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Blue Origin tests new motor during blast off from Texas facility

Blue Origin tests new motor during blast off from Texas facility EDT (1400 GMT; 0900 local Texas time). The entire mission lasted 11 minutes and 17 seconds. The reusable New Shepard booster is created to take off from a launch pad, climb to the internationally-recognized boundary of space at an altitude of 62 miles (100 kilometers), and land nearby with rocket thrust and aerobrakes. [Full Article...]

12 new moons discovered around Jupiter

12 new moons discovered around Jupiter Many prior studies have suggested that Jupiter has greatly influenced the evolution of the solar system . Which helps explain why Jupiter has so many moons in the first place. As a whole they're not so unusual or remarkable, except, perhaps, for that rogue, Valetudo. Nine of the moons are part of an outer "swarm" that orbit in the opposite, or retrograde , direction of Jupiter's spin, taki... [Full Article...]

Jupiter has a dozen new moons, including one 'oddball'

A research team led by astronomer Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington has identified 12 small Jovian moons, including the 10 described on Tuesday. The team's results are not yet available in a peer-reviewed journal, as Sheppard's team is now running supercomputer simulations to try and figure out how often Valetudo might collide with a retrograde moon. [Full Article...]

Jaguar escapes at Audubon Zoo, kills 6 animals

Jaguar escapes at Audubon Zoo, kills 6 animals However, no humans were injured as the incident occurred before the zoo had opened to the public. By 8:15 it had been spotted, tranquillised and returned to its enclosure by veterinary surgeons. 'Unfortunately, it was doing what jaguars do '. "And it's because you're dealing with animals that, at their genetic core, are built differently than we might like them to be. [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Chris Turning Into Hurricane Off North Carolina Coast

Tropical Storm Chris Turning Into Hurricane Off North Carolina Coast The American-based National Hurricane Centre said Chris had maximum sustained winds of 165 km/h on Wednesday morning. Although there are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect, weather officials warned that Hurricane Chris could potentially produce heavy surf and create life-threatening rip-currents along the East Coast in the coming days. [Full Article...]

Chris is now a Category 2 hurricane

Chris is now a Category 2 hurricane Though the storm is far from the strength of major Hurricanes Maria and Irma past year, Beryl still posed a threat of wind and rain to areas that have not fully recovered from those destructive storms. "We're still not ready to receive another storm", said 17-year-old Ruben Del Moral, who lives in the southeast coastal town of Yabucoa, the first town hit by Hurricane Maria last September. [Full Article...]

Trump’s SCOTUS pick, Brett Kavanaugh, is very bad for net neutrality

Trump’s SCOTUS pick, Brett Kavanaugh, is very bad for net neutrality With the Florida votes still undecided in December because of a state-mandated recount due to the razor-thin margin of the election results , Kavanaugh joined Bush's legal team, which was trying to stop the ballot recount in the state. Heitkamp is up for reelection in November in a race that is considered a toss-up. Ironically, though, the same Republican lawmakers calling for a swift conf... [Full Article...]

Instagram model recovering after shark bite in the Bahamas

Instagram model recovering after shark bite in the Bahamas According to David Hocher, who owns Staniel Cay marina, people do get bitten from time to time while around the sharks. She stood up, raised her arm above the water and covered the wound to prevent blood from dripping into the ocean and attracting more sharks, and was able to make it to land without further injuries. [Full Article...]

SUPREME SHOWDOWN: Democrat Says Colleagues Will 'ANSWER TO HISTORY' if Kavanaugh Confirmed

SUPREME SHOWDOWN: Democrat Says Colleagues Will 'ANSWER TO HISTORY' if Kavanaugh Confirmed Fitzpatrick said there is a long-held doctrine at the Supreme Court that most justices adhere to, "Let Things Stand". "There is no one in America more qualified for this position, or more deserving ", the president said. Hatch said it would be "pathetic" for one issue to cause an "otherwise a really outstanding person" to have Democrats go against him. He described how his mother went on to... [Full Article...]

Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws by 2020

Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws by 2020 The move will help Starbucks eliminate as many as 1 billion straws per year, the company said . Customers who prefer a straw with their drink can ask for one. "Starbucks has designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid, which will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages", the company said in a news release. [Full Article...]

