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Almost 500 pilot whales stranded in Australian island state Almost 500 pilot whales stranded in Australian island state
- September 23, 2020

Another 200 stranded whales were spotted from the air on Wednesday less than 10 kilometres to the south, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service Manager Nic Deka reported. [Bilal Rashid via Reuters] The rescue crew of 60 conservationists, skilled volunteers and local fish-farm workers are now concentrating their efforts on the survivors from the first pod, which are partially submerged. (more...)
Spot the rare blue moon on Halloween Spot the rare blue moon on Halloween
- September 23, 2020

Full moons are separated by 29 days, while most months are 30 or 31 days long; so it is possible to fit two full moons in a single month. The first full moon will happen on October 1st with the Harvest moon and this is unusual because this moon is supposed to happen in September as a reminder to farmers to harvest. (more...)
Woodward on Trump’s Coronavirus Handling: I’m ‘Embarrassed for Him’ Woodward on Trump’s Coronavirus Handling: I’m ‘Embarrassed for Him’
- September 22, 2020

On top of dismissing the real risks coronavirus poses to young people-including students returning to in-person classes this fall-the president's remarks show that "Trump thinks that the lives of seniors (or in his words, "elderly people") are disposable", said advocacy group Social Security Works. (more...)
Social gatherings behind surge in Montreal's COVID-19 cases: Drouin Social gatherings behind surge in Montreal's COVID-19 cases: Drouin
- September 22, 2020

The so-called orange alert, the second-highest level under the province's colour-coded COVID-19 alert system, means that indoor private gatherings in the province's two largest cities and in the Chaudière-Appalaches are now limited to six people, down from 10. (more...)
NASA shares $28bn plan to return humans to Moon in 2024 NASA shares $28bn plan to return humans to Moon in 2024
- September 22, 2020

In a phone briefing with reporters on the Artemis mission to return human beings to the Moon on Monday, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine remarked that "political risks" were often the most influential threat to NASA's work, particularly before such a momentous election. (more...)
Around 90 stranded pilot whales dead off Australia's Tasmanian coast Around 90 stranded pilot whales dead off Australia's Tasmanian coast
- September 22, 2020

According to AFP , authorities may convene a network of volunteers to help with the rescue effort. "We have now freed a small number successfully that appear to have stayed out at sea, and are now scaling up that approach", Parks and Wildlife Service manager Nic Deka said. (more...)
Rare blue moon to light up the sky on Halloween Rare blue moon to light up the sky on Halloween
- September 20, 2020

While there's a good chance October's blue moon won't actually appear blue for us Earth dwellers down below, it doesn't mean it's completely impossible. Don't expect a giant blue orb in the sky though. "In 2001, ghosts and goblins in Central and Pacific time zones trick-or-treated by the light of a full Moon, but a Halloween full Moon hadn't appeared for everyone in all time zones since 1944", the Farmers' Almanac said on its website. (more...)
Hubble's stunning new snaps of Jupiter reveal fresh storms brewing Hubble's stunning new snaps of Jupiter reveal fresh storms brewing
- September 19, 2020

An interesting and energizing subtlety of Hubble's preview shows up at mid-northern scopes as a brilliant, white, loosened up storm going around the planet at 350 miles for every hour (560 kilometers for each hour). This is because water vapor can dominate the huge amount of accumulated energy that can be released by these storm explosions. "Trailing behind the plume are small, rounded features with complex "red, white, and blue" colours in Hubble's ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared ... (more...)
Firefighter missing at wildfire outside Los Angeles Firefighter missing at wildfire outside Los Angeles
- September 18, 2020

Wilson today". "Welcome home to Arcadia", the city tweeted Wednesday night. The sheriff added: "They had packed their belongings in preparation to evacuate but later decided not to evacuate based on erroneous information that the fire was 51 per cent contained". (more...)
SpaceX set to launch another batch of Starlink satellites SpaceX set to launch another batch of Starlink satellites
- September 18, 2020

It will be available to watch live on the SpaceX website . This move would be a mutually beneficial effort because SpaceX prefers low-Earth orbit satellites for its flexibility and responsive communication services. As the company continues to prove the reliability of the Falcon 9, booster flights that have previously flown have become commonplace for SpaceX. The launch has been scrubbed for today. (more...)
Scientists Find First-Ever Jupiter-Sized Planet Orbiting a Dead Star Scientists Find First-Ever Jupiter-Sized Planet Orbiting a Dead Star
- September 18, 2020

