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California wildfires: Concern over rain in search efforts

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Mr Trump expressed sadness during his visit on Saturday at the devastation in a California town, as more than 1,200 people listed as missing in the worst-ever wildfire to hit the U.S. Mr Trump praised the emergency services. Answering questions from reporters with California officials about the state's wildfires on Saturday, Trump said that management of the "floors of the forest" was important for avoiding future environmental catastrophes like the Camp Fire, which has become the ... Read More »

Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend: How to watch

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The sighting of the fireball , which some said also produced a yellowish-orange glare, was seen across all parts of Texas, from Houston and San Antonio to Dallas. Fox News reported that the Leonid meteor shower will peak around 1 a.m. MT on Sunday. "They ram into our upper atmosphere at 45 miles (72 kilometers) per second - faster than any other meteor shower", explains Space . Read More »

Poor weather delays USA space cargo launch

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The capsule will cruise for almost 50 hours before docking at the Russian segment of the space station on November 18 at 2:30 p.m. EST (1930 GMT). The rocket that powered today's launch is a Soyuz-FG, the same type of vehicle that failed during a crewed launch on October 11, sending two astronauts plummeting to Earth for a rocky landing that they survived in good condition. Read More »

Scientists confirm massive impact crater beneath Greenland's ice

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Big enough to swallow Washington, D.C., the crater was detected by Kurt Kjær , a geologist at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, and 21 co-authors reported this week in Science Advances . "We immediately knew this was something special, but at the same time it became clear that it would be hard to confirm the origin of the depression", Kjaer added. Read More »

How will UK agriculture respond to the new climate change report?

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Executive Member for the Environment , Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: "The new target for Manchester to be a zero carbon city by 2038 is challenging, but it is clear that going further is necessary if we are to play our full part in limiting the future impacts of climate change ". Read More »

Antlia 2: Enormous Dwarf Galaxy Discovered in Orbit around Milky Way | Astronomy

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Ant 2 is also unusual because of how little light it gives out: compared to the LMC, Ant 2 is 10,000 times fainter, meaning that it has about one 10,000th the number of stars. An global team of astronomers discovered the object-described by the University of Cambridge as "enormous" and "massive"-while sifting through data from the space observatory". Read More »

Antares launch rescheduled for Friday

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The next Soyuz launch, with three more astronauts on board - one Russian, one Canadian and one American - is planned for December 3. Astronauts have continually lived at the orbiting outpost since 2000, arriving and departing in crews of two to seven at a time. Read More »

SpaceX launches Es'hail-2 satellite, ties launch record

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This is the first launch during daylight hours since this past spring. That freed up the first stage to go through an autonomous sequence of commands and touch down on SpaceX's drone ship, " Of Course I Still Love You ", which was standing by hundreds of miles from shore in the Atlantic Ocean. Read More »

Governments have critical role in future energy investments

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Key to the growth will be the influence of government, with 70% of total global energy investments government-driven, the agency said. Solar PV, highlighted as an energy technology which is "charging ahead" globally, is set against other renewables and energy efficiency technologies which require a "big push". Read More »

China's 'Artificial Sun' Marks Breakthrough for Nuclear Fusion

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Every nuclear reactor now operating on Earth is a fission reactor - using energy released when heavy atoms such as uranium decay into smaller atoms, a process similar to the one used in the first nuclear weapons. The EAST device has been conducting a four-month-long experiment with the goal of seeing how hot the electron temperature inside the fusion device could be. Read More »

Super-Earth discovered around the second nearest stellar system

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Astronomers had to combine almost 800 observations from seven different instruments, spanning 18 years' worth of archives, to trace faint variations in the spectral characteristics of starlight from Barnard's star. Based on his observations, van de Kamp believed one of the planets completed a full orbit around the dim star in 12 years, while the other completed its orbit in 20 years. Read More »

Rocket Lab Completes First Commercial Launch Of Its Electron Rocket

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Rocket Lab's New Zealand launch pad is located on the tip of the Mahia Peninsula, between Napier and Gisborne. USA -based aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab completed its first successful commercial launch on Saturday, sending seven spacecraft including "six tiny satellites and a drag sail demonstrator" into orbit aboard a relatively small Electron rocket designed primarily for smallsats and cubesats, Spaceflight Now reported . Read More »

Hurricane Center: Tropical storm formation now at 90 pct

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Caribbean countries were keeping a close eye on a "vigorous" tropical wave east of the Leeward Islands as the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season ends later this month. The NHC gave the system a 20 percent chance of development through Monday, but a 70 percent chance within five days. The current track of the storm is aligned to hit Florida. Read More »

Supermassive Black Holes Collide in Galactic Merger Grand Finales

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They found pairs of supermassive black holes occupying the centres of one of the two smaller galaxies as they merged together into one giant black hole. The pictures show the final stages of a merger between two galactic nuclei in the galaxy NGC 6240. The team's results will appear online in the November 7, 2018 , issue of the journal Nature . Read More »

Hawkings thesis, wheelchair sell for $1m

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The sale was part of a nine-day online auction by Christie's called "On the Shoulders of Giants " to raise money for the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. He became a celebrity in 1988 with the publication of his " A Brief History of Time " - one of the best-selling books about science of all time. Other items included Hawking's bomber jacket , time traveler's invitation to a party , the original production script from his appearance on " The Simpsons " ... Read More »

Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million

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Medals and awards sold for £296,750, compared with an estimate of £15,000, while the red motorized wheelchair sold for £296,750, also compared with an estimate of £15,000. The copy, one of only five originals of the thesis entitled " Properties of expanding universes ", smashed pre-sale expectations four times over to sell for £584,750 at the Christie's sale, which ended on Thursday. Read More »

Could a giant laser let aliens know we're here?

