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China is Growing Cotton on the Moon

China is Growing Cotton on the Moon A cotton seed planted by Chinese scientists on the moon has officially sprouted, marking the first time humans have successfully grown biological matter on a planet other than Earth. Once on the Moon's far side, ground control commanded the lander to water the seeds. In a hypothetical habitable lunar environment, the cotton seeds could provide material to make fabric, the potatoes and rockcress ... [Full Article...]

It's onward and outward for New Horizons

It's onward and outward for New Horizons After the quick flyby , New Horizons will continue on through the Kuiper Belt with other planned observations of more objects - but the mission scientists said this is the highlight. According to Stern, the team has far less than one percent of all the data now onboard New Horizons in hand. The New Horizons probe, about the size of a piano, has been flying through space for more than a... [Full Article...]

New Zealand disappointed at Japan's decision to resume commercial whaling

New Zealand disappointed at Japan's decision to resume commercial whaling At a September meeting of the IWC in Brazil, Japan attempted to establish a number of measures that would allow the commercial hunting of "abundant whale stocks/species"; as the BBC reports , Japan primarily kills minke whales, which are protected by the IWC but not now endangered. [Full Article...]

Japan to leave whaling commission to continue hunting

Japan to leave whaling commission to continue hunting A hunt in the Antarctic was, however, even after withdrawal from the IWC is unlikely, the unconfirmed report. This photo taken on September 14, 2018, shows a meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Florianopolis, Brazil. The IWC was established in 1946 to conserve and manage the world's whale and cetacean population. A situation described by a government source as "the IWC being unabl... [Full Article...]

NASA spacecraft lands on Mars after six-month journey

NASA spacecraft lands on Mars after six-month journey The seismic waves marsquakes produce will be used by InSight to create a 3-D picture of Mars's interior-but they can also be used to study meteorites thudding into the surface. "It is wonderful news that the InSight spacecraft has landed safely on Mars", said Sue Horne, head of space exploration at the UK Space Agency. A second instrument, furnished by Germany's space agency, consists of a dri... [Full Article...]

Court order blocks permit for Keystone XL pipeline pending environmental review

Court order blocks permit for Keystone XL pipeline pending environmental review According to Carmen, Trump's January 2017 executive order to expedite high priority energy and infrastructure projects, such as the Keystone XL pipeline , is in clear violation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the American Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples. [Full Article...]

Pompeo, Brazilian president-elect speak over phone on ties, Venezuela

Pompeo, Brazilian president-elect speak over phone on ties, Venezuela The former army captain has confessed he himself understands "nothing" about economics, but has a top economic advisor well-liked by the markets, liberal economist Paulo Guedes. The Paris deal aims to limit temperature rises to " well below" two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. He threatened to join Trump in withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, but recently backtracked. [Full Article...]

Oscar now Atlantic hurricane, no threat to land

Oscar now Atlantic hurricane, no threat to land Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean usually starts from the month of June and lasts till November 30. NHC forecasters say that a westward to west-southwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected today and tonight, followed by a reduction in speed on Sunday. [Full Article...]

‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Willa aims for Mexico’s west

‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Willa aims for Mexico’s west Image: Hurricane Willa is threatening tourist resorts in Mexico. Hurricane Willa is forecast to accelerate forwards towards the Mexican coastline, but the NHC continues to warn that some weakening is possible prior to landfall, which makes forecasting its potential to trigger this cat bond fraught with difficulty. [Full Article...]

Northrop Grumman Awarded $792 Million Launch Services Agreement from US Air Force

Northrop Grumman Awarded $792 Million Launch Services Agreement from US Air Force The Air Force program dates back to 2003, and is an effort to modernize the Air Force's rocket fleet and move it away from its reliance on ULA's Delta II rocket, which was costly, and ULA's Atlas V rocket, which used Russian RD-180 engines. [Full Article...]

Florida St. Withdraws from Tri-Meet as Hurricane Michael Approaches

Florida St. Withdraws from Tri-Meet as Hurricane Michael Approaches The National Hurricane Center says the storm is centered about 60 miles (100 kilometers) off the western tip of Cuba , and about 485 miles (785 kilometers) south of Apalachicola, Florida. The storm's rapid intensification over the past two days, despite shifting winds, "defies traditional logic", according to hurricane forecasters . [Full Article...]

SpaceX lights up California sky in successful West coast landing zone debut

Now standing just ~1400 feet away from the SLC-4E pad, B1048 could very likely become the first booster SpaceX launches three times - perhaps as soon as November or December, depending on its condition after landing. Saocom-1A has an L-band payload created to study soil moisture for agriculture, disaster monitoring and scientific research. SAOCOM 1, together with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed X-Band ... [Full Article...]

We may see Tropical Storm Michael form today

We may see Tropical Storm Michael form today We will have to continue to monitor the disturbance in the Caribbean through the weekend. Michaels is the next name up. With a movement of 3 mph, it's nearly loitering 100 miles east northeast of Chetumal, Mexico, and 240 miles south southwest of Cuba's western tip. [Full Article...]

Nobel Prize in Physics jointly awarded to trio of laser physics inventors

Nobel Prize in Physics jointly awarded to trio of laser physics inventors Arthur Ashkin of Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey, is honored for his invention of optical tweezers , a technique which uses focused laser beams to hold and manipulate microscopic objects, including biological samples, as might be done with tweezers. [Full Article...]

Here’s where Tropical Storm Kirk is Sunday and where it’s going

Here’s where Tropical Storm Kirk is Sunday and where it’s going Winds are sustained at 40 miles per hour and is moving west at 14 miles per hour. "Some strengthening is forecast through Sunday, with little change in intensity forecast on Monday and Tuesday". Almost all of the North Carolina and SC coasts are included in the cone of uncertainty for the storm and the latest model Saturday night showed the storm making landfall in Wilmington. [Full Article...]

When will it end? Florence's floodwaters rising in Carolinas

When will it end? Florence's floodwaters rising in Carolinas As floodwaters continue to rise, concerns are growing about the environmental and health dangers lurking in the water. In a later post on Twitter, Trump wrote: "Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence - and they are 100% correct". [Full Article...]

SpaceX moon passenger to invite artists on journey

SpaceX moon passenger to invite artists on journey The event, held in SpaceX's Southern California headquarters, will be broadcast live via a YouTube stream. Elon Musk-founded SpaceX has announced that the company's first private passenger to the Moon will be Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa . [Full Article...]

North Carolina city cut off by Florence floodwaters

North Carolina city cut off by Florence floodwaters But South Carolina wasn't entirely spared: Myrtle Beach was hit with more than 7 inches of rain. "Our roads are flooded", he said. "There are no roads. Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said 63-year-old Mark Carter King and 61-year-old Debra Collins Rion were killed by breathing in carbon monoxide. [Full Article...]

Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX 'Moon loop'

Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX 'Moon loop' Musk's vision of an interplanetary future may be somewhere in between dreams and delusion, but at the very least he has helped inspire a new generation of enthusiasts, the way the Apollo era did in the 1960s. Musk outlined a somewhat different SpaceX lunar mission a year ago. The response tweet sent Musk's fanbase into a myriad of speculations. The company is still developing the BFR rock... [Full Article...]

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in N.Carolina

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in N.Carolina In the town of New Bern, flooding began nearly immediately after the storm hit. The town's public information officer, Colleen Roberts, told CNN 150 more people were awaiting rescue and that citizens were going out in their boats to help, despite blowing waters and swift currents. [Full Article...]


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