Science


Statewide plastic bag ban may soon become a reality Statewide plastic bag ban may soon become a reality
- March 31, 2019

Jeremy Cherson, legislative advocacy manager for Riverkeeper, called on the legislation to be included in the state budget saying New Yorkers use some 23 billion single-use plastic bags annually "and that is 23 billion too many for our environment". (more...)
Quebec introduces bill banning religious symbols Quebec introduces bill banning religious symbols
- March 31, 2019

Jolin-Barrette said for the Quebec state to be truly secular, it can not employ people who exercise authority while wearing religious symbols. "I don't want things to skid out of control, for people to be aggressive or arrogant". "Quebec is a democratic, progressive and inclusive society; yet this bill is regressive and is squarely against these core values", said NCCM Quebec spokesperson Sarah Abou-Bakr. (more...)
Another strong wake-up call over global warming Another strong wake-up call over global warming
- March 31, 2019

Speaking at the launch of the State of the Global Climate report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO ), Mr Guterres reiterated his call for action, underlining that the alarming conclusion that climate change is accelerating, "proves what we have been saying: climate change is moving faster than our efforts to address it". (more...)
Maybe Next Time: NASA Cancels Spacewalk By All-Female Team Maybe Next Time: NASA Cancels Spacewalk By All-Female Team
- March 30, 2019

But McClain pulled herself from the lineup because there's not enough time to get two medium suits ready for them. During launch and landing, they wear an orange spacesuit, known as "launch and entry" spacesuits. Spacesuits are basically "little spaceships", Bridenstine said. "They are pressurized, include heat and cooling for the astronauts to adapt, all of the things they need to stay alive when they're in space", said Schierholz. (more...)
At least 30 killed after truck rams into crowd in Guatemala At least 30 killed after truck rams into crowd in Guatemala
- March 30, 2019

A truck ploughed into a crowd of indigenous Guatemalans gathered on a highway, leaving 18 dead as it drove off without stopping and plunging the Central American country into an outpouring of grief on Thursday. So far there are at least 30 bodies at the site."Chacaj said". Public Health Minister Carlos Soto earlier said on local radioThe crash killed at least 32 people, and nine people were admitted to hospitals in a critical condition, . (more...)
Lights out in Sydney for Earth Hour conservation campaign Lights out in Sydney for Earth Hour conservation campaign
- March 30, 2019

All around the globe, families, individuals, and big corporations are participating in Earth Hour - an initiative to switch off the lights for an hour at 20:30 local time. Over the years, landmarks and historic sites like Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House , the Empire State Building, and Buckingham Palace have gone dark to mark the hour. (more...)
Mars Had Rivers Wider Than Earth for Billions of Years Mars Had Rivers Wider Than Earth for Billions of Years
- March 30, 2019

This complicates the picture for scientists trying to model the ancient Martian climate, said lead study author Edwin Kite, assistant professor of geophysical sciences and an expert in both the history of Mars and climates of other worlds. (more...)
Can NASA really put astronauts on the Moon in 2024? Can NASA really put astronauts on the Moon in 2024?
- March 30, 2019

If Nasa is not now able needed to be changed the organization, not the Plan. The nation had been shooting for a 2028 lunar touchdown, but "that's just not good enough", Pence said during the fifth meeting of the National Space Council (NSC), which he chairs. (more...)
NASA is paying people $19,000 to stay in bed for two months NASA is paying people $19,000 to stay in bed for two months
- March 29, 2019

It's a joint research project by Nasa and the European Space Agency . The researchers are studying the effects of "artificial gravity" on the body and whether it would be beneficial to astronauts who spend a long time in space. They are looking for women between 24 and 55 years old who do not smoke. Morning stretching, massages, and after bed rest training are included. The program suggests that the participants enroll in some online course along with spending their time watching TV and ... (more...)
NASA Administrator Defends Nixing All-Female Spacewalk
- March 29, 2019

And, it just so happens, McClain-the astronaut who got shut out of this historic walk-belongs to one of them. "Mission managers made a decision to adjust the assignments, due in part to spacesuit availability on the station", Nasa said. (more...)
NASA cancels all-female spacewalk because of suit availability NASA cancels all-female spacewalk because of suit availability
- March 29, 2019

