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Hertfordshire Astronomers discover new planet, but could it support life?

Hertfordshire Astronomers discover new planet, but could it support life? There are a lot of red dwarf stars reportedly producing several flares and spasms that look like an orbiting planet. The tale of planet hunting around Barnard's Star starts in the 1960s when astronomer Peter van de Kemp released compelling data supporting the existence of an exoplanet. [Full Article...]

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for R5.5m at auction

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for R5.5m at auction Rehana Popal, an immigration specialist in London , said that in two years she had lost six instructions on similar grounds. The lots included medals and awards which sold for a total of £296,750, while Prof Hawking's own scientific papers and library of the works of other famous scientists such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein , went for sums in the tens of thousands of... [Full Article...]

Varadkar and Dodds offer differing views on Brexit

Varadkar and Dodds offer differing views on Brexit Current EU proposals state that United Kingdom officials would be "competent authorities" to carry out checks, but in line with EU rules, something the DUP has declared a red line in any Brexit deal they agree to. "It's entirely appropriate that they should be communicating on an issue of real importance to all of us". The DUP hates the Northern Ireland-only backstop as it would create an arra... [Full Article...]

Diwali fireworks push air pollution to ‘severe’ level in India’s capital

Diwali fireworks push air pollution to ‘severe’ level in India’s capital The quality of air in Pitampura, Airport, Terminal 3 and Delhi University stood at 679, 481 and 801 respectively. The court had asked police to ensure that banned fireworks were not sold and said in case of any violation the commanding officer of the police station concerned would be held personally liable and it would amount to committing contempt of the court. [Full Article...]

Federal judge blocks Keystone Pipeline XL in major blow to Trump administration

Federal judge blocks Keystone Pipeline XL in major blow to Trump administration The State Department initially denied the permit under the Obama administration citing the potential environmental impact, but shortly after President Donald Trump took office he revived the project and the administration reversed the previous denial and allowed the project to move forward. [Full Article...]

Weird Traveling Space Boulder Could Be Alien Ship, Say Harvard Scientists

Weird Traveling Space Boulder Could Be Alien Ship, Say Harvard Scientists The Oumuamua was first discovered by a telescope in Hawaii. It is ten-times as long as it is wide and travels at speeds of 196,000 miles per hour. Avi Loeb , Harvard's astronomy department chairman and a co-author of the paper , cautions that it's "impossible to guess the goal behind Oumuamua without more data". [Full Article...]

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster just floated past Mars

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster just floated past Mars According to Ben Pearson, who put the tracking of Starman and Roadster on the website called WhereIsRoadster.com, The Starman and Roadster will not be able to make anywhere near Neptune until November 2020. It's important to have an electric sports vehicle that's faster than the fastest gasoline sports auto. At present, only one Indian carmaker, Mahindra, has a presence in the EV space in Indi... [Full Article...]

NASA Hubble telescope captures smiling face in space

NASA Hubble telescope captures smiling face in space More critical, Kepler was an exoplanet-hunter, detecting several thousands of planets outside our solar system. Kepler was originally positioned to watch 150,000 stars in a patch of sky within the constellation Cygnus. That means they're located at distances from their parent stars where liquid water - a vital ingredient to life as we know it - might pool on the planet surface. [Full Article...]

Camera footage of Soyuz MS-10 launch failure released

Camera footage of Soyuz MS-10 launch failure released The crew - NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin - had their space capsule ejected from the rocket and survived without injury. Russian officials pledged to improve oversight during assembly of the spacecraft. Krikalyov said the astronauts now on the ISS - Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor, and Sergey Prokopyev of Ro... [Full Article...]

Gay Brazilians won't hide from Bolsonaro: slain activist's sister

Gay Brazilians won't hide from Bolsonaro: slain activist's sister For voters, Bolsonaro was a shift from the norm. At 4.53 percent, inflation is now near the middle of the bank's target range of 2.5 to 6.5 percent, and Sunday's election win by debt hawk Bolsonaro further bolstered the argument to keep the rate on hold. [Full Article...]

