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SpaceX Destroys A Rocket In Successful Crew Dragon Capsule Abort Test

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SpaceX confirmed that the Crew Dragon in-flight abort test (IFA test) could not proceed as scheduled due to weather conditions on launch day. The exact flight duration, NASA said then, would be decided at a later date, but all three astronauts have been performing training for ISS operations alongside that for the Starliner test flight itself. Read More »

Space X's Crew Dragon Launch Escape Test

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This test flight will include an improved parachute system for the Dragon spacecraft called the Mark 3 parachute. Thick clouds are expected to move over the Kennedy Space Center and potentially interfere with the missile's trajectory as conditions at sea calm down, according to Mike McAleenan, a launch weather officer who briefed the reporters on Friday. Read More »

NASA conducts another all-female spacewalk for battery work

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Mission Control then advised them to stow it rather than waste time . NASA is replacing decades-old nickel-hydrogen batteries outside the vast space station with more powerful and more durable lithium-ion batteries. Meir tried to get the camera and light attachment back onto Koch's helmet, but could not get it into the proper grooves. Meanwhile, the rest of the critical battery installations were put on hold while engineers figured out why the charger failed so soon after new batteries ... Read More »

Smoke from Australia’s fires will make ‘full circuit’ around the world

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By January 8, the smoke had traveled " halfway around Earth", NASA said , crossing South America to cause hazy skies and creating colorful sunrises and sunsets. NASA said: "The formation of pyrocumulus clouds requires fires to burn hot enough to create an updraft of superheated, fast-rising air". NASA drew particular attention to Australia's neighbor New Zealand, saying: "The smoke is having a dramatic impact on New Zealand, causing severe air quality issues across the county and visibly ... Read More »

Pigeon-inspired drone bends its wings to make it more agile

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A team from Stanford University has gotten one big step closer. Mechanical engineering professor David Lentink challenged some of his graduate students to "dissect the biomechanics of the avian wing transformation mechanism and embody these ideas in a transforming biohybrid robot that features real flight feathers", taking the common pigeon as a model., whose resistance Lentink admires. Read More »

There’s a New Super-Earth out There, but Is It Habitable?

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The star is in a three star system called Alpha Centauri , including the binary pair Alpha Centauri AB. Proxima Centauri is about 13,000 AU from Alpha Centauri AB, and was discovered in 1915. They believe it could also challenge models of how super-Earths are born, as planets such as these are believed to form near the " snowline " - the minimum distance from a star at which water can turn to solid ice. Read More »

First spacewalk of 2020 has all-female crew

NASA now is working to replace the 12 left-side outboard batteries. They accomplished those tasks, as well as a get-ahead task. Meir and Koch conducted the first all-female spacewalk in October. Recently, Koch marked 300 days in space. Meir arrived at the space station in September. During the second half of the spacewalk, the two astronauts repeated their first steps by removing a second obsolete battery and installing a new one. Read More »

Astronomers find new class of 'unusual objects' near supermassive black hole

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In 2014, the object G2 was observed as it made a close approach to the central black hole. Stefan Gillessen, an astronomer at the Max Plack Institute and advocate of the transmitter hypothesis, suggests that it is unlikely that all objects have been formed from a binary fusion, and postulates that G sources can be a handful of different cosmic phenomena and odd as young stellar objects. Read More »

European Union warns Britain against 'veiled discrimination' after Brexit

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UK MEPs have been called to a meeting with the Parliament Secretariat for them to explain the process of leaving, the end of the mandate. In December, Michel Barnier, the European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator, wrote to the UK's Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay expressing concern over the fate of Europeans who failed to apply for residency, and over the Home Office's monitoring body. Read More »

Climate change to trigger 'fundamental reshaping of finance' - BlackRock

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The chief executive of global investor Blackrock says the company is reorienting its investment strategy, recognising "climate risk" and focusing on portfolios that integrate sustainability criteria. ESG funds say that such an approach can help investors' returns, rather than just their conscience, because it can help prevent risky companies and the large losses they may have in the future. Read More »

