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Meet the first astronauts to fly the new SpaceX and Boeing spaceships

The crews would fly on spacecraft developed not by NASA , but by two corporations, SpaceX and Boeing , which are under contract to provide a taxi-like service to the International Space Station . Boeing said only that it would fly NASA's astronauts by the middle of next year. The test flight with crew is scheduled for mid-2019. This will be Mann's first launch, having joined the astronaut ... [Full Article...]

Italian Space Agency says it’s found evidence of water on Mars

Italian Space Agency says it’s found evidence of water on Mars But the radar reflections could be produced by a layer of water less than a meter thick, so it could be just a thin layer of liquid lining the base of the ice sheet. The discovery could offer fresh clues about how Earth's neighbor so profoundly transformed billions of years ago from a warmer, wetter world to its freeze-dried state today, according to Scientific American . [Full Article...]

Santa Barbara approves six months JAIL for defying plastic straw ban

Santa Barbara approves six months JAIL for defying plastic straw ban Providers can use non-plastic alternatives, including paper, sugar cane, or bamboo; however, they can only offer them to customers if the customer requests a straw. The same goes for all the juices, soft drinks and other beverages contained in plastic that they continue to consume - not to mention scores of other plastic products they purchase across industries. [Full Article...]

Three things to know about the Blood Moon total lunar eclipse

Three things to know about the Blood Moon total lunar eclipse The full eclipse will begin at approximately 9:13 p.m. UTC, which is just 5:13 p.m. EST, making it impossible to see from anywhere in the United States, Canada, Central America, or Greenland. The July 27/28, 2018 total lunar eclipse will follow a partial solar eclipse on that happened July 13, 2018. If you are lucky, you may be able to catch some shooting stars associated with the Persei... [Full Article...]

Blood moon and Mars to provide double celestial treat on Friday

Blood moon and Mars to provide double celestial treat on Friday From 1:15am to 2:43am, the moon will be in the middle of the Earth's shadow and will appear reddish in colour. But fret not, as in this technology-driven world, watching the night skies is no problem even if your view of the eclipse is not as clear as you would want it to be. [Full Article...]

Neil Armstrong Flag Required To Moon To Be Auctioned

Neil Armstrong Flag Required To Moon To Be Auctioned The first men walked on the moon 49 years ago today. These medals were commissioned by the Apollo crew themselves and were flown to space during all the Apollo missions, including Apollo 11. Armstrong, who lives in suburban Cincinnati, said his father did keep all of his "flown" items together. "There will be products that make you believe, products that make you laugh and products that make you... [Full Article...]

Blue Origin launches spacecraft higher than in prior attempts

Blue Origin launches spacecraft higher than in prior attempts Executives at the company, which was started by Bezos in 2000, said the company planned to launch test flights beginning next year, Reuters reported. Blue Origin's Successful Separation Test. The spacecraft reached an altitude of 350,000 feet (106,680 meters), which was about five percent higher than previous New Shepard test flights. [Full Article...]

Astronomers accidentally discover a dozen new moons around Jupiter

Astronomers accidentally discover a dozen new moons around Jupiter The new ones were found because technology has gotten better and better over the years. The find pushes Jupiter's total moon count to 79, the most of any planet in our solar system. The tiny moon's orbit takes it both inside and outside of where the other new moons orbit, putting it at a high risk of colliding with them. Those eleven moons are probably remnants of larger bodies that got broken up ... [Full Article...]

7th animal dies after jaguar escapes Audubon Zoo habitat

7th animal dies after jaguar escapes Audubon Zoo habitat A vet team captured and sedated the animal an hour later after it had mauled four alpacas, one emu and a fox. No humans were injured during the incident and luckily there are no plans to euthanise Valerio, the three-year-old male jaguar, because he was technically doing nothing wrong. [Full Article...]

