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The Goblin, a dwarf planet, found far beyond Pluto

The Goblin, a dwarf planet, found far beyond Pluto The object, a 200-mile-wide rock with the rather inelegant name of 2015 TG387, is some 7.9 billion miles from the sun. Prof Trujillo, of Northern Arizona University, ran computer simulations for different hypothetical Planet X orbits that explained how 2015 TG387 would actually be shepherded by its gravity. [Full Article...]

3 scientists win Nobel Prize in physics for laser inventions

3 scientists win Nobel Prize in physics for laser inventions Donna Strickland of the University of Waterloo in Ontario won part of the USA $1.01 million prize, which she shared with Gerard Mourou of France and Arthur Ashkin of the United States. Using an ingenious approach, [Mourou and Strickland] succeeded in creating ultrashort high-intensity laser pulses without destroying the amplifying material. [Full Article...]

American scientist shares Nobel Prize for work in laser physics

American scientist shares Nobel Prize for work in laser physics Strickland and Gerard Mourou of École Polytechnique in France and the University of MI were jointly honored with a Nobel for their pioneering technique to create the shortest and most intense laser pulses ever. (A committee member demonstrated this phenomenon during the news conference by using a hair dryer to suspend a pingpong ball in the air.) By further focusing the beam with a lens, he ... [Full Article...]

Hurricane Rosa to downgrade to tropical storm before making landfall in Mexico

Hurricane Rosa to downgrade to tropical storm before making landfall in Mexico Rosa was creeping northeast Sunday morning as a Category 1 hurricane, with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center . Forecasts call for heavy rainfall in the watch areas, which include Las Vegas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City, with possible flooding in slot canyons and normally dry washes and a potential for debris flows from recent wildfire burn scars. [Full Article...]

Japanese rovers beam back more awesome pictures from asteroid’s surface

Japanese rovers beam back more awesome pictures from asteroid’s surface Part of a collection of media released by the agency, the video shows the rocky surface of the asteroid and the sun moving across the sky, as seen from the asteroid. JAXA scientists reported their joy at the rovers' success. And waiting for the first images that would prove the little rovers were safe was nerve-wracking. [Full Article...]

Former Tropical Storm Kirk could make a comeback

Former Tropical Storm Kirk could make a comeback Barbados, Dominica, St Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe have all found themselves under a Tropical Storm Warning as the rejuvenated Tropical Storm Kirk makes its way towards the Windward Islands. Hurricane season runs through November 30. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area by Thursday afternoon, making outside preparations hard or risky. [Full Article...]

Tropical Development in the Atlantic Possible This Week

Tropical Development in the Atlantic Possible This Week Conditions are expected to become conducive for this low to acquire subtropical or tropical characteristics during the next day or so, and a subtropical or tropical cyclone is likely to form by early next week while the low meanders over the central Atlantic Ocean. [Full Article...]

TROPICS: Kirk redevelops back into tropical storm

Kirk has made a comeback as a tropical storm and is heading for the northern Windward Islands, triggering a tropical storm warning for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe and a tropical storm watch for St Vincent and the Grenadines. [Full Article...]

Experts keep watch on beluga whale spotted off Gravesend

A beluga whale breeches near a buoy on the River Thames near Gravesend east of London , Britain, September 25, 2018. Lucy Babey, head of science and conservation at ORCA , a United Kingdom charity that works with whales and dolphins, also urged caution. [Full Article...]

Power could be out for days in some areas, hours for others

Power could be out for days in some areas, hours for others Officials warned people not to re-enter their homes until they had been deemed safe as firefighters went door-to-door to determine whether structures were still sound. Meanwhile, electricity company HydroQuebec reported over 130,000 customers were without power in the Ottawa area Friday evening. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, center, takes part in a briefing as paramedic gives an update on Friday ... [Full Article...]

Rovers land on asteroid

Rovers land on asteroid Hayabusa2 released the Minerva-II 1 rovers toward a point about 140 meters north of Ryugu's equator on Friday afternoon Japan time. "The rover is expected to remain in the air for up to 15 minutes after a single hop before landing, and to move up to 15 m [50 feet] horizontally". [Full Article...]

Carolinas farms could take billions in losses from Florence

Carolinas farms could take billions in losses from Florence The southeast region, and in particular the coastal communities of North Carolina and SC, are starting the long road to recovery from the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence . Santee Cooper, a SC electric utility, is installing inflatable dams around a coal ash pond at the former Grainger Generating Station in Conway as the Waccamaw River rises, the company said . [Full Article...]

Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence

Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence One hundred percent of of all donations designated for Florence will be used in response to this disaster. Boy Scout volunteer Thomas Lewis, 12, and his father Jay Lewis of La Grange, North Carolina , help stack sandbags donated by the city of Greenville at the Farmers Market September 16, 2018 in Kinston, North Carolina. [Full Article...]

Spiders are 'having a party' in this terrifying 1,000-foot web

As reported by Daily Hellas, a broad area of greenery has been cloaked by the silvery spider-web produced by Tetragnatha spiders. Wildlife experts say it's not uncommon for spiders to build massive nests for mating, especially when it's hot and humid toward the end of summer. [Full Article...]

President Trump visited Conway to see damage caused by Florence

President Trump visited Conway to see damage caused by Florence The Waccamaw River has started its slow rise in the city of 23,000, and forecasters expect it to swell almost a metre (three feet) above the previous record crest by Tuesday while still rising. "I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. Members of the National Guard work on a long sand bag flood barrier being built by the South ... [Full Article...]

New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding, dam breaches in NC

New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding, dam breaches in NC North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, who conducted an aerial survey of damage on Tuesday, said the flooding has affected the top six agricultural counties in the state. North Carolina's hog and other concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs , produce nearly 10 billion gallons of fecal waste a year, according to the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance... [Full Article...]

NASA astronaut offers to ride along on SpaceX BFR moon mission

NASA astronaut offers to ride along on SpaceX BFR moon mission Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa announced tonight (Sept. 17) that he chooses to go to the moon in 2023 - and bring six to eight artists along for the ride. FILE PHOTO: Yusaku Maezawa, the chief executive of Zozo, which operates Japan's popular fashion shopping site Zozotown and is officially called Start Today Co, speaks at an event launching the debut of its formal apparel items, in Tok... [Full Article...]

NASA's TESS shares first science image in hunt to find new worlds

NASA's TESS shares first science image in hunt to find new worlds NASA just released the first science image captured by Tess, though it was actually taken in early August. The satellite has completed its first orbit and part of the data from that first orbit includes this detailed image of the southern sky taken with the quartet of wide-field cameras TESS fields. [Full Article...]

SpaceX says it will fly private passenger 'around the Moon'

SpaceX says it will fly private passenger 'around the Moon' He added: "I choose to go to the Moon . with artists!" And he also allowed him to take on his trip eight yet unnamed " artists and cultural figures ". Initially, SpaceX had planned to use Falcon Heavy rockets to launch the crew, but the company has made a decision to use its newly designed Big Falcon Rocket which is now under construction. [Full Article...]

Michael Jordan Donates $2 Million To Hurricane Florence Relief

Michael Jordan Donates $2 Million To Hurricane Florence Relief I-95, which goes from Maine to Florida, travels through low-lying plains in eastern South and North Carolina . Of the 33 storm-related deaths, at least 26 were in North Carolina, six were in SC and one was in Virginia. The water level of the Cape Fear River is expected to crest at 61.8 feet by 8 a.m. Tuesday. The report said that I-40 from Exit 385 near Wallace to the New Hanover County line ... [Full Article...]


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