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Researchers discover fossil of 'largest parrot ever' in New Zealand Researchers discover fossil of 'largest parrot ever' in New Zealand
- August 08, 2019

They compared the leg bones to a variety of bird skeletons held at the South Australian Museum, and to images of bird specimens on the website of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Michael Archer , a paleontologist at the University of New South Wales who was also involved in the study, remarked that the bird's stature would make it "able to pick the lint out of your belly button". (more...)
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 carrying Spacecom AMOS-17 SpaceX launches Falcon 9 carrying Spacecom AMOS-17
- August 07, 2019

AMOS-17 is set to provide telecommunications access to the countries of the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. The launch attempt comes after a slight delay. Spaceflight Industries says it is getting out of the business of organizing ride-shares on large vehicles like the Falcon 9, though. SpaceX has announced a dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program that will allow customers to launch payloads of up to 150 kilograms into a sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) for as little as $2.25 million. (more...)
Elon Musk shares behind-the-scenes pics as SpaceX Starship aims for orbit Elon Musk shares behind-the-scenes pics as SpaceX Starship aims for orbit
- August 06, 2019

SpaceX said once fully developed, Starship will launch from Kennedy Space Center and land vertically back on the Space Coast. Last week, SpaceX launched a prototype named Starhopper on a short flight at its Boca Chico, Texas facility. "Pics are of 9m dome rotation & Starship airframe behind windbreak", Musk said. While SpaceX and space enthusiasts will be eagerly anticipating updates at the August 24 presentation, we now know that SpaceX is following its recent successful untethered ... (more...)
Full moon and weather may scupper Perseids meteor views Full moon and weather may scupper Perseids meteor views
- August 06, 2019

The Perseid shower has been putting on a preview of sorts since July 17 - one to three meteors per night - and will peak August 12-13 before fading to a conclusion August 24. To view the Perseids, find a dark location, a comfortable chair and look to the northeast quadrant of the sky between 10 p.m. and 4:30 a.m., said James Andrus, a Cortez meteorologist for the National Weather Service. (more...)
100 percent of Google's products will 'include' recycled materials by 2022 100 percent of Google's products will 'include' recycled materials by 2022
- August 06, 2019

Starting in 2022, 100 percent of Made by Google products will include recycled materials with a drive to maximise recycled content wherever possible. Other companies such as Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Ltd. have made similar efforts. Google has also promised to ensure that all product shipments will be "carbon neutral" by 2020. (more...)
Amazon confirms Cork as site of latest 23MW wind farm project Amazon confirms Cork as site of latest 23MW wind farm project
- August 04, 2019

The company now has 66 renewables schemes globally, including 51 solar rooftop arrays, with the aim of using 100% renewable energy across its global operations. Warner said that it would not only produce a clean source of energy, Amazon would also help in creating new jobs in rural areas as well. Some of the programs that have set the status of Amazon as one of the torchbearers of sustainability include Frustration-Free Packaging, Ships in Own Container, Shipment Zero , Investments in the ... (more...)
NASA satellite locates possibly habitable super-Earth 31 light years away NASA satellite locates possibly habitable super-Earth 31 light years away
- August 03, 2019

The reason why scientists are pretty excited about the discovery, is because they think it might have liquid water on it. The exoplanet is more massive than our home planet and has conditions that suggest it could potentially support life. (more...)
Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Hot 'Heavy Metal' Exoplanet Shaped Like A Football! Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Hot 'Heavy Metal' Exoplanet Shaped Like A Football!
- August 03, 2019

Its odd, football-like shape is also due to the planet's close proximity to the host star as it is on the verge of being ripped apart by the star's gravity. Nine-hundred light-years from Earth, there's a football-shaped planet so hot that heavy metals boil through its atmosphere, venting into space. Iron and magnesium gases are escaping the atmosphere of WASP-121b, a hot Jupiter located around 880 light-years from Earth, according to new research published today in the Astronomical ... (more...)
NASA discovers new Earth-like planet just 31 light years away NASA discovers new Earth-like planet just 31 light years away
- August 02, 2019

Most importantly, these planets are near the size of Earth and located in their solar system's habitable, or "goldilocks" zone, which can support liquid water, one of the necessary ingredients for life. It's 3.4 times the mass of Earth and zips around the planet every 9.1 days, reaching a temperature of 260 degrees Fahrenheit. "If the planet has a dense atmosphere, which will take future studies to determine, it could trap enough heat to warm the planet and allow liquid water on its ... (more...)
Holy Moly, Universal Studios Is Getting A Brand New Park Holy Moly, Universal Studios Is Getting A Brand New Park
- August 01, 2019

