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Game of Thrones Animated Series in Early Development at HBO Max Game of Thrones Animated Series in Early Development at HBO Max
- January 30, 2021

Similar to the reported animated series, development on this prequel is still very much in its infancy with no writers or actors now attached. The report states that the series will be geared towards adults as the network is now meeting with writers. (more...)
Wolf Moon Rises in Wuhan’s Night Sky Wolf Moon Rises in Wuhan’s Night Sky
- January 29, 2021

The January full moon occurs on Thursday 28 January , with it reaching its fullest at 7.16pm, according to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The Wolf Moon in January will be followed by the Snow Moon, the Worm Moon, the Pink Moon, the Flower Moon and the Strawberry Moon. (more...)
NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins conduct spacewalk Wednesday NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins conduct spacewalk Wednesday
- January 29, 2021

They'll be led by a former Nasa astronaut now working for Axiom Space, the Houston company that arranged the trip for next January. All of the trio are wealthy entrepreneurs and investors. At 70, Connor will become the second-oldest person to fly in space, after John Glenn's shuttle flight in 1998 at 77. They all are going with an intention to perform research in the orbit, in addition to the educational outreach. (more...)
Empty Seas: Oceanic Shark Populations Dropped 71% Since 1970 | heatlh & science , science Empty Seas: Oceanic Shark Populations Dropped 71% Since 1970 | heatlh & science , science
- January 29, 2021

Zoological Society of London manages the LPI and the International Union for Conservation of Nature looks at the RLI. Mr Chlebeck said Australia was "doing pretty well compared to the rest of the world in shark conservation", but more could be done to ensure the flake sold in our fish and chip shops was from the two approved species of shark (gummy and rig) rather than endangered varieties. (more...)
Novavax COVID vaccine highly effective, but not against South Africa variant Novavax COVID vaccine highly effective, but not against South Africa variant
- January 29, 2021

The public health agency for Paris and the surrounding region, an area with a population of 12.1 million people, told hospitals that from February 2, all first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine would be suspended, according to the source. If the body encounters coronavirus in the future, the body is primed to fend it off. The use of an adjuvant may reduce the amount of vaccine protein required per dose, which allows more vaccine doses to be produced. (more...)
SpaceX Starship prototype explodes in fireball landing during test run SpaceX Starship prototype explodes in fireball landing during test run
- January 29, 2021

The Starship was attempting to reach about 41,000 feet in the test, which was also the first flight for SpaceX's newest Raptor engine. "With a test such as this, success is not measured by completion of specific objectives but rather how much we can learn, which will inform and improve the probability of success in the future as SpaceX rapidly advances the development of Starship", a statement on the company's website said. (more...)
Biden to pause oil and gas leases, cut subsidies in climate action Biden to pause oil and gas leases, cut subsidies in climate action
- January 29, 2021

Some of the executive actions Wednesday will focus on elevating climate change to a national security priority, directing the federal government to conserve about 30 percent of all federal land and water by 2030 and suspending new leases for natural gas and oil development on federal lands and waters, two sources familiar with his plans said. (more...)
Jupiter-Saturn great conjunction on December 21, Google celebrates with a doodle Jupiter-Saturn great conjunction on December 21, Google celebrates with a doodle
- January 28, 2021

For more stories go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za . Even if you missed Jupiter and Saturn at their closest alignment on Monday, over the next few days the planets may still be visible at twilight. At the point of convergence, Jupiter and Saturn appeared to be just one-tenth of a degree apart, roughly equivalent to the thickness of a dime held at arm's length. (more...)
Teenagers are the most convinced there's a climate emergency Teenagers are the most convinced there's a climate emergency
- January 28, 2021

When asked about the policies that required more focus, four climate measures emerged as the most popular globally: the conservation of forests and land (54% public support); solar, wind and renewable power (53%); climate-friendly farming techniques (52%); and investing more in green businesses and jobs (50%). (more...)
Judge bars Biden from enforcing 100-day deportation ban Judge bars Biden from enforcing 100-day deportation ban
- January 28, 2021

The ruling comes after the state of Texas sued the federal government over the move. The Biden administration has not said what will happen to migrants already enrolled in the program, but DHS stated in its announcement last week they should "remain where they are" and await further US government instruction. (more...)
Global Ice Sheets Melting at 'Worst-Case' Rates Global Ice Sheets Melting at 'Worst-Case' Rates
- January 27, 2021

