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USA court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline USA court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline
- November 09, 2018

The same environmental analysis that the department carried out before denying the permit in 2015 was ignored when the department turned around a year ago and approved it, the judge argued. "An agency cannot simply disregard contrary or inconvenient factual determinations that it made in the past, any more than it can ignore inconvenient facts when it writes on a blank slate", Morris wrote. (more...)
The ozone is finally healing and could be completely repaired by 2060 The ozone is finally healing and could be completely repaired by 2060
- November 09, 2018

The fact that the ozone layer plays a decisive role in countering excessive amount of solar radiation and ultraviolet rays , so that the task of saving and restoring a place of honor is not the first decade. Scientists say the Antarctic ozone hole is expected to gradually close, and that the entire ozone layer will return by the 2060s to levels last seen in the 1980s. (more...)
In China presented a model of In China presented a model of "competitor" ISS
- November 09, 2018

Chinese authorities aim to complete the assembly of the space station by 2022 with a projected lifespan of around ten years. Roscosmos said the two other computer systems are sufficient for safe operation of the station indefinitely, but it wants the third one back online "to ensure the reliability" of next week's scheduled docking with an uncrewed Russian Progress cargo spacecraft. (more...)
Earth's ozone layer finally healing, says UN Earth's ozone layer finally healing, says UN
- November 08, 2018

The ozone layer had been depleting since the late 1970s. Ozone is a layer that protects life on Earth from harmful layers of ultraviolet rays from the sun. The report also said it was the first time the hole in the ozone layer had shrunk in both size and depth and size since 2000. If nothing had been done to stop the thinning, the world would have destroyed two-thirds of its ozone layer by 2065, Newman said. (more...)
Interstellar asteroid could be 'alien' mission searching for life Interstellar asteroid could be 'alien' mission searching for life
- November 08, 2018

After using telescopes to determine if Oumuamua was an asteroid or comet, researchers settled on the term artificial origin because of its "excess acceleration" and "highly hyperbolic trajectory". "I am distinctly unconvinced and honestly think the study is rather flawed", Alan Jackson, fellow at the Centre for Planetary Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough, told CNN . (more...)
Hubble Telescope Sees A Smiling Face In Space Hubble Telescope Sees A Smiling Face In Space
- November 07, 2018

New image taken by Hubble shows a patch of space filled with galaxies of all shapes, colors and sizes. Two yellow-hued blobs hang atop a sweeping arc of light, NASA said in a statement. Stars are born in stellar nurseries or giant clouds of interstellar clouds and dust that grow unstable and begin to collapse due to its own gravity. (more...)
Sterling bounce on Brexit deal optimism Sterling bounce on Brexit deal optimism
- November 06, 2018

During the Brexit briefing, held weekly at Downing Street , senior ministers discussed proposals to ensure the United Kingdom is not indefinitely tied to the European Union via the Northern Ireland "backstop" arrangements. Last week the Irish prime minister said Brexit was fraying relations between Ireland and Britain . "We are still some way off on the backstop", said one source. (more...)
U.S. securities regulator subpoenas Tesla on Model 3 production estimates U.S. securities regulator subpoenas Tesla on Model 3 production estimates
- November 06, 2018

The construction of a network of tunnels deals with The Boring Company, founded by Elon Musk in 2016. Investors have been trying to ascertain if the worst is over for the Silicon Valley company amid the fallout from Musk's short-lived plan in August to take the company private, and determine if Tesla has finally stabilized its rocky Model 3 production and can build the auto at a profit. (more...)
After nine years in orbit, Kepler Space Telescope leaves legacy of discovery After nine years in orbit, Kepler Space Telescope leaves legacy of discovery
- November 05, 2018

An artist's depiction of Dawn . "When we started conceiving this mission 35 years ago we didn't know of a single planet outside our solar system", said the Kepler mission's founding principal investigator, William Borucki. Many are still hiding in the data, ready to be discovered", stated Susan Mullally, a scientist working at the STScI. This image was spotted as part of Hubble mission to better understand how new stars are born. (more...)
Pacific nation Palau bans Pacific nation Palau bans "reef-toxic" sunscreens
- November 05, 2018

Stores selling prohibited sunscreen will face fines of no more than US$1,000 ($1,387), and bottles will be confiscated from tourists upon entry into the country. Craig Downs, executive director at the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory in Hawaii, said other nations would be watching Palau's move closely. Dr Downs said if snorkellers and divers wanted to be more environmentally conscious, they could cover up and wear a sun shirt to reduce the amount of sunscreen they need to use. (more...)
Released video of the crash of the Soyuz rocket with onboard camera Released video of the crash of the Soyuz rocket with onboard camera
- November 04, 2018

That target date falls less than eight weeks after the October 11 launch anomaly, which forced the Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to make an emergency landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. (more...)
Oceans heating faster than previously thought Oceans heating faster than previously thought
- November 04, 2018

A new report reveals that scientists have seriously underestimated exactly how much heat the world's oceans are absorbing due to global warming. "If the ocean warms more than we thought, which is what we find in that study , the earth warms more than we thought", said study lead author Laure Resplandy , a Princeton geoscientist, in an interview with USA TODAY. (more...)
The spacecraft of NASA captured the asteroid Bennu The spacecraft of NASA captured the asteroid Bennu
- November 04, 2018

