Sci-tech

Trump Visits California Devastated by Wildfires, Pledges Federal Help With Forest Management

Trump Visits California Devastated by Wildfires, Pledges Federal Help With Forest Management In addition to the destruction caused directly by the flames, the wildfires have also decimated the air quality in Northern California , including in San Francisco; air quality monitoring network Purple Air has rated the area's "hazardous" air quality as the worst in the world since Thursday. [Full Article...]

Super bright meteor shower to dazzle Metro Vancouver skies this weekend

Super bright meteor shower to dazzle Metro Vancouver skies this weekend Once the waxing gibbous Moon sets shortly before 2 a.m. local time, skywatchers will have more than three hours of undisturbed viewing before twilight starts to paint the sky. Unfortunately, this year's shower won't produce a meteor storm, which is when you can see upward of 1,000 meteors per hour. For the best views, EarthSky suggests going to the countryside or an open field where there are f... [Full Article...]

Scientists have discovered a cold planet near the Sun

Scientists have discovered a cold planet near the Sun The data included Barnard's star's radial velocity and relative speed toward and away from Earth. It's the closest single star to our own solar system. "Follow-up observations are already underway at different observatories worldwide". Guinan said the team uncovered the planet's existence over years of observations using Earth- and space-based telescopes. [Full Article...]

SpaceX just tied its own rocket-launch record

SpaceX just tied its own rocket-launch record When the booster launched Thursday might fly again is not yet known, but SpaceX founder Elon Musk has said the block 5 version is created to fly up to 100 times with overhauls every 10 launches or so. Es'hailSat, established in 2010 in Doha, owns and operates satellites to serve broadcasters, businesses and governments. The finely tuned Falcon 9 rocket has already been rolled out in the stat... [Full Article...]

'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest single star

'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest single star If this were the case with the newly spotted planet, it would have a mass of 3.2 times that of Earth , placing it in the super-Earth category. Barnard's Star is a red dwarf , a small and cooling star probably about twice as old as the sun. [Full Article...]

'Vigorous tropical wave' in Atlantic highly likely to develop, hurricane center says

'Vigorous tropical wave' in Atlantic highly likely to develop, hurricane center says According to records from 1851 to 2015, there have been 1619 tropical storms and 991 hurricanes. A new weather system is brewing in the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center has announced, with potential development into a cyclone or subtropical cyclone by midweek. [Full Article...]

Rocket Lab launches first rocket carrying only commercial satellites from Mahia Peninsula

Rocket Lab launches first rocket carrying only commercial satellites from Mahia Peninsula The Electron will also carry a "drag sail" demonstrator, which is created to prove out technology to help deorbit defunct satellites more quickly and efficiently. While the company spent some of that time addressing issues with the Electron rocket, Beck told Ars that most of the company's work has been done to scale the company's operations. [Full Article...]

Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for US$1 million

Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for US$1 million Hawking's motorized wheelchair and a set of his medals and awards have been sold for a combined total of nearly £600,000, while a copy of his Ph.D. thesis raised almost the same amount on its own. Proceeds from the sale of the chairs with the motor, which Hawking was used in the late 1980s and early 1990s years, will Fund Stephen Hawking and the British Association of motor neuron disease. [Full Article...]

Brexit : a new resignation

Brexit : a new resignation The British prime minister is set for a crunch meeting with her Cabinet early this week, where she will attempt to get her European Union withdrawal agreement signed off by senior ministers. "It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalised in Brussels and Whitehall even as I write, will be a bad mistake", said Johnson, who was a transport minister i... [Full Article...]

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction When Cambridge finally made Hawking's thesis available to download in 2017, it was viewed more than 60,000 times in 24 hours and public interest completely crashed the university's server. Along with inclusion of Hawking's personal belongings, the auction also included belongings linked to scientists including Isaac Newton , Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein , wrote The Guardian . [Full Article...]

