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Scattered Storms Developing this Evening Scattered Storms Developing this Evening
- July 25, 2020

Vincent and the Grenadines, Tobago and Grenada and its dependencies. Gonzalo formed on Wednesday in the central Atlantic Basin, and forecasts show there's a chance it could strengthen into a hurricane. "A westward to west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected through the weekend". Tropical Storm Gonzalo is a little better organized Thursday evening and is expected to begin affecting portions of the Southern Windward Islands on Saturday, according to the ... (more...)
Hawaii bracing for rain, wind, surf impacts from major Hurricane Douglas Hawaii bracing for rain, wind, surf impacts from major Hurricane Douglas
- July 25, 2020

The National Hurricane Center projects it will weaken into a tropical storm by Sunday night. "It is pretty frequent for hurricanes to track towards Hawaii, but they commonly dissipate or at minimum weaken considerably ahead of impacting the islands", Phil Klotzbach, a analysis scientist at Colorado Condition College, said. (more...)
Tropical Storm Hanna forecast to strengthen; Gonzalo looms Tropical Storm Hanna forecast to strengthen; Gonzalo looms
- July 25, 2020

The storm is encountering dry air in the atmosphere and dust plumes from the Sahara Desert that have suppressed tropical development since late June. Strengthening is expected until the system makes landfall. Currently, 2020 is ahead of the record-setting 2005 Atlantic hurricane season (the year of Hurricane Katrina) which was the first and the only year that had to use the Greek alphabet due to having so many named tropical cyclones. (more...)
China launches ambitious mission to land rover on Mars China launches ambitious mission to land rover on Mars
- July 25, 2020

If all goes well, the Tianwen-1 mission will look for underground water as well as evidence of possible ancient life. China's tandem spacecraft - with both an orbiter and a rover - will take seven months to reach Mars. The lander and rover will perform a soft landing on Utopia Planitia , around two to three months after it arrives to Mars. The rocket carried the probe for 36 minutes before placing it on the looping path. (more...)
COVID-19 pandemic causes a seismic noise quiet period in 2020 COVID-19 pandemic causes a seismic noise quiet period in 2020
- July 25, 2020

To gather the data, researchers looked at seismic data from a global network of 268 seismic stations in 117 countries and found significant noise reductions compared to before any lockdown at 185 of those stations. Earlier, the humming of the earth used to go down during weekends and nights, as well as on holidays like Christmas and New Year. The study's authors hope that their work will spawn further research on the seismic effects of lockdown. (more...)
The UAE has successfully launched the first Arab space mission to Mars The UAE has successfully launched the first Arab space mission to Mars
- July 25, 2020

It will spend a full Martian year orbiting the Red Planet, which is 687 Martian days, and the UAE hopes it'll be able to send back a whole lot of data and observations during its trip. Most Mars missions take between 10 to 12 years to develop - but UAE scientists had just six years to carry out the project. He spent over a week at the International Space Station last fall. (more...)
Tom Cruise Partnering With NASA For Space-Set Project Tom Cruise Partnering With NASA For Space-Set Project
- July 25, 2020

Perennial action star Tom Cruise , who has a penchant for striving for ever bigger and more blustery stunts and set pieces, may be aiming for the crowning action movie achievement of them all: Shooting a movie in space . He also took part in many movies and shows. On May 27, SpaceX's spacecraft, Crew Dragon, is expected to complete its first astronaut mission to the station in nearly a decade. (more...)
China Launches Country’s First Independent Mission to Mars, Complete With Rover China Launches Country’s First Independent Mission to Mars, Complete With Rover
- July 25, 2020

The probe, which was carried into space by the Long March-5 Y4 rocket, is expected to reach Mars around February 2021. There's still one more mission to Mars yet to go before this year's close approach (the time when Earth and Mars are closest to each other in their relative solar orbits) ends: NASA's Perserverance Mars rover launch. (more...)
Tropical Storm Watch for Texas coast Tropical Storm Watch for Texas coast
- July 24, 2020

Our number one concern with any storms that develop on Friday will be damaging wind gusts of 60 miles per hour or higher. A westward to west-northwestward motion is expected during the next few days. TS Hanna is expected to strengthen more before moving ashore in southern Texas. Sustained storm force winds are likely to spread across Barbados from Saturday morning, possibly increasing to hurricane force during the afternoon. (more...)
Microsoft, Starbucks, Unilever amongst new corporate net-zero alliance Microsoft, Starbucks, Unilever amongst new corporate net-zero alliance
- July 24, 2020

