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Trump rejects findings of USA government climate change report Trump rejects findings of USA government climate change report
- November 27, 2018

While the findings outlined by the 1656-page report are numerous, the document's predictions included significant economic losses and humanitarian costs. "When coral reefs are lost, coastal communities lose the many benefits provided by these valuable ecosystems, including lost tourism opportunities, a decline in fisheries and a decrease in wave protection", according to the report. (more...)
Trump says he doesn't believe his administration's climate report
- November 27, 2018

Former Vice President Al Gore accused the Trump administration of trying to "bury' a damning government report that linked global warming to the worsening of natural disasters by quietly releasing the study on the Friday after Thanksgiving". (more...)
Treasury won't tell us costs of Theresa May's Brexit Treasury won't tell us costs of Theresa May's Brexit
- November 27, 2018

The 10 lawmakers of the Democratic Unionist Party, the Northern Irish group that props up May's minority government, said at the weekend they will vote against the deal. it is tragic that the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union now after 45 years, but we have to, of course, respect the vote of the British people". (more...)
NASA scientists celebrate InSight landing with handshake worthy of the National Basketball Association NASA scientists celebrate InSight landing with handshake worthy of the National Basketball Association
- November 27, 2018

Congratulations flooded into the space agency following the success, including from Mike Pence, the U.S. vice president, who celebrated the "incredible milestone" of the country's eighth successful landing on Mars. NASA officials say InSight's instruments should be up and running in about two or three months. "It's taken more than a decade to bring InSight from a concept to a spacecraft approaching Mars - and even longer since I was first inspired to try to undertake this kind of mission", ... (more...)
Russia space agency chief: We'll verify US moon landings Russia space agency chief: We'll verify US moon landings
- November 26, 2018

However, Rogozin appeared to be joking in his answer to a corresponding question, although conspiracy theories about NASA's lunar missions are rife in Russian Federation. The Soviet Union abandoned its lunar program in the mid-1970s after four experimental moon rockets exploded. Vladimir Markin penned in an Op-Ed at the time that an investigation could reveal new insights into the landings between 1969 and 1972. (more...)
New lander will add to humans' long fascination with Mars New lander will add to humans' long fascination with Mars
- November 26, 2018

The attraction is sure to grow with Monday's arrival of a NASA lander named InSight. He hopes to pick up tremors on InSight's mission that will build a picture of Mars' interior and tell us more about how the planet formed. "What this helps us understand is how we got to here", said JPL's Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator, during a pre-landing briefing with reporters last week. (more...)
Elon Musk says there's a '70 percent' chance he'll move to Mars
- November 26, 2018

If a Mars voyage is also on your bucket list, start saving up, because it'll cost you " around a couple hundred thousand dollars " to snag a seat on the Starship ( formerly known as the BFR), Musk's spaceship designed for interplanetary travel . (more...)
Mars mission: Countdown to NASA spacecraft's daring landing Mars mission: Countdown to NASA spacecraft's daring landing
- November 26, 2018

On Monday, NASA's InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) Lander is scheduled for a soft touchdown on the surface of the planet Mars, the first spacecraft launched from the West Coast of the U.S. (more...)
145 pilot whales die in mass stranding on New Zealand beach 145 pilot whales die in mass stranding on New Zealand beach
- November 26, 2018

The DOC said in a statement that whale strandings are not uncommon in New Zealand and that there are about 85 incidents a year. The whales were found by a hiker camping in the area who notified the authorities on Saturday night. A number of strandings have occurred on New Zealand shores over the weekend, but the events are unlikely to be related. Ten pygmy killer whales were also reported stranded at Ninety Mile Beach on New Zealand's North Island. (more...)
Stunning video shows what a rocket launch looks like from space
- November 26, 2018

The ISS is about 250 miles above the Earth's surface, and it moves at around 17,400 miles per hour. European Space Astronaut Alexander Gerst, the commander of Expedition 57, captured images of the rocket from the wrap-around Cupola window on the ISS as the rocket made its journey from earth to space. (more...)
SpaceX's crew rocket set for January test flight SpaceX's crew rocket set for January test flight
- November 25, 2018

SpaceX is targeting December 4 for launch of its Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will carry crew supplies, scientific research and hardware to the orbiting laboratory to support the Expedition 57 and 58 crews for the 16th contracted mission by SpaceX under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract. (more...)
Astha Sarmah, ‘Average’ High School Graduate, Schools Donald Trump On Climate Change Astha Sarmah, ‘Average’ High School Graduate, Schools Donald Trump On Climate Change
- November 25, 2018

Ordered by Congress and made public by the Trump administration , it says the Earth and the US economy are in danger. "With continued growth in emissions at historic rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century - more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many U.S. (more...)
UN Agency warns concentration of climate-change gases hits new record UN Agency warns concentration of climate-change gases hits new record
- November 25, 2018

The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a new record past year with emissions showing no sign of slowing down, the UN World Meteorological Organization said on Thursday. This new report adds yet another building block of scientific evidence to inform decision-making at the upcoming United Nations climate change conference - the COP 24 - planned from 2 to 14 December in Poland. (more...)
Greek-Australian scientist discovers new area of the brain Greek-Australian scientist discovers new area of the brain
- November 25, 2018

