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NASA Selects Nine US Companies To Vie For Moon Program Funding NASA Selects Nine US Companies To Vie For Moon Program Funding
- November 30, 2018

The company is now developing a "Peregrine Lander" aimed at orbital and surface operations for any lunar destination. "The directive I'm signing today will refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery", the president said at the signing ceremony. (more...)
New Zealand rescuers save six stranded whales New Zealand rescuers save six stranded whales
- November 30, 2018

More than 140 pilot whales have died after they stranded themselves on a remote beach on Rakiura/Stewart Island in New Zealand over the weekend. "We'll have some people that can carry out euthanasia", said Mr Turner, who said he had never seen a beaching of this scale in 32 years with the department. (more...)
NASA scientists celebrate InSight landing with handshake worthy of the National Basketball Association NASA scientists celebrate InSight landing with handshake worthy of the National Basketball Association
- November 30, 2018

NASAs InSight spacecraft touched down safely on Mars on Monday, kicking off a two-year mission to explore the deep interior of the Red Planet. Over the two years of InSight's primary mission, the experiment will build a picture of how much Mars wobbles as it rotates, using the lander as a fixed point on the planet's surface. (more...)
Nasa’s InSight takes selfie on Mars after dramatic 7 minute plunge Nasa’s InSight takes selfie on Mars after dramatic 7 minute plunge
- November 30, 2018

There is also the rotation and interior structure experiment (RISE). EDL engineers are responsible for getting spacecraft from the top of the atmosphere of a planet to the surface safely. On a clear day, the probe gets about 600 to 700 watts from the panels, and even when dust settles on the panels - which could be a common occurrence on Mars - they can provide up to 200 to 300 watts of power for the probe. (more...)
"Horrifying": Global outrage after Chinese researcher claims first gene-edited babies
- November 27, 2018

He Jiankui of Southern University of Science and Technology of China told the Associated Press that embryos from seven couples who underwent in vitro fertilisation had been edited . He is scheduled to talk about human embryo editing on Wednesday and its "moral principles" on Thursday. "It's not known if those pregnancies were terminated, carried to term, or are ongoing". (more...)
Trump’s Response To Climate Change Report: ‘I Don’t Believe It’ Trump’s Response To Climate Change Report: ‘I Don’t Believe It’
- November 27, 2018

The fifth installment would be due during President Trump's second term if he's re-elected. One benefit the report may have, even despite a lack of media coverage, may be to weaken the administration's legal case to gut environmental standards, such as the freeze in federal fuel-economy rules, which is already being challenged in court. (more...)
New lander will add to humans' long fascination with Mars New lander will add to humans' long fascination with Mars
- November 27, 2018

After six months of a deep space voyage, NASA's new Mars lander InSight is ready to descend and explore the red planet. In about six-and-a-half minutes it will have to slow down to about 5 miles per hour using descent thrusters and a parachute. (more...)
Trump says doesn't believe own government's climate warning
- November 27, 2018

The report also comes amid a presidential administration that has been the most pro oil and gas industry on record and one whose policies, particularly rolling back Obama-era environmental policies , have set environmentalists on edge. Last year, Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Deal to combat climate change, though the country can not do so until after the 2020 presidential election. (more...)
Chinese scientist claims world's first gene-edited babies Chinese scientist claims world's first gene-edited babies
- November 27, 2018

Reuters reports that the Southern University of Science and Technology notes in a statement that it "strictly requires scientific research to conform to national laws and regulations and to respect and comply with global academic ethics and standards ". (more...)
It Would Be It Would Be "Impossible" To Renegotiate Brexit Withdrawal Deal Warns Italian MEP
- November 27, 2018

Mrs Merkel, speaking in Brussels, said: "it's a historic day, which triggers very ambivalent feelings ... it is tragic that the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union now after 45 years, but we have to, of course, respect the vote of the British people". (more...)
NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey
- November 27, 2018

InSight also has an experiment (Rotation and Interior Structure Experiment, or RISE) that will precisely measure the planet's "wobble" to reveal the size and density of the Martian core. While surveying the landing site during the planning phase of InSight's mission, scientists studied the ejecta from small impact craters scattered across Elysium Planitia. (more...)
Climate change could cost United States 'hundreds of billions' a year, report warns Climate change could cost United States 'hundreds of billions' a year, report warns
- November 26, 2018

