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Hurricane Hector Could Worsen Problems With Kilauea Volcano, Officials Say Hurricane Hector Could Worsen Problems With Kilauea Volcano, Officials Say
- August 08, 2018

The hurricane is swirling around in the northern Pacific, threatening to hit Hawaii's Big Island and possibly its active volcano, on Wednesday. Hurricane Hector became a Category 4 storm for a few hours early Sunday but then dipped back to Category 3, still a unsafe force, as it headed across the Pacific, threatening to hit Hawaii's Big Island and possibly its active volcano, officials said early Sunday. (more...)
Scientists baffled by ‘rogue planet’ outside the solar system Scientists baffled by ‘rogue planet’ outside the solar system
- August 08, 2018

Brown dwarfs are objects which are much larger than planets yet unable to sustain nuclear fusion of hydrogen in their cores, hence the name failed stars . Jansky Very Large Array telescope in New Mexico. It also features a magnetic field over 200 times stronger than the gas giant's. This finding could help to better understand the magnetic processes of stars and planets, Kao believes. (more...)
NASA reveals crews for first flights of commercial spaceships NASA reveals crews for first flights of commercial spaceships
- August 08, 2018

The space agency selected eight of its finest active astronauts, plus one retired astronaut, from a wide array of backgrounds. Seven men and four women will be go into orbit on crew capsules built by Boeing and SpaceX . The space agency has reason to be eager. The Starliner spacecraft is being outfitted at the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center, according to NASA . (more...)
Newest SpaceX booster flies again with Indonesia satellite Newest SpaceX booster flies again with Indonesia satellite
- August 07, 2018

Interested in SpaceX? Add SpaceX as an interest to stay up to date on the latest SpaceX news, video, and analysis from ABC News. As noted by webcast host and engineer Lauren Lyons, the second successful drone ship recovery of Falcon 9 Booster 1046 (B1046) paves the way for the SpaceX's first-ever third launch of the same rocket. (more...)
Needham Astronaut To Fly To ISS On Boeing Commercial Capsule Needham Astronaut To Fly To ISS On Boeing Commercial Capsule
- August 06, 2018

According to a statement released by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine during the announcement of "Launch America", they are on the verge of launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil. With 322 days in space, Williams is sixth all-time on NASA's spaceflight endurance list and second all-time among female astronauts. Those were Behnken, Boe, Hurley and Williams . (more...)
Coles under fire over plastic bag backflip Coles under fire over plastic bag backflip
- August 04, 2018

The move sparked a major backlash from environmental groups, social media users and even other retailers. "10 million plastic bags end up in NSW in the environment every year... Coles' backdown infuriated environmental lobby group Greenpeace , which said the supermarket's decision was bad for the planet. "Removing the price means that these reusable bags are far more likely to be used once and discarded". (more...)
NASA announces new astronaut class NASA announces new astronaut class
- August 04, 2018

The eight active Nasa astronauts and one former astronaut-turned-corporate crew member will launch on Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Dragoncapsules to the International Space Station beginning in 2019. However, a NASA spokesman said that does not guarantee those four astronauts will be assigned to an actual mission. It will be Glover's first time in space. (more...)
EPA unveils plan to lower Obama-era federal fuel standards EPA unveils plan to lower Obama-era federal fuel standards
- August 03, 2018

The plan, developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , asserts that lower fuel economy standards will save lives - the higher price of more fuel-efficient vehicles (about $2,300 more per auto, they say) encourages some people to continue driving older, less-safe vehicles, the agencies say. (more...)
NASA confirms delays in Boeing and SpaceX commercial crew flights NASA confirms delays in Boeing and SpaceX commercial crew flights
- August 03, 2018

The first two on the list were initially slated for this summer, but a technical failure experienced during a recent test forced Boeing to revise the entire schedule until that problem is fixed. NASA said SpaceX was now aiming to conduct an uncrewed demonstration flight of its upgraded Dragon capsule in November, known as SpaceX Demo-1. After that, the companies will become eligible for many years' and billions of dollars' worth of future NASA missions. (more...)
Trump EPA Rolls Back Obama-Era Fuel Economy Standards
- August 03, 2018

The plan, developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, asserts that lower fuel economy standards will save lives - the higher price of more fuel-efficient vehicles (about $2,300 more per auto, they say) encourages some people to continue driving older, less-safe vehicles, the agencies say. (more...)
Scientists: 1st sighting of dolphin hybrid is no 'wholphin' Scientists: 1st sighting of dolphin hybrid is no 'wholphin'
- August 01, 2018

