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Greenland's ice sheet melting rate is accelerating, scientists confirm - 06-Dec

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Ice sheet melting began to increase on the 3,000-metre thick ice sheet soon after the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s but was the most extensive in 2012. Instead of escaping the ice sheet, the short-lived meltwater forms icy bands that stack up layers of densely packed ice over time. As the ice sheet melts it becomes slightly darker, absorbing more sunlight and melting more, even if temperatures do not change, while increased melting can generate impermeable ice layers which exacerbate ... Read More »

SpaceX's Falcon rocket ditches in water after sending cargo to ISS

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Instead of landing at SpaceX's designated landing pad, it ended up submerging in the Atlantic Ocean - just off the Florida coast. "The important point here is we have a safety function on board that makes sure the vehicle does not go on land until everything is OK, and that worked perfectly", SpaceX vice president Hans Koenisgman said . Read More »

Falcon 9 Rocket Crashes After Successful ISS Cargo Delivery

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PT. Update, 12:38 p.m. PT: Adds more details about the launch. This is SpaceX's 20th mission of the year, a record for Elon Musk company . Also, a new robotic refueling mission traveling with the Dragon spacecraft called Robotic Refueling Mission-3 (RRM-3) will practice transferring and storing liquid methane in space for the first time. Read More »

World in 'deep trouble' over climate change, United Nations warns

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The Paris Agreement was built on the principle that robust information gathering and reporting will provide countries and subnational actors with the feedback they need to continually improve their mitigation efforts, and provide the essential information citizens need to ratchet up pressure on their governments to do more during each of the agreement's successive five-year implementation cycles. Read More »

Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Set Record

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Global carbon-dioxide emissions will rise to historic levels in 2018, according to a study released Wednesday in conjunction with the COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland . In nations where emissions are still rising, often in response to economic growth and improved living standards, the challenges are often greater. The health gains of meeting the two degrees target would also significantly offset the costs in other regions, such as the European Union (seven-84 per cent) and the ... Read More »

Paris protests: France to consider imposing state of emergency

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French President Emmanuel Macron will lead an urgent security meeting on Sunday, following a day of riots by hundreds of anti-government protesters in Paris . On Sunday, Macron also met with police officers and firefighters near the Champs Elysee boulevard, a popular shopping spot. Graffiti was daubed at the Arc de Triomphe, with one slogan saying: "The yellow vests will win". Read More »

NASA wants these private companies to help it get to the moon

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NASA has announced that nine United States space companies are now eligible to bid on its Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts. "Today's announcement marks tangible progress in America's return to the Moon's surface to stay", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine . Read More »

NASA Chief Says Elon Musk Won't Be Smoking Joints Publicly Again

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Forward-looking: NASA promises to put astronauts on the moon once again, but first, its CLPS program needs to deliver payloads of equipment and instruments to the lunar surface. The approach is unusual for NASA, said Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, who said NASA usually maintains control down to the "last rivet of a spacecraft". Read More »

Camera InSight landed on Mars and sent the first photo

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InSight's two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with rocky surfaces, including Earth and the Moon, formed. "The best of NASA is yet to come, and it is coming soon". NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said the device could detect how often Mars gets bombarded by asteroids. Read More »

NASA's InSight Probe Has Sent Back Its First Photos From Mars

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Part of this is due to the thin Martian atmosphere, which is only 1% of Earth's, so there's nothing to slow down something trying to land on the surface. NASA missions have established that billions of years ago the planet was warmer and wetter, more conducive conditions for life. "This is what we really hoped and imagined in our mind's eye", he said. Read More »

NASA Spacecraft To Endure '7 Minutes of Terror' In Mars Landing

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It was launched in May from California, and hurdled 301 million miles through space before reaching Mars . The MarCO spacecraft hitched a ride with InSight. Then, the descent engines, known as retrorockets, begin to fire. The InSight mission will also bring several martian "firsts" to interplanetary science, including the first seismometer situated on the surface, to detect and analyze waves created by " marsquakes ". Read More »

First plane without moving parts flown in USTelegraph India

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Scientists have developed a radical new approach toward flying in the form of a small, lightweight and virtually noiseless airplane that gets airborne and flies with no moving parts like propellers or turbine blades. This produces a rush towards negatively charged wires at the back of the plane. An aerospace engineer in France not associated with the project said the technology will need to be scaled up and its efficiency increased for practical and real world applications. Read More »

Climate Change May Push Millions From Coasts and US Isn’t Ready

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The document's release was important in tackling a misconception by Americans that the changing climate doesn't harm them personally, instead "showing how climate change is already affecting each one of us, whether we live in Texas or Minnesota or Hawai'i or Florida", said Hayhoe, the Texas Tech climate scientist. Read More »

NASA Picks Ancient Martian River Delta for 2020 Rover Touchdown

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The US$2.5 billion (RM10.5 billion) rover is planned to launch in July 2020, and land in February 2021. The robot jeep will also take samples of rock and the soil, and store them in a kind of storage place. NASA/JPL-CaltechAn illustration of NASA's Mars 2020 rover exploring the Martian surface. As we have already mentioned, the crater, Jezero interesting not only in itself, but the proximity to the site of midway, which is less than 30 kilometers and can be visited by the Rover at the second ... Read More »

