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Cargo ship launch clears crewed mission to space station Cargo ship launch clears crewed mission to space station
- November 21, 2018

The successful Soyuz-FG launch cleared the way for the liftoff December 3 of the next station crew, led by veteran Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko with Canadian flight engineer David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain, both spaceflight rookies. (more...)
Virtual reality simulation lets you explore the supermassive black hole Virtual reality simulation lets you explore the supermassive black hole
- November 21, 2018

In the video below, you can see how Milky Way's supermassive black hole looks like in virtual reality. Researchers from Radboud University in The Netherlands teamed up with scientists at Germany's Goethe University to produce an incredible VR simulation using data models, turning past observations and readings of the black hole into a visualization that puts you right next to it. (more...)
NASA announces landing site for 2020 rover NASA announces landing site for 2020 rover
- November 21, 2018

Knowing more about the ability for life to exist on Mars in the distant past could inform us about how life evolved on Earth. The mission: The rover, set to launch in July 2020, will look for signs of ancient habitable conditions and past microbial life, collecting rock and soil samples for storage on Mars's surface. (more...)
Dead sperm whale found in Indonesia had ingested '6kg of plastic' Dead sperm whale found in Indonesia had ingested '6kg of plastic'
- November 20, 2018

It was discovered after reports that locals had gathered around the carcass to butcher it for meat, according to the park's chief, Heri Santoso. Mr Santoso said the mammal was male and the 13 pounds of trash in its stomach were identified as 115 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, two flip-flops, a nylon sack and more than 1,000 other plastic pieces. (more...)
Scientists figure out why Australian wombats have cubic droppings
- November 20, 2018

Scientists have finally worked out why wombats produce cube-shaped faeces (pictured). Wombats are the are the only known species capable of producing cubes organically. "I didn't really believe it", Yang says . The team began its investigation with the carcasses of wombats that had been euthanised after auto collisions in Tasmania, Australia. (more...)
Donald Trump leaves Finnish leader puzzled with claim forests are raked Donald Trump leaves Finnish leader puzzled with claim forests are raked
- November 19, 2018

The president then recounted an alleged conversation with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in which he was told about the benefits of raking . "He called [Finland] a forest nation and they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don't have any problem", Trump said . (more...)
Space station gets 2 cargo deliveries in record 15 hours Space station gets 2 cargo deliveries in record 15 hours
- November 19, 2018

An unmanned Cygnus cargo ship blasted off Saturday toward the International Space Station, marking the second supply mission in 24 hours destined to carry food and supplies to the astronauts living in space. "To me, it's been a huge success". He died in January . The launch vehicle Antares and the cargo ship Cygnus are owned by Northrop Grumman, which absorbed Orbital ATK a year ago. (more...)
Climate Change Protesters Block off 5 London Bridges Climate Change Protesters Block off 5 London Bridges
- November 19, 2018

Organizers said more than 6,000 people had been involved. Gail Bradbrook, an organiser of Saturday's sit-down protests, warned "we could easily be facing starvation in the United Kingdom if the weather effect continues as it is". Hundreds have gathered in central London to demand the government takes greater action on climate change. "We'll know when governments are doing different things, it could feel like a war, a attractive war". (more...)
Trump says he'll name EPA's acting chief to post permanently Trump says he'll name EPA's acting chief to post permanently
- November 19, 2018

Wheeler has had a relatively quiet year since taking over at EPA compared to the controversial tenure of his predecessor, but has continued to pursue the administration's agenda of reducing environmental regulations that he says were too burdensome on businesses under the Obama administration. (more...)
Massive meteor crater discovered under Greenland ice sheet Massive meteor crater discovered under Greenland ice sheet
- November 18, 2018

The diameter of the crater was approximately 31 km with a depth of about 330 m. the Crater occupies the 25th place in the list of largest meteor craters on Earth. Those signs came from data produced with ice-penetrating radar from NASA's Operation IceBridge , as well as earlier NASA airborne missions in Greenland. (more...)
Scientists discover extremely cold new planet 'Super-Earth' Scientists discover extremely cold new planet 'Super-Earth'
- November 18, 2018

Flashback: The exoplanet is the second closest known exoplanet to Earth, CNN reports . However, for years, the search has come up empty. The researchers were looking for the smallest change in the radiation spectrum of stars that could indicate the fluctuations in its trajectory caused by the influence of gravity of large rocky planet. (more...)
UK supermarket's viral orangutan ad slammed by oil giant UK supermarket's viral orangutan ad slammed by oil giant
- November 18, 2018

Malaysia is also increasingly subscribing to production and supply of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) and has voluntarily adopted internationally accredited sustainability standards. The participants are expected to be able to give the right information about the palm oil industry in Indonesia. As the RSPO meets to renew its sustainability commitments, one major challenge facing the sector is that less than 20 percent of the world's palm oil is now certified as sustainable. (more...)
New Study Reveals More About Mysterious ‘Oumuamua Interstellar Asteroid New Study Reveals More About Mysterious ‘Oumuamua Interstellar Asteroid
- November 18, 2018

