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Here's NOAA's 2018-2019 winter weather forecast Here's NOAA's 2018-2019 winter weather forecast
- October 20, 2018

In the winter, the NOAA said, typical El Nino conditions include wetter-than-average precipitation in the southern US and drier conditions in parts of the northern U.S. The prospect of stormy conditions in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic means it has the greatest chance of having colder-than-normal conditions of anywhere in the country, Halpert said. (more...)
Antarctic ice shelf 'sings' as winds whip across its surface Antarctic ice shelf 'sings' as winds whip across its surface
- October 20, 2018

When they looked at the data, they realized the top layer of the shelf (called the firn) was nearly constantly vibrating, thanks to the winds travelling atop the snow dunes. What they heard however, the creeping "singing" of the ice shelf, is not at all what the anticipated they would find. The firn had been altered permanently, and the ice shelf song was changed permanently as well. (more...)
NOAA’s winter forecast for JH looks warm and dry
- October 19, 2018

During the winter, typical El Nino conditions in the USA can include wetter-than-average precipitation in the South and drier conditions in parts of the North. Above-average rainfall is most likely northern Florida and southern Georgia this winter. Drought conditions are anticipated to improve in areas throughout Arizona and New Mexico, southern sections of Utah and Colorado, the coastal Pacific Northwest and the Central Plains. (more...)
Chengdu plans to launch ‘artificial moon’ into space to save on electricity Chengdu plans to launch ‘artificial moon’ into space to save on electricity
- October 19, 2018

It is not clear whether the plan has the backing of the city of Chengdu or the Chinese government, though Casc is the main contractor for the Chinese space programme. However, Kang Weimin, director of the Institute of Optics, School of Aerospace, Harbin Institute of Technology, said the light would be similar to dusk and that it shouldn't upset animal routines. (more...)
NASA's Chandra Observatory Back in Action NASA's Chandra Observatory Back in Action
- October 18, 2018

NASA announced on Monday it traced the cause to a gyroscope glitch that generated "a three-second period of bad data that in turn led the onboard computer to calculate an incorrect value for the spacecraft momentum". After Hubble's gyroscope malfunction, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory has reportedly transitioned to safe mode for unknown reasons. On October 10, Chandra X-ray Observatory entered safe mode , in which the observatory is put into a safe configuration, critical hardware is ... (more...)
NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch
- October 17, 2018

Three Soyuz rocket launches will be conducted before the next manned Soyuz flight, the Roscosmos executive director stated at a press conference in the Yuri A. The failure "only helped to solidify my appreciation for how robust that system is", said Hague, 43, in an online question-and-answer session with reporters streamed by NASA. (more...)
Trouble now brewing for beer drinkers as climate change to double prices Trouble now brewing for beer drinkers as climate change to double prices
- October 16, 2018

The findings come a week after a dire United Nations report described the consequences of risky levels of climate change including worsening food and water shortages, heat waves, sea level rise, and disease. Beer prices were predicted to rise most in wealthy beer-loving countries such as Belgium, Canada, Denmark and Poland. Dabo Guan , a co-author of the study and a professor of climate change economics at the University of East Anglia, and a team of scientists examined scenarios resulting ... (more...)
Chinese scientists, using DNA editing, breed healthy mice from two mothers Chinese scientists, using DNA editing, breed healthy mice from two mothers
- October 15, 2018

According to the study published Thursday, researchers were able to accomplish the feat by genetically editing embryonic stem cells containing one parent's DNA and injecting it into the unfertilized eggs of another. Those cells , along with sperm from a second male, were then injected into an egg cells which had its nucleus removed. The genes of two female mice have been used to create living offspring in a Chinese laboratory. (more...)
Massachusetts Team To Aid With Hurricane Recovery In Florida Massachusetts Team To Aid With Hurricane Recovery In Florida
- October 14, 2018

Authorities have set up distribution centers to dole out food and water to victims, who just were coming to grips with the brutal realities of their situation. Search teams used dogs for people killed or trapped in debris, including in hardest-hit Mexico Beach. According to Reuters , "teams consisting mostly of off-duty police officers and firefighters have found more than 520 of the 2,100 people reported missing" since the hurricane hit. (more...)
Jean to continue bid for Francophonie top job Jean to continue bid for Francophonie top job
- October 13, 2018

