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Water restrictions put in place in Offaly as drought continues

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According to their website, "Irish Water's top priority during the current dry period is to protect our water supply for use in homes and businesses in the coming weeks and months". Irish Water says that "the primary objective of these orders is to mobilise maximum public support and engagement on minimizing water use during the crisis". Read More »

This Is the First Ever Picture of a Newborn Planet

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The gas giant is around 3 billion kilometers from PDS 70 and is believed to be around 3 times the mass of Jupiter . The young planet is absolutely scorching, with a surface temperature topping 1,000 degrees Celsius. Astronomers observing circumstellar disks shredded with gaps, rings and spirals have long thought planet formation could be behind these structures. Read More »

Record-breaking heat in the forecast as Canada Day weekend gets underway

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There won't be much relief overnight, either. Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the City of Toronto forecasting that "extreme heat event will continue through Thursday", as humidex values are expected to reach 43ºC. In response to the extended heat warning, the city has opened a number of cooling centres around Toronto. The extreme heat warning has also caused the Toronto Blue Jays to close the roof at Rogers Centre for Saturday's game against the Detroit Tigers as a ... Read More »

Trump Says He Has Interviewed 4 Candidates For High Court

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Hume said if Trump loses the support of Collins and Murkowski "it's hard to believe" the Republicans would "pick up any Democrats" to achieve a majority confirming the nominee. Kennedy was 80 when he announced his retirement. The Senate is closely divided - 51 Republicans to 49 Democrats. Such a move would likely fire up Trump supporters eager for a rightward shift on divisive social issues such as abortion and gay rights . Read More »

Start planning now for longest lunar eclipse of the century

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Earlier, astronomers have revealed that the Blood Moon in July will be the longest one to happen in the 21st century, and it is expected to last for one hour and 43 minutes. On the bright side, the lunar eclipse doesn't take place for a few weeks, on July 27, so there's enough time to book a flight to check it out! "This smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than does a full moon that is closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit". Read More »

Trump plans to announce Supreme Court pick July 9

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Kennedy, 81, announced Wednesday he would retire from the bench July 31 after three decades on the Supreme Court. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has said it would be "the absolute height of hypocrisy " for Republicans to confirm a justice in an election year, given their response to Garland's nomination . Read More »

Renowned British Physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

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Nobel Prize-winning physicist Professor Stephen Hawking , who died on Wednesday, always warned against Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its growing dominance over humanity. Hawking was the first to show they connected, which Turner and others described as breakthrough at the time. In a video conference prior to his visit, Hawking said the institute's chosen focus on quantum theory and space-time was close to his heart. Read More »

Trump pledges July 9 announcement on Supreme Court nominee

She suggested she would contact Mr. Trump's assistant, but then made a decision to try to transmit the call "through signal", a reference to the White House Communications Agency, originally known as the White House Signal Corps, which provides emergency mobile communications for the president wherever he goes. Read More »

Hot, humid weekend with temperatures reaching near 100

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NOAA's maximum heat index map for Monday , July 6, has more shades of red than an Italian winery. "It will be 95 degrees on Saturday and will feel toasty". A "code orange" means air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as children, those suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases, as well as the elderly. Read More »

Extreme Heat Expected This Long Weekend

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With the humidex, the temperature could feel like it is in the mid-40s. The forecast calls for a high of 36C in Ottawa on Sunday. "With all the planned outdoor activities of the long weekend, people should be aware of the predicted weather conditions and take the necessary precautions". Read More »

Milky way full of toxic space grease

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According to the researchers, this amounts to around 10 billion trillion trillion tonnes of greasy matter in the Milky Way - roughly equivalent to 40 trillion trillion trillion packs of butter. When aliphatic carbon in space is viewed against a background radiation source, it produces a specific infrared spectral absorption feature. You might be wondering why we can even see distant stars if there's so much junk in outer space , but the answer is actually pretty simple: Space dust ... Read More »

'Floating Brain' Headed to ISS on SpaceX Cargo Run

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CIMON has been trained to recognize the voice and face of Alexander Gerst, 42, a geophysicist with the European Space Agency. The spacecraft, packed with almost 2,700 kg of scientific gear, supplies and vehicle hardware, was lifted off at 5:42 a.m. Read More »

Trump narrows Supreme Court list, to name nominee July 9

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Also of interest are Amul Thapar, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati, lives in Kentucky and is close to McConnell; Brett Kavanaugh, a former clerk for Kennedy who serves on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.; and Amy Coney Barrett, who serves on the federal appeals court in Chicago. Read More »

Spotlight turns to GOP women in Supreme Court fight

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But she vowed a careful vetting of the person President Donald Trump picks, saying she has "extremely high" standards for the court and the person who will replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy . It also noted Trump's affinity for Kennedy's past clerks when it comes to judicial nominations. Most respondents also said they would vote for a candidate who supports stronger workplace protections against sexual harassment and assault, and one who supports paid parental leave. Read More »

The Quest to Find Nuclear Fuel on the Moon

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However, that could require overcoming a lot of difficulties like mining the lunar surface and building of power plants for starters. Gerald Kulcinki, director of the Fusion Technology Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that the estimated 1 million metric tonnes of helium embedded in the moon is 3, although about a quarter of reality can be brought to Earth. Read More »