The planet in question is called WD 1856 b and is about the same size as Jupiter and seven times larger than the star it orbits. The contributing telescopes included NASA's exoplanet-hunting telescope TESS and two giant ground-based telescopes within the Canary Islands. (more...)
‘None of 20 biodiversity goals set in 10 fully met’ ‘None of 20 biodiversity goals set in 10 fully met’
- September 18, 2020

Experts believe that such crisis may push the world towards more disasters like Covid-19 pandemic, a zoonotic disease transmitted between animals and humans, massive wildfires and water crisis if the countries don't accept the growing scientific consensus over an ambitious new target of protecting at least 30% of the planet by 2030 - popularly known as 30x30 target - under the UN Convention. (more...)
Lego to invest US$400M to reduce Carbon dioxide emissions, plastic Lego to invest US$400M to reduce Carbon dioxide emissions, plastic
- September 18, 2020

As part of this pledge it will expand the use of bio-bricks, such as those using sugar cane as a component. "Some of them we had to take apart with pliers and wrenches", Brooks said, referring to bricks made with bio-polyethylene. The Group has also underlined that its manufacturing operations will be carbon neutral by 2022. What do you think about Lego ditching plastic packaging? It has led many people to change their habits, shifting towards a more environmentally-minded lifestyle, with ... (more...)
NASA may prioritize Venus missions after recent discovery of possible life NASA may prioritize Venus missions after recent discovery of possible life
- September 18, 2020

Since an atmospheric presence of the chemical phosphine typically indicates the simultaneous presence of microbes , astronomers are venturing out on a limb regarding the possibility of there existing a form of life on Venus . When the team's models failed to find a non-biological explanation for the phosphine , she admits to having mixed feelings. "The discovery raises many questions, such as how any organisms could survive". (more...)
Regional firefighters arrive in the west to battle wildfires Regional firefighters arrive in the west to battle wildfires
- September 18, 2020

This is apocalyptic", Merkley told CNN . Merkley said a lot of affordable housing was lost, including apartment buildings and mobile home parks, while some commercial districts were burned to the ground. OR is unaccustomed to the size and number of blazes that it has been experiencing, which have gained ground due to drought conditions and high winds. (more...)
Hurricane Sally swamps US Gulf Coast with flooding and torrential rain Hurricane Sally swamps US Gulf Coast with flooding and torrential rain
- September 18, 2020

The storm is believed to have killed one person in Alabama . He said first responders reported two deaths but believed they were unrelated to the storm. Another study from that year that researched only Atlantic Hurricanes found that storms there have slowed by as much as 15 percent. An emergency crew rescued two people on Dauphin Island, Ala., after the hurricane ripped the roof off their home and the rest of the house began to crumble. (more...)
Mount Wilson Observatory saved from forest fire raging near Los Angeles
- September 18, 2020

Firefighters were in place to defend the structure from the flames, the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday. The Bobcat Fire , which erupted midday last Sunday near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area, prompted evacuation warnings in seven San Gabriel Valley foothill communities and was not expected to be fully contained until October 15. (more...)
New viking DNA research provides unexpected information about who they were New viking DNA research provides unexpected information about who they were
- September 18, 2020

But now, cutting-edge DNA analysis on archaeological remains has shed new light on the identity of Irish Vikings - and revealed that many actually had brown hair. "This is a different side of the cultural relationship from Viking raiding and pillaging". "Scandinavian diasporas established trade and settlement stretching from the American continent to the Asian steppe", explains archaeologist Søren Sindbæk from Moesgaard Museum in Denmark. (more...)
Astronomers confirm pair of space rocks just skimmed past Earth Astronomers confirm pair of space rocks just skimmed past Earth
- September 18, 2020

There are some recorded instances of asteroids causing damage during Earth's history, which is why space experts keep an eye on the skies. The good news is there are no known asteroids on anything approaching this scale expected to slam into Earth any time soon. (more...)
How active will the Sun get this cycle? Scientists make their prediction How active will the Sun get this cycle? Scientists make their prediction
- September 18, 2020

Solar cycle predictions hold significance as it gives a rough idea of the frequency of space weather storms of all types, from radio blackouts to geomagnetic storms and solar radiation storms. The cycle is based on the number of sunspots visible on the Sun's surface over time and changes due to the dynamic magnetic field. As the solar cycle winds down, the Sun becomes less active. (more...)