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Denver's Ozone Pollution Problem Is Getting Worse Denver's Ozone Pollution Problem Is Getting Worse
- April 25, 2019

Since 1970, the USA has made significant progress in limiting air pollution - but recent cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threaten to halt decades of work against air pollution, according to the new American Lung Association report . (more...)
SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule exploded during engine test SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule exploded during engine test
- April 25, 2019

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule experienced an " anomaly " during a rocket test on Saturday that sent smoke drifting high over its launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Ensuring that our systems meet rigorous safety standards and detecting anomalies like this before a flight is the main reasons why we test. "We will learn, make the necessary adjustments and safely move forward with our Commercial Crew Program ". (more...)
When your selfie is photo-bombed by gorillas, it goes viral When your selfie is photo-bombed by gorillas, it goes viral
- April 25, 2019

The latest picture, posted on Thursday, garnered over 12 thousand likes and 14 thousand shares on Facebook at the time of writing. Another said it was the "Best picture ever", and another user added: "A special thank you to you and your colleagues for helping to protect these beautifull gorillas , stay safe". (more...)
Listen up: We’ve detected our first marsquake Listen up: We’ve detected our first marsquake
- April 24, 2019

The stationary 800-pound (360-kilogram) lander will use its 6-foot (1.8-meter) robotic arm to place a mechanical mole and seismometer on the ground. The InSight lander will continue to study the interior structure of Mars in the hopes that it will shed light on how the inner rocky planets in the Solar System formed. (more...)
Kate Middleton's Shocking insult to Meghan Markle on Queen's birthday Kate Middleton's Shocking insult to Meghan Markle on Queen's birthday
- April 24, 2019

A family friend had said, "They'll enjoy it much more in Windsor". However, a new report is claiming that Meghan Markle is actually bucking tradition for a different reason, and it's one that has made Queen Elizabeth furious. She is allegedly not doing a photo call following the birth of her baby and may not even reveal the news publicly for a while as she and Prince Harry take time to bond with their child. (more...)
Full moon tonight won't actually be pink like name suggests, here's why Full moon tonight won't actually be pink like name suggests, here's why
- April 24, 2019

The Full Moon on April 18, 2019 will likely be pearly-gray to most locations on Earth just like any other Full Moon . According to the Almanac , the moon will reach its peak at 7:12 a.m. There was some variation in the full Moon names, but in general, the same ones were consistent among regional tribes. However, there was something special about the moon yesterday. (more...)
Clearing Monday Night Skies Will Make For Good Meteor Viewing Clearing Monday Night Skies Will Make For Good Meteor Viewing
- April 24, 2019

The next meteor shower of 2019 is the Eta Aquarids, which have been under way since April 19, and are expected to continue through about May 28, with a peak from the night of May 6 into the morning of May 7. There hasn't been a meteor shower to light up the sky since early January, and this one will be visible around the globe. Astronomy enthusiasts will get to see another meteor shower in May, when the Eta Aquariids will appear. (more...)
When To Look Up for the Lyrid Meteor Shower
- April 24, 2019

Some of them have trails that glow for seconds after the meteor has disappeared. Vega is one of the brightest stars in the night sky but NASA advises against concentrating too much on where the shower appears to come from, a spot known as its radiant. (more...)
Crew Dragon Spacecraft Suffers Catastrophic Failure During Testing Crew Dragon Spacecraft Suffers Catastrophic Failure During Testing
- April 24, 2019

An investigation was committed to making sure that its systems met "rigorous safety standards". The Crew Dragons were expected to fly with astronauts aboard later in the year, and it is now unclear whether recent tests could delay that. A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft has suffered a catastrophic failure that has reportedly "all but destroyed" the vehicle. As pressure-fed rocket engines specifically created to be the basis of a launch escape system, Crew Dragon and its SuperDraco thrusters ... (more...)
More than 1,000 people arrested at London climate protests More than 1,000 people arrested at London climate protests
- April 23, 2019

Police have cleared the remaining Extinction Rebellion activists from Waterloo Bridge in London as the number of arrests rose to nearly 1,000 protesters. MPs are returning to Parliament after a week-long recess. On Sunday, Ms Thunberg was greeted with chants of "we love you" as she took to the stage in front of thousands of people at the rally. (more...)
Tesla will launch its first fleet of autonomous robotaxis by 2020 Tesla will launch its first fleet of autonomous robotaxis by 2020
- April 23, 2019

