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China might have grown the first-ever plant on the moon

China might have grown the first-ever plant on the moon The greatest challenge according to Chinese scientists is the constant weather changes on the moon. "In the past, we were always rushing to catch up to the advanced global standards" in space, said Wu Weiren, the chief designer of China's lunar exploration project. [Full Article...]

Cabinet ministers warn against no-deal Brexit

Cabinet ministers warn against no-deal Brexit Damian Green, the former Cabinet Office Minister, confidently predicted: "Clearly something is going to happen". Another reception will be held on Wednesday as part of the charm offensive, while more than 200 MPs who signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging her to rule out a no-deal Brexit have been invited to meet Mrs May at Downing Street on Tuesday. [Full Article...]

Nasa shows first photo of distant world from New Horizons probe

Nasa shows first photo of distant world from New Horizons probe A 15-hour rotation rate has also been established for Ultima Thule . By contrast, he suggested, scientists did not know for sure whether other two-lobe bodies - most notably the rubber ducky-like Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - were two objects that came together or one larger body that had eroded into its current shape. [Full Article...]

NASA releases New Horizons' first clear image of 'snowman' Ultima Thule

NASA releases New Horizons' first clear image of 'snowman' Ultima Thule With any luck, upcoming projects like the James Webb Space Telescope will further expand our understanding of the universe. The scientists running NASA's New Horizons mission showed off the first detailed images Wednesday of an object 4 billion miles away in space. [Full Article...]

Winter storm causing vehicle slide offs in Hays area

Winter storm causing vehicle slide offs in Hays area The weather service noted there could be a sharp cutoff for snowfall totals Thursday , but travel may be impossible in areas with heavy snow and wind. As much as 5 inches of rain are possible along the central Gulf Coast, while as much as 1 foot of snow could fall in the northern US over the next three days. [Full Article...]

NASA's InSight lander "hears" Martian winds

NASA's InSight lander New images from NASA's Mars InSight lander show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep. The audio was captured by two different pieces of state of the art, hyper sensitive recording equipment aboard the lander. This is the only phase of the mission during which the seismometer, called th... [Full Article...]

SpaceX Sends Another Dragon with Supplies to Space

SpaceX Sends Another Dragon with Supplies to Space NASA discovered Monday that the food for the mouse-tronauts was mouldy. It marked the first time the same booster flew three separate missions. "We have had a great liftoff", said SpaceX commentator John Insprucker, as the Falcon 9 rocket soared into the sunny, blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:16 pm (1816 GMT), carrying 5,600 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of gear. [Full Article...]

UN Chief: Climate Change Is The 'Most Important Issue We Face'

UN Chief: Climate Change Is The 'Most Important Issue We Face' The smaller, poorer nations that will bare the devastating brunt of climate change are pushing for richer states to make good on the promises they made in the 2015 Paris agreement . Going into the rulebook negotiations in Katowice, there's nothing that would prevent emissions reductions that are reported in the emissions inventory of the country where the reduction occurred as part of that ... [Full Article...]

Draper in space race for $2.6b in NASA moonshot contracts

Draper in space race for $2.6b in NASA moonshot contracts The companies announced today include Astrobotic Technology , Deep Space Systems , Draper , Firefly Aerospace , Intuitive Machines , Lockheed Martin , Masten Space Systems, Moon Express , and Orbit Beyond. "(The) announcement marks tangible progress in America's return to the Moon's surface to stay", Bridenstine said. The American plan for space exploration will unfold in stages, star... [Full Article...]

I don't believe government climate report

I don't believe government climate report The U.S. president rejected the findings of the report, which was produced by over 300 prominent climate scientists and 13 federal agencies and departments. Inglis, who heads a nonprofit, RepublicEn , which aims to transform his party's stance on global warming, said it's been especially hard for Republicans to embrace a solution when Trump is constantly belittling the science behind it. [Full Article...]

