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Israel plans to land unmanned spacecraft on moon in…

Israel plans to land unmanned spacecraft on moon in… The spacecraft, carrying the Israeli flag, will take photos and videos of the landing site and measure the moon's magnetic field as part of a scientific experiment. "We're trying to replicate the Apollo effect in the US", Kahn said, referring to the US programme that landed the first humans on the moon in 1969. [Full Article...]

2nd solar eclipse of the year today

If you live on the south-eastern coast of Australia or Tasmania you'll be able to witness a partial solar eclipse , an event not seen on a Friday the 13th in 44 years. What is a Solar Eclipse? Scientists and astronomers advise that it is unsafe to see solar eclipse through naked eyes and it can also damage the vision. [Full Article...]

Sen. Baldwin won't back Trump's pick for Supreme Court

Sen. Baldwin won't back Trump's pick for Supreme Court Those protesting are calling on Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio to reject the nomination. The GOP's effort - which includes an extensive field program, digital ads and op-eds - targets Democratic senators up for re-election in states Trump won in 2016 and illustrates how crucial Republicans believe the issue will be for their base in the midterm elections. [Full Article...]

Russian Cargo Ship Makes Fastest-ever Trip to Space Station

Russian Cargo Ship Makes Fastest-ever Trip to Space Station The Progress MS-09 lifted off as scheduled at 3:51 a.m. (2151 GMT; 5:51 p.m. EDT Monday) from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Progress 70 is not ready to come home yet. Russia's space agency Roscosmos said the faster maneuver became possible thanks to a new version of the Soyuz booster rocket, noting that it puts the ship into orbit with higher precision. [Full Article...]

'First Giant' Dinosaur Found in Argentina, Fossil Weighing Around 10 Tons Uncovered!

'First Giant' Dinosaur Found in Argentina, Fossil Weighing Around 10 Tons Uncovered! However, Ingentia prima inhabited the Earth in the late Triassic period, somewhere between 210 and 205 million years ago. Dinosaur fans need to learn a new name, the lessemsaurids, because these were the first dinosaurs to grow to giant sizes of around 10 tonnes, back in the Triassic Period some 215 million years ago. [Full Article...]

Questions about Kavanaugh temper enthusiasm for Trump pick

Questions about Kavanaugh temper enthusiasm for Trump pick The letter, addressed to the law school's leadership and Dean Heather Gerken, argued that Kavanaugh , as a possible Supreme Court justice, puts American democracy in danger and called his nomination an "emergency". "Democratic votes are more symbolic than necessary". Kavanaugh , 53, has been picked to fill the vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who for years was positioned at th... [Full Article...]

Four-mile-long iceberg breaks off Greenland glacier in dramatic video

Four-mile-long iceberg breaks off Greenland glacier in dramatic video The event lasted more than 30 minutes, but the movie was compressed to about 90 seconds. The process by which ice breaks away from a glacier is known as calving . The video shows a tabular (wide and flat) iceberg separate, then travel down the fjord where it smashes into another iceberg. The contribution of Antarctica to sea-level rise remains small: only 7.6 mm in the period from 1992 to 2017. [Full Article...]

Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh The tickets were said to be for him and several friends. "Because of Donald Trump's openly Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist views and policies targeting minority and immigrant communities, it is incumbent upon the Senate to question Mr Kavanaugh about his opinions on the protection of civil rights, religious freedom and the rights of immigrants", he said. [Full Article...]

Israel to launch its first spacecraft to the moon

The CEO of the nonprofit SpaceIL , Ido Anteby, said that their spacecraft will be the smallest one ever to land on the surface of the moon. If successful, Israel would become the fourth country to land a craft on the moon, after the US, the Soviet Union and China . [Full Article...]

Weekly survey: Will Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to the Supreme Court?

Weekly survey: Will Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to the Supreme Court? Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified , but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination. [Full Article...]

Instagram Model Katarina Zarutskie OK After Nurse Shark Attack in Bahamas

Instagram Model Katarina Zarutskie OK After Nurse Shark Attack in Bahamas Zarutskie had the injury cleaned and wrapped at the marina but travelled to Florida the following day for further treatment thanks to the risk of infection that comes with having a shark bite into your arm. Luckily, she managed to free herself and swam up to some steps to get out of the water - holding her arm so that the blood would not attract other sharks. [Full Article...]

Scientists Capture the Moment an Iceberg Breaks off from a Greenland Glacier

But there is much that scientists have yet to learn about how and why this large-scale breakage happens, which makes it hard to predict when glaciers will fall apart, and how much that glacier disintegration will affect sea levels over time, David Holland, leader of the research team and a professor at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematics and NYU Abu Dhabi , told Live Science. [Full Article...]

"Alien Life Payload?" NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Downloads Exoplanet Science Data

The fuel situation doesn't come as a big surprise; NASA announced in March that Kepler was running low and would likely have to cease operations in a matter of months. If that is successful, they plan to start a 19th observation campaign with the remaining fuel. NASA has already launched Kepler's successor, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite , or TESS, which will also hunt for exop... [Full Article...]

Airbus is building the next Mars rover

Airbus is building the next Mars rover Ben Boyes, who will lead the feasibility team at Airbus , explained that Fetch will be a relatively small rover - about 130 kg - but what is required of it is very demanding. In 2020, NASA will send a rover to Mars, which will search for interesting materials. If all goes according to plan, the first samples of Martian soil on Earth before the end of the next decade - and the first footage of... [Full Article...]

World’s Oldest Color Discovered In Rocks Deep Beneath Sahara Desert

World’s Oldest Color Discovered In Rocks Deep Beneath Sahara Desert An global team led by researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) extracted 1.1-billion-year-old bright pink pigments from ancient rocks deep below the Sahara Desert in Mauritania, West Africa. Some researchers have found evidence that oxygen concentrations on Earth, most created by cyanobacteria , just weren't high enough to support life until that point , which would explain why ... [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Chris reaches hurricane strength in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Chris reaches hurricane strength in Atlantic Chris will move very slowly toward the northeast today, but will soon pick up speed Wednesday and Thursday and track away from the area. With maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, Chris is about 200 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., according to the 5 a.m. [Full Article...]

Starbucks says it will ban plastic straws, utensils worldwide by 2020

Starbucks says it will ban plastic straws, utensils worldwide by 2020 Starbucks has become the first major food and beverage company to ditch plastic straws . The move will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year. Last month, McDonald's said that it would start switching to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September. While Australia still comes to grips with the single-use plastic bag ban adopted by supermarkets Woolworth... [Full Article...]

Who Is Andrew Wheeler, Trump's New EPA Chief?

Who Is Andrew Wheeler, Trump's New EPA Chief? The group says it also "helped expose many of his scandals" thanks to Freedom of Information Act requests. "Despite his brief tenure, Pruitt was the worst EPA chief in history", said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. [Full Article...]

Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

Instead, Starbucks announced in a press release , it will start using " strawless lids" and straws made from "alternative materials", such as paper or "compostable plastic". McDonald's recently said it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year, and test alternatives to plastic straws in some US locations. [Full Article...]

Storm Strengthening To Hurricane Off Carolinas As Puerto Rico Faces Storm Beryl

Storm Strengthening To Hurricane Off Carolinas As Puerto Rico Faces Storm Beryl Chris had winds of 60 miles per hour, making it a strong tropical storm . Forecasters are also tracking Beryl , which weakened from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm over the weekend. "There may be a few rain bands along the Outer Banks and some rough surf", said Gardner. At 11 a.m. EDT on Sunday, the storm's center was located about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina ... [Full Article...]


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