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Sixth tropical storm of the season forms Sixth tropical storm of the season forms
- July 10, 2020

Name or no name, the system will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to parts of the Carolinas through Thursday, and the potential for heavy rain will spread up the East Coast for the next few days as well. Up to 4 inches is possible. The National Weather Service encourages residents living in flood-vulnerable areas to consider protective actions ahead of the storm. (more...)
Tropical storm warning issued for Long Island as Fay forms along coast Tropical storm warning issued for Long Island as Fay forms along coast
- July 10, 2020

A flash flood watch is in effect for tomorrow across Long Island. With recent heavy rains in portions of the watch area, additional rain of these amounts could cause flash flooding. AccuWeather says the storm could produce some isolated pockets of 4 or more inches. The National Hurricane Center on Thursday morning continued to track an area of low pressure that was located about 60 miles east of Wilmington, N.C. (more...)
NASA increases recommendations required by Boeing for Starliner flight NASA increases recommendations required by Boeing for Starliner flight
- July 10, 2020

Boeing and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are planning more than 80 changes into the new manned-flight Starliner spacecraft after an unmanned test in December of 2019 failed to meet its intended goals and are looking to test launch it later this year, officials told a press conference. (more...)
Watch SpaceX launch another batch of Starlink satellites into space Watch SpaceX launch another batch of Starlink satellites into space
- July 09, 2020

This launch will add to BlackSky's already-active constellation of six orbiting satellites. Earlier, it was also used for the launch of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, in addition to the fourth and seventh Starlink missions . But astronomers have been concerned about the visual impact of the enormous network on their observations and imaging. The Starlink satellites would, in theory, be visible later tonight from the United Kingdom, but cloudy conditions appear to have foiled hopes of ... (more...)
Environment Canada issues severe thunderstorm warning for Toronto Environment Canada issues severe thunderstorm warning for Toronto
- July 09, 2020

Major flooding was also reported to police on Lakeshore Drive near Ontario Drive. That triggered a Special Weather Statement from Environment Canada, warning of heavy rains and the possibility of flooding. Crews are focused on addressing safety issues first, including downed wires and trees falling on power lines. "However, there will be customers that will remain without power throughout the night and into tomorrow", Cunnington said. (more...)
Tropical Storm Edouard forms over far North Atlantic Ocean Tropical Storm Edouard forms over far North Atlantic Ocean
- July 09, 2020

A faster east-northeastward motion is expected by tonight, followed by further acceleration on Sunday. The National Hurricane Center's Eric Blake wrote in the latest forecast discussion that "Extratropical transition is anticipated by 24 hours due to forcing from a middle-latitude trough and a frontal boundary". (more...)
Spot rare comet 'Neowise' in West Michigan this July Spot rare comet 'Neowise' in West Michigan this July
- July 09, 2020

The comet is now bright enough in magnitude that skilled observers with pristine skies are reporting they have seen it with the naked eye. NASA astronaut Bob Behnken posted a tweet from the International Space Station on 5 July, highlighting Neowise. (more...)
Italian scientists investigate pink glacial ice in the Alps Italian scientists investigate pink glacial ice in the Alps
- July 07, 2020

The report mentions that normally ice reflects more than 80 percent of the sun's radiation. The plant, known as Ancylonema nordenskioeldii , is present in Greenland's so-called Dark Zone, where the ice is also melting. Numerous glaciers in the Alps are already under threat due to climate change, with experts predicting glaciers will vanish from half of UN-designated World Heritage sites this century unless greenhouse gas emissions are curbed. (more...)
How to watch the 'Independence Day' lunar eclipse How to watch the 'Independence Day' lunar eclipse
- July 07, 2020

An eclipse does occur any time a planet or moon passes between still another planet, moon or sunlight. This time, all four lunar eclipses in 2020 are penumbral . Unfortunately, people in India will never be able directly see the eclipse . Eclipse is described as forming or partial forming of light from one celestial body by another celestial body. (more...)
NASA's ‘smell of space' has been converted into a perfume NASA's ‘smell of space' has been converted into a perfume
- July 07, 2020

And in 2008, NASA enlisted the help of Steve Pearce, a chemist and the founder of Omega Ingredients , to re-create it. And another fragrance, reproducing the " smell of the Moon " would be under development. However, the scents have been optimized and can be worn safely 'if you like the smell'. "I think it kind of has nearly a bitter kind of smell in addition to being smoky and burned", Whitson had said in the interview. (more...)
SpaceX counts down to historic Crew Dragon astronaut launch SpaceX counts down to historic Crew Dragon astronaut launch
- July 07, 2020