Another way to think of it is as 28 giant ice cubes -one for every trillion metric tons of ice lost-each taller than Mount Everest and measuring 10 kilometers in width, height and depth, the scientists said . Similarly, sea ice doesn't contribute to sea-level rise as it melts away. As sea ice vanishes, it exposes dark water that absorbs solar radiation rather than reflecting it back out of the atmosphere. (more...)
First full moon of 2021 comes with bright stars, Mars First full moon of 2021 comes with bright stars, Mars
- January 27, 2021

The three supermoons - full moons that appear to be slightly bigger and brighter than a typical full moon due to their closer orbit to Earth - will be glowing in the sky during consecutive months: April, May and June. To the naked eye, the moon will appear close to full for a couple of nights either side. "Another fitting name for this full Moon is the Center Moon". (more...)
SpaceX, Amazon Spar Over Room For Satellite Orbits, Reports Say SpaceX, Amazon Spar Over Room For Satellite Orbits, Reports Say
- January 27, 2021

SpaceX plans to launch all Starlink satellites with laser crosslinks starting next year, but the recent 10 satellites that launched aboard the company's Transporter-1 rideshare on January 24 are SpaceX's first operational ones. Amazon has argued that allowing SpaceX to do so would "hamstring" competition among satellite systems. It is clearly in their interest to stifle the competition if they can, but certainly not in that of the public, "he continued". (more...)
CHEOPS Finds A Unique Planetary System
- January 27, 2021

At first scientists thought they had spotted two planets going around TOI-178's central star in the same orbit. All the exoplanets around TOI-178, barring the one closest to the star itself, are exhibiting a resonance can be observed in the repeated patterns in their orbits. (more...)
Kenya vows to fully implement global climate change adaptation agenda Kenya vows to fully implement global climate change adaptation agenda
- January 26, 2021

Referring to the fact that vaccines are "quickly reaching high-income countries", while the world's poorest "have none at all", the United Nations chief warned that "if developed countries think they will be safe if they vaccinate their own countries while neglecting the developing world, they are wrong". (more...)
SpaceX beats ISRO’s record, launches 143 satellites into orbit SpaceX beats ISRO’s record, launches 143 satellites into orbit
- January 26, 2021

The reusable rocket ferried 133 commercial and government spacecraft and 10 Starlink satellites to space - part of the company's SmallSat Rideshare Program, which provides access to space for small satellite operators seeking a reliable, affordable ride to orbit, according to the company. (more...)
First phone call scheduled for President Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau Friday First phone call scheduled for President Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau Friday
- January 25, 2021

In the letter dated Thursday, Mr. Kenney says the Keystone project that Mr. Biden once rejected is now a different, more environmentally friendly undertaking. "It's not always going to be ideal alignment with the United States; that's the case with any given president", he told a news conference outside his Rideau Cottage residence. (more...)
SpaceX, NASA launch first operational commercial crew mission to space SpaceX, NASA launch first operational commercial crew mission to space
- January 25, 2021

Not only was this the first operational flight of a spacecraft as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP), it was the first time a crewed mission to launch from American soil since the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011. The Crew Dragon took flight from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 7:27PM ET on top of SpaceX's Falcon 9 spacecraft. They rode out to the launch pad in vehicles made by Tesla - another Musk company - after exchanging high-fives and hand embraces with ... (more...)
Need a lift? SpaceX launches record spacecraft in cosmic rideshare program Need a lift? SpaceX launches record spacecraft in cosmic rideshare program
- January 25, 2021

In the launch of the "Transporter-1", performed with the Falcon 9 rocket , the highest number of satellites was sent to space at a time. "On board this launch were 133 commercial and government spacecraft (including CubeSats, microsats, and orbital transfer vehicles) and 10 Starlink satellites - the most spacecraft ever deployed on a single mission", SpaceX said on its website. (more...)
SpaceX Starship launch ends in explosive landing SpaceX Starship launch ends in explosive landing
- January 25, 2021

The experimental booster reached a height of 12.5 kilometres - the highest reached so far during these tests - before it returned to the landing pad. The SN8 Starship showed much potential on its second attempt of the test flight, making the CEO excited and saying that the company is already coming for Mars . (more...)

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