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Tropical forests' capacity to remove Carbon dioxide decreases Tropical forests' capacity to remove Carbon dioxide decreases
- March 08, 2020

The amount of planet-warming carbon dioxide that can be sucked up from the atmosphere and stored by tropical forests is falling as the global climate heats up, researchers said on Wednesday. 'This decrease is decades ahead of what even the most pessimistic climate models predicted, ' said Wannes Hubau, a forest ecosystems expert at Belgium's Royal Museum for Central Africa. (more...)
SpaceX announces deal to send tourists to the International Space Station SpaceX announces deal to send tourists to the International Space Station
- March 08, 2020

Future uncrewed cargo missions will make use of SpaceX's upgraded Crew Dragon capsule, also known as Dragon 2 , in accordance with a second CRS contract award announced in 2016 . It is not yet clear how much each ticket will cost. Anyone who flies to the station will be approved by Nasa and its ISS partners such as Japan, Russia and Canada; those tourists must undergo certain training to meet agency requirements before the trip. (more...)
Remains of missing 15-month-old girl found in Tennessee Remains of missing 15-month-old girl found in Tennessee
- March 07, 2020

The TBI, Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation would like to thank the public for their support during the two-week AMBER Alert search for Evelyn Boswell. Evelyn's mother was charged with filing a false report February 25 after authorities say she gave inaccurate and conflicting statements. Megan Boswell said her mother, Angela Boswell, took her infant, Evelyn Mae Boswell , to a campground in Mendota, Virginia. (more...)
Axiom and SpaceX plan to launch private crew to International Space Station Axiom and SpaceX plan to launch private crew to International Space Station
- March 07, 2020

In the following decades, countries around the world would continue to cooperate in the extraterrestrial realm, and in 1998, a number of different space agencies teamed up to begin constructing the International Space Station , which has been home to a rotating cast of people who don't mind pooping into bags since it opened its airlocks for its first residents at the start of the millennium. (more...)
SpaceX To Transport Private Astronauts To ISS For Axiom Next Year SpaceX To Transport Private Astronauts To ISS For Axiom Next Year
- March 07, 2020

The company stated that it was in discussions with NASA "to establish additional enabling agreements for the private astronaut missions to ISS", which a company spokesperson said involves the specifics of fitting a private mission into the overall schedule of missions going to the station. (more...)
SpaceX Falcon Heavy's Center Core Crashes While Attempting Landing SpaceX Falcon Heavy's Center Core Crashes While Attempting Landing
- March 06, 2020

But it didn't make it. Instead it crashed into the sea and appeared to explode. With the two successful recoveries, SpaceX's record now stands at 43 successful booster landings, 17 on land and 26 on droneships. As well as the ashes of 152 dead people. Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world "by a factor of two", SpaceX says on its website. (more...)
Look out for the Super Worm Moon Look out for the Super Worm Moon
- March 06, 2020

This year's first supermoon is nearly here! The moon will rise in the eastern sky on the nighttime of Monday, March 9 - which is a bit over a week earlier than the official start of spring on March 19. This nickname, paired with the supermoon, is why some are referring to March's full moon as the Super Worm Moon . Here in the United Kingdom, the Moon will reach peak illumination shortly after moonrise , at about 5.47pm GMT. (more...)
NASA to reveal name of latest Mars rover NASA to reveal name of latest Mars rover
- March 06, 2020

To apply, you'll have to be a U.S. citizen with a master's degree in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field from an accredited institution. NASA's director of flight operations, Steve Koerner , said "Those who apply will likely be competing against thousands who have dreamed of and worked toward going to space for as long as they can remember". (more...)
NASA Shells Out $4.6 Billion for Six Lockheed Martin Orion Capsules NASA Shells Out $4.6 Billion for Six Lockheed Martin Orion Capsules
- March 06, 2020

The statement foresees potential Australian contributions in areas of mutual interest such as robotics, automation, and remote asset management - similar to that now used by Australia in mining operations - and builds on a unique history of space cooperation between the US and Australia that dates back to the Apollo era. (more...)
Asteroid `large enough to cause global effect` to fly by Earth
- March 06, 2020

According to studies conducted by NASA experts, the asteroid will pass a distance bigger than the equivalent between the Moon and our planet, so we can not be considered to be in a real danger. 1998 OR2, which was originally spotted way back in 1998, will make its closest approach to Earth on April 29th. CNEOS estimated that the asteroid measures about 174 feet wide. (more...)
1.3-Mile-Wide Asteroid Will Zip by Earth in April
- March 06, 2020

