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Antarctica is melting at an alarming rate

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Researchers from a U.S. university said that the major reason for the ice melting is due to warm conditions in the ocean near West Antarctica sufficient to melt the Antarctica ice and the same case is happening in Greenland too in the Northern Hemisphere. Read More »

Dust Storm: A threat to Opportunity Mars Rover

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Opportunity's power levels had dropped significantly by June 6, requiring the rover to shift to minimal operations and later to temporarily suspend science operations. Astronauts living on Mars would not want to get caught outside in a fierce dust storm, where winds can reach 70mph - nearly hurricane force. Mars features a very thin atmosphere that is conducive to dust storms. Read More »

Ford to Scrap Ontario's Carbon System in Challenge to Trudeau

Ontario will also quit the Western Climate Initiative, Ford said Friday from Toronto. "And during the election I promised we would take immediate action to lower gas prices by scrapping the carbon tax and ending cap and trade". Ontario has made close to $3 billion in a series of cap-and-trade auctions since the system was introduced by the Liberals past year. The premier-designate said he will give notice of the province's withdrawal from the linked carbon pricing market with Quebec and ... Read More »

Fort Atkinson teacher, students witness Stephen Hawking burial

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Designed by artist John Maine, the memorial stone is made from Caithness slate from the north of Scotland and was chosen to represent deep space. "Astronaut Tim Peak also gave a reading, as did Nobel-prize victor Kip Thorne who said: "[Hawking] absolutely refused to let his physical disability get in the way of doing great science or get in the way of having great fun". Read More »

Appeared impressive photo, like a black hole in space "eats" a star

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The star is pulled apart, forming an accretion disc around the equator of the black hole. Scientists tracked the tidal disruption event (TDE) with radio and infrared telescopes in a pair of colliding galaxies called Arp 299 - some 150 million light-years from Earth - after they detected an infrared burst while searching for supernova explosions in 2005. Read More »

Mammals going nocturnal to avoid humans

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The team, which included researchers from the University of California Berkeley and Boise State University, employed data from as many as 76 studies in which the daily activity of 62 mammal species spread across six continents was monitored with sophisticated observational techniques - cameras, GPS systems, and radio collars. Read More »

Infant protoplanets discovered in constellation of Sagittarius by ALMA

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The scientists approximate that 3 worlds have a mass about that of Jupiter . The star is a scant 4 million years old, an infant by astronomical standards. To make their respective discoveries, each team analyzed the data from various ALMA observations of the young star HD 163296. Alien hunters have made terrific strides in the past decade: with the help of the Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered 2,342 confirmed exoplanets and revealed the possible existence of up to ... Read More »

Antarctica’s ice melt is increasing rapidly, study finds, threatening coastal communities worldwide

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Based on these calculations, the five-year average rose from about 50 billion tons per year in the early 1990s to 220 billion tons per year in 2012-2017 (with uncertainty of 67 and 43 gt/year respectively). "With continued rise of what this type of study is pointing to, which is that the rise may substantially increase by the end of the century compared to historical rates, areas like Norfolk, Charleston, Miami, a lot of the southeast United States that's very flat, low terrain, particularly ... Read More »

Professor Stephen Hawking's ashes are buried in Westminster Abbey

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After the service, Hawking's words, set to music by Greek composer Vangelis, were being beamed into space from a European Space Agency satellite dish in Spain. Internment inside Westminster Abbey is a rarely bestowed honour. The physicist's remains will be placed between those of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Read More »

Antarctic ice melting faster

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Most of the ice loss charted stems from rapid melting in West Antarctica , and especially its Pine Island and Thwaites Glaciers. "That doesn't mean we should be desperate", said University of California Irvine's Isabella Velicogna, one of 88 co-authors. Read More »

Was Albert Einstein A Racist? His Travel Diaries Suggest So

Einstein observes how "Chinese don't sit on benches while eating but squat like Europeans do when they relieve themselves out in the leafy woods". 'All this occurs quietly and demurely. He was a flawed person just like anyone else. "One has to love and admire this country", Einstein praised. "The disquieting comment that the Chinese may "supplant all other races" is also most revealing in this regard", Rosenkranz stated. Read More »

Antarctica's Ice Sheet Is Melting 3 Times Faster Than Before

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This unthinkable vision can be avoided, but the researchers say the world's climate efforts in the next 10 years will be crucial to securing the mitigated benefits of a low emissions destiny - which would see Antarctica's ice shelves remain intact, only contributing about half a metre to sea level rise by 2070. Read More »

Woman sues Nasa over ownership of moon dust vial

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Five years ago, after her parents had died, she found it while going through her parents' possessions. The alleged moon dust, which remains in the transparent glass beaker about the size of a small finger is being kept in a secure location in Kansas, according to McHugh. Read More »

20 million Saudis set to watch World Cup opening match

The United 2026 joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico has won the right to host the 2026 Fifa World Cup after Fifa's member associations met at the Fifa Congress in Moscow ahead of the kick-off of Russian Federation 2018. Read More »

Antarctica lost an unprecedented amount of ice in the last five years

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Antarctica has lost trillion tonnes of ice to global warming over the past quarter of a century, according to a new study, and that loss has been accelerating in recent years, to triple the rate that was seen prior to 2012. "If we aren't already alert to the dangers posed by climate change , this should be an enormous wake-up call", he added. "These events and the sea-level rise they've triggered are an indicator of climate change and should be of concern for the governments we trust to ... Read More »

Study finds early interstellar dust that originated the planets

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An worldwide team, led by Hope Ishii , a researcher at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa), studied the particles' chemical composition using infrared light at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source (ALS). GEMS are glassy tiny particles that are less than a hundredth of the thickness of a human hair or only tens to hundreds of nanometers in diameter. Some GEMS underwent processes that later on gave birth to the solar system, while some remained as interstellar dust. Read More »

As Massive Storm Rages on Mars, Opportunity Rover Falls Silent

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The storm quickly grew over the next few days and resulted in dust clouds that raised the atmosphere's opacity, which blocked out most of the sunlight from reaching the surface. 'This latest data transmission showed the rover's temperature to be about minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 29 degrees Celsius). The dust has blotted out the Sun in many regions, including Opportunity's current location at Perseverance Valley. Read More »

Signs of life on Mars ?

