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Trio of astronauts blast off to international space station

Trio of astronauts blast off to international space station NPR's Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi and Emily Sullivan reported in March that private companies Boeing and Space X have been involved in helping with space expeditions for the past two decades. But NASA's new administrator, former Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine, has some other priorities. A third (33 percent) do think that these private companies could advance the industry even without the agency. [Full Article...]

Bison gores woman in Yellowstone's 3rd recent animal attack

Hancock was wounded in her hip and brought to a Montana hospital "in good condition", officials said . The incident happened yesterday morning, as 59-year-old Kim Hancock of Santa Rosa, California was part of a crowd within ten yards of the bison while walking along a boardwalk. [Full Article...]

More building blocks of life found on Mars

More building blocks of life found on Mars Organic entails "containing carbon", as this NASA video says, but organic molecules can have biological or non-biological origins. The host of the session, assistant director of science for communications in NASA's Planetary Science Division Michelle Thaller, began by clearing up any rumors that the agency would announce that they had found alien life. [Full Article...]

Ministry of Environment participates in 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Environment Day

Ministry of Environment participates in 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Environment Day Joint Commissioner BBMP (Solid Waste Management), Sarfaraz Khan claims that it is thanks to the agency's raids that the big eateries have stopped using plastic. "If present trends continue, by 2050", Guterres warned, "our oceans will have more plastic than fish". Nzegbulam emphasised the need for every Nigerian to make meaningful contributions towards reducing plastic pollution in the nation. [Full Article...]

Space Station For Sale: NASA Administrator Is In Talks With International Companies

Space Station For Sale: NASA Administrator Is In Talks With International Companies The Russian Soyuz MS-09 ship is set to reach the ISS on Friday. Wednesday's launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan was the latest in a long series and went without a hitch. They have been living on the five-bedroom house-sized space station (from the inside) since March 21 and will introduce all the systems and safety procedures to the newcomers. [Full Article...]

What has Nasa found on Mars? Alien life? Watch announcement livestream here

No matter its objective, these work as "chemical clues" for researchers about Mars. What do we stand to gain from these missions anyway? The two studies appear in the journal Science . Questions remain, however, as to how the organic material was formed. "While we don't know the source of the material, the unbelievable consistency of the results makes me think we have a slam-dunk signal for or... [Full Article...]

Scientists find 540-million-year-old animal footprints

Prof Shuhai Xiao, a geobiologist at Virginia Tech University and senior author of the research, said the finding brings scientists closer to understanding what creatures were the first to evolve pairs of legs. They are often assumed to have appeared and radiated suddenly during the " Cambrian Explosion " about 541-510 million years ago, although it has always been suspected that their evolutionary... [Full Article...]

Days on Earth Are Getting Longer, Thanks to the Moon

Days on Earth Are Getting Longer, Thanks to the Moon Now as it moves away, the days are meant to get longer, eventually even resulting in an added hour in the daytime. Using astrochronology, scientists are able to study Earth's climate and how it related to other objects in the Solar System , dating back hundreds of millions of years. [Full Article...]

'Planet Nine' may not be needed to explain unusual orbits

Bodies in the extreme outer solar system that never come close enough to the Sun to be affected any any significant manner by the gravity of Neptune and the other major planets are known as "detached objects". Sedna circles the sun at a distance of almost 8 billion miles and doesn't even come near solar system's giant planets. Fleisig ran a computer model for the orbits of these odd distant obje... [Full Article...]

Asteroid on a collision mission with Earth disintegrates just hours after discovery

Asteroid on a collision mission with Earth disintegrates just hours after discovery The first in 2008 was detected 19 hours ahead of impact, and the second was detected a few hours ahead in 2014. The same asteroid hunter, Richard Kowalski , made all three discoveries. Astronomers were limited by tracking data, but predicted the asteroid's trajectory would see it enter the atmosphere between South Africa and New Guinea. [Full Article...]

