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Plastic waste among new discoveries made during record breaking Marana Trench dive Plastic waste among new discoveries made during record breaking Marana Trench dive
- May 18, 2019

Victor Vescovo of Five Deeps Expedition became the first human to make multiple solo dives to its hadal depths in the DSV Limiting Factor , the world's deepest diving submarine . Down there he found wonderful sea creatures, but also found a plastic bag and sweet wrappers . On board the DSSV Pressure Drop for this historic accomplishment was legendary American oceanographer, explorer and marine policy specialist, Dr Don Walsh, a retired US Navy Captain, who made the first ... (more...)
High winds force SpaceX to postpone first launch of Starlink satellites High winds force SpaceX to postpone first launch of Starlink satellites
- May 17, 2019

SpaceX shared details about its largely secretive Starlink constellation program March 15, providing updated targets for commercial service, details about satellite design and the thought process behind why the company's upper target is 12,000 satellites - about six times the number functioning in orbit for the rest of the world combined. (more...)
Activists Have Scaled The Sydney Harbour Bridge Activists Have Scaled The Sydney Harbour Bridge
- May 16, 2019

The police arrested 10 people prior to the final three who were still attached to the bridge at 9.30am, bringing the protest to a halt. Supporters also took over a public walkway on the bridge. About 5.15am (Tuesday 14 May 2019), security staff operating on the Sydney Harbour Bridge observed several people on the bridge. Australia is facing a climate emergency right now . (more...)
NASA says the moon is shrinking and experiencing NASA says the moon is shrinking and experiencing "moonquakes"
- May 15, 2019

The Moon is steadily shrinking, causing wrinkling on its surface and quakes , according to an analysis of imagery captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) published on Monday. While NASA originally hoped to launch in 2028, following completion of the Gateway lunar station , the Trump Administration is now pushing for a '24 moon landing-hence the additional funding request. (more...)
Underwater explorers say they've found plastic in deepest ocean trench Underwater explorers say they've found plastic in deepest ocean trench
- May 15, 2019

Victor Vescovo journeyed 10,927 meters (35,853 feet) to the bottom of the Challenger Deep, the southern end of the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench, as part of a mission to chart the world's deepest underwater places. The Mariana Trench is deeper than Mount Everest is tall. Sir David Attenborough, a naturalist and wildlife campaigner, reacted to Vescovo's unsavory find at the bottom of the Mariana Trench by calling plastic in the sea an "unfolding catastrophe" that we "ignore at our peril". (more...)
Deepest underwater dive in human history finds plastic on ocean floor
- May 14, 2019

Witnessing the dive from the Pacific was Don Walsh. Vescovo broke the previous Mariana Trench diving record by about 36 feet. In the Java Trench, the deepest point of the Indian Ocean, researchers identified a gelatinous animal - thought to be a stalked ascidean, otherwise known as a sea squirt - which they said does not resemble anything seen before. (more...)
American breaks record with deepest submarine dive ever, finds plastic waste
- May 14, 2019

The previous record was held by "Titanic" director James Cameron in 2012 . Vescovo, a 53-year-old financier with a naval background, tells CNN Travel his journey to the depths was about testing the limits of human endeavor as much as scientific discovery. (more...)
Houston Ship Channel reopens to vessel traffic following tanker collision Houston Ship Channel reopens to vessel traffic following tanker collision
- May 13, 2019

The Coast Guard says each barge was carrying an estimated 25,000 barrels of reformate and that an unknown volume of the gasoline product spilled. Officials say the spilled product is toxic to touch, inhale or ingest. Those areas include Seabrook, La Porte, El Lago, Pasadena, Clear Lake Shores, Friendswood, Pearland, League City, Texas City and Bacliff. "The bow of the ship went through the port tank into the starboard tank" and both were open to the sea, said Guidry. (more...)
Scientists on the verge of creating 100 percent recyclable plastic Scientists on the verge of creating 100 percent recyclable plastic
- May 10, 2019

Even the most recyclable plastic , PET - or poly (ethylene terephthalate) - is only recycled at a rate of 20-30%, with the rest typically going to incinerators or landfills, where the carbon-rich material takes centuries to decompose. "To our surprise, they were the original monomers", Helms said. The researchers believe that their new recyclable plastic could be a good alternative to many nonrecyclable plastics in use today. (more...)
Dark clouds on horizon for flood-weary Midwest Dark clouds on horizon for flood-weary Midwest
- May 10, 2019

