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Full Strawberry Moon rises Thursday evening

Eastern, when the sun and moon were on completely opposite sides of the Earth. According to Space. com , the June full moon coincides nearly exactly with the apogee - the annual point in time when the moon is farthest from the Earth - popping up just 14 hours and 40 minutes after this moment. Read More »

Planet Nine might be invisible for at least 1,000 years

California Institute of Technology astronomer Michael Brown said there is reason to believe that if the ninth planet does exist, it could be essentially invisible to existing observatories. Scientists now consider other other options to detect the planet. University of IL cosmologist Gilbert Holder is optimistic that the millimeter telescopes in Antarctica and Chile would be able to detect the Planet Nine today if it happens to stray across their search field. Read More »

Tropical Storm Gordon expected to form Monday

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It now looks like a tropical depression or storm will develop in the E. Gulf either on Monday or Tuesday. We will be watching the track closely because the closer the remnants get to North Texas, the higher coverage of rain we could see. Over southern Alabama, southern MS and Louisiana, rainfall of 4 to 6 inches is forecast. The NHC said: "The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the ... Read More »

Rachel Notley pulls Alberta out of federal climate plan after pipeline decision

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The ruling means the National Energy Board must consider the impacts of increased tanker traffic on the marine environment and the federal government must consult more meaningfully with First Nations. The decision to pull out of the pan-Canadian climate change plan doesn't affect the provincial carbon tax now in place, she added. She said any climate change plan must be "paired with very intentional efforts to build our economy, to create jobs, and to support Alberta" by completing the ... Read More »

Leak detected aboard space station, but NASA says astronauts are safe

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Alarm bells went off in Houston, Texas, and outside of Moscow on Wednesday, August 29, alerting flight control crews of a pressure drop. Russian Federation is expected to provide rides for astronauts through November 2019, which is the planned return date for a Soyuz capsule from the space station, according to a July report to Congress from the Government Accountability Office. Read More »

International Space Station crew fix leak in Russian craft

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Astronauts on board the International Space Station have managed to fix a tiny tear in the fabric of a Russian capsule that was letting oxygen leak into space. "All station systems are stable and the crew is planning to return to its regular schedule of work on Friday". The hole was found in the Russian-made Soyuz capsule which is one of two now docked to the space station. Read More »

Scientists Peek At Jupiter's Great Red Spot To Find Water

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Jupiter and its Great Red Spot - a storm that has been raging on the gas giant for over 350 years - have always been at the centre of attraction for scientists. If Juno finds similar data, the process can be used in the search for water in other planets like Saturn, Uranus, or Neptune. The largest planet in the solar system has been found to have water within its Great Red Spot. Read More »

Unstable Monster Galaxy Hosts Runaway Star Formation

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Those galaxies are thought to be one ancestor of massive galaxies like the Milky Way in today's universe. The gas clouds in COSMOS-AzTEC-1 were found to be unusually unstable, and it shows runaway star formation, morphing the galaxy into an unstoppable monster . Read More »

Heavy rain possible again Friday, Saturday

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Heat indices will feel like the middle to upper 90s at the peak during the afternoon. Low temperatures will fall into the mid 70s. Partly cloudy skies are expected tonight . NEXT WEEK: Back to work and back to school on Tuesday is hot and muggy. Highs in the lower 90s. East wind around 5 miles per hour. While there may be a few dry times Friday , things are starting to look a little wetter for the day with perhaps a few periods of steady rain, especially areas to the south of the Lehigh ... Read More »

NASA astronaut Robb Kulin quits training - a first in 50 years

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He holds a master's degree in materials science and a doctorate degree in engineering. He formerly worked as a senior manager for flight reliability for aeronautics giant SpaceX before he was chosen out of a pool of over 18,300 applicants to become one of the 12 members of NASA's class of 2017. Read More »

Abbott's final swipe at Turnbull

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He has inherited leadership of a coalition between the Liberal and National parties whose one-seat majority will have to be defended when a by-election is held for a safe Sydney seat that Turnbull is set to vacate. Mr Morrison welcomed Mr Abbott's comments. "The circumstances have appalled most Australians but again, I won't labor the point", he told the Monday meeting, Fairfax reported. Read More »

PTC 6 expected to become tropical storm

Local weather conditions are being influenced by a tropical wave that is now over the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. Those islands are under a tropical storm warning as the storm is expected to produce up to 8 inches of rain and potential life-threatening floods as it intensifies in the Atlantic. Read More »

NASA works to contain pressure leak on International Space Station

At about 7 p.m. on August 29, flight controllers on the ground in Houston and Moscow began seeing signs of a pressure leak in the space station. After the crew awoke today, flight controllers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Russian Mission Control Center near Moscow alerted them to the problem so the astronauts could begin working to pinpoint the leak's location. Read More »

Hundreds of Endangered Sea Turtles Found Dead Off Mexican Coast

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Mexican officials are working to free the turtles from tuna boat nets along the Oaxacan coast, in the country's south, in the hope some may still be alive. The office of the federal attorney for environmental protection (PROFEPA) said it would investigate the case. The possible cause is still being investigated, PROFEPA said. Read More »

Tiny pressure leak discovered on International Space Station, NASA says

The fracture caused a drop in pressure and an air leak on the station, according to Rogozin, who said that the problem has been resolved. NASA is reporting that flight controllers at Mission Control in Houston and Moscow are working to fix a minute pressure leak on the International Space Station that was discovered at about 7 p.m. Read More »

