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Moon sprouts: one small step for cotton, one giant step for China

Moon sprouts: one small step for cotton, one giant step for China

Researcher Xie Gengxin said, 'This is the first time humans have done biological growth experiments on the lunar surface'. While human beings have grown plants in space before, they've never attempted to grown one on the moon. Wu Yanhua, the deputy head of the China National Space Administration also announced that China will send a mission to Mars in 2020. The scientists behind the experiment rendered the seeds dormant for two months - from the testing phase to when vehicle landed on the ... Read More

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Bolsonaro confirms Brazil embassy move to al-Quds

Bolsonaro confirms Brazil embassy move to al-Quds

Asserting that the decision was "taken" and it was "only a matter of time [before] it would be implemented", Bolsonaro stated that only "extremist Arab countries" would object to the move. He added that "the only weighty voice speaking out against me is Iran", the Shiite Islamic republic that is an enemy to Israel and hostile to Arab allies of the USA such as Saudi Arabia. Read More

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SpaceX Launches Dragon Cargo Ship to Space Station, But Misses Rocket Landing

SpaceX Launches Dragon Cargo Ship to Space Station, But Misses Rocket Landing

Effective July 2018, access to full reports will only be available with a subscription. The rodent investigation is one of several dozen science experiments packed inside the Dragon cargo ship. The Falcon 9 launched its Dragon spacecraft at 1:16 p.m. EST (1816 GMT) from the CCAFS and will catch up with the space station over the next few days before astronauts grapple it with the station's robotic arm on Saturday (Dec. Read More

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Oscar strengthens into tropical storm; no threat to land

Oscar strengthens into tropical storm; no threat to land

The storm's winds have increased to 75 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 hurricane. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30 and usually peaks in mid-September. "Storms that form in November, whether they develop in the Caribbean or over the western Atlantic, usually track to the northeast toward the open waters of the western and central Atlantic", the blog noted. Read More

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NOAA Winter Outlook: Warmer for Much of the United States

NOAA Winter Outlook: Warmer for Much of the United States

For the rest of the country this winter, no place in the United States is expected to be colder than normal, said Mike Halpert , deputy director of the governments Climate Prediction Center . The map below shows the mean temperatures for winter 2014. Drought conditions may worsen in much of Southern and Central California, although the north coast of California may see some relief, according to NOAA . Read More

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Northrop Grumman Awarded $792 Million Launch Services Agreement from US Air Force

Northrop Grumman Awarded $792 Million Launch Services Agreement from US Air Force

Gen. John Thompson, the Air Force's Program Executive Officer for Space and SMC commander, in a release. While the new prototypes are being developed, the Air Force statement said the department will continue to "competitively award commercial launch services contracts to providers who demonstrate the capability to design, produce, qualify and deliver launch systems and provide the mission assurance support required to deliver National Security Space satellites to orbit". Read More

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Emiratis in USA warned as Hurricane Michael strengthens

Emiratis in USA warned as Hurricane Michael strengthens

Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich said anywhere from Panama City to Cedar Key, Florida could see significant storm surge from Hurricane Michael . NADINE has formed but will also stay as an open Atlantic storm. In Alabama, where residents may see massive power outages, high winds and heavy rain, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency statewide. Either way, residents should "be prepared like you would with any approaching storm", he said. Read More

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MI man learns meteorite he's been using as doorstop is worth $100,000

MI man learns meteorite he's been using as doorstop is worth $100,000

Even though Dr. Sirbescu knew exactly what it was, it had to be sent to the Smithsonian Museum for verification, it wasn't until Thursday word came back it definitively is a meteorite , the 6th largest ever found in MI. The man told Sirbescu that he kept the rock for the next 30 years, even after moving away from the farm. The new owner lived on the farm a few years, and when he moved, he took the mystery rock with him. Read More

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Argentinian satellite takes off successfully

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Argentinian satellite takes off successfully

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Argentinian Earth-observation satellite into orbit and for the first time landed a first-stage booster back at its California launch site. The satellite is the first of two for Argentina's space agency, Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales, and will work in conjunction with a constellation of Italian space agency satellites. Read More

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Scientists May Have Found The First Exomoon

Scientists May Have Found The First Exomoon

We now know of thousands of planets that exist outside of our Solar System , but we also know from our own system that lots of planets have natural satellites. Another compelling evidence in favour of their apparent discovery was that the planet passed in front of its star one hour earlier than they had predicted. Read More

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Possible storm has northern Gulf Coast in its sights

