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Florence: Evacuations continue as North Carolina rivers rise

Florence: Evacuations continue as North Carolina rivers rise Aerial footage shared by the state's Department of Transportation on Monday captured parts of I-40 completely submerged. They moved the pews to higher ground and watched anxiously for days as the almost black, reeking water from the swollen Waccamaw River rose, even though the hurricane was long gone. [Full Article...]

Conservationists warn beluga reported in Thames could be ‘in trouble’

Conservationists warn beluga reported in Thames could be ‘in trouble’ Beluga whale , also known as a white whale, are usually found in the Arctic Ocean and the seas and coasts around North America, Russia and Greenland - making today's sighting a rare occurrence. People have been warned not to approach it, and to stay on the shore. Despite the latest whale sighting prompting excitement on social media, conservationists expressed their worry for the animal. [Full Article...]

Yellowstone grizzly bears' protection restored and hunts halted

Yellowstone grizzly bears' protection restored and hunts halted The ruling , filed Monday, effectively places the Greater Yellowstone grizzly - the grizzly population native to areas around the park - back on the Endangered Species list, which means they will receive special protections. Jude Christensen said that in his view the answer was clearly "no". Hunting and agriculture groups and the National Rifle Association had intervened in the case seeking to ... [Full Article...]

United Kingdom govt ‘agrees not to favour European Union workers after Brexit’

United Kingdom govt ‘agrees not to favour European Union workers after Brexit’ As a back-up, the United Kingdom government is speaking to the individual member states about establishing bilateral agreements for aviation, based on pre-existing arrangements. Speaking to reporters on her way to NY to attend the United Nations General Assembly, May said she welcomed comments from European Council President Donald Tusk that the bloc still wanted to strike a deal, but added that t... [Full Article...]

Hundreds of thousands without power in Ottawa after tornado hits

Hundreds of thousands without power in Ottawa after tornado hits There were reports of injuries in Quebec as well, however there have been no reports of fatalities. Power in the area has also been affected with around 167,000 Hydro One customers who were without electricity late Friday evening. Meteorologists reported gusts whipped up to around 120 miles per hour (190 kilometers per hour), with the city of Gatineau, about five miles north of the capital, taki... [Full Article...]

Japan's hopping space rovers land on asteroid

Japan's hopping space rovers land on asteroid The Japanese space agency said that it has made history by successfully landing two unmanned rovers on an asteroid. The stunning shots were taken as part of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Hayabusa2 asteroid sampling mission on the Ryugu asteroid's surface. [Full Article...]

Japan landed two rovers on an asteroid's surface after four years

Japan landed two rovers on an asteroid's surface after four years On September 21, the small compact MINERVA-II1 rovers separated from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft. Hayabusa2 released the Minerva-II 1 rovers toward a point about 140 meters north of Ryugu's equator on Friday afternoon Japan time. The rovers came from the spacecraft Hayabusa2. "The good news made me so happy", Hayabusa2 project spokesperson Takashi Kubota said . Since it arrived at Ryug... [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Kirk speeds up as it moves west across Atlantic

Tropical Storm Kirk speeds up as it moves west across Atlantic So at this point, Kirk is expected to stay a tropical storm. In a Sunday morning update, the NHC said: "Kirk has been accelerating since yesterday, and the current motion is westward, or 280 degrees, at 16 kt". The Ministry in a statement on Sunday said Trinidad and Tobago now falls within the forecast cone of the Tropical Storm, which has moved the Disaster Management Units (DMUs) to begin pr... [Full Article...]

Duke shuts natgas plant due to Florence floods, coal ash leak feared

Duke shuts natgas plant due to Florence floods, coal ash leak feared Floodwaters topped the earthen dike at the northern side of Sutton Lake on Friday. Water from the lake then flooded one of three large coal ash dumps lining the lakeshore. River forecasts project the Waccamaw will reach a new historic flood level this weekend, eclipsing a record height set by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. [Full Article...]

