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Look up! Mars to make rare close-Earth approach on Tuesday Look up! Mars to make rare close-Earth approach on Tuesday
- October 07, 2020

NASA described the appearance of the red planet as "effectively a "full" Mars", providing the best opportunity to see our planetary neighbor in nearly 20 years. That's the closest it's come to us since July and August of 2018, when it reached a distance of 57.6 million km on July 31. "Mars is easily the brightest starlike object to light up the evening sky". (more...)
3 scientists share Nobel physics prize for cosmology finds 3 scientists share Nobel physics prize for cosmology finds
- October 07, 2020

Back in 1965, Penrose used mathematical methods to prove that black holes are a outcome of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. German Reinhard Genzel and American Andrea Ghez received the second half of the prize "for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy". (more...)
3 scientists share 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for black hole discoveries 3 scientists share 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for black hole discoveries
- October 07, 2020

USA astrophysicist Andrea Ghez of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), one of three scientists to win the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics, poses in an undated photograph provided October 6, 2020. Reached by phone, prize victor Andrea Ghez said that black holes like Sagittarius A* remain mysterious. It was "an extremely heavy, invisible object that pulls on the jumble of stars, causing them to rush around at dizzying speeds", according to the Nobel Committee. (more...)
Astronomers find galaxies trapped in web of supermassive black hole Astronomers find galaxies trapped in web of supermassive black hole
- October 06, 2020

A remote structure consisting of a supermassive black hole, several primordial galaxies, and copious amounts of gas finally explains how some of the earliest black holes were able to grow so quickly. But it said the galaxies are also some of the faintest that current telescopes can spot, adding the discovery was only possible using the largest optical telescopes available, including ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile's Atacama Desert. (more...)
An Exploding Star, Captured In NASA's Stunning Time-Lapse Video An Exploding Star, Captured In NASA's Stunning Time-Lapse Video
- October 06, 2020

According to the introduction of the video it zooms into the barred spiral galaxy NGC 2525, located 70 million light-years away in the southern constellation Puppis. "The type of supernova seen in this sequence originated from a burned-out star - a white dwarf located in a close binary system - that is accreting material from its companion star". (more...)
Harvey Weinstein facing six new sexual assault charges Harvey Weinstein facing six new sexual assault charges
- October 05, 2020

The district attorney's office said today that he faces three new counts of rape and three new counts of forcible oral copulation involving two women. These six new charges come in addition to others he is already facing. Prosecutors in Los Angeles are attempting to put Weinstein on trial on the West Coast and are seeking temporary custody of the convicted rapist from NY. (more...)
Radish seeds, meats and cheeses launched to space station Radish seeds, meats and cheeses launched to space station
- October 05, 2020

This unusual-looking space toilet will be tested by the astronauts on ISS . Northrop Grumman, maker of the Antares rocket, said a Friday night launch from Wallops Island, Virigina, would be attempted, if engineers can solve the issue. Professor Anthony Deix at the "Marshall" School of Business at the University of Southern California announced that filming commercial advertising on board the International Space Station may attract a number of private companies, while the revenues ... (more...)
Watch SpaceX launch an updated Global Positioning System satellite for the US Space Force Watch SpaceX launch an updated Global Positioning System satellite for the US Space Force
- October 03, 2020

The Falcon 9 rocket booster that sent NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in May is set to get recycled again when SpaceX sends 60 more Starlink satellites to orbit atop its column of fire, but it didn't happen Thursday as planned. (more...)
Around 40% of the world's plant species face extinction Around 40% of the world's plant species face extinction
- October 03, 2020

Data for the report was compiled by 210 scientists from 42 countries, including University College Cork plant scientist Dr Eoin Lettice and Kew's Dr Eimear Nic Lughadha. "New tools and approaches are helping us to improve how we set conservation priorities". The authors suggest the best course of action now is to fast track risk assessments so key areas can be protected, and species can be conserved without delay. (more...)
Tropical wave developing in Caribbean Sea Tropical wave developing in Caribbean Sea
- October 02, 2020

There are no other areas being watched for development as of Friday. Although environmental conditions are favorable for the depression's intensification, its strength may be held in check by its interaction with land. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said it's keeping tabs on a tropical wave now located over the Caribbean Sea. This wave is forecast to continue moving westward at 15-20 miles per hour and it has a chance to get better organized early next week when it makes ... (more...)
Greenland set for fastest meltdown in 12,000 years Greenland set for fastest meltdown in 12,000 years
- October 02, 2020

