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NASA releases epic 10-year timelapse of Sun NASA releases epic 10-year timelapse of Sun
- June 27, 2020

As of June 2020, the SDO spacecraft has been watching the Sun for a full decade - amassing 20 million gigabytes of data. You can see throughout the time-lapse the rise and fall in activity that occurs during an 11-year solar cycle. NASA will continue to keep a watch on the Sun so that no significant development misses its observations. The video has been made possible by the three instruments on-board SDO, which are still going strong after more than 10 years. (more...)
UK told to put green issues at heart of post-pandemic recovery UK told to put green issues at heart of post-pandemic recovery
- June 27, 2020

On Thursday, the UK's Committee on Climate Change released its progress report. The steps that the United Kingdom takes to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic can accelerate the transition to a successful and low-carbon economy and improve our climate resilience. (more...)
Four killed as strong quake shakes southern, central Mexico Four killed as strong quake shakes southern, central Mexico
- June 27, 2020

EDT). A strong quake hit southern Mexico on Tuesday, shaking buildings in the center of the capital Mexico City hundreds of miles away, and sending people fleeing their homes into the streets. The USGS placed the quake's epicenter along the southern coastline of Oaxaca, yet its effects were felt as far inland as Mexico City. Though no significant damage has been reported by growers, we are keeping a close eye on the aftermath of these events. (more...)
Astronomers Think Oceans On Jupiter’s Moon Europa Could Be Habitable Astronomers Think Oceans On Jupiter’s Moon Europa Could Be Habitable
- June 26, 2020

So it was established that various minerals lose water with volatile substances when exposed to different temperatures. The research is yet to be peer-reviewed and has was presented on Wednesday, June 24, at the virtual Goldschmidt geochemistry conference. (more...)
Game-changing planet discovered by USQ researchers and NASA Game-changing planet discovered by USQ researchers and NASA
- June 26, 2020

But Beta Pictoris and AU Mic have markedly different planets, despite being neighbors. Since then, astrophysicists have been actively searching for planets around AU Mic, since it is within such discs of dust and gas that they form. To discover the exoplanet, astronomers used data collected by NASA's TESS that was observing AU Mic in July and August 2018. "What makes this especially rare is that it also transits its star, so we can measure the radius as well as the mass, leading to an ... (more...)
Facebook seeks to offer more 'context' on coronavirus posts Facebook seeks to offer more 'context' on coronavirus posts
- June 26, 2020

Facebook's latest notification builds on news verification tools it introduced in 2018 , such as bringing more context to articles people share, including related news and information about the publisher from their Wikipedia page, if one's available. (more...)
Seattle franchise out to 'answer this challenge' with Climate Pledge Arena name Seattle franchise out to 'answer this challenge' with Climate Pledge Arena name
- June 26, 2020

They say Climate Pledge Arena will be powered with 100% renewable electricity (from on-site solar panels and off-site sources) and that all operations and events at the arena will be "zero waste" with durable and compostable containers (with less than 5% of the arena's waste stream going to landfills). (more...)
Trump Overhauling Enforcement of Endangered Species Act Trump Overhauling Enforcement of Endangered Species Act
- June 26, 2020

Under the enforcement changes, officials for the first time will be able to publicly attach a cost to saving an animal or plant. Administration officials hailed the reforms as balancing conservation with economic interests. To stay within the law, separate teams would work in parallel on the listing decision and the economic analysis, officials said. Make it harder to designate critical habitat necessary for the conservation and recovery of listed species. (more...)
Tropical Storm Dolly forms over the north Atlantic Tropical Storm Dolly forms over the north Atlantic
- June 25, 2020

National Hurricane Center says. "A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected tonight and on Wednesday", the NHC said . According to records from the NHC, the month of June has only produced two other D-named storms: Tropical Storm Debby from 2012 and Tropical Storm Danielle from 2016. (more...)
Astronomers discover mystery object in space Astronomers discover mystery object in space
- June 25, 2020

