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Astronomers Discover Super-Earth Orbiting Barnard’s Star Astronomers Discover Super-Earth Orbiting Barnard’s Star
- November 17, 2018

Bernard's Star b has been categorized as a Super-Earth, meaning its mass is higher than Earth's, but doesn't reach the massive mass of ice giants like Uranus (15 times Earth's mass) and Neptune (17 times Earth's mass). It's unlikely that there is life on this probable planet, given the distance from its star. While the star itself is ancient - probably twice the age of our Sun - and relatively inactive, it also has the fastest apparent motion of any star in the night sky. (more...)
PM 'must listen to other NI voices, not just DUP' PM 'must listen to other NI voices, not just DUP'
- November 11, 2018

The row comes as Brexit is expected to dominate the agenda of the British Irish Council, which will be attended by the taoiseach, Leo Varadkar , David Lidington, who is in effect May's deputy, and the Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley. (more...)
U.S. court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline U.S. court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline
- November 10, 2018

Morris hit the administration with a familiar charge, that it disregarded facts, facts established by experts during the Obama administration about "climate-related impacts" from Keystone XL. "Exact legal recourse options are unclear, but the most likely result is either an escalation through the courts or an additional State Department review and President Trump re-approving the line". (more...)
Most Britons back staying in European Union Most Britons back staying in European Union
- November 08, 2018

Theresa May will be able to persuade her Cabinet to support her preferred Brexit deal - but only after more of her ministers resign, according to a government source. The report by The Sunday Times (via Sky News ) revealed that preparations for this deals are "far more advanced than previously disclosed", eventually leading to a document of around 50 pages being published. (more...)
Chengdu plans to launch ‘artificial moon’ into space to save on electricity Chengdu plans to launch ‘artificial moon’ into space to save on electricity
- October 19, 2018

Other users invoked Hou Yi, from Chinese mythology, who shot down nine suns, to come and shoot down the extra moon. "Wu introduced that the brightness of the " artificial moon " is eight times that of the real moon , and will be bright enough to replace street lights", the paper reported . (more...)
Looters target Florida homes left in dark from Hurricane Michael, authorities say Looters target Florida homes left in dark from Hurricane Michael, authorities say
- October 18, 2018

Pai said that he has had regular contact with cellphone companies and that he is concerned that they have not acted with urgency. But Pai wants more. Even though efforts to restore communications services have been going well in most of the areas affected by Hurricane Michael , the slow progress in restoring wireless service in areas close to where the hurricane made landfall is completely unacceptable. (more...)
A Soyuz crew makes an emergency landing after rocket fails A Soyuz crew makes an emergency landing after rocket fails
- October 14, 2018

That in turn had hindered the separation of the first stage of the rocket from its second stage . Soyuz crews usually pull about 4Gs during reentry (four times the force of gravity), but a ballistic trajectory can more than double that. (more...)
Hurricane Michael tears apart Florida towns, 7 dead Hurricane Michael tears apart Florida towns, 7 dead
- October 12, 2018

The initial flight was smooth, but things got steadily more turbulent as the aircraft got closer and closer to the eye of the storm . "We had roughly 4,000 people spend the night in a Red Cross or partner shelters - we expect that number could rise but now we're just urging people to listen to the local officials - heed those warnings because this is a very, very unsafe storm". (more...)
Threatening Hurricane Michael takes aim Threatening Hurricane Michael takes aim
- October 11, 2018

An estimated 6,000 people evacuated to emergency shelters, mostly in Florida, and that number was expected to swell to 20,000 across five states by week's end, said Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross . "She's my baby", a distraught O'Brien said, her face wet with tears. While glad to have a safe place to ride out the storm, she wasn't happy that her home county couldn't provide shelter. (more...)
Hurricane Michael cranks up to a Category 2 storm Hurricane Michael cranks up to a Category 2 storm
- October 10, 2018

Michael was forecast to push through warm, relatively shallow Gulf of Mexico waters before moving inland over the northern Gulf coast of Florida. The hurricane center , citing Michael's risky trifecta of storm surge , flash flooding and winds , described the seventh hurricane of the Atlantic season as "life-threatening". (more...)
SpaceX first: Rocket booster lands at West Coast site SpaceX first: Rocket booster lands at West Coast site
- October 09, 2018

