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Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 Awarded For Revolutionary Work in Lasers Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 Awarded For Revolutionary Work in Lasers
- October 03, 2018

Dr Mourou , now based at the Ecole Polytechnique in France and University of MI, and Prof Strickland who works at the University of Waterloo in Canada, conducted research at the University of Rochester in the U.S. "This new tool allowed Ashkin to realize an old dream of science fiction", the press release states, "using the radiation pressure of light to move physical objects". (more...)
Nobel Prize Goes to Cancer Immunotherapy Pioneers Nobel Prize Goes to Cancer Immunotherapy Pioneers
- October 03, 2018

Commenting on Monday's award, Dan Davis, an immunologist at Britain's University of Manchester, said "this game-changing cancer therapy " has 'sparked a revolution in thinking about the many other ways in which the immune system can be harnessed or unleashed to fight cancer and other illnesses'. (more...)
Shell agrees to massive Canadian liquified natural gas project
- October 03, 2018

Canada is committing C$275m to LNG Canada infrastructure for marine and environmental protection. For perspective, the US exported just 14 million metric tons a year ago, and the whole global market amounted to just 285 million. Two Fort St. John contractors, Surerus Pipeline and Macro Industries, have joint venture projects hired to build segments of the pipeline. FILE PHOTO: A logo for Royal Dutch Shell Shell is seen on a garage forecourt, March 6, 2014. (more...)
Scientists Are Making And Selling Artificial Martian Dirt For $20 Per Kilogram Scientists Are Making And Selling Artificial Martian Dirt For $20 Per Kilogram
- October 03, 2018

As such, UCF features asteroid and moon simulants , which are rarer and harder to find, on the list of items that can be ordered. It would be impossible to send enough food to last a colony years on the surface of Mars so the team will need to be able to grow their own food. (more...)
Canadian Donna Strickland third woman to win Nobel physics prize Canadian Donna Strickland third woman to win Nobel physics prize
- October 02, 2018

Dr Ashkin developed a laser technique described as optical tweezers, which is used to study biological systems. Mourou and Strickland's work resulted in "the shortest and most intense laser pulses created by humankind" - allowing for incredibly precise cutting or drilling through living matter. (more...)
Hurricane Rosa to downgrade to tropical storm before making landfall in Mexico Hurricane Rosa to downgrade to tropical storm before making landfall in Mexico
- October 01, 2018

It will be from what's left of Hurricane Rosa with the most rain falling between Monday night into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service . Lucia, Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique. "We are going to have a whole bunch of rain and it's. not the kind of thunderstorm rain that (is) associated with the monsoon (season)", Cerveny said. (more...)
II1 Rovers Send Back Surface Images Of Asteroid Ryugu II1 Rovers Send Back Surface Images Of Asteroid Ryugu
- September 30, 2018

The imagery - the first taken from rovers from an asteroid - shows a rocky landscape against the backdrop of space. The rovers can not "walk" on the asteroid, so to move on the surface, they would hop around. The "hopping" robots were primarily stored at the base of the "mothership" Hayabusa2 in a drum-shaped container. Before that the robots will explore the structure of the subsoil and topography of the asteroid. (more...)
Whale in the UK's River Thames Whale in the UK's River Thames
- September 28, 2018

The creature is thousands of miles from its normal home in the Arctic. TV news helicopters filmed the white whale from the air as officials asked the public not to get too close to the animal. Richard Sabin, principal curator of mammals at the Natural History Museum, said photos and videos he had seen appeared to show a beluga whale. "The Thames beluga is back feeding in its favoured spot around the barges on the Kent side", he said urging all boats to "keep clear and let it alone". (more...)
Hayabusa 2 sends back highest resolution images of Ryugu yet
- September 28, 2018

Enjoy "standing" on the surface of this asteroid! In a series of six tweets, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ( JAXA ) showed the first images taken by the two rovers - including a 15-frame video - from the surface of Ryugu , a kilometer-wide asteroid that has been visited by the agency's Hayabusa spacecraft. (more...)
TROPICS: Kirk redevelops back into tropical storm TROPICS: Kirk redevelops back into tropical storm
- September 27, 2018