Possible storm has northern Gulf Coast in its sights

We'll entertain a small rain chance Monday and Tuesday afternoon until more unsettled weather arrives for the second half of the week. A reconnaissance plane will investigate the system on Sunday. For now, plan for a daily chance of scattered showers and storms next week. Large swells generated by Leslie will continue to affect portions of the southeastern coast of the U.S., Bermuda and the Bahamas during the next few days. Read More

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Three laser scientists win Nobel Prize for Physics

Three laser scientists win Nobel Prize for Physics

Speaking by phone to the Academy, a moved Strickland said she was thrilled to receive the Nobel prize that has been the least accessible for women. Before Dr Strickland and Dr Mourou's pioneering work, the peak power of laser pulses was limited because, when cranked up to high intensities, they would destroy the material used for amplifying its energy. Read More

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'Beluga whale' spotted in River Thames near London

'Beluga whale' spotted in River Thames near London

Rescue teams were on standby in case the animal, which is normally found thousands of miles away in the Arctic, gets into danger, and have urged people to keep their distance. The last sighting of a Beluga whale was some three years ago, off the coast of Northumberland, in northern England. Tanya Ferry, environment manager at the Port of London Authority, said it was unclear what the whale could eat. Read More

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California Governor's Climate Satellite Plan Has a 1970s Echo

California Governor's Climate Satellite Plan Has a 1970s Echo

Nuttall said that the call to action will be taken by Patricia Espinosa to the UN General Assembly and brought into that One Planet Summit that French President Emmanuel Macron is doing during Climate Week by travellers in an electric vehicle that will leave San Francisco on the 14th of September and pass through states like Nevada, Kansas and New Jersey meeting the public, auto workers and those acting on climate change . Read More

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Still risky Florence weakens from hurricane to tropical storm: forecasters

Still risky Florence weakens from hurricane to tropical storm: forecasters

Now now not lower than 68 people died as a scream result of Storm Harvey , in step with the Nationwide Storm Center. About 600,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina. "Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said. The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week. Read More

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USA farmers scramble to harvest crops as hurricane looms

USA farmers scramble to harvest crops as hurricane looms

The center reported late Tuesday night that Florence was roughly 670 miles east-southeast of Bald Head Island with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. "Where else can we go?" "We had already decided. that it was prudent for us to get on the road", McGougan said. "Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches with isolated maxima to 30 inches near Florence's track over portions of North Carolina, Virginia and northern SC through Saturday". Read More

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Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings in the Senate

Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings in the Senate

After conferencing over the holiday weekend, the Democrats barely let Kavanaugh's weeklong confirmation get started before taking over, essentially shouting down Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Bush. We should have an open debate about this with the documents read, and so the American people can see them. "It is about politics", said Cruz. Read More

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NHC: Tropical Storm Gordon likely to form Monday

NHC: Tropical Storm Gordon likely to form Monday

As of 8 a.m., the storm was located about 480 miles west of the islands and had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, with higher gusts. This is a fast developing story and we will have updates as soon as we get new information. It appears right now the primary concern will be for heavy rain and higher tides. A storm surge watch was extended eastward from the border to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning was extended eastward to the Okaloosa-Walton county line. Read More

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Rain, landslides, flooding: Hurricane Lane's impact on Hawaii, in photos

Rain, landslides, flooding: Hurricane Lane's impact on Hawaii, in photos

A tropical wave about to move off the coast of Africa has piqued the interest of the National Hurricane Center , which is giving it a 20 percent chance of development over the next five days. It used to be situated 1,230 miles east-southeast of Hilo and used to be transferring west at Thirteen mph. Tropical Storm BarryJune 19 - Tropical Storm Barry forms in the southern Gulf of Mexico.June 20 - Weakens to a tropical depression and then later a post-tropical cyclone. Read More

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Peter Dutton Stands Down From Cabinet After Losing Leadership Challenge

Peter Dutton Stands Down From Cabinet After Losing Leadership Challenge

We have always relied entirely on advertising to fund our operations, but often loyal readers who value our local, independent journalism have asked how they could help ensure our survival. Another said the Prime Minister's condition was "terminal". "You abide by the arithmetic in politics, and the numbers were against me". "I will continue to serve him loyally into the future". Read More

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Both Sides Weigh In on New Coal Rules

Both Sides Weigh In on New Coal Rules

The EPA previously estimated the Clean Power Plan would have helped avoid up to 3,600 premature deaths, 90,000 child asthma attacks, and 300,000 missed school and work days a year by 2030. Trump has already vowed to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement as he pushes to revive the coal industry. Assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum told reporters on Tuesday that the short-term, rate-based test aligns the New Source Review programme with ... Read More

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