Time and more observations will tell". "As the detectors get more and more sensitive, we will observe even more of these signals, and we will be able to pinpoint the populations of neutron stars and black holes in the universe". This detection could even herald a new understanding of how massive stellar explosions called supernovas happen. "This is going to change how scientists talk about neutron stars and black holes", Patrick Brady, co-author of the study, said in a statement. (more...)
Saharan dust plume to impact conditions in Kansas City over weekend Saharan dust plume to impact conditions in Kansas City over weekend
- June 25, 2020

Saharan dust is taking over the United States this week and it's coming to the Ohio Valley! Dust from the Sahara Desert gets lofted into the sky and travels with the trade winds, close to the equator, east to west across the Atlantic Ocean. (more...)
Major quake shakes southern Mexico, at least 5 killed Major quake shakes southern Mexico, at least 5 killed
- June 25, 2020

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.4 quake hit at 10:29am local time (15:29GMT) along Mexico's southern Pacific coast at a depth of 26km (16 miles). The quake was felt in Guatemala and throughout south and central Mexico. At least five people were killed as said by the coordinator for Mexico's National Civil Protection Service. (more...)
Saharan dust plume arrives in Belize Saharan dust plume arrives in Belize
- June 25, 2020

As of Wednesday morning, the Saharan dust has started to edge into the Gulf Coast states. "Persons with respiratory issues or allergies must travel with or have close at hand all relevant prescription medications in case of emergencies". But, that's generally the extent of it. The timing of the dust storm couldn't be worse. The main impacts will be noticeably hazy sunrises and sunsets. (more...)
Virgin Galactic Surges 13% on Space Act Agreement With NASA Virgin Galactic Surges 13% on Space Act Agreement With NASA
- June 24, 2020

In addition to offering commercial space station trips as an isolated service, Virgin Galactic suggests that it will offer its current SpaceShipTwo flights as a part of its astronaut training. Neither NASA nor Virgin appears to be claiming that Virgin Galactic spacecraft themselves will fly to ISS, just train astronauts to do so. "Based on the unsurpassed levels of spaceflight customer commitments we have secured to date, we are proud to share that insight in helping to grow another market ... (more...)
Mexico quake kills at least five and causes panic Mexico quake kills at least five and causes panic
- June 24, 2020

A powerful quake centered near Huatulco in southern Mexico was felt across the country, according to reports . The United States Geological Survey (USGS ) says that the quake occurred as a result of reverse faulting on or near the plate boundary between the Cocos and North American plates. (more...)
World's biggest reptilian eggs has found on Antarctica World's biggest reptilian eggs has found on Antarctica
- June 21, 2020

After the fossil was found by Chilean scientists, the specimen was apparently left unlabelled and unstudied in the collections of Chile's National Museum of Natural History, with those who knew about its existence only referring to it by its nickname - " The Thing ". (more...)
Milky Way could be home to 36 intelligent alien civilisations Milky Way could be home to 36 intelligent alien civilisations
- June 20, 2020

Their new study , he says, simplifies the assumptions with the use of new data and provides a reliable estimate for the number in question. Our distance from these civilizations is roughly 17,000 light-years, which makes detection, much less communication, quite hard considering our current technology . (more...)
Mystery Antarctica fossil is massive prehistoric egg Mystery Antarctica fossil is massive prehistoric egg
- June 20, 2020

Any egg of this size is noteworthy, but to preserve a soft-shelled egg of this size is momentous. He further said that the egg resembles a deflated football. . Study co-author Jasmina Wiemann, a PhD candidate at Yale University , used cutting-edge technology to examine the molecular composition of the fossils without damaging them. (more...)
Coronavirus was already in Italy by December, waste water study finds Coronavirus was already in Italy by December, waste water study finds
- June 19, 2020

The ISS institute said that waste water collected in Milan and Turin previous year including in Bologna showed genetic traces of COVID-19. It adds to evidence from other countries that the virus may have been circulating much earlier than thought. (more...)
Solar eclipse on Sunday, to be visible from Nepal Solar eclipse on Sunday, to be visible from Nepal
- June 19, 2020

If weather permits, people in these areas will see the characteristic "ring of fire". A solar eclipse or Surya Grahan occurs when the moon will obstruct the way between the sun and the earth. As the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, it casts a shadow on the Earth, blocking Sun's rays from hitting the planet directly. Getting a chance to see a total solar eclipse is rare. (more...)