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Pod of 70 whales stranded in Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania's west coast Pod of 70 whales stranded in Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania's west coast
- September 22, 2020

Scientists in Australia faced a race against time Monday (September 21) to save a massive pod of pilot whales stranded on a remote coastline. The creatures are believed to be pilot whales but the species has not yet been confirmed. Rescuers were working out a rescue strategy Monday. Whale rescue gear has been transported from Hobart. Mr Deka said the social pilot whales, which travel in groups of up to 1000, could have been drawn close to the coast to feed or because the pod followed the ... (more...)
Rare blue moon to light up the sky on Halloween Rare blue moon to light up the sky on Halloween
- September 20, 2020

People across the globe will get the privilege of delighting their view with the 2020 blue Moon, whether they're from North and South America, Europe, or most of Asia. Don't expect a giant blue orb in the sky though. This year's Halloween may not be the same as the previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and everyone is expected to strictly follow safety measures to lessen the risks of exposure to the virus, but the universe has a little treat to make Halloween a bit better-a rare Blue ... (more...)
New images of Jupiter show new storm moving at 350 mph New images of Jupiter show new storm moving at 350 mph
- September 19, 2020

This Aug 25, 2020 image captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the planet Jupiter and one of its moons, Europa, at left, when the planet was 406 million miles from Earth. This complements Hubble's visible-light picture that shows the ever-changing cloud patterns. Conversely, the blue-hued areas represent the ultraviolet light being reflected off the planet. (more...)
SpaceX plans to launch Falcon 9 on Thursday from Caldi Space Center SpaceX plans to launch Falcon 9 on Thursday from Caldi Space Center
- September 18, 2020

Reaching out on SpaceX's propensity for building equipment in-house, the aviation organization is producing its own Starlink satellites, client terminals and ground stations. Starlink could sure use this testing and prove grounds with SpaceX being a renowned company recognized by many corporations worldwide. There is a simple problem, however: the drone Just Reed the Instructions, which is now unable to keep the same ship (acceptably strong) at sea currents, completed extensive upgrades a few ... (more...)
Astronomers Find First Possible Intact Planet Orbiting White Dwarf Star Astronomers Find First Possible Intact Planet Orbiting White Dwarf Star
- September 18, 2020

It orbits a cool, quiet white dwarf that is roughly 18,000 kilometres across, may be up to 10 billion years old. The same fate awaits more than 90% of the stars in our galaxy. Read the original article . Stars like our sun "burn" hydrogen fuel into helium in nuclear fusion reactions, which warms up ours and other planets. (more...)
U.N report: grim picture on global biodiversity and protection efforts U.N report: grim picture on global biodiversity and protection efforts
- September 18, 2020

But the world failed to achieve even a single target. As the GBO report comes at a time when the Covid-19 challenges people to rethink their relationship with nature, United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres said , "As we emerge from the immediate impacts of the pandemic, we have an unprecedented opportunity to "build back better", incorporating the transitions outlined in this Outlook and embodied in an ambitious plan to put the world on track to achieve the 2050 Vision for ... (more...)
Mount Wilson Observatory safe from Los Angeles fires Mount Wilson Observatory safe from Los Angeles fires
- September 18, 2020

Wilson, a mountain a little more than 30 miles northeast of Los Angeles . Back fires set throughout the day Tuesday near the observatory were effective in decreasing the intensity and spread of the flames, according to the U.S. Accomodations for 300 large animals are available at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Avenue H, Lancaster. The South Coast Air Quality Management District extended a smoke advisory through Friday afternoon as unhealthy air continues to blanket much of ... (more...)
Lego to Ditch Plastic Bags for Paper Ones in Its Boxed Sets Lego to Ditch Plastic Bags for Paper Ones in Its Boxed Sets
- September 18, 2020

As a first step for the new programme, the company announced it would phase out single use plastic bags from its packaging. Monopoly maker Hasbro , for example, has also announced plans to eliminate plastics in its packaging. As part of this pledge it will expand the use of bio-bricks, such as those using sugar cane as a component. Originally trialled in the United States in 2019, Lego Replay saw bricks donated to more than 23,000 children nationwide and will now be rolled out in two more ... (more...)
NASA mulls possible mission to Venus after recent discovery of possible life NASA mulls possible mission to Venus after recent discovery of possible life
- September 18, 2020

If the thought of alien life on Venus has you wanting some more off-world science, be sure to check out our list of the 25 best sci-fi movies and then read about how some scientists claim there's evidence of a parallel universe where time runs backward . (more...)
California fires satellite images show smoke reaching Europe from west coast US California fires satellite images show smoke reaching Europe from west coast US
- September 18, 2020

