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Science A plan for presenting a Brexit deal?
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There were signs of a possible compromise in a phone call on Monday between May and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, where he said he would consider a "review mechanism" for the backstop . An open frontier is seen as crucial to preserving the 1998 Good Friday peace accord that ended decades of Irish sectarian bloodshed. Britain's desire to leave the customs union is not easily reconciled with preserving the integrity of the EU's single market.

Science Hubble took a picture of the distant dwarf galaxy
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The arc-shaped object is actually a galaxy whose shape has been distorted because its light passed near a massive object en route to Earth. As NASA explains in its blog, amidst the twinkling lights, the telescope captured a formation of galaxies resembling a smiling face.

Science Elon Musk Hints at Bringing His Business to India
Author: 0 Elon Musk Hints at Bringing His Business to India

The news follows the SEC's settlement with Tesla and Musk in September for Musk's statements on Twitter about plans to take the company private. "To our knowledge, no government agency in an ongoing investigation has concluded that any wrongdoing occurred", Tesla wrote in its filing.

Science NASA plans to send a probe into seven different asteroids
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Dawn can no longer keep its antennae trained on Earth to communicate with mission control or turn its solar panels to the Sun to recharge, it added. "In many ways, Dawn's legacy is just beginning", said Dawn's principal investigator Carol Raymond. The Dawn mission was managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with spacecraft components contributed by European partners from Italy, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

Science Oceans absorbing 60% more heat than thought, say scientists
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The new research, funded by the Princeton Environmental Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, estimates that the world's oceans absorbed almost 13 zettajoules of heat each year between 1991 and 2016. Climate sensitivity is used to evaluate allowable emissions for mitigation strategies. The findings mean countries could have even less time to cut Carbon dioxide emissions, in the drive to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by ...

Science NASA probe gets closest to the sun
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Parker Solar Probe , which was launched on August 12, is on an unprecedented seven-year-long journey to unlock the mysteries of the sun's fiery outer atmosphere and its effects on space weather. According to NASA, the plucky Parker Solar (spacecraft) is closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft has done before. As said earlier, it has been just 78 days since the probe was launched.

Science Handful of states hold fate of world's vanishing wilderness
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Today, human activities have modified more than 77 percent of land and 87 percent of the ocean, meaning only a small fraction of global area can still be classified as wilderness. "There is nothing to hold nations, industry, society or communities to account for long-term conservation", said James R. Allan from University of Queensland .

Science The exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope is now dead
Author: 0 The exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope is now dead

More recently, analysis of data collected by Kepler revealed that about 20 to 50 percent of stars that are visible in the night sky might contain planets that are of similar size to Earth and located in the habitable zones of its host stars.

Science Planet-hunting Kepler space telescope to be retired
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NASA announced Tuesday that Kepler , an orbital telescope that's been spotting and analyzing distant planets for the past nine years, has run out of fuel and will no longer carry out scientific research. "In the end, we didn't have a drop of fuel left over for anything else", Charlie Sobeck, project system engineer at NASA's Ames Research Center, said during a teleconference.

Science Parker Solar Probe Becomes Closest Spacecraft to Sun
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It is clarified that the satellite close to the Sun at 40.23 million kilometers. After that, the probe will burn up in the sunlight. Launched in August , Parker is on track to set another record late Monday night. And NASA's Parker Solar Probe , travelling at more than 240,000km/h, isn't yet done with setting new records. Nevertheless, the team behind remain focused on the first solar encounter.

Science Soyuz rocket: 'Faulty sensor' led to launch failure
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Russian Federation hopes to launch three crew for the International Space Station on December 3, the first manned blast-off since an accident this month, the Roscosmos space agency said Wednesday. Roscosmos is due to hold a press conference Thursday to further detail the findings of the accident probe. Roscosmos immediately set about investigating the launch failure, under time pressure because the current ISS crew had a January deadline to return to Earth.

