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Six stranded whales are returned to the ocean in New Zealand Six stranded whales are returned to the ocean in New Zealand
- November 30, 2018

Three wildlife experts that were flown in by helicopter found one dead humback whale and 23 dead pilot whales. "The remote location, lack of nearby personnel and the whales' deteriorating condition meant the most humane thing to do was to euthanize". (more...)
NASA's InSight Mission Triumphantly Touches Down on Mars NASA's InSight Mission Triumphantly Touches Down on Mars
- November 30, 2018

NASA employees react after hearing the good news - InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, has sucessfully arrived on Mars to study the "inner space" of the red planet: its crust, mantle, and core. (more...)
Nasa's Mars InSight probe touches down on red planet Nasa's Mars InSight probe touches down on red planet
- November 30, 2018

NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission's primary objective will be to drill down below the Martian surface, taking temperature and seismology measurements to shed new light on activity of the red planet's core, mantle and crust with three unique instruments . (more...)
Australia's wild weather floods Sydney, fans deadly bushfires Australia's wild weather floods Sydney, fans deadly bushfires
- November 28, 2018

Two police officers have been injured while assisting motorists trapped in floodwaters on Pittwater Road at North Ryde. Severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall lashed Australia's largest city, with the local Bureau of Meteorology reporting more than 106 millimetres of rain fell in some places within a few hours. (more...)
In open letter, scientists in China say baby gene editing 'crazy' In open letter, scientists in China say baby gene editing 'crazy'
- November 27, 2018

Only one pregnancy resulted from the project, though He altered embryos for seven couples in total during fertility treatments. If He's claims are accurate, Annas wrote, then the academic violated "a growing medical-scientific consensus that gene editing not be used on human embryos to create a baby until much more is known about its safety (especially "off target" effects), how to obtain informed consent, and how to monitor any resulting children (and their children) for at least 3 ... (more...)
Trump says he doesn't believe his administration's climate report Trump says he doesn't believe his administration's climate report
- November 27, 2018

US President Donald Trump has cast doubt on a report by his own government warning of devastating effects from climate change . The climate report , quietly unveiled Friday, warned that natural disasters are worsening in the United States because of global warming. (more...)
New lander will add to humans' long fascination with Mars New lander will add to humans' long fascination with Mars
- November 27, 2018

The InSight mission is led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The engineering that's gone into building the InSight spacecraft and lander is staggering, and the people behind the project - who've been working for years to develop, launch and land this mission on another planet - are nothing short of inspiring. (more...)
Trump says doesn't believe own government's climate warning
- November 27, 2018

Friday's report seemed to anticipate such comments, saying: "Over shorter timescales and smaller geographic regions, the influence of natural variability can be larger than the influence of human activity". "With continued growth in emissions at historic rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century - more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many USA states", the report says. (more...)
Researchers Say World's First Gene-Edited Babies Have Been Born in China Researchers Say World's First Gene-Edited Babies Have Been Born in China
- November 27, 2018

And, the statement said , the university was blindsided by He's announcement. Media reports triggered Shenzhen's Southern University of Science and Technology, where He is now on unpaid leave, to release a statement Monday explaining that the organisation was "deeply shocked" and is trying to establish communications with He to clarify the extent of his research. (more...)
NASA’s InSight Spacecraft Lands Successfully On Mars After 300-Million-Mile Journey NASA’s InSight Spacecraft Lands Successfully On Mars After 300-Million-Mile Journey
- November 27, 2018

All but one of the previous USA touchdowns were successful. Or, as Bruce Banerdt, InSight chief scientist said: "The small details in how planets evolve are what we think make the difference between a place like Earth where you can go on vacation and get a tan, and a place like Venus where you'll burn in seconds or a place like Mars where you'll freeze to death". (more...)
Astha Sarmah, ‘Average’ High School Graduate, Schools Donald Trump On Climate Change Astha Sarmah, ‘Average’ High School Graduate, Schools Donald Trump On Climate Change
- November 26, 2018

Black Friday is known as one of the best days of the year to bury negative news releases because of skeleton press crews and a public too busy shopping or spending time off with family to pay attention. Report director David Reidmiller said questions about the timing were 'relevant, ' but said what was in the report was more important. One potential benefit is that the details of the report can now be fully digested and cited by worldwide delegates to the upcoming United Nations COP 24 ... (more...)
When will it land and why should we care — NASA's Insight Mission When will it land and why should we care — NASA's Insight Mission
- November 26, 2018