Trump's Supreme Court pick would solidify court's conservative bent, experts say

Trump's Supreme Court pick would solidify court's conservative bent, experts say The reaction of her constituents in ME to Kavanaugh's nomination has been "very mixed", she said. The chief justice earned a 2018 equivalent of about $254,000. One case likely to draw attention is Kavanaugh's 2015 dissenting opinion on the health care law's contraceptives mandate. Senate Democrats admitted it will be hard to defeat Kavanaugh with only 49 seats in their caucus, but their ... [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Chris set to become hurricane Monday; Beryl fizzles

Tropical Storm Chris set to become hurricane Monday; Beryl fizzles Still, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Dominica and Guadaloupe, and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barbados, Martinique, St. Martin, and St. The small size of this tropical storm has also allowed it to quickly develop. A tropical depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Beryl on Thursday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said. [Full Article...]

Antarctica's ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before

Antarctica's ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before Knowing how much ice Antarctica is losing is critical to understanding how climate change will affect humanity both now and in the future, given the fact that the continent contains enough frozen water to raise sea levels by 58 meters. "Things are happening. They are happening faster than we expected". For the new study, the scientists combined data from three types of satellite measurements t... [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Aletta grows stronger in Pacific

Tropical Storm Aletta grows stronger in Pacific He said Hurricane Harvey in Texas a year ago was a dramatic example of the consequences of a slow-moving or "stalled" tropical cyclone. But he says there's good evidence that the warming planet could weaken the global winds that push storms around. [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 carrying SES-12 on Monday

SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 carrying SES-12 on Monday The first stage Falcon 9 rocket that was used for this launch was used initially for launching the US Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle past year in the month of September. "It's basically two satellites in one". SpaceX is in the process of transitioning to upgraded block 5 boosters that are created to make 50 to 60 flights before retirement. [Full Article...]

Canada likely to buy Trans Mountain pipeline project

Canada likely to buy Trans Mountain pipeline project Morneau had said Canada would cover any cost overruns caused by B.C.'s actions, but in the end, that clearly wasn't enough. "We won't stop until the job is done!" "The only (way) in our estimation that that can be done is through exerting our jurisdiction by purchasing the project". [Full Article...]

Ottawa's planned purchase of pipeline elicits shock, disappointment

Ottawa's planned purchase of pipeline elicits shock, disappointment Morneau presented the options during an early-morning cabinet meeting Tuesday before ministers signed off on the chosen option, which comes just days before the company's self-imposed May 31 deadline and is still subject to the approval of Kinder Morgan shareholders. [Full Article...]

Florida and Mississippi launch emergency preparations ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

Florida and Mississippi launch emergency preparations ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto Maximum amounts of 15 inches are possible along Alberto's track from eastern Louisiana, across much of Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida panhandle, forecasters said. Florida governor Rick Scott also declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties Saturday morning to 'prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring'. [Full Article...]

'Yanny or Laurel What do you hear?!' The latest social media craze

'Yanny or Laurel What do you hear?!' The latest social media craze David Monahan said the audio clip "was Yanny when I listened on my computer and Laurel on my phone..." We also all process external stimuli differently. To some people, the word sounds like " yanny ". Chandrasekaran told The Verge that because the original recording is ambiguous - it's awful, remember? - your brain needs to fill what it thinks you should hear. [Full Article...]

Google to warn when humans chat with convincing bots

Google to warn when humans chat with convincing bots It uses DeepMind's new WaveNet audio-generation technique and other advances in natural language processing to make it sound more humanlike, The Verge reports. And finally, actions can now be part of your custom routines and even suggest you add them after you're finished with whatever you asked them to do. [Full Article...]

Here's what Uber wants its flying taxis to look like

Here's what Uber wants its flying taxis to look like It's a world where passengers request an Uber Air on their phone, then head to rooftop sky ports where the aircraft take off. The flying uber can take-off and land vertically thanks to four rotors. Uber also said for the program to become profitable it will need to move beyond a niche market. Last year, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera's office released a finding estimating that 45,000 U... [Full Article...]


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