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Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Niagara Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Niagara
- October 02, 2019

Environment Canada's thunderstorm watch notes that the storm has the potential to bring local damaging winds, torrential downpours, frequent lightning and hail. An isolated tornado or two can not be ruled out, especially on the Iowa side of the river. "Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!" The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches. (more...)
USA labour judge rules that Tesla broke labour law USA labour judge rules that Tesla broke labour law
- October 02, 2019

Last week on Friday, the company actually threatened its employees who attempted to unionize. "Mentioning a contentious Musk tweet about precisely the same issue, Judge Amita Baman Tracy ordered Tesla CEO to maintain a public assembly and read the findings to workers in the mill", telling them both the NLRB (National Labour Relations Board) concluded the company had violated the law". (more...)
China's Chang'e-4 mission lands on Moon's far side, snaps first image China's Chang'e-4 mission lands on Moon's far side, snaps first image
- October 01, 2019

China conducted its first crewed space mission in 2003, following Russian Federation and the U.S. It has put two space stations into orbit and plans to launch a Mars rover in the mid-2020s. China's space exploration is a key part of its Made in China 2025 program, which involves attaining global leadership in space travel by the middle of the century. (more...)
Planet Nine could be black hole left over from the Big Bang Planet Nine could be black hole left over from the Big Bang
- September 30, 2019

Now, researchers believe that Planet Nine could actually be a primordial black hole - a black hole which formed shortly after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. Some objects from the Kuiper Belt orbit in the opposite direction from everything else in the solar system. They'll be looking in particular for groups of sporadic gamma ray flashes that would move slowly across the sky, as Planet Nine would be expected to do as seen from Earth. (more...)
'Planet Nine' may actually be a black hole
- September 30, 2019

On March 2, 2019 The Galaxy reported that astronomers from the University of California concluded that there are probably tens of millions of enigmatic, dark objects, stellar-remnant black holes lurking in the Milky Way. For the record, primordial black holes are theoretical objects that might have been created soon after the Big Bang . A new paper posted Tuesday on arXiv, an online repository for research that has not been peer-reviewed, suggests that Planet Nine could be one of these ... (more...)
Massive exoplanet orbiting tiny star challenges planet formation theory Massive exoplanet orbiting tiny star challenges planet formation theory
- September 29, 2019

The planet, known as GJ 3512 b, completes one orbit around the star every seven months. But a new discovery of a large planet orbiting the small star GJ3512 is worth noting. Astronomers use computer simulations to inform their theories of how planets form out of the clouds, or "discs", of gas and dust orbiting young stars. (more...)
Astronomers have found a triple system of black holes Astronomers have found a triple system of black holes
- September 29, 2019

To observe this unique collision, space scientists had to use telescopes both on the ground as well as in space. Scientists from the Galaxy Zoo project then tagged it as a system of colliding galaxies. SDSS J0849+1114 is exciting for more than just its rarity, since systems like these might help explain why supermassive black holes merge at all. He discovered an object named SDSS J0849+1114. (more...)
Emirati makes history becoming first Arab to reach space Emirati makes history becoming first Arab to reach space
- September 29, 2019

NASA astronaut Jessica Meir , Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Hazzaa Ali Almansoori , from the UAE, are set to launch at 9:57 a.m. He will stream four live broadcasts about his experience and also, share cultural items and food with fellow crewmates, including a UAE flag and Emirati lamb stew. (more...)
EPA blames California street poop for water pollution EPA blames California street poop for water pollution
- September 28, 2019

Despite California having abundant financial resources - which includes a significant tax base and EPA providing over $1 billion in federal grants and a $699 million loan through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act - San Francisco has not come into compliance with federal clean water standards and must still invest billions of additional dollars to modernize its sewer system. (more...)
#SHARE61: Super Worm Moon! #SHARE61: Super Worm Moon!
- September 28, 2019

People call it the Super Worm Moon . Why? Wednesday's full moon is also a supermoon , as mentioned above. The "super worm moon " is the last supermoon of 2019, but new supermoons will return next year on March 9 and April 8. This phenomenon will make the moon appear 14 percent larger and 12 times brighter than usual, leading to a "supermoon". February 19 will see the second lunar spectacle in a supermoon trilogy. (more...)
New U.N. report finds sea levels rising faster, oceans getting hotter New U.N. report finds sea levels rising faster, oceans getting hotter
- September 28, 2019

