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China's next moon mission by year-end, East Asia News & Top Stories China's next moon mission by year-end, East Asia News & Top Stories
- January 16, 2019

The lunar mission by Chang'e 4 and its rover, Jade Rabbit 2 , was a triumph for China's growing space program, which has been rapidly catching up with those of Russian Federation and the U.S. "It hovered at around 100 meters above the lunar surface and moved about 8 meters towards the southwestern direction". "From the panorama, we can see the probe is surrounded by lots of small craters, which was really thrilling". (more...)
Cotton seeds carried by Chinese lunar lander sprouts on moon Cotton seeds carried by Chinese lunar lander sprouts on moon
- January 15, 2019

The experiment also contains potato and oilseed rape seeds. Xinhua said the probe had taken about 170 pictures so far which have been sent back to Earth. China's Chang'e-4 probe has successfully germinated seeds on the dark side of the Moon in a miniature, artificial biosphere, providing hope for the future of sustainable, long-distance manned space travel. (more...)
Ice from Antarctica melting at a rapid pace Ice from Antarctica melting at a rapid pace
- January 15, 2019

The ice sheet is so heavy, Bentley and his colleagues discovered, that much of the West Antarctic ice sheet sits on land thousands of meters below sea level, making it a marine ice sheet in places. First measured in the late 1950s by UW-Madison glaciologist Charles Bentley, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet alone contains enough ice to raise sea level by roughly 5 meters. (more...)
DNA pioneer stripped of honors over ‘reprehensible’ race comments DNA pioneer stripped of honors over ‘reprehensible’ race comments
- January 14, 2019

CSHL found Watson's newly voiced comments " reprehensible " and completely unsupported by science. "In response to his most recent statements, which effectively reverse the written apology and retraction Dr. The Times reported that Watson's family said he was unable to respond, having been in medical care since a auto accident in October. Watson's new comments came in an on-camera interview with Mark Mannucci, producer of a documentary that aired last week on PBS as part of its ... (more...)
SpaceX rocket blasts final round of Iridium satellites into orbit SpaceX rocket blasts final round of Iridium satellites into orbit
- January 13, 2019

A Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday served as the grand finale for one of the largest tech upgrades in space history, including revolutionary change to the global air-traffic surveillance system. But the primary objective of the rocket launch involved completing the $3 billion Iridium Next constellation to provide voice and data communication anywhere on the globe. (more...)
NASAs Hubble telescope main camera breaks and USA shutdown might delay fix NASAs Hubble telescope main camera breaks and USA shutdown might delay fix
- January 13, 2019

Nasa's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe in 2012 estimated that the universe is more than 13 billion years old. Researchers have discovered the brightest quasar yet known, detected from the period when the universe's star-making hydrogen gas became ionized, known as "reionization". (more...)
Oceans heating up at quickening pace, study finds | #AsiaNewsNetwork Oceans heating up at quickening pace, study finds | #AsiaNewsNetwork
- January 13, 2019

The results provide further evidence that earlier claims of a slowdown or "hiatus" in global warming over the past 15 years were unfounded. "There is no doubt, none!" the authors wrote in a statement. And warming oceans lead to a lot of other dire consequences, some immediately felt by humans and other creatures, and some more generally destructive to life as we've long known it. (more...)
Alien contact? Mysteriously repeating radio signals captured by Canadian telescope Alien contact? Mysteriously repeating radio signals captured by Canadian telescope
- January 12, 2019

Some have proposed explanations, such as energy being flung as black holes tear stars apart, or perhaps even distant alien civilizations sending out long-range signals in the hopes of finding intelligent life. This breakthrough is now for the second where the scientists are observing such a radio blast again. It's easier, therefore, to measure and understand these effects at lower frequencies. (more...)
China moon rover 'Jade Rabbit' wakes from 'nap' China moon rover 'Jade Rabbit' wakes from 'nap'
- January 12, 2019

Researchers hope that low-frequency observations of the cosmos from the far side of the moon, where radio signals from Earth are blocked, will help scientists learn more about the early days of the solar system and birth of the universe's first stars. (more...)
Fish deaths mean NSW water plan 'failed' Fish deaths mean NSW water plan 'failed'
- January 12, 2019

