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Surviving bleached Barrier Reef coral ‘more resilient to heat’

Surviving bleached Barrier Reef coral ‘more resilient to heat’ The reef ― a UNESCO World Heritage Website and the most substantial dwelling construction on the planet ― was cooked by overheated seawater in 2016 and once more in 2017, with photographs of sickly white coral horrifying individuals across the globe. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Sends Cargo Ship To International Space Station But Booster Landing Fails

SpaceX Sends Cargo Ship To International Space Station But Booster Landing Fails Wednesday's mission (CRS-16) was initially scheduled to blast off on Tuesday, but was postponed for a day after the mission team found that the mouse food in one of the science experiments had gone mouldy. The agency's current schedule has SpaceX's first uncrewed demonstration flight on January 7 and the first flight with astronauts on board in June. CEO Elon Musk says the livestream should no... [Full Article...]

Endangered Hawaiian monk seals face new challenge: eels stuck up their noses

Endangered Hawaiian monk seals face new challenge: eels stuck up their noses We don't know if this is just some odd statistical anomaly or if we will see more eels in seals in the future", NOAA said . However, the agency says it has managed to save up to 30 percent of the monk seals in the current population, cutting the rate of population decline by half. [Full Article...]

Millions of Lives could be saved by tackling Climate Change

Millions of Lives could be saved by tackling Climate Change It also said that although global coal use is still 3 per cent lower than its historical high, it is expected to grow in 2018, driven by growth in energy consumption in China and India. In 2017, global emissions grew 1.6 percent. India's growth in emissions was in fact the maximum for any major emitter. The report provides suggestions for the governments on how to deal with the climate change. [Full Article...]

Next US moon landing will be by private companies

Next US moon landing will be by private companies The nine companies announced at the event will begin developing technology to support the upcoming Gateway lunar station and land small payloads on the moon itself. In 2017, Moon Express introduced its MX family of modular, scalable robotic exploration vehicles created to collapse the cost of access to the Moon and other deep space destinations. [Full Article...]

Japanese startup among firms chosen for NASA's moon delivery bid

Japanese startup among firms chosen for NASA's moon delivery bid Meanwhile, NASA is planning to go back to the moon too and has recently partnered with nine private firms to help it achieve its goal. SpaceX plans to start transporting astronauts to the orbiting lab next year, as does Boeing . "We're no stranger to commercial space business models, having built more than 100 commercial satellites and launched numerous Atlas and Titan commercial payloads", s... [Full Article...]

NASA lander will plunge to Mars today in harrowing 6-minute descent

NASA lander will plunge to Mars today in harrowing 6-minute descent Having launched on May 5, 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as it enters the atmosphere of Mars, InSight will be traveling at 14,100 miles per hour. Long-distance Landing Why all the hype, when this is just another landing on Mars? The InSight , which is being managed by Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory , is scheduled to land on Mars at around noon Pacific time. [Full Article...]

NASA's InSight lander on track for Mars touchdown on Nov 26

NASA's InSight lander on track for Mars touchdown on Nov 26 The $2.5 billion rover is planned to launch in July 2020, and land in February 2021. As it once hosted an ancient lake-delta system, NASA hopes Jezero also contains a variety of minerals, which would hugely help discover more about the red planet . [Full Article...]

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...]


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