The results are reported in a new study published today in the Astronomical Journal and co-authored by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. For example, 'Oumuamua's "spherical diameter" - how big it would be if it were a spherical object, which it nearly certainly is not - is likely between 320 feet and 1,440 feet (100 to 440 meters), the researchers determined. (more...)
Russian Federation launches cargo ship from Kazakhstan to ISS Russian Federation launches cargo ship from Kazakhstan to ISS
- November 18, 2018

The launch of the cargo ship follows a failed attempt on October 11th using the same type of rocket. The Soyuz-FG space launch vehicle carrying the Progress MS-10 cargo ship blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome , Kazakhstan on November 17, 2018 (local time). (more...)
Google Doodle marks 44 years since scientists sent Arecibo Message
- November 18, 2018

Google is celebrating this achievement with a Google Doodle . It is known as " Arecibo Message" because scientists created and sent the message from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico . The message was written by Astronomer and astrophysicist Frank Drake from Cornell University with the help from American astronomer Carl Sagan and others. (more...)
Look Up! The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend Look Up! The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend
- November 17, 2018

The Leonid meteor shower has been known to very rarely blow up into a meteor storm, when the number of shooting stars that can be seen skyrockets from one or two dozen per hour to as many as thousands per hour. Leonid meteors appear to radiate from a point in the constellation Leo the Lion (hence the shower's name). The sighting of the fireball, which some said also produced a yellowish-orange glare, was seen across all parts of Texas, from Houston and San Antonio to Dallas. (more...)
Ambitious climate change target proposed for Manchester Ambitious climate change target proposed for Manchester
- November 17, 2018

The Government needs to prepare the countryside for climate change , according to a new report out today (15 November ). Climate change impacts are already altering the land's use, while the services provided by the natural environment are being degraded. (more...)
ESA's Gaia spots a 'ghost' galaxy next to Milky Way ESA's Gaia spots a 'ghost' galaxy next to Milky Way
- November 17, 2018

Because things with mass are what glue galaxies together - thanks, gravity! - dark matter is probably what's holding most of the stuff in the universe together. Using the Anglo-Australian Telescope, the team was able to measure the spectra of about 100 red giant stars. "What remains unexplained, however, is the object's giant size". (more...)
NASA Wallops Rocket Launch Rescheduled for Friday NASA Wallops Rocket Launch Rescheduled for Friday
- November 16, 2018

That same dismal weather forecast led mission managers to push the launch back another day. Yet another involves the sustainable fabrication and fix of plastic materials on lengthy space missions.The launch window opens at 4:23 a.m. It has a payload of around 75-hundred pounds including science experiments and supplies for the space station. After the Soyuz rocket failed on October 11 just minutes after blast-off - the first such incident in the history of post-Soviet space travel - Russian ... (more...)
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Ready To Liftoff From NASA's Kennedy Space Center SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Ready To Liftoff From NASA's Kennedy Space Center
- November 16, 2018

The first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands on the deck of the droneship " Of Course I Still Love You " after launching the Es'hail-2 satellite on November 15, 2018. Es'hail-2 also carries two amateur-radio transponders that will facilitate conventional analog ham radio as well as experimental digital communications, including amateur television. (more...)
Scientists confirm massive impact crater beneath Greenland’s ice Scientists confirm massive impact crater beneath Greenland’s ice
- November 15, 2018

Scientists think they've found one of the world's biggest impact craters, but confirmation is tricky given its location-under a glacier in Greenland. It's unclear exactly how old the crater is. "We immediately knew this was something special, but at the same time it became clear that it would be hard to confirm the origin of the depression", said Professor Kjær. (more...)
US Could Become Single Largest Oil, Gas Producer: IEANaija247news US Could Become Single Largest Oil, Gas Producer: IEANaija247news
- November 15, 2018

This means fears of a glut in gas supplies are unfounded, the agency said in a note. At a time when geopolitical factors were exerting new and complex influences on energy markets, underscoring the critical importance of energy security, the World Energy Outlook's scenario-based analysis outlines different possible futures for the energy system across all fuels and technologies. (more...)
China creates 'artificial sun' to burn at 100,000,000 degrees China creates 'artificial sun' to burn at 100,000,000 degrees
- November 15, 2018

Every nuclear reactor now operating on Earth is a fission reactor - using energy released when heavy atoms such as uranium decay into smaller atoms, a process similar to the one used in the first nuclear weapons. Designed, constructed, and assembled mainly by Chinese scientists, the EAST project was approved by China's National Development and Reform Commission in 1998 to conduct fundamental physics and engineering research on advanced tokamak fusion reactors. (more...)
'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest star 'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest star
- November 15, 2018

Graphic representation of the relative distances to the nearest stars from the Sun. An artist's rendition of Barnard's star b with the star in the background. One of those stars, Proxima Centauri, is orbited by a small planet, but the star's tendency to spew flares of deadly radiation means its planet is unlikely to be habitable. (more...)
Meteor Shower November 2018: Leonid Meteor Shower Tonight Meteor Shower November 2018: Leonid Meteor Shower Tonight
- November 14, 2018

According to The American Meteor Society, this year's rate would be of 15 meteors per hour, and the moon that's going to stay full and bright for about six days is also going to be present at all times. "In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors", the space agency writes . Meteors could fall to earth at the speed of 71 kilometres per second. (more...)