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SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy rocket with 24 satellites

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PT Monday), kicking off the Defense Department's Space Test Program-2 mission, or STP-2. If successful, it could bolster SpaceX's case to win more Air Force contracts to launch sensitive military satellites. The satellites needed to be placed in three different orbits, requiring multiple upper-stage engine firings. One of the payloads is a new space-based atomic clock prototype. Read More »

Nasa's Curiosity rover detects methane in latest hint at life on Mars

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NASA has not yet made any announcements about the Curiosity's methane findings. The Sample Analysis at Mars team set up a different experiment over the weekend to try to gather more information. The report said that the Red Planet's atmosphere is so thin that sunlight and other chemical reactions could have easily broken up the gas. Whether the source of the methane is biological or not, figuring out where it comes from will teach us something new about Mars. Read More »

Methane gas found on Mars hints at possibility of life

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The results of this weekend's experiments are expected to be sent back to Earth on Monday. However NASA's pioneering Viking landers in the 1970s revealed a desolate landscape on the Red Planet. When NASA's Curiosity arrived in 2012, it was able to record methane gas that measured one part per billion in the atmosphere - too little to be significant. Read More »

'Over the top': Climate activist slams British MP for violently grabbing her

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Several women prevented Philip Hammond from speaking for a few minutes by using loudspeakers to shout slogans during an annual banquet in London's landmark Mansion House building on Thursday evening. Sir Peter added that although the climate change protester claimed to be peaceful, "the person who murdered Jo Cox would have said the same thing". Read More »

Raspberry Pi Used to Hack NASA

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NASA reported that the hackers were able to access and steal 500 megabytes of data related to its missions systems. A report says hackers stole data from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena for almost a year without being detected. Read More »

SpaceX launched from all engines, the Falcon Heavy

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SpaceX's flagship rocket, the Falcon 9, is a 5-star space taxi, having now ferried more than 60 satellites into orbit in a single launch. SpaceX's largest functional launch vehicle, the Falcon Heavy , has already taken to the skies twice over the past couple of years, and both launches were almost flawless, save for some snafus during retrieval of its boosters. Read More »

Image sums up ice-melt threat

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But rising global temperatures may make such scenes more frequent. The picture was taken by climatologist Steffen Olsen, from the Danish Meteorological Institute , on June 13 , as the team went to fetch measuring devices that had been planted in an ice sheet in the Inglefield Gulf to monitor conditions in the area. Read More »

Morneau addresses Trans Mountain, climate change while speaking in Calgary

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While First Nations from British Columbia's coast have led the legal battle against the project, several Indigenous groups in Alberta and B.C. are working to buy into the pipeline as a means of securing revenue for their communities. Asked whether he would support any lawsuits filed against the project, Horgan said he'd have to look at the substance of the applications. "I won't be optimistic until I see it constructed". Read More »

Conservatives Challenge Trump’s EPA, Say Coal Plant Rule Is Illegal

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The EPA finalized the rule on Wednesday , and as a result expects carbon emissions from the electric sector to fall by as much as 35% below 2005 levels by 2030. "The mercury rule regulates power plants under 112", said Ebell, who served on the Trump transition team for EPA. "I believe this is the first rule in EPA's history that acknowledges the existential threat of climate change but by the agency's own admission does absolutely nothing to stop it", she said in a statement. Read More »

Scientists discover two new 'Earth-like' planets

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The catalog lists up to 52 potentially habitable planets out of almost 4,000 known planets. With new, more powerful telescopes now in the works, we may get an even better view of what the planets are like on the surface and perhaps even spot signs that they are indeed hosting life in some form. Read More »

New York OKs driving licenses for undocumented migrants

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A Siena College poll showed more than 50 percent of New Yorkers did not want illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses. The state Senate approved the proposal Monday following Assembly passage last week. "By passing this needed legislation, we are growing our economy while at the same time making our roads safer", Stewart-Cousins said. "There is no credible case against this bill for immigrants rights reasons, which is why our movement is united in support". Read More »

Full Strawberry Moon: June's full moon could glow red tonight

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They called the full Moon that appeared at this time the "Rose Moon ". The week starts with a full moon and ends with the longest day of the year, the summer solstice on Midsummer's Day Friday, June 21. Due to that, the moon shines through more atmosphere than usual, giving it a reddish hue. While the moon won't be as colourful as ripe strawberry, it may actually change colour slightly, if you live in northern side. Read More »

Table Salt Compound Detected On Europa

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Flybys from the Voyager and Galileo spacecraft have marshaled scientists to terminate that Europa is enshrouded by the layer of salty liquid water framed by an icy shell. Astronomers have long thought that Europa's ocean was salty, but that the salts were based on sulfides instead of chlorides (chemists have a different and broader definition of salt than your average chef). Read More »

Star Trek logo spotted on Mars surface by NASA satellite

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The MRO captured a series of unusual chevron symbols on a Martian sand dune in the southeast Hellas Planitia region. Since 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnoissance Orbiter (MRO) has been exploring Mars from orbit, capturing some of the most detailed - and interesting - images of the surface of the Red Planet with its HiRISE ( High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment ) camera. Read More »

Theresa May announces net zero emissions goal for 2050

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The statutory instrument that will amend the Climate Change Act of 2008 will be laid in Parliament on 12 June. This country led the world in innovation during the Industrial Revolution, and now we must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth. Read More »

Important law: Canada bans capture and breeding of dolphins, whales

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The BC SPCA applauded the move by the federal government. Currently, there are just two facilities in Canada with cetaceans in captivity . The bill was endorsed by a coalition of more than 20 leading marine scientists and stakeholder organizations including Humane Society International/Canada , Animal Justice , Humane Canada , marine scientists Dr. Read More »

We Might Be Consuming 5 Grams Of Plastic Every Week

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Researchers found out that the largest source of plastic ingestion is through water , both bottled and tap, all over the world. Humans can be exposed to plastic particles via consumption of seafood and terrestrial food products, drinking water and via the air. Read More »

You Can Name an Extinct Animal. How About a Plant?

