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NASA's Opportunity Rover Declared Dead After Record-Breaking 15 Years on Mars

NASA's Opportunity Rover Declared Dead After Record-Breaking 15 Years on Mars The car-size Curiosity rover has been characterizing possibly habitable environments inside Mars' 96-mile-wide (154 km) Gale Crater since August 2012, and NASA plans to launch the life-hunting Mars 2020 rover next year. The rover's observations helped scientists build the case that Mars once hosted significant amounts of liquid water. NASA's InSight lander touched down last November , whi... [Full Article...]

Martian Colonization Startup Mars One is Bankrupt, Surprising No One

Martian Colonization Startup Mars One is Bankrupt, Surprising No One It's fair to say the years haven't been easy going on Mars One's operations. The company promised to take wannabe astronauts to Mars to start the first human settlement on the Red Planet. And then, things went from "dream on" to "oh, no". Mars One has not responded to a CTVNews.ca request for comment. After all, Mars One itself isn't an engineering firm, and has no operations in building space... [Full Article...]

Conservatives call for emergency meeting after PMO, SNC-Lavalin report

Conservatives call for emergency meeting after PMO, SNC-Lavalin report On the matter of issuing directives to the director of public prosecutions (or "DPP"), the document says: "It is appropriate for the attorney general to consult with cabinet colleagues before exercising his or her powers under the DPP Act in respect of any criminal proceedings, in order to fully assess the public policy considerations relevant to specific prosecutorial decisions". [Full Article...]

Pancakes in space? No that's just the mysterious MU69

Pancakes in space? No that's just the mysterious MU69 Project scientist Hal Weaver of Johns Hopkins University, home to New Horizons flight control center, said the finding should spark new theories on how such primitive objects formed early in the solar system. The image to the left is an "average" of ten images taken by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager; the crescent is blurred in the raw frames because a relatively long exposure time was used... [Full Article...]

Dem Sen. Murphy: Green New Deal Comparable to Moon Landing

Dem Sen. Murphy: Green New Deal Comparable to Moon Landing Campus Reform asked students whether they were for or against the deal, which aims to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ocasio-Cortez's office released the resolution to reporters on Wednesday night with a separate FAQ document that seemed to contradict some aspects of the resolution, including taking stances on nuclear energy and farming emissions that didn't appear in the official ... [Full Article...]

Olympics-British Basketball receives funding boost for Tokyo 2020

Olympics-British Basketball receives funding boost for Tokyo 2020 A Tokyo recycling program thought it would be only natural to mine the precious metals needed to create the 2020 Olympic awards from old electronics, including smartphones (via The Verge ). "It is estimated that the remaining amounts of metal required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals can be extracted from the devices already donated", the organisers said. [Full Article...]

Was the Fourth-Warmest Year on Record

The last five years rank as the hottest on record globally-far and away hotter than previous years with temperatures running roughly 1 degree Celsius warmer than pre-industrial times. In both data sets, the overall trend of global temperatures is rising. NASA's temperature analyses incorporate surface temperature measurements from 6,300 weather stations, ship- and buoy-based observations of sea ... [Full Article...]

SpaceX no-load test is delayed

SpaceX no-load test is delayed The Commercial Crew Program was originally scheduled to get off the ground in January with the launch of SpaceX's Demo-1, followed by Boeing's Orbital Flight Test in March. After the uncrewed flight tests, Boeing and SpaceX will complete a flight test with crew prior to being certified by NASA for crew rotation missions. [Full Article...]

ESA Name Mars Rover After British Chemist Rosalind Franklin

ESA Name Mars Rover After British Chemist Rosalind Franklin It's said that when American scientist James Watson saw Franklin's X-ray crystallography image of DNA, he immediately realized he and English scientist Francis Crick were right about its double-helix structure and published their findings. [Full Article...]

Fourth Hottest Year On Record, Says NASA

Fourth Hottest Year On Record, Says NASA That puts us more than two-thirds of the way to the warming limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius that was set in the Paris climate agreement. Moreover, 2015 was the first year when global annual average surface temperatures reached 1C above pre-industrial levels, and the following three years have all remained close to this level. [Full Article...]

