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Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que Two days after a powerful twister tore through the rural Ottawa community of Dunrobin, residents got their first chance Sunday to return to their tornado-ravaged homes and assess the damage. A key power station was knocked out by the tornadoes, and Conrad said it looked it was bombed. Tregunna said she had plenty of help in her Good Samaritan efforts with "tons of volunteers, lots of donation of... [Full Article...]

Hayabusa 2: Japan's mission to land rovers on asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa 2: Japan's mission to land rovers on asteroid Ryugu The two tiny rovers, designated Rover-1A and Rover-1B, are part of the second MIcro Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid (MINERVA-II) project. The MINERVA-II1B rover captured this view of asteroid Ryugu on September 21, 2018 shortly after separating from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa2 spacecraft. [Full Article...]

Japan makes history by landing two space rovers on an asteroid

Japan makes history by landing two space rovers on an asteroid Beneath their desolate surfaces, asteroids are believed to contain a rich treasure-trove of information about the formation of the solar system billions of years ago. From this crater, the probe will collect "fresh" materials unexposed to millennia of wind and radiation, hoping for answers to some fundamental questions about life and the universe, including whether elements from space helped give ... [Full Article...]

Trinidad prepares for possible Tropical Storm Kirk impact

Trinidad prepares for possible Tropical Storm Kirk impact The system became what the weather folks call a "remnant low" and was written off by the Hurricane Center as of its 11 a.m. advisory. Up Next: An approaching cold front has stalled to our north and west, keeping us in a wet weather pattern over the next several days. [Full Article...]

The British learned to catch space debris network

On September 16th, the group began to proceed with in-space testing. The harpoon is supposed to hit a 10x10 cm (4x4 inches) target from 1.5 meters (5 feet) away, while the drag sail, once attached to the target, is meant to allow the satellite to de-orbit quicker and burn up faster in the Earth's atmosphere. [Full Article...]

Japan space probe drops two hopping rovers towards asteroid

Japan space probe drops two hopping rovers towards asteroid The pair of cylindrical Minerva-II rovers were basically flung off the Japanese Space Agency's Hayabusa-2 spacecraft on Thursday. The main focus of this JAXA scientific mission is to violently throw a projectile at asteroid Ryugu to cause a shock on the surface and collect the dust thrown by the impact. [Full Article...]

Dam breach at Duke Energy plant in North Carolina

Dam breach at Duke Energy plant in North Carolina FILE - A pipe from the Dan River Power Plant where coal ash spilled is seen along the Dan River in Eden, N.C., February 5, 2014. Gray material the company characterized as "coal combustion byproducts" could be seen floating in the lake and river. [Full Article...]

Florence death toll rises to 23 in Carolinas

Florence death toll rises to 23 in Carolinas The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two women who drowned when a sheriff's van taking them to a mental health facility was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet. [Full Article...]

1.7 million chickens drowned in Florence flooding

1.7 million chickens drowned in Florence flooding More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of interstates 40 and 95. The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet, four times its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 near the Fort Bragg army base in the southern part of the state, according to the National Weather Service. [Full Article...]

Spiders have blanketed a Greek lagoon in 300-meter cobwebs

Spiders have blanketed a Greek lagoon in 300-meter cobwebs The locals should probably be thanking them as one of the things they eat is mosquitoes which Chatzaki notes have also been seen in the area in greater numbers than usual. Luckily, she said , they won't be around for long. "The spiders will have their party and will soon die", added Maria. These types of spiders can be found in many areas around the world, including the United States. [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Kirk forms in Eastern Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Kirk forms in Eastern Atlantic Ocean Winds are sustained at 40 miles per hour. A faster westward motion across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean is expected Sunday through Tuesday. The National Hurricane Center said it is now monitoring two other areas of disturbed weather in the Atlantic. [Full Article...]

NASA's planet-hunting telescope discovers two new Earth-like planets

NASA's planet-hunting telescope discovers two new Earth-like planets The image above is just a portion of the full image - the bright part on the right is the Large Magellanic Cloud, while the bright star R Doradus is on the left. The targets include the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds - the galaxies closest to Earth - as well as 47 Tucanae (NGC 104), a globular cluster of old stars. [Full Article...]

Octopuses on ecstasy drug 'become more social'

Seven octopuses received MDMA inside laboratory tanks. Fascinatingly, while sober, the octopus spent more time with the object, but when it was given a mild dose with MDMA, it favored the other octopus. The data obtained allowed to conclude that in the body of the octopus there is the plot, which is responsible for the involvement of the serotonergic system in the regulation of social behavior... [Full Article...]

Cheers At SpaceX: Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot

Cheers At SpaceX: Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot SpaceX , has announced that the company's 2023 moon mission will be streamed live in high-definition virtual reality so that viewers can get as close to the action as possible without being there in the flesh. "Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon", he said. He said he often mused about what artists like Basquiat or Andy Warhol might have come up with if they'd traveled into space. [Full Article...]

Giant spiders' web covers Greek beach

Giant spiders' web covers Greek beach The spider web appeared in Aitoliko, a city in western Greece . The freakish sight was the work of spiders from the genus Tetragnatha - otherwise known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. Just when you thought you these guys could not get more invasive, they invade a whole Greek town... for a sex party. Tetragnatha spiders are not exclusive to Aitoliko, Greece. [Full Article...]

Air Force Secretary: Space Force 'Bold Idea,' but US Already Dominates Space

Air Force Secretary: Space Force 'Bold Idea,' but US Already Dominates Space Air Force has led the armed forces in establishing America's space capability such that it is unrivaled in the world", the association said. "The proposal that the Air Force circulated to other elements of the Defense Department on Friday was actually tasked to us by the group that is trying to develop concepts to implement the President's vision", Wilson said. [Full Article...]

Greek town covered in spider webs

Greek town covered in spider webs Giannis Giannakopoulos noticed the "veil of webs" earlier this week and captured the spider creations with his camera. The warmer weather around the area has helped create ideal conditions for the spiders to come out and build giant cobwebs strung on the local flora. [Full Article...]

Florence rainfall totals for North Carolina: 8 trillion gallons

Florence rainfall totals for North Carolina: 8 trillion gallons More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina, six days after Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, according to state officials. The potatoes can be picked by hand, but "we use a plow that flips them out of the ground", he said. Environmentalists worry the toxic coal ash stored there could spill into the Cape F... [Full Article...]

A Giant Spider-Web Covers An Entire Shoreline In Aitoliko, Greece

The spider web appeared in Aitoliko, a city in western Greece . See the massive spider webs in the video player above . The webs are filled with Tetragnatha spiders - known as "stretch spiders" for their long bodies. Though those with phobias may find the sudden presence frightening, experts say these spiders aren't risky to humans and were likely just taking advantage of favorable mating co... [Full Article...]

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to be SpaceX’s first Moon tourist

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to be SpaceX’s first Moon tourist Ahead of the anticipated announcement , SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted two new renders of the spacecraft that is now in development. In an interview in March, Musk said the ship was now being built, adding "I think we'll probably be able to do short flights, short sort of up-and-down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year". [Full Article...]


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