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NOAA: Winter may be warmer than average

NOAA: Winter may be warmer than average An overall mild winter is expected when it comes to temperatures, with most of the USA expected to see warmer than normal temperatures, some much warmer than normal, according to the NOAA outlook from its Climate Prediction Center. The chances are highest in southeastern Georgia and much of northern and Central Florida. The Arctic Oscillation influences the number of arctic air masses that penet... [Full Article...]

NOAA releases 2018-19 Winter Outlook

In the winter, the NOAA said, typical El Nino conditions include wetter-than-average precipitation in the southern USA and drier conditions in parts of the northern U.S. The center has given much of the Southern United States, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Chesapeake Bay, a clear chance of a wetter winter, with pockets of drought around the Dakotas and the Great Lakes. [Full Article...]

That’s no moon, it’s a Chinese space light

That’s no moon, it’s a Chinese space light According to The Asia Times , Chengdu's artificial moon will feature a highly reflective coating that reflects the sun's rays via solar panel-like wings. For now, details on the proposed moon-including further satellite specifications, cost and launch date-remain scarce. The likelihood that the moon will ever rise in the skies above Chengdu has already been dismissed by some skeptics - but th... [Full Article...]

NASA Astronaut Col. Nick Hague on last week's Soyuz rocket failure

NASA Astronaut Col. Nick Hague on last week's Soyuz rocket failure In this frame from video from NASA TV, NASA astronaut Nick Hague , who survived the Oct. 11, 2018, failed launch and emergency landing , speaks Tuesday, Oct. A minor air spill was recognized on August 30 on the Soyuz MS-09 spaceship that is docked to the ISS. Hague, 43, said he's dealt with in-flight emergencies during his Air Force career, but nothing like this. [Full Article...]

Several months' worth of rain: French flash floods claim lives

Several months' worth of rain: French flash floods claim lives In total nine residents died in the city, which made headlines earlier this year after a jihadist attacker killed four people in a shooting spree, including a police officer who took the place of a hostage. I was terribly afraid". National emergency services spokesman Michael Bernier said 13 people had been killed and one person was still missing. Television images showed water coursing throug... [Full Article...]

Healthy mice born from same-sex parents for first time

Healthy mice born from same-sex parents for first time Image: The mice have now had healthy babies of their own. In mammals, because certain maternal or paternal genes were shut off during germline development by a mechanism called genomic imprinting, offspring that didn't receive genetic material from both a mother and a father might experience developmental abnormalities or might not be viable. [Full Article...]

Florida prisons damaged by hurricane

Florida prisons damaged by hurricane The devastation left by Hurricane Michael in several states is still coming into focus, with coastal Florida cities destroyed beyond recognition, and homes, businesses and agriculture torn or swamped inland from Georgia to Virginia. "Literally overnight it went from a Category 1 or 2 to a Category 4, nearly borderline 5". This is pretty extensive, the damage. Long urged communities such as M... [Full Article...]

Thousands of people reported missing after Hurricane Michael

Thousands of people reported missing after Hurricane Michael More than 900,000 homes and businesses in Florida , Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas are without power in the wake of Hurricane Michael. "We are working very hard on every area and every state that was hit - we are with you!" In total, Michael caused over 2.6 million outages since hitting the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles pe... [Full Article...]

Astronauts Make Emergency Landing in Failed Russian Space Launch

Astronauts Make Emergency Landing in Failed Russian Space Launch The Soyuz MS-09 capsule which delivered them remains docked to the station and can be used to return that crew home at least through the end of the year. The Soviet-designed Soyuz rocket is now the world's only lifeline to the International Space Station and the accident will affect both Nasa and the work of the orbiting laboratory. [Full Article...]

Gas shortages in wake of Hurricane Michael

Gas shortages in wake of Hurricane Michael No other information was available about the deceased man found in Mexico Beach , said Joseph Zahralban, Miami's fire chief and the task force leader of a search and rescue unit. A spokeswoman said the four deaths had been forwarded to the medical examiner's office, but additional details were not immediately available. "To just sort of check out various neighborhoods, to try to ensure that we'... [Full Article...]

Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket wins Air Force contract

Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket wins Air Force contract The program aids in the development of commercial rockets and ensures that the US government has constant access to space for its national security payloads. Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin , awarded $500 million for the preliminary work, will build its New Glenn Launch System. The rocket configuration consists of first and second solid rocket stages and strap-on solid boosters manufactured by No... [Full Article...]

About 1M without power after Hurricane Michael shreds electric grids; towns flattened

About 1M without power after Hurricane Michael shreds electric grids; towns flattened The storm, which came ashore as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, tore apart entire neighborhoods in the Panhandle. Megan McCall says her brother Jeff and his family were riding out the storm in the Panhandle. As of Thursday morning, the storm was centered about 40 miles west-northwest of Columbia, South Carolina, and is headed northeast. Six Florida counties remain... [Full Article...]

Soyuz Rocket Malfunctions, Emergency Rescue Under Way

Soyuz Rocket Malfunctions, Emergency Rescue Under Way Horrifyingly, a hole was recently discovered on a different Soyuz capsule , the MS-09, that was attached to the International Space Station in late August. The capsule jettisoned from the booster and went into a ballistic descent, landing at a sharper than normal angle. Thursday's early morning launch was broadcast live by NASA TV . [Full Article...]

Florida: Too soon for homeowners to return to disaster zone

Florida: Too soon for homeowners to return to disaster zone As Michael moves into the Atlantic, the days of misery are far from over in the coastal cities left devastated beyond recognition. At least 12 people were killed in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia , officials said, after one of the most powerful hurricanes in USA history slammed into Florida's northwest coast. [Full Article...]

Trump questions United Nations global warming report

Trump questions United Nations global warming report Countries in the southern hemisphere will be among the worse off, the report said. The world's governments asked for the report in 2015, when a global pact to tackle climate change was agreed upon. Action will also be needed to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Any additional emissions would require removing Carbon dioxide from the air. "Limiting warming to 1.5ºC is possible within the l... [Full Article...]

Gas prices set to rise across PNW because of Canadian pipeline rupture

Gas prices set to rise across PNW because of Canadian pipeline rupture Municipalities like Victoria and Saanich also turned the heat down in their facilities and the University of Victoria is taking it a step further - it shut off its natural gas completely and switched to a backup diesel system. While the ruptured pipeline carries natural gas, chances are that anti-pipeline activists will waste no time in using the incident in their case against pipeline. [Full Article...]

Near 850,000 customers without power in U.S. Southeast after Michael

Near 850,000 customers without power in U.S. Southeast after Michael A Category 5 storm is defined by 157 miles per hour or greater winds. Michael is now moving northwards at 12mph. Early Thursday, the eye of Michael was about 90 miles (144 kilometers) northeast of Macon, Georgia and 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of Augusta. [Full Article...]

Rocket Headed for International Space Station Aborts After Launcher Failure

Rocket Headed for International Space Station Aborts After Launcher Failure The spacecraft has been the sole means of bringing humans to the space station since the end of the U.S. Space Shuttle program, but commercial providers aiming for manned spaceflight are increasingly nipping at Russia's heels. A USA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are alive after a failure during a mission to the International Space Station . Even if the Soyuz spacecraft is cleared for laun... [Full Article...]

Why we’re closer to climate catastrophe than we thought

Why we’re closer to climate catastrophe than we thought The world is failing in its effort to avert catastrophic climate change , a United Nations panel warned Monday, and the result will be more deaths and climate refugees due to extreme weather and rising seas, a greater rate of species extinction, and reduced economic growth. [Full Article...]

PM not swayed by major climate report

PM not swayed by major climate report In 2015, when the nations of the world agreed to the historic Paris climate agreement, they set dual goals: 2 degrees C and a more demanding target of 1.5 degrees C from pre-industrial times. Following a United Nations report on Monday that concluded world leaders have only two decades to end emissions of greenhouse gases or suffer catastrophic climate change , the European Union took just 13 h... [Full Article...]


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