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NASA launches new crew to the International Space Station

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It will be the second flight for German Alexander Gerst, and the first for the other astronauts, American Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor from Indianapolis and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos. This crew continues the long-term increase in crew size on the United States segment from three to four, allowing NASA to maximise time dedicated to research on the space station. Read More »

Planet Nine could be a cluster of asteroids sending comets Earth's way

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There is also a theory that suggests unseen ninth planet lurking beyond Neptune may have kicked up the orbits of these detached objects. What does their collective gravity do? Bumper car-like interactions at the edges of our solar system-and not a mysterious ninth planet-may explain the dynamics of odd bodies called "detached objects", according to a new study. Read More »

In Thailand, the whale ate 80 plastic bags and died

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After being found near the Malaysia border, the pilot whale was treated by veterinarians while kept afloat by buoys and protected from harmful solar radiation by umbrellas. About 18 billion pounds of plastic are dumped into oceans each year, while more than 300 marine animal species are known to have been killed by plastic pollution in Thailand's waters. Read More »

This CO2 machine could transform the way we fight climate change

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At that point, one of the only ways to reverse the effects is to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, where it otherwise persists for thousands of years. "We've bought the smallest scalable unit of each piece of technology we have". Commercialization of such plants would allow direct air capture to make a dent in transportation emissions by connecting low-cost renewable energy to low-carbon transportation fuels using Carbon Engineering's AIR TO FUELSTM pathway. Read More »

Trio of astronauts blast off to international space station

Similarly, 18 percent consider sending astronauts to Mars to be a top priority. In a national survey of 2,541 USA adults conducted March 27-April 9, 2018, roughly seven-in-ten Americans (72%) say it is essential for the U.S.to continue to be a world leader in space exploration. Read More »

Bay Area Woman Gored By Bison At Yellowstone National Park

The park report said some in the crowd came within 15 feet of the bison. She is listed as in good condition, according to the release. A crowded boardwalk in the Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park on August 18, 2015. In a little over a month, four people have been injured by wildlife in Yellowstone. As noted by Yellowstone officials: animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be. Read More »

NASA finds ‘ancient organic material’ on Mars, continues search despite Doom’s warnings

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That leaves open the possibility that microorganisms once populated our planetary neighbour and still might. This is the first time we've seen something repeatable in the methane story, so it offers us a handle in understanding it. Weintraub. Curiosity's methane measurements occurred over four-and-a-half Earth years, covering parts of three Martian years. Methane, the simplest organic molecule, ranges "between 0.24 to 0.65 parts per billion, peaking near the end of summer in the ... Read More »

PM Modi to address World Environment Day event tomorrow

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SBI has organized event to promote world environment day 2018. Jackie Shroff: Everyday is a World Environment Day. He said in Ghana, the lack of clean drinking water, caused by pollution of most of the rivers and water sources, also exacerbated the problem of the use of plastic or sachet water, since most people in the country depended on sachet water for drinking. Read More »

Oldest fossil footprints on Earth discovered in China

The Chinese and American team led by Dr Shuhai Xiao, from Virginia Tech in the U.S., wrote in the journal Science Advances: "The irregular arrangement of tracks in the trackways may be taken as evidence that the movement of their trace maker's appendages was poorly coordinated and is distinct from the highly coordinated metachronal (wave-like) rhythm typical of modern arthropods ". Read More »

NASA's Mars rover drills up most complex organic matter yet

Naturally, the usual UFO fans have jumped on this and are suggesting it's probably aliens - or at least some sign of life on the Red Planet. The rover also found seasonal fluctuations of atmospheric methane. "This is the first time we've seen something repeatable in the methane story, so it offers us a handle in understanding it", said lead author of the second paper Chris Webster of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Read More »

Mars Curiosity Rover Findings to Be Revealed Thursday

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NASA will webcast Thursday's Curiosity Mars rover discussion on its NASA TV channel , as well as Facebook Live , Twitch TV , Ustream , YouTube and Twitter/Periscope . "It represents months and months of work by our team to pull this off", said Jim Erickson, MSL project manager . As a result, the engineers had to use images sent back by Curiosity to estimate how to get the proper amount of sample, which is in the milligram range, into the laboratory so that it's enough to work with, ... Read More »

'Planet Nine' may not be needed to explain odd orbits

This hypothesized world, dubbed Planet 9 , would be approximately 10x the mass of Earth , 2-4x its diameter, and would have an elongated orbit that takes as much as 15,000 years to travel once around the sun. The young astronomer suggested the distant dwarf planets zoom around the sun like the hands on a clock - some bodies move faster than others but will eventually overlap. Read More »

UN says world choking on plastic as environmental crisis grows

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Together with the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, the chemistry association has set 2030 as the deadline for ensuring all plastics produced in Canada can be recycled into new products, or recovered. While providing significant benefits, the current use of plastics has many drawbacks. The figures are dizzying as it is estimated that about 5,000 billion plastic bags are used worldwide every year, meaning that nearly 10 million plastic bags are used every minute. Read More »

Alia Bhatt Challenges Varun Dhawan and Other Celebs to Beat Plastic Pollution

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WATCH: How do we solve the plastic catastrophe? I've replaced using plastic bottles with a metal one. The report noted, by some estimates, as many as five trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. According to the United Nations, the theme is an invitation to all to consider the changes that can be made in everyday lives to reduce the "heavy burden of plastic pollution". Read More »

Whale in Thailand dies after SWALLOWING 80 plastic bags

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Rescuers had cradled the pilot whale in a shallow canal, their arms wrapped around its slick, shuddering body. Veterinarians removed more than 80 plastic bags from the whale's stomach, said Jatuporn Burutpat , director-general to Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources in a CNN report . Read More »

