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Watch Blue Origin launch its New Shepard spacecraft live right here Watch Blue Origin launch its New Shepard spacecraft live right here
- July 19, 2018

This was the third trip to space for both this New Shepherd rocket booster and the crew capsule, both created to be reusable like SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster and Dragon capsules. The company is already selling tickets for adventurous travelers who want to spend a short while in space, and you can stick your name on the list if you've got a spare $200,000 lying around. (more...)
A dozen new moons found orbiting Jupiter, pushing total to 79
- July 19, 2018

The scientists detailed their findings in a study submitted June 22 to The Astronomical Journal. Technology is making it easier to observe Jupiter and the area around it in greater detail, proving that discoveries are just waiting to be made in our own corner of the universe. (more...)
Astronomers find 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter, including an "oddball"
- July 18, 2018

These new moons probably formed in a place in our solar system known as the giant planet region, which is between the asteroid belt, dominated by rocky asteroids, and the Kuiper belt, dominated by icy comets. And he thinks Jupiter might have even more moons just as small waiting to be found. It took the team a while to make the required observations to confirm each moon's existence. (more...)
Integral joins campaign to study high-energy neutrino source Integral joins campaign to study high-energy neutrino source
- July 17, 2018

If you are tanning at noon, 65 billion neutrinos from the sun will pass through every square centimeter of you each second without any measurable interactions with the molecules of your body. At the time the neutrino was detected, it did not record any burst of gamma rays from the location of the blazar , so scientists were able to rule out prompt emissions from certain sources, such as a gamma-ray burst. (more...)
Massive Rogue Iceberg Threatens Greenland Community Massive Rogue Iceberg Threatens Greenland Community
- July 16, 2018

The current fears come only weeks after scientists released a video of a massive iceberg breaking free from a glacier in eastern Greenland . Meanwhile Susanne Eliassen, a member of the Innaarsuit council, said that although it wasn't uncommon for icebergs to be seen near the village, this one was much bigger. (more...)
Tropical Storm Chris reaches hurricane strength in Atlantic Tropical Storm Chris reaches hurricane strength in Atlantic
- July 15, 2018

It might strengthen even more Wednesday afternoon and get close to Category 3 hurricane - marked by 111 miles per hour sustained winds. Beryl is not expected to track close enough to the US coast to bring significant rain or wind, AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said. (more...)
Sen. Baldwin won’t back Trump’s pick for Supreme Court Sen. Baldwin won’t back Trump’s pick for Supreme Court
- July 13, 2018

If Kavanaugh is confirmed, it would mean a significant shift to the right for the Supreme Court , according to the Judicial Common Space system , a metric developed by political scientists Lee Epstein, Andrew D. Wade , the 1973 landmark ruling that legalized abortion . Rob Portman talk about Kavanaugh's qualifications before a meeting in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill July 11, 2018 in Washington. (more...)
Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast
- July 13, 2018

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its top sustained winds reach 74 miles per hour (120 kph). Forecasters warn Hurricane Chris will bring cool air and rain to the United Kingdom after sweeping across the Atlantic with winds of up to 105mph. (more...)
How Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation could affect Roe v. Wade How Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation could affect Roe v. Wade
- July 12, 2018

Kavanaugh , the conservative appellate court judge President Donald Trump chose to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy , met separately with Republican Sen. Kavanaugh would be the fifth justice who worked as a law clerk at the high court early in his career, the first time a majority of the justices would share that experience. (more...)
Storm Strengthening To Hurricane Off Carolinas As Puerto Rico Faces Storm Beryl Storm Strengthening To Hurricane Off Carolinas As Puerto Rico Faces Storm Beryl
- July 10, 2018

Sustained winds were around 70 miles per hour at the time of the NHC report , and the storm was stationary. Meandering off the coast of the Carolinas, Tropical Storm Chris is on the verge of becoming 2018's second hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. (more...)
Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Stores by 2020 Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Stores by 2020
- July 10, 2018

Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils went into effect last week . The company says the move when fully implemented could mean a billion fewer plastic straws across its stores each year. McDonald's recently said it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year, and test alternatives to plastic straws in some US locations. (more...)
Hurricane Beryl gains strength as it heads toward islands Hurricane Beryl gains strength as it heads toward islands
- July 08, 2018

A tropical depression is a low-pressure system with thunderstorms that produce maximum winds of about 39 miles per hour. At 5 p.m., National Hurricane Center forecasters said the storm, located less than 1,300 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, had sustained winds of 50 mph. (more...)
Scott Pruitt resigns after scandal-plagued tenure Scott Pruitt resigns after scandal-plagued tenure
- July 06, 2018

