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NASA investing unusual 'dent' in Earth's magnetic field over South America
- August 19, 2020

NASA has taken it seriously as this unique phenomenon will finally result in weakening the earth's magnetic field and eventually affects the protective field that shields us from solar flares, and disrupts satellite communication. He stated that the region creates a magnetic weakness. If so, that could sign that the South Atlantic Anomaly is not a induce or precursor to the entire planet's magnetic field flipping , which is a little something that really happens, if not for hundreds of ... (more...)
Trump administration approves oil leasing in Alaska wildlife refuge Trump administration approves oil leasing in Alaska wildlife refuge
- August 19, 2020

Lawmakers opened part of the 19.3-million-acre refuge to oil development in the Republicans' 2017 tax reform package, breaking a almost 40-year blockade on development. "The fight is not over", she said. "This follows a rigorous environmental review process confirming the oil and natural gas industry's ability to safely develop in ANWR and underscoring its commitment to environmental stewardship". (more...)
Tiny Asteroid Buzzes by Earth - the Closest Flyby on Record
- August 19, 2020

That's an incredibly close shave- the closest ever taped, in truth, according to asteroid trackers and a catalogue assembled by Sormano Astronomical Observatory in Italy. However objects are occasionally missed because they are obscured by the Sun, or are not in a telescope's line of sight. This raises some concerns about the possibility to spot on time a risky asteroid that could really cause some damage to our planet. (more...)
Tropical wave conditions to affect Dominica this morning Tropical wave conditions to affect Dominica this morning
- August 19, 2020

Long range forecast data suggests this might be the first long-tracked tropical cyclone of the season, potentially bringing it close to the Lesser Antilles in about five or six days. We continue to monitor two systems in the Atlantic with good chances of development in the coming days. Again, it's too early to know many specifics with this system. (more...)
Tuesday's SpaceX Starlink satellite ride share will set a new record Tuesday's SpaceX Starlink satellite ride share will set a new record
- August 18, 2020

Starlink-10 is scheduled to launch just 11 days after Starlink-9. For the launch, the company is planning to deploy a total of 58 new satellites into space. SpaceX plans to use the constellation of satellites to provide high-speed internet access worldwide. Musk also tweeted in April that the company was deorbiting its two TinTin prototype satellites. (more...)
Chance of rain on Tuesday; forecasters watching tropical waves Chance of rain on Tuesday; forecasters watching tropical waves
- August 18, 2020

It's too soon to say if they could affect the continental United States. At 8 am, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has given the two tropical waves over the Atlantic basin a low chance of formation during the next 48 hours and a medium chance during the next five days. (more...)
Trump Weighs Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Oil Drilling in Alaska Trump Weighs Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Oil Drilling in Alaska
- August 18, 2020

Future oil and gas activities resulting from the decision are expected to impact greenhouse gas emissions, water quality, wildlife population and migration patterns, and impacts of increased human activity in the area, according to the environmental impact statement . (more...)
Amy Schumer Gives Up Efforts to Get Pregnant Following 'Tough' IVF Amy Schumer Gives Up Efforts to Get Pregnant Following 'Tough' IVF
- August 17, 2020

Amy also confessed that she and Chris have considered expanding their family with the help of a surrogate, but noted, "I think we're going to hold off for right now". The comedian did not disclose how she conceived Gene , however, she was candid throughout the next six months about her experiences with severe nausea, a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum , according to Mayo Clinic . (more...)
CureVac shares surge 175% in vaccine developer’s Nasdaq debut CureVac shares surge 175% in vaccine developer’s Nasdaq debut
- August 17, 2020

CureVac , backed by Microsoft (NASDAQ:) founder and billionaire Bill Gates, listed on the Nasdaq stock market on Friday, raising $213 million. Then, in late July, GSK forged a strategic collaboration with CureVac valued at about $1 billion to develop up to five messenger RNA (mRNA)-based vaccines and monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) targeting infectious disease pathogens. (more...)
Trump administration rolls back curbs on oil industry methane emissions Trump administration rolls back curbs on oil industry methane emissions
- August 17, 2020

