Science


Russia Sets New Record For Fastest Supply Mission To The ISS
- July 13, 2018

The first attempt occurred in October 2017 using the Progress 68 spacecraft, but a last-minute delay forced Roscosmos to shift to the older, 2-day flight profile due to the orbital mechanics needed for the faster trip. The spacecraft will remain docked at the ISS until January 2019, NASA officials said in the statement. Ultimately, Progress 69 launched on the 2-day flight profile as well. (more...)
Archeologists Rethinking Triassic Period Because of Massive Dinosaur Bones Archeologists Rethinking Triassic Period Because of Massive Dinosaur Bones
- July 12, 2018

The team also found biological evidence for just how the creature managed to get so big so early. "This reveals that the first pulse towards gigantism in dinosaurs occurred over 30 million years before the appearance of the first [true sauropods]", write the researchers in their study. (more...)
Is Brett Kavanaugh Catholic? Is Brett Kavanaugh Catholic?
- July 12, 2018

Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified , but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination. (more...)
Scientists capture iceberg breaking away from a glacier in Greenland Scientists capture iceberg breaking away from a glacier in Greenland
- July 12, 2018

Thus far, according to the NYU scientists, the Thwaites Glacier-part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet-has already drained a mass of water that's roughly the size of Florida. "The better we understand what is happening, the more accurate the simulation we can create to predict and plan for climate change ", said David Holland . (more...)
UI prof who worked with nominee: Kavanaugh 'a good guy, very smart' UI prof who worked with nominee: Kavanaugh 'a good guy, very smart'
- July 12, 2018

Texas may have an ally to gain if President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh , is confirmed. Kennedy was often a swing vote in the Supreme Court, joining liberal justices to legalize gay marriage and voting with conservatives to throw out campaign-finance restrictions. (more...)
Israeli unmanned spacecraft to land on Moon in 2019 Israeli unmanned spacecraft to land on Moon in 2019
- July 12, 2018

The team says it will be the smallest spacecraft to land on the moon. "Our mission was never about winning the prize money - although $20 million would have been nice", said SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby. It has only two meters in diameter and is half a meter high. South African-born Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn, who supplied funding for the project, said that he hoped that this mission would create the sort of enthusiasm that greeted the Apollo missions in the United States. (more...)
Do you approve of Trump's Supreme Court pick? Do you approve of Trump's Supreme Court pick?
- July 12, 2018

Given how some lawmakers of color have come out critically of Kavanaugh already, it is expected Kavanaugh will be asked about these issues. They have made draconian warnings about him bringing about the end of women's rights, legal abortion and health care . (more...)
Houston model bitten by shark while swimming in the Bahamas Houston model bitten by shark while swimming in the Bahamas
- July 11, 2018

Revealing all to Buzzfeed , she said: "Nurse sharks are calm creatures", adding that she had seen photos of people swimming next to them before. Despite warnings from her boyfriend and his family, the nursing student and native of California had purposely gone into the water, which had nurse sharks - known to be harmless to humans - swimming nearby. (more...)
NASA’s Kepler Telescope nearly out of fuel, forced to nap NASA’s Kepler Telescope nearly out of fuel, forced to nap
- July 11, 2018

On Saturday, July 7, NASA experts stated that the space telescope spent nearly all the fuel, and the space Agency chose to send the machine into sleep mode. NASA knew that one day Kepler would run out of fuel so NASA plans to start a 19th discrete "observation campaign" of "K2" mission. The mission team are planning to awaken the spacecraft from safe mode on August 2. (more...)
Airbus to build rover for Mars Sample Return mission Airbus to build rover for Mars Sample Return mission
- July 11, 2018

The feasibility team at Airbus for this project mentions that it's going to be a relatively small rover that weighs around 130kg but will have to put up with demanding requirements which include covering large distances "using a high degree of autonomy, planning its own path ahead day after day". (more...)
Starbucks is done with plastic straws Starbucks is done with plastic straws
- July 11, 2018