The Kepler Space Telescope Shuts Down For Good

The Kepler Space Telescope Shuts Down For Good There two vastly different NASA spacecraft are about to run out of fuel: The Kepler spacecraft, which spent nine years in deep space collecting data that detected thousands of planets orbiting stars outside our solar system; and the Dawn spacecraft, which spent 11 years orbiting and studying the main asteroid belt's two largest objects, Vesta and Ceres. [Full Article...]

WWF report warns of plummeting global wildlife numbers

WWF report warns of plummeting global wildlife numbers Their latest global report claims wildlife is dying out faster than ever and says nature needs worldwide "life support". The big takeaway stat is that populations of mammals , fish , birds , reptiles, and amphibians have plunged by an average of 60% since 1970, reports the Guardian . [Full Article...]

Oscar strengthens into tropical storm; no threat to land

Oscar strengthens into tropical storm; no threat to land Oscar is moving to the west at 16 miles per hour. Subtropical Storm Oscar formed late Friday over open waters. Thankfully the track of Oscar keeps it away from land in the coming days. If the forecast holds, Oscar would be the 8th Atlantic hurricane of 2018. Hurricane Kate in 1985 formed on November 15 and did $300 million worth of damage and killed 15 people, according to reports. [Full Article...]

Air pollution time bomb is ticking in NCR

Air pollution time bomb is ticking in NCR Stringent measures, including minimisation of private vehicles and shutdown of coal and biomass industries, are recommended by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)-led task force between 1 and 10 November to deal with the alarming increase of pollution in the national capital. [Full Article...]

Trump's 'Space Force' to be built in stages by 2020

Trump's 'Space Force' to be built in stages by 2020 And with that demand, Trump has injected urgency into the debate over the best way to protect US interests in space, both military and commercial. "Today, space is fundamentally different than it was a generation ago", Pence said during Tuesday's meeting at the National Defense University in Washington. [Full Article...]

Hurricane Willa strikes Mexico´s Pacific coast

Hurricane Willa strikes Mexico´s Pacific coast The storm will quickly weaken over the next 24 hours as it makes its way across the Sierra Madre range and becomes a rainmaker for northern Mexico and Texas on Wednesday. Forecasters are concerned about storm surge and rainfall. So far, there are hurricane warnings from San Blas, east of the Panama Canal, to Mazatlan along the western Mexican coastline. [Full Article...]

New moon: China to launch lunar lighting in outer space

New moon: China to launch lunar lighting in outer space The city of Chengdu has unveiled plans to replace the city's streetlights with a satellite that will boost the glow of the real moon. The new moon is expected to be bright enough to replace most of the city's streetlights and could save the city around $175 million in annual electricity costs. [Full Article...]

Genius touch - Stephen Hawking's papers, wheelchair for sale

Genius touch - Stephen Hawking's papers, wheelchair for sale Hawking" signature. The proceeds from the auction of the chair will benefit the The Stephen Hawking Foundation , which advocates for the rights of people with disabilities, and The Motor Neurone Disease Association . "By the late 1980s he was at the height of his fame, and given his extensive travels to conferences and public events, as well as the scope of his intellectual explorations of spa... [Full Article...]

NASA's Operation IceBridge Spots Huge, Sharp Rectangular Iceberg In Antartica

NASA's Operation IceBridge Spots Huge, Sharp Rectangular Iceberg In Antartica Senior research scientist Ted Scambos with the University of Colorado at Boulder says the iceberg is in the ballpark of 40 metres tall and anywhere from a mile or two long. The chunk of ice has since been known as iceberg A-68. But why such straight lines? By contrast, iceberg A68's surface area measured some 2,240 square miles at the time of calving. [Full Article...]

Chill Out - Maine Could Have A Milder-Than-Average Winter

Chill Out - Maine Could Have A Milder-Than-Average Winter The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , releasing its Winter Outlook on Thursday, predicts that MI will see a warmer and drier than normal 2018/19 winter season. It's expected to be drier in the Northern Rockies and Nothern Plains. In the valley of the Tennessee, the OH valley and mid-Atlantic States (NJ, NY, MD and PA), the temperature will be or on the secondary level or above... [Full Article...]


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