It was the first time SpaceX landed a first-stage booster back at its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base , about 209 kilometres northwest of Los Angeles. The reusable booster assembly makes the use of rockets more affordable for a wide range of customers across the globe. The landing came after SpaceX launched the SAOCOM 1A Earth observation satellite for Argentina's national commission on space activities at 7:21 p.m. (more...)
Protests Disrupt Global Climate Action Summit Protests Disrupt Global Climate Action Summit
- September 18, 2018

At a signing ceremony in the state capital Sacramento, Mr Brown vowed to meet the terms of the Paris agreement and to "continue down that path to transition our economy to zero carbon emissions". She shrugged off U.S. President Donald Trump's contentious policy on climate change and global warming, as the U.S. administration decided previous year to pull out of the landmark Paris Agreement that committed all states across the globe to take joint actions on climate challenge. (more...)
NC Officials Evacuated Prisoners In Storm Areas; SC Did Not NC Officials Evacuated Prisoners In Storm Areas; SC Did Not
- September 18, 2018

Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph (225 kph) over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometres) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line. (more...)
Flood waters rise as Florence pummels Carolinas; at least eight dead Flood waters rise as Florence pummels Carolinas; at least eight dead
- September 18, 2018

Record flooding was also reported at Little River in Manchester, North Carolina, which had the highest flood level in the region, and the only river to have a water level above 30 feet as of Monday morning. He said that on Saturday morning, the floodwaters around his home had dropped, leaving a multitude of trees and other debris in their wake. Electricity remained out for much of the city, known for its historic mansions, with power lines lying across roads like wet strands of spaghetti. (more...)
Florence Continues To Dump Massive Amounts Of Rain On East Coast Florence Continues To Dump Massive Amounts Of Rain On East Coast
- September 17, 2018

Bion Stewart, leader of the Coast Guard's response to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina , said in a statement. Video shows a woman in a pink raincoat carrying her rottweiler above the rising waters in New Bern, North Carolina. In a separate briefing, Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said some areas have already received two feet of rain and could expect up to 20 inches more as the system moved "slowly, almost stationary" over eastern ... (more...)
Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime' Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'
- September 17, 2018

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph) after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC. About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by what has been described as the most severe storm to hit the region in decades. (more...)
Hurricane Florence Approach Swamps North And South Carolina Hurricane Florence Approach Swamps North And South Carolina
- September 17, 2018

While some folks have made the wild decision to stay put, The Weather Channel's confronting vid might just convince folks to hoof it out of there before things get worse. That's enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times. More than 10 feet of storm surge is expected to hit some areas in North Carolina and SC, triggered by Florence. (more...)
Four killed as Hurricane Florence swamps Carolinas Four killed as Hurricane Florence swamps Carolinas
- September 17, 2018

As Florence churned slowly towards the coasts of North and SC as a Category 2 hurricane , federal and state officials issued final appeals to residents to get out of the path of the "once in a lifetime" weather system. Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday evening at 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140 miles per hour (224 km/h) earlier this week when it was classified a Category 4 storm. (more...)
After game canceled, Colgate donates meals to those displaced by Hurricane Florence After game canceled, Colgate donates meals to those displaced by Hurricane Florence
- September 15, 2018

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles. Florence is expected to go move slowly as it approaches North and SC, whipping hurricane-force winds and dumping relentless rain at least through Saturday. (more...)
'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding 'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding
- September 15, 2018

More than 5.4 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches on the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Weather Service, and another 4 million people were under a tropical storm watch. The potential area of impact includes a wide swath of the eastern coastline, with the greatest impacts anticipated in SC and North Carolina. The president said the "federal government stands by, ready to assist 24/7". (more...)
SpaceX to reveal plans, passenger for private moon mission SpaceX to reveal plans, passenger for private moon mission
- September 15, 2018