The move will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year. Replacing the item is an innovative new lid design by Starbucks' Global Research & Development engineer Emily Alexander. The lid that is replacing the straws is also plastic, but is also recyclable . The company already offers alternative straws in Seattle. Other cities, including Fort Myers Beach, Fla., have banned plastic straws, and similar proposals are being considered in NY and San Francisco. (more...)
Tropical Storm Chris tracking towards Atlantic Canada Tropical Storm Chris tracking towards Atlantic Canada
- July 11, 2018

Even if it does strengthen, most computer models have Beryl curving away from Florida into the Atlantic. No coastal watches or warnings were in effect. Meanwhile, Beryl's tropical wave is bringing gusty wind and some heavy rain to Hispaniola and the Tucks and Caicos. The storm was expected to remain well off the US coast, and latest projections show it is forecast to pass well southeast of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia in a couple of days, then move near or over southeastern ... (more...)
EPA interim chief lobbied for company seeking EPA contracts EPA interim chief lobbied for company seeking EPA contracts
- July 10, 2018

Andrew Wheeler , who began his first official day as acting EPA administrator on Monday, has worked nearly his entire career in Washington . James Inhofe (R-OK), one of the most anti-environment members in Congress, who did not cut many deals with Democrats . (more...)
Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores
- July 09, 2018

McDonald's shareholders voted down a proposal requesting a report on plastic straws in May, although it recently said it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year, and test alternatives to plastic straws in some US locations. (more...)
Tropical Storm Chris to strengthen; Beryl weakens to remnants Tropical Storm Chris to strengthen; Beryl weakens to remnants
- July 09, 2018

The storm was forecast to weaken into a low-pressure system Monday by the time it reaches seas just south of Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September. East Coast. More than 1,500 power customers remain in the dark more than nine months after Maria, and some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs. (more...)
Tropical Storm Chris to bring showers
- July 09, 2018

The storm was sitting almost still off the SC coast on Sunday, about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras. The next hurricane advisory is scheduled for 5 p.m. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Beryl - the second named storm of this season - is expected to dump heavy rain over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend. (more...)
Hunters died in Sibuya Game Reserve
- July 09, 2018

PRESS RELEASELions Kill Suspected Poachers on Sibuya Game ReserveSometime during the night of Sunday 1st and early. It's unclear how many people were killed on the reserve at this time. A police forensic team will continue to investigate. After ensuring the lions were not a threat to tourists, Fox said there will not be any changes to "the status quo of our lions". (more...)
Million Years Ago, Toddler Could Walk Upright and Climb Trees Million Years Ago, Toddler Could Walk Upright and Climb Trees
- July 08, 2018

Zeresenay Alemseged, paleontologist and professor of organismal biology and anatomy and the University of Chicago and senior author of the study added that "the morphology that you see in adults is the result of both their evolution through time and how they changed as they grew", which is why studying younger individuals is important. (more...)
Canada heat wave-linked death toll doubles to 33 Canada heat wave-linked death toll doubles to 33
- July 08, 2018

Environment Canada forecast a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday with a heat index (what the temperature feels like to the human body) of up to 45 Celsius. According to the Ministry, numerous dead were over 65 years of age and had physical or mental health problems. None of the victims had air conditioning, and Kaiser said majority died inside of their homes. (more...)
Tropical Depression Two: Where Is Storm Going and When Will It Hit? Tropical Depression Two: Where Is Storm Going and When Will It Hit?
- July 07, 2018

However, it is forecast to lose its intensity over the weekend. "Rainfall from Beryl will be the primary concern from the northern Leeward Islands to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico", said AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sojda. Still, the storm is expected to impact some islands in the Caribbean even if it doesn't directly pass over them. It still has a chance to develop over the next few days as it moves between Bermuda and the U.S. (more...)
Tropical Depression Three forms off North Carolina coast Tropical Depression Three forms off North Carolina coast
- July 07, 2018

