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National & World News, Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction

National & World News, Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction It had been expected to fetch 10,000 pounds to 15,000 pounds. In fact it went for close to £300,000. All the proceeds from the sale of the chair will benefit the Motor Neurone Disease Association and The Stephen Hawking Foundation . Those items included a black bomber jacket, the script from an episode of The Simpsons on which he appeared and a 1988 copy of his best-selling book, A Brief H... [Full Article...]

Delhi's air quality 'severe'; sees improvement from Thursday

Delhi's air quality 'severe'; sees improvement from Thursday Any reading over 300 is considered hazardous and a danger even to healthy people. Mumbai Mirror, with the help of activists, surveyed various parts of the city on Diwali night and, even though noise and air pollution levels were not as bad as past year, they were still way above the danger mark. [Full Article...]

Scientists push back against Harvard ‘alien spacecraft’ theory

Scientists push back against Harvard ‘alien spacecraft’ theory Oumuamua baffled scientists previous year due to its unique speed and trajectory: as it passed through our solar system, Oumuamua accelerated. That shape would allow solar radiation to push the vessel along and explains the object's unusual acceleration. [Full Article...]

Delhi's air quality turned 'severe' for the first time this season

Delhi's air quality turned 'severe' for the first time this season The Life After Coal Campaign has been working on issues of air pollution for many years and has particular health and climate change-related expertise. In addition, many of South African AAQS are significantly weaker that the WHO's outdated 2005 guidelines (which are now under review). Traffic snarls at one of the most polluted areas of Delhi, Anand Vihar, were seen on Sunday, poisoning the air wi... [Full Article...]

NASA retires planet-hunting Kepler space telescope

NASA retires planet-hunting Kepler space telescope The far more advanced James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to lift off in 2021, should be able to reveal more about planets' mass, density and the makeup of their atmosphere - all clues to habitability. The data from the extended mission were also made available to the public and science community immediately, allowing discoveries to be made at an incredible pace and setting a high bar for othe... [Full Article...]

Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos

Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos The sensor was damaged during the rocket's assembly at the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan , the probe commission head said. The Russian rocket that carried two people to space last month failed and sent the craft back to Earth because of "deformation" of a part that was made during assembly at the cosmodrome, a space official said on November 1. [Full Article...]

93% kids below 15 breathe foul air; poor, girls worst hit

93% kids below 15 breathe foul air; poor, girls worst hit According to the World Health Organization , children are more susceptible to pollution because they breathe more often, taking in more pollutants, and are closer to the ground, which is where some pollutants have higher concentrations. In high-income countries, 52% of children under five years are exposed to similar levels. A senior scientist at IITM, Pune has revealed satellite images of North ... [Full Article...]

Microplastics found in human faeces

Microplastics found in human faeces The research from the Medical University of Vienna and the Environment Agency Austria analysed and tracked stool samples from Europe and Asia, including Finland, Italy, Japan , the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom and Austria. [Full Article...]

Hurricane is Blamed for 16 Deaths in Florida Alone

Hurricane is Blamed for 16 Deaths in Florida Alone Five days after Hurricane Michael roared into the Florida Panhandle, decimating the seaside community of Mexico Beach, rescuers appear to have some good news - just three people remain missing in the city that was torn apart by the Category 4 storm. [Full Article...]

Florida searchers look for the dead

Florida searchers look for the dead In Apalachicola about 35 miles to the southeast and just inside the perimeter for hurricane winds, a tidal gauge recorded water at 8.55 feet before 7 p.m. Long said many Florida buildings were not built to withstand a storm above the strength of a Category 3 hurricane on the five-level Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. [Full Article...]

Hurricane Michael leaves trail of devastation in Florida

Hurricane Michael leaves trail of devastation in Florida Two people, including a child, were killed by falling debris, the U.S. media reported on Thursday. The storm made landfall near Panama City in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, the most powerful hurricane to hit the region since the mid-1800s, according to the Federal Emergency Management Service. [Full Article...]

India already facing impact of climate change, says government

India already facing impact of climate change, says government The report outlined the changes they believe need to be made for the temperature rise to be limited to 1.5ºC "The good news is that some of the kinds of actions that would be needed to limit global warming to1.5ºC are already underway around the world, but they would need to accelerate", said Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of Working Group I. [Full Article...]

Florida man dies after Hurricane Michael slams into Panhandle

Florida man dies after Hurricane Michael slams into Panhandle The heaviest of the rain will end through the overnight hours tonight but we should remain on the lookout for showers or a few thunderstorms to continue into the morning hours on Friday as well, especially for areas south of Philadelphia. Another 92,000 in Georgia and 49,900 in Alabama also were without power. As the storm moved northward, it tore through Panama City. Only 5,000 or so have showe... [Full Article...]

United Nations climate report warns of warmer earth; demands unprecedented efforts

United Nations climate report warns of warmer earth; demands unprecedented efforts We need to make to make major changes in transportation, buildings, industry, and how we use land. When countries signed the Paris agreement , the consequences of a 1.5-degree temperature rise weren't very clear, IPCC chair Hoesung Lee said at a press conference . [Full Article...]

Will Hurricane Florence Hit Massachusetts? What To Expect

Will Hurricane Florence Hit Massachusetts? What To Expect Shortly before 2 p.m. ET, Florence was 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, N.C., moving northwest at 16 mph, the National Hurricane Center says . Florence was centered more than 470 miles east of of Myrtle Beach Wednesday with sustained winds of 125 mph. [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Michael: Storm Could Strengthen Into Category 2 Hurricane

This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a view of Tropical Storm Michael, lower right, churning as it heads toward the Florida Panhandle, Sunday, Oct. Tropical storm watches extend farther south through the Tampa Bay area to Anna Maria Island and, to the west, along the Alabama coast. Storm surges of up to 12 feet, which could lead to lif... [Full Article...]

Michael now a hurricane headed for Florida Panhandle

Michael now a hurricane headed for Florida Panhandle A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued from the Suwanee River to Anna Maria Island, including Tampa Bay. Michael is 140 miles east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico, moving toward the north near 7 mph as it moves into the southern Gulf of Mexico with 75 mph winds . [Full Article...]

Nobel Prize for chemistry awarded to American, British researchers

Nobel Prize for chemistry awarded to American, British researchers According to a statement released by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences , which is responsible for nominating and selecting the Nobel Laureates in Physics and Chemistry, the three honorees "have been inspired by the power of evolution and used the same principles-genetic change and selection-to develop proteins that solve mankind's chemical problems". [Full Article...]

Russian space agency says space station hole was deliberate sabotage

Russian space agency says space station hole was deliberate sabotage A NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are due to launch next week to join three astronauts who remain in the orbit. Members of the worldwide crew of a manned transportation spacecraft Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold have become the members of the 56 expedition. [Full Article...]

Researchers detect what may be the first known moon outside solar system

Researchers detect what may be the first known moon outside solar system Yesterday (Oct. 3), researchers announced they had spotted evidence of a Neptune-size moon circling the planet Kepler-1625b, which is about three times more massive than Jupiter. When planets have large moons , the two objects orbit a common center of gravity. Especially interested in the outer solar system, Laurel gave a brief presentation at the 2008 Great Planet Debate held at the Johns Hopk... [Full Article...]


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