Trump Will Announce His Supreme Court Nominee July 9

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Trump himself said he wanted to appoint justices who would overrule Roe v. Wade , the 1973 decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion. He responded, "That's not a question I'll be asking". "I'm pro-life, but I know how that divides our country immediately, divides everyone", Manchin said during an interview on a West Virginia radio station. Read More »

Focus on coming Supreme Court nomination turns to Murkowski, Collins

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Wade . In his Air Force One conversation with reporters, during the quick afternoon flight to New Jersey from Washington, Trump singled out one potential candidate for the court, Sen. "Yet by choosing to retire under President Donald Trump, Kennedy imperils that legacy, throwing his most celebrated and far-reaching decisions into serious jeopardy", Stern said. Read More »

Strawberry Moon Appears Tonight: Here's Who Will Have the Best View

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The ringed planet is reaching full opposition Thursday morning. This, "opposition" not only marks the usual closest orbit of Saturn to Earth, but also makes it look the brightest. It's called the Full Buck Moon or Thunder Moon, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac . When can I see it? The 2018 Strawberry Full Moon begins with a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean on Florida's east coast around 8:00 p.m. Read More »

The Supreme Court Gets Trumpier

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In a letter addressed to US President Donald Trump , the 81-year-old Kennedy said it was "the highest of honours" to serve the Supreme Court. McConnell changed rules for filibusters on Supreme Court justices past year to overcome Democratic opposition and confirm Trump's first appointment, Justice Neil Gorsuch . Read More »

Coldest Place on Earth Is Colder than Scientists Thought

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Researchers now say that it gets even frostier in the region, which is an important discovery on how low the Earth's surface temperature could drop, the American Geophysical Union reports . Sitting some 3,500 m (11,500 ft) above sea level, the air over the Plateau is extremely still, dry and thin, and while that makes it a ideal spot for future observatories , it also helps it rank among the chilliest places on Earth. Read More »

Full 'Strawberry Mini-Moon,' Saturn visible tonight

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Historic Algonquin Native American tribes established the name of the Strawberry Full Moon because of the importance of strawberries in their culture, as the leaves and roots were often used for medical treatment. The rings, which are made up of highly reflective particles of ice, will bolster's Saturn's brightness. Get ready for a handsome full moon in the night sky tonight, but it won't turn any flavor of fruity colors. Read More »

Japan probe arrives at asteroid after nearly four-year space odyssey

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By analysing the material found on this distant rock, scientists will have a better idea of what the early conditions were like at the time the Solar System formed some 4.6 billion years ago. In the wake of Hayabusa2's arrival near Ryugu, Makoto Yoshikawa, 56, JAXA's mission manager, told reporters: "We have finally reached this point". And because the C-type Ryugu is a primitive asteroid, it could be rich in carbon, organic materials and frozen water. Read More »

Blood Moon to bring the longest lunar eclipse in a century

Moon gazers in North America-and most of the Arctic-won't be treated to the eclipse this time around. The moon will be partially eclipsed for roughly an hour before and after the main event. In the process, the Earth's shadow over the moon blocks most light radiation. The total eclipse will include all of the bright colors that a "blood moon" would have. Read More »

BNSF: Estimated 230000 gallons of oil spilled in derailment

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More than 30 cars derailed after the tracks reportedly collapsed due to saturation from flood waters from the adjacent Little Rock River. Workers have contained almost half of the crude oil spilled near Rock River in northwest Iowa over the weekend following a freight train derailment on Friday, BNSF Railway Co said . Read More »

BNSF: Estimated 230000 gallons of oil spilled in derailment

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More than 30 cars derailed after the tracks reportedly collapsed due to saturation from flood waters from the adjacent Little Rock River. Workers have contained almost half of the crude oil spilled near Rock River in northwest Iowa over the weekend following a freight train derailment on Friday, BNSF Railway Co said . Read More »

The scientists published mysterious the dunes on Mars

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This dust storm that is capable of reaching up to 40 miles in height, could possibly cover an area as big as the entire Russian Federation and North America combined as a unity. Which landscapes ultimately show up on the game depend on the areas NASA selects for HiRISE closeups, which will be determined by data collected by the Mars Global Surveyor , Mars Odyssey and other regional surveys carried out by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Read More »

Falcon Heavy Certified by Air Force, Wins $130 Million 2020 Mission

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Air Force mission won't be a sports vehicle, but it will launch from the Space Coast. To this enterprise the private company of the businessman Elon musk will receive from the military $130 million. "The competitive award of this EELV launch service contract directly supports Space and Missile Systems Center's (SMC) mission of delivering resilient and affordable space capabilities to our nation while maintaining assured access to space", explained John Thompson, lieutenant general and ... Read More »

Millions of British children exposed to harmful pollution

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It is important that we try and make sure our air quality is the best it can be. Messages promoting Clean Air Day have also been displayed on all major routes into Aylesbury town centre on the electronic road signs with a message highlighting what action motorists can take to improve air quality on the day itself, such as turning your auto engine off when in traffic. Read More »

NASA's Curiosity rover captures photos of Mars dust storm

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One of the main questions they want to answer is why some Martian dust storms remain small and stall before a week has passed, while others grow and grow and last for months. The dust storm may seem exotic to some Earthlings, but it's not unique to Mars. You can explore nine different areas of the Red Planet, including Victoria Crater, Western Cerberus and South Olympus. Read More »