Renewable energy agency calls for doubling of investments

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The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) on Sunday announced providing Dollars 10 million assistance to Nepal to for generating electricity from the waste. - An 1.5-MW waste-to-energy plant in Addu, the Maldives , with United States dollars 14 million in funding. He noted renewables should be central to energy and economic planning. Read More »

2019 was second-hottest year ever, more extreme weather ahead

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On a more regional level, this confirmation follows close on the heels of the recent Met Office announcement that the 2010s have been the second warmest of the cardinal decades over the last 100 years of United Kingdom weather records. "Each decade from the 1980s has been successively warmer than all the decades that came before". The year 1998 is the only twentieth-century year among the 10 warmest years on record. Read More »

SpaceX to blow-up Falcon 9 rocket

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The capsule measures about 20 feet tall by 12 feet in diameter, and will carry up to 7 astronauts at a time. NASA and SpaceX need to demonstrate that the Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon concept functions as designed and has a workable emergency escape system. Read More »

Ocean Heat Equals '3.6B Hiroshima Atomic Bombs'

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The past five years are the five hottest years for the ocean , the study found. Last year, according to Inside Climate News , the oceans were warmer than at any time since measurements began over 60 years ago. According to the findings of 14 worldwide researchers who authored the study, the global oceanic temperature is rising on parallel terms with the heat produced by dropping and detonating five atomic bombs-each on par with the nuclear weapon dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in ... Read More »

Smoke from Australian wildfires will travel around the globe

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Soldiering on through it all is the prime minister. The smoke from the fires in Australia will have an impact far beyond the country and its nearby areas. The dire consequences of global warming are now being shown in Australia. "There is also evidence that humans have significant potential to control how this fire risk translates into fire activity, in particular through land management decisions and ignition sources", Jones said. Read More »

Aust PM mulls commission of inquiry into blazes

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People in high-risk regions in New South Wales and South Australia were also urged to think about leaving, but officials did not say how many. The Australian bush has been burning for almost three months. Meanwhile, the prime minister also took the opportunity to again address the way he has handled things amid the bushfire crisis. He was overtaken by opposition Labor leader Anthony Albanese. Read More »

'Living robot' developed by scientists using frog embryos

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The living machines are named as Xenobots , after the African clawed frog ( Xenopus laevis ) from which they have taken their stem cells , reported CNN. The xenobots may probably be used towards a number of duties, in response to the research, which was partly supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a federal company that oversees the event of expertise for navy use. Read More »

A Pill Could Replace Exercise - Protein Mimicking Workout Effects, Discovered

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Taking advantage of the climbing and climbing instinct in the test tube of flies of the genus Drosophila , the researchers developed a kind of treadmill for flies. Experts wanted to see in greater detail what's Sestrin's connection to exercise and they experimented using flies, according to the info coming from the same website mentioned above. Read More »

Researchers discover oldest material on Earth inside Australian meteorite

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The oldest of the mud grains were fashioned in stars that roared to existence prolonged earlier than our Photograph voltaic Diagram modified into as soon as born. The researchers detected the tiny grains inside the meteorite by crushing fragments of the rock and then segregating the component parts in a paste they described as smelling like rotten peanut butter. Read More »

Scientists say oldest solid material found

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The meteorite was known to contain so-called presolar grains - minerals released by stars at the end of their life - but it is only now that the age of the sample has been verified. "We have more young grains than we expected", said Professor Heck. These rays are excessive-energy particles that depart via our galaxy and penetrate solid subject. Read More »

Australia fires ‘long way from over’ but rain brings relief

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Seventy-one firefighters from the U.S. and Canada arrived this week to help with firefighting efforts and they will assist the Victoria Rural Fire Service, the largest fire service in the Australian state of Victoria. He said that 60-year-old Slade was praised in November last year for his 40 years of service in the forest agency. The milder conditions offer firefighters an opportunity to strengthen containment lines in fire-ravaged areas. Read More »

