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Here’s why NASA just pronounced its famed Mars rover to be dead

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But it wasn't meant to be, and NASA officially pulled the plug today. Both rovers were only intended for 90-day missions. "I can not think of a more appropriate place for Opportunity to endure on the surface of Mars than one called Perseverance Valley", said Michael Watkins, director of JPL. Read More »

The weak rollout of the Green New Deal

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Cornell University Law School Professor Robert Hockett , who counsels Ocasio-Cortez on environmental initiatives, during an interview with Fox News' " Tucker Carlson Tonight" challenged the host after he was asked about one of the points on the list of frequently asked questions for Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, posted online. Read More »

Canadian PM denies report about alleged intervention in SNC-Lavalin fraud case

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Wilson-Raybould from her position as attorney general", NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said in a statement. The director's court filing is the latest twist in a dispute at the heart of high-profile allegations the Prime Minister's Office leaned on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene on the engineering firm's behalf. Read More »

2018 was fourth hottest year on record due to global warming

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The announcement was delayed several weeks due to the government shutdown that resulted in many NOAA and NASA employees being furloughed . According to NOAA, 2018 was Arizona's second warmest year ever recorded, one of a dozen states with similarly high temperature averages. Read More »

Another Democrat Just Made Fun of Ocasio-Cortez's Green Deal

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Trump, who has expressed doubts about climate change , also is likely to oppose it. Despite not being on the congressional panel, Ocasio-Cortez continues to say that the speaker supports her efforts to push forward the Green New Deal and other climate change initiatives. Read More »

Nissan's Choice For New X-Trail Car is Japan instead of UK

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But the letter, which the government previously refused to publish on multiple occasions, had prompted accusations that ministers were doing secretive deals with firms, prompting some Brexiteers to question whether pledges made might keep Britain tied to EU mechanisms such as the customs union. Read More »

Nissan's real Brexit problems have not yet started

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Business Minister Greg Clark will make a statement this afternoon. The UK government is trying to forge a compromise, but businesses are increasingly anxious that Britain could crash out of the European Union without a deal. "Its role in providing high skilled well paid jobs, innovative R&D and investment is why we are determined to build on these strengths to make the United Kingdom a leader in the next generation of autonomous and electric vehicles through the Automotive Sector Deal, as ... Read More »

Bad moment of colossal Brazil dam collapse caught on CCTV

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Virtually all the dead and missing were workers at the iron ore mine, buried under an avalanche of sludgy mining waste when the dam collapsed above the facility's cafeteria and main administrative area. The company has said the mud flow destroyed the sirens before they could sound the alarm. Vale said Friday it is expanding financial aid to those affected by the dam collapse. Read More »

NASA's Hubble Telescope Stumbles Across A New Galaxy

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A team of astronomers serendipitously discovered the galaxy, nicknamed Bedin 1, while studying a globular star cluster known as NGC 6752 . Initially believing the Bedin 1 group of stars was part of a separate cluster belonging to the Milky Way , astronomers soon realised that it was in fact a separate galaxy millions more light years away than previously thought. Read More »

Melting Antarctic glacier could increase global sea levels 8 feet

A team of scientists from the USA space agency NASA has discovered a huge hole made from 14 billion tons of ice melt, particularly in the last three years, in a West Antarctica glacier. Thwaites Glacier, among the most threatened hunks of ice on the continent, is in even more dire straits than previously reported. The Thwaites glacier is slightly smaller than the total size of the United Kingdom, approximately the same size as the state of Washington , and is located in the Amundsen ... Read More »

Global warming hasn't gone away despite cold

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Trump had pulled out of the Paris Agreement that aimed to combat climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Wisconsin congressman Mark Pocan, whose state will experience freezing temperatures this week, immediately slammed Trump as a "moron" for not understanding why there could be cold temperatures amid global warming. Read More »

Snow and cold headed our way

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The low temperature in Minneapolis may fall to almost minus 25 Wednesday and Thursday mornings while wind chills could plummet to minus 50. Starting 11 p.m. While intense snow smothers much of the Midwest , snow will likely extend all the way down to MS and Alabama. Areas of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and OH are under a wind chill watch, while parts of Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and West Virginia have been placed under winter weather advisories. Read More »

China clones five monkeys ... and then makes them mentally ill

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Researchers in China cloned these five monkeys from an individual that had been gene-edited to be susceptible to certain diseases. Chinese scientists cloned five monkeys from a gene-edited macaque with circadian-related disorders, another first for the country in the controversial field. Read More »

Super Blood Wolf Moon: Your essential guide to rare lunar event

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The "Wolf" moon is the name given to January's full moon. So informally speaking, the upcoming lunar eclipse will be a super blood wolf - or great spirit - moon. Stargazers in Cape Town and the West coast will see the most of the eclipse but even they will not see the moon turn completely red. It will appear seven to 14 percent bigger than a "regular" moon. Read More »

