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Seeds just sprouted on the Moon for the first time in history

Seeds just sprouted on the Moon for the first time in history

The video shows the craft orbiting and then descending into the Von Kármán crater which is covered in a thick layer of lunar regolith, or Moon dust. Hopefully, this development will make it easier to conduct more crewed missions to the moon and beyond in the coming years. "My firm belief is that we should integrate China into the International Space Station program". Read More

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NASA reveals images of distant 'Snowman' shaped Ultima Thule

NASA reveals images of distant 'Snowman' shaped Ultima Thule

Together they form Ultima Thule , a frozen world that is almost 4.5 billion miles from Earth, more distant than Pluto . In a lengthy update by the New Horizons team, the group boasts that New Horizons sent back a signal to its handlers letting them know that it had filled its on-board recorders with a wealth of science data that it collected as it zoomed past Ultima Thule . Read More

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Nasa shows first photo of distant world from New Horizons probe

Nasa shows first photo of distant world from New Horizons probe

The two-balled shape reminded others of BB-8, the plucky droid from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". This are only the first images from the probe, captured at a resolution of about 140 meters per pixel. The larger sphere is "Ultima" and measures 19 kilometres across. Unlike comets and other objects that have been altered by the sun over time, Ultima Thule is in its pure, original state: It's been in the deep-freeze Kuiper Belt on the fringes of our solar system from the beginning. Read More

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Thousands march in Brussels climate change demonstration

Thousands march in Brussels climate change demonstration

In Katowice, countries need to lock in a rule stating that a country's NDC emissions account must be increased by an amount equal to the tons of credits exported. The only holdout was the United States, which announced under President Donald Trump that it was withdrawing from the climate pact. "This is the challenge on which this generation's leaders will be judged, " Guterres said . Read More

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NASA's InSight Lander is all set to Enter Mars' Atmosphere

NASA's InSight Lander is all set to Enter Mars' Atmosphere

It will touch down on a flat, smooth plain close to the planet's equator called the Elysium Planitia - a place where oddball alien hunters claim to have spotted a "crashed UFO" and an "extraterrestrial city" . However, InSight has a stronger parachute, better avionics, and an improved heat shield - which is created to take a beating from possible dust storms - to help counter these challenges. Read More

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Sun's closest solo star may have company

Sun's closest solo star may have company

Since the planet's initial detection, an worldwide effort called the Red Dots collaboration - led by Guillem Anglada-Escude at Queen Mary University of London and formerly based at the University of Hertfordshire - has been monitoring Barnard's star with high precision instruments to investigate the signal. Read More

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US Federal Judge Blocks TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline

US Federal Judge Blocks TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline

Morris hit the administration with a familiar charge, that it disregarded facts, facts established by experts during the Obama administration about "climate-related impacts" from Keystone XL. Morris said the government must provide "new and relevant information regarding the risk of spills". It was this 2014 assessment that the State Department, under the direction of Trump's January 2017 presidential memorandum, used to make their decision to approve the pipeline , The Post reported. Read More

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Deal on Irish border not close, says Michel Barnier

Deal on Irish border not close, says Michel Barnier

Theresa May will be able to persuade her Cabinet to support her preferred Brexit deal - but only after more of her ministers resign, according to a government source. The Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, is in talks with Northern Irish politicians whilst Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington and Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley went to the Republic of Ireland's capital of Dublin. Read More

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Smog Envelops Delhi 2 Days Before Diwali, Air Quality May Worsen

Smog Envelops Delhi 2 Days Before Diwali, Air Quality May Worsen

The national capital and its adjoining areas have been reeling under poor air quality since past few months. Air quality in the Delhi further worsened on Monday as the pollution level hovering in "unhealthy category". There is a halt on all construction activities involving excavation. The top court had described as "very critical" the prevailing situation of pollution in Delhi-NCR, directing that a list of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles be published on the web site ... Read More

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Brazil enters new era with far-right president-elect

Brazil enters new era with far-right president-elect

The former leader is now serving 12 years behind bars, which led the courts to bar his presidential run. Trump congratulated Bolsonaro by telephone, tweeting that the two had an "excellent" call and agreed "that Brazil and the United States will work closely together on trade, military and everything else!" "I don´t idolize Bolsonaro and I don´t know if he will govern well , but we are hopeful". Read More

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Trump And Global Far Right Celebrate Brazil Authoritarian's Presidential Win

Trump And Global Far Right Celebrate Brazil Authoritarian's Presidential Win

With more than 92 percent of the votes counted, Bolsonaro came out with 55.6 percent, according to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. " Brazil owes a lot to former President Lula". An outspoken admirer of U.S. President Donald Trump , Bolsonaro also pledged to realign Brazil with more advanced economies, overhauling diplomatic priorities after almost a decade and a half of leftist rule. Read More

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NASA's Operation IceBridge Spots Huge, Sharp Rectangular Iceberg In Antartica

