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Microplastics found in human stools, research finds

Previous studies have shown that plastic is present in the food and drinks we consume, including fish and water, though it remains unclear how microplastics affect our bodies. Once there, the plastic is eaten by sea animals and enter the food chain. Human studies have found that these chemicals can leach from plastics into the food people eat or into the dust in the air . [Full Article...]

Mysterious rectangular 'monolith' iceberg spotted by NASA

An enormous, perfectly rectangular iceberg has been discovered floating in the Antarctic by NASA scientists. While most of us think of icebergs as pointy chunks of ice with their spires sticking out of the water, these tabular icebergs are quite different. [Full Article...]

Shooting Stars Will Be Visible All Over the World This Weekend

Shooting Stars Will Be Visible All Over the World This Weekend Saturday, when the shower is at its peak. From a dark site, about 10-20 meteors per hour are expected. The Orionid meteor shower occurs annually, and its meteors can be seen in the night sky between October 2 to November 7. "Debris from Haley's Comet on the other side of the solar system causes the Eta Aquarius meteor shower in spring, but the Orionids are the more active shower", Samuhel ... [Full Article...]

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Willa aims for Mexico's west

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Willa aims for Mexico's west By early Monday, Willa had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (255 kph) - the same windspeed Hurricane Michael had at landfall in Florida - and was centered about 230 miles (370 kilometers) south of the Islas Marias and 175 miles (280 kilometers) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes. [Full Article...]

European Union recognises 'need' to strengthen climate targets

European Union recognises 'need' to strengthen climate targets At 1.5°C warming, 90% would be lost, at 2°C - 99%. To cite just one example, about 14% of the global population would have to endure extreme heat if the rise is limited to 1.5°C, compared with a whopping 37% if temperatures climb by 2°C. A Pew Research Center survey released on Monday shows that only 11 percent of registered Republican voters see climate change as a pressing issue facing the USA... [Full Article...]

China to launch its own 'artificial moon' to light up streets

China to launch its own 'artificial moon' to light up streets In theory, luminosity this bright should allow the fake moon to reflect light from the Sun onto a very small part of the city at night. According to a report coming from the China Daily , the reflected sunlight can cover an area of 3,600 sq km to 6,400 sq km. [Full Article...]

Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend!

Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend! And it isn't slower by much: the Orionids move at speeds only six kilometres slower than the fastest, which doesn't make a big dent when speeds are roughly 148,000 kilometres per hour. The best thing you can do to maximize the number of meteors you'll see is to get as far away from urban light pollution as possible and find a location with a clear, unclouded view of the night sky. [Full Article...]

Mission to Mercury: Blast-off for UK-built spacecraft BepiColombo

But it's very unlikely that life will be found - temperatures on Mercury range from highs of 800 degrees Fahrenheit to lows of minus 290 degrees, according to NASA , making it nearly impossible that the planet could support life. To be successful, however, BepiColombo must weather some extreme conditions. Nonetheless, it will be possible to operate or partially operate as many as eight of the ... [Full Article...]

Antarctic ice shelf 'sings'

Antarctic ice shelf 'sings' He cites the collapse of Larsen B in 2002 as a prime example of how limited we've been in really spotting and gauging the loss of ice mass as it occurs. "That's essentially the two forcing effects we can observe". That's because vibrations in the ice shelf's insulating blanket could give scientists a sense of how the whole ice shelf is responding to climate conditions. [Full Article...]

Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the US

Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the US An overall mild winter is expected when it comes to temperatures, with most of the USA expected to see warmer than normal temperatures, some much warmer than normal, according to the NOAA outlook from its Climate Prediction Center . The NOAA's Climate Prediction Center posts its three-month outlook once a month. The next update will be posted on November 15. "Even on a warming planet", he sai... [Full Article...]

Stephen Hawking's final book: 'There is no God'

Stephen Hawking's final book: 'There is no God' According to his daughter, who helped complete the book, Hawking saw humanity approaching "vast transformative change" spurred by high-tech advances. For an eternity, Hawking was asked the same things and thus he started to work on " Brief Answers to the Big Questions " past year, but unfortunately, he was unable to finish it before his death in March at the age of 76. [Full Article...]

Mild winter? Here’s NOAA’s 2018-2019 outlook

Center Deputy Director Mike Halpert said in a statement a "weak El Nino " could bring "warmer, drier conditions to parts of the North". But North and SC, along with much of the southeast and Mid-Atlantic, the Tennessee Valley and Ohio Valley , "all have equal chances for below-, near- or above-average temperatures", NOAA said. [Full Article...]

Study Points to Mass Extinction of Mammals

A group of scientists has just published a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that details the impact that humans have had on mammal species since the appearance of humans on the evolutionary scene. Since then, humans have helped erase another 500 million years ― and an additional 1.8 billion years could be lost in the next five decades if the high rate of... [Full Article...]

China To Launch Man-Made Moon To Replace Street Lights

China To Launch Man-Made Moon To Replace Street Lights Wu Chunfeng, the chairman of the southwestern city's Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute, told a recent conference that an " artificial moon ", also known as an illumination satellite , will be ready to launch in 2020, the Daily reports . [Full Article...]

NASA Chandra telescope resurrected after glitch

NASA Chandra telescope resurrected after glitch This further resulted in the spacecraft gathering bad data worth 3 seconds and leading the onboard computer to measure incorrect momentum value of the observatory. While the telescope can function with two, or even one, gyro - the gyroscopes keep the telescope pointed in the same direction for long periods of time - Hubble functions best with at least three gyros. [Full Article...]

Astronaut in space drama said he joked with crewmate after touchdown

Astronaut in space drama said he joked with crewmate after touchdown Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague had to abort their mission on October 11 after the Soyuz rocket supposed to carry them to the International Space Station failed. As for what the future holds, Hague said he's ready to head back to space as soon as possible. He holds out a hand. Nick Hague on Tuesday publicly described his close call during a Facebook conversation . [Full Article...]

Climate Change Is Threatening The World’s Beer Supply

Climate Change Is Threatening The World’s Beer Supply Climate change is putting barley crops at risk. The findings come a week after a dire United Nations report described consequences of unsafe levels of climate change including worsening food and water shortages, heat waves, sea level rise, and disease. [Full Article...]

Idaho wildlife official resigns over uproar about killing baboon family

Idaho wildlife official resigns over uproar about killing baboon family This included a giraffe, leopard, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, gemsbok (oryx) and eland. Pictures that he sent to more than 100 friends and coworkers show him smiling while holding up the dead bodies of what he described as a "family of baboons", seemingly an adult pair with an adolescent and baby. [Full Article...]

Healthy mice born to 2 mothers using stem cells, gene editing

Healthy mice born to 2 mothers using stem cells, gene editing The bimaternal mice not only lived into adulthood, they successfully reproduced with male mice to produce healthy offspring. A genetic mechanism called genomic imprinting enables sexual reproduction in mammals but thwarts same-sex reproduction. [Full Article...]

Some moons have moons of their own - moonmoons

Some moons have moons of their own - moonmoons We own this moment of lunar sweetness to Juna Kollmeier of Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California, and Sean Raymond of the University of Bordeaux, France. It all started off with a simple question, when Kollmeier was asked by her son four years ago if moons have moons. Within the Solar System, four moons now meet that particular requirement: Earth's Moon, Jovian moon Callisto, and Ti... [Full Article...]


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