NASA will provide a livestream of the landing , beginning at 11 a.m. Adopting an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach, Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) engineers have taken the design of the Phoenix lander and adapted it for InSight. "To start out with we're behind", Marinan says, "but by the time InSight lands we will be beyond Mars". The instrument, mounted on the deck of the lander, will also give an indication if the core is liquid or solid. (more...)
T Builds Revolutionary New Plane With No Moving Parts T Builds Revolutionary New Plane With No Moving Parts
- November 22, 2018

A team of experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology managed to unlock a process known as electroaerodynamics, previously never seen as a plausible way to power an aircraft. The aircraft, called Version 2 EAD Airframe, or V2, weighs only 2.45 kg with a wingspan of 5 metres. "This was the simplest possible plane we could design that could prove the concept that an ion plane could fly", Barrett said. (more...)
NASA chooses next Mars landing site set to ‘REVOLUTIONISE’ knowledge of planet NASA chooses next Mars landing site set to ‘REVOLUTIONISE’ knowledge of planet
- November 22, 2018

Nasa has announced plans to send a rover to a dried-up lake bed called Jezero Crater and search for traces of alien organisms. The rover mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020 as NASA's next step in exploration of the Red Planet, the U.S. (more...)
Elon Musk's marijuana puff prompts safety review from NASA, report says Elon Musk's marijuana puff prompts safety review from NASA, report says
- November 22, 2018

The Jan. 7 launch date announcement comes a day after NASA said it would conduct a "cultural assessment study" of the companies, "including the adherence to a drug-free environment ", prior to crew test flights. Musk's extracurricular activities. Boeing has also been placed under review with NASA citing general safety concerns. So far it has launched 18 times - tying its record from previous year - and says it is getting close to launching NASA's astronauts. (more...)
Dead sperm whale in Indonesia found with 6kg of plastic in stomach Dead sperm whale in Indonesia found with 6kg of plastic in stomach
- November 21, 2018

The team, assisted by researchers from the Academy of Marine and Fisheries Community in Wakatobi, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and locals, identified the animal as a sperm whale. According to the Associated Press , rescuers from Wakatobi National Park discovered a large lump of plastic waste inside the 31-foot mammal's carcass Monday, which included 115 drinking cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, two flip-flops, a nylon sack and more than 1,000 other assorted pieces of plastic. (more...)
California wildfires: Concern over rain in search efforts California wildfires: Concern over rain in search efforts
- November 19, 2018

Mr Trump toured the area with California's outgoing and incoming governors, both Democrats who have traded sharp exchanges with the Republican administration. "It's like total devastation", Trump said as he stood amid the ruins of Paradise. The president landed at the Beale Air Force base in Northern California Saturday hours after he blamed the deadly wildfires on poor forest management yet again, re-igniting fury among West Coast residents and firefighters. (more...)
Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend: How to watch Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend: How to watch
- November 19, 2018

And with this weekend's moon shining at a almost full waxing gibbous phase , it's better to look out for the Leonids with no moon in the sky at all. For the best views, EarthSky suggests going to the countryside or an open field where there are few lights or trees. The Leonid meteor shower will be visible from the naked eye, but, it is still advisable to carry a pair of binoculars for a clear and close vision. (more...)
Icy 'Tremendous-Earth' Exoplanet Noticed Round Close by Barnard's Star Icy 'Tremendous-Earth' Exoplanet Noticed Round Close by Barnard's Star
- November 18, 2018

Professor Steven Vogt of UC Santa Cruz said, 'Barnard's star is among the nearby red dwarfs that represents an ideal target to search for exoplanets that could someday actually be reached by future interstellar spacecraft. The newfound planet candidate lies 0.4 AU from its host star and completes one orbit every 233 Earth days, according to the new study. Vogt's exoplanet search team began observing Barnard's star in 1997 using Keck Observatory's HIRES instrument, which Vogt designed. (more...)
SpaceX launched satellite on Falcon 9 rocket SpaceX launched satellite on Falcon 9 rocket
- November 18, 2018

Cargo includes an Es'hail-2, a communications satellite for Qatar. The first stage is scheduled to touch down on the floating platform about 8 minutes after liftoff. If all goes well, the Es'hail 2 will enter service at the end of January. Recovering the rocket's first stage is part of Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s strategy to reduce launch costs and win market share. (more...)

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