Nasa's pioneering Dawn spacecraft - which orbited the two largest objects in the asteroid belt - has run out of fuel , ending a historic 11-year mission that unravelled many mysteries of our solar system, the U.S. "Today, we celebrate the end of our Dawn mission - its incredible technical achievements, the vital science it gave us, and the entire team who enabled the spacecraft to make these discoveries", said Thomas Zurbuchen , associate administrator of Nasa's Science Mission Directorate ... (more...)
Ambitious project to sequence all 'complex' life on Earth begins today Ambitious project to sequence all 'complex' life on Earth begins today
- November 03, 2018

She will help lead the Australian team aiming to sequence 50 species over the next five years. Wiped out: The world's last male northern white rhino died in March this year but scientists hope that stored DNA could be used to revive the species. (more...)
Things Car Owners Can Do To Combat Air Pollution Things Car Owners Can Do To Combat Air Pollution
- November 03, 2018

The winter pollution in the northern cities continued as other areas near Delhi also witnessed decreased air quality during the morning hours. On October 31, the apex court had issued an order clarifying that only green crackers can be sold in the Delhi-NCR region during the festive season. (more...)
Galaxy ‘mega-merger’ 10 billion years ago forged Milky Way Galaxy ‘mega-merger’ 10 billion years ago forged Milky Way
- November 02, 2018

We often think of space as peaceful and serene. Studies like this are a detailed portrait of one individual from that mass. Instead, massive galaxies bulk up by catching and consuming smaller galaxies. The experts discovered that some 10 billion years ago, the Milky Way merged with a large galaxy. The researchers named the galaxy that merged with ours Gaia-Enceladus, after both the telescope and the mythical Greek figure who was the son of Gaia, the mother of all life. (more...)
Tech: Hubble reveals cosmic Bat Shadow in the Serpent's Tail
- November 02, 2018

The planetary system we live in once emerged from a similar protoplanetary disc when the Sun was only a few million years old. Stand aside, Batman - your bat signal has nothing on a huge "bat shadow" the Hubble Space Telescope spotted in a distant gas cloud. (more...)
Dinosaurs Put All Colored Birds' Eggs in One Basket, Evolutionarily Speaking Dinosaurs Put All Colored Birds' Eggs in One Basket, Evolutionarily Speaking
- November 02, 2018

This still leaves us with a very straightforward question: why did colored eggs emerge in the first place? Birds did not evolve their egg colors on their own, but inherited the ability from non-avian dinosaurs . But many birds have colored eggshells that camouflage their eggs in nests that are exposed to the elements and predators. Illustration of a hatching Deinonychus chick from a blue egg with brown spots. (more...)
Spinal electrical implants helps three paralyzed men walk Spinal electrical implants helps three paralyzed men walk
- November 02, 2018

Lead researcher Gregoire Courtine said the targeted stimulation technique works by reconnecting communication pathways between the legs and the brain , which have been damaged by a spinal injury. Within a week, the men were able to leave the treadmill and walk on the ground with continued electrical stimulation. But that did not take long. "If we can stimulate the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system at the same time, the additive effects could restart touch perception and ... (more...)
'Dumbo' octopus filmed in Pacific Ocean 'Dumbo' octopus filmed in Pacific Ocean
- November 02, 2018

Mr King said he spotted the creature out of the corner of his eye as the team used its remotely operated underwater vehicle Hercules to explore on Tuesday. Nautilus' current expedition is scheduled to run through October 31, so they may share more footage of the Dumbo-like octopus. The Dumbo octopus was roughly 58cm long. (more...)
Five Countries Hold Fate Of The World's Vanishing Wilderness Five Countries Hold Fate Of The World's Vanishing Wilderness
- November 02, 2018

The study, led by researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia and the Wildlife Conservation Society in NY, paints the first global picture of the threat to the world's remaining wildernesses - and the image is bleak. (more...)
Found lurking at the heart of galaxy, a monster black hole Found lurking at the heart of galaxy, a monster black hole
- November 02, 2018

According to a statement from ESO, a group of scientists from multiple European institutions observed flares of radiation coming from * a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagittarius_A*" target="_blank" data-component="externalLink" rel="noopener" *Sagittarius A*, the massive object at the heart of our galaxy. (more...)
Moon Rocks Expected To Fetch Up To $1 Million In Auction Moon Rocks Expected To Fetch Up To $1 Million In Auction
- November 02, 2018

The centerpiece of Sotheby's upcoming auction in NY will be something from out of this world: soil samples from the moon. Now they're up for sale again by a private American collector. 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary that of the Apollo 11 mission when US astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, became the first men to walk on the Moon. (more...)
Russian Space Agency Releases Video Of Failed Soyuz Launch
- November 02, 2018

Both crew members were uninjured. Following the malfunction Russian space agency Roscosmos launched an investigation and the findings from that investigation were released yesterday. Roscosmos says that the sensor pin was damaged during assembly of the rocket and that new preventative measures have been implemented to prevent a similar occurrence in the future. (more...)
Kepler telescope dead after finding thousands of worlds Kepler telescope dead after finding thousands of worlds
- November 02, 2018

NASA's retired principal investigator for the Kepler mission , Bill Borucki, described it as an "enormous success."We have shown that there are more planets than stars in our galaxy", Borucki said". Originally only created to operate for around three and a half years, the spacecraft ultimately spent over nine and a half years in operation. A successor to Kepler launched in April, NASA's Tess spacecraft, has its sights on stars closer to home. (more...)