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Stephen Hawking's ashes buried at Westminster Abbey

Stephen Hawking's ashes buried at Westminster Abbey Music created by Vangelis, famed for the scores of Chariots of Fire and Bladerunner, was played at the service - and was beamed into space from the European Space Agency in Spain. Astronaut Tim Peake and two of Hawking's oldest professional friends, cosmologist Martin Rees and Kip Thorne, an American physicist and Nobel Prize victor, will also be in attendance. [Full Article...]

Walter Shaub: No Bottom to 'Ethics Catastrophe' With Scott Pruitt

Walter Shaub: No Bottom to 'Ethics Catastrophe' With Scott Pruitt The renewable fuel standards have for years been essential to driving ethanol production. The Washington Post reported that he had a top aide help contact Republican donors who might offer his wife a job, eventually securing her a position at a conservative political group - the Judicial Crisis Network - that has backed him for years. [Full Article...]

Astronomers spot supermassive blackhole destroying a star

Astronomers spot supermassive blackhole destroying a star Artist's conception in pullout - background is Hubble Space Telescope image of Arp 299 , a pair of colliding galaxies. One of the twin galaxies harbors a black hole 20 million times more massive than the Sun at its center. The new results, however, provide researchers with the basic framework for understanding these rare events. Mattila believes that his team's discovery will help astronome... [Full Article...]

Antarctica ice loss trippled in five years, new study reveals

Antarctica ice loss trippled in five years, new study reveals An analysis of satellite data collected since 1992 suggests that ocean-driven melting has led to a tripling in the rate of ice loss from West Antarctica, from 53 billion to 159 billion metric tons per year. If this scenario continues, the sea level would rise by 15 cm by 2100 leaving a constant threat to peninsular and island nations and also coastal areas of United States as it is enough to flood... [Full Article...]

Astroboffins spot planets swimming in the mists of forming stars

Astroboffins spot planets swimming in the mists of forming stars By studying the motion of the CO gas and the patterns it follows, the astronomers stumbled upon three disturbances in the flow of particles, which could only indicate the presence of planets. Unlike its older counterparts, young planets are surrounded by rotating disks of gas and dust, from which planets are formed. Subtle changes in the wavelength of this light due to the Doppler effect reveal th... [Full Article...]

Woman suing NASA to keep possession of moon dust

Woman suing NASA to keep possession of moon dust While NASA has been known to take suspected lunar material from private citizens, as noted by Laura Murray Cicco's lawyer, Christopher McHugh , there is no law that forbids private citizens from keeping materials believed to have come from previous trips to the moon . [Full Article...]

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Used To Be Smaller, But Recovered

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Used To Be Smaller, But Recovered The influx of large amounts of fresh water from melting Antarctic ice would also alter ocean currents on a global level. The most complete analysis to date measuring ice sheet changes in Antarctica reveals Earth's southernmost continent has lost some 3 trillion tonnes of ice over the past quarter-century. [Full Article...]

Rate of Antarctica's ice melting has tripled since 2012, study finds

Since 1992, scientists found that ice losses contributed to a sea level rise of 0.76 cm. Forty percent of that loss has occurred in just the last 5 years, again underscoring the increase in losses recently. In the most comprehensive Antarctic assessment to date, 84 scientists from 44 organizations analyzed two dozen satellite surveys to take three different kinds of measurements: changes in ic... [Full Article...]

NASA rover falls silent as enormous dust storm envelops Mars

NASA rover falls silent as enormous dust storm envelops Mars We are listening every day for possible signals from the rover", he said, likening the atmosphere among colleagues to having a loved one lying in a coma. "We think we can ride this out for a while". Astronauts living on Mars, for instance, would not want to get caught outside in a fierce dust storm. [Full Article...]

French Farmers Plan to Blockade Total Refineries and Fuel Depots

French Farmers Plan to Blockade Total Refineries and Fuel Depots Agriculture Minister, Stephane Travert, said today that the occupation of refineries and deposits is illegal , and ruled out that this will cause a shortage of fuel in the country. All in all, 16 sites were blocked on Monday, according to France's largest farm union FNSEA. The minister called on angry protesters to sit for negotiations to reach " adequate solutions ", insisting that the gov... [Full Article...]