Cosmonauts head back to earth with football slated for World Cup

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Both Kanai and Tingle are now bound for Houston via the Kazakh city of Karaganda where they will undergo further medical tests to complete their mission. But one Kanai tweet in January caused confusion after he mistakenly claimed to have grown taller by nine centimetres just weeks after arriving on board the ISS. Read More »

Swimmer begins epic Pacific crossing to highlight plastic pollution

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Mr Lecomte, who plans to swim eight hours a day, will eat, rest and sleep on a boat which will accompany him before being dropped off every morning to where he stopped swimming the previous evening. He is expected to shed more than 8,000 calories a day. "Pollution of the ocean has a big impact", said the father-of-two, who will be gathering oceanographic and medical data for 27 scientific organizations, including NASA. Read More »

Whale Dies After Swallowing 80 Plastic Bags In Thai Waters

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Experts believe the pilot whale, which would normally feed predominantly on squid, thought the floating plastic bags were food. The whale died Friday after a five-day fight, the country's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said, becoming the latest high-profile incident of marine life forced to live in oceans littered with human trash. Read More »

Small asteroid, first spotted hours earlier, disintegrates over Africa

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Small asteroids are hard to detect and impact Earth more often than many may realize, according to Peter Brown, a physics and astronomy professor at Western University who specializes in meteor science. The asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February 2013, for example, was estimated at around 20 metres wide, and the air blast produced by its explosion managed to shatter windows throughout the city. Read More »

Pre-Flown SpaceX Rocket Launches Commercial Communications Satellite

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EDT (0445 GMT). The initial launch was scheduled for last Friday but was canceled for more testing. But the company announced the need for additional tests to the rocket's upper stage. Forecasters are predicting a 70 percent chance of "go" conditions, with winds being the main concern at liftoff. Its first stages are created to fly 10 times with inspections between landing and launch only, and 100 times or more with some refurbishment involved. Read More »

President Trump admin considers plan to bail out coal, nuclear plants

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In contrast, in response to the draft memo , on behalf of the American Wind Energy Association, Amy Farrell, the group's senior vice president for government and public affairs, states, "Independent energy regulators, grid operators and other experts have gone on the record to declare that orderly power plant retirements do not constitute an emergency for our electric grid". Read More »

Trump administration floats plan to save coal plants

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Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a major coal-mining state, on Friday praised Trump for carrying out what he said was his idea: "I am glad President Trump and his Administration are considering my idea to use the Defense Production Act to save coal-fired power plants with emissions controls and protect our national security", Manchin said. Read More »

NASA’s Dawn probe moving to lowest-ever orbit around Ceres

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NASA now wants to drop that altitude to less than 30 miles (50 kilometers) above Ceres' surface. The probe will collect the spectra of gamma radiation and neutrons, which will help scientists understand changes in the chemical composition of the uppermost layer of the Ceres. Read More »

BC judge expands pipeline injunction as protesters use 'calculated' defiance

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Sure, there's the element of trying to save face. Unfortunately for the federal Liberals, those in BC who voted for them in the 2015 federal election are largely opposed to their decision to buy the pipeline, 49 per cent opposed vs. There's lots of blame to go around. After a series of speeches in front of the Visitor's Information Centre, hundreds of marchers made their way along Wharf Street to Centennial Square, where they met many more participants. Read More »

New Horizons data reveals dunes made of methane on Pluto

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There's plenty of nitrogen ice adorning the glacier nearby from the dunes while methane is likely sourced from the snowcaps of nearby mountains like al-Idrisi Montes, which drifts down into the plane. This Pluto mosaic was made from New Horizons LORRI images taken on July 14, 2015, from a distance of 49,700 miles (80,000 km). Earth, obviously, has dunes of sand all across its surface, and Saturn's huge moon Titan plays host to dunes of methane and ethane on its icy surface as well. Read More »

China's Space Station Will Be Open to Science from All UN Nations

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China's Manned Space Agency in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has invited applications from UN member states to conduct experiments on China's space station (CSS). The space agency pumps around $3-4 billion per year into the program, but those funds may dry up sooner than anticipated. Less than two weeks after China launched a communications satellite that will help it land a robot on the far side of the Moon, the country released its ... Read More »

Pluto Methane Dunes Made of Tiny Frozen Grains of Gas

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Within these highly detailed images , researchers noticed what looked to be an extensive system of unusual dunes stretching 75 miles along the boundary of Pluto's massive Al-Idrisi Montes mountain range and Sputnik Planitia - a nitrogen-ice plain that forms the left lobe of the planet's famous "heart". Read More »

Flash Flood Watch Tonight

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But by about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the newspaper reports, much of the water had subsided and rescue officials were walking around the downtown area while making sure people evacuated. FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EDT THIS EVENING.The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has expanded the* Flash Flood Watch to include portions of western Maryland and eastern West Virginia , including the following areas, in western Maryland , Central and Eastern Allegany. Read More »

Hundreds march in Trans Mountain pipeline protest in downtown Victoria

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Kinder Morgan Canada estimates the pipeline deal is worth about $12 per restricted voting share, after capital gains tax - about three-quarters of its total share price. He said earlier this week the purchase has no bearing on B.C.'s case, which is before the B.C. Court of Appeal. Until then, the pipeline expansion will proceed under the ownership of a Crown corporation. Read More »

World's oldest lizard fossil discovered

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Its new home? At the beginning of the squamate branch, single-handedly dragging the timeline for lizards back 75 million years. "That's more time than there is between us and the dinosaurs, and we had no clue what was going on", said Tiago Simões , a paleontologist at the University of Alberta. Read More »