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'Beluga whale' spotted in the Thames off Gravesend

'Beluga whale' spotted in the Thames off Gravesend The ORCA conservation charity said the whale was far from its normal range and they were monitoring it carefully. Danny Groves, from Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) said: "This is a High Arctic species thousands of miles from where it should be in Greenland, Svalbard or the Barents Sea, they are usually associated close to the ice". [Full Article...]

SpaceX signs customer looking to explore the moon

SpaceX signs customer looking to explore the moon But ispace is taking all the hard work of the HAKUTO team and putting it into HAKUTO-R, in which the R stands for "reboot". The 2020 ispace mission will be considered a success if the lander achieves lunar orbit, company representatives said. [Full Article...]

Japanese probe sends back stunning new images from asteroid’s surface

But it didn't stop there - more pictures and even a 15-frame short video from the asteroid have been beamed back. While it's unlikely to win an Oscar, a short movie shot on the surface of a near-Earth asteroid is a major scientific milestone. [Full Article...]

Nasa's orbiter spots its lost rover friend on Red Planet

Nasa's orbiter spots its lost rover friend on Red Planet Interplanetary station Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has photographed the Opportunity Rover , but would it "revive" - is still not known. NASA's Opportunity rover has been photographed on Mars after enduring a global dust storm that has silenced its signal. [Full Article...]

Scientists know the home star of interstellar object Oumuamua

Scientists know the home star of interstellar object Oumuamua Using new observational data from a European spacecraft, an global team of astronomers has identified four dwarf stars as possible "homes" of the cigar-shaped object- the first interstellar visitor ever observed within our solar system . Oumuamua would have passed Candidates 3 and 4 1.1 and 6.3 million years ago respectively - with similar relative speeds and minimum distances. As leader of one o... [Full Article...]

Ancient fat solves fossil riddle at last

Ancient fat solves fossil riddle at last Evolution gone wrong? Or maybe a plant? The findings of the fossils of this animal now solve the decades-old mystery about the holy grail of paleontology . One of the most significant aspects of this study is simply the fact that they have managed to find a site with organic material preserved in 558-million-year-old fossils. [Full Article...]

Firefighters wash dead fish off I-40 after floodwaters recede

Firefighters wash dead fish off I-40 after floodwaters recede He said that FEMA data indicates that tens of thousands of structures have been damaged by the storm. "We do have some concerns that people are not taking this event as seriously as they should", he said. The news release said the chemicals being used are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and pose little risk for people or animals. Last week the Democrat had set a date for October ... [Full Article...]

Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence

Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence Roy Cooper said at the North Carolina briefing. "What have we been doing for two years?" Residents hit hard by the storm will be looking to the federal government for help recovering and rebuilding. Almost 3 feet of rain fell in some parts of North Carolina and almost 2 feet in areas of SC. They passed a vehicle buried in floodwaters and called out to see if anyone was in it. [Full Article...]

Seal slaps man in the face with an octopus

The once-in-a-lifetime event was thankfully captured by Taiyo Masuda , a content creator who works closely with GoPro (who kindly provided a slow mo version of the hilarious hit). Mulinder and Masuda, who were sharing the two-man kayak, both posted the incredible footage to Instagram . "Such a raw moment, brought us so much laugh to all of us all day long". [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Rosa to become MAJOR hurricane

Tropical Storm Rosa to become MAJOR hurricane Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles to the east and north of the center, and 120 miles to the southeast of the center. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, with the NHC saying that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Kirk strengthens slightly as warnings, watches issued

Another named storm, Leslie, was downgraded to a non-tropical storm Tuesday. Tropical Storm Kirk is located at about 470 MI...755 KM E of Barbados. It could regain sub-tropical storm status later this week. A westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through Friday night. Kirk is expected to produce total rainfall of 4 to 6 inches with higher totals of 10 inches across the northern Win... [Full Article...]

Did a mathematician really solve a million-dollar math problem?

Did a mathematician really solve a million-dollar math problem? A famous and quite old British mathematician, 89-year-old Michael Atiya, has announced that he has resolved the so-called "Riman case", which has remained unsolved since 1859, ever since the German mathematician George Bernhard Riman presented it. [Full Article...]

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’

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...]


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