Professor Paxinos began researching this area of the brain 30 years ago, but wasn't able to isolate this region, however advancements in technology and better equipment allowed him to finally reach the breakthrough he had been looking for. (more...)
Greenhouse Gas Levels Haven't Been This Bad in 3 Million Years Greenhouse Gas Levels Haven't Been This Bad in 3 Million Years
- November 25, 2018

The annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin dashed hopes for a slowdown in emissions of Carbon dioxide - the byproduct of burning fossil fuels that scientists say is the main cause of the greenhouse effect causing global warming . "There is now no magic wand to remove all the excess Carbon dioxide from the atmosphere", warned WMO Deputy Secretary-General Elena Manaenkova. Since 1990 there has been a 41pc rise in radiative forcing - the warming effect on the climate - by long-lived greenhouse ... (more...)
Nasa picks ancient Martian river delta for 2020 rover touchdown Nasa picks ancient Martian river delta for 2020 rover touchdown
- November 24, 2018

Mars 2020 should not only search for indications of previously livable conditions and earlier microbiological life. It's been many years in the making, but NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission is now in the home stretch. However, it has diverse terrain and landing there could pose potential challenges. "Getting samples from this unique area will revolutionize how we think about Mars and its ability to harbor life", Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission ... (more...)
Elon Musk smoking marijuana, drinking whiskey prompts NASA to review SpaceX workplace Elon Musk smoking marijuana, drinking whiskey prompts NASA to review SpaceX workplace
- November 24, 2018

The statement continued, NASA will conduct a cultural assessment study in coordination with its commercial partners to ensure the companies are meeting NASA's requirements for workplace safety, including the adherence to a drug-free environment. (more...)
Mars Moon Phobos Presents Some Grooves From Rolling Stones Mars Moon Phobos Presents Some Grooves From Rolling Stones
- November 23, 2018

The computer simulations revealed that rolling boulders caused by the asteroid impact might have produced the mysterious patterns of grooves that we can see today on Phobos. Ramsey and his colleagues think the new model and its detailed simulations make a strong case that the Stickney impact and result ejecta best explain the moon's odd grooves. (more...)
[H]ardOCP: NASA to Launch SpaceX Safety Review Following Elon Musk's Pot Interview [H]ardOCP: NASA to Launch SpaceX Safety Review Following Elon Musk's Pot Interview
- November 23, 2018

The U.S. space agency promises a thorough and "invasive" investigation on employee work hours, leadership and management styles, the responsiveness of both companies to safety concerns, and of course, drug policies. Unlike the Crew Dragon, the Starliner will use parachutes and airbags for ground landings in the western United States. The launch would mark the first orbital flight of a private space taxi. (more...)
Under-Fire, UN Environment Chief Resigns Under-Fire, UN Environment Chief Resigns
- November 23, 2018

Aftenposten had first reported his pending resignation based on several anonymous sources described as well-informed. The audit also found that Solheim had spent 79 per cent of his time away from the agency's headquarters in Nairobi and incurred Dollars 488,519 in travel expenses over a 22-month period. (more...)
Astronomers find a star on the brink of a massive supernova explosion Astronomers find a star on the brink of a massive supernova explosion
- November 23, 2018

Using spectroscopy, the astronomers measured the velocity of the stellar winds (charged particles that flow from a star) as fast as 12 million kilometres an hour - about 1% the speed of light. The shape of its plume was caused by the orbiting stars at the system's heart. "The curved tail is formed by the orbiting binary stars at the centre, which inject dust into the expanding wind creating a pattern like a rotating lawn sprinkler". (more...)
Astronomers find our Sun’s ‘long-lost twin’ (and it might just harbour life) Astronomers find our Sun’s ‘long-lost twin’ (and it might just harbour life)
- November 22, 2018

The Sun was born 4.6 billion years ago in a big cloud of gas and dust - and it wasn't alone. Astronomers have found what they believe to be a "twin" or our sun - a "solar sibling" which formed in the same cluster as our parent star around 4,6 billion years ago. (more...)
New Report on the Long Term Problems from Climate Change New Report on the Long Term Problems from Climate Change
- November 22, 2018

In drier areas like California, the combination of heat, drought and wildfires threaten lives and health, water resources, food production and infrastructure. The Irish cabinet is today set to sign-off on fresh plans to tackle climate change, which could include a "trajectory" for carbon taxes. "We as humans don't feel the pain of people who are far away or far into the future", he said. (more...)
In the whale’s stomach found 115 plastic cups In the whale’s stomach found 115 plastic cups
- November 22, 2018

Dead whale is nearly 9.5 meter (31-Foot) long which was found by Rescuers from Wakatobi National Park on late Monday 17 November 2018. Park officials found bags, plastic bottles, sandals and 115 plastic cups in the whale's stomach, as well as a sack containing more than 1,000 pieces of string. (more...)
Nearby Star System Could Produce Energy In Explosion Like Big Bang Event Nearby Star System Could Produce Energy In Explosion Like Big Bang Event
- November 22, 2018

One such wonder is a huge star system which astronomers believe could explode, causing a massive gamma-ray burst which may harm Earth . "However, in the meantime, it is providing astronomers a ringside seat into handsome and unsafe physics that we have not seen before in our galaxy", the group leader said. (more...)