Nonetheless, the missions itself is unchanged. An all-woman spacewalk WILL eventually happen. The first in the series was completed on March 22 by Nick Hague and Anne McClain . Koch is now scheduled to conduct Friday's spacewalk with Hague. Jackie Kagey was to serve as the lead EVA flight controller, while lead flight director Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol would have provided support on the ground. (more...)
What's the Weather Like? Hubble Captures Giant Storm on Neptune What's the Weather Like? Hubble Captures Giant Storm on Neptune
- March 28, 2019

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the birth of one of Neptune's mysterious short-lived storms, which can grow to be larger than planet Earth before dying out in a matter of years. "We were so busy tracking this smaller storm from 2015, that we weren't necessarily anticipating to see another large One so soon", Simon said. The high-altitude clouds are made up of methane ice crystals, which give them their characteristic bright white colour. (more...)
US Senate dismisses Green New Deal US Senate dismisses Green New Deal
- March 28, 2019

They call it more evidence of the creep of "socialism" in the Democratic Party, along with "Medicare for All" and a sweeping elections reform package that would allow public financing of congressional campaigns. Lee displayed an image of "Star Wars" hero Luke Skywalker riding a tauntaun on the icy planet of Hoth, jokingly suggesting that Alaskans would have to ride the snow-adapted creatures because of Green New Deal air travel restrictions. (more...)
NASA Captures Image Of Massive Fireball Over Bering Sea NASA Captures Image Of Massive Fireball Over Bering Sea
- March 27, 2019

Towards the lower right of the image is an orange cloud of hot air created by the blast. NASA researchers believe that the meteor measured nearly 10 meters (32 feet) in diameter while weighing a whopping 1,5OO tons (or 1,360 metric tons). (more...)
Pence: US astronauts will walk on the moon 'by any means necessary' Pence: US astronauts will walk on the moon 'by any means necessary'
- March 27, 2019

Pence added that NASA rockets and landers could be replaced by private equipment if it would speed up the process of landing another American on the moon. He threatened to use commercial launch systems if NASA is not ready in time. "Americans lead, and so we will". Testifying before a U.S. Senate committee two weeks ago, Bridenstine said NASA was about two years away from launching its next big rocket and capsule vehicle - the Space Launch System, or SLS, created to carry crews and cargo ... (more...)
First all-female spacewalk cancelled due to lack of spacesuits First all-female spacewalk cancelled due to lack of spacesuits
- March 26, 2019

It will be the second spacewalk of a series of three that NASA has planned. As The Verge writes , the decision has been made to change the people walking/wear already prepared suits, rather than try to reconfigure the spacesuits they have by Friday - which would involve adding arms and legs segments to a second medium-size torso. (more...)
Beyond the Weather: Northern Lights Beyond the Weather: Northern Lights
- March 25, 2019

But don't expect to see the Northern Lights glowing in bright colors over Maryland skies. The geomagnetic storm that's causing the northern lights began on Friday, but the lights themselves are only likely to be visible at night. "Certainly, over Donegal as the horizon looks over the ocean where are there no facing lights, but it's been seen all over the country before, even as far down as Cork". (more...)
Nasa astronauts take spacewalk to swap space station's batteries Nasa astronauts take spacewalk to swap space station's batteries
- March 24, 2019

NASA Flight Engineers Anne McClain and Nick Hague readied the Quest airlock where they will begin the first spacewalk of 2019 Friday at 8:05 a.m. EDT. These individuals are going to get ground support directly from flight administrator Mary Lawrence and also Kristen Facciol out of the Canadian Space Organization within Nasa's Johnson Space Facility inside Texas. (more...)
Northern Lights expected to be visible throughout the Northeast on Saturday night Northern Lights expected to be visible throughout the Northeast on Saturday night
- March 23, 2019

It's unlikely to cause power or communication problems on Earth, nor will many people get a chance to see shimmering auroras. A significant increase in sunspot activity this past Wednesday will result in an increase in viewing potential for the northern lights this weekend. (more...)
NASA asteroid SHOCK: Bennu discovery space scientist’s ‘BIGGEST surprise’ NASA asteroid SHOCK: Bennu discovery space scientist’s ‘BIGGEST surprise’
- March 22, 2019

On Tuesday, they announced that Bennu's surface is actually covered in boulders, making an eventual touchdown for a spacecraft that much more hard to navigate. The beginning months of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission's exploration of asteroid Bennu have revealed huge surprises, scientists stated Tuesday, together with plumes of particles streaming away from the asteroid, typically with sufficient velocity for rocks to interrupt out of Bennu's tenuous gravitational grip and escape into an area. (more...)

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