Science


New Aurora Definitely Not an Aurora New Aurora Definitely Not an Aurora
- August 22, 2018

Astrophysics, conducted the study, decided that " Steve " is a new celestial phenomenon that have yet to explore. And, in marked contrast to the Northern Lights, STEVE often extends for 600 miles in a vertical fashion, which is quite different from the more wavy Northern Lights. (more...)
Powerful Hurricane Lane bears down on Hawaii Powerful Hurricane Lane bears down on Hawaii
- August 22, 2018

Lane was about 315 miles (505 km) south of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii , at 5 a.m. Hawaii time, USA forecasters said. The hurricane's escalation to Category 5 status motivated the Central Pacific Hurricane Center to issue a Hurricane Warning for Hawaii County, indicating that damaging winds and surf and flooding rains are possible within 36 hours. (more...)
Trump campaign chief Manafort found guilty Trump campaign chief Manafort found guilty
- August 22, 2018

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Judge Ellis has not yet set a sentencing date and has given prosecutors until August 29 to decide whether to retry Manafort on the deadlocked charges. Earlier today, the Manfort jury asked Judge Ellis what would happen if they didn't come to an agreement on all charges. The whirlwind trial is the first to result from Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling, although Manafort's prosecution does not relate to any election ... (more...)
Hawaii braces for 'life threatening' hit from Hurricane Lane Hawaii braces for 'life threatening' hit from Hurricane Lane
- August 22, 2018

With emergency officials upgrading the severity of the storm's impact to Hawaii Island and Maui County to a Hurricane Warning, county civil defense agencies urged HIDOE to close campuses as a safety precaution. Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 storm, is expected to make a dangerously close encounter with the Hawaiian Islands over the next several days. The last hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii was Iniki in 1992, which struck Kaua'i. (more...)
Trump's easing of coal rules could kill 1,400 people per year Trump's easing of coal rules could kill 1,400 people per year
- August 22, 2018

The proposal lays out several possible pathways that individual states might use for regulating coal-fired power plants, and what the consequences would be for pollution and human health in each case. Details of the plan are being released Tuesday morning, and President Donald Trump is expected to promote the new policy during a trip Tuesday evening to Charleston, West Virginia. (more...)
Hurricane watch posted as Lane approaches
- August 22, 2018

Although it is not certain whether the storm, packing peak winds of 150 miles per hour, will directly strike the islands or just graze them, significant effects from rain, wind and waves are becoming increasingly likely. On Tuesday morning, Lane was positioned 450 miles south-southeast of Kona, tracking west at 12 mph. If the storm pursues more of a westerly course, it may just brush the islands. (more...)
What's next for Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull What's next for Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull
- August 21, 2018

Australians are due to hold a general election early next year. Disquiet with Turnbull had been building for some time, with the government trailing Labor in 38 consecutive opinion polls. Before the ballot, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg had warned government colleagues that they would lose popularity if they dumped Turnbull. The concession avoided having the most conservative government lawmakers voting against the legislation in Parliament, openly undermining his authority. (more...)
WA Liberal MPs split over Turnbull v Dutton federal leadership tussle
- August 21, 2018

Even if Malcolm Turnbull survives a second challenge against Peter Dutton, he looks set to lose the election in a landslide to Labor's Bill Shorten, following 38 consecutive Newspoll losses with this challenge denting his already-crumbling authority. (more...)
S$1.8b to Aussie farmers to help them through drought S$1.8b to Aussie farmers to help them through drought
- August 21, 2018

Accelerated depreciation provisions for fodder infrastructure that will allow farmers to claim tax write offs after one year instead of three. Recently retired senior military officer Major General Stephen Day was appointed national drought coordinator to help farmers and other organisations determine where support is most needed. (more...)
Astronomers have revealed the oldest galaxies in the Universe Astronomers have revealed the oldest galaxies in the Universe
- August 20, 2018

In the "old" set are Segue-1, Bootes I, Tucana II, and Ursa Major I. The team found a similar distribution among observable dwarf galaxies in orbit of M31 (Andromeda). Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is one of billions out there in the cosmos. That said , no new galaxies could come to life as a result of that. (more...)
‘Abrupt thaw’ of permafrost would have an effect on climate change models ‘Abrupt thaw’ of permafrost would have an effect on climate change models
- August 19, 2018