Bottles, cups, flip-flops: 6kg of plastic found inside dead whale in Indonesia

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A sperm whale found dead in a national park in Indonesia had almost 6kg of plastic waste, including 115 cups, in its stomach, park officials said on Tuesday (Nov 20). Other animals that consume seafood also ingest plastic, so do every other organism that follows in the food chain. It's hard to know exactly how much is making its way into the ocean, but a 2015 study found that the figure was up to 12.7 million metric tons in 2010 alone. Read More »

SpaceX launches satellite for Qatar

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The satellite separated from the rocket 32 minutes later. Weather forecasts cite a 40 percent chance that rain showers or high-level winds could disrupt the 3:46 p.m. An artist's impression of the Es'hail 2 communications satellite in orbit. This was the second go-round for that particular first stage. If all goes well, the Es'hail 2 will enter service at the end of January. Read More »

Newly found frozen ‘super-Earth’ capable of harbouring human life, scientists say

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The exoplanet orbits its star in about 233 days , far less than Earth's 365 day orbit, but longer than numerous other known exoplanets discovered to date. One of them was the new state-of-the-art planet-hunting instrument Carmenes at the Calar Alto Observatory in Spain. "I hope we can contribute to more discoveries like this - small planets around nearby stars", Teske said, "to ultimately help answer the question, how unique is Earth?" It would then take 265 years and six months ... Read More »

With a mighty roar, Rocket Lab blasts off to space

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On board was seven spacecraft, which mostly comprised of small satellites and one drag sail called NABEO , which is created to deorbit inactive, small satellites to help reduce space junk. Rocket Lab's competition may not be too far behind. The launch followed January's successful test flight where it deployed three satellites. The satellites are from Spire Global , Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Fleet Space Technologies , as well as an educational payload from the Irvine Cube Sat STEM ... Read More »

National & World News, Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction

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It had been expected to fetch 10,000 pounds to 15,000 pounds. The money from the wheelchair will benefit two charities " The Stephen Hawking Foundation " which he founded in 2015 and The Motor Neurone Disease Association . His various medals and awards raised a total of £296,750 or about $390,000. "The results of this remarkable sale, with more than 400 registered bidders from 30 different countries, demonstrate the enormous admiration and affection with which Stephen Hawking was viewed ... Read More »

More than 300 arrested as New Delhi plunged into toxic Diwali smog

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The period following Diwali past year saw hospitals inundatedwith people suffering the effects of air pollution . Officials on Thursday said police seized 2,776kgs of firecrackers from various parts of the city, and a total of 87 people were arrested and 72 cases cases registered in connection with the illegal sale of fireworks. Read More »

In China presented a model of "competitor" ISS

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The first components of the International Space Station (ISS) launched into space more than 20 years ago, and it's been continuously occupied for 18. "The space agency, china and the United Nations could quite imagine". "A lot of countries and a growing number of private companies, and universities have space programs, but no money to build their own space station". Read More »

All eyes on Nov 5 UK Cabinet meeting for Brexit breakthrough

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British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab tabled the proposal during a "robust" meeting with Tánaiste Simon Coveney last Tuesday. However, Brussels is refusing to agree to an end date or mechanism that would allow the United Kingdom to pull out of the arrangement, meaning that an agreement is unlikely to be reached this week. Read More »

The Kepler Mission has Come to an End, NASA Announced

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October 30 recorded 3,800 known exoplanets and Kepler was accountable for finding 2,720 of them. The unmanned space telescope, which launched in 2009, revealed that billions of hidden planets are in space and revolutionized humanity's understanding of the universe, experts said . Read More »

Ahead of Diwali, Delhi's Air Quality continues to alarm citizens

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It's an issue that we have created ourselves and are reaping issues of what we've sowed. Delhi's air quality deteriorated to " severe " level on Tuesday, prompting authorities to ban construction activities and halt operations of industries using coal and biomass as fuel between November 1 and 10, and to consider regulating use of private vehicles. Read More »

The scientists said that they had managed to make a telescope "Kepler"

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Scientists will continue to search for planets using the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched earlier this year , the James Webb Space Telescope now scheduled for launch in 2021, and future spacecraft. Recently, the MAST archive team won a NASA Group award for their work in hosting the Kepler data sets. The telescope is now scanning 85% of the night sky, staring down distant solar systems and hunting for small, rocky, Earth-like planets in the process. Read More »

Nasa has 'retired' the alien-hunting Kepler space telescope

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But the telescope has now run out of the fuel needed for further operations. Though Kepler will no longer collect any more data, there's still plenty of images for NASA and other scientists to examine. "Because of Kepler , we know that planets are an incredibly diverse set of objects, much more diverse than we observe in our own solar system", Hertz said. Read More »

This Probe Just Became The Closest Ever Spacecraft to The Sun

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It will continue to fly closer to the surface of the Sun, until the spacecraft reaches the point closest to the Sun on November 5. Data collected by the Parker Solar Probe , NASA said , will add "key knowledge" to the agency's understanding of our Sun, "where changing conditions can propagate out into the Solar System, affecting Earth and other worlds". Read More »