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Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower 2019: How, when and where to see it Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower 2019: How, when and where to see it
- May 05, 2019

They should appear during the predawn hours. There is no spike in meteor activity during the Eta Aquarids, with a plateaux period centred around Monday. Meteors associated with the Eta Aquarids will radiate from the southeast; however, meteors will be visible in all areas of the sky, not just near the radiant point. (more...)
Multi-year aluminum fraud scheme blamed for two NASA mission failures Multi-year aluminum fraud scheme blamed for two NASA mission failures
- May 05, 2019

An investigation by NASA has uncovered that one of its former metals manufacturers, Sapa Profiles, falsified test results and provided it with faulty aluminum parts for nearly 20 years. They then would supply their false certifications to their shoppers-NASA included. SPI, a Norwegian company, has been fined $US46 million ($AU 65 million) after pleading guilty to the fraud charges. (more...)
NASA asteroid WARNING: Agency readies for ’God of Chaos’ space rock arrival NASA asteroid WARNING: Agency readies for ’God of Chaos’ space rock arrival
- May 04, 2019

Discovered in 1998 by the LINEAR project, this asteroid was given the provisional designation 1998 SF36 and was officially named after the Japanese rocket scientist Hideo Itokawa. It was launched in May 2003 and landed on the asteroid on November 2005 to collect samples in the form of tiny grains. Johnson said that FEMA and NASA will be continuing to work together in conducting frequent exercises and this in turn helps them to work side by side and learn to meet their objectives and needs ... (more...)
Alberta premier proclaims bill to ‘turn off taps’ in newspaper op-ed Alberta premier proclaims bill to ‘turn off taps’ in newspaper op-ed
- May 04, 2019

But Kenney said the government is putting national unity at risk by trying to get this bill adopted. It is now before a Senate committee and faces a number of additional steps before it can become law. "This bill does not need a nip and tuck", he said. "It needs major reconstructive surgery or it needs to be put out to pasture". Kenney, a former federal Conservative cabinet minister, calls the bill the "No Pipelines Act" and wants it scrapped. (more...)
HESCO to investigate what caused barrier failure leading to downtown Davenport flooding HESCO to investigate what caused barrier failure leading to downtown Davenport flooding
- May 04, 2019

The river is expected to crest Wednesday night a few inches short of the record. "I'd like to be able to say we'll be open for a week but it could be a lot longer than that", Torres says, "Still got employees who need jobs and bills to pay as well as everything else and just.trying to get back". (more...)
Wobbling black hole spewing jets of plasma distorts spacetime Wobbling black hole spewing jets of plasma distorts spacetime
- May 03, 2019

And while the researchers admit that black holes are some of the most extreme objects in the universe , this one is different. Most black holes are believed to spew jets of plasma from its poles. Narrated V404 Cygni Black Hole Animation from ICRAR on Vimeo . "Everybody jumped on the outburst with whatever telescopes they could throw at it". (more...)
NASA Workers Banned From Sharing Images After SpaceX Capsule Explosion Leak NASA Workers Banned From Sharing Images After SpaceX Capsule Explosion Leak
- May 03, 2019

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Crew Dragon spacecraft was successfully launched March 2, 2019, on an unpiloted flight to the International Space Station. That mission would have been the first launch of US astronauts aboard an American rocket from USA soil since the space shuttle was retired in 2011. "We did talk to Bob and Doug, of course", Koenigsmann said, referring to Behnken and Hurley. (more...)
Jawbone reveals enigmatic early hominins beat modern humans to China Jawbone reveals enigmatic early hominins beat modern humans to China
- May 02, 2019

Thirty years later, Fahu Chen of the Institute of Tibet Plateau Research and Lanzhou University archeologist Dongju Zhang began working with Dong to investigate the mandible and the Baishiya Cave. The Xiahe mandible with adhering carbonate crust. Scientists believe that the specimen found at an altitude of 3,280 meters (10,761 feet) is around 160,000 years old. (more...)
Metals fraud caused US$700 mil satellite failure, says Nasa
- May 02, 2019

An investigation by NASA has uncovered that one of its former metals manufacturers, Sapa Profiles, falsified test results and provided it with faulty aluminum parts for nearly 20 years. A new report from the U.S. Justice Department reveals that a company by the name of Sapa Profiles (now Hydro Extrusion Portland) falsified tests to make their products appear to be, well, not total garbage. (more...)
Chandrayaan-2 to be launched in July Chandrayaan-2 to be launched in July
- May 02, 2019

