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Author: 0 ‘Good chance of death’: Musk to move to Mars

Whether NASA or SpaceX get there first remains to be seen - but if Musk is really to move to Mars , he will need to work out the kinks pretty quickly. Elon Musk is considering moving to Mars even though he admits the bold venture comes with a "good chance of death". "So, you know, not much time for leisure", he said.

Science NASA InSight spacecraft on course for Mars touchdown
Author: 0 NASA InSight spacecraft on course for Mars touchdown

NASA's first robotic lander created to study the deep interior of a distant world hurtled closer to Mars on course for a planned touchdown on Monday after a six-month voyage through space. The atmosphere on Mars is about 1 percent as thick as Earth's, making it hard for spacecraft to slow down enough for a safe landing. The lander will enter the Martian atmosphere at supersonic speed, then hit the brakes to get to a soft, safe landing on the alien red plains.

Science Federal climate report warns of more weather 'weirding'
Author: 0 Federal climate report warns of more weather 'weirding'

The effects will spill over into global trade, affecting import and export prices and U.S. businesses with overseas operations and supply chains, it added. The U.S. Fourth National Climate Assessment released today warns of dire changes by 2050, many irreversible, according to the first comprehensive climate study prepared entirely under the Trump administration, with costs threatening to reach hundreds of billions of dollars annually by the middle of this century.

Science Whales euthanised after mass beaching on NZ's south island
Author: 0 Whales euthanised after mass beaching on NZ's south island

In separate incidents, 12 pygmy whales and a sperm whale also beached in New Zealand over the weekend. "It's always a heart-breaking decision to make", he said. Southland District councillor Bruce Ford said pilot strandings were not uncommon at Mason Bay. It's believed strandings can be caused by a number of factors, such as the whales trying to escape predators, falling ill, or navigating incorrectly.

Science NASA Officially Announces First SpaceX Crew Dragon Test Flight
Author: 0 NASA Officially Announces First SpaceX Crew Dragon Test Flight

If everything goes as planned a manned mission involving two NASA astronauts will take place in June. Since the U.S. space shuttle program was shut down in 2011, NASA has had to rely on Russian Federation to fly astronauts to the space station, a $100 billion orbital research laboratory that flies about 250 miles (402 km) above Earth.

Science NASA selects Jezero Crater as the landing site for Mars 2020 Rover
Author: 0 NASA selects Jezero Crater as the landing site for Mars 2020 Rover

The car-size robot is expected to land inside the 28-mile-diameter Jezero Crater , an ancient impact site located just north of the Martian equator. It was one of more than 60 sites that NASA eyed during years of consideration. "A delta is extremely good at preserving bio-signatures-any evidence of life that might have existed in the lake water.

Science Elon Musk's Podcast Antics Spark NASA Safety Investigation at Space X
Author: 0 Elon Musk's Podcast Antics Spark NASA Safety Investigation at Space X

He said the company actively promotes workplace safety and managers are confident "that our comprehensive drug-free workforce and workplace programs exceed all applicable contractual requirements". The reviews will start next year and will evaluate the culture of the workplaces of both companies, according to the space agency. While NASA did not detail the flight path, it said the test would provide data on the performance of the Falcon 9, the Crew Dragon capsule and ground systems, and ...

Science Scientists Find 3,820-Year-Old Termite Mounds in Brazil | Biology
Author: 0 Scientists Find 3,820-Year-Old Termite Mounds in Brazil | Biology

Scientists estimate that the equivalent of 4000 Great Pyramids of Giza have been excavated by soft-bodied bugs no longer than your fingernail. They would only really come into view by "outsiders", including scientists, when some of the lands were cleared for pasture in recent decades.

Science Guteress accepts UNEP boss Erik Solheim's resignation
Author: 0 Guteress accepts UNEP boss Erik Solheim's resignation

The Guardian also quoted the audit as saying this was a "reputation risk" for an organisation dedicated to fighting climate change - and it said countries unhappy with Solheim's spending were withholding needed contributions to the United Nations agency, known as UNEP.

Science MIT flies first-ever aircraft with no moving parts
Author: 0 MIT flies first-ever aircraft with no moving parts

The MIT team's final design resembles a large, lightweight glider. Once the front wires are powered up, they attract surrounding air molecules and strip away negatively charged electrons - that's the ionization part. Though the idea is not new, past efforts to create an ion-powered aircraft have been limited by the need for high voltages and very small plane sizes.

