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1st Satellite Built to Harpoon Space Junk for Disposal Begins Test Flight

1st Satellite Built to Harpoon Space Junk for Disposal Begins Test Flight It will represent world's first attempt to tackle the risky space debris which orbits around the Earth. International Space Station (ISS ) has deployed a satellite for testing solutions in clearing up space garbage. " We expect to start with the experiments at some point in September ", Aglietti told Space.com. The International Space Station launched RemoveDebris , created by Airbus and... [Full Article...]

NASA released pictures of blue dunes on Mars

NASA released pictures of blue dunes on Mars NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which hovers over 160 miles (255 kilometers) above the surface of Mars, recently sent back a photograph of a patch of blue on the Red Planet when it came across some dunes in the Lyot Crater. The images show a diverse, but apparently lifeless landscape. However, while Curiosity is nuclear-powered and therefore not dependent on solar energy, NASA's oth... [Full Article...]

BNSF: Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled in Iowa derailment

BNSF: Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled in Iowa derailment The tanker cars were loaded with crude oil, which is leaking into the flood waters. Rock Valley , a small city just to the southwest of Doon where more than 30 oil tanker cars derailed into floodwaters, has shut off all its drinking water wells. [Full Article...]

Air Force Certifies SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket, Awards $130 Million Contract

Air Force Certifies SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket, Awards $130 Million Contract While not planned to occur until September 2020 at the earliest, the most critical aspect of this development is the fact that the USAF has apparently already certified Falcon Heavy for high-value military launches. Two proposals were received by the DOD in the competitive bidding process. ULA used to monopolize similar missions for the government until SpaceX landed its first military contrac... [Full Article...]

Mars Dust Storm Covers the Entire Planet

Mars Dust Storm Covers the Entire Planet But NASA's Curiosity rover , seen in a self-portrait taken last week in the Gale Crater, runs on nuclear energy and is powering through. Luckily, its fellow rover Curiosity is still working, sending tweets and taking selfies on the other side of the planet. [Full Article...]

NASA Unveils Plan to Protect Earth From Asteroids, Other Near-Earth Objects

NASA Unveils Plan to Protect Earth From Asteroids, Other Near-Earth Objects NASA and scientists around the world regularly track asteroids in space to seek out any space rocks that could one day endanger the Earth . The plan itself has five major points that NASA wants to work on over the next decade: to enhance NEO detection and tracking, improve NEO modeling and movement prediction, create better techniques for deflecting or destroying NEOs, improve global cooperat... [Full Article...]

Over 400 events expected on second Clean Air Day

Over 400 events expected on second Clean Air Day The two pollutants causing most concern in Birmingham are nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine airborne particulate matter (PM2.5). The report on the new study - due next year - will provide practical recommendations to Government on what can be done to reduce indoor air pollution, focusing on adjusting ventilation, filtering air, and controlling indoor sources of pollution, all of which could reduce... [Full Article...]

Saddleworth MP backs Clean Air Day for heart health

Saddleworth MP backs Clean Air Day for heart health Today, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have announced that the potentially harmful impact of indoor air pollution on children is to be the subject of a major study for the first time in the UK. "Targeting buses which most frequently pass through the city centre would have the greatest impact on reducing harmful pollutants by forcing these to be electric or low emission vehi... [Full Article...]

SpaceX wins $130 million Air Force contract

SpaceX has won its first contract to launch a classified military satellite on its Falcon Heavy rocket, beating out rival United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing . Now, it seems clear that the Air Force was comfortable with data from the test flight in February and the more-than 50 flights of the Falcon 9 rocket that forms the three cores of each Falcon Heavy boost... [Full Article...]

Rex dinosaur unable to stick out tongues

Portrayals of dinosaurs with lizard-like tongues hearken to early interpretations of the beasts as oversized lizards. In a study published on Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE , researchers suggested that many dinosaurs' tongues were probably rooted to the bottoms of their mouths in a manner akin to alligators, and they connected the origin of flight with an increase in tongue diversity and... [Full Article...]

