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Super-Earth Discovered Orbiting Closest Single Star to the Sun

Super-Earth Discovered Orbiting Closest Single Star to the Sun Among the instruments used to locate the planet were the European Southern Observatory's planet hunters, the HARPS and UVES spectrographs, which, in combination with the Doppler effect , were able to see when the planet's gravitational pull resulted in the star wobbling. [Full Article...]

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for R5.5m at auction

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for R5.5m at auction All the proceeds from the sale of the chair will benefit the Motor Neurone Disease Association and The Stephen Hawking Foundation . 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. [Full Article...]

China unveils its future space station

China unveils its future space station The three astronauts will be able to live permanently on board of the spacecraft, with a total weight of at least 60 tons, and equipped with solar panels. Several global space agencies launched the main module and first components of the ISS into space over two decades ago. "I'm sure over time China will be successful developing partnerships", said Bill Ostrove, space analyst with US -based Fo... [Full Article...]

SpaceX's Starman and Tesla Roadster Have Gone Beyond Mars

SpaceX's Starman and Tesla Roadster Have Gone Beyond Mars Tesla has other models such as Roadster, Model S and Model X are another such examples. These latest announcements come in the light of what has been described as one of the greatest advertisement stunts of all-time, when, in February 2018, Musk made a decision to send a Tesla Roadster (in fact, his very own Tesla Roadster) into space as a dummy load for his Falcon Heavy rocket, manufacture... [Full Article...]

Harvard scientists say mysterious space object may be from ‘alien civilization’

Harvard scientists say mysterious space object may be from ‘alien civilization’ The object was discovered a year ago with the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope atop Haleakalā on Maui and was given the Hawaiian name ʻOumuamua , meaning 'a messenger from afar arriving first'. Their theory - and this is really, really cool - is that it might be a light sail, powered by solar radiation and of an "artificial origin" (i.e. built by aliens). [Full Article...]

Irish PM tells United Kingdom it can’t halt backstop plans

Irish PM tells United Kingdom it can’t halt backstop plans Cabinet minister James Brokenshire rejected suggestions that final agreement has been reached, saying negotiations are "still very firmly continuing", with 95% of issues resolved. "We are choosing wholesale subjection". DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said Dublin's stance was making a no-deal Brexit likely. Under this plan we surrender control to Brussels. [Full Article...]

Air quality to improve

Air quality to improve The other causes of pollution stay the same while new factors have been on the rise, without proper checks and control, It is no hard a task to forecast the coming times. With the national capital region reverting to "gas chamber" conditions again - Delhi's air hit severe levels for the first time this season - it's clear that government hasn't done enough to avert the winter disaster. [Full Article...]

Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda

Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda He promised to merge Brazil's agriculture and environment ministries into one, saying "we won't have any more fights" over ecological concerns on deforestation. In a 2013 interview with British television personality Stephen Fry, Bolsonaro said that "Brazilian society doesn't like homosexuals" and claimed that gays were brainwashing heterosexual children to "become gays and lesbians to satisfy the... [Full Article...]

Planet-hunting Kepler space telescope to be retired

Planet-hunting Kepler space telescope to be retired Mr Borucki described his favourite exoplanet, named Kepler 22B , which was first spotted by the telescope in 2009 and is located more than 600 light years from Earth. Kepler's data also provided a new way to assess whether a planet had a solid surface, like Earth and Mars, or is gaseous, like Jupiter and Saturn. [Full Article...]

93% children below 15 exposed to toxic air

93% children below 15 exposed to toxic air Respiratory problems such as childhood asthma , lung function deficiencies, lower respiratory tract infections and even cancers are more likely among children exposed to air pollution , the report says. While air pollution is a global problem, it is particularly profound in low and middle income countries , the report stated . The following revelations were made in a report titled ... [Full Article...]

