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American Lung Association Finds 4 in 10 Americans Live With Air Pollution American Lung Association Finds 4 in 10 Americans Live With Air Pollution
- April 24, 2019

The report looks at two main types of air pollution: smog, or ozone levels, and soot, or particle pollution. An increasing number of Americans - more than 4 in 10 - lives with poor air quality, according to the American Lung Association's 2019 "State of the Air" report . (more...)
Greta Thunberg makes powerful climate change speech in London Greta Thunberg makes powerful climate change speech in London
- April 24, 2019

A hundred demonstrators took part in... Waterloo Bridge was cleared overnight and Oxford Circus and Parliament Square have both been re-opened over the weekend. On Sunday, Ms Thunberg was greeted with chants of "we love you" as she took to the stage in front of thousands of people at the rally. "And we will never stop fighting, we will never stop fighting for this planet, for ourselves, our futures and for the futures of our children and grandchildren". (more...)
Meghan Markle’s Mom Has Arrived In London Ahead Of Royal Baby’s Birth Meghan Markle’s Mom Has Arrived In London Ahead Of Royal Baby’s Birth
- April 24, 2019

Meghan Markle's mom, Doria Ragland , has reportedly arrived in London ahead of the royal birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex' first-born due sometime this spring. A friend revealed: 'It has brought calmness to his life. The new Prince or Princess will be the first royal baby to be skilled in yoga'. "They are anxious that Harry and Meghan are going to establish a totally separate enterprise that nobody can get under control". (more...)
Pink Moon set to illuminate the skies on Friday Pink Moon set to illuminate the skies on Friday
- April 24, 2019

The first full Moon of the year is sometimes known as the Wolf Moon , leading to January's super blood Moon being named the Super Blood Wolf Moon . May's full moon is the Flower Moon, with all the blooming posies. Just what you've all wanted, right? Writer and astrologer-in-residence for Bumble Amelia Quint describes this full moon as a relationship checkpoint that's going to illuminate just how far you've come with a special flame or in a particular connection. (more...)
Lyrid Meteor Shower 2019: When And Where To Watch Shooting Stars Lyrid Meteor Shower 2019: When And Where To Watch Shooting Stars
- April 24, 2019

The first major meteor shower in 2019 will occur on the night of April 21-22. "It is actually better to view the Lyrids away from their radiant: They will appear longer and more spectacular from this perspective". Basically, the comet known as C/1861 G1 Thatcher - named after A.E. Thatcher, who discovered it in 1861 - left behind space debris as it zoomed through space, NASA reported. (more...)
NASA InSight lander may have detected the first ‘marsquake’ NASA InSight lander may have detected the first ‘marsquake’
- April 24, 2019

The first marsquake detected indicates the shallow subsurface of Mars contains far less water than Earth - but Mars is no where near as dry as the Moon. For Mars, "we've been collecting background noise up until now, but this first event officially kicks off a new field: Martian seismology!" And astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin deployed a seismometer on the Moon in 1969, almost 50 years ago , to study the internal structure of the Moon. (more...)
Lyrid meteor shower peaks tonight: How to see shooting stars
- April 24, 2019

A Lyrid Meteor is pictured in the Anza-Borrego Desert in California. The moon was full Friday, so it will still be quite bright in the early morning hours over the weekend and during the peak. The Lyrid shower is one of the oldest known, with records of visible meteors going back 2,700 years, according to EarthSky . "The best chance to see some Lyrids this year will be on the morning of April 23, just before morning twilight begins". (more...)
SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly during engine test; no injuries reported SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly during engine test; no injuries reported
- April 24, 2019

The explosion was so intense that it was picked up on the local weather radar. Sadly, Boeing's Starliner spacecraft - funded in parallel with Crew Dragon under NASA's Commercial Crew Program - suffered a far less severe but no less significant failure during a static fire test of its own abort thrusters. (more...)
Tesla unveils plans for full autonomous driving tech and Tesla unveils plans for full autonomous driving tech and "robo-taxis"
- April 23, 2019

While praising the company, the Tesla CEO argued that because NVIDIA must make chipsets for a wide range of clients, that silicon can never be as focused as Tesla's own chips that are intended for a single objective. Additionally, Tesla believes it can undercut the competition, estimating that the service will cost riders about 18 cents per mile, compared to rivals which cost about $2 to $3 per mile. (more...)
Elon Musk on Tesla's self-driving capabilities Elon Musk on Tesla's self-driving capabilities
- April 23, 2019

