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Likely Tropical Storm Takes Aim at U.S. Gulf Coast

Likely Tropical Storm Takes Aim at U.S. Gulf Coast The Hurricane Center noted that hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles. It's time to really start paying attention to the disturbance in the western Caribbean as most models are showing development with a track into the Gulf next week. [Full Article...]

Suspected Exomoon Spotted 8,000 Light-Years Away

Suspected Exomoon Spotted 8,000 Light-Years Away The researchers then used the Hubble Space Telescope to closely monitor the star in question, monitoring the light closely as the planet made a 19-hour transit. Unfortunately, the scheduled Hubble observations ended before the complete transit of the candidate moon could be measured and its existence confirmed. [Full Article...]

Researchers may have found the first signs of an exomoon

Researchers may have found the first signs of an exomoon With a radius that's around a third that of its parent planet , this object is unlike any moon of a giant planet in the solar system. To look for exomoons, the team analysed data from 284 Kepler-discovered planets that were in comparatively wide orbits, with periods greater than 30 days, around their host star. [Full Article...]

Man uses $100,000 meteorite as doorstop for decades

The professor sent a slice of the rock to a colleague at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., who reportedly confirmed her discovery. Mazurek became the rock's owner in 1988, when he bought a farm in Edmore, Michigan . " He said when he was a youngster, it came down on the property out back and you could actually hear when it hit", says David. "I'm done using it as a doorstop... [Full Article...]

MI man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop

MI man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop The farmer said that it had come down onto the property in the '30s - "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit ", the new owner recalled him saying, according to CMU's statement. Then, "I said, wait a minute". The man reportedly hasn't figured out exactly where the meteorite will end up, but a number of institutions are apparently considering purchasing it from him for display. [Full Article...]

Arnold, Smith Winter win Nobel Chemistry Prize

Arnold, Smith Winter win Nobel Chemistry Prize Frances Arnold and George Smith of the US and Gregory Winter of the United Kingdom won the 2018 prize for work that showed scientists and drug developers how to force proteins to evolve. "What always amazes me about Frances is she's such a powerhouse - she gets so much done", said Michael Hecht , a professor of chemistry at Princeton and a longtime friend of Arnold. [Full Article...]

Indian Astronaut May Pay A Short Visit to International Space Station

Indian Astronaut May Pay A Short Visit to International Space Station In a statement Wednesday, NASA said two new crew members will launch to the outpost as planned next week, and that cosmonauts may perform a spacewalk next month to gather more information on the hole found in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked to the outpost. [Full Article...]

Article image Lockheed-Martin reveals plans for reusable lunar lander

Article image Lockheed-Martin reveals plans for reusable lunar lander The technology used by Lockheed would be based on NASA's successful Orion spacecraft and is created to ferry astronauts from NASA's planned Deep Space Gateway - which the space agency is planning to have orbit the moon by 2024 - to the lunar surface. [Full Article...]

Hunt For Planet X: Distant Solar System Object Discovered

Hunt For Planet X: Distant Solar System Object Discovered That's about two and a half times as far away from the sun as Pluto . While "Planet X" is still theoretical, this new body found beyond Pluto has been confirmed in the annoucement by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center , which is responsible for locating minor bodies in the solar system. [Full Article...]

Martin unveils lunar lander concept vehicle

Important quantities of water can be found on the moon's polar region, which missions in the future can use to create fuel and oxygen for a manned outpost . It's expected that the Mars Base Camp Precursor Lunar Lander could be running by the later part of next decade. Among the plan's strategic objectives, NASA calls for returning USA astronauts on the surface of the moon. [Full Article...]

Have astronomers found 1st moon outside our solar system?

Have astronomers found 1st moon outside our solar system? Given that both the planet and its potential moon are gas giants, no one is suggesting conditions that might support life. In Star Wars VI we first meet the Ewoks living on the Forest Moon of Endor. It can be explained by a gravitationally-bound moon following its parent planet. "A companion moon is the simplest and most natural explanation for the second dip in the light curve and the orbit... [Full Article...]

University of Missouri researcher shares Nobel Prize in chemistry

Frances Arnold , a Caltech professor who serves on the board of directors of Illumina, the influential San Diego life sciences company, has been chosen to share this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry . I smile recalling that, but up to that point she had been trying to modify enzymes (proteins that do chemistry) by thinking carefully about the effects certain changes to their amino-acid sequences... [Full Article...]

Shell agrees to massive Canadian liquified natural gas project

Shell agrees to massive Canadian liquified natural gas project It also helps reaffirm Canada's investment climate, battered by the bungled expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline , which was sold by Kinder Morgan Inc.to the government for C$4.5 billion before its approval was quashed by a federal court. [Full Article...]

The Goblin, a dwarf planet, found far beyond Pluto

So it may come as a surprise to some that there is a potential new contender for the ninth planet, based on the discovery of another newly discovered celestial body with an amusing nickname. Tholen first observed 2015 TG387 in October of 2015 at the Japanese Subaru 8-meter telescope on Maunakea, Hawaii. Those were done by telescopes in Chile and Arizona. [Full Article...]

NASA signs deal with Israel Space Agency for lunar mission

The vast amount of time and investment that will go into the first manned trips to Mars mean that keeping the astronauts in top physical condition is a top priority. Are Humans Ready For The Harsh Conditions In Space? USA aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, responding to NASA's plans to renew the exploration of the moon and Mars in the next decade, unveiled a concept spacecraft able to la... [Full Article...]

Leslie may strengthen to a hurricane Tuesday night - U.S. NHC

Leslie may strengthen to a hurricane Tuesday night - U.S. NHC Leslie is several hundred miles west of the Azores. Leslie was earlier forecast to be northeast of Bermuda and heading southwest, but it is now forecast to do a loop with a northward motion on Wednesday night. A slow southwest movement is expected for around another 12 hours, then a sharp turn back to the north. Leslie's minimum central pressure is now 986 mb. [Full Article...]

NWS: Flash flood watch in Northern Arizona

NWS: Flash flood watch in Northern Arizona The soldiers planned to build flood berms and erect barriers and sand bags, officials said. "Those planning to be outdoors next week should keep an eye on the weather forecast and make contingency plans", the NWS said. 14, 1988. Phoenix sees sudden and heavy downpours during the summertime monsoon, but the continuously falling rain is a rarity. Several busy intersections also have closed. [Full Article...]

Longtime MU Professor George Smith Wins 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Longtime MU Professor George Smith Wins 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Arnold from the California Institute of Technology was awarded one half of the award , while George P. Smith from the University of Missouri and Sir Gregory P. Virtually all of them build on what went on before. Smith developed the process in 1985, and Winter built on his research to conduct the directed evolution of antibodies and, subsequently, production of new pharmaceuticals. [Full Article...]

Arnold, Smith, Winter win 2018 Nobel Chemistry Prize

Humira, or adalimumab, was the first drug based on Winter's work to win regulatory approval in 2002. "Enzymes produced through directed evolution are used to manufacture everything from biofuels to pharmaceuticals", the Academy said. She said that while historically it was true that far fewer women than men worked in research, the scientific community needed to wake up the field's changing demogra... [Full Article...]

Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to three evolutionary scientists

On Wednesday, Frances Arnold, a Pittsburgh native, became only the fifth woman in history to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Strickland, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo , won the prize "for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics", according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences , which awards the Nobel Prize. [Full Article...]


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