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Delhi: Over 600 kg illegal crackers seized, 31 arrested on Diwali

Delhi: Over 600 kg illegal crackers seized, 31 arrested on Diwali Levels from 0-50 is considered "good", 51-100 "satisfactory", 101-200 "moderate", 201-300 "poor", 301-400 "very poor", and 401 and above is "severe". A "severe plus emergency" AQI essentially means that even healthy people may suffer from respiratory illnesses on prolonged exposure. [Full Article...]

A day after Diwali, Delhi records worst air quality of the year

A day after Diwali, Delhi records worst air quality of the year This new rule will remain in effect till November 11. It has also asked private diesel vehicle owners to avoid using their vehicles during this period. "The Delhi Air Quality Index is 500+ at present". Delhi´s air quality typically worsens in winter, as clouds of smoke from farmers´ fires billow into the city and mix with industrial and traffic emissions to form a noxious cocktail. [Full Article...]

Richard Branson proclaims HR's role in mental health

Richard Branson proclaims HR's role in mental health Sir Richard Branson , founder of the Virgin Group , has an estimated net worth of $5 billion. "Virgin Australia is very focussed on supporting the mental health of its passengers and team members, and there are very few of us who haven't been directly or indirectly impacted by anxiety". [Full Article...]

Pipeline Explosion Causes Gas Shortage In British Colombia

Pipeline Explosion Causes Gas Shortage In British Colombia GasBuddy.com's Dan McTeague issued an alert Wednesday saying the Enbridge natural gas pipeline explosion has affected refineries in Washington state. Meanwhile, pulp mills on Vancouver Island, which collectively employ 1,200 people, are facing the prospect of significant curtailments if the natural gas supply is compromised. [Full Article...]

Climate Change Could Hit India with Deadly Heat Waves

Climate Change Could Hit India with Deadly Heat Waves That's double the pace targeted under the Paris climate agreements endorsed by nearly 200 nations in 2015. "One of the key messages that come out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes", said Panmao Zhai, co-chair of IPCC Working ... [Full Article...]

Possible storm has northern Gulf Coast in its sights

Possible storm has northern Gulf Coast in its sights This general motion is expected for the next couple of days. The current forecast has the storm reaching the US mainland in western Florida as a tropical storm around 1 p.m. It is moving to the north at 3 miles per hour. There is still a lot of uncertainty with the strength and timing with this system. Forecasters at the National Weather Services National Hurricane Center are monitoring the ... [Full Article...]

Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland win physics Nobel

Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland win physics Nobel The Nobel prizes have always been dominated by male scientists, and none more so than physics . Ashkin, who made his discovery while working at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1952 to 1991, is the oldest victor of a Nobel prize, beating out American Leonid Hurwicz who was 90 when he won the 2007 Economics Prize. [Full Article...]

SpaceX: Japanese billionaire to be first private moon flight passenger

SpaceX: Japanese billionaire to be first private moon flight passenger And he doesn't want to go alone either. "I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the Moon". He is the first to book a trip as a private passenger with the commercial space company for a voyage that hasn't been attempted since NASA's Apollo missions ended in 1972. [Full Article...]

SpaceX signs first private passenger to fly around the moon

SpaceX signs first private passenger to fly around the moon Kennedy, proclaiming "I choose to go to the moon ". He said he would invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the week-long journey to circumnavigate the moon in 2023. Besides running SpaceX and Tesla, Musk has also invested in the solar energy company SolarCity to turn his vision of a solar-powered future into a reality. [Full Article...]

Nasa blasts off space laser satellite to track ice loss on Earth

Nasa blasts off space laser satellite to track ice loss on Earth The Delta II will lift the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 mission, a satellite created to measure polar ice sheets, sea ice thickness and global vegetation. "ATLAS has the ability to time tag a single photon to billionth of a second accuracy, said Donya Douglas-Bradshaw, the ATLAS instrument manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center". [Full Article...]

