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Mexian astrophysicist discovers first galaxies in universe Mexian astrophysicist discovers first galaxies in universe
- August 22, 2018

The expert pointed out that the ancestral galaxies are: Segue-1, Bootes I, Tucana II and Ursa Mayor I, with more than 13 million years. Galactic formation is resumed, culminicola the formation of extremely bright galaxies like the milky Way. (more...)
Researchers say STEVE isn’t an aurora
- August 22, 2018

Now, a new study by researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada, published this week , digs further into STEVE - and comes away with new uncertainties. "Probably the most important question to answer now is: if Steve is not produced by precipitating particles (like aurora), how is the structure being created?" The light from STEVE was also showing up closer to the equator than the aurora, which can only be seen at high latitudes. (more...)
Trump says Manafort case 'does not involve me' Trump says Manafort case 'does not involve me'
- August 22, 2018

The charges against Manafort largely predate his work on President Donald Trump's successful campaign. It represented a stunning fall for Manafort, a well-known figure in Republican politics for decades. The jury found him guilty for failing to report his overseas bank holdings in just one of the four years cited. 'You don't really care about Mr. (more...)
NASA has found ice on the moon NASA has found ice on the moon
- August 22, 2018

The discovery holds tantalizing implications for efforts to return humans to the moon for the first time in half a century. The presence of water offers a potentially valuable resource not only for drinking but for producing more rocket fuel and oxygen to breathe. (more...)
Hurricane Lane, a unsafe Category 4 storm, headed toward Hawaii Hurricane Lane, a unsafe Category 4 storm, headed toward Hawaii
- August 22, 2018

A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or unsafe. This does not mean a direct hit is likely at the moment, but impacts from the storm appear more likely with most recent data. Fortunately the eruptive activity of Kilauea has "paused", with no new lava flows since August 9, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. (more...)
Steve the aurora is not as cool as astronomers thought he was
- August 22, 2018

This type of light event appears closer to the equator than a normal aurora. That's because aurorae are caused by charged particles hitting atoms and molecules in Earth's atmosphere, causing them to glow. "So right now, we know very little about it". And that's the cool thing, because this has been known by photographers for decades. 'But for the scientists, it's completely unknown'. (more...)
Significant rainfall expected today: Environment Canada Significant rainfall expected today: Environment Canada
- August 22, 2018

London, Sarnia-Lambton, Chatham-Kent-Essex, Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties were under a special weather statement Tuesday morning. Huron Perth is also under a severe thunderstorm warning. Many areas are expected to see between 20 and 40mm by this evening, however areas that see thunderstorms may get significantly more. Rainfall warnings may be issued throughout the day in some areas. (more...)
Water ice discovered on the moon's surface | Engadget Today Water ice discovered on the moon's surface | Engadget Today
- August 22, 2018

The ice lies in the shadow of craters near the poles. NASA scientists have directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon's surface for the first time. Scientists have confirmed the presence of frozen water deposits in the darkest and coldest parts of the Moon's polar regions using data from the Chandrayaan-I spacecraft, that was launched by India 10 years ago, NASA said today. (more...)
Forecast: Hurricane Lane getting closer to the islands
- August 21, 2018

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles. A turn toward the northwest is expected Wednesday into Thursday. As of Monday, the storm is about 600 miles (966 kilometers) southeast of Hilo on the Big Island, or about 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) from the state's capital city of Honolulu . (more...)
EPA proposes relaxing coal plant emissions rule EPA proposes relaxing coal plant emissions rule
- August 21, 2018

EPA acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the agency's plan will provide more clarity when it comes to regulations. The move marks the latest effort by Trump's administration to roll back the environmental legacy of his Democratic predecessor, having pulled out of the 2015 Paris climate accord aimed at slashing global fossil fuel emissions. (more...)
Turnbull Dutton Leadership Vote Turnbull Dutton Leadership Vote
- August 21, 2018

Dutton managed to secure a substantial portion of the vote without much time at all to rally his supporters, and these resignations will be putting a lot of pressure on Turnbull and the rest of the Liberal Party , who see it as vital to present the image of being a unified, stable party. (more...)
Australia’s Turnbull survives leadership vote Australia’s Turnbull survives leadership vote
- August 21, 2018

Chief government whip Nola Marino announced the close margin at the tense party room meeting which has been labelled a "humiliation" for Turnbull with a frontbench who does not support him. Turnbull defeated Dutton who was senior minister in an internal government vote that is unlikely to settle questions of his support. Mr Dutton was the only challenger for the leadership. (more...)
Hubble paints picture of evolving universe Hubble paints picture of evolving universe
- August 21, 2018

Astronomers, using the Hubble Space Telescope, have caught one of the biggest all-encompassing perspectives of star birth in the far-off universe, highlighting around 15,000 galaxies, around 12,000 of which are shaping stars. Actually, the light from distant, star-forming regions in far away galaxies was actually ultraviolet at the beginning. The Hubble Telescope, developed jointly by NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Space Telescope Science Institute , has been making space ... (more...)
Alabama fireball in the midnight sky captured by multiple cameras Alabama fireball in the midnight sky captured by multiple cameras
- August 21, 2018

