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This iceberg looks like a perfect rectangle

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They are wide and flat and long, like sheet cake, Brunt said . National Snow and Ice Data Centre research scientist Twila Moon said it's unsurprising that the iceberg fractured in straight lines. The specific geometric iceberg, which is almost two kilometers long, has been detached from the gradually collapsing Larsen C ice cube on the Antarctic Peninsula. Read More »

White House pushing ahead with Trump's Space Force

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Pence's remarks on Tuesday came during a "Transformers: Space" policy summit hosted by the Post at its Washington headquarters, where he provided an outline of the Trump administration's plans for space in the coming year. Earlier in the day, Vice President Mike Pence said the space force was essential to protect the US' assets, particularly satellites. The Air Force has estimated that Space Force could cost $3 billion in its first year and would likely need $13 billion in its first five ... Read More »

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis for sale

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In particular, one of the five copies of the doctoral thesis on "the Properties of universes expanding" of the estimated 130 thousand to $ 195 thousand dollars. Proceeds from the sale of the wheelchair, which has a pre-sale estimate of £10,000 to £15,000, will benefit the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association . Read More »

Electric impulse engines propel spacecraft to Mercury

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In a statement after the launch, ArianeGroup said the satellite had successfully escaped Earth's gravity field and was beginning its long journey where it will reach speeds of up to 40,000 kilometers an hour. That orbiter carries instruments that are primarily dedicated to the study of Mercury's magnetic field. A seven-year, eight-million-kilometer voyage expected to shed light on the mysteries of Mercury, the solar system's least-understood planet, is almost ready for takeoff. Read More »

NOAA Predicts Warmer Winter for Much of the US

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On October 18th, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association ( NOAA ) Climate Prediction Center released the 2018/2019 winter outlook- December to February- for temperature, precipitation and drought. Along with Michigan, Halper said northern Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin are expected to be drier than normal, along with parts of Idaho, Hawaii and Montana, too. Read More »

China to launch 'moon' to light up city at night

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There seems to be some conflicting information over just how bright the light will be - something bright enough to make street lights obsolete sure sounds like it's brighter than a "glow" - so it'll be interesting to see just how well the mirror works... Read More »

Trains cancelled in Lancashire due to 'severe weather' brought by Storm Callum

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Customers have been advised to avoid travelling in coastal areas where flooding and high waves pose a danger. Arriva Trains Wales is warning passengers to check before they travel as services may be disrupted. "We also have yellow and amber warnings of between 50mm and 150mm of rain for Wales". Monsoon-like weather saw the United Kingdom deluged with rain bringing flooding chaos. Read More »

Hurricane Michael devastates Florida with ferocity 'like nothing we've seen before'

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The strength of Michael may be reflective of the effect climate change has on storms. The storm has since been downgraded to a tropical storm . It was moving northeast at 23 miles per hour (37 kph). In Paulding County, Georgia , a road was left sliced in two. Despite the warnings, local officials believe a far smaller number of people have in fact moved away. Read More »

American and Russian astronaut rescued after emergency landing following rocket booster malfunction

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NASA rookie Nick Hague and second-time flyer Aleksey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency were setting off for a six-month mission at the International Space Station Thursday, on a relatively rare two-man launch. Such a landing is created to decelerate rapidly to bring the astronauts back to the ground, meaning it takes a steep angle of descent and can put the astronauts under extreme gravitational forces, up to eight times normal gravity, as Joe Pappalardo at Popular Mechanics reports . Read More »

Climate change report draws call for action from United Nations rights expert

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Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society", according to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ). A "Summary for Policymakers" of the 400-page tome underscores how quickly global warming has outstripped humanity's attempts to tame it, and outlines stark options - all requiring a makeover of the world economy - for avoiding the worst ravages of climate change. Read More »

Michael downgraded to tropical storm, kills 2 in Florida

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At least one person was killed in the storm. Almost 30 million people are in danger of being impacted by Michael , according to estimates. Based on wind speed, Michael is the fourth-strongest USA -landfalling hurricane, behind Andrew, Camille in 1969, and the biggest one of all, an unnamed 1935 Labor Day storm that had winds of 184 miles per hour. Read More »