The move is aimed at pushing the company towards its aim of becoming carbon negative by 2030 , a commitment that requires the firm removing more carbon from the environment than it produces, and then an even more ambitious goal of removing all the carbon it has produced in its lifetime by 2050. (more...)
Astronomers announce they have imaged two planets orbiting a Sun-like star Astronomers announce they have imaged two planets orbiting a Sun-like star
- July 24, 2020

The telescope VLT of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), located in the chilean desert of Atacama, has captured the first direct image of a young star similar to the Sun accompanied by two exoplanets giants. The star at the heart of the system is like a young version of our own Sun. The inner exoplanet is estimated to have a mass 14 times that of Jupiter, and the other exoplanet is around six times larger than Jupiter. (more...)
Comet NEOWISE to Make Closest Approach on Thursday Comet NEOWISE to Make Closest Approach on Thursday
- July 24, 2020

For optimal comet spotting, avoid light pollution as much as possible, and find a location with relatively unobstructed views towards the northwest. The comet's long elliptical orbit means it won't return to the inner part of the solar system for another 6,800 years. This cannot only help you look towards the right direction - if you are using a telescope or binoculars, these apps can really help you save the effort of manually estimating the direction in which Neowise will show up. (more...)
Ground vibrations caused by traffic and industrial work halved during lockdown Ground vibrations caused by traffic and industrial work halved during lockdown
- July 24, 2020

Now, Lecoq and his team have led, along with the five worldwide scientific institutions, including the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), a more comprehensive investigation, which confirms that the different measures taken to stop the spread of the pandemic have given rise to the " seismic silence " longer and more pronounced of the entire recorded history of the Earth. (more...)
Visible Comet NEOWISE Appears Over Stonehenge In Stunning Photo Visible Comet NEOWISE Appears Over Stonehenge In Stunning Photo
- July 24, 2020

Known as "The Backyard Astronomer", Gary Boyle is an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Comet NEOWISE will be easily visible in the evening sky, just after sunset. Thompson-Okanagan residents are in luck with some good viewing weather for a change this week as well, as Environment Canada's forecast for the next two nights is for partly cloudy or clear conditions. (more...)
SpaceX Successfully Deployed South Korea’s First Military Satellite In Orbit SpaceX Successfully Deployed South Korea’s First Military Satellite In Orbit
- July 24, 2020

Falcon 9, the launch vehicle used for the mission, was earlier used in the historic USA mission where the spacecraft manufacturer launched two NASA astronauts to space. Chief, the first run through in history that an orbital-class rocket's deployable payload fairing has been a full recuperation. Today, the company's CEO and founder, Elon Musk , shared an uplifting post on Twitter stating they'd successfully caught both halves of the fairing - something that will save SpaceX millions of ... (more...)
Weekend last chance to see comet NEOWISE Weekend last chance to see comet NEOWISE
- July 24, 2020

Comet Neowise, the most impressive comet in almost 25 years, is making its closest pass by Earth right now, offering sky watchers a last chance to catch it . "He experienced the light shining on me so he could get us in the photo, so I couldn't see almost anything", she stated. Astrophotographers, as well as astronauts aboard the International Space Station, have captured the stunning celestial phenomenon, which will continue to bring spectacular sightings into early August. (more...)
The biggest-ever 3D map of the Universe The biggest-ever 3D map of the Universe
- July 24, 2020

Kyle Dawson, a cosmologist at the University of Utah. "We have worked to fill in that gap, and we are now using that information to gain a better understanding of this period in our universe", he added further. It is unlikely that this 10% difference is random due to the high precision and wide variety of data in the eBOSS database. "Imprinted in the galaxy or quasar distribution is a particular pattern that serves as a ruler", said Zheng. (more...)
Apple commits to full supply chain carbon-neutrality by 2030 Apple commits to full supply chain carbon-neutrality by 2030
- July 23, 2020

Apple has today announced its plan to bring its entire carbon footprint to net zero by 2030 - including across its manufacturing supply chain and product life cycle. The company's Material Recovery Lab in Austin, Texas, which is focused on innovative electronics recycling technology, is now partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to further develop engineering solutions. (more...)
This is the world's first uncuttable material, its called 'Proteus' This is the world's first uncuttable material, its called 'Proteus'
- July 23, 2020

This technique turns the destructive force back in itself. An global research team, led by Durham University , UK, and Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU in Chemnitz in Germany , got the idea for the new material from the tough cellular skin of the grapefruit and the fracture-resistant shells of mollusks. (more...)
Apple commits to make products, supply chain carbon neutral by 2030
- July 23, 2020

The company has launched a series of innovations across its materials processing, product design and supplier operations in order to achieve that goal. As part of this new commitment , the American company will have to ensure that its products are carbon neutral throughout the life cycle. The Cupertino, California-based firm is also partnering with the U.S. (more...)