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International Space Station makes manoeuvre to avoid collision with space debris International Space Station makes manoeuvre to avoid collision with space debris
- September 27, 2020

The MOU replaces an agreement signed 14 years ago between NASA and the U.S. Air Force Space Command, under which the two organizations exchanged research and development information, sought to reduce duplication of system development and collaborated in the long-term planning of each organization's space roadmaps. (more...)
Radiation levels on moon more than double those on space station Radiation levels on moon more than double those on space station
- September 27, 2020

Some of the ways suggested so far have involved astronauts shielding themselves from radiation using soil from the moon or wearing protective vests, such as, which is now being tested for trips to the moon. "The radiation exposure we have measured is a good benchmark for the radiation within an astronaut suit", said Thomas Berger of the German Aerospace Center in Cologne, co-author of the publication. (more...)
Twitter to prompt users to read articles before retweeting Twitter to prompt users to read articles before retweeting
- September 25, 2020

Some people didn't end up RTing after opening the article, which was fine for Twitter as "some Tweets are best left in drafts". The goal was to promote "informed discussion" and "healthier conversations", when Twitter arguments can sometimes erupt simply because people neglected to fully read an article before commenting on or resharing it. (more...)
UN, UK to co-host climate summit in December UN, UK to co-host climate summit in December
- September 25, 2020

He said this support is truly global, stemming from nearly 60 countries and with a market cap of nearly United States dollars 13 trillion and financial institutions responsible for assets of 150 trillion pounds. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced plans on Wednesday (16 September) to target a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as part of a broader European Green Deal programme aimed at reaching "climate neutrality" by mid-century. (more...)
Asteroid to zoom by Earth, closer than many satellites Asteroid to zoom by Earth, closer than many satellites
- September 25, 2020

The asteroid, roughly between 4.5 to 9 meters wide, is pretty small compared to some of the other space rocks that have had close contact with Earth. Dubbed 2020 SW , the object will travel pass some 13,000 miles from Earth, which is closer than moon and weather satellites floating in space. (more...)
NASA plans for Moon return to cost $28 billion NASA plans for Moon return to cost $28 billion
- September 24, 2020

The landing module alone is expected to cost $16 billion. Taken on August 25 this year, the images reveal a new storm brewing on the planet. NASA's timeline, however, is contingent on Congress releasing $3.2 billion to build a landing system. (more...)
Rescuers Race To Save Scores Of Stranded Whales In Australia Rescuers Race To Save Scores Of Stranded Whales In Australia
- September 24, 2020

The mass stranding comes as a humpback whale that got stuck in a river at Australia's at Kakadu National Park early last week finally returned to the ocean. 'It's ugly for people on the ground but as far as the whales go, it's ideal, ' he said. The whales are now in three different locations off Strahan, a town on the west coast of Tasmania, according to Nic Deka, wildlife regional manager for the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service . (more...)
Asteroid the size of a BUS will fly by Earth tomorrow Asteroid the size of a BUS will fly by Earth tomorrow
- September 24, 2020

An asteroid the size of a bus is set to make a close flyby of Earth on September 24. The newly discovered asteroid will come within 13,000 miles (22,000 kilometers) of Earth, well below numerous communications satellites orbiting the planet, scientists said this week. (more...)
Richest 1%'s emissions twice that of poorest 50% Richest 1%'s emissions twice that of poorest 50%
- September 24, 2020

Tim Gore , Head of Climate Policy at Oxfam and author of the report said: "The over-consumption of a wealthy minority is fuelling the climate crisis yet it is poor communities and young people who are paying the price". "The best possible, morally defensible objective is for all humanity to live a decent life, but [the carbon budget] has been used up by the already rich, in getting richer", said Gore. (more...)
Bermuda braces for wind, rain as Hurricane Teddy approaches Bermuda braces for wind, rain as Hurricane Teddy approaches
- September 24, 2020

Environment Canada says that means that tropical storm conditions are possible over parts of the region within 36 hours. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles (370 km). (more...)
Tom Cruise gets a flight date for his space movie Tom Cruise gets a flight date for his space movie
- September 23, 2020

