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Powerful Hurricane Michael kills one after making landfall in Florida

It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the USA mainland in almost 50 years and the most powerful in recorded history to strike the Florida Panhandle. Hours earlier, it made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near Mexico Beach, Florida. "Where homes were, they are not", Ginger Zee, ABC's chief meteorologist, said in a video posted on Twitter . [Full Article...]

Hurricane Michael weakens to Category 1 storm: NHC

Hurricane Michael weakens to Category 1 storm: NHC But Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross said on Wednesday as many as 320,000 people on Florida's Gulf Coast had disregarded evacuation notices. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said on Tuesday an estimated 500,000 Florida residents had been ordered or urged to seek higher ground before the storm in 20 counties spanning a 200-mile (320-km) stretch of shoreline. [Full Article...]

Hubble Space Telescope Gyroscope Fails, All Observations On Hold

Hubble Space Telescope Gyroscope Fails, All Observations On Hold The telescope usually uses three gyros at a time for maximum efficiency, but it can continue to make scientific observations with just one. "The first step is to try to bring back the last gyro, which had been off, and is being problematic", Osten said on Twitter . [Full Article...]

Giant, jagged 'ice spikes' cover Jupiter's moon Europa, new study suggests

Giant, jagged 'ice spikes' cover Jupiter's moon Europa, new study suggests In those spots, when the sun blasts fields of ice, it can turn the ice directly into gas, which then drifts away. Europa however has the flawless conditions necessary for penitentes to form more uniformly - its surface is dominated by ice; it has the thermal conditions needed for ice to sublime without melting; and there is very little variation in the angle in which the sun shines on the su... [Full Article...]

Takeaways from the UN's Startling Climate Report

Takeaways from the UN's Startling Climate Report Australian Conservation Foundation chief executive Kelly O'Shanassy called on the government to change tactics. That message was underlined in this week's landmark report from the IPCC , which warns that to protect the world from the direst impacts of global warming renewables will have to account for 70-85% of global power supplies by 2050, while coal's share will need to be near zero. [Full Article...]

'Unprecedented' climate steps are needed, United Nations says

'Unprecedented' climate steps are needed, United Nations says Increasingly, you don't have to convince Australian farmers of that. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Petteri Taalas attends a news conference after the release of the report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ) at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, October 8, 2018. [Full Article...]

Hurricane Michael gains strength as Floridians flee to higher ground

Hurricane Michael gains strength as Floridians flee to higher ground The storm's winds have increased to about 130 miles per hour with higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center said . The effects of Hurricane Michael may cause residential areas to become uninhabitable for weeks or possibly even months. He anxious about the city's famous southern live oaks draped in Spanish moss, and predicted not all of them would survive. In the dangerously exposed coasta... [Full Article...]

Here's how Hurricane Michael could impact Maryland

Here's how Hurricane Michael could impact Maryland Hurricane Michael is about 295 miles south of Panama City and has reached major hurricane strength with highest sustained winds of 120 mph. Hurricane Michael is a beast Wednesday morning after strengthening overnight. Officials have warned of storm surge, flooding and widespread power outages that could last days. Ann Beaver was among the three-quarters of city residents who lost electricity... [Full Article...]

Branson's Training up for a Virgin Galactic Trip Within Months

Branson's Training up for a Virgin Galactic Trip Within Months Sir Richard is in a race with Elon Musk's SpaceX and Amazon to send the first fee-paying passengers into space. In an interview with CNBC , Branson said his company was "more than tantalisingly close" to its first landmark flight beyond Earth's atmosphere, stating: "we should be in space within weeks, not months". [Full Article...]

See Hurricane Michael from Space in These Satellite Images

See Hurricane Michael from Space in These Satellite Images Michael is expected to strengthen into a strong Category 3 hurricane as it approaches the Florida coast, with winds reaching 125 miles per hour near its center of rotation. "As Hurricane Michael nears landfall, we are working with state and local officials in Florida to take all necessary precautions", Trump said Monday. [Full Article...]

Landmark UN climate report warns time quickly running out

Landmark UN climate report warns time quickly running out Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , explores the steps that must be taken to keep the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit , above preindustrial temperatures. The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would require "rapid and far-reaching" transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Nadine becomes 14th named storm of Atlantic hurricane season

Tropical Storm Nadine becomes 14th named storm of Atlantic hurricane season Forecasters at the Miami center say Michael is expected to strengthen quickly and become a major hurricane by Tuesday night. The hurricane center is already warning of storm surge up to 12 feet in some areas, plus heavy rainfall through Florida's Panhandle and into Alabama, Georgia and SC, and "tropical storm"-force winds". [Full Article...]

SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch gave California residents another scare

SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch gave California residents another scare SpaceX on Sunday successfully launched its first West Coast satellite. SAOCOM 1A 3,000-kilogram satellite built by INVAP and this deployment was done in conjunction with Argentina's space agency with the objective of radar-imaging the earth. [Full Article...]

NASA Hubble Space Telescope grapples with new mechanical failure

The telescope's non-essential systems have been turned off - and all science observations are on hold. Hubble's success is due in no small part to five servicing missions flown by space shuttle crews, including an initial visit in 1993 to fix the telescope's flawed optics and the final visit in 2009 that replaced the gyros and provided additional upgrades. [Full Article...]

Michael strengthens into a hurricane, menaces Florida

Michael strengthens into a hurricane, menaces Florida Rick Scott issued a state of emergency for 26 counties , in order to free up resources and put the Florida National Guard on notice. The National Hurricane Centre ( NHC ) said a "life-threatening storm surge " was expected along much of the coast of the Florida Panhandle. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Aces First-Ever Rocket Landing in California After Spectacular Satellite Launch

SpaceX Aces First-Ever Rocket Landing in California After Spectacular Satellite Launch After Falcon 9's fireworks, booster B1048 managed a stunning return to Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4), giving local observers a nice triple sonic boom. It's landing on terra firma after successfully obtaining a license for the pad this summer. The satellite is the first of two that will be used for emergency management and for land monitoring. Argentina's domestic satellite manufacturer INVAP built the... [Full Article...]

Landmark UN global warming report carries life-or-death warning

Landmark UN global warming report carries life-or-death warning Society would have to enact "unprecedented" changes to how it consumes energy, travels and builds to meet a lower global warming target or it risks increases in heat waves, flood-causing storms and the chances of drought in some regions as well as the loss of species, a United Nations report said on Monday. [Full Article...]

30-Year-Old Doorstep Turns out to be a Rare Meteorite

30-Year-Old Doorstep Turns out to be a Rare Meteorite A man in the United States received a rock as a gift in 1988 from a farmer in 1988, at that point of time he probably didn't think much of it. The man lived at the farm for years, but took the rock with him when he moved away. The sixth largest meteorite recorded in MI has just been brought to the attention of experts over 80 years after its discovery. In the morning they found the crater and du... [Full Article...]

Man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop

Man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop And that could mean something substantial as the space rock might be worthing more than $100,000. Owner David Mazurek said the meteorite came with a barn he bought in 1988 in Edmore. A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is a meteorite worth more than $100,000. "I'm done using it as a doorstop". [Full Article...]

Space X completes the very first west coast rocket landing in California

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket's first stage has landed back at its California launch site after carrying an Argentinian satellite into space. Residents in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties also may hear sonic booms. The launch, employing the upgraded Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 rocket, remained scheduled for 7:21 p.m. "Sonic boom warning. This won't be subtle" advised SpaceX f... [Full Article...]


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