Starbucks ditching plastic straws out of environmental concerns

Starbucks ditching plastic straws out of environmental concerns Plastic straws have become one of the biggest targets. Pressure has been building for businesses to shed single-use plastic straws due to the threat they pose to marine life and the health of the world's oceans. In February, Dunkin' Donuts said that it would eliminate polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, includin... [Full Article...]

Beryl weakens to tropical storm; Tropical Depression 3 getting better organized

Beryl weakens to tropical storm; Tropical Depression 3 getting better organized Beryl is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h). The system continues to become better organized, the NHC said , predicting a tropical depression is likely to form during the next day or two while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 miles per hour over the tropical Atlantic Ocean. [Full Article...]

Under fire for ethics scandals, EPA chief Pruitt resigns

Under fire for ethics scandals, EPA chief Pruitt resigns James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who rejects mainstream climate science. Wheeler's record as a coal lobbyist has drawn immediate scrutiny - as has concerns about his record on ethics. "Wheeler is much smarter and will try to keep his efforts under the radar in implementing Trump's destructive agenda", Jeremy Symons, vice president for political affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund told Politico i... [Full Article...]

Ontario Premier Doug Ford revokes carbon pricing regulation

Ontario Premier Doug Ford revokes carbon pricing regulation However, it leaves businesses that bought C$2.8 billion ($2.1 billion) worth of allowances in limbo. "The previous government attempted to institute a cap on ticket resales with no way to enforce that cap, resulting in less consumer protection", Ford spokesman Simon Jefferies said. [Full Article...]

Without the boom: NASA testing ‘quiet’ supersonic flights

Without the boom: NASA testing ‘quiet’ supersonic flights NASA has been working on improving air travel for over four decades now and numerous flight designs, airport and runway innovations, and engine and control systems can be traced back to NASA research. In 2016, NASA announced that Lockheed Martin had won the contract to design the X-59, a plane that uses "boom reduction" technology to let planes fly faster than Mach 1 without making such a ra... [Full Article...]

Extreme heat continues this week in Almaguin, North Bay

Extreme heat continues this week in Almaguin, North Bay As of Tuesday, according to CNN , an estimated 80 million people in the USA remained under heat advisories and warnings. "Extreme heat affects everyone". The week-long heat wave started Friday and is forecast to last until the end of the week. The national weather agency says humidex values will climb back up to 40 C or higher on Wednesday and Thursday. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Launches AI Robot, Fresh Supplies For ISS Crew

SpaceX Launches AI Robot, Fresh Supplies For ISS Crew Both Falcon 9 and the Dragon spacecraft for the CRS-15 mission are flight-proven. All six crew members at the orbiting outpost can speak to CIMON, though it has been taught to work best with Gerst. Once back on, voice recordings are activated again. Among the hundreds of pounds of hardware flying to the space station is a spare Canadian-built Latching End Effector (LEE). [Full Article...]

Heat wave scorches U.S. Midwest and East

Heat wave scorches U.S. Midwest and East Monday . A massive heat wave roasting the central and eastern US this weekend with temperatures that felt like the triple digits is expected to linger at least into the July 4th holiday, weather officials said on Sunday . Don't expect much in the way of relief tonight . Extreme heat can cause illness and death among the at-risk population who cannot stay cool. Given it's the first h... [Full Article...]

US Supreme Court Upholds Trump's Travel Ban

US Supreme Court Upholds Trump's Travel Ban Wade; the majority decision upholding affirmative action (Fisher v. University of Texas, 2016); and a series of gay-rights rulings, most famously the freedom of same-sex marriage via Obergefell v. Simmons case, a five-four decision that barred executions for crimes committed by people under the age of 18. If the Senate divides 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence could break a tie to confirm the n... [Full Article...]

In Antarctica the temperature dropped to -98 degrees Celsius

In Antarctica the temperature dropped to -98 degrees Celsius The dataset was the same one that produced the previous record-low temperatures for 2013, but has since been updated to account for more up-to-date measurements by weather stations. This helped the team revise the equation of conditions that take the temperature to record lows. Such a frigid temperature reading is possible only occur under very specific weather conditions, the study found. [Full Article...]


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