We all know that Tom Cruise has done some pretty insane things in his career, but if jumping out of planes or holding onto the bottom of a flying helicopter wasn't enough, he has set his next ambitious stunt for the zero-gravity environment of space. (more...)
Earth-like ‘pi planet’ with 3.14-day orbit discovered by researchers Earth-like ‘pi planet’ with 3.14-day orbit discovered by researchers
- September 23, 2020

Using a network of ground-based telescopes called SPECULOOS, the confirmed earlier this year that signals were indeed from the planet-officially labeled as K2-315b-that orbits its star within a pi-like duration of every 3.14 days. The SPECULOOS telescopes are created to search for Earth-like planets around nearby, ultracool dwarfs - small, dim stars that offer astronomers a better chance of spotting an orbiting planet and characterizing its atmosphere, as these stars lack the glare of larger, ... (more...)
Illumina expresses plans of acquiring Grail Inc. for £6.25 billion Illumina expresses plans of acquiring Grail Inc. for £6.25 billion
- September 23, 2020

Both Illumina and Grail did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for comment. Illumina, Inc . and GRAIL have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Illumina will acquire GRAIL for cash and stock consideration of $8 billion upon closing of the transaction. (more...)
Almost 500 pilot whales stranded on Australian island state Almost 500 pilot whales stranded on Australian island state
- September 23, 2020

About a third of the first group had died by Monday evening, and an update on the death toll and condition of survivors was expected later Wednesday. The additional whales were detected further south in Macquarie Harbour, bringing the total to more than 450 long-finned pilot whales . (more...)
Rare Blue Moon on the rise this October Rare Blue Moon on the rise this October
- September 23, 2020

Since the lunar cycle and the calendar years aren't perfectly in sync, we get two full moons in the same calendar month once about every three years. Contrary to popular belief, the moon will not be shining blue light. If the moon does look bluish, it'll be because the color is impacted by smoke or dust particles, likely from something like a major volcanic eruption, CNN reported. (more...)
Montreal and Quebec City move to orange 'moderate alert' COVID-19 level Montreal and Quebec City move to orange 'moderate alert' COVID-19 level
- September 22, 2020

Arruda's statement comes after three regions, including Montreal and Quebec City, were put under "moderate alert" Sunday. It means they'll be moved to the "orange" level (the second highest) on its new colour-coded alert system, which categorizes the danger posed by COVID-19 in a respective region. (more...)
AstraZeneca, Merck Lynparza shows positive action in late-stage prostate cancer study AstraZeneca, Merck Lynparza shows positive action in late-stage prostate cancer study
- September 22, 2020

In a separate announcement from the 2020 European Society of Medical Oncology virtual congress, AZ and MSD said that Lynparza demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in overall survival in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), with BRCA 1/2 or ATM gene mutations. (more...)
Tropical Storm Beta to Continue Soaking Bossier Parish Tropical Storm Beta to Continue Soaking Bossier Parish
- September 22, 2020

The National Weather Service has made a decision to maintain the Flash Flood Watch through 7 p.m. Wednesday to cover this localized flood threat. The remnants of Tropical Storm Beta will slide northeast across the Mississippi Valley by Wednesday and Thursday . (more...)
Artemis I Moon Landing Scheduled for 2024 | IE Artemis I Moon Landing Scheduled for 2024 | IE
- September 22, 2020

The space race that culminated with the moon landing is one of the most cherished accomplishments of mankind (especially when you consider that they pulled it off with a small fraction of today's computing power ). "It is critically important that we get that $3.2bn". "If we go beyond March and we still don't have the Human Landing System funded", he added, "it becomes increasingly more hard". (more...)
Trump could face tax fraud probe, Manhattan prosecutor says Trump could face tax fraud probe, Manhattan prosecutor says
- September 22, 2020

Trump's lawyers alleged that it was all a political hitjob from Vance, but in the new filing, Vance explained that at no point had he directly accused the president, his businesses or Trump associates of any wrongdoing. In Michael Cohen's book about working for Donald Trump as the president's personal lawyer and 'fixer, ' he openly states that Trump had him adjust values - from slight fudging to outright lies - of Trump properties in order to obtain loans, tax reductions, and other benefits he ... (more...)

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