It'll be the first time astronauts will take off from the USA since NASA's space shuttle program ended in 2011, when they started hitching rides on Russian Soyuz capsules. Not only will this be the very first time that a privately owned company will be sending out astronauts into space, but it will also be marked as the very first time that astronauts have actually launched from the United States after almost a decade. (more...)
Rocket carrying four satellites `lost` after being launched from New Zealand Rocket carrying four satellites `lost` after being launched from New Zealand
- July 07, 2020

Founder Peter Beck has also apologised and said the company will find out what the issue was, "correct it and be back on the pad soon". But the mission ended in a devastating failure that saw Rocket Lab lose both its rocket and the cannon as well as the rest of the payload it was carrying. (more...)
Court Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Must Be Emptied For Now Court Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Must Be Emptied For Now
- July 06, 2020

The latest legal decision comes amid a wave of successful challenges by environmental groups that have blocked permits for at least three major pipeline projects this year in United States courts. Before the coronavirus pandemic devastated the US oil industry, daily oil production in North Dakota - the nation's No. 2 oil producer behind Texas - was at a near-record 1.45 million barrels daily. (more...)
Lunar Eclipse July 2020 Lunar Eclipse July 2020
- July 06, 2020

There'll also be another reason to look skyward this weekend, as this month's full moon happens to coincide with a lunar eclipse . The full moon was a partial penumbral eclipse . Virtual Telescope June 21, 2020 * Solar Eclipse Annular 20:45 PT / 23:45 ET (June 20) 23:40 PT (June 20) / 2:40 ET (June 21) 2:34 PT / 5:34 ET Central African Republic, Congo and Ethiopia, Pakistan, India and China. (more...)
Tropical Depression 5 no longer a threat Tropical Depression 5 no longer a threat
- July 06, 2020

Rain and wind have died down across Bermuda as the depression has swept to the northeast of the islands. Tropical Depression Five can turn into a tropical storm sometime on Sunday. NOAA's Hurricane Season 2020 Forecast. Seven of the storms strengthened into major hurricanes of Category 3 or greater on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind scale . (more...)
Rocket Lab vehicle fails to reach orbit, loses payload of satellites Rocket Lab vehicle fails to reach orbit, loses payload of satellites
- July 05, 2020

That includes Canon, which was flying a new Earth imaging satellite with demonstration imaging tech on board, as well as Planet, which had five satellites for its newest and most advanced Earth imaging constellation on the vehicle. He said the company would leave no stone unturned to figure out what happened and get back to the launchpad. Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck said the company's lost rocket would have burnt up on re-entering the atmosphere. (more...)
E-waste levels surge 20 percent in 5 years E-waste levels surge 20 percent in 5 years
- July 05, 2020

The authors of the study calculated the combined weight of all dumped devices with a battery or a plug a year ago was the equivalent of 350 cruise ships the size of the Queen Mary 2 . Screens and screens created about half as a lot trash as massive tools however nonetheless amounted to shut to 7 million metric tons of e-waste in 2019. (more...)
Mississippi Gov. Reeves signs bill stripping Confederate emblem from flag Mississippi Gov. Reeves signs bill stripping Confederate emblem from flag
- July 04, 2020

That would forge a proud new identity to inspire hope, cultivate unity and signal a blossoming future for the state that has so much going for it. The commission will develop a single new design by September, and MS voters will approve or reject that design on the November 2020 ballot. (more...)
Inovio Covid-19 vaccine shows promise in preliminary clinical trials Inovio Covid-19 vaccine shows promise in preliminary clinical trials
- July 04, 2020

The drug is one of 17 being tested on humans in a frantic global race to find a vaccine the world is counting on to end a pandemic that has killed more than half a million so far. INOVIO plans to publish the full data set in a peer-reviewed medical journal. Inovio's vaccine, called INO-4800, is created to inject DNA into a person so as to set off a specific immune system response against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. (more...)
Archaeologists have found ancient Aboriginal sites underwater, off the coast of Australia Archaeologists have found ancient Aboriginal sites underwater, off the coast of Australia
- July 04, 2020

Associate Professor Jonathan Benjamin, of Flinders University in Australia, said: 'Australia is a massive continent but few people realise that more than 30 per cent of its land mass was drowned by sea-level rise after the last ice age. "Managing, researching and understanding the archeology of the Australian Continental Dog in partnership with traditional Aboriginal owners and caretakers and Torres Strait Island is one of the last frontiers of Australian archeology", Benjamin said. (more...)