There was one large pod, estimated to be somewhere between 200 and 300 individuals. Baird and associates plan to keep an eye on the two that were discovered through tracking to see what results it yields. This is because such genetic hybrids are often infertile , or reproduce only with great difficulty, meaning they can not produce viable offspring with their own kind. (more...)
Is There Really a Lake on Mars? Is There Really a Lake on Mars?
- August 01, 2018

He points to Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli as one of the inspirations for our curiousness about Mars. The final image, taken by Hubble on 18 July 2018, shows a global dust storm, with spring in the southern hemisphere. Mars Express launched 2 June 2003 and celebrates 15 years in orbit on 25 December this year. Whether life has ever existed on Mars remains an open question, and is one that Mars missions, including the current European-Russian ExoMars orbiter and future rover, will ... (more...)
Former Trump aide hits Cohen over recording private conversations Former Trump aide hits Cohen over recording private conversations
- August 01, 2018

First, CNN obtained a recording of a conversation between Cohen and Trump from 2016 discussing how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair. He similarly told ABC News in early July, "I have no concerns that Michael Cohen is going to do anything but tell the truth". "We were counting delegates and we wanted to make sure there wasn't some kind of insurrection, so there was a massive amount of activity around that, very, very little activity away from ... (more...)
Mars to appear very bright in tonight's sky Mars to appear very bright in tonight's sky
- August 01, 2018

That was the closest in 60,000 years, and that kind of range won't happen again until the year 2287. In reality, at Mars' closest approach , the moon still appeared 75 times larger than the Red Planet , while Mars appeared as an extremely bright, star-like object that was visible for much of the night. (more...)
Blood Moon expected to be visible from Wicklow tonight Blood Moon expected to be visible from Wicklow tonight
- July 30, 2018

I'll tell people to look at the moon on any random night, but tonight, Friday July 27, is when you should really be turning your head toward the sky. The full eclipse took place at 2022 GMT and could be seen in Europe , Russia, Africa , the Middle East and much of Asia and Australia , although cloud clouds obscured the moon in some places. (more...)
Polar bear shot dead on Svalbard Polar bear shot dead on Svalbard
- July 30, 2018

Norwegian authorities said a polar bear on Saturday attacked and injured a polar bear guard who was leading tourists off a cruise ship on an Arctic archipelago. In 2015, Czech Jakub Moravec was pulled out of the tent by a polar bear, but escaped with slight damage. A Hapag-Lloyd spokesman said the bear had been shot by the man's colleague "in an act of self-defence". (more...)
"Blood moon" eclipse, Mars providing treat for skywatchers
- July 29, 2018

The Bible contains references to the moon turning into blood and some ultra-Orthodox Jews consider lunar eclipses ominous and a cause for moral contemplation. Those in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro had more luck, snapping the red moon in the clear night sky with their phones and cameras. "Kenyans had the chance to see other planets like Mars, Jupiter and Saturn without the need of specialised equipment", Ms Susan Murabana, the Travelling Telescope Africa MD, told the Saturday Nation . (more...)
Date, timings and how to watch the blood moon Date, timings and how to watch the blood moon
- July 29, 2018

Those with clear skies last night were out in full force to document the impressive display. The eclipse , however, will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific. The enchanting red color of the moon was caused by sunlight being deflected through the Earth's atmosphere. "The moon is passing very close to the center of Earth's shadow , so it is passing on a chord that nearly equals the full diameter of the shadow ", Steve Edberg, an astronomer who recently retired ... (more...)
Enjoy the lunar eclipse in Dubrovnik Enjoy the lunar eclipse in Dubrovnik
- July 28, 2018

No two Lunar Eclipses are ever quite the same, and although some dismiss them as of less interest than Solar Eclipses -particularly total Solar Eclipses, where the events centred on totality occur rapidly, in contrast with more stately progress of a Lunar Eclipse - they are fascinating to observe. (more...)
Telstar 19V communications satellite orbited by SpaceX Falcon 9 Telstar 19V communications satellite orbited by SpaceX Falcon 9
- July 28, 2018

Over the next several days, SpaceX engineers out at sea near the drone ship will work to safe the rocket and tow it back to Port Canaveral where it will be evaluated, refurbished, and prepped for another flight. The constellation of communication satellites - now featuring 75 satellites and scheduled to get 10 more later this summer - is created to support the "Internet of things", the technology behind smart devices. (more...)

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