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Hurricane Lane weakens to tropical storm but remains a threat

Hurricane Lane weakens to tropical storm but remains a threat Lane, with maximum sustained winds diminishing to near 70 miles per hour (110 kph), was forecast to make its nearest approach to land just west of the island chain over the weekend, bringing tropical storm-force conditions to Maui and the state's most populous island, Oahu, starting on Friday night. [Full Article...]

Tennis in Space! Watch Astronauts Play The Sport in Zero Gravity

Tennis in Space! Watch Astronauts Play The Sport in Zero Gravity Equipped with USTA Net Generation foam balls and small racquets, four astronauts in the International Space Station got to play a competitive match while orbiting the earth. Because of the lack of gravity, the ball didn't bounce and, once it was hit, it traveled straight until hit again. Astronaut Drew Feustel relied on his tennis experience to put on a show on Tuesday. [Full Article...]

ESA's Aeolus Satellite to Measure Wind Speed From Space

ESA's Aeolus Satellite to Measure Wind Speed From Space On-board receivers analyse the Doppler shift in the reflected light from various layers of air, which gives an accurate reading of the windspeed. Chelmsford-based e2v supplied a unique Charge Coupled Device (CCD) type detector specifically for the mission. [Full Article...]

Fossil shows 'strange' turtle from 228 million years ago had no shell

Fossil shows 'strange' turtle from 228 million years ago had no shell All these are in line with what comes to mind when we think of a turtle, however; those huge, ancient turtles didn't have a single shell on their bodies. Found in China , the fossil belonged to a 2.5-meter-long creature which, in fact, proved to be an ancient turtle, the earliest known animal to possess the characteristics of the modern-day turtles, although it had no shell. [Full Article...]

Forget Aliens: Scientists Confirm Water Ice on the Moon

Forget Aliens: Scientists Confirm Water Ice on the Moon Now, after comparing absorption features in the M3 data with those of pure water ice measured in the laboratory, the team, led by researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), have been able to conclusively identify three specific signatures that definitively prove there is water ice at the lunar surface. [Full Article...]

House GOP Planning to Remove Rep. Hunter From Committees

House GOP Planning to Remove Rep. Hunter From Committees He also suggested that his wife, who was his campaign manager, was much better versed on the rules. A U.S. House race in Southern California could become suddenly competitive after U.S. Attorney Phillip Halpern said of the Hunters on Thursday, as protesters shouted "Shame!" Besides the video games, the Hunters allegedly spent campaign funds on hotel rooms, airline tickets, meals, vacations, ... [Full Article...]

Sorry, Darwin: Evolution Favors 'Survival of the Laziest'

Sorry, Darwin: Evolution Favors 'Survival of the Laziest' The next step, however, is to determine the role of metabolism in the extinction rates of animals that live on land as well as the other animals. These findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B , could help scientists forecast the longevity of different species, particularly in the face of climate change . [Full Article...]

Flooding, landslides as Hurricane Lane bears down on Hawaii

Flooding, landslides as Hurricane Lane bears down on Hawaii Ryan Leinbach of Kailua-Kona said he "brought everything that might fly" indoors and stocked up on wine, cheese and coffee. Many state workers were sent home indefinitely, according to CNN , and buses had been dispatched to pick up vulnerable people in Honolulu and move them to the state's limited public shelters. [Full Article...]

Woman loses NASA internship after vulgar tweet to Nat’l Space Council member

Woman loses NASA internship after vulgar tweet to Nat’l Space Council member Rather than taking his advice, Naomi, who didn't know who he was, crudely answered: "Suck my d- and b-- I'm working at NASA ". In an age where everyone seems to be sharing everything on social media, sometimes we forget to think before we tweet. [Full Article...]

Hawaii Isn't Prepared for a Future With Major Hurricanes

Residents on the Big Island saw a major highway shut down due to landslides and a deluge of more than 12 inches of rain left cars stuck in flash floods. "NOAA Buoy 51002 located about 250 miles southwest of the Big Island reported a peak wind of 107 mph (172 km/h) as the northwest eyewall of Lane passed over", forecasters reported. [Full Article...]