NASA's Operation IceBridge Spots Huge, Sharp Rectangular Iceberg In Antartica

Senior support scientist Jeremy Harbeck spotted a very sharp-angled, tabular iceberg floating among sea ice just off of the Larsen C ice shelf , and took a photo - which was widely shared after it was posted on social media. That iceberg measured about 2,300 square miles, as NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reported . Operation IceBridge's mission is to image the planet's polar regions to better understand how ice has changed and shifted in recent years. Read More

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Wet and mild Warm winter predicted for much of the US

Wet and mild Warm winter predicted for much of the US

The balmy prediction is due to the roughly 75% chance of an El Niño developing. "We're expecting this El Nino to be much weaker than that one", Halpert said. With the Southeast the only region not projected to have above-normal temperatures, that could mean a few winter storms will bring snow to the Deep South, which can cause major disruption to the region . Read More

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Chinese city to launch artificial moon in hopes of replacing street lights

Chinese city to launch artificial moon in hopes of replacing street lights

Wu Chunfend, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co., Ltd, revealed the plan at an event in the city on Oct 10, People's Daily reports . The first man-made moon will launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, with three more to follow in 2022 if the first test goes well, said Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society, the organisation responsible for the project . Read More

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Hurricane leaves Florida’s Mexico Beach in shreds

Hurricane leaves Florida’s Mexico Beach in shreds

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to hit the USA mainland, behind the unnamed Labour Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969. Senior said all the patients in the intensive care unit at Bay Medical Sacred Heart had been evacuated and moved to other hospitals with the assistance of ambulances. Read More

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President Trump to visit storm-ravaged areas

President Trump to visit storm-ravaged areas

Search-and-rescue teams began finding bodies in and around Mexico Beach , the ground-zero town almost obliterated by Hurricane Michael , an official said Friday as the scale of the storm's fury became ever clearer. Forecasters say strong winds are still possible in parts of northeastern North Carolina, southeastern Virginia, and the Delmarva Peninsula (which is divided between Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware). Read More

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Photos reveal devastation after supercharged Hurricane Michael slams Florida Panhandle

A satellite image of Michael took the terrifying shape of a skull as it roared closer to the Florida Panhandle as a fierce Category 4 storm on Tuesday. "We're going to see a lot of wind damage", Long said, and some residents could expect not to have power restored for weeks. Measured in this way the lower the pressure the stronger the hurricane - Michael was the most powerful since Hurricane Camille in 1969. Read More

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Canada's goals well below what's needed to stop catastrophic climate change

Canada's goals well below what's needed to stop catastrophic climate change

In response to the IPCC report released this week, U.S. Sen. Yet, we're seeing more violent storms and more severe hurricanes - which the administration denies are related to climate change (and which are costing us billions in taxpayer rebuilding funds ), we're seeing more sea-level flooding in Miami and other low coastal areas; we're seeing worldwide increases in population and the scattered scramble for clean water as starvation and drought rise around the globe. Read More

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Space X Launch Lights Up Bay Area Skies

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket as seen from the North Coast. On Sunday night-for the first time since July-SpaceX will attempt to launch a satellite into space, and then land part of the rocket back on its base. SpaceX has several other missions planned for this year, including the Falcon 9 launches of another 10 Iridium Next satellites, Es'hailSat's Es'hail-2, and the U.S. Read More

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Florence rainfall totals for North Carolina: 8 trillion gallons

Florence rainfall totals for North Carolina: 8 trillion gallons

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs were killed after water inundated farms in the flood zones. With the crisis slowly moving to SC, emergency managers ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River. Florence is blamed for at least 37 deaths, including those of two women who drowned when a sheriff's van taking them to a mental health facility was swept off a road. Read More

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'Relentless rains' continue as Florence almost stalls over Carolinas

'Relentless rains' continue as Florence almost stalls over Carolinas

It was moving west at 3 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said . Coast Guard members said choppers had made about 50 rescues in and around New Bern and Jacksonville as of noon. The woman's husband was injured in the incident and taken to a nearby hospital, according to police. "The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Gov Cooper said. Read More

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Destructive Hurricane Florence to batter the Carolinas for days

Destructive Hurricane Florence to batter the Carolinas for days

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising. "We've just never seen anything like this". It's unclear exactly how many people fled ahead of the storm, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. Read More

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Hurricane Florence: Residents urged to rush as ‘unprecedented disaster’ looms

Hurricane Florence: Residents urged to rush as ‘unprecedented disaster’ looms

Tropical storm winds are between 39 and 73 miles per hour, while hurricanes are 74 miles per hour or higher. More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate along 300 miles of coastline. Despite all that, 65-year-old Liz Browning Fox plans to ride the storm out in the Outer Banks village of Buxton, North Carolina, despite a mandatory evacuation order. Read More

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Hurricane Helene heading towards the United Kingdom, bringing chances of gale force winds

Hurricane Helene heading towards the United Kingdom, bringing chances of gale force winds

With Hurricane Florence , numerous coastline will see water levels from the storm surge rise over 3 feet, with some families seeing over 9 feet of water near their homes. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did. Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning area beginning within the next few hours through the afternoon. Read More

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