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The Aftermath of Hurricane Florence The Aftermath of Hurricane Florence
- September 23, 2018

More lagoons were at risk of overflowing in the days ahead, state data showed , including 30 that are filled to the brim with waste and water, and another 25 with zero to three inches of space to spare. South Carolina's governor plans to meet with top Department of Defense leaders to discuss the state's response to Florence. Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC are expected to fly on Air Force One with Trump. (more...)
Fiction or reality? Thousands of spider webs cover this Greek town Fiction or reality? Thousands of spider webs cover this Greek town
- September 23, 2018

But for residents of a town in Greece, it's a spooky reality. Like a scene out of a horror movie, the town of Aitoliko in western Greece was covered in 1,000-foot-long spiderwebs. Tetragnatha spiders are often mating in the summer and early autumn months. This phenomenon happens when the weather is warmer and there are abundant food and humidity - the ideal conditions for eating and mating. (more...)
Spiders Cover Shores Of Greek Town With 1,000-Foot Web
- September 23, 2018

The BBC reported that the spiderwebs are about 1,000 feet in length. "It's natural for this area to have insects, no one is especially anxious", Giannakopoulos told CNN . Although the event takes place every three to five years , an increase in the mosquito population - a staple in the spiders' diets - combined with this summer's hot and humid conditions are believed to have contributed to the extraordinary size of the 2018 webs. (more...)
Depression & Storm Currently In Atlantic Area
- September 23, 2018

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts. The National Hurricane Center said it is now monitoring two other areas of disturbed weather in the Atlantic. It is moving west at 14 miles per hour. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Kirk is continuing to move west across the eastern Atlantic but does not now pose any threat to land. (more...)
New NASA orbital telescope discovers two planets New NASA orbital telescope discovers two planets
- September 23, 2018

Can you spot the bits of a dozen constellations, a pair of dwarf galaxies, and a grouping of hundreds of thousands of stars known as a globular cluster? TESS will scan a much larger region of the sky than Kepler did - and one that is closer to Earth. (more...)
Octopuses on ecstasy drug 'become more social' Octopuses on ecstasy drug 'become more social'
- September 23, 2018

In humans and other vertebrates, ecstasy tends produce pro-social behavior , and the study authors conducted an experiment to see whether octopuses are also susceptible to the same effects given the discovery in regard to their genomic code. (more...)
New 'Robotic Skins' Can Assist Astronauts in Mars Exploration New 'Robotic Skins' Can Assist Astronauts in Mars Exploration
- September 23, 2018

Dr Kramer-Bottiglio said . Researchers from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, developed robotic skins to let users design more adaptable robotic systems, according to a statement . This means that we can use them in settings that we had never considered when we designed them, said Prof. In the future, Kramer-Bottiglio hopes that the skins will be able to learn by themselves using data from the sensors. (more...)
Tornadoes in North Carolina as death toll rises to 20 Tornadoes in North Carolina as death toll rises to 20
- September 22, 2018

Desperate for gas to run a generator at home, Nick Monroe waited in a half-mile-long (more than.8-kilometer) line at a Speedway station even though the pumps were wrapped in plastic. He spent more than $500 on cereal, eggs, soft drinks and other necessities, plus beer. Nearby, a Waffle House restaurant limited breakfast customers to one biscuit and one drink, all takeout, with the price of $2 per item. (more...)
Environment Canada issues severe thunderstorm watch for Toronto Environment Canada issues severe thunderstorm watch for Toronto
- September 22, 2018

Locations impacted include Markstay, Beaverstone Bay, Burwash, McVitties, Wanup, Porlock, Estaire, Paget, Hartley Bay, Key Junction, Rutter, Jamot, Crerar, St. Now, Environment Canada , the government meteorological agency, has issued an official "tornado watch" for the Gatineau area of Quebec. For more information: http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/beprepared.html. (more...)
Scenes of destruction after tornado tears through Ottawa and parts of Quebec Scenes of destruction after tornado tears through Ottawa and parts of Quebec
- September 22, 2018

Meanwhile, electricity company HydroQuebec reported over 130,000 customers were without power in the Ottawa area on Friday evening. Ottawa typically receives about 1,000 megawatts of power this time of year, Conrad said, but lost 400 megawatts as the result of the tornado's disruptions to the transmission supply. (more...)
Huge 1000ft spider web appears overnight on a beach in Greece Huge 1000ft spider web appears overnight on a beach in Greece
- September 22, 2018

They are sometimes referred to as stretch spiders due to their "stretched" appearance. A Greek beach has been turned into an arachnophobe's worst nightmare, as hoards of spiders weave thousands of cobwebs all along the shoreline. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", Chatzaki told the Greek news site , according to a translation from the BBC. She noted that the phenomena had been seen before in the region in 2003, and that the spiders would soon die off, ... (more...)
SpaceX Will Take Tourists To Moon On It’s Falcon Heavy Rocket SpaceX Will Take Tourists To Moon On It’s Falcon Heavy Rocket
- September 22, 2018