Oscar Strengthens Into Tropical Storm

Oscar Strengthens Into Tropical Storm The tropical depression that would eventually become Hurricane Kate formed southeast of the Bahamas on November 8th. But forecasters said: “This system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period depending upon its track.”. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, but it usually peaks on September 10-11. As of Thursday morning, what is designated as Disturbance 1 was about ... [Full Article...]

Thick hazy morning in Delhi chokes, air quality deteriorates

Thick hazy morning in Delhi chokes, air quality deteriorates The Central Pollution Control Board recorded the overall air quality index of Delhi at 341. The task force suggested discontinuing all construction activities between November 1 and November 10, involving excavation, stone crushers, and stone crushers that generate dust pollution. [Full Article...]

2 rectangular icebergs captured by NASA’s IceBridge flight

2 rectangular icebergs captured by NASA’s IceBridge flight NASA started this year's Operation IceBridge in October and some of the images show not just the majesty of southern polar ice, but also some of the rather unusual and freakish shapes that icebergs can take. "I often see icebergs with relatively straight edges, but I've not really seen one before with two corners at such right angles like this one had". The photo was taken on October 14, 2018, j... [Full Article...]

Our Bodies Are Polluted With Plastic, Scientists Warn

Our Bodies Are Polluted With Plastic, Scientists Warn They suggested that these containers could cause contact with the plastic in the body. Now we are literally eating our own trash. Previous studies have found microplastics to be present in everything from beer to table salt . Both are commonly found in food and drink packaging. Dunkler was not involved in the current research. The study's participants wrote down everything they at... [Full Article...]

Perfectly rectangular iceberg found in Antarctica

Perfectly rectangular iceberg found in Antarctica Whether it's the recent tabular iceberg captured by NASA off the Larson C Ice Shelf , or the Wilkins blocks above, the method of their creation is the same. Scientists from Project MIDAS - a British Antarctic Survey project involving researchers from several British universities - said past year that they feared the entire ice shelf could become unstable. [Full Article...]

Wet and mild Warm winter predicted for much of the US

Wet and mild Warm winter predicted for much of the US The Southeast, Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic can go any which way on temperature, Halpert said. The only part of the country that can expect typical winter temperatures will likely be in the Southeast, spanning the states you see below that are colored white, from Florida to OH and as far west as Arkansas. [Full Article...]

Duchess Meghan cutting back royal schedule amid pregnancy

Duchess Meghan cutting back royal schedule amid pregnancy Harry, who wore khaki pants and blue shirt, and Meghan , in an ankle-length striped dress, had kicked off their shoes to sit with members of community group OneWave, whose members wore brightly-colored shirts and flower garlands. There were also crowds along Liverpool Street, while other people - and a cardboard cutout of Harry and Meghan - watched on from balconies as the royals arrived. [Full Article...]

Great Flood A'Coming? 'Ominous' Sounds of Melting Antarctic Ice Registered

Great Flood A'Coming? 'Ominous' Sounds of Melting Antarctic Ice Registered Researchers believe that monitoring the snow's melt-rate acoustically could be a way to warn scientists when the shelf may become unstable. As noted by Earther , the frozen region's ambient sounds include the Rice Crispies-like crackle of melting ice releasing long-trapped air bubbles to the steady groans, screeches, and pops of massive floating ice sheets shifting and breaking apart as they ... [Full Article...]

Global warming will lead to beer, coffee shortage, scientists say

Global warming will lead to beer, coffee shortage, scientists say A new study says global warming may leave people crying in their costlier beer . "Decreases in the global supply of barley lead to proportionally larger decreases in barley used to make beer", said lead author Dabo Guan , a professor of climate change economics and the University of East Anglia in Britain. [Full Article...]

Chinese City Wants to Launch Fake Moon to Illuminate Its Streets

Chinese City Wants to Launch Fake Moon to Illuminate Its Streets According to local reports picked up by the Asia Times , the city has been evaluating the technology behind an artificial moon for years and has tested it enough to feel it's ready for launch. Though the first launch will be experimental, the 2022 satellites "will be the real deal with great civic and commercial potential", he said in an interview with China Daily . [Full Article...]


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