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NASA’s planet-hunter TESS makes first discoveries

NASA’s planet-hunter TESS makes first discoveries The latest exoplanet on the list is HD 21749b, which orbits a star that's about 80 percent as massive as our sun , located about 53 light-years away in the southern constellation Reticulum. They have also submitted their discovery paper to Astrophysical Journal Letters . Dragomir said: "It has the coolest surface temperature of a transiting exoplanet around a star brighter than 10th magn... [Full Article...]

Theresa May steps up no-deal plans as Parliament returns

Theresa May steps up no-deal plans as Parliament returns Twenty Conservative MPs rebelled against the government and their own party, including former cabinet ministers Michael Fallon, Justine Greening, Dominic Grieve, Ken Clarke and Oliver Letwin. Mrs May has said the United Kingdom will be in "uncharted territory" if the agreement is rejected and this could put Brexit at risk - although she has not ruled out asking MPs to vote a few times. [Full Article...]

China lands first spacecraft on far side of moon

China lands first spacecraft on far side of moon For one thing, China's effort was the world's first mission to the surface of the moon's far side (which, as it turns out, isn't actually all that dark ) and therefore posed unique technical challenges. While China's space program still lags America's, He said "China has already positioned itself at least as good as Russian Federation and the European Union". [Full Article...]

Most distant celestial object explored looks like snowman

Most distant celestial object explored looks like snowman Behold, 2014 MU69, the Cosmic Snowman! That means that Ultima Thule is likely an object that dates back to the formation of the solar system, as scientists suspects prior to the flyby . The improved resolution also draws attention to the object's "neck", where the two lobes are connected. The larger lobe is the "bottom" sphere and the smaller lobe is the "upper" sphere. [Full Article...]

Saturn's rings disappearing at 'worst-case-scenario' rate

Saturn's rings disappearing at 'worst-case-scenario' rate The rings are being absorbed into Saturn by gravity as a sooty rain of ice particles underneath the impact of Saturn's magnetic field. Every half hour, enough water is drained from the rings to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, O'Donoghue said in a NASA press release . [Full Article...]

Comet zooming by Earth will be visible this weekend

Comet zooming by Earth will be visible this weekend Its closest passage by the Earth will be on Sunday, when it will be 7.2 million miles from the planet. What it does mean is you will be able to catch a glimpse with the naked eye, especially on December 16th, so long as light pollution doesn't block out the view. [Full Article...]

A Lander Is Headed to The Far Side of The Moon

A Lander Is Headed to The Far Side of The Moon The craft also carry three cameras and a mini biosphere for a first-ever test of photosynthesis and respiration in the low-gravity lunar environment. Once on the moon's surface, the rover faces an array of extreme challenges. China is also aiming to have a fully operational permanent space station by 2022, as the future of the International Space Station remains in doubt due to uncertain fundi... [Full Article...]

SpaceX breaks 4 records with Falcon 9 launch from California

SpaceX breaks 4 records with Falcon 9 launch from California A Russian Progress freighter was launched from Kazakhstan on November 16 and a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship took off from Virginia the next day. The production of one fairing SpaceX costs of $6 million, which is ten percent of the sales price of the launch of Falcon 9 with landing of the first stage. [Full Article...]

Carbon emissions forecast to hit record levels this year

Carbon emissions forecast to hit record levels this year The United Nations agency said Wednesday that meeting the 2015 Paris accord's goals would significantly cut global air pollution, saving a million lives each year by 2050. Guterres said climate change was already taking its toll. For the US, it was a combination of a hot summer and cold winter that required more electricity use for heating and cooling. [Full Article...]

Rocket Launch Rescheduled for Monday

Rocket Launch Rescheduled for Monday Today's mission, dubbed the SSO-A: SmallSat Express, included 15 "microsats" and 49 "cubesats". No SpaceX rocket has yet flown more than two missions. Now, SpaceX and its workhorse vehicle is ready to set the record for most satellites launched by a single American rocket. The latest SpaceX Falcon 9 launch had been scheduled for liftoff at 10:32 a.m. [Full Article...]

NASA Scientists Have Revealed The Inspiration Behind Their Viral Handshake

NASA Scientists Have Revealed The Inspiration Behind Their Viral Handshake They'll never replace the more capable spacecraft NASA is best known for developing. "Some of the details have changed - the way we've actually implemented the connection of the seismometer to the spacecraft and some of the shielding techniques and things like that - but the mission itself has been pretty constant". [Full Article...]

Climate change will cost the USA economy hundreds of billions of dollars

Climate change will cost the USA economy hundreds of billions of dollars The congressionally-mandated Fourth National Climate Assessment ( NCA4 ) is the culmination of an enormous effort by the USA government and scientists from a variety of sectors to provide the US public with the state of the science on climate change, the impacts that it is now having on the country, and those that are likely to manifest. [Full Article...]

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...]


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