The rules also exempt smaller oil and gas companies from a requirement that they install equipment to detect methane leaks and change the required schedule for repairing leaks, "to respect the realities of the oil and gas industry" by allowing deferrals. (more...)
China's Newest Crew Capsule Touches Down After Maiden Mission China's Newest Crew Capsule Touches Down After Maiden Mission
- August 17, 2020

But "an anomaly occurred today during the return" of the cargo capsule, the China Manned Space Agency said in a statement. The Changzheng Long March 5B heavy transportation rocket took off from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan at dusk on May 6. (more...)
Betelgeuse may possibly be all set to go supernova Betelgeuse may possibly be all set to go supernova
- August 16, 2020

Betelgeuse keeps getting dimmer, and everyone is wondering what exactly that means. "Astronomers have sampled stars maybe a year ahead of them going supernova , but not within days or weeks before it happened". It cools to form an enormous cloud of obscuring dust grains. "But, we do not know how a star behaves the week before, the night before it explodes", Dupree added. (more...)
As climate change bites, Greenland ice has shrunk beyond return As climate change bites, Greenland ice has shrunk beyond return
- August 16, 2020

Icebergs near Greenland form from ice that has broken off-or calved-from glaciers on the island. Even if Greenland can't regain the icy bulk that covered its 2 million square kilometers, containing the global temperature rise can slow the rate of ice loss. (more...)
Next NASA/SpaceX Launch to ISS Set for October
- August 16, 2020

The Crew-1 members are already training for their mission and their capsule is being checked over as well. The Crew-1 mission is slated to take three USA astronauts and one Japanese astronaut in the Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station for a six-month stay. (more...)
Ship Leaking Tons of Oil Off Mauritius Breaks in Two Ship Leaking Tons of Oil Off Mauritius Breaks in Two
- August 16, 2020

The government of the small island nation of roughly 1.2 million declared a state of emergency on 7 August the day after the vessel began leaking oil, leading to an appeal for global aid. The fuel has now been transferred to shore by helicopter and to another ship owned by the same Japanese firm, Nagashiki Shipping. Environmental groups warned that the damage to coral reefs and coastal areas could be irreversible and are calling on the Mauritius government to explain why immediate action ... (more...)
Wind and solar energy is steadily replacing coal Wind and solar energy is steadily replacing coal
- August 15, 2020

Generation from wind and solar rose by 14% during the first half of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019, while output from coal plants fell by 8.3%. Wind and solar continue to grow in line with the global average, reducing India's reliance on coal. Across the European Union, wind and solar produced a record fifth of the European Union's electricity during the first half of the year - overtaking coal, oil and gas for the first time . (more...)
Hubble solves mysterious dimming of 'Betelgeuse' star Hubble solves mysterious dimming of 'Betelgeuse' star
- August 14, 2020

This dust cloud blocked the view of the star from Earth, affecting around a quarter of the star's surface in late 2019. By April 2020, the star had returned to its normal brightness. Their observations are part of a three-year Hubble study to monitor variations in the star's outer atmosphere. Hubble's ultraviolet capability allows it to see the hottest layers of the star, which can't be seen in visible light. (more...)
New dinosaur closely related to the Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in England New dinosaur closely related to the Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in England
- August 13, 2020

The Vectaerovenator was identified as a new species of theropod, a group that includes the T-rex. University of Southampton paleontologists spent months studying four bones found a year ago on the Isle of Wight, off England's south coast. (more...)
Sympatico? Biden-Harris chemistry put to test in 2020 and beyond Sympatico? Biden-Harris chemistry put to test in 2020 and beyond
- August 13, 2020

Tucker Carlson: "OK. But that's" -Richard Goodstein: "OK, well, I think, out of respect for somebody who's going to be on the national ticket, pronouncing her name right is actually not - it's kind of a bare minimum". Appealing to "black and brown girls", Biden noted that they might now have woken up "potentially seeing themselves in a new way". "It's not a surprise because whining is what Donald Trump does best, better than any president in American history". (more...)
Look up! Perseid meteor shower peaks overnight Look up! Perseid meteor shower peaks overnight
- August 13, 2020

NASA does not recommend using binoculars or telescopes to get a clearer view of the Perseid meteor showers as the naked eye is already sufficient. DON'T MISSPerseids 2020 UK: How to see the meteor shower this week? It's not hard to see the meteor shower as long as you find a space with less shielding and less light pollution, Li said. (more...)