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Latest Blue Origin Launch Tests Space Exploration Technologies

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Wednesday's passenger was Mannequin Skywalker, an instrumented dummy in a blue flight suit that's flown before, plus science experiments. Unlike SpaceX, which thus far has largely focused on sending cargo into space as opposed to humans, Blue Origin is leading the charge on space tourism and crewed missions. Read More »

New phase in Earth’s history defined as ‘Meghalayan Age’..

Scientists have also questioned whether the changes denoted by the Greenlandian, Northgrippian and Meghalayan Ages were truly global, and therefore appropriate points to mark geologic time. "The isotopic shift reflects a 20 to 30 percent decrease in monsoon rainfall", geologist Mike Walker of the University of Wales explained to BBC News . Read More »

Blue Origin successfully tests escape system in latest New Shepard launch

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Blue Origin is testing its New Shepard rocket for the ninth time . The high-altitude emergency abort test is created to figure out what may happen when there's a problem with the launch rocket, according to Engadget . "We haven't set a price". It's also not yet known how much Blue Origin plans to charge for rides in a New Shepard capsule. It's coming, but we've got our eye on the prize, and we've got to make sure we understand our system through and through. Read More »

Google Doodle honours Georges Lemaitres Big Bang theory

Born on July 17, 1894, the man whose theory would be held up as proof of non-existence of a higher being, was quite ironically, a Catholic priest. Lemaitre then set about achieving the second half of his dream, becoming an ordained Catholic priest in 1923. Read More »

Astronomers discover 10 new moons for Jupiter

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Two of the newly discovered moons were found among these prograde moons , and take a little less than a year to go around in their orbit once. But the " oddball " moon has really excited the astronomers . Two of them are pretty straightforward. Scott Sheppard: "We believe these objects were probably captured by Jupiter a long time ago and they are grouped in their orbits". Read More »

Heat warnings issued for Edmonton, much of Alberta

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Unless you have an airconditioned home, you probably already know that the heat warning for the City of Calgary remains in place by the stifling heat you woke up to. Make sure to check on your friends, family , children and the elderly regularly during these extreme heat conditions. "Slightly cooler weather is in store beginning mid-week as an onshore flow develops". Read More »

Adidas goes green; to use only recycled plastic by 2024

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Recycled polyester is 10-20 percent more expensive than fresh material, but industry experts believe the price gap between recycled and new plastics will close as more companies shift to renewables and suppliers increase their ability to produce recycled materials in large quantities. Read More »

Blue Origin will perform a high-altitude abort test at 10AM ET

This was the third trip to space for both this New Shepherd rocket booster and the crew capsule , both created to be reusable like SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster and Dragon capsules. Eventually, up to six passengers at a time could get on board the New Shepard spaceship, which flies under autonomous control. Blue Origin has provided only vague schedules about when human flights would begin, with company officials saying recently they anticipated starting to fly humans on test flights by the end ... Read More »

Jupiter's Moon Total Hits 79

Nine of the newly discovered moons have retrograde orbits , meaning that they orbit in the opposite direction of the planet's spin. The team is calling one of the new moons an " oddball " because of its unusual orbit. Jupiter's moons range in size from shrimpy satellites to whopping space hulks. The team at the Carnegie Institution think that the oddball moon - potentially to be named Valetudo, after the Roman god Jupiter's great-granddaughter - may represent the leftovers of a former ... Read More »

The Hunt for 'Planet Nine' Discovers 12 New Moons Around Jupiter

Bringing the now known total to 79. Already, he and his team have discovered evidence of a potential planet beyond Pluto called Planet Nine. That's Scott Sheppard . Depending on what survives from any such collision, Jupiter may then have even more moons. "This is an unstable situation", continued Sheppard. "Head-on collisions would quickly break apart and grind the objects down to dust". Read More »

Eight rhinos die in Kenya after relocation

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The Kenya Wildlife Service had originally planned to translocate 14 black rhinos from two of Kenya's national parks: Nairobi and Lake Nakuru. A preliminary report said the animals contracted salt poisoning when they tried to adapt to water with saline levels higher than the water to which they were accustomed, Kenyan wildlife minister Najib Balala said. Read More »

NASA Spots 'Spiders' Emerging From The Landscape On Mars

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The probe development and launch would cost the USA space agency about $2.2 billion, making it cheaper than the ongoing Mars Curiosity Rover, for example. NASA has posted an incredible image of Mars spiders . This seasonal process doesn't happen on earth, but NASA likened the phenomenon to the properties of dry ice on our planet. Read More »

Sutherland site is United Kingdom spaceport frontrunner

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UK Business Minister Greg Clark said the new site at Sutherland on the northerly-most tip of mainland Scotland would provide facilities for vertically-launched space rockets and satellites to take off into orbit. Low cost access to space is important for the UK's thriving space sector, which builds more small satellites than any other country. A detailed plan to support such launches from the spaceport, including licensing of the airport as a spaceport, will be developed after the agreement ... Read More »

Scientists trace back elusive neutrino to distant black hole

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The observation campaign, in which research scientists from Germany played a key role, is a decisive step towards solving a riddle that has been puzzling scientists for over 100 years, namely that of the precise origins of so-called cosmic rays , high-energy subatomic particles that are constantly bombarding Earth's atmosphere. Read More »

