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United Nations climate report details environmental disasters by 2040 United Nations climate report details environmental disasters by 2040
- October 21, 2018

U.S President, Donald Trump , does not believe global warming is a big problem, or even a problem at all. Is man-made climate change for real? The report noted that the temperature change is expected to have widespread and significant negative consequences for human health, disproportionately affecting the poor and disadvantaged. (more...)
First proof of quantum computer advantage - Physorg First proof of quantum computer advantage - Physorg
- October 21, 2018

The advantages of these quantum computers have not been totally proved but the evidence point in the right way. TechCrunch reported that Science today published a paper (" Quantum advantage with shallow circuits ") by Sergey Bravyi of IBM Research, David Gosset of the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing and Robert König of the Institute for Advanced Study and Zentrum Mathematik, Technische Universität München. (more...)
Bundle up and look up! Orionid meteor shower this weekend Bundle up and look up! Orionid meteor shower this weekend
- October 21, 2018

The Orionids make an appearance every year between October 2nd and November 7th. The peak occurs when the Earth passes through a debris stream left by the Comet Halley as we intersect it's orbit each year at this time. You can check timeanddate.com to see when the shower peaks in your area. Whether you'll be able to see them across the whole of the Netherlands is uncertain. (more...)
Council's plans for plastic waste hit the front page - (slightly inaccurately) Council's plans for plastic waste hit the front page - (slightly inaccurately)
- October 20, 2018

The allegations include claims that exporters are falsely claiming for tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic waste that might not exist and that United Kingdom plastic waste is not being recycled and is being left to leak into rivers and oceans. (more...)
Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury
- October 20, 2018

But the lion's share of the needed energy will come from planetary flybys, using the gravity of Earth, Venus and Mercury to help shape the trajectory and put the brakes on, slowing the BepiColombo spacecraft enough to achieve orbit around Mercury. (more...)
Europe, Japan ready spacecraft for 7-year journey to Mercury
- October 20, 2018

The first planet will soon receive its third visitor from Earth. The European Space Agency says the 1.3 billion-euro ($1.5 billion) mission is one of the most challenging in its history. Mercury is an odd terrestrial planet in many ways. After arriving at Mercury, the modules will separate and from their respective orbits the science orbiters will make complementary measurements of Mercury's interior, surface, exosphere and magnetosphere, following up on numerous open questions raised by ... (more...)
Here's NOAA's 2018-2019 winter weather forecast Here's NOAA's 2018-2019 winter weather forecast
- October 20, 2018

The NOAA prediction has contradicted the Farmer's Almanac prediction, which said the winter will be harsh this season. Elsewhere in the country, the Pacific Northwest has a much greater likelihood of warmer temperatures this winter. The NOAA's Climate Prediction Center posts its three-month outlook once a month. The next update will be available on November 15. If the snowfall earlier this week reminded you how much you don't like the winter cold, you may be in luck. (more...)
Astronomers find remotest titanic cosmic structure in early Universe Astronomers find remotest titanic cosmic structure in early Universe
- October 20, 2018

And because the instrument can take the spectra of hundreds of distant galaxies at the same time, it is ideally placed to show how they formed, grew and evolved over the history of the Universe. The scientists named this "proto-supercluster" Hyperion after a titan from Greek mythology. Scientist INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica) in Bologna managed to open the large object in the early Universe. (more...)
Atlas V carries USAF communications satellite into orbit Atlas V carries USAF communications satellite into orbit
- October 19, 2018

On board the rocket was the AEHF-4 satellite. "This fourth satellite will complete a worldwide ring of AEHF satellites to deliver global extended data rate (XDR) coverage for the U.S. All AEHF satellites are assembled at the company's Sunnyvale, Calif. facility. Created to replace the US military's Milstar system, a constellation of military satellites operated by the US Air Force, AEHF-4 is preceded by three satellites and will be joined an additional two to complete the project. (more...)
There's no God: Stephen Hawking in his last book There's no God: Stephen Hawking in his last book
- October 19, 2018

Among Hawking's other important assertions and findings, sequences concerning extraterrestrial life and artificial intelligence will interest readers. In the final chapter of his book, the renowned scientist offered one last bit of advice in answering the question " How do we shape the future? ". Hawking also suggests that "within the next hundred years we will be able to travel to anywhere in the Solar System". (more...)
Startup plans to launch small satellites from Virginia coast | AP business Startup plans to launch small satellites from Virginia coast | AP business
- October 19, 2018

The first mission could fly as early as next year. The spaceport is located at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility where unmanned cargo missions already launch to the International Space Station. "Having proven the Electron vehicle with a successful orbital launch this year, we're thrilled to expand on our ability to provide rapid, reliable, and affordable access to orbit for small satellites", said Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck in a statement. (more...)
An Antarctic ice shelf is ‘singing’ and it’s creepy An Antarctic ice shelf is ‘singing’ and it’s creepy
- October 19, 2018