One potential benefit is that the details of the report can now be fully digested and cited by global delegates to the upcoming United Nations COP 24 conference on climate change in Katowice, Poland, which begins on December 3. Study co-author Andrew Light, an global policy expert at the World Resources Institute, told The Associated Press that releasing the report on Black Friday "is a transparent attempt by the Trump Administration to bury this report and continue the campaign of not ... (more...)
Watch NASA's InSight land on Mars tomorrow starting at 2PM ET Watch NASA's InSight land on Mars tomorrow starting at 2PM ET
- November 26, 2018

NASA is quick to note the paltry success rate-only 40 percent-for Mars missions; the U.S.is so far the only nation that has successfully landed on Mars. NASA is providing a special 360-degree online broadcast from inside the control center. The giant NASDAQ screen in New York's Times Square will start broadcasting NASA Television an hour before InSight's scheduled 3 p.m. (more...)
T Builds Revolutionary New Plane With No Moving Parts T Builds Revolutionary New Plane With No Moving Parts
- November 24, 2018

Researchers at MIT have revealed video footage of what could be the beginning of a new aeronautic revolution where aircraft of the future are super-quiet gliders. "But I started looking into this and went through a period of about five years, working with a series of graduate students to improve fundamental understanding of how you could reduce ionic winds efficiently, and how that could be optimised". (more...)
Climate Change May Push Millions From Coasts and US Isn’t Ready Climate Change May Push Millions From Coasts and US Isn’t Ready
- November 24, 2018

Without substantial global emissions reductions and local adaptation measures, the report says, " climate change is expected to cause growing losses to American infrastructure and property and impede the rate of economic growth over this century". (more...)
NASA will review workplace safety at SpaceX and Boeing NASA will review workplace safety at SpaceX and Boeing
- November 24, 2018

Musk is a brilliant guy, but he also likes to push the envelope in ways that tend to worry those he does business with. The Washington Post reports that NASA officials were upset that Musk had violated drug policies and ordered the probe to examine company culture. (more...)
[H]ardOCP: NASA Picks Landing Site for 2020 Mars Rover [H]ardOCP: NASA Picks Landing Site for 2020 Mars Rover
- November 22, 2018

A key objective of the new mission will be to find evidence of possible life on a young Mars: after it was revealed that in the past the planet had a mass of liquid water that it flowed a river flowing into the lake - it's time to examine themselves beds of ancient bodies of water and they collected sediment. (more...)
NASA Launching Safety Review Of SpaceX After Elon Musk Smokes Pot NASA Launching Safety Review Of SpaceX After Elon Musk Smokes Pot
- November 22, 2018

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry through a public-private partnership to launch astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil for the first time since 2011. We now know when SpaceX's new astronaut taxi will head to orbit for the first time. In a statement, SpaceX told Business Insider: "Human spaceflight is the core mission of our company". (more...)
Dead sperm whale found with 6 kg of plastic in stomach Dead sperm whale found with 6 kg of plastic in stomach
- November 21, 2018

Rescuers found the rotting carcass of the 31-foot male sperm whale on Monday near Kapota waters in the Southeast Sulawesi province, according to Wakatobi National Park chief Heri Santoso. Almost half of the three million tons of mismanaged plastic waste produced in the country each year ends up in the ocean. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia's coordinating minister for maritime affairs, told the AP that he sees plastic waste as a "common enemy". (more...)
Trump mistakenly refers to fire-ravaged Paradise as 'Pleasure' during California visit Trump mistakenly refers to fire-ravaged Paradise as 'Pleasure' during California visit
- November 19, 2018

The people of Finland have trolled US President Donald Trump on social media after he suggested California should follow the Scandinavian country's lead and do more " raking " to prevent wildfires. "We have been told we're to look as hard as we can, but it's still possible we may not be able to find something left of someone", Trish Moutard, a volunteer with the California Rescue Dog Association, told Reuters. (more...)
Leonids Meteor Shower peaks this weekend Leonids Meteor Shower peaks this weekend
- November 19, 2018