Science Animal populations have dropped by 60% according to Wildlife report
Author: 0 Animal populations have dropped by 60% according to Wildlife report

This is the 12th report, which has been prepared since 20 years by the veteran conservation NGO, on the environmental situation of the Earth and reflects a worrying trend in the state of biodiversity and the planet's health. Albatrosses are being killed in the lines cast by fishing boats. If that's not enough, four so-called planetary boundaries have already been pushed beyond safe limits: climate change, biosphere integrity, biogeochemical flows (nitrogen and phosphorus) and ...

Science NASA sets world record with Mars 2020 parachute
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It took less than half a second for the barrel-sized bundle of nylon, Kevlar, and Technora to expand to the volume of a large house, generating more than 67,000 pounds of drag. Representatives of the Jet Propulsion Lab working on the project, claim that the Department consulted and gave the green light to ASPIRE to join the Mars 2020 mission.

Author: 0 A NASA Spacecraft Just Broke the Record for Closest Approach to Sun

At its closest approach in 2024, the probe is due to get within 6.2 million kilometers of the Sun's surface. " It's a proud moment for the team , though we remain focused on our first solar encounter, which begins on October 31", said Andy Driesman, project manager for the probe with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, in a statement .

Author: 0 NASA forms Opportunity rover rescue plan as Mars dust storm abates

The rover has been out of contact since early June, when a major dust storm deprived the rover of solar power. The storm did not affect NASA's Curiosity rover, because the second craft is nuclear powered. Choose from among several handsome Mars photos, write a brief message and send it up to Opportunity to show your support. However, NASA said that even if the team hears back from Opportunity during either phase, there is no assurance the rover will be operational.

Science Oscar forms, strengthens in Central Atlantic Ocean
Author: 0 Oscar forms, strengthens in Central Atlantic Ocean

The storm had top sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say a low-pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean has a 70 percent chance to form into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours. The minimum central pressure has dropped to 989 mb. Forecasters expect Oscar to transition to a tropical storm by early next week. Over the next few days, this storm will slowly begin turning toward the northeast.

Science Cuadrilla pauses fracking at UK site after tremor
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Adam McClean reports from the Preston New Road site. Anti-frackers claim pollution from drilling shale gas includes cancer-causing chemicals. Cuadrilla was hydraulically fracturing the shale rock adjacent to a well when the seismic activity was recorded.

Science Hurricane Oscar swirls over western Atlantic
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There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Subtropical storms have less defined and cooler centres than tropical storms. Hurricane Oscar continues to churn and strengthen slightly in the central Atlantic Ocean, but it is not expected to be a threat to land.

Science NASA spots SECOND strikingly rectangular iceberg in Antarctica
Author: 0 NASA spots SECOND strikingly rectangular iceberg in Antarctica

Image: NASA/Jeremy HarbeckNew photos of a surprisingly rectangular iceberg are offering the full picture of this now-famous Antarctic structure-and it remains weird as hell.Scientists with NASA's Operation IceBridge released the original photo last week , but it only showed a portion of the odd iceberg.

Science Hawaiian island wiped from the map by powerful hurricane
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French Frigate Shoals is where 95 per cent of Hawaiian green sea turtles - classified as threatened under the Endangered Species Act - nest. It is unclear where the seals and turtles that rely on the island will go next or what the long-term impact to wildlife will be.

Science Full Hunter’s Moon To Light Up The Night Sky
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Keep your eyes in the sky because tonight, a stunning (and massive!) hunter's moon is set to appear this evening. It will officially become full at 12:45 p.m. "For Hindus, this full moon is Sharad Purnima, a harvest festival marking the end of the rains". The Hunter's Moon , owing to the orange-red tinge of the moon, is also known as blood moon.

Science Chance of rain, cloudy & cool — FORECAST
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Temperatures won't get out of the 50s over the northern half of the state; the average high for Birmingham today is 73. Be careful and try not to get sick! Thankfully, the chances become more scattered for Saturday and most of Sunday .

