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THE ORIONID METEOR SHOWER Peaks Very Soon!

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The Orionids meteor shower is one of the most reliable and visible showers of the year, along with the Perseids which occurred in August this year. They are framed by some of the brightest stars in the night sky, adding to their spectacle. Greatest number of meteors are typically visible after midnight. When heading out tonight or Saturday night, make sure you take some time to look up at the sky. Read More »

American astronaut Nick Hague talks Soyuz rocket failure

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We had to work. "We had to go through the steps that crew has to take and prepare for emergency landing ... so that the crew is still functioning after landing". In the wake of a booster failure that forced a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to make an emergency landing last week, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) were anxious whether their space launch would be cancelled. Read More »

Great Flood A'Coming? 'Ominous' Sounds of Melting Antarctic Ice Registered

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Studying these vibrations could give scientists a sense of how the Ice Shelf is responding to changing climate conditions, according to glaciologist Douglas MacAyeal from the University of Chicago, who was not connected with the study. But beyond producing insane sounds, the research is providing invaluable insight into the changing weather conditions on our southernmost continent. Read More »

Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the US

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Map showing the NOAA winter outlook for the months of December, January and February for the U.S. Meanwhile, the southern-third of the USA and much of the East Coast could be hunkering down for a wetter than normal December through January. Read More »

‘There is no God,’ says Stephen Hawking in final book

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Hawking has concluded that there is alien life in existence and has anticipated that artificial intelligence , for all that it is worth, may outsmart humans. He wrote that there are "forms of intelligent life out there". 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? ". Read More »

Chill Out - Maine Could Have A Milder-Than-Average Winter

The NOAA outlook covers the months of December, January and February, when the average high temperatures in Portland are 37 degrees, 31 degrees and 35 degrees, respectively. Northern Florida and southern Georgia have the greatest odds for above-average precipitation this winter. But they are expected to get better in Arizona and New Mexico, southern parts of Utah and Colorado, the coastal Pacific Northwest and the Central Plains, NOAA said. Read More »

China Wants To Put An Artificial Moon Into Earth Orbit

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The capital of the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan plans to launch an illumination satellite in 2020. The illuminated orb is meant to complement the light of Earth's existing moon , and will be eight times brighter than the natural satellite, Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co. Read More »

Broke the second space telescope NASA

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The NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, which shut down and entered into safe mode on October 10, has bounced back from the problem it suffered because of failure of one of its gyroscopes. In safe mode, science experiments are suspended, primary hardware hands its tasks over to backup systems, and the satellite orients itself to get maximum sunlight on its solar panels. Read More »

Climate Change Could Make Beer Prices Double, Study Says

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If you crave a pint (or two) at the end of a hard day, brace yourself: climate change is poised to make your favourite lager, ale or IPA more scarce and pricey. The impact on beer prices could be gut-wrenching, the scientists have warned - and it'll be even worse in Ireland, with the price of a six pack shooting up £15. Read More »

Wildlife Official Under Fire For Proudly Posing With Animals He Killed

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Blake Fischer and his wife shot dead 14 animals while they were on safari in Africa. They included a giraffe, leopard, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, gemsbok (oryx) and eland. "Accordingly, I have accepted his resignation from the Idaho Fish and Game Commission". The commission Fischer serves on makes policy decisions concerning Idaho's wildlife, and it often manages game populations through hunting and fishing regulations. Read More »

Some moons have moons of their own - moonmoons

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But when the famed NASA Hubble Telescope suggested at the beginning of October there may be evidence of a Neptune-sized moon in another star system circling the gas-planet Kepler-1625b, Kollmeier revved up her research. Within the Solar System, four moons now meet that particular requirement: Earth's Moon, Jovian moon Callisto, and Titus and Iapetus in orbit around Saturn . Read More »

Stephen Hawking's final scientific paper on blackholes released

In fact, most galaxies - the Milky Way included - are thought to be held together by the gravity of supermassive black holes with masses millions of times that of the sun, which lie at the galactic center. The pre-print journal arXiv was used by Stephen Hawking's former colleagues to publish his final paper . The paper named Black Hole Entropy and Soft Hair , tackles with what happens to information when it falls into a blackhole, a problem that theoretical physicists refer to as "the ... Read More »

Researchers Produce Healthy Babies From Same-Sex Mice

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It wasn't the same case with mice with two fathers, the researchers pointed out, adding that they couldn't successfully breed. While some reptiles, amphibians and fish can reproduce with one parent of the same sex, it's extremely hard for mammals to do the same, even with the help of advanced scientific techniques. Read More »

American, Russian cosmonaut bound for ISS make emergency landing after rocket malfunction

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He added that a "thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted". Robotic cargo launches using US -built resupply ships are also scheduled to deliver more supplies to the station in the next two months. Mr Borisov added that Russian Federation will fully share all relevant information with the US. On Friday, the executive director of Russia's space agency, Roscomos, said the immediate cause of the booster failure was "clear". Read More »