The president announced Mr. Pruitt's resignation on Twitter and said Andrew Wheeler will take over Monday. President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he had accepted Pruitt's resignation and that he thought Pruitt had done an "outstanding job". (more...)
Ethics Watchdog Reacts to Scott Pruitt Resigning With One Word Statement: ‘Good’ Ethics Watchdog Reacts to Scott Pruitt Resigning With One Word Statement: ‘Good’
- July 06, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt became the most recent Trump administration figure to get an earful while trying to get a mouthful at a DC restaurant, according to a Facebook posting Monday. Government investigators have been looking into Pruitt's renting of a Capitol Hill condominium linked to an energy lobbyist on favorable terms, the high cost of his travel and security detail and other accusations of mistreatment of employees, wasteful spending and ... (more...)
Extreme heat continues this week in Almaguin, North Bay Extreme heat continues this week in Almaguin, North Bay
- July 04, 2018

The adopted criteria includes a daytime temperature of 29 degrees Celsius or higher and nighttime temperature of 16 degrees or higher or a humidex of 36 degrees Celsius or higher. This will be the most significant heat event in the past few years. "And also keep in mind to make sure you don't leave any people or pets in your auto, as temperatures will rise dramatically within minutes". (more...)
CIMON: AI Based Flying Brain will Assist Astronauts in Space Station (ISS) CIMON: AI Based Flying Brain will Assist Astronauts in Space Station (ISS)
- July 02, 2018

In the aforementioned science fiction movies, robots were able to provide humans help in scientific endeavors and accomplishing mundane tasks, but they also provided a cure to loneliness and isolation, a friend to confide in while traveling through the void of space. (more...)
National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory thru Sunday for Millburn Township National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory thru Sunday for Millburn Township
- July 02, 2018

From Texas to Wisconsin, heat index values Thursday were well over 100 degrees. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a risky situation in which heat illnesses are likely. The index is expected to hit that level today , and climb even higher in northwest OH, according to the NWS. Heat index values as high as 101. (more...)
US Supreme Court judge to retire US Supreme Court judge to retire
- July 01, 2018

Democrats insisted that McConnell follow the same approach now. Two of the next three oldest Supreme Court justices are liberal . He cast the deciding votes on gay marriage and gun ownership, prayer and privacy, campaign finance and capital punishment. (more...)
Trump narrows down Supreme Court Justice replacements Trump narrows down Supreme Court Justice replacements
- July 01, 2018

Asked about Mr. Lee, the president said, "He said he'd like the job". Having graduated first in her class at the Northwestern University School of Law, Larsen moved on to a lightning legal career: Deputy assistant attorney general under George W. (more...)
Blood Moon 2018: How to watch longest lunar eclipse
- June 27, 2018

This eclipse will be the longest in this century and is expected to last for more than 100 minutes. On the night of July 27 and the early morning hours of July 28, skywatchers in the Eastern Hemisphere will be treated to the longest lunar eclipse set to occur in the 21st century, EarthSky reports. (more...)
Crude oil leaks into floodwaters after train derails in Iowa Crude oil leaks into floodwaters after train derails in Iowa
- June 26, 2018

Ken Hessenius with the Iowa Natural Resources Department says his crews will try to determine how fast the oil is being carried downstream by the rain-swollen Little Rock River. The derailment also caused concern downstream, including as far south as Omaha, Nebraska, approximately 150 miles (240 km) from the derailment site. (more...)
Antarctica lost 3 trillion tonnes of ice in just 25 years Antarctica lost 3 trillion tonnes of ice in just 25 years
- June 15, 2018

They also highlight the existential threat facing low-lying coastal cities and communities home to hundreds of millions of people. Ice loss of 2.7 trillion tons since 1992 added about 8mm to sea level. "To see a threefold increase just since 2012 - that's disturbing to me", said Brenda Ekwurzel, director of climate science for the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. (more...)
Category 3 Hurricane Bud threatens Mexico, Southwest U.S. Category 3 Hurricane Bud threatens Mexico, Southwest U.S.
- June 14, 2018

The National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Storm Watch from Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes, Mexico . The storm may bring 3 to 6 inches across much of the area, with some locations seeing up to 10 inches of rain through Thursday. Hurricane Bud, now a Category 3 storm with winds of 125 miles per hour, continued to spin off Mexico's west coast Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said. (more...)
ISRO’s PRL scientists discover an ‘EPIC’ planet ISRO’s PRL scientists discover an ‘EPIC’ planet
- June 12, 2018

Abu. Being that close, you might think that the planets would be unbearably hot but the scientists say that might not be the case. The researchers also found three Earth-sized planets within the K2-239 system, situated at 160 light years from Earth. (more...)
Taking CO2 out of the air is more economical than scientists thought Taking CO2 out of the air is more economical than scientists thought
- June 11, 2018

The 2015-built Carbon Engineering pilot plant on the Squamish waterfront. In 2011, the American Physical Society published a research showing that the costs to remove Carbon dioxide from the air would be $600. "We're not developing a fundamentally new product or unit operation", said Keith. "I still think a final number could be several times as much". The APS had costs of 780 $/t-CO2-avoided and 550 $/t- CO2-captured, where the emission from electricity supply outside the plant boundary. (more...)