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Ban on dirty household fire fuels to tackle air pollution

Ban on dirty household fire fuels to tackle air pollution As Thais woke up on Monday morning to another day of murky air blanketing its bustling construction-filled capital, environment group Greenpeace said Bangkok was now the 10th most polluted in the world, rivalling some cities in China. [Full Article...]

China grows the first seed on the Moon

China grows the first seed on the Moon This of course marks the first time that a plant has ever grown on the Moon, with the seeds naturally sprouting in a specially designed and concealed container. "Learning about these plants' growth in a low-gravity environment would allow us to lay the foundation for our future establishment of space base", said Professor Liu Hanlong, who is heading the experiment. [Full Article...]

Video of Chang'e-4's successful touchdown on moon

Video of Chang'e-4's successful touchdown on moon The rover and lander began testing and calibrating instruments, with the China National Space Administration ( CNSA ) releasing images of the activity from lander monitoring cameras. "We chose a vertical descent strategy to avoid the influence of the mountains on the flight track", Zhang He, executive director of the Chang'e-4 project said in a statement . [Full Article...]

World’s oceans are heating up at quickening pace

World’s oceans are heating up at quickening pace Human-made greenhouse gas emissions are still heating up the Earth's atmosphere, and the majority of that heat goes into the oceans, as the scientists revealed in recent studies. 2018 is likely to be the hottest year for the oceans on record, beating out 2017 which held the record. According to a report by the Chinese Academy of Sciences , in the journal "Science". [Full Article...]

SpaceX To Lay Off 10 Percent Of Its Workforce

SpaceX To Lay Off 10 Percent Of Its Workforce The Los Angeles Times first reported the company's plans to reduce its 6,000 employees by about 10 percent. SpaceX has a booming business but its plans are very ambitious. The so-called test hopper will not enter orbit when it launches in the coming weeks but is instead meant to inform how SpaceX works toward a full-scale prototype of the Mars Starship . [Full Article...]

White dwarf stars observed slowly crystallising and turning into solid spheres

White dwarf stars observed slowly crystallising and turning into solid spheres They are incredibly useful to astronomers as their predictable lifecycle allows them to be used as cosmic clocks to estimate the age of groups of neighboring stars to a high degree of accuracy. "We saw a pile-up of white dwarfs of certain colors and luminosities that were otherwise not linked together in terms of their evolution", said Tremblay. [Full Article...]

Repeated radio signals from deep space thrust advanced alien life theories

Repeated radio signals from deep space thrust advanced alien life theories Dr Tendulkar is involved in building the CHIME radio telescope and is passionate about the origins and populations of FRBs and the relation between magentar and pulsar populations. Astrophysicists detailed the data recorded by CHIME in two different papers published this week in the journal Nature . The FRBs discovered were omitting unusually low frequencies, with previously detected FRBs h... [Full Article...]

There were lovely pictures of the first in 2019 solar Eclipse

There were lovely pictures of the first in 2019 solar Eclipse The sun, earth and moon will line up perfectly so that the moon slips into the earth's shadow. A spectacular "super moon" combined with a total lunar eclipse will rise over the nation just before midnight on January 20, bringing a series of unusual optical effects, according to NASA . [Full Article...]

Scientists detect mysterious radio signals in space

Scientists detect mysterious radio signals in space A telescope in Canada picked up mysterious signals emanating from a distant galaxy. Good and McGill University astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi discussed the CHIME/FRB Collaboration's findings during a briefing at the American Astronomical Society's winter meeting in Seattle. [Full Article...]

Theresa May suffers Brexit setback over no-deal scenario

Theresa May suffers Brexit setback over no-deal scenario In a sign of the anger and division Brexit has sown among lawmakers, the motion prompted bad-tempered scenes in Parliament, as Conservatives accused Speaker John Bercow of contravening parliamentary convention by allowing a vote on the amendment. [Full Article...]

Newly-discovered exoplanet twice the size of Earth could have water

Newly-discovered exoplanet twice the size of Earth could have water Known to scientists as HD 21749b , it is a mere 53 light-years from Earth in the southern constellation of Reticulum. Scientists said the system may hold an additional planet that is about the size of Earth that has an orbit of only eight days. [Full Article...]

Chinese rover 'Jade Rabbit' drives on far side of the moon

Chinese rover 'Jade Rabbit' drives on far side of the moon Launched on Dec 8, 2018, China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe, comprising a lander and a rover , landed on the far side of the moon Thursday morning. The craft's rover, called Yutu 2, has started to make its way across the lunar surface . [Full Article...]

China begins first surface exploration of moon's far side

China begins first surface exploration of moon's far side A Chinese lunar rover landed on the far side of the moon on Thursday, in a global first that boosts Beijing's ambitions to become a space superpower. The far side can't be seen from Earth and is popularly called the "dark side" by some because it is relatively unknown, not because it lacks sunlight. [Full Article...]

Quadrantid meteor shower due over Norfolk January 2019

Quadrantid meteor shower due over Norfolk January 2019 Tonight's meteor shower will send bright fireballs from the asteroid designation 2003EH as Earth moves through the thickest part of the debris field. The exact peak of the shower, according to the International Meteor Organization , will be at 2:00 a.m. [Full Article...]

Quadrantids meteor shower to take place overnight Thursday into Friday

ET (21:30 UTC). The Quadrantid meteor showers are known for being slow-moving and colorful, including green, yellow, pink and light blue. The best hours are late night and early predawn-and tonight is when the show is going to reach its peak. [Full Article...]

Listen to New Horizons, Brian May's first solo single in 20 years

Listen to New Horizons, Brian May's first solo single in 20 years Additionally, the New Horizons team can now definitely say that-just as the images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope several years ago tentatively predicted-Ultima Thule's hue is a toasty brownish-red. Shortly after the encounter, New Horizons beamed back a handful of initial images showing a bowling pin-shaped object. New images from varying perspectives - captured as the probe moved pa... [Full Article...]

The first meteor shower of the year peaks tonight

In ideal conditions, observers have seen anywhere from 60 to 100 meteors per hour in this particular shower, though the viewing window is notoriously short. The shower radiates between the Big Dipper and Boötes. He continues by saying that in 2003, an astronomer by the name of Peter Jenniskens "tentatively identified" the parent body of the Quadrantids as rocky-bodied asteroid 2003 EH1, as oppos... [Full Article...]

China to land on Moon’s dark side on its historic lunar mission

China to land on Moon’s dark side on its historic lunar mission The entire event will take place from 12:55 to 5:50 p.m. ET, with the maximum eclipse occurring at 3:23 p.m., Sky & Telescope reports . Other spacecraft have already seen the far side of the moon but no lander or rover has ever been there. [Full Article...]

China lands probe on far side of moon

China lands probe on far side of moon A Chinese lunar rover landed on the dark side of the moon on Thursday (Jan 3), in a global first that boosts Beijing's ambitions to become a space superpower. At the weekend, Chinese state media said the probe had entered an elliptical path around the Moon, bringing the vehicles to within 15km of the lunar surface at its closest point. [Full Article...]

National parks dealing with vandals, human waste in shutdown

National parks dealing with vandals, human waste in shutdown The General's Highway, which connects the park and leads to its famous giant Sequoia trees has become icy and unsafe, leading to 3-hour-long backups along the route. "If there wasn't a shutdown, I probably would've been able to get out in a more efficient way", Snider told the paper. "However unpleasant that is. [Full Article...]


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