Science NASA’s incredible water system dumps 450,000 gallons in about a minute
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The test was carried out at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. According to Popular Science, its engines and boosters will produce 8.4 million pounds of thrust. The video was posted, as well as a brief summary explaining the goal of the test. The maiden launch will send NASA's Orion capsule on a three-week trek around the moon - an uncrewed test flight known as Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1).

Science Watch as NASA releases 450000 gallons of water in one minute
Author: 0 Watch as NASA releases 450000 gallons of water in one minute

Who knew rocket launches might require so much water? Footage of the feat has gone viral as the space agency's pressure jets fire the water 100 feet (30m) up in the air. The maiden launch will send NASA's Orion capsule on a three-week trek around the moon - an uncrewed test flight known as Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1).

Science Canadian Taxpayers Federation not buying into Trudeau's Carbon Tax rebate promise
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Not everyone believes him, and the next election is shaping up to be a battle royale over the carbon price. In Saskatchewan, he says, the average family will pay $403 in carbon taxes with a $609 rebate. Ottawa has said that funds will return to the province from where it was collected. All proceeds from the tax - to be collected from individuals and industry - will be remitted to households in the form of rebates or used to pay for projects to improve energy efficiency and cut Carbon ...

Science 'Good chance' of launching Space Force next year: President Trump
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During a speech before the National Space Council, the vice president declared that developing a space force is a top priority for President Donald Trump . " Russia , in the very same year, assigned a part of its aerospace division to a space force", the vice president said. The blueprint outlined by the council Tuesday also calls for review of each military branch's space-related responsibilities, development of a Defense Department organization to oversee space operations, and ...

Science China unveils plans to launch man-made moon into space
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The moon , which would actually just be a glowing satellite, will reflect sunlight back to Earth. Yes, many places don't even need those street lights on a full moon night, when our one and only natural satellite shines brightly without the clouds covering its glow.

Science Category 3 Willa hits Mexico's coast, starts to weaken
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It's heading to the north-northeast at 17kph (10 mph). View of the beach before the arrival of Hurricane Willa in Mazatlan, Mexico , today. Emergency officials said they evacuated more than 4,250 people in coastal towns and set up 58 shelters ahead of the unsafe Category 3 storm, which was expected to blow ashore in the evening near Mazatlan, a tourist spot of high-rise hotels and about 500,000 people, many of them US and Canadian expatriates.

Science Cosmic visionary Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis up for sale
Author: 0 Cosmic visionary Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis up for sale

Hawking used a wheelchair during his time at Cambridge and for most of his life, after he was diagnosed with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Perhaps more surprising, among some of Hawkings most prized possessions was a script from an episode of " The Simpsons ". FILE - In this August 29, 2012 file photo, British physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking during the Opening Ceremony for the 201.

Science Monolithic rectangular iceberg photographed by Nasa
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NASA scientists clocked the tabular berg on a series of flights over the Antarctic. It looks like it has been cut that way deliberately, but this huge iceberg is simply a wonderful display of nature's awesomeness and beauty. A huge, flat iceberg with flawless, right angles was spotted on October 16 by NASA's Operation IceBridge floating among sea ice just off the Larsen C ice shelf.

Author: 0 This iceberg looks like a ideal rectangle

Many of thelargest icebergs on record have formed this way. As for the size of the iceberg NASA photographed, Brunt said it's possibly more than a mile across - but it hasn't been measured yet. The chunk of ice has since been known as iceberg A-68. The agency also captured a triangular berg drifting in the Weddle Sea. In early September 2018, these winds pushed the southern end of the berg out into the Weddell Gyre.

Science Launch of Ariane 5 rocket with the mission to mercury
Author: 0 Launch of Ariane 5 rocket with the mission to mercury

BepiColombo is a seven-year, dual spacecraft mission to Mercury, the nearest planet to the sun, led by the European Space Agency (ESA ) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Only two NASA spacecraft, Mariner 10 and Messenger , have visited Mercury before, with Messenger intentionally crashing into the planet in 2015.