According to the study, the current mass loss rate of about 6.1 billion metric tons per century that occurred between 2000 and 2018 is comparable to rates in the early Holocene. It also looked forward 80 years to the year 2100. Briner says while it was mainly agreed that Greenland is entering a time of extreme change and dramatic ice loss, what motivated the study was the lack of historical context. (more...)
SpaceX eyes two Falcon 9 rocket launches, landings in eleven hours
- October 02, 2020

SpaceX's 12th operational Starlink launch and 13th overall, the mission is now up to its fourth aborted launch attempt after a weather delay on September 17th, an unspecified delay on September 27th, a weather delay on September 29th, and a ground systems delay on October 1st. (more...)
Mars Express Finds More Underground Water On Mars Mars Express Finds More Underground Water On Mars
- October 02, 2020

John Priscu, an environmental scientist at Montana State University, who was not part of the study, argued that bodies of water with salt concentration about five times that of seawater can host life. The researchers spotted a liquid lake measuring about 20-by-30 kilometers, along with at least three smaller ponds, each a few kilometers across. Researchers used radar data from the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft, studying a data set of 134 observations between 2012-2019. (more...)
Swiss space telescope delivers first results on 'extreme' exoplanet Swiss space telescope delivers first results on 'extreme' exoplanet
- October 02, 2020

Cheops is the ESA's first mission dedicated to characterising known exoplanets. Under the leadership of the University of Bern and ESA, a consortium of more than 100 scientists and engineers from 11 European states was involved in constructing the satellite over five years. (more...)
Indigenous woman recorded nurses' racist remarks as she died in hospital Indigenous woman recorded nurses' racist remarks as she died in hospital
- October 02, 2020

A minimum of one of many nurses was sacked following the incident, which was lambasted by Indigenous leaders for example of systematic racism that occurs far too usually and goes ignored within the nation, The Guardian reported. A vigil in memorial of Echaquan is being organized at the Joliette hospital for Tuesday evening. Online fundraising projects have actually been established to support her household, with one raising over C$ 160,000 ($ 120,000; ₤ 91,500). (more...)
Scientists create ‘super enzyme that eats plastic bottles six times faster Scientists create ‘super enzyme that eats plastic bottles six times faster
- October 01, 2020

A team co-led by Professor John McGeehan , Director of the Centre for Enzyme Innovation at the University of Portsmouth and Dr Gregg Beckham, Senior Research Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the USA have found the combination of PETase , a recently discovered enzyme that digests PET, and a second enzyme named MHETase , found on bacteria that feeds on plastic bottles, could speed up the breakdown of the plastic. (more...)
A Chance to See the Northern Lights is Possible Tonight A Chance to See the Northern Lights is Possible Tonight
- October 01, 2020

Minor geomagnetic storm levels were observed on Sunday across the Northern Hemisphere. According to a map shared by the NOAA , the northern lights could be seen in the Northeast including northern New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, northern Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, northern Idaho, and Washington. (more...)
Final Whale Saved From Grim Australia Mass Stranding Final Whale Saved From Grim Australia Mass Stranding
- September 30, 2020

Long-finned pilot whales are more closely related to dolphins and rely on echolocation, a series of rebounding clicks, to navigate. The top five largest beachings in Tasmania, dating to the early 1800s, all are from the same species. "Tracking function before has proven that animals released separately do re-form following a period of time", wildlife biologist Kris Carlyon, that has headed the rescue, stated. (more...)
Watch for the rare blue moon appearing this Halloween Watch for the rare blue moon appearing this Halloween
- September 30, 2020

According to NJ.com, NASA expert Tony Rice says that moon cycles are about 29.5 days, so any full moon that happens to fall on Halloween will be a blue moon . Throughout history, numerous stories of shadowy figures on the horizon, unusual sounds, and vivid nightmares are said to coincide with the special event. (more...)
Watch SpaceX launch 60 more Starlink satellites for its broadband internet service Watch SpaceX launch 60 more Starlink satellites for its broadband internet service
- September 30, 2020

SpaceX's eleventh Starlink launch of the year was scrubbed ~30 seconds before liftoff by bad weather, likely delaying the mission a few days and leaving ULA's latest Delta IV Heavy launch attempt next in line. "We appreciate the effort that the U.S. Space Force invested into the evaluation and are pleased that they see the benefits of the technology". SpaceX has pursued a strategy of attracting both consumer customers-the company has been collecting information from those interested in the ... (more...)