Here is Our First Take a look at China's New Area Station

Here is Our First Take a look at China's New Area Station Right now, it's the only operational space station in orbit - but that's about to change. China just showed the world that it's upping its space exploration game with the introduction of the Tiangong Space Station . It is set to operate for about 15 years, according to the China Academy of Space Technology, developer of the station. The moon will also travel to the Japanese space ship. [Full Article...]

Ozone showing signs of recovery as per new United Nations report

Ozone showing signs of recovery as per new United Nations report This healing progress is attributed to worldwide initiatives under the Montreal Protocol , a global agreement that was formed more than 30 years ago in response to climate change concerns. 'If ozone-depleting substances had continued to increase, we would have seen huge effects. Experts credit a 1987 treaty that banned ozone-depleting chemicals along with new technology for this global environm... [Full Article...]

Hubble Spots 'Smiling Face' While Looking For New Stars

Hubble Spots 'Smiling Face' While Looking For New Stars NASA scientists captured in space "silhouette of a bat", which in reality is the shadow of a massive star, called among astrologers HBC 672. This optical phenomenon took place due to the birth of a new star when she came out of a giant cloud of gas, the so-called stellar nurseries. [Full Article...]

Harvard scientists say mysterious space object may be from ‘alien civilization’

Harvard scientists say mysterious space object may be from ‘alien civilization’ In fact, in their article, published this week in the The Astrophysical Journal Letters , they claim the object "may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization ". Although it's "extremely thin", the researchers said the object could survive interstellar travel over galactic distances and withstand collisions with gas and dust grains. [Full Article...]

U.S. securities regulator subpoenas Tesla on Model 3 production estimates

U.S. securities regulator subpoenas Tesla on Model 3 production estimates The interview also delved into the company's plans for a Model Y crossover SUV, and the upcoming revamp of Tesla's Roadster . Tesla said to its knowledge no government agency in any ongoing investigation has concluded any wrongdoing occurred. [Full Article...]

Hold tight for a Brexit breakthrough, May tells Cabinet

Hold tight for a Brexit breakthrough, May tells Cabinet The prime minister told today's cabinet meeting that time was running out, but that she would not agree a divorce deal to avoid a hard border "at any cost". The clock is still ticking and we will continue the work. Mr Varadkar was accused by Sinn Fein of having "lost his nerve" in Brexit negotiations by signalling his willingness to reach a compromise solution with the UK. [Full Article...]

NASA's 'Dawn Mission' to an asteroid belt comes to an end

NASA's 'Dawn Mission' to an asteroid belt comes to an end After visiting Vesta , Dawn continued its travels and in March 2015 arrived at and went into a three-year orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres , which is also the largest object in the asteroid belt. Dawn also detected an abundance of organic molecules in one of Ceres' craters, which might have come from the planet's ocean. "In many ways, Dawn's legacy is just beginning". [Full Article...]

The Kepler telescope has stopped its work

The Kepler telescope has stopped its work Both spacecraft used chemical fuel to twist themselves back toward Earth and beam their findings home; without that fuel there was no way to learn from our distant emissaries. The knowledge that there are planets scattered everywhere opens almost endless possibilities, and keeps pushing expectations for Kepler's successor TESS and other upcoming missions. [Full Article...]

Delhi Considers Restricting Plying of Private Vehicles to Fight Pollution

Delhi Considers Restricting Plying of Private Vehicles to Fight Pollution Defending claims that stubble burning is the sole reason for Delhi's air pollution and not the city's traffic conditions or industries, CM Arvind Kejriwal reportedly blamed the Centre for not giving adequate machinery to the farmers in Punjab and Haryana. [Full Article...]

Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos

Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos On 11 October during the launch of the carrier rocket "Soyuz-FG" accident. The crew landed in the fields of Kazakhstan about 25 kilometers from the city of Dzhezkazgan (a little more than 400 kilometers from Baikonur). Russian officials pledged to improve oversight during assembly of the spacecraft . Roscosmos officials on Wednesday met with their counterparts from NASA to give them a ful... [Full Article...]


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