Mars landing comes down to final 6 minutes of 6-month trip

Mars landing comes down to final 6 minutes of 6-month trip One week before the next Mars mission is due to land, NASA has chosen the landing site for its next next Mars mission. The communication lag between Mars and Earth is eight minutes. This is a largely nondescript area of Mars devoid of any major geological features. "But what was once out of reach is now conceivable, thanks to the 2020 engineering team and advances in Mars entry, descent an... [Full Article...]

Super-Earth discovered orbiting Suns nearest star

Super-Earth discovered orbiting Suns nearest star E. Barnard, found that its total velocity with respect to the Sun is a whopping 500, 000 kilometres an hour. "Hopefully we got it right this time", said Guillem Anglada Escude from Queen Mary's School of Physics and Astronomy . That seemed to be the case when a team of researchers started checking archival data for Barnard's star images. If confirmed, the exoplanet would be the second-close... [Full Article...]

U.S. court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

U.S. court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline The pipeline would have added 830,000 barrels of daily shipping capacity - about 4.2 percent of USA oil demand - when it came into service, which was expected to happen in 2021. TransCanada had recently announced plans to start construction next year, after a State Department review ordered by Morris concluded that major environmental damage from a leak is unlikely and could quickly be mitigated. [Full Article...]

All-UK customs Brexit deal report is 'speculation' - PM

All-UK customs Brexit deal report is 'speculation' - PM The Times also said Mrs May's on course to get an agreement on a future economic partnership that will let Britain keep open the prospect of a similar free trade accord to the one Canada has with the European Union - a move it said could help persuade the euro-sceptic Tories to back the deal . [Full Article...]

Delhi Considers Restricting Plying of Private Vehicles to Fight Pollution

Delhi Considers Restricting Plying of Private Vehicles to Fight Pollution It's a collective problem and I urge everyone to please work together. The politics over pollution also intensified, as Ministers from neighbouring states quality skipped a crucial meeting called by Union Ministry, with the Delhi government claiming the latter to be "not serious". [Full Article...]

Brazil's Bolsonaro wants crusading judge in cabinet

Brazil's Bolsonaro wants crusading judge in cabinet Lula's substitute, Fernando Haddad, lost Sunday's runoff election to Bolsonaro by 10 percentage points, as voters punished the Workers' Party - victor of the previous four presidential elections - for corruption and economic malaise. And in the upper house, where the party has never held a seat, it won four. Bolsonaro, who is backed by Brazil's powerful agrobusiness lobby, had proposed the... [Full Article...]

World takes stock of Bolsonaro win in Brazil’s presidential election

World takes stock of Bolsonaro win in Brazil’s presidential election Bolsonaro's home in Rio de Janeiro was flooded with supporters following the announcement, who waved Brazilian flags and set off fireworks. His inauguration will be on January 1, 2019. But he is also very much a product of a ideal storm in Brazil that made his messages less marginalized: widespread anger at the political class amid years of corruption, an economy that has struggled to recover af... [Full Article...]

Monolithic rectangular iceberg photographed by Nasa

Monolithic rectangular iceberg photographed by Nasa What you're looking at here is a tabular iceberg . Though scientists in Antarctica regularly spot these steep-walled "tabular" icebergs - many almost square or rectangular - they certainly look like freaky, unnatural forms in such a wild Earth environment. [Full Article...]

A Mild Winter Is Headed Our Way, says NOAA

A Mild Winter Is Headed Our Way, says NOAA Additionally, El Nino has a 70 to 75 percent chance of developing. There's a lot more than just an El Nino pattern that determines how winter will play out. In fact, Halper said, nowhere in the U.S.is expected to be colder than normal; continuing a national trend over the past several years. The Carolinas should also look out for the "Arcitc Ocillation", which NOAA says determines "the n... [Full Article...]

Climate change to cause global beer shortage

Climate change to cause global beer shortage The study - by scientists based in China, the U.S. and United Kingdom and published in the journal Nature Plants - forecasts that depending on the extent to which conditions change, yields of barley may fall by between 3% and 17%. China is expected to suffer the most severe shortages in this century, followed by the United States, Germany, and Russian Federation, the report said. [Full Article...]


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