The storm was moving west-northwest at 14 miles per hour. The storm, which is now a Category 1, is expected to arrive in the Lesser Antilles by late Sunday or early Monday . While the USA doesn't need to be overly concerned with Hurricane Beryl at this time, there is another story that is sitting off the coast of the Carolinas. (more...)
Trump's scandal-hit environment chief Pruitt resigns Trump's scandal-hit environment chief Pruitt resigns
- July 07, 2018

After months spent staggering beneath the weight of roughly a dozen official ethics probes , mounting bipartisan criticism and one used mattress , Scott Pruitt made a decision to lay down his mantle as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday. (more...)
ANAS: Lunar eclipse to take place in July
- July 06, 2018

People from most parts of the world were not able to witness both the lunar eclipses one after the other. It is no harm to watch the spectacle with a naked eye. However, those who live in the United States will have to travel to catch a glimpse of the once-in-a-century lunar eclipse. The moon will take shades from right orange to blood red. (more...)
Pompeo heading to North Korea as regime shows little progress towards denuclearization Pompeo heading to North Korea as regime shows little progress towards denuclearization
- July 06, 2018

Pompeo would be in Pyongyang from July 5 to 7 to continue consultations and flesh out the agreement reached by President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un in Singapore . Mr Chang said that Kim Jong-un may now believe he can "push President Trump around". US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo . State-run media said Kim was accompanied on both days by Kim Song Nam, Vice Director of the International Department of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party. (more...)
State bans sale of sunscreens with coral-harming chemicals State bans sale of sunscreens with coral-harming chemicals
- July 06, 2018

Although the law will not take effect till 2021, it has already drawn opposition from various companies and business associations. Gov. Ige said regarding the bill , "This is just one small step toward protecting and restoring the resiliency of Hawaii's reefs". (more...)
Lab-grown embryos can save rhino sub-species Lab-grown embryos can save rhino sub-species
- July 06, 2018

The next step will need to take the eggs of the two last females of the Northern white Rhino and create a clean embryos of the Northern white Rhino. It is possible that in the future, a female that's a hybrid of the northern and southern rhinos could carry a fully northern white rhino baby to term. (more...)
Border Patrol operations in Down East Maine alarm Canadian fishermen Border Patrol operations in Down East Maine alarm Canadian fishermen
- July 06, 2018

Machias Seal Island lies between a grey area in the Canadian and American border which the United States of America has recently begun monitoring more closely. Border Patrol agents looking for undocumented immigrants, The Canadian Press reported Wednesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection described the island area as a "Grey Zone" on Thursday, while Canadian authorities said Canada's title to the area is clear. (more...)
Ontario cancels cap and trade, ends GreenON programs Ontario cancels cap and trade, ends GreenON programs
- July 06, 2018

Decisions to continue any specific initiatives now supported by the fund will need to be paid for out of the tax base and will be made on a case-by-case basis in alignment with the Ford government's Plan For the People and the upcoming value-for-money audit. (more...)
Three Rhino Poachers Eaten By Lions in South Africa Three Rhino Poachers Eaten By Lions in South Africa
- July 05, 2018

More than 7,000 have been killed in South Africa in the past decade. At least three suspected poachers have been mauled to death and eaten by lions after breaking into a wildlife reserve in South Africa. These items included "all the hallmarks of a gang intent on killing rhino and removing their horns", Fox said, including a "high-powered rifle, gloves, wire cutters and the remains of a backpack". (more...)
Very Large Telescope Captures Baby Planet Birth Image For First Time Very Large Telescope Captures Baby Planet Birth Image For First Time
- July 05, 2018

The footage in itself is incredible. The planet, named PDS 70 b, is estimated to be 5 or 6 million years old and far larger than Jupiter . PDS 70b orbits at roughly 2 billion miles (3.2 billion kilometers) from its star , or the same distance as Uranus is from our sun. (more...)