According to The Verge , SpaceX says that it has signed its first customer up for a trip around the Moon's orbit - though details are scant. Instead, Musk claimed that SpaceX had turned its attention to the BFR after deeming it to be a better fit for tourist missions. (more...)
Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion philanthropic fund targeting homelessness, preschool education Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion philanthropic fund targeting homelessness, preschool education
- September 14, 2018

Mr Bezos and Amazon have also faced criticism in Seattle for not doing more to help the needy, and have become focal points in the booming region's angry debate about traffic, housing prices and homelessness. between ages 4 and 14. "We will build an organization to directly operate these schools", he added. The foundation helped fund a fact-finding trip to visit government-subsidized model programs in Boston, New York and New Jersey, according to Tim Burgess, the then a city council member ... (more...)
Space Station's view of Hurricane Florence looks eerily apocalyptic Space Station's view of Hurricane Florence looks eerily apocalyptic
- September 13, 2018

This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, center, in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. EDT (1500 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Florence was located near latitude 25.0 degrees north and longitude 60.0 degrees west. Florence is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour (20 kph). (more...)
'Monster' Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward the Carolinas 'Monster' Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward the Carolinas
- September 13, 2018

As Florence churned across the Atlantic packing winds of 205km/h, President Donald Trump and state officials stepped up appeals to residents in the path of the monster storm to evacuate before it is too late. Parts of SC could see 5 to 10 inches , with isolated areas getting 20 inches, said the center. The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow for a smooth flow of traffic inland. (more...)
Hurricane Florence expected to make landfall on North Carolina on Thursday Hurricane Florence expected to make landfall on North Carolina on Thursday
- September 12, 2018

Virginia joined North and SC in declaring a state of emergency ahead of the storm, which is expected to be a major hurricane. Late Monday, President Donald Trump approved requests for emergency declarations in the Carolinas, which will provide federal assistance to both states. (more...)
Hurricane watch issued for parts of East Coast as Florence moves in Hurricane watch issued for parts of East Coast as Florence moves in
- September 12, 2018

A major hurricane is a storm with sustained winds greater than 110 miles-per-hour. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Simpson, director of emergency services. Hurricane Florence has the potential to bring catastrophic flooding to areas of the eastern United States already soaked by heavy rain and may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades. (more...)
Hurricane Florence: 'We are planning for devastation' Hurricane Florence: 'We are planning for devastation'
- September 12, 2018

The watch covers the area from Edisto Beach, South Carolina , north to the North Carolina-Virginia border, according to a statement issued Tuesday morning . US President Donald Trump signed declarations of emergency for both North Carolina and SC, freeing up federal money and resources for storm response. (more...)
Wind, rain, surge, flood: Hurricane Florence could hit hard Wind, rain, surge, flood: Hurricane Florence could hit hard
- September 12, 2018

Florence is heading towards Virginia and the Carolinas, where a state of emergency has been declared, and Helene appears to be heading north, well away from land. It has been a quieter-than-average hurricane season so far, but things are picking up in a big way: three hurricanes are churning in the Atlantic , with Hurricane Florence rapidly approaching the US East Coast. (more...)
Hurricane Florence Intensifies As It Barrels Toward US East Coast Hurricane Florence Intensifies As It Barrels Toward US East Coast
- September 11, 2018

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles. "To the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast - the storm looks very bad!" Dare County officials ordered everyone to leave Hatteras Island on Monday. (more...)
Tropical Storm Gordon Brings Hurricane Watch To Gulf Coast Tropical Storm Gordon Brings Hurricane Watch To Gulf Coast
- September 06, 2018

Tropical storm warnings were issued for portions of south Florida and the Keys overnight after the National Hurricane Center upgraded the seventh Atlantic tropical system of the year to Tropical Storm Gordon . At the mouth of the Mississippi River, around the area of New Orleans, the storm could generate a surge of up to 4 feet (1 metre) and smaller surges could hit coastland along other parts of the Gulf Coast, Graham said. (more...)
Storm Gordon weakens after landfall in southern US Storm Gordon weakens after landfall in southern US
- September 06, 2018