The river - a key transportation artery for shipments of grain, agricultural chemicals, energy products, and other commodities - is closed from river mile marker 179 to 184, the Coast Guard said. During the historic flooding in July 1993, the Mississippi River near Davenport rose to its highest level ever: 22.63 feet. The bulging MS tore through a levee in St. (more...)
Amazon's Jeff Bezos Unveils Lunar Lander Project Amazon's Jeff Bezos Unveils Lunar Lander Project "Blue Moon"
- May 10, 2019

According to Blue Origin, the Blue Moon lander technology builds on the company's experience with its smaller New Shepard rocket, which has undergone tests in Texas. Trump in 2017 made a return to the moon a high priority for the US space programme, saying a mission to put astronauts back on the lunar surface would establish a foundation for an eventual journey to put humans on Mars. (more...)
SpaceX Dragon Successfully Delivers NASA Cargo To ISS SpaceX Dragon Successfully Delivers NASA Cargo To ISS
- May 09, 2019

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques used the station's big robot arm - also made in Canada - to capture the Dragon approximately 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the North Atlantic Ocean. NASA described the latest experiments to arrive at the space station as "just a few of the hundreds of investigations that will help us learn how to keep astronauts healthy during long-duration space travel, and demonstrate technologies for future human and robotic exploration beyond low-Earth orbit to the ... (more...)
Tiny T. rex relative identified Tiny T. rex relative identified
- May 09, 2019

The paper details how the dinosaur called Suskityrannus hazelae provided missing clues about how T. rex evolved into the massive predator that ruled the later Cretaceous period. The name Suskityrannus hazelae is derived from "Suski", the Zuni Native American tribe word for "coyote", and from the Latin word "tyrannus" meaning king and " hazelae " for Hazel Wolfe, whose support made possible many successful fossil expeditions in the Zuni Basin. (more...)
Israel successfully launches first moon lander Israel successfully launches first moon lander
- May 08, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was watching the launch live from the Israeli control center in Yehud, near Tel Aviv. Israel seeks to become the fourth country to successfully land a spacecraft on the surface of the moon, after the Soviet Union, the U.S., and China . (more...)
SpaceX launches supplies to space station after power delays SpaceX launches supplies to space station after power delays
- May 07, 2019

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off loaded with a Dragon cargo craft during a resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., May 4, 2019. The spacecraft will remain at the space station for about four weeks before returning to Earth with more than 1,900 kg of research and return cargo. (more...)
This Epic Hubble Telescope Mosaic Is a Cosmic 'History Book' of Galaxies This Epic Hubble Telescope Mosaic Is a Cosmic 'History Book' of Galaxies
- May 05, 2019

Like watching individual frames of a motion picture, the Hubble deep surveys reveal the emergence of structure in the infant Universe and the subsequent dynamic stages of galaxy evolution. The image yields a huge catalog of distant galaxies . This full view of the Hubble Legacy Field shows the uneven edges cropped out of the "cleaner" image, above, showing off all of the roughly 265,000 galaxies contained in the composite. (more...)
Ex-Tory leader calls for government to adopt net zero target Ex-Tory leader calls for government to adopt net zero target
- May 05, 2019

The move would mean that by 2050 any greenhouse gas emissions must be offset by sucking Carbon dioxide out of the air and would be the most ambitious legally-binding climate change target of any country in the world. On a United Kingdom scale, the warnings over Scotland's preparedness for its landfill ban should serve as a lesson that investment in infrastructure to deal with displaced waste will need to be made well in advance of a ban if the United Kingdom is to be able to adequately deal ... (more...)
Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower
- May 05, 2019

Halley's Comet will not return to Earth skies for half a century. The shower is active from April 19 through to the of May 28, reaching its peak from May 5 to 6 this weekend. The end of July will feature not one but two meteor showers that fall on the same night. Its last flyby was in 1986 and is expected to appear again in 2061. (more...)
Faulty aluminum led to Dollars 700 mn satellite failure Faulty aluminum led to Dollars 700 mn satellite failure
- May 05, 2019

NASA has announced that its investigators have determined the technical root cause for the Taurus XL launch failures that resulted in the loss of the NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory and the Glory mission in 2009 and 2011 respectively. (more...)
Denisovans roamed Tibetan Plateau 160,000 years ago Denisovans roamed Tibetan Plateau 160,000 years ago
- May 04, 2019

The cave faces the southeast, sitting about 40 meters above the modern Jiangla riverbed. Since 2010, researchers Fahu Chen and Dongju Zhang from Lanzhou University have been studying the area of the discovery and the cave site from where the mandible originated. (more...)