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) caught the meteor on camera as it burnt up upon entering the atmosphere. "It was an extremely bright event, seen through partly cloudy skies and triggering every camera and sensor operated by the Meteoroid Environment Office in the region", Bill Cooke of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office based in Alabama, said in a statement. (more...)
Million-dollar boosts for 60 drought towns Million-dollar boosts for 60 drought towns
- August 21, 2018

The announcement comes on top of the $576 million in drought support already announced by the Turnbull Government, including $190 million in lump sum payments for farming families to pay household bills. "All measures that recognise farmers are business people are welcome". Most are managing cash flows with costs outweighing receipts, and the accelerated depreciation will be of help. (more...)
'Earliest galaxies in universe identified' 'Earliest galaxies in universe identified'
- August 20, 2018

Cosmologists believe that the very first atoms formed when the Universe was about 380,000 years old. These were hydrogen atoms . In the 100 million years that followed the creation of the first atoms - a period referred to by astronomers as the "cosmic dark ages" - the hydrogen slowly cooled and settled into vast haloes made up of dark matter . (more...)
Permafrost carbon leak could peak within a few decades Permafrost carbon leak could peak within a few decades
- August 19, 2018

New NASA-funded research has discovered that Arctic permafrost's expected gradual thawing and the associated release of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere may actually be sped up by instances of a relatively little known process called abrupt thawing. (more...)
Judge reinstates WOTUS rule in 26 states Judge reinstates WOTUS rule in 26 states
- August 19, 2018

President Donald Trump delayed implementation of the rule , which had been developed by the Obama administration, when he entered office. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the initial challenge in February on behalf of American Rivers, Clean Water Action, Defenders of Wildlife, Charleston Waterkeeper, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Coastal Conservation League, Friends of the Rappahannock, North Carolina Coastal Federation, and North Carolina Wildlife Federation. (more...)
Hurricane Lane Now Category 3, Weakening is Forecast Hurricane Lane Now Category 3, Weakening is Forecast
- August 19, 2018

The maximum sustained winds are 140 mph and hurricane-force winds can be felt 25 miles from the center of the storm, the National Hurricane Center said. The NHC intensity forecast suggests Lane's winds could increase to 125mph on Saturday. While there are still many different directions Lane could take, residents are urged to keep an eye on the storm, Hawaii News Now reported . (more...)
Beautifully preserved 99-million-year-old beetle was early pollinator Beautifully preserved 99-million-year-old beetle was early pollinator
- August 19, 2018

Indeed, a fascinating aspect about early pollinating insects is that they were paired with non-flowering plants (gymnosperms), rather than flowering plants (angiosperms). It had a large head, slightly wider ithan ts thorax, sharp claws, big antennae and giant, protruding eyes. The Early Jurassic is a geological period that spans from 201.3 to 174.1 million years ago. (more...)
Tropical Storm Ernesto is coming, get ready for some really heavy rain Tropical Storm Ernesto is coming, get ready for some really heavy rain
- August 17, 2018

The north east and Scotland will stay at around 19C. McGivern said: "It will be a fresh start as we begin Friday ". "But if we end up to the north of the jet stream we will end up with very uncertain weather". The storm was moving west at 15 miles per hour. Ernesto will be picked up by the mid-latitude westerlies as it heads towards Britain. It's valid between 8pm on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday. (more...)
China unveils Chang'e-4 rover to explore Moon's far side China unveils Chang'e-4 rover to explore Moon's far side
- August 17, 2018

China had launched a relay satellite , named Queqiao, in May to set up a communication link between the Earth and Chang'e-4 lunar probe. Chang'e-4 has been made from the backup hardware of Chang'e-3 which was the China's similar mission that launched the Yutu or "Jade Rabbit" rover along with a stationary probe to the moons near side in 2013. (more...)
SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track
- August 17, 2018

But under the current timeline, SpaceX said it would fly its first test mission without crews in November, and the first with crews in April of next year. "We take that job very seriously". In the background is the first SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket first stage ever to successfully land during an orbital mission. (more...)
'Storm Ernesto' looks set to hit Ireland this weekend 'Storm Ernesto' looks set to hit Ireland this weekend
- August 17, 2018

Northern Ireland, Scotland and western England are all expected to feel the effects of the severe weather , which could potentially be upgraded to a hurricane today. Subtropical Storm Ernesto looks set to bring wet and windy weather to parts of the United Kingdom this weekend, as it makes its way over the Atlantic. (more...)
Scientists predict unusually warm climate from 2018 to 2022 Scientists predict unusually warm climate from 2018 to 2022
- August 17, 2018

The prediction comes as a severe and prolonged heatwave sweeps the northern hemisphere. And frequency of such phenomena, as experts predict, in the future will only grow as further development of global warming to cover all large areas. He cautions that this should not be seen as a prediction that Europe will definitely have more heatwaves, the USA more forest fires, South Africa more drought or the Arctic more ice melt. (more...)