Though if you look closely at the official concept art for the park, which is now online thanks to Universal Orlando's quick brief on Universal's Epic Adventure, you can see what some have seemed to take as unofficial confirmations of those rumored attractions. (more...)
Could There Be Life? This Newfound 'Super-Earth' May Be Habitable
- August 01, 2019

Here we have small rocky planets such as Earth , Mercury, Venus and Mars , or much larger gas-dominated planets like Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, but nothing in the middle. Even within our own solar system, the planets Mars and Venus may have once supported life - along with moons such as Titan and Europa. In this region, it is possible for liquid water to exist on the surface of a planet if it is rocky, although further research is needed to work out whether GJ 357 d's ... (more...)
Hurricanes Erick and Flossie weaken as they approach Hawaii Hurricanes Erick and Flossie weaken as they approach Hawaii
- August 01, 2019

Thankfully, the storm is not expected to make direct landfall in Hawaii, however, experts warned it will cause rough seas and stronger winds across the Big Island. Thankfully, residents of Hawaii will be relieved to know that most current tracking has the heart of Hurricane Erick missing the Hawaiian Islands. Hurricane Erick could whip sea waters up to anywhere between 7 and 16 feet by Thursday night, according to a marine forecast from the National Weather Service released Monday. (more...)
NASA discovers 'Disneyland' of exoplanets and possible missing link
- August 01, 2019

According to their discovery, one of the planets could be habitable due to its environmental condition. An worldwide group of astronomers discovered the planet using NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) earlier this year in the constellation Hydra, about 31 light-years from Earth , according to a statement by NASA . (more...)
Earth's 2019 resources 'budget' spent by July 29 Earth's 2019 resources 'budget' spent by July 29
- August 01, 2019

At the global level in 2016 (the latest data available), we used the equivalent of more than 1.7 planets' worth of biocapacity overall, which is unsustainable - we only have one Earth . Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Aaron Kiely said: "Earth's resources are finite, and we are in a climate emergency". Population - As EOD puts it, "The more of us there are, the less planet there is per person". (more...)
NASA's planet hunting mission finds three new 'worlds' NASA's planet hunting mission finds three new 'worlds'
- August 01, 2019

One of those planets, called GJ 357 d, could support liquid water if it turns out to have a thick atmosphere and be made of rock. New exoplanets are found at outer side of our solar system and they are part of the TOI-270 (TOI stands for TESS Object of Interest 270) system which is the mysterious planet. (more...)
Archaeologists find 140 million year old thigh bone of plant eating dinosaur Archaeologists find 140 million year old thigh bone of plant eating dinosaur
- July 31, 2019

Researchers found the bone in the Agneac-Charente area of France, which is known for its dinosaur bones. The thigh bone of a monster dinosaur was discovered for the current week by French scientistss at a removal site in southwestern France where survives from probably the biggest creatures that at any point lived ashore have been uncovered since 2010. (more...)
How old is the Moon? Older than we thought, says study How old is the Moon? Older than we thought, says study
- July 31, 2019

The agency has planned a total of 15 orbit raising manoeuvres before the 3,850 kilogrammes (kg) three-module Chandrayaan-2 comprising an orbiter, lander and rover are brought around the Moon, which is at a distance of almost four lakh km from the Earth. (more...)
Holiday Inn ditches mini shampoo bottles to cut back on plastic waste Holiday Inn ditches mini shampoo bottles to cut back on plastic waste
- July 31, 2019

According to Lodging Magazine , Marriott International has also ditched mini bottles in its guest bathrooms, and pitched the idea to its franchisee owners as a way to save anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 annually per hotel by switching to bulk dispensers. (more...)
Black moon to be visible in North America on July 31st Black moon to be visible in North America on July 31st
- July 31, 2019

A unusual phenomenon acknowledged as a "black moon" will hover throughout skies in North The usa tomorrow. We normally talk about supermoons when they happen along with the full moon, which can make for a lunar spectacle that appears a little larger in the sky than normal. (more...)
No, you can't watch Netflix while driving your Tesla No, you can't watch Netflix while driving your Tesla
- July 31, 2019

While an upcoming update means you'll be able to stream Netflix and YouTube on Tesla's massive touchscreen dashboard display, there will be a safety feature to ensure the company isn't courting disaster. On July 26, the company announced that chess game is also coming to the Tesla Arcade. Tesla's drive to provide passengers and drivers with video streaming sites and services is not actually a surprise. (more...)