Those are grouped and monitored by the NASA Sentry System , a highly automated collision monitoring system that continuously scans the most current asteroid catalog for possibilities of future impact with Earth over the next 100 years, says the text. (more...)
Thermo Fisher agrees to buy genetic tester Qiagen in $11.5 billion deal Thermo Fisher agrees to buy genetic tester Qiagen in $11.5 billion deal
- March 05, 2020

Qiagen now employs approximately 5,100 people at 35 offices worldwide, with its operational headquarter in Hilden, Germany. The Waltham, Massachusetts-primarily based firm is featuring 39 euros ($43.33) in income for every single Qiagen share, a top quality of about 23% to its closing selling price Monday. (more...)
NASA reveal mystery hole on Mars that could 'contain Martian life' NASA reveal mystery hole on Mars that could 'contain Martian life'
- March 05, 2020

Curiosity "worked" throughout the Thanksgiving as its Earth-bound team took a day off to enjoy the holiday. For four straight days, the rover shot took a photo from 12 noon and 4 p.m. As of the writing of this article, NASA's Curiosity rover has spent 2,694 sols on Mars and traveled 13.62 miles (21.92 kilometers) on its surface. The latest image shared by NASA is an in-depth landscape that surpasses all others, stitched more than a thousand pics collectively. (more...)
Half of world’s sandy beaches ‘could disappear by end of the century’ Half of world’s sandy beaches ‘could disappear by end of the century’
- March 05, 2020

Erosion is a major problem facing sandy beaches that will worsen with the rising sea levels brought about by climate change . Australia is the top country of a list of 10 which would be most affected by coastal erosion over the next 80 years, a new study has found. (more...)
Want To Be An Astronaut? NASA Is Now Taking Applications Want To Be An Astronaut? NASA Is Now Taking Applications
- March 04, 2020

The basic requirements to apply include US citizenship and a master's degree in a STEM field , including engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics. It added, in 2015, when the agency last sought astronaut candidates, more than 18,300 people applied. Background: NASA's most recent class of astronauts just graduated after being selected in 2017. (more...)
SpaceX Blows Up Another Starship Prototype SpaceX Blows Up Another Starship Prototype
- March 03, 2020

Before the test, Musk said the nitrogen trial was a dress rehearsal for loading up the Starship with methane and liquid oxygen but the company hasn't said what Friday's failure will do to the test schedule. "We are now building flight design of Starship SN1, but each SN will have at least minor improvements, at least through SN20 or so of Starship V1.0", Musk composed on Twitter number of months back. (more...)
['Mystery object' in orbit around Earth shown in new images] ['Mystery object' in orbit around Earth shown in new images]
- March 02, 2020

It's a NASA-financed venture at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tuscon, Arizona. Think your friends would be interested? "Unfortunately, we are catching this one on its way back out", said Bill Gray , the brains behind the software that helped pinpoint the object. (more...)
Trump vows to screen travellers after first American dies of coronavirus Trump vows to screen travellers after first American dies of coronavirus
- March 02, 2020

That's because of testing delays and the virus' ability to spread before an infected person shows any symptoms. All this followed official warnings last week that the virus would begin spreading in United States communities. Coronavirus: Jacinda Ardern urges calm as panicked shoppers empty supermarket shelves • Coronavirus: First United States death reported in Washington • Coronavirus and NZ's economy: Govt faces unpleasant trade-offs • Coronavirus in New Zealand: Should I wear a ... (more...)
Just the Biggest Known Explosion in the History of the Universe Just the Biggest Known Explosion in the History of the Universe
- March 02, 2020

The record-breaking explosion is believed to have originated in a black hole at the heart of the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster. They require massive amounts of material and energy to form, and the force of the cosmic explosion could have propelled gas and other material out of the black hole's range, leaving it unable to vacuum up nearby starstuff. (more...)
New York Bans Plastic Bags, Threatens $500 Fines New York Bans Plastic Bags, Threatens $500 Fines
- March 02, 2020

The ban will "protect our natural resources for future generations", said Governor Andrew Cuomo when he announced the legislation previous year. NY isn't alone in phasing out plastic bags: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming, all have limits, ... (more...)

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