Hayabusa 2 spacecraft drops two probes on asteroid Ryugu: JAXA

Hayabusa 2 spacecraft drops two probes on asteroid Ryugu: JAXA The operation started when the probe was approximately 55 metres over rough rocky surface of the asteroid, as told by the mission team. The MINERVA-II-1 - which stands for Micro Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid - separated from the spacecraft at a height of around 50 m (164 feet) from the asteroid's surface. [Full Article...]

See the First Image Produced by NASA’s Newest Planet Hunter

See the First Image Produced by NASA’s Newest Planet Hunter TESS will observe the transit phases of exoplanets , which happens when an orbiting planet passes in front of its star, reducing its luminosity and allowing better observation. Meanwhile, TESS is busy sweeping the skies for more exciting discoveries. Together, the cameras let TESS scan a narrow strip of the sky stretching from the polar region to the equator. [Full Article...]

Tornadoes in North Carolina as death toll rises to 20

Tornadoes in North Carolina as death toll rises to 20 People who see price-gouging are advised to contact the state attorney general's office . "We are pushing supplies as hard as we possibly can with the plan that (the road) may not sustain us over the next week", agency Secretary James Trogdon said. [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Kirk forms in Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Kirk forms in Atlantic Ocean NHC forecasts keep it at tropical storm strength as it crosses the Atlantic over the next week. Forecasters expect some strengthening through Sunday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward from the center up to 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the northwest. [Full Article...]

3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs drowned in Florence flooding

3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs drowned in Florence flooding Officials in the Carolinas are anxious about what deaths are still to come amid the swelling rivers and flooding from Florence's crawl across both states. The EPA has also said that once conditions allow, it plans are to deploy "reconnaissance teams" to inspect Superfund hazardous-waste sites in the Carolinas and Georgia. [Full Article...]

Greek town buried under spider webs

Greek town buried under spider webs Warm temperatures and an abundance of food prompted an explosion in the spider population of a Greek seaside town-and their cobwebs have now blanketed a 300-meter expanse of the shoreline. The spiders themselves are characterized by elongated bodies. Chatzaki explained that the spiders were not unsafe for humans and would "have their party and soon die off". [Full Article...]

Japanese Billionaire Snags First Seat On SpaceX Moon Voyage

Japanese Billionaire Snags First Seat On SpaceX Moon Voyage The BFR will be made up of two parts, namely a 191-foot rocket booster and a 157-foot spaceship. SpaceX BFR: Here's What We Know About ItElon Musk recently tweeted two new renders of the SpaceX BFR, giving space enthusiasts a glimpse of what to expect from the groundbreaking rocket. [Full Article...]

This town in Greece is draped in thousands of spider webs

However, Daily Hellas revealed that the rather eerie scene is a yearly sight for the residents of Aitoliko. Neither the gnats nor these spiders are unsafe to humans. "It's the ecosystem's natural reactions and once the temperatures begin to drop and the gnat populations die out, the spider populations will decrease as well". [Full Article...]

The Air Force Wants More Planes - and a Lot More Money

The Air Force Wants More Planes - and a Lot More Money The Air Force Association's Air, Space & Cyber Conference held this week in Maryland brought together top leadership from the Air Force and defense industry to "discuss challenges facing the Air Force and aerospace community today and in the future". [Full Article...]

Astronomers found the planet Vulcan from Star trek

Astronomers found the planet Vulcan from Star trek Vulcan, of course, is home to Mr. Spock , a character made famous by the late actor Leonard Nimoy in the " Star Trek " series. "The orange-tinted HD 26965 [40 Eridani A] is only slightly cooler and slightly less massive than our Sun, is approximately the same age as our Sun, and has a 10.1-year magnetic cycle almost identical to the Sun's 11.6-year sunspot cycle", said astronomer Matthew Muter... [Full Article...]

Greek spiders spin giant web over shore in preparation for summer feast

Giannis Giannakopoulos saw the "veil of webs " this week in Aitoliko, CNN reported . "It's natural for this area to have insects, no one is especially anxious", he told CNN. This year, a sizable increase in the mosquito population is also an important driver for the spiders' prolific web spinning. Molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki told Greek news websites Newsit that the spiders were ... [Full Article...]


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