Tropical Storm Florence developing in Atlantic

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The system is located about 425 miles east-southeast of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 0 mph. Ahead of the approaching storm, the government of the Cabo Verde Islands has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the southern islands of Santiago, Fogo and Brava. Read More »

BBC journalist hit by tree while reporting on Hurricane Lane | Sunday Tribune

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The hurricane's outer rain bands were bringing showers to some parts of the island, said Matt Foster, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service . Hotels began putting deck chairs back alongside pools. She said two Hilo-area neighborhoods were evacuated. After soaking the Big Island its is expected to head towards Maui and Oahu. Read More »

International Space Station leak may have been caused by micrometeorite strike

The leak was discovered at around 7 p.m., (EDT) Wednesday, by flight controllers in Houston and Moscow. The official said air was being sucked out through a 1.5mm fracture, which may have been caused by a micrometeorite impact. NASA confirmed the problem and said it consisted of a "minute pressure leak", which crew members were repairing. "Flight controllers determined there was no immediate danger to the crew overnight". Read More »

Facebook sets 2020 renewable energy and greenhouse gas targets

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It takes a massive amount of power for Facebook to surface those viral lists of dogs that look like celebrities to its 2.23 billion monthly active users. 126. A number of other equities analysts also recently commented on the stock. Similarly, offices account for 29% of the company's water usage, with the other 71% coming from data center operations. Read More »

Tropical Storm Lane damage assessment underway

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While Hawaii was spared from a direct hit from Hurricane Lane , which was downgraded to a tropical storm over the weekend, some areas were slammed with torrential rain. "We're expecting some dryer air to move in Tuesday night into Friday", Almanza said, which could bring some relief to the Big Island, where it continued to pour Monday morning. Read More »

SE - Goats prefer happy people

The study has also been hailed as a wonderful step towards a better relationship with our working animals , and that more rights might be afforded to them if we can fully understand the levels of interaction between us. "This is the first evidence that shows goats are capable of visually discriminating facial expressions of a very different species, humans, who express their emotions in very different ways", study co-author Natalia Albuquerque, an ethologist (someone who studies animal ... Read More »

Migrant boat runs aground in Australia, passengers hide in crocodile-infested water

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A boat that ran aground in far north Queensland is the first people-smuggling operation to reach the Australian coast in nearly four years, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says. Even if found to be genuine refugees, they are already blocked from being resettled in Australia. Another Australian government minister, Steve Ciobo, told Sky News Australia that the group "should be sent to Nauru" or "somewhere offshore". Read More »

Kid you not: Goats can read your face

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Other studies have shown that dogs and horses also appear to recognise and remember human facial expressions displaying emotion. The study, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science , claims to provide the first evidence of goats reading human emotional expression. Read More »

Sexually frustrated dolphin named Zafar terrorises tourists on French beach

The beach has imposed a ban on swimming because of the dolphin, nicknamed Zafar by locals. He has been making the rounds at the beaches of Bay of Brest, where he would pop up near boats and would even allow swimmers to ride on him. And another, a Spanish holidaymaker , complained after being "confronted by the dolphin, which was anxious to interact". In addition, Zafar's tail fin could cause "serious injuries" to humans, as Sami Hassani, a marine mammals specialist at the nearby ... Read More »

California governor signs landmark bill to eliminate cash bail

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The Judicial Council is the policy-making body for California's courts. California's new law is the latest development in the nationwide debate over bail, which many people say unfairly punishes people for being poor . Some people could be released on other conditions, including monitoring by Global Positioning System or regular check-ins with an officer. But some opponents, including the ACLU, fear that these changes will result in more people being detained before trial. Read More »

Support builds for plan to rename Senate building for John McCain

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Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY is leading an effort, along with Arizona Republican Jeff Flake , to rename the Senate's oldest office building for McCain , the longtime GOP senator from Arizona who died Saturday . Trump wants to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. President Donald Trump has long feuded with McCain, and is reportedly not invited to his funeral. Read More »

European security must no longer depend on US, France's Macron says

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Mr Hulot, 62, has been described as the French equivalent of Sir David Attenborough. Speaking to France Inter radio on Tuesday morning, he said last night he chose to resign, citing an " accumulation of disappointments " with the government's failure to stand up to lobbying and give a priority to climate change, threats to biodiversity and other environmental issues that urgently needed to be addressed. Read More »

Heat wave could end with severe storms and flooding tonight

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Tuesday until 9 p.m. Wednesday , because heat index values could reach as high as 105 degrees in some places. Dew point temperatures will be steamy in the low 70s. This pattern will last until early Wednesday morning when a cold front will come through and offer us some relief. Even along the coast, temperatures will be in the high 80s to near 90 degrees. Read More »

Hurricane Lane grows to category 5 as it heads toward Hawaii

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As well as school closures the County of Hawaii has closed all beaches from South Point North to Kohala and cancelled all camping permits for these parks. "At this time, it looks like maybe Puna will be spared", county Managing Director Wil Okabe said of the beleaguered, rural district. Residents can find information about how to prepare here. Read More »

NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid, snaps first picture

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Numbering 28 in total, all of the rocket engines on the Lockheed Martin-built OSIRIS-REx spacecraft are provided by Aerojet Rocketdyne. The first instance of Bennu's shots was on August 17 at a distance of 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) from the spacecraft location. Read More »