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Frozen super-Earth exoplanet found in second closest star system Frozen super-Earth exoplanet found in second closest star system
- November 15, 2018

Less than six light-years away from our Sun, the potential planet orbits Barnard's Star, a well-studied low-mass red dwarf star in the Ophiuchus constellation. When the next generation of telescopes come online, scientists will be able to characterise the planet's properties. They know it must be at least three times as massive as Earth, but it could be even larger . (more...)
Tropical wave heading toward Caribbean, 50% chance of development Tropical wave heading toward Caribbean, 50% chance of development
- November 13, 2018

If it strengthens into a tropical storm it would become Patty, the 16th named storm of 2018. The wave is now producing a large area of disturbed weather, and the NHC said conditions should be conducive for it to develop into a full-fledged tropical storm or hurricane Tuesday or Wednesday. (more...)
Rocket Lab now has a fully operational small satellite launcher Rocket Lab now has a fully operational small satellite launcher
- November 13, 2018

The company has six Electron rockets in production and is said to have rapidly scaled up production at its California headquarters to meet ever-growing bookings for this year and next. "The world is waking up to the new normal", Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said in a statement . Rocket Lab will use different mechanisms to raise money, and a listing, at some point, is "under evaluation", Beck says. (more...)
Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million
- November 12, 2018

Twenty-two items, including the medals awarded for his theses and research achievements were put up for online auction late last month. The auction was titled as "On the Shoulder of Giants " which is a reference to the famous phrase once used by Newton: "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants". (more...)
MPs show support for Jo Johnson after resignation MPs show support for Jo Johnson after resignation
- November 11, 2018

However he emphasised that a "no deal" Brexit , which the government insists is the only other option, would mean "chaos" that would cause disruption, delay and deep damage to the United Kingdom economy. They're questions about the Northern Ireland border, they're questions about the kind of regulatory framework in which we'll live. A senior cabinet minister was quoted in the paper as saying: "This is the moment she has to face down Brussels and make it clear to them that they need to ... (more...)
Stephen Hawking's original PHD thesis tops $750000 at Christie's Stephen Hawking's original PHD thesis tops $750000 at Christie's
- November 11, 2018

Hawking's motorised wheelchair sold for £296,750, as did the set of seven awards, including the Albert Einstein award for achievement in natural sciences. Other Hawking items up for auction included signed books, manuscripts, a bomber jacket, and a copy of the Simpson's script in which Hawking made his final cartoon appearance. (more...)
Scientists Create 'Bionic Mushroom' That Can Generate Electricity Scientists Create 'Bionic Mushroom' That Can Generate Electricity
- November 10, 2018

White button mushrooms host a rich microbiota but not cyanobacteria specifically, prompting Mannoor and postdoctoral fellow Sudeep Joshi, to ask if agaricus bisporus could provide the nutrients, moisture, pH and temperature for the cyanobacteria to produce electricity for a longer period. (more...)
Wondering About Air Quality After Diwali? Here’s How You Check It Wondering About Air Quality After Diwali? Here’s How You Check It
- November 10, 2018

Two days after Diwali , the air quality across NCR remains in the severe category with an average AQI reading of 466 for PM 10 as well as PM 2.5 levels. Any reading between 301 and 400 is "very poor" and can cause "respiratory illness on prolonged exposure". This air will seriously affect those with ailments, according to the advisory issued by SAFAR. (more...)
Federal judge halts Keystone XL pipeline construction Federal judge halts Keystone XL pipeline construction
- November 09, 2018

But groups that have been seeking to block the $8bn (£6bn) project are celebrating. The state department has now been ordered to do a more thorough review of the affect on issues like the climate. Judge Morris also said State didn't properly justify approving the pipeline in 2017 under Mr. Trump after rejecting it in 2015 under Mr. Obama. He added: "The department instead simply discarded prior factual findings related to climate change to support its course reversal". (more...)
Ozone layer recovering at 1-3% per decade Ozone layer recovering at 1-3% per decade
- November 09, 2018

However, if it could not be remedied the already slow recovery of the atmosphere's protective layer could be further delayed. "If ozone-depleting substances had continued to increase, we would have seen huge effects". The study, "Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018", was presented in Quito at the 30th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. (more...)
Mysterious object spotted in solar system may have been an alien probe Mysterious object spotted in solar system may have been an alien probe
- November 08, 2018

