Sci-tech

SpaceX wins US Air Force contract for Falcon Heavy launch

The certification happened on June 21, while Falcon Heavy's second flight with the Air Force's Space Test Program Flight 2 was scheduled in October. At the Falcon Heavy's nervy debut , there was some question of who would buy the vehicle . [Full Article...]

Colorado's John Hickenlooper Limits Resources Used for Immigration Enforcement with Children

Colorado's John Hickenlooper Limits Resources Used for Immigration Enforcement with Children Hickenlooper's office called the policy "offensive to our core values as Coloradans and as a country". "With the Trump administration abdicating leadership on cleaning up tailpipe pollution and saving consumers money on gas, states need advanced vehicle standards to ensure their citizens get to drive the cleanest, most affordable cars on the market", said Noah Long, senior attorney for the... [Full Article...]

Plant That Causes 3rd Degree Burns, Blindness Found in Virginia

Plant That Causes 3rd Degree Burns, Blindness Found in Virginia Giant hogweed has previously been found in Michigan , Illinois, Maine, New York , Pennsylvania, Oregon and Washington. According to the Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Facebook page , "Giant Hogweed makes Poison Ivy look like a walk in the park". [Full Article...]

For 6 Weeks, Mars Will Appear Larger, Brighter to Earth Stargazers

For 6 Weeks, Mars Will Appear Larger, Brighter to Earth Stargazers Mars' opposition will mark the planet's brightest and closest night time appearance since 2003 when Mars was at its closest point in some 60,000 years. This event which will be occurring is known as Perihelic opposition, and in this, the Earth and Mars will be aligned and bring the two planets close to each other. [Full Article...]

Trump signing directive to clean up space junk

Trump signing directive to clean up space junk Calling the Space Force and Air Force " separate but equal ". Secondly, the move may face some push-back from the Air Force , which now handles much of America's defensive capabilities pertaining to space . But the proposal has languished in Congress, most recently when the House last month rejected a plan that would have carved out space-related combat functions from the Air Force . [Full Article...]

Coastal Flooding-A Trillion-Dollar Threat

Coastal Flooding-A Trillion-Dollar Threat By 2100, about 1 million properties — worth $351 billion — will be at risk, the report said . Florida would be the state most impacted by coastal flooding , losing more than 10 percent of its residential properties-about one million homes-by 2100 in a high sea level rise scenario . [Full Article...]

Extreme Weather on Venus Might Change the Length of Its Days

Extreme Weather on Venus Might Change the Length of Its Days Their observations suggest that some unknown phenomenon continues to inhibit the planet and that the length of a day on it increased by 6-7 minutes every Venus "day". Venus has a rather unusual spin and so time itself on the planet, the closest neighbour to Earth is rather odd. The researchers report that the simulation did show a wave formed in the cloud tops, similar to that seen on the actu... [Full Article...]

World's oldest orangutan Puan dies at Western Australia zoo

World's oldest orangutan Puan dies at Western Australia zoo Puan was euthanised on Monday after suffering age-related complications that the zoo said were affecting her quality of life. "She did so much for the colony at Perth Zoo and the survival of her species", said primate supervisor Holly Thompson. [Full Article...]

Noxious weed alert: Giant hogweed spotted in Virginia

Noxious weed alert: Giant hogweed spotted in Virginia More alarmingly, if the sap gets into a person's eyes, there is the potential for blindness, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. "It may be possible for hogweed seeds to remain viable in the soil for 15 years", the agency said. If you do come into contact with the plant, wash off the sap with cold water immediately and get out of the sun. [Full Article...]

Record-breaking spacewoman retires as NASA astronaut

Record-breaking spacewoman retires as NASA astronaut She also claimed the title for most spacewalks by a woman - 10 spacewalks totalling 60 hours and 21 minutes - and set the record for most time spent in space by a USA astronaut, placing eighth on the all-time space endurance list. "Along with her record setting career, she leaves behind a legacy of her passion for space". NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called Whitson an inspiration, citing... [Full Article...]