Science NASA Picks Landing Spot for 2020 Mars Rover
Author: 0 NASA Picks Landing Spot for 2020 Mars Rover

NASA states the USA is the only nation whose missions have survived a Mars landing. While the InSight lander is descending, it will be hit with extreme temperatures, speeds and forces. "Because there are so many ancient rocks on the surface of Mars, this information is more accessible", said Meyer. "InSight scientists can't wait to explore the heart of Mars".

Science Scientists uncover the secrets behind wombats' unique cube poo
Author: 0 Scientists uncover the secrets behind wombats' unique cube poo

The cubed-shaped poop is produced only by wombats. Yang is responsible for learning more about the hydrodynamics of fluids, blood, processed food and urine in animals . Because the creatures have poor eyesight , they pile their stacks of poop on prominent places where it can easily be found. "We now have only two methods to manufacture cubes", she said, explaining that humans either mould cubes from soft materials, or cut them from harder objects.

Science After Elon Musk was spotted smoking weed, NASA to review SpaceX projects
Author: 0 After Elon Musk was spotted smoking weed, NASA to review SpaceX projects

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was also cited as saying " culture and leadership start at the top ". SpaceX is planning to launch an uncrewed Crew Dragon to the space station by as early as next January, and if no further technical or logistical delays are encountered, that flight seem likely to go ahead even if the safety review isn't completed by that time.

Science Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead
Author: 0 Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

While touring the burn scares, the president accidentally called Paradise "Pleasure". Almost 1,300 people remain unaccounted for and the death toll from the country's deadliest wildfire in a century climbed to 76, authorities said Saturday, hours after US President Donald Trump surveyed what remained of a decimated Northern California community.

Science Leonids Meteor Shower peaks this weekend
Author: 0 Leonids Meteor Shower peaks this weekend

About 20 meteors are expected to appear per hour. Be sure to check online to see when it will be visible in your part of the country. However, you can see the meteors in all directions. Fireballs are brighter and larger and can last longer than the average meteor, while earthgrazers appear close to the horizon with long, colorful tails.

Science Super-earth discovered orbiting the sun’s famous stellar neighbor
Author: 0 Super-earth discovered orbiting the sun’s famous stellar neighbor

The team's results appear online in the November 14, 2018 issue of the journal Nature . Astronomers discovered Barnard's star B using the radial velocity method. The "super-Earth" is only dimly lit by its star, a red dwarf probably twice as old as the Sun. The only known exoplanet closer to Earth was discovered in 2016 orbiting one of a cluster of stars in the Alpha Centauri system, just over four light years away.

Science SpaceX just tied its own rocket-launch record
Author: 0 SpaceX just tied its own rocket-launch record

SpaceX successfully launched Qatar's Es'hail-2 satellite today, marking its first mission for the state. Four more launches using a Falcon 9 rocket are scheduled in the last six weeks of the year. The Es'hail 2 will be situated 26 degrees east longitude over the equator. Back then, it was used to send to orbit the Telstar 19 VANTAGE mission. It was SpaceX's 31st successful booster recovery.

Science Tackling climate change requires healing the divide
Author: 0 Tackling climate change requires healing the divide

In a separate report, also published today, the CCC argues that the United Kingdom should aim to increase the volume of carbon stored in our forests and land. A further recommendation of the report is for the Government to implement legislation that promotes "radically different" uses of land, including the construction of semi-artificial wetlands , woodlands and peat bogs.

Science Frozen Super-Earth discovered orbiting nearby Barnard’s star
Author: 0 Frozen Super-Earth discovered orbiting nearby Barnard’s star

The discovery is reported in the journal Nature . The planet, estimated to be at least 3.2 times more massive than Earth , was spotted circling Barnard's Star, a type of relatively cool and low-mass star called a red dwarf , about 6 light-years away from our solar system, comparatively close in cosmic terms.

Science 'Vigorous tropical wave' in Atlantic highly likely to develop, hurricane center says
Author: 0 'Vigorous tropical wave' in Atlantic highly likely to develop, hurricane center says

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season doesn't end until November 30, and there's one more system out there that National Hurricane Center forecasters say could turn into a tropical depression or tropical storm in the coming days. Chances of ran range from 20 to 40 percent much of the week. The current track of the storm is aligned to hit Florida. The disturbance is projected to move west or west-northwest for the next few days and could pass near or north of the Leeward Islands, Puerto ...

Science Rocket Lab Electron rocket reaches orbit with first successful commercial launch
Author: 0 Rocket Lab Electron rocket reaches orbit with first successful commercial launch

The Electron arced toward the south from Mahia Peninsula, riding almost 22,680kg of thrust from the Rutherford engines during a two-and-a-half minute first stage burn. It carried seven payloads and was Rocket Lab's first fully commercial mission. "The world is waking up to the new normal", said Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck, speaking of the triumphant launch.

