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Stars Above: Get set for super blood moon eclipse

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The more particulate or pollution in the atmosphere, the redder the moon appears. It's hard to predict the exact hue of lunar eclipses, but whatever shade results can offer insight about the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere. In a report prepared for the Korolev Readings on Cosmonautics, set to be held in Moscow later this month, scientists say that the asteroid , which will be moving at about 7.43 km per second, will have multiple chances to strike Earth in the coming decades as it ... Read More »

Seeds taken to Moon by China's Chang'e-4 mission have sprouted

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Professor Xie Xin, dean of the Advanced Technology Research Institute of Chongqing University , highlighted the importance of the researchers' findings, during a press conference on Tuesday . "With this circle, a mini biosphere comprising producers, consumers and decomposers is formed", says the Chongqing University page. Last night, they announced their first breakthrough publishing a picture of cotton seed, bought up on Chang'e 4 actually growing. Read More »

A 'super blood wolf moon eclipse' is happening this weekend

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What Carolinians will see is a "blood red" colored moon that appears larger and brighter than normal on the horizon, according to AccuWeather.com . It will be the last total lunar eclipse until May 2021 and the last one visible in the Americas until May 2022. Read More »

CERN reveal details of proposed 100km-diameter successor to LHC

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The aim would be to create a collider able to generate 100TeV that would lay the basis for 21st-century high-energy physics and answer questions about the Standard Model that the LHC raised, but was unable to answer. "The FCC timeline foresees starting with an electron-positron machine, just as LEP preceded the LHC". The discovery of the Higgs boson at the LHC opened a new path for research, as the Higgs boson could be a door into new physics. Read More »

China's Lunar Probe Sees First Cotton-seed Sprout

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Scientists from Chongqing University - who designed the "mini lunar biosphere" experiment - sent an 18-centimetre (seven-inch) bucket-like container holding air, water and soil. The first Moon-grown seeds have sprouted, China's space programme claims , marking what could be a significant step towards long-term space exploration. Read More »

Chinese researchers sprout seeds on the moon for first time ever

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They are also hoping that the silkworm eggs will later hatch into moths. The experiment didn't last long. The same day, China's state-run Xinhua News declared that it's already ended. "The Moon won't be completely invisible during the period of totality when the Earth's shadow completely covers it!" NASA says the moon's temperatures near its equator can dive to -238 Fahrenheit (-150 Celsius). Read More »

Bangkok's truckers advised to use biodiesel to help fight air pollution

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Air Visual, an independent online air quality index (AQI) monitor, pegged Bangkok at "unhealthy" levels measuring 156 AQI yesterday - though the number has often been higher in the past two months. Citing a ranking by airvisual.com, Greenpeace Thailand tweeted that Bangkok ranked the ninth worst city on Earth for air quality. "Thais don't have lungs of steel, so we need to consider the environment and people's health before we pursue economic growth". Read More »

'Dark Side Of Moon' Stunning Panoramic Photo Captured By China's Chang'e-4

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The pictures on state broadcaster CCTV showed the Jade Rabbit 2 rover and the Chang'e 4 spacecraft that transported it on the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, which always faces away from Earth. The mission for Chang'e 6 will be to collect samples on the South Pole of the moon. "We are discussing and drawing up the plan for the fourth phase of the lunar exploration program, including missions to the polar regions of the moon", Wu said. Read More »

‘Super wolf blood moon’: How to see this weekend’s total lunar eclipse

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What is a "blood moon"? The lunar show is actually just three separate phenomena - a total lunar eclipse, a super moon and a wolf moon - all happening at the same time. And it's a "blood" moon because of the total lunar eclipse which makes the moon appear red or orange. When is the best time to see the Super Wolf Blood Moon lunar eclipse? The partial eclipse will start at 9:33 p.m., with totality arriving at 10:41 p.m. Read More »

Ice from Antarctica melting at a rapid pace

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Study lead author Eric Rignot says it is worrisome that ice melting is in East Antarctica, which used to be stable. Millions of people living in coastal cities around the world could be threatened with flooding as the pace of melting is expected to lead to disastrous sea level rise in the years to come, a study has claimed. Read More »

Record-Breaking Ocean Temperatures Rising Faster than Expected

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They are also heating up faster than was believed, driven by climate change caused by humans. The scientists involved in the study explained that the ocean's ability to absorb as much heat as it does is saving the land from heating faster than it now is and saving us from massive warming. Read More »

Lab cuts ties with Nobel Prize victor James Watson over race comments

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The American biologist, 90, said in a TV documentary shown this month that he stood by his views that "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - where all the testing says not really". Watson has long expressed questionable views, including a 1997 interview in which he expressed unreserved support for abortion rights - something that might have been relatively uncontroversial had he not specifically mentioned fetuses determined to have ... Read More »

Ron DeSantis begins moving Florida Supreme Court to the political right

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The Sierra Club Florida says it is "pleased" that DeSantis chose to make the state's water problems an immediate and top priority of his administration. "So while this is a chance to change traditional representation in Florida's Supreme Court, it's also a major ideological shift. The Constitution, not the judiciary, is supreme". Read More »

Talks continue to break impasse over pipeline construction in northern B.C.

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The RCMP blocked access to the Wet'suwet'en First Nation on Monday and some observers raised questions after social media images emerged of heavily armed Mounties enforcing the court injunction, including some in camouflage gear. Premier John Horgan said Wednesday when plans for the LNG export facility were announced in October the B.C. government concluded all the conditions for the project to proceed had been met. Read More »

Birth of Black Hole Captured for First Time

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All observations pointed to the formation of a black hole or neutron star - two massively compact objects that can form when giant stars reach the end of their lives and collapse in on themselves. In addition to Chornock, Roth, and Metzger, Margutti's core team also includes Indrek Vurm, senior research fellow at Tartu Observatory, as well as Northwestern CIERA postdoctoral researchers Giacomo Terreran, Deanne Coppejans, and Kate Alexander. Read More »

Oceans Warming Even Faster Than Previously Thought

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The vast majority of the extra heat from climate change is stored in the oceans but until recently there were few reliable methods of measuring it. "That was a problem, because of all things, that is one thing we really hope the models will get right". Evidence from the new testing in four independent groups now suggest stronger observed "Heat Ocean Content" warming, with all four recent studies showing that the rate of ocean warming accelerated after 1991. Read More »

Repeating, mysterious fast radio burst in deep space is truly odd

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Cherry Ng, an astronomer at the University of Toronto . While a bunch of FRBs have been detected previously, this is only the second time one's been observed to repeat itself. The findings are set to be published in a paper which will be presented in an astronomer's conference in Seattle. "If we had 1,000 examples, we would be able to say many more things about what FRBs are like", Good added. Read More »

Minister receives death threats over unprecedented mass fish death

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Richard Kingsford, director of the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of NSW, said he was surprised by the grim sights of mired animals near Menindee Lakes. "In hindsight, this was probably a poor decision, but it does highlight the incredibly hard task of managing flows in a manner that minimise losses, but ensures enough water is available for communities and the environment during extended severe droughts". Read More »

IBM taps European design for first commercial quantum computer

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This is a historical step in the field of quantum computing, considering the fact that quantum computers haven't left the confines of a research lab. IBM introduced the world's first quantum computer designed for commercial use. The new partnership was formally announced during CES 2019 . This centre will expand the capabilities of IBM's Q Network commercial quantum computing program. Read More »

SpaceX Falcon 9 Iridium-8 launch today, live stream

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for launch today is targeted from complex 4-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for 10:31:33 a.m. EDT. Over the past two years, SpaceX has put 75 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit, including 66 operational spacecraft for the telecommunications constellation and nine on-orbit spares. Read More »

Galaxy-mapping spacecraft Gaia reveals white dwarfs, the dead remnants of stars

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Using a space telescope launched in 2013, astronomers at the University of Warwick in Britain have spotted evidence of the heat expected to be released as stars exhausted of their fuel and rendered into white dwarfs cool and solidify. There are billions of white dwarves out there that have already gone through this process, astral remnants haunting our galaxy like freaky crystal ghosts. Read More »

A BC telescope has detected repeating radio signals coming from deep space

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Rapid bursts themselves are not rare in space. The repeating FRBs were detected during CHIME's trial run earlier this summer, which used only a small amount of the telescope's potential power. It was originally created to delve into the mystery surrounding dark matter by mapping the distribution of interstellar hydrogen, but it also turns out to be well-suited to take on the mystery surrounding fast radio bursts . Read More »

China reveals new spacecraft pictures taken on the moon's far side

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China on Friday (Jan 11) hailed its historic mission to the far side of the moon as a " complete success " so far but said new challenges await its rover as it explores rugged terrain. "For the first time in human history, the spacecraft made a soft landing and patrol survey on the back of the moon, and for the first time realized the relay communication with the Earth on the back of the moon, and with many countries". Read More »

USA carbon emissions rise by 3.4% in 2018

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Natural-gas fired power emits about half as much carbon as coal but still contributes to climate change . "This year makes it abundantly clear that energy market trends alone - the low cost of natural gas, the increasing competitiveness of renewables - are not enough to deliver sustained declines in United States emissions". Read More »

Wild Hubble Triangulum Galaxy image is telescope's second largest ever

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While it is the third largest galaxy in the Local Group , the Triangulum Galaxy is also the smallest spiral galaxy among Milky Way's neighbors. Unlike other galaxies, dust is distributed throughout it. You can check out the whole 1.6GB, full-sized image through the European Space Agency's Hubble site . Another difference between the Triangulum Galaxy and the two more popular spiral galaxies is that the former does not have a bright bulge in its center. Read More »

Hubble Space Telescope’s most advanced camera shut down

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They believe the quasar can provide an insight into galaxies' birth, when the universe was about a billion years old. The quasar is one of the brightest objects in the early Universe. It's burning brighter than 600 trillion suns. A red shift value of 6.51 is one of the largest recorded by astronomers and helped to closely estimate the age of the quasar. Read More »

China’s Chang’e-4 spacecraft lands on far side of the moon

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The rover then began conducting scientific operations at this location, which is the first point in its planned exploration path. The Von Kármán crater measures 186km in diameter and is located within 2,500km-wide South Pole-Aitken basin. For all those uninitiated and confused, the far side of the Moon is that portion which is rarely studied by the researchers. If similar relay stations were to hover above the far side of the Moon in the future and use radio waves to communicate with Earth, ... Read More »

Total lunar eclipse happening January 20

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This doesn't occur every month, as the moon has a slight incline in its orbit and often misses earth's shadow. The good news is that, unlike a solar eclipse , the spectacle will be safe to look at. September 2081, in turn, a total Eclipse of the sun, may see - and roughly a half-century later, on 7. The next total lunar eclipse is set to occur May, 26, 2021 and will be visible for parts of North and South America and East Asia. Read More »

Mysterious radio signals from deep space detected

The blasts were discovered by the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment in British Columbia. Indeed, it's still early days in our understanding of FRBs, but a pair of papers published today in Nature are offering tantalising new clues about this enigmatic feature of the cosmos. Read More »

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule perched on pad ahead of first orbital flight

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On Thursday, Jan. 3, the private spaceflight company released photos of the spaceship on top of its rocket, the Falcon 9. "About a month left before the first orbital test flight of the manned Dragon", Musk wrote on Twitter. SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship is a crewed version of the company's robotic Dragon cargo ships that have been flying since 2010, with NASA resupply missions beginning in 2012. Read More »

UK lawmakers clash over Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal

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There were angry scenes in the Commons on Wednesday when Mr Bercow agreed to allow a vote on an amendment to a government motion tabled by Brexit rebel Dominic Grieve. It is the second setback faced by the prime minister within 24 hours, inflicted by a cross-party group of MPs who want to block a no-deal Brexit . Read More »

May suffers another Commons Brexit defeat UK News

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The Commons amendment, tabled by Labour's Yvette Cooper, is created to limit the Treasury's ability to spend money on no-deal preparations, without the explicit consent of Parliament. The prime minister has already pulled the vote once with defeat looming, and a loss for the government would plunge Britain into "uncharted territory", according to May, putting the whole process up for grabs. Read More »

NASA Probe Discovers Third New Planet Outside Solar System

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The new exoplanet , named HD 21749b , was discovered by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which launched in April . It takes HD 21749b 36 days to orbit around its star, which is almost as bright as the Sun. " It's a very exciting discovery due to how it was found, its temperate orbit and because planets of this size seem to be relatively uncommon ", said Adina Feinstein, University of Chicago graduate student and lead author of the paper on the discovery, published ... Read More »