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Seeds Have Sprouted On The Moon For The First Time

Seeds Have Sprouted On The Moon For The First Time Head of the experiment, Liu Hanlong, said that rapeseed and potato seeds had also sprouted aboard Chang'e-4. The pioneering landing highlights China's ambitions to rival the US, Russia and Europe in space through manned flights and the planned construction of a permanent space station. [Full Article...]

China's moon lander sprouted a plant, but now it's dead

China's moon lander sprouted a plant, but now it's dead The People's Daily, the official state media for China's ruling Communist Party, tweeted a picture of the experiment, and claimed it is "humankind's first biological experiment on the Moon". According to the BBC , the sprouts are part of an ongoing experiment to test photosynthesis and respiration. The CNSA, the Ministry of Education, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the China Association for Sc... [Full Article...]

Bolsonaro confirms eventual embassy move to Jerusalem

Bolsonaro confirms eventual embassy move to Jerusalem Retired Army General Augusto Heleno, Bolsonaro's security adviser, said that the president is planning to follow the US' lead in moving the embassy to Jerusalem, but that "logistical considerations" were in the way, Reuters reported on Thursday. [Full Article...]

NASA reveals images of distant 'Snowman' shaped Ultima Thule

NASA reveals images of distant 'Snowman' shaped Ultima Thule Although NASA's Voyagers crossed the Kuiper Belt on their way to true interstellar space, their 1970s-era instruments were not almost as sophisticated as those on New Horizons , Weaver noted, and the twin spacecraft did not pass near any objects known at the time. [Full Article...]

Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak Thursday night

Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak Thursday night Meteors will be visible beginning 8 p.m., but they will be more prominent past midnight and will last until 5 a.m. Friday. The meteors move at a speed of 22 miles per second and burn up at about 24 miles above the Earth. In suburbs though, showers will be around 30 to 40 per hour. "Simply face north-east and scan the sky to see dozens of shooting stars at its peak". [Full Article...]

Weather Could Cause Delay of SpaceX Cargo Mission Launch to ISS

Weather Could Cause Delay of SpaceX Cargo Mission Launch to ISS In that return, the Dragon will bring back equipment and experiments for analysis - including, most likely, 20 mice and millions of worms. LZ 1 was built on the former site of Space Launch Complex 13, a Cold War-Era U.S. "Recovery ship dispatched", Musk wrote, latter adding : "We may use it for an internal SpaceX mission". Company SpaceX is really surprising even those fans of space technol... [Full Article...]

NASA’s InSight lander has officially touched down on Mars

NASA’s InSight lander has officially touched down on Mars However, we can likely expect to see better-quality images of the Red Planet in the future, as InSight's mission progresses. What will NASA's Mars InSight lander study? It will look at the insides of Mars - what it's made of, how that material is layered and how much heat seeps out of it. [Full Article...]

Keystone XL Ruling Comes at Worst Time for Canadian Oil Industry

Keystone XL Ruling Comes at Worst Time for Canadian Oil Industry TransCanada Corp's almost 1,200-mile pipeline has become one of the major battlegrounds in the climate change debate and, if completed, would carry an estimated 800,000 barrels per day from Canada's tar sands pits to Gulf Coast refineries in the US. [Full Article...]

Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda

Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda Trump's friendly call augurs closer political ties between the two largest economies in the Americas - both now led by conservative populists promising to overturn the political establishment. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Brazilian President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro over phone on Monday to discuss bilateral ties and collaboration on Venezuela . [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic Ocean The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year, while the Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 to November 30, the center said . Subtropical storms have less defined and cooler centres than tropical storms. Oscar is forecast to continue to strengthen through Monday night, then gradually weaken in the open Atlantic. [Full Article...]