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO ) which had initially planned to launch the mission a year ago in April, confirmed that the all the modules for the mission would be ready in the next two months. The Lander is destined to touch down on September 6, 2019. The spacecraft might take 35 to 45 days to reach the Moon after the launch. "Subsequently, lander will separate from the orbiter and soft land at the predetermined site close to lunar South Pole", the statement added . (more...)
NASA says metals fraud caused $700 million satellite failure
- May 02, 2019

He added that years of scientific work were lost because of the fraud. The company admitted that employees had faked test results related to the metal's strength and reliability under pressure. A company that supplied faulty aluminium parts for rocket launches will pay $46 million to NASA, the Department of Defence, and other victims of its fraud scheme. (more...)
Black Hole Spits Out High-Energy Jets at Near Light-Speed
- May 01, 2019

Like a black hole isn't mysterious enough, researchers have now found one emitting rapidly-swinging jets. The black hole is gradually stripping material away from its partner star, which occasionally creates bright bursts of light. "Only in this case, the wobble is caused by Einstein's general theory of relativity", Miller-Jones said. Using the Very Long Baseline Array-an intercontinental system of 10 radio telescopes operated from a center in Socorro, New Mexico-the team observed the jets ... (more...)
Climate-change activists disappointed after meeting with British environment minister Climate-change activists disappointed after meeting with British environment minister
- April 30, 2019

However, it said the shadow chancellor did not commit to changing the proposed date in Labour's climate change policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 - although he agreed to consider a new, more ambitious target of 2030. (more...)
Serious incident: SpaceX, NASA tight-lipped on cause of crew capsule incident Serious incident: SpaceX, NASA tight-lipped on cause of crew capsule incident
- April 28, 2019

A NASA safety panel said that Saturday's accident on a SpaceX astronaut capsule happened after eight engines were test fired, but offered scant details on what caused the mishap or the extent of the damage. In addition to figuring out the cause of the accident, it sounds like there is still quite a lot of work for the company to accomplish before it can put people on board its vehicle. (more...)
The universe is expanding faster than we thought The universe is expanding faster than we thought
- April 28, 2019

Scientist Adam Riess has stated that the mismatch has been growing and has now reached the point where it's "really impossible" to dismiss as a fluke. Like many things in life that don't agree, this discrepancy has caused what cosmologists call a "tension" - an oddity that still needs explaining. They found the space galaxies are shifting away from each other faster than previous estimates. (more...)
Japan creates first artificial crater on asteroid Japan creates first artificial crater on asteroid
- April 28, 2019

That right time came along on September 2018 when the spacecraft deployed its two miniature rovers to the asteroid's surface . The baseball-sized explosive released by the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft managed to knock a considerable hole in the asteroid, potentially unlocking many secrets that could lead to further knowledge on the origin of life. (more...)
Protesters take aim at finance in London Protesters take aim at finance in London
- April 27, 2019

British Transport Police officers used ropes, harnesses and ladders to take down the five Extinction Rebellion protesters who climbed onto a train at Canary Wharf, including 83-year-old Phil Kingston. "We only do this because this is an emergency". The group also said the public should expect more action "very soon", adding there will be a "closing ceremony" at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park on Thursday at 5pm. (more...)
One dead in Canada's Quebec as spring floods force evacuations One dead in Canada's Quebec as spring floods force evacuations
- April 27, 2019

Quebec Premier Francois Legault noted that many homeowners were still repairing damage caused by 2017's record flooding. Legault said once the government pays out $100,000, it would then offer to buy the home at a maximum cost of $200,000. (more...)
Researchers calculate decades of ‘scary’ ice melting in Greenland Researchers calculate decades of ‘scary’ ice melting in Greenland
- April 26, 2019

A new study based on half of the century data is revealing that the second largest ice sheet is melting at an accelerating pace for the past several decades. Greenland's ice sheets contain enough water to raise global sea levels by 23 feet, research shows. The limited data available for this period - medium-quality satellite photos, aerial photos, ice cores and other observations - helped refine them. (more...)
Climate change activists target Goldman Sachs in latest protest Climate change activists target Goldman Sachs in latest protest
- April 25, 2019

The London Stock Exchange has a green index called FTSE4Good but it came under fire earlier this month for failing to remove a palm oil company, Golden-Agri Resources, after a series of corruption allegations and claims of unsustainable business practices. (more...)

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