In Musk's mind, the robotaxis will also shape vehicle design - within the next two years he predicts cars won't need steering wheels or pedals, just a computer screen. Musk said Tesla began developing full self-driving technology in 2016 with the idea of launching a ride-share service. "The fundamental message consumers should be taking today: It's financially insane to buy something other than a Tesla". (more...)
Look up! Lyrid meteor shower to peak Tuesday morning Look up! Lyrid meteor shower to peak Tuesday morning
- April 23, 2019

In mid-April of each year, Earth runs into the stream of debris from the comet, causing the meteor shower. As this year's Lyrid meteor shower peaks Tuesday morning, we could be treated to as many as 20 fireballs per hour in the sky. Occasionally, the Lyrids can "storm". In general, 10-20 Lyrid meteors can be seen per hour during their peak. The best time for observing Lyrids is from midnight until dawn, while the best location is a relatively dark area without light and environmental ... (more...)
Test fire of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft runs into problems Test fire of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft runs into problems
- April 22, 2019

SpaceX say they will now work with NASA to determine exactly what went wrong -however, if the issue is profound, it may postpone their plans to have astronauts pilot the vessel later this year. Regardless of the accident investigation's ultimate conclusions, the road ahead of Crew Dragon's first crewed test flight has become far more arduous. (more...)
NASA Astronaut To Set Record For Longest Spaceflight By A Woman NASA Astronaut To Set Record For Longest Spaceflight By A Woman
- April 20, 2019

Jennifer Fogarty, chief scientist of NASA's Human Research Program, said Koch's extended mission would provide additional data about the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the human body and "support future missions to the Moon and Mars ". (more...)
Extinction Rebellion protesters pledge to shut Heathrow over bank holiday Extinction Rebellion protesters pledge to shut Heathrow over bank holiday
- April 19, 2019

The group , which calls for extreme measures to stop alleged man-made climate change including overhauling democracy and stopping the usage of all fossil fuels in just six years, made the suggestions in a leaked private WhatsApp group chat between demonstration leaders, according to The Mirror . (more...)
Black hole photo huge step, says Derry’s Matt Black hole photo huge step, says Derry’s Matt
- April 19, 2019

Black holes , predicted by physicist Karl Schwarzschild's solution to Albert Einstein's equations for gravity, are regions of space that are so dense that not even light can escape their gravity. As this field progresses further, and images of higher and higher resolution become available, we will be able to distinguish between the different underlying theories. (more...)
The Pink Moon on April 19 won't be pink. Here's why The Pink Moon on April 19 won't be pink. Here's why
- April 19, 2019

April's full moon was named the full " Pink Moon ", because it coincided with the blooming of "moss pink" or wild ground phlox - a bright pink wildflower, one of the first flowers of spring. It has also been called the "Honey Moon" and "Mead Moon". A pink moon is on it's way as Nick Drake would say. So what is actually a "pink moon"? It can be observed on the night of April 19, which is Good Friday. (more...)
Black hole gets welcomed to the Earth with memes Black hole gets welcomed to the Earth with memes
- April 18, 2019

The image of the black hole at the center of Messier 87 , a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster, was taken in April 2017, showing the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow , said Keiichi Asada, an EHT project member and associate research fellow at Academia Sinica. (more...)
April's Full Pink Moon To Rise On Friday
- April 18, 2019

According to the the Old Farmer's Almanac , May's full moon "marked a time of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom". The name " Pink Moon " dates back to the time-keeping traditions of Native American tribes in America. In other words, the moon is completely sunlight and appears to us from the earth as a round white disk. (more...)
SpaceX lost its Falcon Heavy core booster to the ocean SpaceX lost its Falcon Heavy core booster to the ocean
- April 18, 2019

Whatever it was that caused SpaceX to build two Falcon Heavy Block 5 center cores almost back to back, that foresight or luck now means that B1055's untimely demise should have little to no impact on SpaceX's launch manifest, including the imminent STP-2 mission. (more...)
'Extinction Rebellion': Climate change protesters block London transportation 'Extinction Rebellion': Climate change protesters block London transportation
- April 17, 2019