Shmuel Bialy and Abraham Loeb, two astronomers from the Harvard Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, suggested the cigar-shaped object - given the Hawaiian name 'Oumuamua, which NASA notes "means a messenger from afar arriving first" - could have been a discarded light sail of extra-terrestrial origin, perhaps sent here on objective. (more...)
Elon Musk shows off completed Boring Company tunnel in new video Elon Musk shows off completed Boring Company tunnel in new video
- November 07, 2018

He said this on Twitter. Earlier in June 2017, Musk had tweeted that Tesla was in discussions with Indian hovergover for 'temporary relief on import penalties/restrictions until a local factory is built'. Unconventional factory methods and failed attempts at automation forced the Silicon Valley automaker to endure months of costly delays and executive departures at its auto factory in Fremont, Calif., during a time that Musk has called "production hell". (more...)
May has EU concessions to keep United Kingdom in customs union May has EU concessions to keep United Kingdom in customs union
- November 07, 2018

The Prime Minister stressed that she wanted a deal struck quickly but "not at any cost". "Backstop means backstop. And a backstop can not have a time limit". Under this plan we surrender control to Brussels. "We would urge all pet owners who wish to travel immediately after March 29, 2019 to consult with their vet as soon as they can". (more...)
Kepler Spacecraft Mission Leaves a Legacy to Humanity Kepler Spacecraft Mission Leaves a Legacy to Humanity
- November 07, 2018

After completing its primary mission within four years, the spacecraft was repurposed to look at other stars near the zodiacal constellations. Kepler most recently revealed that 20 to 50 percent of the stars the naked eye can see after dark could be orbited by small, rocky planets not unlike our own. (more...)
NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Has Powered Down for Good NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Has Powered Down for Good
- November 05, 2018

Thomas Zurbuchen , the associate administrator of NASA's Directorate of Scientific Missions, in Washington, praised Dawn's "science life" and "incredible technical achievements". Strict planetary protection protocols govern how NASA can dispose of crafts like Dawn, as they do not want to interfere with the chemistry on Ceres. An artist's concept of Dawn arriving at Ceres. (more...)
Delhi air quality improves to 'very poor', curbs imposed Delhi air quality improves to 'very poor', curbs imposed
- November 04, 2018

According to reports from SAFAR , about 28 percent of pollution by PM2.5 (presence of particles in the air with a diameter of fewer than 2.5 micrometers) on Tuesday was caused due to regional factors like stubble burning . "Ensure that we do not burn garbage and we report all instances of garbage burning and other pollution carefully and responsibly on the CPCB Facebook/Twitter accounts", the EPCA said Wednesday. (more...)
Dramatic onboard footage captures Soyuz rocket launch failure Dramatic onboard footage captures Soyuz rocket launch failure
- November 03, 2018

The two men made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan, and were soon rescued. The rocket failed two minutes into the flight, sending NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Alexei Ovchinin of Roscosmos plummeting 50 kilometres to earth. After the successful emergency landing both the Russian and USA space agencies praised the Soviet-designed rocket, with Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine saying last month that USA astronauts will continue using the Soyuz and praising its "resilience". (more...)
FP’s Guide to the Bolsonaro Presidency FP’s Guide to the Bolsonaro Presidency
- November 03, 2018

And we pledge to renew our efforts to support and bolster their efforts. The guilty verdict was upheld on appeal and Brazil's Supreme Court has rejected numerous requests to free the former president , universally known as Lula. But to effectively lead the opposition, the PT may have to give up or tone down its fight to free Lula, which has consumed an vast amount of its political resources. (more...)
Early voting in Florida surges past 2014 totals Early voting in Florida surges past 2014 totals
- November 03, 2018

Early voting turnout is on track to mirror what we saw during the 2014 midterm elections. "In Colorado, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to vote". "That's unusual - and they're still coming in". Republican Kevin Hern faces Democrat Tim Gilpin in the race for U.S. House District 1. All voters who vote in person must provide identification. (more...)
NASA spacecraft sets record for closest approach to sun NASA spacecraft sets record for closest approach to sun
- November 03, 2018

Parker set its first record on Monday by becoming the closest spacecraft to the sun when it broke the previous record of 26.55 million miles (42.7 million kilometers) from the sun's surface set by the Helios 2 spacecraft in 1976. Because of the spacecraft's distance from Earth and position relative to the Sun, it will be several weeks after the end of the solar encounter before Parker Solar Probe begins transmitting this science data back to Earth. (more...)