Canal Water on the Rise

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As one of the countries hardest hit by climate change, Vietnam has been actively performing global commitments and exerting efforts to ease its impacts, on official has said. By 2100, the likelihood of the Arctic Ocean being without sea ice in the summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared with at least once per decade with 2 degrees Celsius. Read More »

16 deaths in vast trail of destruction after Hurricane Michael hits Florida

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Four deaths occurred in Gadsden County, west of Tallahassee, according to Lieutenant Anglie Hightower, a spokesman for the sheriff's office. Just three major hurricanes have hit the panhandle since 1950. University administrators completed a preliminary assessment of the campus on Thursday and found roof and water damage, as well as broken windows. "We had probably about half an inch of water on my floor and no way to stop it from coming in". Read More »

Local space expert talks about implications of terrifying Soyuz rocket launch failure

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The trio is now scheduled to return home in December, and they're well supplied with food and water, said Kenny Todd, NASA's ISS operations integration manager, at a press briefing held yesterday. Ovchinin spent six months on the station in 2016. David Saint-Jacques is scheduled to co-pilot the capsule December 20 and become the first Canadian at the orbiter since now-retired astronaut Chris Hadfield returned to Earth in 2013. Read More »

Michaëlle Jean loses Francophonie re-election bid

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Rwandan Foreign Affairs minister is facing off with the incumbent Canadian Michaëlle Jean, who has held the post for the past four years. On Tuesday, the Canadian and Quebec governments announced they were pulling support for Jean to remain the head of the worldwide organization of French-speaking nations, electing to support the "consensus" candidate instead. Read More »

Death toll in Hurricane Michael continues to rise

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The Newport News Fire Department responded to 61 reports downed lines and electrical problems and 22 reports of trees posing a hazard so far this morning, according to assistant chief Robert Lee. "We will not rest or waver until the job is done and the recovery is complete". While we might not get more storms in a warmer climate, most studies show storms will get stronger and produce more rain. Read More »

Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket wins Air Force contract

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What would further add to the sting for Elon Musk's company, is the fact that the DOD will be selecting two of these three companies to become official launch providers for the U.S. "We're making the most of the authorities Congress gave us, and we will no longer be reliant on the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine". The "nontraditional acquisition arrangements" are typical for prototyping and "allow for shared investment", the Air Force said. Read More »

Death toll from Hurricane Michael reaches 6

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High winds, downed trees, streets inundated by rising waters and multiple rescues of motorists from waterlogged cars played out in spots around Virginia and neighboring North Carolina. Search and rescue teams combed through shattered USA communities on Thursday looking for victims of Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 monster storm which carved out a swathe of destruction in the Florida Panhandle, killing at least six in three states. Read More »

Hurricane Michael reaches Category 2, threatens southern US

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A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline. The Republican governor, who is campaigning for a US Senate seat in the November congressional elections, warned of the potential for a deadly storm surge that could be as much as 12 feet (3.7 meters) above normal sea water levels. Read More »

USC closes campus ahead of Hurricane Michael

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Hurricane Michael struck on Wednesday with winds of 250km/h. But it moved fast and intensified quickly, and emergency authorities lamented that many people ignored the warnings. A metal carport was picked up by the wind and crashed through the roof of a structure, hitting the girl's head, said Travis Brooks, the county's emergency management director. Read More »

Space crew survives plunge to Earth after Russian rocket fails

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Since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, the USA has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets , launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome , to get astronauts to the Space Station. NASA and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos, have both confirmed that there will be an investigation into what went wrong during the launch. Russian space agency Roscosmos has released photographs of both astronauts being checked over after their abrupt landing. Read More »

Hubble placed in safe mode as gyro issues investigated

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Out of the six gyroscopes mounted on it, two of the older design gyroscope have a history of failing after just 50,000 hours after being sent in the space which left the observatory with total four gyroscopes of which, Hubble used two newer and one older design of gyroscope keeping one newer version as a reserve for future. Read More »

'That was a quick flight': Crew of failed rocket keeps cool

According to Nasa , the crew is returned to Earth inside the Soyuz capsule "in a ballistic descent mode". "The search and rescue teams have reached the Soyuz spacecraft landing site and report that the two crew members are in good condition and are out of the capsule", NASA tweeted . Read More »

Hurricane Michael by the numbers: Over 900000 homes, businesses without power

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The National Weather Service issued multiple tornado warnings in Georgia as Hurricane Michael pushed through the state, and local media report three of them may have touched down. "It wasn't until we hit the eyewall that things kind of got a little dicey", he said. But by Wednesday morning, it was too late to evacuate. "The shear was high, so nobody expected it was going to intensify this rapidly", Jiang said. Read More »

Astronauts Make Emergency Landing After Booster Failed

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Rogozin said at the time that the launch of the 2.6 billion-rouble ($39.02 million) satellite had been due to an embarrassing programming error. Astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled at 1:40 a.m. Watch live updates from NASA here . The capsule landed about 20km (12 miles) east of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan . "Search and rescue crews are always pre-staged in the event something like this does happen", Dean added. Read More »