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Man displaced by Hurricane Florence accused of raping woman Man displaced by Hurricane Florence accused of raping woman
- October 04, 2018

It was more gradual. "Imagine how bad it could be over on that end". Often referred to as "gallinippers", the mosquitoes have a painful bite and take advantage of damp, low-lying areas to lay their eggs. North Carolina's governor has ordered $4 million to fund mosquito abatement; FEMA provides reimbursement for spraying. In a report published a few days ago, Michael Reiskind, an entomologist at North Carolina State University, told USA Today that there are 61 species of mosquitos in ... (more...)
Treating E-cigarettes as cigarettes could lead to misguided research: NU Treating E-cigarettes as cigarettes could lead to misguided research: NU
- October 04, 2018

Published recently by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, the report entitled "E-cigarettes" concluded that e-cigarettes should not be treated in the same way as conventional cigarettes, noting that e-cigarettes are 95-percent less harmful than conventional cigarettes. (more...)
Arnold, Smith Winter win Nobel Chemistry Prize
- October 04, 2018

The trio won for harnessing the power of evolution to produce novel proteins used in everything from environmentally friendly detergents and biofuels to cancer drugs. I smile recalling that, but up to that point she had been trying to modify enzymes (proteins that do chemistry) by thinking carefully about the effects certain changes to their amino-acid sequences ought to have. (more...)
Trudeau Backs LNG Canada Against Threat of Steel Duties Trudeau Backs LNG Canada Against Threat of Steel Duties
- October 04, 2018

Meanwhile the inability to get Alberta oil out of the country has contributed to a discount of about $41 of Canadian to the USA oil. "This decision showcases how industrial development can co-exist with environmental stewardship and Indigenous interests". (more...)
Astronauts may experience serious gut damage from deep space travel
- October 04, 2018

But the study by scientists at Georgetown University Medical Centre (GUMC) in the U.S. found bombarding mice with the radiation left them with damage to their guts. "Although there may be a way to use medicines to counter these effects, no such agent has been developed yet", Datta said. But before a deeper space mission, people must know more about the human body and the dangers that lurk in space. (more...)
Researchers may have found the first signs of an exomoon Researchers may have found the first signs of an exomoon
- October 04, 2018

Another is capture, when objects are captured and pulled into orbit around a large planet - like Neptune's moon Triton, which is believed to be a captured Kuiper Belt object. Kipping, an assistant professor in the same department, spotted evidence that an exomoon might orbit the Jupiter-sized exoplanet Kepler-1625b. First, after the planet passed by, the star's brightness dimmed a second time, though by a smaller amount, which suggested a smaller object, like a moon, was trailing the ... (more...)
Tropical Storm Rosa: Arizona Dam Could Fail and Flood Village Tropical Storm Rosa: Arizona Dam Could Fail and Flood Village
- October 04, 2018

Forecasters are warning of the possibility of more flooding in the Phoenix area and elsewhere in Arizona from runoff from remnants of a former tropical storm that dropped a record amount of rain in the city. San Diego is expected to receive around one-tenth of an inch of rain and coastal areas are expected to get over one-tenth of an inch. In Pisinemo, a little more than 20 miles from the dam, observers measured 3.4 inches of rain from Sunday to Wednesday morning. (more...)
Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for pioneering work in evolutionary science
- October 04, 2018

Editor's Note: Dr. Smith is the father of one of our recent newsroom employees, Bram Sable-Smith. "This year's prize is about harnessing the power of evolution ", the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said . The academy plans to announce both the 2018 and the 2019 victor next year - although the head of the Nobel Foundation has said the body must fix its tarnished reputation first. (more...)
World should move towards a single grid to share electricity, says Modi World should move towards a single grid to share electricity, says Modi
- October 04, 2018

An India-led coalition of nations aims to harness solar energy , which it says will eventually replace the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil cartel. Asserting that India wants to bring all United Nations members on board of ISA, he stated that the focus must be on renewable sources for meeting energy needs. (more...)
Longtime MU Professor George Smith Wins 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
- October 04, 2018

Enzymes produced through "directed evolution" in laboratory settings are used to manufacture everything from renewable fuels to pharmaceuticals. She learned she had won when she was "unceremoniously woken up" at 4 a.m.in her hotel room in Dallas. (more...)
Deep space travel may damage astronauts gut functions
- October 04, 2018

The study comes on the heels of another recent research that found that humans could suffer brain damage in deep space and even age astronauts prematurely, reports the Independent. "While animal data are hard to translate to humans, in the absence of human data, this is the next best approach we can take to assess the risk of space radiation in an in vivo scenario during long-duration space travel ", Datta said. (more...)
Astronomers discover first suspected 'exomoon' 8,000 light years away
- October 04, 2018

The exomoon is exponentially larger than our solar system's biggest moon. Astronomers may have found the first moon outside our solar system, a gas behemoth the size of Neptune . The observation period, however, ended before the moon could complete its transit. The planet appeared to make its transit earlier than expected, suggesting that the gravity of something was tugging on it. (more...)
Weird Goblin Planet Found On The Edge Of Solar System
- October 04, 2018