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In a recent development, it was observed that a huge dust storm on Mars was forced to stop the NASA's opportunity rover science work. As the rover team prepared the contingency plan to deal with the situation, the storm grew more intense than expected. Read More »

Dem lawmakers seek criminal corruption probe of EPA's Pruitt

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Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and serves as the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Government Operations. Some lawmakers have said Pruitt sought to use his official position to financially benefit his family. Pruitt, in a television interview Wednesday, didn't say whether he thought he had acted inappropriately. Read More »

French farmers block refineries, fuel depots over imports for biofuel plant

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The company has said that no more than 50 percent of raw material used at the facility will be imported palm oil, and that all suppliers will be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. "It is not by blocking refineries that we are going to find adequate solutions ", Travert told French RTL radio. He also said there was no risk of a shortage of gasoline from the refinery blockades, though farmers have warned they are prepared for a long strike. Read More »

Another Gulf storm? Hurricane center says there's a low chance

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According to the National Hurricane Center, it has a 10 percent chance of tropical development within the next 48 hours and a 20 percent chance of development in the next five days. The showers are associated with a tropical wave over northwestern Venezuela and a surface trough located just east of Nicaragua interacting with a large upper-level trough. Read More »

African fossils rewrite origins of life

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At the time, Africa was part of the vast continent of Gondwana, made up of what are now South America, Australia, Antarctica , India and Madagascar. Tutusius is represented by a single bone from the shoulder girdle‚ whereas Umzantsia is known from a greater number of bones‚ but they both appear similar to previously known Devonian tetrapods. Read More »

Giant Martian Dust Storm Threatens Opportunity Rover

According to NASA, the weather event the rover faced in 2007 had an opacity level around 5.5. Interestingly enough, as nature often does, the current dust storm does have one positive effect for Opportunity: it lessens the degree to which Mars' temperatures plummet in the overnight hours as the dust absorbs heat and raises the ambient temperature surrounding Opportunity. Read More »

Russian capsule with three astronauts docks with space station

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NASA broadcasted the event live on its television station, and provided updates to the docking of Expedition 56 to the space station throughout the morning. The carrier was taken off on Wednesday (June 6) and has successfully entered a designated orbit. Gerst will become the next ISS commander. He was a part of an Expedition crew of 40-41. Read More »

Planet 600 Light Years Away From Earth Discovered by Indian Scientists

Researchers at the PRL believes that the discovery of such planets will help them to study the formation of sub-Neptune or sub-Saturn like planets. It contains at least three rocky planets, the radius of which is equal to or approximately equal to the earth, and the weight is 1.4, 0.9 and 1.3 times the mass of Earth. Read More »

What has NASA actually found on Mars - and why is it important?

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NASA's six-wheeled Curiosity rover drilled into the planet in late 2014 and early 2015. These two rock samples come from the sites which are named as Confidence Hills and Mojave, and they are present at the bottom of Gale Center. This latest finding is the discovery of the first organic molecules on Mars , which - in the context of Earth - are the basis of "all life that we know", said researcher Eigenbrode. Read More »

Two new species of ancient saber-toothed predators discovered

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Protomammals formed an important part of the terrestrial ecosystems which is during the Permian Period, and it dates back to almost 229 to 252 million years ago. At the time of the catastrophic late-Permian extinction, some 252 million years ago, the top predators were tiger-sized, sabre-toothed gorgonopsians. Read More »

Pope Francis tells oil bosses world must reduce fossil fuel use

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The conference, organized by the University of Notre Dame in the United States, brought together executives from asset manager BlackRock, BP and Norwegian oil and energy company Equinor, among others. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting with Youth Eucharistic Movement at the Vatican in August 2015. "This is a challenge of epochal proportions", Francis continued. Read More »

Protesters to crowd Quebec City's old quarter

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Amnesty International, along with a human rights advocacy group in Quebec, are leading an 44-person observer mission to monitor the protests. Trump, who aides say has little interest in multilateralism, resumed his tirade against Canada early on Friday and appeared prepared to exit talks early without a consensus agreement among all seven countries. Read More »

Jupiter’s Mysterious Lightning - New Discoveries Have Been Made

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Specifically, the mission's main goal is to try and determine how much water is in the planet's atmosphere and to measure its composition, temperature, cloud patterns, and map its magnetic and gravity fields. Scientists believe Juno was able to pick up the megahertz signatures because its flyby put it closer to the lightning than any spacecraft before it. Read More »

Canadian Grand Prix: Quality issues delay Mercedes' new engine

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That means the Briton, his teammate Valtteri Bottas as well as both customer teams, Force India and Williams , will be using the same engine that has done the first six races which means it has lost peak power and is potentially getting close to the end of their cycle, meaning failures are more likely. Read More »