He said he would invite six to eight artists to join him for the mission in lunar orbit. But I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself. The New York Times reported that seven people have paid to go to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz rocket. The flight is expected to happen in 2023, and it will be making use of the Big Falcon Rocket from SpaceX , which is all set to commercialize space travel and improve options for public access. (more...)
Study Shows Octopuses Given Ecstasy Get All Cuddly
- September 22, 2018

Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology on September 20 have made the surprising discovery that a species of octopus considered to be primarily solitary and asocial responds to MDMA in a similar manner: by becoming much more interested than usual in engaging with one other. (more...)
Real-life 'Planet Vulcan' found 16 light-years away from Earth
- September 22, 2018

The real-life planet Vulcan, once home to " Star Trek's " Spock (made famous by Leonard Nimoy), has been found, thanks to scientists who've discovered an exoplanet just 16 light-years from Earth . Mickey Singer, who recognized the importance of this project and has continuously provided support to make this and future discoveries possible". Scientists discovered the planet using the 50-inch Dharma Endowment Foundation Telescope (DEFT) located atop Mt. (more...)
300-metre long Spider-web covers beach in Western Greece
- September 22, 2018

Giannis Giannakopoulos posted this video of the spider web to YouTube. The total length of the web is at least 300 meters, and, covered with cobwebs not only the beach but also trees with bushes. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation". Tetragnatha extensa are a species in the Tetragnatha genus believed responsible for this nightmare. (more...)
Spider Webs Cover Entire Greek Lagoon Spider Webs Cover Entire Greek Lagoon
- September 22, 2018

In short, a giant spider-web of 300 meters long and made by Tetagnatha spiders covers an entire shoreline in Aitoliko, Greece , but unfortunately, the magnificent creation won't last long because, as soon as the spiders mate and lay eggs, they will die. (more...)
Florence Unleashing a Flood of Pig Poop on North Carolina Florence Unleashing a Flood of Pig Poop on North Carolina
- September 22, 2018

Department of Agriculture has said. Cooper warned that flooding from Hurricane Florence will continue into next week and will continue to put lives at risk. Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins said the pickup ran off state Highway 57, crashed and ended up in the water. That figure is less than 2,000 in SC. (more...)
Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data
- September 22, 2018

Hayabusa approached as close as 180 feet to the asteroid to lower the rovers, waited for a minute and then returned to its waiting position 12 miles above the surface. MINERVA-II-1 is just the first surface sortie for Hayabusa 2 . Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, confirmed the release of the two landers, MINERVA-II1A and MINERVA-II1B, on Twitter. (more...)
Tornado Leaves One Dead in Richmond Tornado Leaves One Dead in Richmond
- September 22, 2018

Lt. Jason Elmore, with the Chesterfield Fire Department, said, "All of the other employees were accounted for here and we did transport one other individual with a minor injury". The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) considers Monday's storms part of Florence , which flooded several cities throughout North Carolina over the weekend. (more...)
Spiders Take Over Greek Beach, With Vast Web Spanning 1,000 Feet
- September 22, 2018

Those who happen to find themselves wondering along the shores of Aitoliko and western Greece this September are set to witness an eerie spectacle. See the massive spider webs in the video player above . "This phenomenon has arisen from a population explosion of this spider". "There are huge numbers of male and female spiders mating [underneath the webs]", Chatzaki said. (more...)
SpaceX unveils world's first tourist to fly around Moon SpaceX unveils world's first tourist to fly around Moon
- September 22, 2018

Musk says he's aiming for Maezawa's moonshot to take place in 2023. SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk outlined a somewhat different mission a year ago. The 106 metre (347 feet) long ship was first announced a year ago, and Musk said the ship will contain up to 40 cabins which will have enough space for 100 people. (more...)
The Cost of Space Force The Cost of Space Force
- September 22, 2018

In June, Trump directed the Pentagon to create a "separate but equal" space force. The Air Force's estimate is contained in a September 14 memo from Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who proposed that the Pentagon ask Congress for the authority and money to establish a Space Force headquarters in 2020. (more...)
DNA testing could help identify who is killing Africa's elephants DNA testing could help identify who is killing Africa's elephants
- September 21, 2018

The information they have gathered is already being used to solidify cases against smuggling kingpins, a Homeland Security official said. Lead and corresponding author, Samuel Wasser, who is the director of the UW Center for Conservation Biology and a professor of biology, said: "Now, we've shown that the number and location of the major networks smuggling these large shipments of ivory out of Africa are also relatively few". (more...)
Nissan reaches for the stars with Navara Dark Sky Concept Nissan reaches for the stars with Navara Dark Sky Concept
- September 21, 2018

To help the truck perform better off-road, the Navara concept is fitted with an upgraded Nissan ProPilot Assist system. As an example, ESA is mapping the stars with unprecedented precision using the Gaia satellite, which has already plotted more than a billion stars. (more...)
World's oldest known animal identified after decades-long mystery World's oldest known animal identified after decades-long mystery
- September 21, 2018

Scientists have typically studied the creatures by physically analyzing their ancient imprints. From this impression, or biofilm, researchers were able to identify molecules of cholesterol , a fat that is recognized as "a hallmark" of animals, the scientists reported in a new study. (more...)