Punishing Hurricane Michael begins slamming Florida Panhandle

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Heavy and steady rain and wind is expected to start locally sometime between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., with winds beginning to gust toward 40 miles per hour. "Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls". One positive thing about the storm is that it will be moving quickly and will not stall over an area, like Florence did. Read More »

Hurricane Michael prompts Alabama to declare state of emergency

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One man named Richard said he lives nowhere in the areas expected to feel the brunt of Michael. After striking Florida, Michael is forecast to move up the east coast on Wednesday and Thursday, plowing through the Carolinas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month . Read More »

SpaceX launch and landing in California

Shortly afterward SpaceX showed a shot of Falcon 9, successfully landed on landing zone 4. "We're all very excited". One of those viewers was Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. A graphic explaining sonic booms, provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a planned SpaceX launch on October 7, 2018. The spacecraft will set up shop 385 miles (620 kilometers) above Earth and scrutinize the planet using a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) instrument. Read More »

Rock used as doorstop for decades identified as $100K meteorite

The man even let his kids take the rock to school for show-and-tell throughout the years. He says the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s. Sirbescu estimates its value at $100,000 (£76,400, AU$141,600). The unnamed man brought the meteorite to Central Michigan University to be examined out of curiosity. Read More »

Ruling out manufacturing defect doesn't mean astronauts drilled hole on ISS

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NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev are scheduled to touch down on the steppe of Kazakhstan at 7:45 a.m. The odd tale started on August 29 with the discovery of a small hole in a Soyuz craft attached to the ISS. Today, October 4, at the global space station (ISS) ended the work of the 56th expedition. Read More »

First moon outside our solar system discovered, astronomers think

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Kipping and Teachey noticed odd anomalies in the transit data of a gas planet, Kepler 1625b , which is several times the size of Jupiter. But a group of researchers have suggested there may be an exomoon orbiting a planet discovered by the Kepler mission , and the researchers' data was compelling enough to get them time on the Hubble Space Telescope. Read More »

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

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Strickland and Mourou's technique, called chirped pulse amplification (CPA), became standard for high intensity lasers. "I'm surprised", Ashkin said about winning the prize. In a report published in 1985, Strickland proposed stretching and then compressing laser light. "I am very, very happy to share this distinction with my former student Donna Strickland and also to share it with Art Ashkin, for whom I have a lot of respect", he said in a video released by France's ... Read More »

Tens of thousands without power after tornado in Ottawa region

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Power in the area has also been affected with around 167,000 Hydro One customers who were without electricity late Friday evening. Video posted online shows the powerful winds shatter a driver's window as the tornado touches down. "My partner got her foot cut and I got hit with flying glass as we were trying to get the dogs and cat and everything down in the basement". Bryce Conrad, the president of Hydro Ottawa , said some areas would not have power on Monday or this week. Read More »

Japan's hopping space rovers land on asteroid

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The aim of the mission is to collect samples from the 900-meter-long Ruige asteroid and bring them back to Earth for study. After the successful landing, the two rovers hopped around on the surface and shot colored images. Later, a tool-packed cube called MASCOT will be sent down to the asteroid to relay a wealth of readings back to JAXA . The two rovers are part of the Hayabusa2 asteroid sample-return mission, headed by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Read More »

Tropical Storm Kirk speeds up as it moves west across Atlantic

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A faster westward motion across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean is expected Sunday through Tuesday.Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Kirk remains somewhat disorganized but is expected to slowly strengthen until it reaches the Caribbean going into Thursday. However, Barbados is likely to experience moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds from the system as it moves across the island chain late Monday into Tuesday. Read More »

Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX 'Moon loop'

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The announcement was made at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California . That original mission would have used a Falcon Heavy rocket - the most powerful rocket flying today - and a Dragon crew capsule similar to the one Nasa astronauts will use to fly to the International Space Station as early as next year. Read More »