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Compiling data from the literature, worldwide databases, and museum specimens, Vorontsova and her colleagues surveyed more than 330,000 species to document the losses. "To stop plant extinction, we need to record all the plants across the world - the naming of new species is a critical piece of the puzzle in the wider push to prioritize conservation of our precious natural world for generations to come", co-author Maria S. Read More »

NASA Is Opening The International Space Station to Tourists

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But that concept will soon become obsolete; at least some rich people that can cough out tens of millions of dollars for a special vacation will be able to buy a ticket for Space tourism . rockets from SpaceX or Boeing will be used in the future. But the United States has paid for and controls most of the modules that make it up. Our commercial partner, SpaceX completed its 17th resupply mission to the International Space Station on June 3. Read More »

Extremely Powerful Sun 'Superflares' Could Disrupt Electronics Across the Globe

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It was previously thought that older stars like our Sun - a healthy 4.6 billion years old - didn't really have the power to eject superflares, however a group of eggheads led by the University of Colorado Boulder in the U.S. However, the study revealed that older stars like our Sun - which is now somewhere around its 4.6 billionth birthday - can still produce superflares as well. Read More »

US Scientists Predict Near-Record-Level 'Dead Zone' in Gulf of Mexico

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But once the algae blooms die, they sink to the bottom of the Gulf, creating a "dead zone" or area of hypoxic waters and depriving fish and other marine life of the oxygen they need to survive, according to CTV News Canada . "The assessment predicts an increase in the frequency of very heavy precipitation events in the Midwest, Great Plains, and Southeast regions, which would impact nutrient input to the northern Gulf of Mexico and the size of the hypoxic zone". Read More »

Tonight might be the best night of the year to see Jupiter

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Lucky viewers might also "glimpse a hint of the banded clouds" that surround the planet, NASA said. Jupiter is known to have at least 79 moons, though it's possible more may be discovered with improved technology. After roughly 30 minutes to an hour, your eyes become fully dark-adapted, allowing you to make out faint objects in low light. Resnick suggests using a smartphone app like Sky Guide to track Jupiter's progress across the night sky and pinpoint the best time to take out your ... Read More »

Mass metal anomaly found hiding below the moon’s surface

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A unusual large mass of material has been detected under the Moon's largest crater and may contain metal from an asteroid that crashed into the lunar surface and formed the crater, according to a Baylor University study . Combining the two, the Baylor team was able to find the mass that is "weighing the basin floor downward by more than half a mile". Larger variations helped tease out information about the moon's core, and subtler ones revealed unseen mineral deposits, asteroid ... Read More »

Jupiter Is Putting On a Show for You

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If the planets are situated like that, the gas giant is close to our planet. Disruptive clouds are also in the forecast for much of the central United States and Canada. One can see Jupiter and three of its largest moons over the Wasatch Mountains. Jupiter and its four largest moons as seen through a telescope. Monday night in particular, about midnight local time, should provide the clearest view, reports USA Today . Read More »

A New Commitment To Stop Air Pollution

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He said: "Human lives are now at risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, nose and throat damage, reproductive organ damage, liver, spleen, blood and nervous system damage and eyes irritation through air pollution". UNEP highlights that air pollution can be effectively tackled by phasing out fossil fuels, using renewable energy sources , and fighting deforestation, adding that such action will also contribute to achieving the SDGs. Read More »

Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth next week

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Opposition is the best time of year to see Jupiter as it will be visible in the sky all night and is at its closest to our own planet . So for those who want a closer look at Jupiter , June is the flawless month to do it. Robert Massey, deputy executive director at Britain's Royal Astronomical Society , offered some advice on what to look out for. "You'll need a good clear southern horizon to see it". Read More »

Trump Slams NASA: Focus on Mars, Not Moon

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At the time he said the mission to Mars would establish eventual travel to that planet. Trump also tweeted previously about going "back to the Moon". The administration already had established a return to the moon as the focus of NASA's deep space exploration program in Space Policy Directive No. Read More »

Household air pollution kills 8 lakh people in India annually

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This will be the ideal opportunity for the Asian nation to exhibit its innovations and breakthroughs for a cleaner environment . So given the scale of air pollution , and its contribution to the global climate emergency, is it possible to estimate the cost to the world economy? Although one of the most populated countries, they are at the forefront of green/renewable energy, and they now own half the world's electric vehicles and 99 per cent of the world's electric buses. Read More »

Trump visits Virginia church after mass shooting

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The two men are holding a meeting at the airport, with Brexit, immigration, trade, United States support for Northern Ireland, and the E3 visa programme expected to be discussed. "And, while we couldn't trace any of Donald Trump's ancestors to the area, we thought this was as good a place as any to slap a service station in his honour". Read More »

Biden Accused of Plagiarizing Parts of Climate Proposal

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Mr. Biden, who in tone and substance is one of the most centrist candidates seeking the Democratic nomination, has insisted he is no moderate when it comes to protecting the environment, though progressives have been skeptical. Elizabeth Warren said last weekend at the California Democratic Convention that " some Democrats in Washington believe the only changes we can get are tweaks and nudges". Read More »