Follow-up observations at the Magellan telescope at Carnegie's Las Campanas Observatory in Chile and the Discovery Channel Telescope in Arizona, were obtained in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, to measure 2015 TG387's orbit. "We are only just now uncovering what the very outer solar system might look like and what might be out there", said Scott Sheppard of the research team. (more...)
Chemistry Nobel awarded for groundbreaking research on proteins Chemistry Nobel awarded for groundbreaking research on proteins
- October 03, 2018

Winter: Smith figured out how to use viruses to produce new proteins with particular properties, while Winter took that general idea and used it to focus the evolution of antibodies-proteins that are key to helping the body fight disease. "The idea of testing a large number of proteins with random mutations introduced throughout the sequence, selecting the best one and repeating the process, was a formula used in nature, but it had not been applied as a means for protein engineering", Hyster ... (more...)
Physicist Suspended For Sexist Presentation Physicist Suspended For Sexist Presentation
- October 03, 2018

He produced a series of graphs which, he claimed, showed that women were hired over men whose research was cited more by other scientists in their publications, which is an indication of higher quality. "It has therefore made a decision to remove the slides from the online repository, in line with a code of conduct that does not tolerate personal attacks and insults". (more...)
Spooky skull-looking asteroid set to whiz past Earth after Halloween Spooky skull-looking asteroid set to whiz past Earth after Halloween
- October 03, 2018

Asteroid 2015 TB145 was discovered back in 2015, and its initial appearance near Earth was truly noteworthy. If you have heard about the skull-shaped asteroid that's heading our way just in time for Halloween, you may be tempted to worry, but don't. (more...)
Quebec vote set to reshape political landscape Quebec vote set to reshape political landscape
- October 03, 2018

His response contrasted with the approach taken by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he was confronted last August by an anti-immigration heckler in Sabrevois, Que. Couillard described Guy Ouellette - a former provincial police officer who became a politician in 2007 - as loyal and popular in his riding north of Montreal. (more...)
Cambridge scientist Sir Greg Winter wins Nobel prize for chemistry Cambridge scientist Sir Greg Winter wins Nobel prize for chemistry
- October 03, 2018

The fruits of this work include the world's top-selling prescription medicine - the antibody injection Humira sold by AbbVie for treating rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. In 1993, she conducted the first directed evolution of enzymes, which are proteins that catalyse chemical reactions. Smith, a professor at the University of Missouri, won for a method known as "phage display", which uses bacteriophage - a virus that infects bacteria - to evolve new proteins. (more...)
Newly discovered 'goblin' world hints at the presence of Planet Nine Newly discovered 'goblin' world hints at the presence of Planet Nine
- October 03, 2018

Prof Trujillo, of Northern Arizona University, ran computer simulations for different hypothetical Planet X orbits that explained how 2015 TG387 would actually be shepherded by its gravity. That said, little is known about The Goblin . "We can't really say anything about its orbit". The few that we do know of behave in a curious way, though. (more...)
Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland win physics Nobel Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland win physics Nobel
- October 03, 2018

Frenchman Gerard Mourou of the Ecole Polytechnique and University of MI will share half of the NZ$1.5 million the prize carries with Ms Strickland; Mr Ashkin gets the other half. It is then passed to through a gain medium, a material that increases the amplitude of the laser waves by a million times or more, and then compressed. (more...)
North Carolina Has A Massive Mosquito Problem After Hurricane Florence North Carolina Has A Massive Mosquito Problem After Hurricane Florence
- October 03, 2018

Other lost time will be made up by faculty adding online assignments, readings and face-to-face meetings. She shared skin-crawling footage of the encounter on Facebook , where it has been viewed almost 300,00 times. Robert Phillips of Fayetteville, N.C., told the Fayetteville Observer that when he went to leave his house last week, he was swarmed by the aggressive mosquitoes, referring to it as "a bad science fiction movie". (more...)
Sep 30, 2018 10:39:pm LNG Canada Says Still No FID
- October 03, 2018

The five partners in the LNG project have agreed to a $40-billion joint venture. Getting the LNG project off the ground could be considered a win for the Trudeau government, which has struggled to get major energy projects built in Canada. (more...)
Heavy rainfall expected in Northern Utah, flash flood watch issued Heavy rainfall expected in Northern Utah, flash flood watch issued
- October 03, 2018

Southwest. A flash flood watch goes into effect Tuesday morning and will last throughout the evening for Weber and Davis counties, and the eastern portion of Box Elder County, the National Weather Service of Salt Lake City said . The Utah National Guard was activated Monday to assist in flood mitigation efforts in Utah County. His office is in communication with the National Weather Service and plans to track the precipitation in the storm with equipment on Missionary Ridge once it ... (more...)
$40-billion LNG Canada project in BC given final approval by shareholders
- October 03, 2018

Gulf Coast. "It's excellent news that we can get an announcement of a major project in Canada", he said. "LNG Canada proves today that British Columbia, the lovely province of British Columbia, and Canada can monetize our significant, low cost natural gas resources, that we can access new markets in Asia, that B.C. (more...)
The Goblin dwarf planet may lead to Planet Nine discovery The Goblin dwarf planet may lead to Planet Nine discovery
- October 03, 2018

First proposed by a group at CalTech in the USA, this alien world was theorised to explain the distorted paths seen in distant icy bodies. In order to fit in with the data they have, this alien world - popularly called Planet Nine - would need to be roughly four time the size of Earth and ten times the mass. (more...)