Ford meets with industry reps on NAFTA status

Ford meets with industry reps on NAFTA status Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Friday that his position has not changed and that "the whole world is moving in this direction" to promote a carbon market or a tax to fight against climate change. Ending the carbon price was a key part of the Progressive Conservative leader's campaign pledge to cut gas prices by 10 cents. When a company will exceed these limits they can purchase allowances ... [Full Article...]

Flying spiders assess weather conditions before taking flight

Flying spiders assess weather conditions before taking flight The secret was finally cracked by scientists at the Technical University ( Technische Universität ) of Berlin, Germany, who uncovered that these spiders are able to paraglide on even the smallest breeze and spin "parachutes" from nanoscale fibers that let them float away, carried by the wind, Science Daily reports. [Full Article...]

Amber Encasing 99-million-year-old Fossil Frog Found in Myanmar

Amber Encasing 99-million-year-old Fossil Frog Found in Myanmar The ambers which encaptured the frogs also contains traces of plants, mollusks, spiders, and other insects, and for Blackburn and Xing they are like time traveling thanks to the massive amount of information these fossils could offer about how was the animals' lives about 200 million years ago. [Full Article...]

Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Way Faster Than Expected, Scientists Warn

Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Way Faster Than Expected, Scientists Warn Satellite footage monitoring the state of the coldest southern continent has indicated that it has lost about 200 billion tons of ice each year for the past 25 years. "Ocean sanctuaries create havens for marine life to build resilience to a changing ocean, but also crucially help us avoid the worst effects of climate change, by preserving healthy ocean ecosystems that play a vital role storing car... [Full Article...]

Nasa rover falls silent as very big dust storm envelops Mars

Nasa rover falls silent as very big dust storm envelops Mars Its mission was initially meant to last just 90 days. Retrieval from the clock snag is still possible but would take a long time, needing the aroused rover to set timers and penetrate a sleep-wake cycle until it catalogues that the Sun is up and it can and it can converse with Earth again. [Full Article...]

Ford to Scrap Ontario's Carbon System in Challenge to Trudeau

Ford also announced that Ontario would be serving notice of its withdrawal from the joint agreement linking Ontario, Quebec and California's cap-and-trade markets as well as the pro-carbon tax Western Climate Initiative. Canadian Taxpayers Federation Ontario Director Christine Van Geyn said in a statement that said a carbon tax makes life more unaffordable for families while doing nothing for the ... [Full Article...]

Supermassive Black Hole Eating a Star Finally Observed

Supermassive Black Hole Eating a Star Finally Observed An worldwide team of researchers tracked the cosmic clash using powerful radio and infrared telescopes honed on the centre of two colliding galaxies; known collectively as Arp 299 and close to 150 million light years from Earth. They have also theorised that after the star is obliterated, its material forms a rotating disk around the black hole and launches jets outward at almost the speed... [Full Article...]

Many animals are shifting from day to night to avoid people

Many animals are shifting from day to night to avoid people The phenomenon is happening again as they use the protection of darkness to hide from people. "We still have a lot to learn about the implications of altered activity patterns for the management of wildlife populations, interactions between species, and even human-induced evolution", said Gaynor. [Full Article...]

As The Scandals Mount, Conservatives Turn On Scott Pruitt

As The Scandals Mount, Conservatives Turn On Scott Pruitt Virginia Canter, executive branch ethics counsel for the public watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said in an interview that Pruitt's having a full-time EPA employee "become the headhunter for his spouse" was "highly inappropriate" since the outcome of the search "would affect his financial interests". [Full Article...]

New Technique shows hidden Infant planets orbiting Newborn Star

New Technique shows hidden Infant planets orbiting Newborn Star Their new method looked at unusual patterns of gas flowing in the disk to find the telltale signs of planets. The two new studies provide strong evidence for the existence of those two presumed alien worlds, as well as a third one. Two of the protoplanets were identified by a research team led by Richard Teague from the University of MI in Ann Arbor. The protoplanetary disks are the gas- and dus... [Full Article...]


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