Rain, floods still in Florence's forecast — WHAT'S HAPPENING

As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC. 'And numerous rivers will see prolonged flooding, some not cresting for a few days'. On a flooded road near New Bern, Bryan Moore and his nephew Logan made a decision to go swimming in the floodwaters after having spent days at home without electricity or running water. [Full Article...]

Flood waters rise, eight killed as Florence dumps 'epic' rain on Carolinas

Flood waters rise, eight killed as Florence dumps 'epic' rain on Carolinas Hurricane-force winds and inland flooding also is a concern. Florence is now a tropical depression, but still remains risky. Forecasters believe the biggest danger right now is the water, not the wind. soil, meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted. That's still less than the 25 trillion gallons Hurricane Harvey dropped a year ago in Texas and Louisiana. President Donald Trump declared a state of e... [Full Article...]

4 dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

4 dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas North Carolina's governor, Roy Cooper, said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water. Tropical Storm Helene is about 760 miles southwest of Lajes Air Base in the Azores. Hurricane Florence will slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland. The National Hurricane Center said Florence was forecast to keep moving farther inland across the Carolinas thr... [Full Article...]

Tropical disturbance moving toward western Gulf of Mexico, not Florida

Tropical disturbance moving toward western Gulf of Mexico, not Florida A small-craft warning means in this case that surface winds greater than or equal to 25 knots and seas equal to or greater than 3 metres (10ft) are already affecting or expected to affect the marine area. Forecasters warned that drenching rains of anywhere from 1 to 3½ feet as the storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days. [Full Article...]

Musk signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip on SpaceX

Musk signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip on SpaceX The tourist will fly in the Big Falcon Rocket ( BFR ) being created to carry people into deep space, the Elon Musk led company said in a tweet . SpaceX has always been public about their dream of sending private citizens to space. The company said more details would be made available on Monday. On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will... [Full Article...]

Hurricane Helene ‘THREAT TO LIFE’ warning - United Kingdom to be hit on MONDAY

Hurricane Helene ‘THREAT TO LIFE’ warning - United Kingdom to be hit on MONDAY The storm is located about 1,350 miles south-southwest of the Azores, and it is moving north-northwest at 14 mph. Meanwhile, Hurricane Helene will move away from Cabo Verde Islands into the open waters of the central Atlantic through the week, posing no direct threat to land. [Full Article...]

Florence strengthens into a hurricane, takes aim at the Southeast

Florence strengthens into a hurricane, takes aim at the Southeast The National Hurricane Center predicts Florence could gain even more strength, and states of emergency have already been declared in North Carolina , South Carolina and Virginia. McMaster said he had asked President Donald Trump to declare a federal emergency in SC in anticipation of the storm's arrival. The storm's maximum sustained winds remain near 85 km/h with higher gusts and i... [Full Article...]

Hurricane Florence strengthens as it nears United States mainland

Hurricane Florence strengthens as it nears United States mainland The National Hurricane Center's next update on Hurricane Florence is scheduled for 11 p.m. It is expected to strengthen and possibly become a Category 5 storm Tuesday before closing in on North or SC on Thursday. Most forecast models are trending towards southeastern N.C. near the Wilmington area. An average hurricane season includes at least 12 named storms - which may be less powerful... [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Isaac forms, one of three storms churning in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Isaac forms, one of three storms churning in Atlantic East Coast . Florence strengthened to Category 1 hurricane Sunday morning as the storm charted an uncertain path toward the Unites States' East Coast. Large swells are already affecting Bermuda and parts of the U.S. East Coast, according to the NHC . Meanwhile a third tropical storm has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. [Full Article...]

Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearings begin with skirmishes

Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearings begin with skirmishes At age 53, Kavanaugh could serve on the court for decades. White House spokesman Raj Shah said security intervened before Mr Kavanaugh could shake the hand of the "unidentified individual". Senate majority whip John Cornyn , Republican of Texas, said the Democrats' behavior would lead them to be "held in contempt of court", prompting a chorus of quiet boos and "Oh come on" that echoed throu... [Full Article...]