Starbucks Vows To Ditch Plastic Straws by 2020

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Chains and coffee shops all around already offer you discounts if you bring your own cup, eliminating the use of a plastic one, and companies like Simply Straws sell reusable metal, hard plastic and glass straws, which allows individuals to help the environment, but now hopefully more major companies will choose to respond. Read More »

Pakistan to experience its second solar eclipse of the year

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It'll be visible from the south-eastern coast of Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand's Stewart Island and the northern coast of Antarctica. · Food eaten during an eclipse is not good for health as food does not get digested. There are many beliefs and myths associated with this date across the world. For which this eclipse will hardly be visible to people all over the world. Read More »

Astronomers have discovered a rare double asteroid

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The near-Earth asteroid, 2017 YE5 , was first spotted with observations provided by the Morocco Oukaimeden Sky Survey on December 21, 2017, but no details about the asteroid " s physical properties were known until the end of June this year. Read More »

Greenland village watches looming iceberg, weather forecast

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People who live close to the 11-million-ton berg were evacuated to higher ground in the remote village of Innaarsuit on Friday. "And there are cracks and holes that make us fear it can calve anytime". That's what researchers are comparing the 11-million-ton iceberg now looming over a tiny village in Greenland to. Innaarsuit is located about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) north of Nuuk, Greenland's capital and largest city. Read More »

Astronomers trace cosmic ray neutrino back to remote blazar

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HIGH-ENERGY NEUTRINOS . By identifying the source of a high-energy neutrino , these researchers may be ushering in an entirely new era in astronomy. Because neutrinos aren't affected by magnetic fields of objects, their path through space is more or less perfectly straight. Read More »

Solar Eclipse 2018, 5 ancient myths about the phenomenon

For the record, the total lunar eclipse that occurred on January 31, 2018, lasted for almost 1 hour and 16 minutes. The said eclipse happened around 7.18 am to 9.43 am (IST) and was visible in different regions of the world. This week's eclipse will be a partial one - when the Moon slips past, only partially obscuring the Sun. Most of the people these days do not follow these practises. Read More »

NASA needs backup plan as United States crew launches slip

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A House report accompanying H.R. 5393 included a provision for GAO to review the progress of NASA's human exploration programs. "Additional delays could also disrupt USA access to the ISS". GAO is making five recommendations, including that NASA develop a contingency plan for ensuring a USA presence on the ISS and clarify how it will determine its risk tolerance for loss of crew. Read More »

Zoo in New Orleans closed after jaguar escapes, kills six animals

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The zoo, originated from a bird habitat built in 1916, is a "58-acre jewel ranking among the nation's best zoos", according to the Audubon Nature Institute , which oversees the zoo and other properties. Authorities say the zoo was closed to the public at the time of the escape and no humans were injured. They're under the care of the zoo's vet team but are expected to be okay. Read More »

Ireland Expected To Become World's First Country To Divest From Fossil Fuels

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All investments in coal, oil, gas and peat, part of the country's €8 billion euros (approximately US$9.3 billion dollars) will have to be sold off " as soon as is practicable ", which is expected to take place over a five-year period. The bill defines a fossil fuel company as a company that derives 20% or more of its revenue from exploration, extraction or refinement of fossil fuels. Read More »

Sea Shepherd Says Endangered Blue Whale Killed in Iceland

However, Iceland doesn't follow the global moratorium on killing all whales, and will give permits for hunting fin whales, which they do not believe are threatened. "I am absolutely confident that it's a hybrid", said Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Hvalur hf, the company that owns the vessel. The government has promised an investigation and DNA test to determine what this animal is, but campaigners are, in fact, hoping that the damage has already been done. Read More »

Israel gets set to land spacecraft on the moon

The project employs private Israeli company SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries of the state. The probe, presented in the Israeli city of Yehud, will land on the lunar surface after a long journey during which it will orbit for about two months around the Earth. Read More »

Eradicate rats to bolster coral reefs

The rat-free islands were found to have more seabirds , whose waste supplies the soil with abundant nitrogen. The researchers tested for heavy nitrogen isotopes on 12 islands, half of which had no rats and the other half was rat infested, and in nearby coral reefs. Read More »

Seven rhinos die after move to new park in Kenya

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The three remaining rhinos are being monitored and given fresh water in pans, the ministry said. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) transported critically endangered animals from Nairobi to Tsavo East National Park in the country's southeast last month, to boost the population of the beasts there, it said. Read More »

Historic towers at Cape Canaveral launch pad demolished

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An Air Force commander initiated the detonations - which brought down the mobile gantries and towers at launch complex 17. It toppled over shortly after 7 a.m. Cape Canaveral has always been a cherished place for the U.S. space program, having hosted some of the most important space missions stretching back decades. Read More »

'First blue whale' caught in 50 years

Icelandic fishing magnate Kristjan Loftsson views the whale, believed to be a blue whale. Photos of the massive mammal, which can grow to 33 metres long, were posted online by conservation groups claiming it was slain by Kristján Loftsson's whaling company, the Daily Mail reports . Read More »

Israel to launch moon mission from Florida in December

Approximately $88 million has been invested in the spacecraft's development and construction, mostly from private donors, project team members said . "We will all remember where we were when Israel landed on the moon", Morris Kahn, one of the project's leaders, said announcing the mission. SpaceIL plans to have Israel be the fourth country in the world to launch their spacecraft to the moon. Read More »