NASA credits 17-year-old for discovering planet with two suns

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He continued, "At first I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet", he recalled. During the first week of the internship in the summer of 2019, Cukier was tasked with examining the TESS data flagged by citizen-scientists for variations in star brightness when he came across a system that included two orbiting stars. Read More »

Aussie PM plans inquiry into govt's bush fire response

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A fearless firefighter died while on duty on Saturday in Australia's state of Victoria, increasing the toll from this season's disastrous bushfires to 28 death losses as the power deploys mental health services to help and assist those in concerned areas. Read More »

China virus risk 'low to moderate' in Philippines

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Fears the virus could be spread were further stoked by the fact it struck just before China's peak travel season, when hundreds of millions of people are set to travel for Chinese New Year later this month. Around 2500 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported , including more than 800 deaths, with cases still being recorded in recent years. The request comes two days after the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the country's first suspected case of the ... Read More »

House Passes Bill to Address PFAS Contamination, Regulate Drinking Water Standard

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Friday's vote in the House could force the EPA to set drinking water standards for two varieties of the chemical, PFOA and PFOS, within two years. "This purely partisan, anti-science regulatory framework is unworkable ..." Critics of the bill said EPA is already acting to address PFAS chemicals and the bill would bypass its scientific evaluation. Read More »

Trump administration proposes to scale back environmental law

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The president frequently cites deregulation and tax cuts as the major drivers behind the surging USA economy. "It's important to note that the NEPA process is not being eliminated, but instead the proposal is to update an antiquated regulatory system which will help industry meet the growing demand for cleaner energy and will act to unlock job-creating projects now stuck in an outdated process", Kara Moriarty, president of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association said in a statement to Channel 2. Read More »

One of the World's Largest Fish, the Chinese Paddlefish, Reported Extinct

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Research concluded that paddlefish became functionally extinct by 1993, meaning they were no long reproducing, and likely became extinct sometime between 2005 and 2010. But the freshwater species was not gone for good. Researchers declared the Chinese paddlefish as extinct, over a decade after the last known sightings of the species. Read More »

Moon river: Rocket part ferried on the mighty Mississippi

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Two years after being named a NASA astronaut candidate, a Purdue University alumna is preparing to drop "candidate" from her title. The pair of local graduates join nine other NASA candidates chosen from a record-setting pool of more than 18,000 applicants, according to the agency. Read More »

Mars losing water faster than expected

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But researchers at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique ( CNRS ) have discovered it is happening much faster than thought before. On Mars, water molecules decompose into hydrogen and oxygen atoms due to sunlight and chemical influences. Read More »

Teenager discovers new planet on day 3 of Nasa internship

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Wolf Cukier, 17, went from intern to exoplanet hero at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, after discovering a new circumbinary planet dubbed "TOI 1338-b" while observing a foreign system almost 1,300 light-years from our Earth. Read More »

Astronomers Locates Enormous Black Holes In Various Dwarf Galaxies

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So a team of scientists puzzling over the mystery identified 13 dwarf galaxies within a billion light year radius of the Earth that they say "almost certainly" harbor a black hole. It is possible that larger galaxies are present in smaller galaxies'. They are found in galaxies 100 times less massive than our own Milky Way, making them some of the smallest known to host black holes with an average mass of around 400,000 times that of our sun. Read More »

‘Joint, independent team’ will probe Boeing Starliner orbital glitch

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The space agency says that successfully docking the capsule with the ISS may not be required before a crewed flight takes place. The Starliner spacecraft launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 6:36 a.m. Boeing had the option to show dispatch and landing, yet despite everything, we haven't seen the container's docking capacities in real life. Regarding planned Artemis lunar missions, the report said that the new deadline set by the Trump government for a lunar landing by 2024 ... Read More »