Month: November 2018

WASHINGTON — As Congress works to finalize a fiscal year 2019 spending bill for NASA, a senator is asking colleagues to secure the future of two of NASA’s largest astrophysics missions. In a Nov. 19 letter to Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), the chair and ranking member respectively of the commerce, justice
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EMCWF headquarters under a usually cloudy British skyECMWF The UK is one of the countries that participate in the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, which is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing global numerical weather predictions and other relevant data for their Member and Co-operating States and the broader community.
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Between Earth and the galactic core, there’s an old, faint star that appears to have something orbiting it, something that’s confusing astronomers. The discovery joins several other stellar objects that have perplexed researchers in recent years, inviting suggestions as mundane as dust and as imaginative as extra-terrestrial technology. Whatever is responsible, it helps to have
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking retailers to not sell any Romaine lettuce. (Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images) Getty The bacteria Escherichia coli O157:H7 (short for E. coli O157:H7) is outbreaking our hearts of Romaine again. In fact, not just the hearts, but all of Romaine lettuce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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The willow warbler is not one to stop and smell the flowers. Weighing in at a mere 10 grams (3.5 ounces), this restless little songbird regularly traverses multiple continents, flying thousands of kilometres and taking remarkably few breaks. In fact, researchers in Sweden have now determined this epic trek by the Siberian willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus yakutensis) constitutes the
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WASHINGTON — NASA’s InSight spacecraft is on track for a landing on Mars Nov. 26 on a mission to study the planet’s interior. Scientists and project managers, speaking at a pair of briefings Nov. 21 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said there are no issues with the spacecraft, which is on course for a landing
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some 115 years after the first powered flight, scientists have developed a radical new approach toward flying in the form of a small, lightweight and virtually noiseless airplane that gets airborne with no moving parts like propellers or turbine blades. An experimental aircraft created by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – The first flight of a SpaceX rocket tailored to fly astronauts to the International Space Station is set for liftoff from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 7, NASA said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: The top of a replica Crew Dragon spacecraft is show at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California,
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A rare combination of Northern Lights and a ‘moonbow’ were captured by Northern Lights experts at Lights Over Lapland on Monday.LightsOverLapland.com To see the Northern Lights? That’s one thing. To see a ‘moonbow’ during a big display? That’s a very rare occurrence, but it’s exactly what happened Monday night in the remote village of Abisko in Lapland, northern
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A flag with a company logo is seen during satellite launch company Arianespace annual news conference in Paris, France, January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann RABAT (Reuters) – Arianespace on Wednesday launched a rocket from French Guiana carrying Morocco’s second earth observation satellite, the European launch company said. The satellite, named Mohammed VI-B, was developed by
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Humanity is likely responsible for the death of yet another sperm whale. After it washed ashore Kapota Island in the Wakatobi National Park in Indonesia, park officials found its stomach full of plastic. Over 1,000 individual pieces were found, including 115 plastic cups, 25 plastic bags, two flip-flops, and a sack containing over 1,000 pieces
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Hanson Robotics Inc. humanoid robot “Sophia” attends the Rise conference in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The conference runs through July 12. Photographer: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg© 2018 Bloomberg Finance LP Organisers of the “NIPS” (Neural Information Systems Processing) conference have changed the event’s name to “NeurIPS” following a long, heated debate about whether
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FILE PHOTO: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk talks to his workforce as he announces the world’s first private passenger scheduled to fly around the Moon aboard SpaceX’s BFR launch vehicle, at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, U.S. September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Gene Blevins/File Photo (Reuters) – U.S. space agency NASA said on Tuesday it would review
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Honey bees fly to a beehive on World Bee Day. Credit: Wolfgang KummGetty Monitoring honey bee hives by hand is passé. The buzz these days is about high-tech sensors inside hives. They help commercial beekeepers keep colonies healthy and allow bees to keep doing their jobs as one of the world’s most important pollinators. ApisProtect, an Irish
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For the first time, brain tissue grown in a lab has spontaneously exhibited electrical activity, and it looks startlingly similar to human brain activity. More specifically, it resembles the brain activity of premature babies. Now, the report of this startling development is yet to be peer-reviewed, but if confirmed, it could be a huge discovery
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