Buckingham was trying to highlight the recent death of around a million fish in the Darling River, and was trying to point blame at the Nationals for their handling of water policies. "On the Barwon-Darling, the impact on cotton production is even more devastating with zero hectares of cotton being grown in Bourke this season, down from 4,000 hectares the year before", the general manager of Cotton Australia, Michael Murray, said. (more...)
Billions of stars (including the sun) are turning into crystals Billions of stars (including the sun) are turning into crystals
- January 11, 2019

Thanks to the precise measurements that it is capable of, we have understood the interior of white dwarfs in a way that we never expected. Astronomers identified the first direct evidence that old stars turn to rock when they run out of nuclear fuel and begin to cool down. (more...)
Scientists detect second repeating radio burst of unknown origin Scientists detect second repeating radio burst of unknown origin
- January 11, 2019

Scientists have put forth numerous possible explanations, including a neutron star with a strong magnetic field that is spinning very rapidly, two neutron starts merging, and a small number say it could even be alien life. "An FRB emitted from a merger of two neutron stars, or a neutron star and a black hole , for example, can not repeat". Only one other repeating FRB has ever been found. (more...)
Hubble got the galaxy in the constellation of the Triangle Hubble got the galaxy in the constellation of the Triangle
- January 11, 2019

Triangulum is the third-largest galaxy in what's known as the Local Group of galaxies, which includes bigger neighbors Andromeda and our own Milky Way . "Most notably, Triangulum's star formation is 10 times more intense than in the comparable Hubble panorama of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy ". The latest image was taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys. (more...)
China Reveals First Ever Images From The Dark Side Of The Moon China Reveals First Ever Images From The Dark Side Of The Moon
- January 10, 2019

In other words, the far side of the moon receives more radiation than the near side because the far side is less shielded. The spacecraft, which launched in early December , touched down late Wednesday night. As direct communication of the probe with its handlers is not possible, all data has to be bounced off relay satellites that send it back to earth. If everything goes according to the plan then Chang'e is going to mark a venture highlighting the ambition of China to become a leading ... (more...)
First partial solar eclipse of 2019 to be observed today First partial solar eclipse of 2019 to be observed today
- January 10, 2019

So what is a super blood wolf moon and why does it get such a metal name? If the Great American Eclipse of August 2017 left you hungry for another colossal cosmic event, then you're in luck-sort of. It happens when a New Moon is positioned furthest from the Earth on its elliptical orbit, so appears slightly smaller in the sky and can not fully eclipse the Sun. (more...)
Proof of LIFE: Scientists record mysterious radio signals from deep space Proof of LIFE: Scientists record mysterious radio signals from deep space
- January 10, 2019

Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there. The new FRBs were detected by the brand new CHIME instrument, or Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment , located in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. (more...)
Five things we learned from the Brexit debate Five things we learned from the Brexit debate
- January 10, 2019

Speaker John Bercow was subject to jeering in the chamber on Wednesday morning when he announced that parliament would be allowed to vote on the amendment, as parliamentary rules usually only allow a government minister to make changes to motions of this type. (more...)
NASA's planet finder discovers weird new world and 6 six exploding stars NASA's planet finder discovers weird new world and 6 six exploding stars
- January 09, 2019

Three new planets and six supernovae outside our solar system have been observed by Nasa's planet-hunting Tess mission in its first three months. Why scientists are saying the new planet's surface is relatively cool is because its star is nearly as bright as our very own Sun, the team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston said . (more...)
Australia Closes Queensland Beaches Over Thousands of People Stung by Jellyfish Australia Closes Queensland Beaches Over Thousands of People Stung by Jellyfish
- January 08, 2019

Since the start of December, there have been more than 18,000 stings recorded in Queensland , compared with 6,000 for the same time past year. While bluebottle stings are quite among beachgoers in Australia, the increase in the number of people being stung has gone up steadily in the past few days. (more...)
Chinese rover 'Jade Rabbit' drives on far side of the moon Chinese rover 'Jade Rabbit' drives on far side of the moon
- January 07, 2019

The far side of the moon is more rugged than the near side, so Chinese officials adjusted the descent trajectory for the Chang'e 4 mission to a more vertical profile from the curved profile used on Chang'e 3, China's previous lunar lander which touched down on the near side in 2013. (more...)