Speaking to The Canadian Press on the sidelines of the summit in Armenia, Kagame says the secretary general of the International Organization of la Francophonie and former Canadian governor general simply can't accept that someone else could lead the organization. (more...)
After Hurricane Michael, hard-hit communities begin picking up the pieces After Hurricane Michael, hard-hit communities begin picking up the pieces
- October 13, 2018

This aerial photo shows debris and destruction in Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, after Hurricane Michael went through the area on Wednesday. As Florida , Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, a London woman is sharing her experience following Hurricane Florence. (more...)
Hurricane Michael: Rescuers scour debris amid fears deathtoll will climb Hurricane Michael: Rescuers scour debris amid fears deathtoll will climb
- October 13, 2018

Mexico Beach, Florida - almost ground zero for landfall - was inaccessible to search and rescue teams. The U.S. Army said more than 2,000 Florida National Guard soldiers were helping with recovery efforts. "We're doing what we can with the minimal media that we have". "It's inexcusable that an out-of-state democratic group would run a false, negative ad attempting to portray Governor Scott as untrustworthy while he works day and night to keep families safe from one of the most ... (more...)
Soyuz rocket failure: What went wrong, and what happens next Soyuz rocket failure: What went wrong, and what happens next
- October 13, 2018

While there is another Soyuz capsule docked at the station, Hadfield said using it to send the current crew home would not be under consideration. "And at this point I'm confident that we'll launch in December". The last one returned to Earth on October 4, carrying NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, after their 197-day mission in space. (more...)
Air Force Doles Out $2.3B for Space Launch Contracts Air Force Doles Out $2.3B for Space Launch Contracts
- October 12, 2018

Blue Origin , which has a launch site east of El Paso in Van Horn, Texas, has entered into a Launch Services Agreement partnership with the U.S. The EELV program has successfully launched 72 NSS missions, dating back to 2003, using the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. (more...)
Georgia Girl, 11, Dies as Michael Hurls Debris Through Roof Georgia Girl, 11, Dies as Michael Hurls Debris Through Roof
- October 12, 2018

Michael struck Florida's northwest coast near the small town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon with top sustained winds of 250 kph, pushing a wall of seawater inland. The governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for heavy rain and storm-force winds as Michael plowed northward up the Atlantic seaboard. (more...)
Hurricane Michael crashes into Florida Panhandle Hurricane Michael crashes into Florida Panhandle
- October 12, 2018

The storm was moving north at 12 miles per hour. Hurricane Warnings are in effect from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Florida's west coast from the Suwannee River to Chassahowitzka. (more...)
'Apocalyptic:' One Florida town demolished by Michael 'Apocalyptic:' One Florida town demolished by Michael
- October 12, 2018

While search-and-rescue teams were having difficulty reaching some areas on Thursday, the extent of the damage is slowly becoming clear with the before and after images showing the severe destruction. More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were ordered or urged to clear out as Michael closed in. Florida governor Rick Scott had warned of "unimaginable devastation" from the approaching menace, and it looked like he was proved right on Thursday morning as the first rescue and fix ... (more...)
NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonaut make emergency landing on earth NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonaut make emergency landing on earth
- October 12, 2018

Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague had blasted off on a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan . In recent years, Russia's space programme has faced a number of technical failures - 13 since 2010. The agency is waiting for both Boeing and SpaceX to deliver home-grown spacecraft so it no longer has to rely on Russian Federation to send supplies and crew to the ISS. (more...)
Soyuz Crew Performs Ballistic Reentry After Booster Fails During Launch
- October 12, 2018

The failed mission was Expedition 57 and it was to transport Roscosmos' Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague to the ISS . Bridenstine attended the launch at Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome with Rogozin as part of an effort to mend relations between the two space superpowers strained by NASA's Commercial Crew Program. (more...)
This is what Hurricane Michael looks like from space This is what Hurricane Michael looks like from space
- October 11, 2018

The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael in the USA came into focus with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces as rescue crews started making their way into stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people. The fate of many residents remained unknown last night. "It really started as a tropical storm, and then it went to Category 1, then it was Category 2 and before you know it, it was Category 4", O Shaughnessy said. (more...)

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