No other added resources are now planned, but there may be other deployments depending on any specific arrangements that exist between states and the provinces, he added. "Who understands that the damage from climate change is already here". There are legitimate concerns around the fires , Roberts said. It has been hard historically to prove a link between individual extreme weather events and climate change. (more...)
Hurricane Sally leaves section of Three Mile Bridge missing in Pensacola Hurricane Sally leaves section of Three Mile Bridge missing in Pensacola
- September 18, 2020

Sally made landfall early Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Ala., as a Category 2 storm and produced more than 2 feet of rain in some areas. Ron DeSantis warned residents and visitors in flooded areas that they would need to remain vigilant as water from the hurricane subsides, because heavy rains to the north were expected to cause flooding in Panhandle rivers in coming days. (more...)
Smoke blankets Southern California due to wildfires
- September 18, 2020

Wilson Institute board of trustees, wrote in a statement. By Tuesday night, the Angeles National Forest praised the firefighters' work around the mountain. The cause of the Bobcat fire was under investigation. On Tuesday, Southern California Edison notified state regulators that one of its high-voltage substations experienced a tripped circuit just minutes after smoke from the blaze was first observed near a large dam and reservoir. (more...)
World's largest DNA sequencing of Viking skeletons reveals they weren't all Scandinavian World's largest DNA sequencing of Viking skeletons reveals they weren't all Scandinavian
- September 18, 2020

Over a period of six years, the study authors sequenced the genomes of 442 Viking age skeletons, dating from 2400 BCE to 1600 AD. Early Viking Age raiding parties were an activity for locals and included close family members. The rest of the occupants of the boat were genetically similar suggesting that they all likely came from a small town or village somewhere in Sweden". (more...)
ESA awards €129.4 million contract to planetary defence mission Hera ESA awards €129.4 million contract to planetary defence mission Hera
- September 18, 2020

If an asteroid were to hit Earth, it would cause a global disaster. Other probes followed asteroids and are returning to Earth with samples. "Landing on Titan, mapping the Universe with Herschel and Planck, hunting a comet with Rosetta and now preventing Earth against Asteroid, all so awesome and unimaginable challenges our company is so proud to face". (more...)
Scientists say sun has entered new 25 years solar cycle Scientists say sun has entered new 25 years solar cycle
- September 18, 2020

Ever because we began to track the Sun's dark imperfections in earnest, people have actually discovered a pattern of quiescence and mood that duplicates approximately every 11 years. "But the few that do really matter". "These are the smallest heralds of the giant solar fireworks of the future". Far from the woes of planet Earth, our Sun has been having a rather quiet year. (more...)
Google claims lifetime net-zero carbon emissions
- September 17, 2020

In a statement, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company first became carbon-neutral in 2007 and has now compensated for all of the carbon it created up to that point. Mr Pichai said the company is working on ways to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to optimise its electricity demand and forecasting. "And we feel confident we can get there by 2030."It will be quite the endeavor, however". (more...)
A odd chemical on Venus suggests there might be extraterrestrial life A odd chemical on Venus suggests there might be extraterrestrial life
- September 15, 2020

Astronomers have speculated for decades that high clouds on Venus could offer a home for microbes - floating free of the scorching surface, but still needing to tolerate very high acidity. Could there be life on Venus? Microbes on Earth can not survive that acidity. "There are substantial conceptual problems for the idea of life in Venus's clouds - the environment is extremely dehydrating as well as hyperacidic", Greaves and her colleagues said. (more...)
Global warming will reverse itself - Trump tells California officials
- September 15, 2020

On arrival in McClellan Park, near Sacramento in central California, Mr Trump repeated his argument that the ever-growing danger from wildfires in places such as California, Oregon and Washington is due to insufficient maintenance of forest areas to make them less combustible. (more...)
Scientists Investigate Dark Matter’s Missing Ingredient Scientists Investigate Dark Matter’s Missing Ingredient
- September 13, 2020

It has been a strong argument in their favor that these models get the big picture very accurately. However, a new study suggests that the same model misunderstands the details at scale. Follow-up imaging using the Very Large Telescope helped identify the distance of those objects based on how much their light was shifted to the red end of the spectrum by the expansion of the Universe-the larger the redshift, the more distant the object. (more...)
Colorado seeks to block USPS voting mailer it says is misleading Colorado seeks to block USPS voting mailer it says is misleading
- September 13, 2020

Colorado is one of a handful of states that preemptively mails their ballots to registered voters by default and asks them to return them by mail or drop them off in approved locations, making a ballot request unnecessary. District Court for the District of Colorado. "I will do everything in my power to stop @USPS from sending misinformation to voters". According to Griswold, what may have begun as a "well-intentioned effort" by the mail service has been marred by "refusal" from postal ... (more...)

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