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Clark emphasizes that if this laser be seen by alien astronomers, they can use the same technology to communicate with the inhabitants of the Earth. Such a powerful beam could also present a few safety and technology problems for any biological or digital eyes that happen to look directly at it. Read More »

Mushrooms can now generate electricity

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When placed on the cap of white button mushrooms , the cyanobacteria were exposed to optimal levels of nutrients, moisture, pH, and temperature. The research is part of a broader effort to better improve our understanding of cells biological machinery and how to use those intricate molecular gears and levers to fabricate new technologies and useful systems for defence, healthcare and the environment. Read More »

Ozone healing confirmed in Montreal Protocol assessment

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The " Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018 " report is made available to the public on the Montreal Protocol's website. Rolando Garcia, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, told National Geographic that it would have been possible for skin to "literally" burn in just five minutes if an agreement hadn't been met about the ozone layer. Read More »

NASA Releases First 8K Footage From Space (And It's Really Cool)

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In August, the space station's crew had to plug up an air leak in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft that's now docked to the station. The 55-foot long core module was put on display at the country's leading aerospace industry exhibition, the Airshow China , in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai. Read More »

More UV protection: UN says Earth’s ozone layer is healing

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Recovery from the holes and thinning caused by aerosol chemicals has progressed at a rate of about 1% to 3% a decade since 2000, meaning the ozone layer over the northern hemisphere and mid-latitudes should heal completely by the 2030s, if current rates are sustained. Read More »

Mysterious object spotted in solar system may have been an alien probe

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The object's "excess acceleration" when it travelled through our solar system and its peculiar trajectory distinguishes it from comets and asteroids , the researchers explained. A pair of scientists in Harvard have announced that a mysterious object which recently passed near the planet may have been an alien spacecraft. According to Harvard scientists, we may not be alone in our solar system. Read More »

TECH and HEALTH - NASA detects smiley in new galaxy

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a formation of galaxies that look like a smiling face, the USA space agency reported. On Saturday, it posted an image on its Instagram handle that showed two yellow orbs above an arc of light - painting a smiley face in space. Read More »

May and Varadkar discuss NI backstop as rumours swirl over Brexit deal

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There were signs of a possible compromise in a phone call on Monday between May and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar , where he said he would consider a "review mechanism" for the backstop. Varadkar separately told reporters that an expiry date of that nature would not be worth the paper it is written on. However, the Irish prime minister added it may be to Ireland's "advantage" for a review clause to be included in a backstop agreement. Read More »

Tesla Could Be In India By 2020

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But in the days after the settlement, Musk taunted the agency, tweeting, "Just want to that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work". Tesla would only be at fault if it issued targets to investors that were recklessly or purposefully made without a basis in fact. This expanding aggressive SEC probe could set up a new hurdle for a company that last month said it had finally resurfaced into profitability, thanks to rising sales of the M-3. Read More »

NASA announced the completion of the mission first hunter of exoplanets

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Most of these new discoveries are due to a single endeavor-NASA's Kepler mission.(Chart: NASA/Ames Research Center/Wendy Stenzel and The University of Texas at Austin/Andrew Vanderburg) Kepler is a spacecraft housing a one-meter telescope that illuminates a 95-megapixel digital camera the size of a cookie sheet. Read More »

Oceans heating faster than previously thought

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In a new study by the Princeton University suggests that world's oceans took up more than 13 zettajoules - which is a joule, the standard unit of energy, followed by 21 zeroes - of heat energy each year between 1991 and 2016. "When you stop the greenhouse gases, the ocean continues to warm for like another two decades, and so everything continues to warm", said Ralph Keeling, climate scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and coauthor of the report . Read More »

Faulty sensor identified as cause of aborted Soyuz launch

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However the safe descent to Earth by cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague led both Roscosmos and Nasa to stand by the Soyuz system as reliable. Japan also announced today the release of its H-II Transfer Vehicle-7 (HTV-7) resupply ship, also called the Kounotori, from the station's Harmony module. Read More »

‘NASA’s historic Dawn mission to asteroid belt comes to end’

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NASA elected to keep Dawn at Ceres and fly in different orbits around it, including its final orbit that brought the spacecraft to within 35 kilometers of the planet's surface. Among its accomplishments, Dawn showed how important location was to the way objects in the early solar system formed and evolved. Both spacecraft ended their missions because they ran out of hydrazine fuel needed for attitude control, and both had suffered failures of reaction control wheels earlier in their ... Read More »

Delhi Considers Restricting Plying of Private Vehicles to Fight Pollution

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Weathermen have advised caution for residents of Delhi as the city's Air Quality Index (AQI) continue to score below " severe " category after breaching the 400 mark. It also wants to provide schools and nurseries with a proactive alert system for high pollution events and guidance and support on how to protect children from air pollution throughout the year, and for new clean air laws to be introduced in the UK. Read More »