About 20 meteors are expected to appear per hour. The Leonid shower should be visible in some parts of the United Kingdom tonight. But Baker said the number of meteors we can see each year various depending on where the comet is and what material it's left. (more...)
Astronomers have discovered a planet similar to Earth Astronomers have discovered a planet similar to Earth
- November 18, 2018

Confirmation of Barnard's Star b is unlikely to come from additional radial-velocity measurements, Diaz wrote. As for the possibility of life on Bernard's Star b, the planet is "way too cold" to sustain liquid water, Ribas says, and whether life may be frozen beneath an ocean is just speculation at this point. (more...)
Qatar launches Es'hail-2 satellite Qatar launches Es'hail-2 satellite
- November 17, 2018

Falcon 9's first stage for the Es'hail-2 mission previously supported the Telstar 19 VANTAGE mission in July 2018. Meanwhile, SpaceX is planning its next launch for Monday, when it hopes to launch a different booster for the third time. (more...)
Researchers Have Created an Artificial Sun, And It’s Way Hotter Researchers Have Created an Artificial Sun, And It’s Way Hotter
- November 16, 2018

While that comparison in itself is mind-blowing, the temperature also has another important significance for nuclear energy researchers: 100 million degrees Celsius is thought to be the minimum temperature needed for self-sustaining nuclear fusion on Earth. (more...)
'Earth-like' planet found orbiting Earth’s neighbouring star 'Earth-like' planet found orbiting Earth’s neighbouring star
- November 15, 2018

Barnard's Star b is six light-years from Earth . That's because Barnard's Star provides the frigid planet with only 2 per cent of the energy that the sun provides Earth. "Barnard's star is the "great white whale" of planet hunting". But more measurements were required. Most exoplanets , including the thousands identified by NASA's recently retired Kepler space telescope , were found using the "transit" technique: looking for a periodic dip in starlight as a planet passes in front. (more...)
'Vigorous tropical wave' in Atlantic highly likely to develop, hurricane center says 'Vigorous tropical wave' in Atlantic highly likely to develop, hurricane center says
- November 13, 2018

A new disturbance in the tropics has formed, and it actually has the chance to develop into a pre-Thanksgiving week tropical or subtropical system. But that possibility is less and less likely, forecasters said Monday in a 7 p.m. The current tropical wave is another reminder that the 2018 Hurricane Season isn't over for Sebastian and Vero Beach. Environmental conditions remain unfavorable for immediate development into a tropical or sub-tropical system, but may become more favorable by ... (more...)
Rocket Lab Launches 1st Commercial Rocket with Success Rocket Lab Launches 1st Commercial Rocket with Success
- November 13, 2018

Private space sports are a rarity, and Rocket Lab's is the only one that is seeing regular use. Rocket Lab's 57-foot-tall (17 meters) Electron booster is scheduled to rise off the pad at the company's New Zealand launch site Saturday at 10 p.m. (more...)
Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair Sells for almost $400,000 Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair Sells for almost $400,000
- November 12, 2018

Proceeds from the chair's sale will go to two charities, the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Other noteworthy Hawking memorabilia up for grabs are printed copies of some of his most important papers, his medals and awards, a copy of his book A Brief History of Time - signed with a fingerprint, the typescript of his thesis , and a bomber jacket . (more...)
Sterling hammered by Jo Johnson resignation Sterling hammered by Jo Johnson resignation
- November 11, 2018

The Sunday Times said four Remain-leaning ministers were on the brink of quitting , while the Telegraph said politicians would fall like "paper tigers". But in a pointed message to his brother and other Brexiteers, he said: "Inflicting such serious economic and political harm on the country will leave an indelible impression of incompetence in the minds of the public". (more...)
Stephen Hawking wheelchair sells for nearly $400G at auction Stephen Hawking wheelchair sells for nearly $400G at auction
- November 11, 2018

It had been expected to fetch £10,000 to £15,000. In total the auction raised £1,824,375. "The results of this remarkable sale, with more than 400 registered bidders from 30 different countries, demonstrate the enormous admiration and affection with which Stephen Hawking was viewed around the world", according to a statement from Thomas Venning, head of books and manuscripts for Christie's, and James Hyslop, head of science and natural history. (more...)