Wolf Blood Super Moon will be visible from Northern Ireland

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Just as we head into the dead of winter, skywatchers get a chance to witness one of nature's most picturesque events as a larger than average full moon undergoes a total eclipse and blushes red this Sunday. And the reason for that is the moon has an orbit around the Earth that brings it closer to and away from the Earth at different times in its orbit. Read More »

Super blood wolf moon: Get ready for a lunar show on Sunday

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According to the Weather Network , the full moon will be 357,728 kilometres from Earth around midnight on Sunday, so it won't just be red, but it will also appear larger in the sky. This is known as the blood moon . There's no violence involved, instead, the term comes from a reddening of moon, as light leaks around the edge of Earth. Read More »

China Announces Cotton Seeds Placed on Moon Have Sprouted

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Cotton plants have been seen budding and growing, as shown by this close-up of the plants sprouting under a protective cover on the Chang'e 4 lunar lander. The organic biosphere experiment onboard consists of cotton shoots and some germinated plants in an airtight container. The agency said four more lunar missions are planned, confirming the launch of Chang'e 5 by the end of the year, which will be the first probe to return samples of the moon to Earth since the 1970s. Read More »

Ice loss from Antarctica has increased sixfold since the 1970s, research finds

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The research confirms a connection between those astronomical changes and changes in the size and extent of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. But, because of the massive pressure, the glacier flows like a very viscous liquid towards the ocean (at a rate so slow it's impossible to perceive the movement), slowly leaving the continent in the form of icebergs and other pieces of floating ice that eventually melt altogether. Read More »

UK launches ambitious plan to tackle air pollution

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But the government is set to deploy rainmaking planes to seed clouds by dispersing chemicals into the air to aid condensation. An activist claims the smog now blanketing greater Bangkok comes from farmers burning sugarcane fields to make harvesting easier. Read More »

Chinese Chang’e 4 lunar lander cotton seeds are growing

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But the closest that terrestrial vegetation has come to the moon before now was in 1971 , when Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa carried hundreds of tree seeds to orbit the moon with him. There is still a long way to go before a sustainable habitat could be developed on the lunar surface, but the experiments could be fairly considered to have started that project. Read More »

China moon machines snap striking pictures of each other

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It is worth mentioning that both Chang E-4 and Chandrayaan-2 wanted to "first of all" land on the Moon. The machines took each other's portraits. The lunar probe last week transmitted early images of its exploration on the far side, and the Chinese National Space Administration ( CNSA ) has now released the first panoramic shot of its landing site. Read More »

Billions of white dwarf stars are crystallising, say astronomers

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This means that the sky really is there are millions of diamond spheres, - said Pier-Emmanuel Direction from Warwick University. The sun will turn into a "crystal ball" - in 10 billion years' time when it dies, scientists have found. The crystallization of white dwarfs is similar to how water turns into ice only that the cosmic process involve higher temperatures. Before it begins to solidify and harden gradually, the sun will turn into a red giant, and from that moment it will begin to ... Read More »

Radio Signals From A Galaxy Light Years Away Have Been Reported

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The most recent spate of FRBs, including the 'repeater, ' was discovered by the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (or CHIME ), which picked up a total of fourteen FRBs, including six from the same source. Prior to this, only 50 FRBs had ever been observed by humans, only one of which was a repeater. "But it has to be in some special place tog I've us all the scattering that we see". Read More »

Astronomers detect mysterious repeated radio signal from faraway galaxy for second time

FRBs are short bursts of radio waves originating from far outside of our galaxy, according to a press release about the discovery by McGill University . This tells us more about the properties of repeaters as a population", said Shriharsh Tendulkar of McGill University , Canada . "We have discovered a second repeater and its properties are very similar to the first repeater". Read More »

British parliament orders May government to come up with Brexit plan B

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MPs want to intervene to prevent this from happening, and they narrowly voted on Tuesday for an amendment that would curtail the government's tax powers in the event of no deal. MPs have just begun five days of debate on the Brexit agreement ahead of the crunch vote on January 15. A No 10 spokesman insisted the government had received clear advice that suggested the motion was not amendable. Read More »

Brazil to send military police to state amid wave of attacks

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Before becoming a politician, Mr Bolsonaro served in Brazil's military, where he was a paratrooper and rose to the rank of captain. Bolsonaro already appears to be toning down some of his bold calls made during the election campaign. Authorities have said the attacks were ordered by organized crime groups in retaliation for plans to impose tighter controls in the state's prisons. Read More »

China lands spacecraft on ‘dark’ side of moon in world first

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China's state-run TV reports that Chang'e 4 unloaded its rover onto the surface following the landing. China has released the first pictures ever seen of the surface of the far side of the Moon . Some spacecraft have crashed into the far side, either after system failures, or after they had completed their mission. This file picture taken early on December 8, 2018, shows a Long March 3B rocket, transporting the Chang'e-4 lunar rover, lifting off from the Xichang launch centre in ... Read More »