Chandrayaan-1 data confirms presence of solid ice on Moon

Chandrayaan-1 data confirms presence of solid ice on Moon In the darkest and coldest parts of the Moon's poles, ice deposits have been found. Because of the very small tilt of the Moon's rotation axis, sunlight never reaches these regions, thus making the Moon unique in our solar system in terms of frozen ice. [Full Article...]

Hawaii braces for Hurricane Lane impact

Hawaii braces for Hurricane Lane impact In Maui County, damaging tropical storm-force winds could begin late Thursday and risky hurricane-force winds Thursday night and early Friday . Here are some of the road closures in place due to impacts from Lane. Rain has started to fall in Hawaii as Hurricane Lane bears down on the state. The NWS issued a flash flood warning for Hawaii's Big Island and other hurricane-related warnings and... [Full Article...]

Arctic's strongest areas of sea ice breaking up for the first time

Arctic's strongest areas of sea ice breaking up for the first time The breaking sea ice has been documented twice this year-once in February and once in August, both times when temperatures spiked above the averages for the region. The ice is being pushed away from the coast by the winds". "On average, it's over 4 meters [13 feet] thick and can be piled up into ridges 20 m [65 feet] thick or more". [Full Article...]

Hurricane Lane churns toward Hawaii, residents stock up

Hurricane Lane churns toward Hawaii, residents stock up Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Tom Travis said there's not enough shelter space statewide and advised those who not in flood zones to stay home. "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu said in its latest advisory. [Full Article...]

Scientists are obsessed with a purple ribbon in the sky named 'Steve'

Scientists are obsessed with a purple ribbon in the sky named 'Steve' With typical internet logic, they chose to name the phenomenon "Steve" after a joke in the cartoon movie Over the Hedge(luckily they didn't choose Aurora McAuroraface ). For now, the only conclusion is that STEVE is a new kind of optical phenomenon they call " skyglow ". Scientists now believe that this is not the case and the origin of STEVE must lie with a yet unknown source driving this ener... [Full Article...]

Delingpole: Obama's Climate Legacy Is Toast

Delingpole: Obama's Climate Legacy Is Toast As it stands, Obama's Clean Power Plan never went into effect; amid legal challenges from opponents who said it overstepped the EPA's authority under federal law, the U.S. John Barrasso from the coal state of Wyoming welcomed the overhaul of the Obama administration's 2015 regulations, called the Clean Power Plan . [Full Article...]

Flushed contact lenses are big source of microplastic pollution

Flushed contact lenses are big source of microplastic pollution Rolsky, a PhD student, told ASU Now that number is "pretty large", adding, with the approximately 45 million people in the US who wear contact lenses , it would amount to billions of lenses being flushed away per year. Contact lenses have improved quality of life for many people, allowing them to see the world more clearly without having to deal with glasses. The plastic particles either flow... [Full Article...]

Permafrost thawing much faster under Interior Alaska lakes than first thought

Permafrost thawing much faster under Interior Alaska lakes than first thought Unlike shallow, gradual thawing of terrestrial permafrost, the abrupt thaw beneath thermokarst lakes is irreversible this century . "We don't have to wait 200 or 300 years to get these large releases of permafrost carbon", Katey Walter Anthony, an ecologist at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and the lead author of the study said in a statement . [Full Article...]

Hurricane Lane Strengthens to Cat 5, Turns Towards Hawaii, Swell Shifting South

Hurricane Lane Strengthens to Cat 5, Turns Towards Hawaii, Swell Shifting South But the hurricane centre said the storm will move very close to or over the islands from Thursday through Saturday. A hurricane warning remains in effect for the Big Island and the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe. Sortie orders are given ahead of major storms in order to protect ships from structural damage they might incur in a more enclosed environment. The weather service ur... [Full Article...]

STEVE is Not an Aurora at All

STEVE is Not an Aurora at All The light was nicknamed STEVE, and that's now its official name as well. The aurora chasers dubbed the light ribbon occurrences "Steve", a reference to the 2006 film Over the Hedge . "Steve" contains no charged particles, and this means that the principle of its formation is fundamentally different from classic glow. However, the satellite detected no charged particles raining down to the iono... [Full Article...]


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