House Speaker Pelosi comments on AOC's 'Green New Deal'

House Speaker Pelosi comments on AOC's 'Green New Deal' But the freshman congresswoman from NY introduced a Green New Deal resolution on Thursday that is already emerging as a key policy test for 2020 Democratic candidates. Pelosi said the new panel, which also will include six Republicans, "will be vital in advancing ambitious progress for our planet". The freshman lawmaker and veteran Sen. [Full Article...]

Magnetic north pole leaves Canada, on fast new path

Magnetic north pole leaves Canada, on fast new path As the magnetic field's quirks are dynamic, the model has to be updated, which is done on a five-year schedule. Some have speculated that Earth is overdue for another magnetic-field reversal - an event that hasn't happened for 780,000 years - and the North Pole's recent restlessness may be a sign of a cataclysm to come. [Full Article...]

Climate Change Will Begin Changing the Color of the Ocean

Climate Change Will Begin Changing the Color of the Ocean That's bad for climate change on several levels: For one, phytoplankton remove about as much carbon dioxide from the air as plants and help regulate our climate, research shows . "Phytoplankton are at the base, and if the base changes, it endangers everything else along the food web, going far enough to the polar bears or tuna or just about anything that you want to eat or love to see in pict... [Full Article...]

Fresh footage reveals the moment the dam burst in Brazil, killing hundreds

Fresh footage reveals the moment the dam burst in Brazil, killing hundreds At least 65 people have died and a further 279 are missing . Dramatic footage has emerged showing the moment a mine dam burst in Brazil , leaving 110 people dead and 200 missing. The camera, according to BandNews TV , was on top of a crane at the mine and captured the scene after the dam breach, which unleashed a massive wall of muddy, mine waste. [Full Article...]

Hubble Captures Stunning New Dwarf Galaxy Close to the Milky Way

Hubble Captures Stunning New Dwarf Galaxy Close to the Milky Way NASA has shared a stunning image of the dwarf galaxy that was captured by Hubble . The human residents of the Milky Way galaxy are now saying hi to a neighboring galaxy we didn't even know existed. Dwarf spheroidals are galaxies that are in retirement; the star formation party is over, and the stars that they do have are old and dim. This "loner galaxy" is about 30 million light years away, ... [Full Article...]

Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring

Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring The groundhog pointed his nose toward one, thus making his prediction. From Motown to country to rap, even Bach, there's Aretha and Elvis; yeah, The Beatles rock. Faithful followers, there is no shadow of me - a handsome spring, it shall be. "A handsome spring it shall be!" It was with these things in mind that Phil's fans and followers flocked to Gobbler's Knob first thing Saturday morning - af... [Full Article...]

Here's How Much Ice Antarctica Is Losing-It's a Lot

Here's How Much Ice Antarctica Is Losing-It's a Lot West Antarctica, home to some of the fastest-flowing and fastest-melting glaciers, accounts for the bulk of the loss calculated in the new work. While researchers are still learning new things about the complex ways ice melts at the Thwaite Glacier, at its most basic, the giant cavity represents a simple (if unfortunate) scientific actuality. [Full Article...]

See the Chicago River Freeze and 'Smoke' Amid Frigid Winter Weather

See the Chicago River Freeze and 'Smoke' Amid Frigid Winter Weather The weather has been blamed for at least six deaths across the United States midwest. A Chicago Fire Department boat is seen outside the docks in between the Chicago River and Lake Michigan in Chicago , the United States, on January 30, 2019. [Full Article...]

Trump asks 'Global Waming' to come back. Twitter heats up

Trump asks 'Global Waming' to come back. Twitter heats up He also spelled global warming as "Global Waming " giving enough hint that his past goofups with spellings haven't yet taught him a lesson. None of this, however, seems to be reaching the same man who once called global warming a hoax by the Chinese . [Full Article...]

Samsung to ditch plastic packaging for smartphones; use greener alternatives

Samsung to ditch plastic packaging for smartphones; use greener alternatives For white goods, the company has promised to switch from virgin plastic bags to those based on recycled plastics or bio-plastics. These materials are made from plastic wastes and non-fossil fuel materials such as starch or sugar cane, respectively. [Full Article...]


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