As Earth's climate continues to warm, that carbon has begun to leach into the atmosphere, the result of microbes waking up and digesting once-frozen organic materials. According to experts, the most serious threat to the climate - not greenhouse gases produced by humanity, and the thawing of ancient ice under thermokarst lakes. (more...)
DC Circuit Vacates EPA's Delay of Chemical Plants Rule DC Circuit Vacates EPA's Delay of Chemical Plants Rule
- August 19, 2018

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the initial challenge in February on behalf of American Rivers, Clean Water Action, Defenders of Wildlife, Charleston Waterkeeper, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Coastal Conservation League, Friends of the Rappahannock, North Carolina Coastal Federation, and North Carolina Wildlife Federation. (more...)
Powerful Hurricane Lane on path to move south of Hawaii this week Powerful Hurricane Lane on path to move south of Hawaii this week
- August 19, 2018

The maximum sustained winds are 140 mph and hurricane-force winds can be felt 25 miles from the center of the storm, the National Hurricane Center said. The impacts of the hurricane to the Hawaii Island remain unclear at this time. Lane has intensified quickly since forming in the East Pacific last week. (more...)
99-Million-Year-Old Beetle Found Trapped In Amber 99-Million-Year-Old Beetle Found Trapped In Amber
- August 19, 2018

The beetle , named Cretoparacucujus cycadophilus , is distinct in its form, compared to today's beetles. The fossil represents the earliest definitive fossil evidence for cycad-insect interactions, and illuminates the ancient history of the establishment of complex entomophily in cycads . (more...)
Tropical Storm Lane expected to become hurricane by Friday
- August 17, 2018

Up to a centimetre of rain could fall in Ireland and central and southern Scotland overnight. The downpours are associated with the remnants of the tropical storm, Storm Ernesto . Belfast is forecasted for a peak temperature of 19C. The weather warning is said to be valid from Saturday, August 18, at 8:00pm to Sunday, August 19, at 8:00am. (more...)
Prepare for sub-tropical Storm Ernesto Prepare for sub-tropical Storm Ernesto
- August 17, 2018

Experts at the Met Office are warning that the coming days could be marred by stormy weather conditions thanks to Storm Ernesto , which formed in the North Atlantic near the east coast of America on Tuesday. We can expect heavy downpours and lots of humidity. Lane, which is expected to continue heading west for the next day or so before making a turn toward the west-northwest, is forecast to become a hurricane by Friday and a major hurricane (a category 3 or higher) over the weekend. (more...)
Gaganyaan to Take Indian Astronaut to Space by 2022: PM Modi Gaganyaan to Take Indian Astronaut to Space by 2022: PM Modi
- August 16, 2018

The chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) confirmed the timeline and said the pilots and crew, often called vyomanauts - after vyom , the Sanskrit word for space - would spend at least seven days in space. Chandrayaan-1, launched in 2008, orbited the moon and sent a probe to the surface which made a controlled crash landing. Life support system and conditioning of astronauts for the space environment is one of the key technological challenges, said Nair. (more...)
First Alert Weather: New tropical system forms in the Atlantic First Alert Weather: New tropical system forms in the Atlantic
- August 16, 2018

If named this week, it could be the fourth Subtropical Storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season . The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, "At 500 AM AST [0900 UTC], the center of Subtropical Depression Five was located near latitude 37.6 North, longitude 45.6 West". (more...)
NASA launches historic probe to 'touch Sun' NASA launches historic probe to 'touch Sun'
- August 15, 2018

The probe was ferried by one of the most powerful rockets now available, the Delta IV Heavy rocket, built and operated by United Launch Alliance. Additionally, the third stage includes the STAR 49BV solid rocket motor, which is created to place the spacecraft into its final trajectory. (more...)
Florida Declares State of Emergency Over Red Tide Florida Declares State of Emergency Over Red Tide
- August 15, 2018