Ancient Sea Creature Named After President Obama: Here’s The Simple Reason Why

Ancient Sea Creature Named After President Obama: Here’s The Simple Reason Why Why would such an animal be named after Obama? Along with Obamus coronatus , the scientists also found out the fossil of another small sea creature and named it Attenborites janeae to honour the British naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough . [Full Article...]

Every Volvo car from 2025 will have 25% recycled plastics

Every Volvo car from 2025 will have 25% recycled plastics Recycled plastics - such as from fishing nets or old bottles in auto dashboards or carpets, would not affect safety or quality, Templar said. "That is why we call on even more suppliers and new partners to join us in investing in recycled plastics and to help us realise our ambition". [Full Article...]

Virginia Tech researchers hopeful positively identified Giant Hogweed will remain contained

Virginia Tech researchers hopeful positively identified Giant Hogweed will remain contained According to the Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Facebook page , "Giant Hogweed makes Poison Ivy look like a walk in the park". If you don't look too closely at it its stem, which is covered in purple splotches and coarse hair-like protrusions, the giant hogweed is nearly pretty. [Full Article...]

Trumps orders Pentagon to create U.S. ‘space force’

Trumps orders Pentagon to create U.S. ‘space force’ Trump said the new military branch would be a " separate but equal " branch of the military, the Associated Press reported. During his remarks, Trump promised that America will always be first in space and that national pride is at stake. [Full Article...]

300000 coastal homes, valued at $120 billion, at risk of chroni

300000 coastal homes, valued at $120 billion, at risk of chroni But experts warn that ignoring sea level rise won't prevent a looming economic crisis caused by water-logged homes that will someday become unsafe, uninhabitable and too costly to insure. And, she says, they may not come back. Flood insurance premiums could rise sharply, with people faced with the choice of increasing clean-up costs or retreating to higher ground inland. [Full Article...]

Extreme Weather on Venus Might Change the Length of Its Days

Extreme Weather on Venus Might Change the Length of Its Days In short, the length of the planet's day can change by two minutes because the gravity wave changed how quickly the planet spun around. Venus is more similar to Earth than scientists initially assumed, with its dense atmosphere saturated by carbon dioxide and its size which is nearly identical to that of our planet. [Full Article...]

Mars to come closest to earth after 15 years in July

Mars to come closest to earth after 15 years in July Planetary opposition occurs whenever a planet sits directly opposite the sun while reaching its closest orbital point to Earth . Mars opposition happens every two years or so - the last one came in May 2016. Mars' orbit is also more elliptical than that of Earth's and over the centuries has become increasingly elongated. "From our perspective on our spinning world, Mars rises in the east just a... [Full Article...]

World's oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62

World's oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62 The world's oldest Sumatran orangutan has died at Perth Zoo on Monday, aged 62 years old. "She did so much for the colony at Perth Zoo and the survival of her species", said primate supervisor Holly Thompson. A statement from the Perth Zoo said Puan would be remembered by zoo staff as an "aloof individual who lived her life on her terms". "She's such an important individual both worldwide an... [Full Article...]

Mars to come closest to Earth in 15 years on July 27

This clearly wasn't true, because Mars is only half the size of Earth and is about 34 million miles away. The unusual event is due to a phenomenon known as perihelic opposition, in which the orbits of Earth and Mars align, bringing the two planets closer together. [Full Article...]

Astronomers witnessed a black hole ripping apart a star, first ever

Astronomers witnessed a black hole ripping apart a star, first ever When the black hole devoured the star, it shot out a fast group of particles that contained 125 billion times the amount of energy that the sun releases annually. The pair, dubbed Arp 299, had caught the team's attention because it is known as a " supernova factory", explains Phys.org. Although most galaxies have black holes, they're not necessarily out there actively eating everything up. [Full Article...]


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