The team of researchers published a letter that details how they found out that ice shelves on the southern continent are producing low-frequency waves. "Basically, what we have on our hands is a tool to monitor the environment, really. And its impact on the ice shelf". Melting of the snow is considered one of the most important factors in the destabilization of an ice shelf, which can accelerate the process of the shelf slipping into the ocean. (more...)
Look up: Meteor shower to light up Seattle's unusually cloudless night skies Look up: Meteor shower to light up Seattle's unusually cloudless night skies
- October 19, 2018

The Orionid meteor shower is set to peak from October 21-22, but the moon could get in the way. The Orionid meteor shower will be visible without needing any special equipment. NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space .com that the moon may wash some meteors out, but about 15-20 should be visible per hour. This week's clear skies are providing a rare opportunity for early-morning views of the Orionid meteor shower , one of the brightest and most lovely of the year. (more...)
Scientists have predicted the Earth is a global extinction Scientists have predicted the Earth is a global extinction
- October 19, 2018

Five vital turbulences over the past 450 million years have been responsible for extinction of majority of Earth's plants and animal species because of environmental change. On the other hand, there are only two species of elephants . The losses are already affecting ecosystems, he said, particularly the vanishing of "megafauna". (more...)
NOAA predicting mild winter in New England
- October 19, 2018

During the winter, typical El Nino conditions in the US can include wetter-than-average precipitation in the South and drier conditions in parts of the North. Eastern Kentucky also has equal chances for above or below average precipitation. -Clearly this outlook doesn't provide any insane information for the Ohio River Valley / Kentuckiana. (more...)
NASA's Chandra Observatory back in action NASA's Chandra Observatory back in action
- October 18, 2018

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory went into Safe Mode on October 10. The team has completed plans to switch gyroscopes and place the gyroscope that experienced the glitch in reserve. The cause of the safe mode transition (possibly involving a gyroscope) is under investigation, and we will post more information when it becomes available. (more...)
China To Launch Man-Made Moon To Replace Street Lights China To Launch Man-Made Moon To Replace Street Lights
- October 18, 2018

The likelihood that the moon will ever rise in the skies above Chengdu has already been dismissed by some skeptics - but the Chinese are not the first to come up with the ambitious idea. The Znamya experiment was to "test the feasibility of illuminating points on Earth with light equivalent to that of several full moons", The New York Times said. (more...)
Your future depends on science, Stephen Hawking warns from beyond the grave Your future depends on science, Stephen Hawking warns from beyond the grave
- October 16, 2018

Acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking's last message to the universe is a plea for unity in the "isolated and insular" age of Brexit and Trump, and his fear that a "global revolt against experts" might get in the way of finding the next Einstein to solve our biggest problems. (more...)
Wildlife officer shot family of baboons to impress his wife Wildlife officer shot family of baboons to impress his wife
- October 16, 2018

Blake Fischer and his wife shot dead 14 animals while they were on safari in Africa. That included a giraffe, leopard, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, gemsbok (oryx) and eland. "I don't know how you can say anything good about a photo of a guy smiling with a stack of dead baboons with a baby in front", Carlson told the Statesman. (more...)
Last Year Total Solar Eclipse make Bees go to Silent Mode Last Year Total Solar Eclipse make Bees go to Silent Mode
- October 14, 2018

According to Candace Galen, who is Ph.D., Professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri as well as the lead researcher in this study said that they have anticipated that the activity of the bees will drop when the light gets dimmed during the eclipse. (more...)
Air pollution linked to higher mouth cancer risk Air pollution linked to higher mouth cancer risk
- October 14, 2018

Living in an area with high levels of air pollutants may be linked to a heightened risk of developing mouth cancer, new research suggests . For the study , the team looked at national air quality, cancer, health and insurance databases. (more...)
Princes William and Harry officially open 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference Princes William and Harry officially open 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference
- October 14, 2018

This Wildlife Financial Taskforce will initially comprise of representatives from 30 global banks and financial organisations such as Standard Chartered, HSBC, RBS and City Group, and agencies and regulatory bodies including TRAFFIC and RUSI. (more...)
No one's ever seen a moonmoon but the internet already loves them No one's ever seen a moonmoon but the internet already loves them
- October 14, 2018

Bottom-line, if there is such thing as a moonmoon , it would only exist around larger moons. The mere possibility of them, and their absence from where we might expect to see them "provides important clues to the formation mechanisms and histories of" solar systems . (more...)
'Goodnight Moon'... second space telescope 'goes to sleep' 'Goodnight Moon'... second space telescope 'goes to sleep'
- October 14, 2018

Chandra is created to make X-ray observations of distant space features, including quasars, supernovas and black holes. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory, observing the universe in high-energy light since 1999, has entered a protective "safe mode", which interrupts scientific observations and puts the spacecraft into a stable configuration. (more...)
Stephen Hawking's Final Paper Was Just Released
- October 13, 2018

Days before Hawking's death , Perry reportedly called the ailing physicist to give him an update. Selling had contended that dark openings have a temperature. The physicists show in their paper that a black hole's entropy may be recorded by photons that surround the black hole's event horizon , the point at which light can not escape the intense gravitational pull. (more...)