More demonstrations were planned for Wednesday, including a disruption of the Underground, the city's subway rail network. Almost 300 people were arrested in London amidst ongoing climate change protests , police said late on Tuesday. Susannah Trevelyan, who claimed to be the great, great, great granddaughter of English naturalist Charles Darwin, told CNN said that she was willing to be arrested for the cause. (more...)
First Alert Forecast: Strong to severe storms likely today First Alert Forecast: Strong to severe storms likely today
- April 15, 2019

The entire town of Franklin and neighboring Bremond lost electricity, with 3,088 customers without power early Sunday. To the north, dime-sized hail pounded the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The system will begin to move through Alabama overnight and is expected to reach Georgia by Sunday morning. But tornadoes aren't the only possible cause of destruction Sunday. (more...)
Twitch streamers capture awesome footage of SpaceX rocket landing Twitch streamers capture awesome footage of SpaceX rocket landing
- April 14, 2019

SpaceX engineers accomplished this secondary goal in spectacular fashion today, landing the two side boosters at the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. For its first flight, the Falcon Heavy rocket ferried SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's cherry-red Tesla Roadster and a dummy named Starman to Mars. With an individual price of $6 million per, SpaceX plans to reuse these in for a Starlink mission at a later date. (more...)
Giant Stratolaunch aircraft lands initial flight Giant Stratolaunch aircraft lands initial flight
- April 14, 2019

The Stratolaunch , the world's largest aircraft that just so happens to be created to "enable airline-style access to space ", successfully took flight for the first time in the Mojave Desert on April 13. The pilot Evan Thomas told reporters the experience was "fantastic" and that "for the most part, the airplane flew as predicted". The jet is powered by the same type of engines used by Boeing 747s and is created to take off at a maximum weight 589,676 kilograms. (more...)
Filipinos plan more diggings where new human species found Filipinos plan more diggings where new human species found
- April 13, 2019

Scientists announced the discovery of a new species of ancient human, Homo luzonensis , on Wednesday. From these, they can determine that Homo luzonensis would have been pretty similar to us, but also sharing some characteristics with other upright walking apes called australopithecines who were in Africa several million years ago. (more...)
Why the world is talking about Katie Bouman Why the world is talking about Katie Bouman
- April 12, 2019

From Antartica to Hawaii, telescopes positioned throughout the world collected light emitted from the black hole which is 6.5 billion times more massive than the sun. They didn't even tell their families about the results, Bouman said. Does a black hole seem like the internet's usual meme fodder? For Katie Bouman, it was all that, plus the culmination of three years of work, the realization of a goal that scientists thought to be impossible, and the event that will launch her into history. (more...)
Falcon Heavy ready for its second attempt at a second flight Falcon Heavy ready for its second attempt at a second flight
- April 12, 2019

Each of the three cores is new, and SpaceX is counting on re-using the two side boosters for another Falcon Heavy mission as early as June-the launch of the US Air Force's Space Test Program-2 mission carrying several military and scientific research satellites. (more...)
Penangite among first scientists behind historic black hole image Penangite among first scientists behind historic black hole image
- April 12, 2019

But lots did come out of Wednesday's first image of the shadowy edge of a supermassive black hole . With the increased perspective and power, she says , they just might be able to make movies of black holes in addition to still images. (more...)
First privately funded spacecraft ‘is about to land on the moon’ First privately funded spacecraft ‘is about to land on the moon’
- April 11, 2019

The GLXP offered $20 million to the first privately funded team to put a robot down softly on the moon , move it at least 1,650 feet (500 meters) on the lunar surface and have it send high-resolution imagery home to Earth. furnished nearly entirely by private donors. "Back when we got started, we thought it was going to be a two-year project, the budget would be less than $10 million, and the spacecraft will weigh less than five kilogrammes", he said. (more...)
Katie Bouman: The woman behind the first black hole image
- April 11, 2019

Bouman, a computer scientist, led the creation of a new algorithm to produce the first-ever image of a black hole . In fact, it made her well-suited to this particular project, one that involved capturing an image of an object so powerful that nothing could escape - not even the light needed for a photograph. (more...)
Adani's Australian coal mine wins further environmental approval Adani's Australian coal mine wins further environmental approval
- April 11, 2019

Queensland's government says it is not going to rush key environmental approvals Adani needs to start digging its massive, controversial coal mine. Adani said the GDEMP was a regulatory document that outlined the actions Adani would take to protect the Doongmabulla Springs and other groundwater dependent species during the construction and operation of the Carmichael mine, ensuring it met project conditions. (more...)