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect frost. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft will be investigating Kirk later this morning to provide more detailed information on the location and intensity of the storm. "Rapid weakening is expected on Friday after Kirk moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea". Heading into the weekend, Tropical Storm Kirk is expected to run into some robust wind shear which is forecast to zap its strength as it transforms into a "remnant low pressure system", ... (more...)
Widespread damage after tornado hits Ontario and Quebec Widespread damage after tornado hits Ontario and Quebec
- September 26, 2018

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has said the tap water in Ottawa remains safe to drink. The Ottawa paramedics association tweeted that it had responded to 16 tornado-related calls in the Dunrobin area, including people trapped in homes, basements, and cars, injuries from debris, and secondary trauma from the winds. (more...)
Beluga whale spotted swimming in the River Thames in shocking video Beluga whale spotted swimming in the River Thames in shocking video
- September 26, 2018

Lucy Babey, head of science at Orca, a marine conservation charity, said: "This is the most southerly recording of a beluga in the UK". According to the UK-based Whale and Dolphin Conservation group, there have been just 20 sightings of beluga whales off the United Kingdom coast before today's incident. (more...)
Japan’s ‘hopping rovers’ successfully land & send first images from Ryugu asteroid Japan’s ‘hopping rovers’ successfully land & send first images from Ryugu asteroid
- September 25, 2018

Known collectively as MINERVA-II1, both are equipped a stereo camera, a wide-angle camera and a thermometer, along with a novel mechanism that allows them to hop short distances in the asteroid's weak gravity. The agency said the round, biscuit tin-shaped robots had successfully landed on the Ryugu asteroid a day after they were released from the Hayabusa2 probe. (more...)
Japan’s MINERVA-II1 rovers send pictures after landing on asteroid Ryugu Japan’s MINERVA-II1 rovers send pictures after landing on asteroid Ryugu
- September 25, 2018

On Saturday, the agency posted that the two exploratory robots Hayabusa2 sent toward Ryugu on Friday are " in good condition " and moving freely on the asteroid's surface. "I felt awed by what we had achieved in Japan". In October, the Hayabusa2 probe will deploy an "impactor" that will explode above the asteroid, shooting a 2kg copper missile to blast a small crater into the surface. (more...)
Tropical Storm Kirk Forms In The Atlantic Tropical Storm Kirk Forms In The Atlantic
- September 24, 2018

It is 545 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands and still has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Depression Eleven is now about 440 miles east of the Windward Islands with sustained winds of 30 mph, and moving northwest at 3 mph. (more...)
Two Hopping Robots are about to Land on Asteroid Ryugu Two Hopping Robots are about to Land on Asteroid Ryugu
- September 24, 2018

The solar panelled-powered rovers move by "hopping" because the extremely weak gravity on the asteroid makes rolling hard. The MINERVA-II-1 - which stands for Micro Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid - separated from the spacecraft at a height of around 50 m (164 feet) from the asteroid's surface. (more...)
Telescope TESS found two exoplanets in two days Telescope TESS found two exoplanets in two days
- September 24, 2018

Black lines that can be seen in the image are gaps between camera detectors. The cameras recorded dozens of constellations, in particular, the photo shows the closest to our galaxy and the Large and Small Magellanic clouds. TESS' looping orbit takes it to the moon and then back near Earth, allowing the satellite to share the gathered data. "The science community are chomping at the bit to see the awesome data that TESS will produce and the exciting science discoveries for exoplanets ... (more...)
Tropical Storm Kirk Forms in Atlantic: NHC Tropical Storm Kirk Forms in Atlantic: NHC
- September 23, 2018

The disturbance is next in line to become a tropical depression - an upgrade is expected by Sunday morning. A faster westward motion across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean is expected Sunday through Tuesday.Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts. (more...)
Japanese man to be 1st private moon flight passenger Japanese man to be 1st private moon flight passenger
- September 23, 2018

Musk said he would not reveal the price Maezawa paid for the Moon trip, but said it would be "free for the artists". American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to explore the lunar surface in 1969, a moment seen and heard around the world when Armstrong declared "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". (more...)
300-metre long Spider-web covers beach in Western Greece 300-metre long Spider-web covers beach in Western Greece
- September 23, 2018

Like this story? Share it with a friend! The webs are filled with Tetragnatha spiders - known as "stretch spiders " for their long bodies. 'High temperatures, sufficient humidity and food created the ideal conditions for the species to reproduce in large numbers, ' Professor Chatzaki told Newsit .gr. (more...)