All tropical storm warnings were canceled for South Florida and the Florida Keys as Gordon moved away, but not until after it had battered the region with heavy rain and winds. Brandon Drake, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Topeka, said theories differ on how the storm will progress. Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama, in the Gulf, said the storm was approaching just as the island was finishing up recovery from Hurricane Nate past year. (more...)
Tropical Storm Gordon aims for northern Gulf landfall tonight Tropical Storm Gordon aims for northern Gulf landfall tonight
- September 05, 2018

I wanted to drop by for a very quick update on our fast moving Tropical Storm in the Gulf of Mexico. In the Northwest Florida Daily News coverage area (Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties), southern Santa Rosa County is expected to receive the heaviest impacts from the storm. (more...)
Gulf Coast prepares for Gordon's expected arrival as hurricane Gulf Coast prepares for Gordon's expected arrival as hurricane
- September 05, 2018

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and said 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana. Florence's maximum sustained winds are 70 miles per hour, and the storm is moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour. (more...)
Tropical Storm Gordon drenches South Florida Tropical Storm Gordon drenches South Florida
- September 04, 2018

The system was lashing Florida with tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rains Monday morning, according to the hurricane center. Additionally the National Hurricane Center is reporting Gordon is expected to bring life-threatening storm surges to portions of the central Gulf Coast, with surge warnings issued for the mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi-Alabama border. (more...)
California net neutrality bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown California net neutrality bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown
- September 02, 2018

The Federal Communication Commission under former President Barack Obama passed rules prohibiting internet service providers, or ISPs, from throttling speeds, blocking lawful content and engaging in other practices considered to be in violation of the core principles of net neutrality , a concept essentially requiring ISPs to treat all web traffic equally. (more...)
1 death from Hawaii storm Lane reported on Kauai National News 1 death from Hawaii storm Lane reported on Kauai National News
- September 01, 2018

It had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. The storm has gained a little more strength and is expected to move into the Central Pacific Basin (crossing 140 W) later today. Eastern Pacific Ocean: Two hurricanes as of now. Four deaths are reported in the Dominican Republic, according to the country's government. Tropical Storm ErinAugust 15 - Tropical Storm Erin forms west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. (more...)
California is done with cash bail? Your questions, answered California is done with cash bail? Your questions, answered
- September 01, 2018

The Governor has waited almost four decades to revamp the state's cash bail system. Cash bonds, widely used in the USA, often mean that poorer defendants remain jailed pending trials, while more financially well-off suspects can afford to pay the bonds and are freed. (more...)
Alberta pulls out of Canada's climate plan Alberta pulls out of Canada's climate plan
- August 31, 2018

To prevent the cancellation of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by Kinder Morgan, Ottawa bought the Trans Mountain pipeline and the expansion project from the company in May. The Canadian government has recently moved to nationalize the expansion of the controversial pipeline. The proposed expansion would almost triple the flow capacity through the Canadian mainline pipeline so that oil could be exported from British Columbia to California and Asia. (more...)
DNA reveals first-known child of Neanderthal and Denisovan, study says DNA reveals first-known child of Neanderthal and Denisovan, study says
- August 26, 2018

New analysis of a bone fragment from a Siberian cave has suggested that two very distinct groups of humans did in fact interbreed - and a few times. Still, this scant evidence is enough to show that Denisovans and Neanderthals split from a common ancestor roughly 390,000 years ago, Wei-Haas writes, and to point toward both species' eventual decline around 40,000 years ago. (more...)
WestJet cancels Hawaii flights due to Hurricane Lane WestJet cancels Hawaii flights due to Hurricane Lane
- August 24, 2018

The Category 4 storm continued on its sluggish trek toward the Aloha state Thursday with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Emergency hurricane shelters are being prepared on Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Lanai and island officials said they would open more where needed. (more...)
Turnbull not in the clear after challenge Turnbull not in the clear after challenge
- August 24, 2018

