatening on-orbit activities and evasive hypersonic missiles". "Let's begin by bringing everyone under a unified command", he said, adding that he would also like to see a Space Development Agency tasked with new technologies. [Full Article...]

‘Life-Threatening’ Hurricane Willa Barrels Into Mexico’s Western Coast

‘Life-Threatening’ Hurricane Willa Barrels Into Mexico’s Western Coast Willa, a Category 3 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale was one of the most powerful hurricanes to enter Mexico from the Pacific in recent years. Although hotels, restaurants and stores were boarded over, people ventured onto Mazatlan's coastal boulevard to watch a spectacular sunset as the hurricane obscured the sky to the south. [Full Article...]

Mysterious rectangular iceberg found by NASA

Mysterious rectangular iceberg found by NASA Images of the unusual icebergs were captured on NASA's IceBridge flight, an airborne survey of Arctic and Antarctic ice yielding detailed, three-dimensional views of ice sheets, ice shelves and sea ice. A semi-circle shaped iceberg with vertical sides, from the Venable Ice Shelf. "We get two types of icebergs: We get the type that everyone can envision in their head that sank the Titanic , an... [Full Article...]

Stephen Hawking wheelchair, thesis up for sale

Stephen Hawking wheelchair, thesis up for sale Auctioneer Christie's announced the online sale on Monday as part of a larger auction featuring scientific papers by Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Isaac Newton, the Associated Press reported . The proceeds from the auction of the chair will benefit the The Stephen Hawking Foundation , which advocates for the rights of people with disabilities, and The Motor Neurone Disease Association . [Full Article...]

Mercury Mission Will Map Morphology and Measure Magnetics

Mercury Mission Will Map Morphology and Measure Magnetics The rocket launch is scheduled to take place at 2.45am United Kingdom time (1.45am UTC) from French Guiana. The BepiColombo spacecraft has blasted off on a journey to unravel the mysteries of the solar system's innermost planet. "(Mercury is) the planet that helped us prove that relativity is real, the planet that is astonishingly hot on its sun-side and yet carries ice in craters at its North... [Full Article...]

Monolithic rectangular iceberg photographed by Nasa

The spectacular photo of a massive rectangular iceberg with perfectly pointed edges, taken by a NASA research aircraft last week, left people scratching their heads as to how on earth this was possible. Such objects are not unknown, however, and even have a name - tabular icebergs. As the picture shows, tabular icebergs are large slabs of ice with almost vertical sides and flat tops. [Full Article...]

Hurricane Willa intensifies as 'life-threatening' storm on path to Mexico

Hurricane Willa intensifies as 'life-threatening' storm on path to Mexico Hurricane force winds extended out 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the storm's core and tropical storm force winds were up to 90 miles (145 kilometers) out. To add to the woes, the Tropical Storm Vicente will also threaten Mexico with heavy downpours in the coming days. A hurricane watch has been issued from San Blas to Mazatlan and north of Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya. [Full Article...]

THE ORIONID METEOR SHOWER Peaks Very Soon!

THE ORIONID METEOR SHOWER Peaks Very Soon! One factor that will take away a view of some of the meteors is our bright moon. Halley's Comet passes Earth every 75 to 76 years and as it makes its way around the sun, it leaves a trail of gas and dust behind it, which can be seen when the debris crosses Earth. [Full Article...]

Prince Harry, Meghan kick off Invictus Games in Sydney

Prince Harry, Meghan kick off Invictus Games in Sydney Harry, who served in the British Army for a decade, founded the Invictus Games in 2014. Britain's Prince Harry mentions Meghan Markle and their future baby in Invictus Games at the Opening Ceremony speech in Sydney , Australia . [Full Article...]

Scientists told about the mysterious phenomenon in Antarctica

Scientists told about the mysterious phenomenon in Antarctica For context, it can sometimes be necessary to dramatically speed up or slow down sounds in order for humans to perceive or bear them - like this slowed-down version of Justin Bieber. According to the researchers, variations in wind strength (due to things like storms) and changes in air temperatures can both impact the snow layer, and in so doing affect the pitch of the seismic hum detected. [Full Article...]

NOAA predicting mild winter in New England

NOAA predicting mild winter in New England Above-average temperatures are likely across most northern and western states from December through February, according to the 2018-2019 Winter Outlook released by the agency's Climate Prediction Center on Thursday. 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. [Full Article...]

NOAA’s winter forecast for JH looks warm and dry

According to NOAA, in ME, the three-month average snowfall in Portland, across December, January and February, is 14.8 inches, in Bangor 16.1 inches, and in Caribou, 23.4 inches. The chances are highest in southeastern Georgia and much of northern and central Florida. Meantime, drier-than-average conditions are expected for the Great Lakes and portions of the Northern Rockies and the Northern Pl... [Full Article...]

China plans to replace streetlights with ‘artificial moon’ by 2020

China plans to replace streetlights with ‘artificial moon’ by 2020 The illuminated orb is meant to complement the light of Earth's existing moon, and will be eight times brighter than the natural satellite , Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co. [Full Article...]

NW Kan native, NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

NW Kan native, NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch Russia's catastrophic loss on October 11 of an important Soyuz rocket is being rapidly investigated, and the event is subject to a criminal enquiry. They landed on the smooth, flat terrain of Kazakhstan. "I am feeling well, so is my colleague, USA astronaut Nick Hague ", Ovchinin said. Hague says he and his crewmate grinned at touchdown, shook hands and then joked about their short flight... [Full Article...]


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