The analysis put forward by the UN-backed panel, which was presented in Monaco, said climate change had raised ocean temperatures, making them more acidic, less fertile and meaning that meteorological phenomena like hurricanes and El Nino are bound to become more severe and frequent. (more...)
Jaguars CB Ramsey: 'My trade request still stands' Jaguars CB Ramsey: 'My trade request still stands'
- September 28, 2019

It is why Ramsey has been missing team practice sessions, either by faking sickness or attending the birth of his daughter. I kind of touched on it a little back in last week's podcast. He was seen by the team's doctor on Monday after developing what he believed was the flu, then missed Wednesday with a back injury . "That's why I've tried to keep it all positive even in my press conferences, on this podcast try to keep it all positive and just give a little insight". (more...)
United Nations aviation leaders cancel meeting in solidarity with climate change strikers United Nations aviation leaders cancel meeting in solidarity with climate change strikers
- September 28, 2019

A week-long series of climate protests across Vancouver Island is culminating in downtown Victoria today as students from across the region participate in a global climate strike . Trudeau and other Canadian party leaders took a breather from a tight election campaign to join Thunberg at the Montreal rally - along with around 500,000 protesters, according to organisers. (more...)
Japan sends new batteries to space station Japan sends new batteries to space station
- September 27, 2019

The International Space Station tweeted that the HTV-8 Cargo craft from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is safely in orbit and on its way to the International Space Station. The fabric was lined with aluminum sheets to forestall a recurrence, NHK stated. The cargo ship is named Kounotori, Jap for white stork. The resupply mission will deliver about 5.3 tonnes of supplies to the astronauts aboard the ISS, including fresh food, water, batteries and devices required for experiments. (more...)
NASA telescope captures black hole shredding a star NASA telescope captures black hole shredding a star
- September 27, 2019

The star, which was about the same size as our sun, was seen from 375 million light years away warping and spiralling into the gravitational pull of a supermassive black hole , researchers said in the Astrophysical Journal . "What we see depends on our viewing angle", NASA said. "We have so much more to learn about how they work, which is why capturing one at such an early time and having the exquisite TESS observations was crucial". (more...)
NASA releases high-resolution images of Chandrayaan-2 landing site NASA releases high-resolution images of Chandrayaan-2 landing site
- September 27, 2019

The future course of the moon mission is being deliberated upon after the Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2 suffered a hard landing on moon surface, said Isro chairman K Sivan on Thursday in Ahmedabad during a brief interaction with the press. (more...)
NASA Visualization Shows a Black Hole's Warped World NASA Visualization Shows a Black Hole's Warped World
- September 27, 2019

As this matter is being sucked in, the light emitted from it is distorted, producing the a distinctive "double-humped" appearance. The outer part of the disk spins at a slower rate. Inside this photon ring is the black hole's mysterious shadow , which is dark and vast. Because the black hole modeled in this visualization is spherical, the photon ring looks almost circular and identical from any viewing angle. (more...)
Infosys Wins UN Global Climate Action Award for 'Carbon Neutral Now' Category Infosys Wins UN Global Climate Action Award for 'Carbon Neutral Now' Category
- September 27, 2019

But despite a groundswell of global public concern for the climate crisis , led by students and youth activists, he said, few world leaders were willing to step-up to undertake the significant economic structural reforms - and to provide the private sector both the incentives and disincentives - required to reach net-zero carbon emissions by the 2050 target. (more...)
Fate of Chandrayaan - 2's lander might be known tonight Fate of Chandrayaan - 2's lander might be known tonight
- September 26, 2019

The Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander and rover before they went to the moon. It may be known to our readers that Vikram Lander had a crash landing just a few hundreds of meters from the Lunar Surface. Since the landing site is in a region that is now transitioning from prolonged dusk to a two-week-long lunar night, flat surfaces inside and near the edges of craters are likely thrown into shadows that last hours or days on end, depending on where it is located on the moon's surface. (more...)
Researchers confirm solar system's second interstellar visitor Researchers confirm solar system's second interstellar visitor
- September 26, 2019

It's now been a couple of weeks since an amateur astronomer stumbled across what appeared to be the second interstellar object ever observed by mankind. Astronomers are excited as the object is going to be observable continuously for many months and longer than the period for which 1I/'Oumuamua was visible. (more...)

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