The billionaire tech mogul showed off a Tesla ride-sharing app at the company's Autonomy Day with investors at its Palo Alto, California headquarters on Monday. He also said that someday Tesla drivers will be able to select an aggressive "LA Traffic" Autopilot mode that comes with a "slight chance of a fender bender". (more...)
Elon Musk says Tesla robotaxis are coming - and soon Elon Musk says Tesla robotaxis are coming - and soon
- April 23, 2019

A full system based on multiple Nvidia chips would be more powerful than what Tesla showed off, the Santa Clara, California-based company said . The presentation comes two days before Tesla is expected to announce a quarterly loss on fewer deliveries of its Model 3 sedan, which represents Tesla's attempt to become a volume auto maker. (more...)
Lyrids meteor shower over Qatar sky Monday night
- April 23, 2019

The meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega , which rises in late evening and passes almost overhead shortly before dawn, the magazine said. Be sure to dress warmly, if you're somewhere cold, and get somewhere comfortable to sit where you can lean back and look at the whole sky. This long-exposure photograph taken on April 23, 2015 on Earth Day shows Lyrids meteors shower passing near the Milky Way in the clear night sky of Thanlyin, ... (more...)
An Extended Stay Onboard The Space Station — This Week @ NASA An Extended Stay Onboard The Space Station — This Week @ NASA
- April 23, 2019

A female astronaut is due to set a record for the longest spaceflight by a woman , the USA space agency said on Wednesday, the same astronaut who was to have been in the first all-female spacewalk scrapped over lack of a right-sized spacesuit. (more...)
SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly at Cape Canaveral SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly at Cape Canaveral
- April 21, 2019

SpaceX has been preparing the Crew Dragon capsule for a crewed flight to the ISS, which is now scheduled for sometime in July. The uncrewed abort test is a necessary step toward sending astronauts to the space station on a different Crew Dragon by as early as July . (more...)
United Kingdom police say total of environment activists arrested passes 700 United Kingdom police say total of environment activists arrested passes 700
- April 21, 2019

The protests, organised by climate group Extinction Rebellion, have for several days disrupted travel through parts of central London , including at Marble Arch and Waterloo Bridge. The Metropolitan Police said it had "strong plans" to deploy a "significant number" of officers to Heathrow and take "firm action" if needed. One demonstrator said: "Holding the space is important and being arrested is not undignified. (more...)
Watch the Next Antares Rocket Launch the NG-11 Mission Watch the Next Antares Rocket Launch the NG-11 Mission
- April 20, 2019

It'll spend a couple of months hooked up to the station, and will then be set loose for a first-of-its-kind, free-flying orbital mission that could last into the fall. As NASA gathers more data, the space agency will increasingly be able to detect variability among individuals, and important differences between men and women. (more...)
'It Feels Awesome': NASA's Christina Koch to Set New ISS Record 'It Feels Awesome': NASA's Christina Koch to Set New ISS Record
- April 20, 2019

NASA astronaut Christina Koch is going to have her mission on the International Space Station (ISS) extended to almost 11 months, which would set a record for the longest spaceflight by a woman, the U.S. Koch's work experience includes serving as a developer of space science instruments, as well as a field engineer for remote scientific research. A USA rocket was launched on Wednesday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore, carrying cargo with the space agency's ... (more...)
Pink moon 2019: how to see April's full moon TONIGHT Pink moon 2019: how to see April's full moon TONIGHT
- April 19, 2019

April's full moon was named the full " Pink Moon ", because it coincided with the blooming of "moss pink" or wild ground phlox - a bright pink wildflower, one of the first flowers of spring. Names can be deceiving and the April Pink Moon is a contemporary culprit. The full moon occurs roughly every month. According to Space.com, this full moon will be 3 days past perigee, or a time when the moon will be closest to Earth. (more...)
Google Celebrates Black Hole Image With Playful Doodle Google Celebrates Black Hole Image With Playful Doodle
- April 18, 2019

Full disclosure: Author Ian O'Neill worked with the University of Waterloo on their press announcement and an article showcasing Avery Broderick, a professor at Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute, and member of the EHT team. Now scientists think black holes lurk in the hearts of other galaxies. Light gets bent and twisted around by gravity in a freaky funhouse effect as it gets sucked into the abyss along with superheated gas and dust, the AP reported. (more...)

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