Rick Scott . "I am issuing an emergency declaration to provide significant funding and resources to the communities experiencing red tide so we can combat its awful impacts", Scott said in a statement on Monday. Scott made the announcement on Monday for the Tampa Bay and Southwest Coast areas, which were hit hardest by a so-called Red Tide. "Mote is committed to understanding how Florida red tide blooms form, persist and dissipate, how they affect human and animal populations and ... (more...)
NASA launches mission to fly closer to the Sun than ever before NASA launches mission to fly closer to the Sun than ever before
- August 14, 2018

The craft was supposed to be launched yesterday but it was cancelled due to a helium gas sensor that surpassed a launch limit on the Delta IV-Heavy rocket, United Launch Alliance said. Yet the inside of the spacecraft will stay at just 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The probe is set to make 24 passes through the corona , collecting data. (more...)
Perseids meteor shower 2018 Perseids meteor shower 2018
- August 13, 2018

The Perseid Meteor shower normally peaks each year during a new moon however it will not do so again for another eight years. Reaching its peak visibility this weekend, a number of eager stargazers were dazzled by last night's (11 August) astronomical show, where a number of attractive shooting stars and green lights lit up the sky. (more...)
25 million year-old shark teeth discovered 25 million year-old shark teeth discovered
- August 12, 2018

Fossil enthusiast and school teacher Philip Mullaly discovered the rare pair, which are the first of their kind found in Australia and one of only three discoveries in the world. Fitzgerald suspected they came from one individual shark and there might be more entombed in the rock. "These teeth are of worldwide significance, as they represent one of just three associated groupings of Carcharocles angustidens teeth in the world, and the very first set to ever be discovered in Australia", ... (more...)
Parker Solar Probe launches on mission to 'touch the sun' Parker Solar Probe launches on mission to 'touch the sun'
- August 12, 2018

The other great mystery is the behaviour of 'solar wind, ' a stream of charged particles emitted by the sun to release energy. To handle the heat it has been covered with a special 4.5 inch thick carbon-composite shield capable of withstanding temperatures up to 1,650C. (more...)
Countdown restarts as NASA's Parker Solar Probe ready for today's launch Countdown restarts as NASA's Parker Solar Probe ready for today's launch
- August 12, 2018

NASA on Saturday postponed the launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft, created to probe the Sun. The agency is now targeting Sunday for the launch of the spacecraft which is created to go all the way to the Sun's atmosphere, or corona - closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history. (more...)
Perseid meteor shower best seen next weekend Perseid meteor shower best seen next weekend
- August 11, 2018

On the nights of August 12 and August 13, Cooke says stargazers all over the Northern Hemisphere should be able to see about 60 to 70 meteors streaking across the night skies - a dip from 2016, which saw more than twice as many meteors per hour, but a bump up from last year's 40 or 50, and still plenty vivid. (more...)
NASA sees major Hurricane Hector moving south of Hawaii NASA sees major Hurricane Hector moving south of Hawaii
- August 11, 2018

HST/1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Hector was located near latitude 16.4 degrees north and longitude 153.9 degrees west. Hurricane force winds can extent up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical storm-force winds up to 105 miles (165 km). (more...)
Partial solar eclipse set to happen on August 11 Partial solar eclipse set to happen on August 11
- August 11, 2018

According to timeanddate.com, this will be the last eclipse - both solar and lunar - to be witnessed this year. Where can you see it? The eclipse begins before sunrise. The moon's shadow travels above the earth's surface, and the sun's light (as seen from earth) is blocked out. We call that crossing point a "node". There is a myth that even chopping vegetables, fruits or any other eatables while the solar eclipse lasts, can contaminate or poison the food. (more...)
This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect
- August 11, 2018

Speaking to Space.com, Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA , said: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it". But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. (more...)
NASA's mission to 'touch the sun' starts tomorrow NASA's mission to 'touch the sun' starts tomorrow
- August 11, 2018

After it launches, the probe will travel at a record-breaking 430,000 miles per hour, the fastest speed ever achieved by a spacecraft. As the probe orbits the sun, it will experience extreme radiation with temperatures expected to reach 1,377C (2,510F), which is close to the melting point of steel. (more...)