Science A Series Of Images To See What Happens When Galaxies Collide
Author: 0 A Series Of Images To See What Happens When Galaxies Collide

If there are pairs of black holes, they will likely merge within the next 10 million years to form a more massive black hole. Astronomers have observed several pairs of galaxies in the final stages of merging after colliding. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The researchers found that more than 17 percent of these galaxies hosted a pair of black holes at their centers, signs of the late stages of a galactic merger.

Science UK Minister quits over Theresa May's Brexit plan
Author: 0 UK Minister quits over Theresa May's Brexit plan

She expressed her admiration for her brother putting "principle ahead of party" and "country ahead of his own career" and wondered whether other MPs might follow his example. "It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalised in Brussels and Whitehall even as I write, will be a awful mistake", said Johnson, who was a transport minister in the government.

Science Kate Middleton Stuns in a Dress She First Wore Six Years Ago!
Author: 0 Kate Middleton Stuns in a Dress She First Wore Six Years Ago!

Is Meghan fed up with royal life? The Duchess first wore the floor-length gown at a British Olympic event in 2012. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge became royal patrons of Tusk in 2005, a charity dedicated to the protection of African wildlife, empowering communities and advancing the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.

Science Late physicist Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis auction for over $1mn
Author: 0 Late physicist Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis auction for over $1mn

A wheelchair used by Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for nearly 300,000 pounds ($393,000), while a copy of the scientist's doctoral thesis fetched nearly 585,000 pounds ($767,000). A collection of Hawking's medals and awards fetched almost £300,000 ($392,000) more-again well above the expected price. And quirky items included an invitation to a party he held in 2009 where nobody turned up - because the invites were only for time travellers and the event was publicised after it ...

Science Cigar-Shaped interstellar object may have been alien probe, Harvard paper claims
Author: 0 Cigar-Shaped interstellar object may have been alien probe, Harvard paper claims

And even if the shape could hold up against interstellar weathering, it would still be a form unlike anything that exists on Earth, or anything that could exist under the currently-understood laws of astrophysics. There's limited data on 'Oumuamua , since scientists could only observe it for about two weeks before it zipped beyond our solar system. "It's just like wind hitting a sail", except instead of wind, it's light propelling the object forward.On Nov.

Science Scientists create 'bionic mushroom' that can power an LED bulb
Author: 0 Scientists create 'bionic mushroom' that can power an LED bulb

Clusters of energy-producing cyanobacteria were attached to a typical button mushroom using 3D-printing technology, alongside an electrode network to harness the power they produce. Manoor says this network of nanoribbons is akin to "needles sticking into a single cell to access electrical signals inside it". And this will solve the problem, which is not allowed to use them to generate electricity , reports Around the world.

Science USA court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline
Author: 0 USA court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

What is the Keystone XL Pipeline? The Trump administration claimed, with no supporting information, that those impacts "would prove inconsequential". It's meant to be an extension of TransCanada's existing Keystone Pipeline, which was completed in 2013. The US$8-billion project would help carry 830,000 barrels of crude a day from Hardisty, about 200 kilometres east of Red Deer, to Steele City, Neb., where it could then move on to refineries in the central USA and Gulf Coast.

Science More protection: UN says Earth’s ozone layer is healing
Author: 0 More protection: UN says Earth’s ozone layer is healing

This year, the ozone hole over the South Pole peaked at almost 9.6 million square miles - which is still about 16% smaller than the biggest hole recorded. And the Montreal Protocol is set to be enhanced in early 2019 with the ratification of the Kigali Amendment , which seeks to curb future climate change by targeting powerful greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning.

Science WMO: Ozone layer healing
Author: 0 WMO: Ozone layer healing

The " Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018 " report is made available to the public on the Montreal Protocol's website. While the report doesn't speak relative to other potentially hazardous substances, however, it becomes clear that the ozone layer and its protection are still at a high enough level of priority to environmental protection worldwide.

Science Oumuamua May Have Been an Alien Spaceship, Astronomers Say
Author: 0 Oumuamua May Have Been an Alien Spaceship, Astronomers Say

But the object's unusual trajectory, high speed, and puzzling way it is speeding up as it moves through the solar system, have caused researchers to consider other possibilities. The Harvard scientists speculated that solar radiation hitting a solar sail could explain why the mysterious object started moving faster. "For decades we've theorized that such interstellar objects are out there, and now―for the first time―we have direct evidence they exist", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate ...