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China lands probe on dark side of the moon

China Central Television announced the landing of the spacecraft on the moon as the main item on its noon news and said it had occurred at 10:26 a.m. As the moon is tidally locked, one side always faces away from Earth-the far side. Chang'e is the name of a Chinese goddess who, according to legend, has lived on the moon for millennia. Read More »

NASA can’t detect India’s Moon Lander on Lunar surface

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The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)*, which is operated by USA's NASA flew over the lander's site on the Moon and attempted to capture photographs of it on September 17. Vikram lost control while making a soft landing attempt on lunar surface on September 7. The LRO has captured pictures of Vikram to understand what went wrong. Read More »

Amazon pledges to tackle climate change head-on

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Amazon announced Thursday it plans to buy 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian as part of a larger effort to reduce the online retailer's carbon footprint . "I think it's totally understandable people are passionate about this issue", Bezos said, adding that Amazon would review its campaign donations. Amazon is also investing $100 million into the Right Now Climate Fund, a reforestation effort in partnership with The Nature Conservancy that aims to protect forests, wetlands ... Read More »

Trump to stop California from toughening emissions standards

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For example, the Trump administration claims that the heavier vehicles that would be allowed if the clean-car standards are repealed are safer does not hold up to scrutiny . "From a stock-market perspective, where our argument is- look, you're going to be developing all these different kinds of cars". "Revising the standards and reducing the price of new vehicles will save lives", Wheeler said. Read More »

'Blackest black' material to date developed: MIT

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The exhibit features a 16.78-carat natural yellow diamond from LJ West Diamonds that is estimated to be worth $2 million. (These sorts of qualities are prized in electronics and components like microprocessors.) Generally, growing nanotubes on aluminum is impossible, because an oxide layer on top of the metal, that's present on most metals, blocks the process. Read More »

DNA links Florida man to 'serial' slayings of at least four women

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Robert Hayes , 37, was arrested late Sunday and faces a first-degree murder charge in a 2016 slaying, and police say DNA taken from that victim matches other victims from almost 14 years ago, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Daytona Beach detectives said they are looking for links between Hayes and a fourth murder victim in Daytona Beach, although they now have no physical evidence connecting him to the crime. Read More »

Brad Pitt dials NASA astronaut, asks him about Chandrayaan 2

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To which Hague replied, "No, unfortunately so I, along with the rest of the crew just had to follow along with the news reports and it's one of those things where worldwide cooperation is important. "Welcome to the International Space Station ". Insider's Kirsten Acuna hails Pitt's character as "a mix between Joe Cool and James Bond". NASA talked up the imagery angle in advance of today's close encounter with Pitt. Read More »

NASA lunar probe will help search for India's lost moon lander

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It's suspected Vikram impacted the lunar surface and is non-operational but hasn't broken apart. ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) will simulate various scenarios to find out why Vikram Lander failed to land smoothly on the moon's surface, a retired senior ISRO official said. Read More »

Friday the 13th sees 3 very big asteroids flying past Earth

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Its incredible size makes the cosmic traveller bigger than the second tallest building in the world - the Shanghai Tower - which reaches a whopping 2,073ft. Tonight, on Saturday 14th, a massive asteroid will whizz so close next to Earth that amateur astronomers can watch it with their home telescopes. Read More »

Scientific First: Water Found On Planet Outside Our Solar System

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The results are doubly exciting, Tsiaras noted, given this is not only the first Super Earth with water detected in its atmosphere but the planet also resides within the habitable zone of its star. Signs of atmospheric water, oxygen and methane would all be signs that a planet may support life. However, it brings us closer to answering the fundamental question: "Is the Earth unique? " study first author Dr Angelos Tsiaras said in a statement issued by UCL . Read More »

New Horizons probe reveals distant Ultima Thule asteroid looks like a snowman

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Resembling a 33-kilometer-long interplanetary "snowman", in the words of Alan Stern, a planetary scientist from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, and principal investigator for the $800 million mission, MU69 appears to have formed when two spherical objects gently smooshed together billions of years ago. Read More »

PM Modi Brought "Bad Luck": HD Kumaraswamy's Take On Moon Mission

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In an internal meeting, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan is said to have advised teams working on the lander to move on to their next projects. While the contact with Vikram lander is misplaced, the orbiter can smooth desire photos of the moon and ship it to the ISRO over the next one year. Read More »

Scientists Discover New Planet With Water

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K2-18b will surely be receiving more attention from astronomers around the world, not only with existing telescopes but with next-generation ones, including NASA's James Webb Space Telescope , tentatively set for launch in 2021; and the European Space Agency's ARIEL space telescope , specifically created to study the atmosphere of exoplanets, and targeted for a 2028 launch. Read More »

Tropical Storm Humberto increases odds of development as it heads toward Florida

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Regardless of development, this disturbance will produce periods of locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds across the Bahamas through Thursday, and across Florida by late Friday and continuing into the weekend. Forecasters say the area of showers and storms, now sitting near the Turks and Caicos Islands, will move over the state late this week, enhancing the chance of rain through the weekend. Read More »

Kill politics to save the Amazon Rainforest

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It is very unfortunate that the world famous Amazon rainforest is burning, and the president of Brazil seems to be too focused on getting an apology from the French president for some of the latter's off-the-cuff remarks. France's foreign minister on Sunday said that comments by Brazilian officials about French President's wife Brigitte Macron were "unworthy". "We opt to give concrete solutions", Vizcarra educated the conference. Read More »

Hurricane Dorian: Destruction as storm hits Bahamas

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By 11 p.m. EDT Monday, the storm's top sustained winds had fallen to 130 miles per hour (220 kph), still within Category 4 range. Even a glancing blow from one of the strongest storms could bring torrential rains and damaging winds, it added. Read More »

Rare full moon to illuminate night sky on Friday the 13th

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So why is this timing so special? The last time this happened was October 13, 2000, and it won't occur again until August 13, 2049. Alena Kiel said: "Anyway so my birthday is on Friday the 13th and there's a Full Moon so I guess I'm gonna be extra powerful this year". Read More »

Researchers Explain What Happened When Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Hit Earth

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This finding suggests that the impact vaporized these rocks forming sulfate aerosols in the atmosphere, causing cooling on the global scale. This scenario has always been suggested by scientists investigating why the dinosaurs , and 75 per cent of all life on Earth, were wiped out by the asteroid - but this is the first direct evidence from the crater itself. Read More »

Telescope detects 100 mysterious radio signals from three billion light years away

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China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) has detected a repeating fast radio burst ( FRB ) - mysterious radio signals from outer space - for the first time, Science and Technology Daily reported. FAST latched on to FRB 121102 on August 30, before recording dozens of later pulses (on one particular day, September 3, more than 20 pulses were detected). Read More »

Asteroid Updates: NASA Admits To Miss A Rock Hurtling Towards For Earth

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When first noticed, 2019 MO was about 310,000 miles from Earth - farther out than the orbit of our Moon. In view of the huge size and velocity of the asteroid, 2019 GT3 may be able to create a 3-mile crater if it collides with Earth. CNEOS predicted that the asteroid will enter Earth's neighborhood on September 7 at 2:56 am EDT. According to CNEOS, this asteroid was first observed on August 9. Read More »

All possible efforts on to connect to lander Vikram, says ISRO

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The ISRO did not, however, say in what condition the lander is on the lunar surface. "It's in a tilted position", an ISRO official associated with the mission said. India's ambitious lunar mission faltered in the last leg on Saturday as Vikram lander lost its connection with the ISRO and left the nation anxious. Read More »

India loses contact with Vikram lunar lander during final approach

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A visibly tensed K Sivan, ISRO chairman, was seen briefing the nation about the lost communication episode. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had arrived onsite at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, about half an hour before touchdown of the landed component, dubbed Vikram , was scheduled to take place. Read More »

2nd de-orbiting maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft performed successfully today

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The event is a momentous one for Indians as India will be carving a place for itself among the world's space faring nations with its attempts to become the fourth country to land on the moon after the former Soviet Union, US and China. The entire planet will benefit from the mission. 'This event will be a historic and immensely proud moment for India. A list of winners was announced on the official website of the Government of India. Read More »

Bricks of cocaine wash ashore on Florida beaches due to Hurricane Dorian

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Police were alerted to the discovery and a spokesperson noted it was "wrapped in a way that was consistent with narcotics". The officer took the package into custody, and the contents were tested, confirming the cocaine . The bag was found to contain 15kg of cocaine worth at least US$300,000 (NZ$472,645), according to U.S. media outlet Florida Today . Hurricane Dorian will continue to drift along Florida's east coast tonight through Wednesday, and though it has decreased to a strong ... Read More »

Overwatch officially announced for Nintendo Switch

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The game is regularly updated with new maps and heroes, and it seems sensible to presume that it will arrive on Nintendo Switch in the same state that it now exists in on those platforms. Blizzard's flagship first-person shooter Overwatch is expected to become available on the Nintendo Switch next month, according to a report by Kotaku . Read More »

Minutes of Nintendo Goodness Coming Tomorrow

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The most recent major addition to the game was the new hero Sigma , the barefoot genius scientist, who was added last month. Overwatch will come to the Nintendo Switch on October 15, 2019, and will feature motion controls to let players control heroes and their abilities (like Junkrat's RIP Tire) by moving and tilting the Switch. Read More »

Hurricane Dorian washed up a brick of cocaine on a Florida beach

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The storm reached the island nation as a category 5 hurricane on Sunday and then slowly moved westward, ripping off roofs, flooding houses and leaving at least seven people dead . Dorian is still approaching the southeastern USA, but Williamson's tweet comes after the storm already caused catastrophic levels of damage in the Bahamas. Read More »

Bahamians begin rescues as Dorian moves on toward USA coast

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Its winds were down to a still-dangerous 110 miles per hour (175km/h). Speaking to CNN, Iram Lewis, a member of Parliament, said the death toll would climb. The Red Cross authorized $500,000 for the first wave of disaster relief, Cochrane said. Aerial video recorded over the Bahamas' Great Abaco Island showed mile upon mile of flooded neighbourhoods, pulverized buildings, upturned boats and shipping containers scattered like Lego toys. Read More »