NOAA Predicts Warmer Winter for Much of the US

NOAA Predicts Warmer Winter for Much of the US The Climate Prediction Center (a division of NOAA ) has released their early outlook for the winter 2018-2019 season. The likelihood of El Nino , meteorologists say, 70-75%. The last time there was an El Nino event, in the winter of 2015-2016, the Mid-Atlantic was hit by a blockbuster snowstorm. Matt Rogers, president of the Commodity Weather Group, which specializes in long-range predic... [Full Article...]

Indiana Task Force One Sending Emergency Team To Help With Hurricane Michael

Indiana Task Force One Sending Emergency Team To Help With Hurricane Michael Less than two days after arriving on the Florida Panhandle as one of the most powerful hurricanes in USA history, a Category 4 monster with 155 miles per hour winds that sheared roofs from houses and buildings and snapped trees and power poles, Michael moved off the East Coast early Friday morning and into the Atlantic Ocean as a post-tropical storm. [Full Article...]

Michael upgrades to a Category 1 Hurricane

Michael upgrades to a Category 1 Hurricane Scott also said Monday afternoon that state health officials are reaching out to hospitals and nursing homes to be prepared. The forecast indicates Michael may be a Category 3 hurricane - with winds from 111 to 129 miles per hour - when it strikes. [Full Article...]

Michael Upgraded To Category 3 'Major' Hurricane As It Approaches Florida Panhandle

Michael Upgraded To Category 3 'Major' Hurricane As It Approaches Florida Panhandle Michael is expected to reach major hurricane status on Wednesday as it approaches a landfall between Apalachicola and Pensacola, with 125 miles per hour winds, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday in its 11 a.m. With just a month to go before Election Day, Florida voters in evacuation zones were given an extra day to register to vote, once offices reopen after the storm. [Full Article...]

Rock used as doorstop revealed to be meteorite worth $100K

Rock used as doorstop revealed to be meteorite worth $100K They say it's worth around $100,000, and is the sixth largest meteorite found in MI. " It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically ", Sibescu expressed. He says the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s. He contacted Central Michigan University who tested and confirmed that the rock was not only a meteorit... [Full Article...]

Astronomers may have discovered first moon outside our solar system

Astronomers may have discovered first moon outside our solar system But these extrasolar satellites had lingered at the limits of detection with current techniques. The team used the telescope with the aim of finding evidence to either validate or refute the existence of the first exomoon. One of the authors behind the study - David Kipping from Columbia University in the United States - has been speculating about the possible existence of exomoons , and des... [Full Article...]

Forecasters eye disturbance in western Caribbean

Forecasters eye disturbance in western Caribbean The system will remain a tropical storm for the next several days with little change in strength. If it becomes a tropical storm as predicted, Tropical Depression Fourteen is expected to bring squally, wet weather to South Florida beginning later today, according to Robert Garcia, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service. [Full Article...]

Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou, Donna Strickland win Nobel Prize in Physics

Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou, Donna Strickland win Nobel Prize in Physics Early on in his career at Bell Labs, he didn't get a raise and was anxious he would be fired after his research didn't pan out. While laser eye surgery is the most familiar application of their work, Moloney said, it has also let scientists probe fundamental forces acting within matter at very high temperatures and pressures. [Full Article...]

University of Waterloo prof awarded Nobel Prize for physics

University of Waterloo prof awarded Nobel Prize for physics In doing so, he invented the optical tweezers that are today used to grab particles, atoms , viruses and living cells with their laser-based pincers. Her former PhD adviser, Dr Mourou, said he found it hard to describe his emotions at winning the Nobel Prize . Before Strickland and Mourou's pioneering work, the peak power of laser pulses was limited because, when cranked up to high inten... [Full Article...]

White Beluga whale surfaces again in River Thames near London

White Beluga whale surfaces again in River Thames near London As excitement around the beluga sighting peaked, many wondered just how the whale ended up in the Thames. The sight of a beluga whale so far south - 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres) from even Iceland - is exceptional. And boats in the water crowding the whale could cause it a great level of distress". Rescue teams are on standby in case the whale, which usually lives in the Arctic, gets into... [Full Article...]


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