India can eliminate single-use plastic by 2022, says Harsh Vardhan

India can eliminate single-use plastic by 2022, says Harsh Vardhan While plastic has many valuable uses, Nigeria has become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic - with severe environmental consequences. I've replaced using plastic bottles with a metal one. "Already, plastics have been found in over 60 percent of all seabirds and in all sea turtles' species that mistake plastic for food". He praised India for its growing focus on environmental protec... [Full Article...]

ISS astronauts return to Earth safely

ISS astronauts return to Earth safely More specifically, the astronauts brought back home the soccer ball that would be used in the opening game of the World Cup 2018, held in Russian Federation. The three members - Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos - are scheduled to launch on June 6 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. [Full Article...]

Asteroid hits Earth hours after Nasa 'Planetary Defence' shield saw it

Asteroid hits Earth hours after Nasa 'Planetary Defence' shield saw it Astronomers spotted asteroid 2018 LA just hours before its impact over Botswana. The rock entered Earth's atmosphere at a speed of approximately 38,000 miles per hour. However, the asteroid was determined to be very small and therefore harmless. It's only the third time scientists have spotted an incoming asteroid on a direct collision course with Earth . [Full Article...]

Whale found dead in Thailand waters had 80 plastic bags in stomach

Whale found dead in Thailand waters had 80 plastic bags in stomach Rescuers tried for five days to keep it alive but couldn't save it. The whale was nursed through the week but it died on Friday. Last month, the Thai government said it was considering a levy on disposable plastic shopping bags. Marine biologist Thon Thamrongnawasawat told Agence France-Presse the bags would have made it impossible for the whale to eat nutritional food. More than 5 trillion ... [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches SES-12 communications satellite

SpaceX launches SES-12 communications satellite The company originally planned to launch last week, but postponed the launch to run more tests. The satellite will provide data and video services to millions of people throughout the Asia-Pacific region, said representatives of SES, the Luxembourg-based company that will operate the spacecraft. [Full Article...]

President Trump Orders Help For Coal And Nuclear Plants

President Trump Orders Help For Coal And Nuclear Plants During that two year period, the government would also conduct a study into vulnerabilities in the US grid system. Sanders added that "impending retirements of fuel-secure power facilities" pose a risk to national security, which prompted Friday's actions. [Full Article...]

Trump orders Energy Dept. to halt shutdown of coal, nuclear plants

Trump orders Energy Dept. to halt shutdown of coal, nuclear plants The administration has said it is concerned the retirement of old coal and nuclear plants could put US power supplies at risk because - unlike solar, wind, and natural gas power facilities - coal and nuclear generators can store fuel on site. [Full Article...]

Trans Mountain seeks stricter injunction as analyst warns delays damaging economy

Trans Mountain seeks stricter injunction as analyst warns delays damaging economy The leaders said they'll only buy into the pipeline after consultation with their members and their elders. Kinder Morgan Canada says the expansion project originated in response to requests from oil shippers to help them reach new markets by expanding the capacity of North America's only pipeline with access to the West Coast. [Full Article...]

Pluto has 'Earth-like characteristics,' study says

Pluto has 'Earth-like characteristics,' study says The dunes, spotted on images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its 2015 flyby, sit at the boundary between a heart-shaped nitrogen glacier about the size of France called Sputnik Planitia and the Al Idrisi Montes mountain range made of frozen water, scientists said Thursday. [Full Article...]

China invites United Nations member countries to its own orbital space station

China invites United Nations member countries to its own orbital space station The Italian is now training in Russian Federation on the Soyuz spacecraft that will launch him into space alongside NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and Roscosmos astronaut Alexander Skvortsov. "Chinese space station belongs not only to China but to the whole world", said China's Ambassador to the UN Juncture Shi (Shi Zhongjun). Meanwhile, numerous partners behind the ISS are already being courted... [Full Article...]


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