Dutton was the first Minister for Home Affairs, engineering the merger of the super portfolio which essentially made him Australia's inaugural King Cop. "I believe strongly that we can win the election if we get the policies and the message right about lowering electricity prices, about making sure that we can do more on infrastructure and in particular around the migration program, until the infrastructure can catch up in our capital cities". (more...)
How Trump's rules on coal-fired power plants differ from Obama's How Trump's rules on coal-fired power plants differ from Obama's
- August 22, 2018

In total, the Clean Power Plan aimed to reduce emissions from the power sector by 32% by 2030. In that scenario, the Trump E.P.A. predicts its plan will see between 470 and 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030 because of increased rates of microscopic airborne particulates known as PM 2.5, which are risky because of their link to heart and lung disease as well as their ability to trigger chronic problems like asthma and bronchitis. (more...)
Former U.S. security leaders blast Trump for yanking John Brennan’s clearance Former U.S. security leaders blast Trump for yanking John Brennan’s clearance
- August 18, 2018

Trump's decision. Short form is that Rod Rosenstein says he was not directly connected to the investigation, but he served as associate deputy attorney general and has a past working relationship with Christopher Steele, who complied the infamous Steele Dossier which details facts that led investigators to worry that Russian operatives may have information that would compromise Donald Trump . (more...)
NASA launches probe to go deep into Sun's scorching atmosphere NASA launches probe to go deep into Sun's scorching atmosphere
- August 15, 2018

NASA postponed until August 12, 2018, the launch of the first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun on a mission to plunge into our star's sizzling atmosphere and unlock its mysteries. Yet the inside of the spacecraft should stay at just 85 degrees Fahrenheit. While this can be 6,000 degrees, the outer atmosphere may reach temperatures of a few million degrees. (more...)
ULA Delta IV Parker Solar Probe Heavy Scrub Statement ULA Delta IV Parker Solar Probe Heavy Scrub Statement
- August 14, 2018

The Wide-Field Imager for Parker Solar Probe, or WISPR, will photograph the large scale structure of the corona before the spacecraft flies into it, studying coronal mass ejections, jets and other phenomena. "But the day we go to Mars, we'll need to be able to predict solar eruptions of these particles, which can be deadly", he told AFP. "We know the questions we want to answer.". (more...)
NASA embarks on NASA embarks on "dangerous" mission to the Sun
- August 13, 2018

It is set to fly into the Sun's corona within 3.8 million miles (6.1 million km) of the solar surface, seven times closer than any other spacecraft. The spacecraft is protected from melting during its close shave with the Sun by a heat shield just 4.5 inches (11.43 centimeters) thick. (more...)
Trump EPA to Roll Back Back Obama-Era Gas Mileage Standards Trump EPA to Roll Back Back Obama-Era Gas Mileage Standards
- August 04, 2018

Auto manufacturers now are mandated to incrementally reach an average fuel economy of 54 miles per gallon across their passenger vehicle and light truck fleets by 2025, under guidelines put in place in 2012 under President Barack Obama , The Trump administration proposes freezing the increase at 37 miles per gallon in 2020, and keeping that until at least 2025. (more...)
NASA names astronauts for first manned U.S. space launches since 2011
- August 04, 2018

On the first operational mission to the International Space Station , Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada would fly for Boeing . Boe is one of nine people who were named as commercial crew astronauts during a ceremony Friday at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston . (more...)
New species of hybrid dolphin discovered in Hawaii New species of hybrid dolphin discovered in Hawaii
- August 02, 2018

The male " wholphin ", which is believed to be close to adult age, was spotted swimming with dolphins near the island of Kauai a year ago, according to Dr Robin Baird, the marine biologist who headed the expedition. But an animal hybrid doesn't necessarily mean a new species - not even established hybrids, such as the mule. This confirmed the animal's parentage - and the finding is really unusual, not just because it's the first known rough-toothed dolphin/melon-headed whale hybrid. (more...)
Egypt Among Best Places to See Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century Egypt Among Best Places to See Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century
- August 01, 2018

Viewers in central Asia will see the moon pass into Earth's shadow at 10:44 p.m. local time and can expect the eclipse to peak at around midnight. Unfortunately, it won't be visible in North America. Combined with the red tinge of the Moon, the two will make for an incredibly rare spectacle in the night sky. (more...)

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