System with three Earth-sized planets discovered

System with three Earth-sized planets discovered In an epic Indian discovery, a team from the Physical Research Laboratory , Ahmedabad, has spotted for the first time a distant planet six times bigger than Earth and revolving around a Sun-like star about 600 light years away. Going forward, the researchers plan to use the upcoming James Webb space telescope to investigate what the atmosphere of these new planets is like, which could give us a... [Full Article...]

Smith Statement on NASA's Curiosity Discovery

Smith Statement on NASA's Curiosity Discovery The exploration of the Curiosity robot, which already discovered in 2013 the first signs of water on the planet Mars , also determined that the concentration of methane in the atmosphere of that planet changes with the seasons. According to ten Kate, the recent findings leaves so many questions unanswered and calls for better equipment and extensive measurement hours. "We know that on Eart... [Full Article...]

This CO2 machine could transform the way we fight climate change

This CO2 machine could transform the way we fight climate change As for the price, previous attempts to do just this have stalled since it could cost up to $1000 to filter a metric ton of carbon dioxide . Scientists at Harvard have developed a new method of scrubbing carbon from the atmosphere, and turning it into hydrocarbon fuels that could be burned in airplanes or even cars. [Full Article...]

NASA Re-Plans Juno's Jupiter Mission

NASA Re-Plans Juno's Jupiter Mission According to NASA , this is the largest database of low-frequency radio emissions to ever be recorded from lightning sources on Jupiter . When NASA sent its Voyager 1 spacecraft on its trip through our Solar System, its flyby of Jupiter revealed that Jupiter does indeed have lightning, but it wasn't producing the same kinds of radio signals that scientists are familiar with from lightning he... [Full Article...]

Earliest animal footprints found in China

Earliest animal footprints found in China An worldwide research team discovered the fossil tracks in China dating back to the Ediacaran Period , just before the Cambrian Explosion when life on Earth increased rapidly. Bilaterians are a group of animals that have paired appendages - in this case, paired legs. Bilaterians are one of the most common body types in the world, now and throughout history, but previous fossil evidence ... [Full Article...]

Unhurried hurricanes: Study says tropical cyclones slowing

Unhurried hurricanes: Study says tropical cyclones slowing Scientists expect climate change is going to make tropical cyclones - including hurricanes - more severe. Instead, it means the tracks of the storms have slowed, allowing them to hover in one location for longer periods of time. In an editorial accompanying Kossin's work, she points out that it raises several new questions. "My study is pretty far from an attribution study", he said. [Full Article...]

NASA’s Major Announcement on Mars Rover Curiosity Discovery Will Be Revealed Tomorrow!

The Article from NASA CubeSats Steer Towards Mars . The Curiosity Rover , which has been roaming the Martian surface for almost six years, beamed back the data that led to the finding. Ashwin Vasavada who is the mission's project scientist of JPL believes this is a substantial milestone for the assignment. "The science team was confident that the engineers would deliver - so confident tha... [Full Article...]

Trio of astronauts headed to International Space Station

Trio of astronauts headed to International Space Station Even as private companies are emerging in the industry, NASA remains an absolutely necessary source of space discovery, according to study participants. On that front, 58 percent of Americans agree, saying human astronauts are essential to the space program's future. Around half of Americans share the opinion that people will travel routinely to space as tourists over the next 50 years. [Full Article...]

Rwandans march against plastic pollution

Rwandans march against plastic pollution Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar urged people to vow not to use low-grade plastic. - June 5 is World Environment Day , a day that represents the single largest celebration of our environment . Coming to B-town, Alia Bhatt is one step closer towards purging plastic from her life. The new rules gave emphasis on a complete ban on plastics below 50 microns, phasing out use o... [Full Article...]

NASA Curiosity rover hits organic pay dirt on Mars

NASA Curiosity rover hits organic pay dirt on Mars I asked everyone I spoke with if they thought there was life on Mars, and the consensus was maybe, maybe not. One thing is for sure, though - whatever we can figure out about the chemistry of Mars, it's nearly certainly going to add precious details to our understanding of life in the cosmos. [Full Article...]


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