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Science EPA to ease constraints on construction of coal power plants
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The Trump administration will reverse an Obama-era coal emissions rule as part of its effort to loosen restrictions on the coal industry, just days after a USA government report warned that aggressive action is needed to curb greenhouse gases and ease the impact of global warming.

Science NASA's InSight Mars Lander 'Hears' Martian Wind, a Cosmic First
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This is the only time when vibrations from the lander will be recorded by the seismometer, since it will be moved by the craft's robotic armed and placed on the Martian surface, along with other instruments. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory released audio clips of the alien wind Friday. "We're all still on a high from the landing last week. and here we are less than two weeks after landing, and we've already got some wonderful new science", said NASA's Lori Glaze, acting director of ...

Science Capsule carrying Christmas dinner rockets towards space station
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The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday , but was delayed. The bad food was replaced ahead of Wednesday's launch. It's SpaceX's 16th cargo mission as part of its contract with NASA . Canadarm2 ) to capture the Dragon spacecraft and attach it to the orbiting laboratory. According to the CRS-16 mission overview, after the Cygnus leaves the space station for the first time, it can navigate to a higher orbit and release the cubesats.

Science Greenland's ice is melting at an 'unprecedented rate'
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Melting Greenland ice sheets may raise sea levels as much as an eye-popping seven meters (23 feet), endangering coastal cities like New York, Lagos, and Shanghai, according to a new study. "We demonstrate that Greenland ice is more sensitive to warming today than in the past - it responds non-linearly due to positive feedbacks inherent to the system".

Science Endangered Hawaiian monk seals face new challenge: eels stuck up their noses
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After spotting the freakish pairing at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands this past summer, researchers quickly acted to relieve the seal of its discomfort. A monk seal was spotted with an eel dangling from is nose. 'This may be a case of an eel that was cornered trying to defend itself or escape. Good news, though, at least for the seal.

Science Lunar Landers Selected by NASA for Payload Delivery to the Moon
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NASANASA plans to return to the moon with American companies. The announcement came just three days after NASA landed a spacecraft on Mars. The CLPS programme, which is operated by Nasa's science mission directorate, is meant to buy end-to-end payload services between Earth and the lunar surface using fixed priced contracts.

Science Astronauts say look forward to space after Soyuz accident
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Three astronauts who launched into space aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft have entered the International Space Station after spending almost eight hours in their tiny capsule. They managed to emerge safely despite the harrowing ordeal. The crew members will also receive the SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft set to launch on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and deliver more than 5,800 pounds of critical research and supplies.

Author: 0 SpaceX Launches Rocket Carrying Christmas Turkey and Fruitcake to the ISS

However, the launch was marred by a system failure on the rocket which caused it to land in the sea, instead of on land SpaceX at Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station , Florida, as planned. It should reach the space station Saturday. It pops out its four landing legs, rockets toward the ocean's surface, plunges in, then tips over like a felled tree.

Science NASA'S OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at asteroid Bennu
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Scientists have estimated that in 2135 Bennu could pass closer to Earth than the moon, which orbits at a distance of about 4,02,336 km, and possibly come closer still some time between 2175 and 2195. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland manages the overall mission. On Monday, the mission team commanded the probe to fire its thrusters for 20 seconds to match the asteroid's speed and direction, bringing the spacecraft to about 7km from Bennu at closest approach.

Science David Attenborough's Dire Climate Warning: ‘Our Greatest Threat In Thousands Of Years'
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However, since then, progress has been slow - and in some case , things actually regressed. Others, such as the European Union, agree on the need to cut emissions but want to ensure all countries contribute a fair share. Polish coal company JSW is one of the main sponsors of the talks, which also does not bode well for COP24. "Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and ...

Science Three Astronauts Dock Safely At International Space Station
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The spacecraft docked at the space station following four orbits around the Earth. " Soyuz MS-11" docked with the ISS in automatic mode after a six-hour orbital flight. The launch comes after a Soyuz rocket carrying Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague failed on October 11 just minutes after blast-off, forcing the pair to make an emergency landing.

Science 3 astronauts dock safely at International Space Station
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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-11 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan , Monday, Dec. Russian Federation said last month the launch of the Soyuz rocket failed because of a sensor that was damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome .

Science 21 injured, 100 homes damaged in south IL tornado
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The National Weather Service has two teams in central IL right now to investigate the damage, which will take a few days to complete. No injuries or fatalities were reported. Hardest hit was the town of Taylorville, about 30 miles southeast of the capital of Springfield. Taylorville's assistant fire chief, Andy Goodall, estimated that more than 100 homes were damaged , while Country Classic Cars Dealership owner Russel Noel said about 200 vehicles were damaged by the tornadoes.

Author: 0 Nasa deep space probe reaches asteroid deemed potential Earth threat

Today's NASA stream will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m. EST and will last for around a half hour. 'We have arrived, ' technicians announced, spurring high-fives and clapping around the control room. Lots of spacecraft have cameras and spectrometers, and laser altimeters are becoming more common, but the main focus of OSIRIS-REx is sample-return.

Author: 0 Astronauts to try for space station on Russian rocket after October crash

NASA's Anne McClain, Canada's David Saint-Jacques and Russia's Oleg Kononenko lifted off from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan into sunset skies as scheduled at 5:31 p.m. They will also conduct a number of scientific experiments in remote sensing of Earth and low-gravity biology. The launch was the first for the Soviet-era Soyuz since October 11, when a rocket carrying Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin and U.S.

Science Watch SpaceX launch a twice-used rocket tomorrow at 1:31PM ET
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What exactly goes into the process of preparing Falcon 9 Block 5 boosters for reused launches is not entirely clear, but it can be said with some confidence that Block 5 (or SpaceX's comfort level) is not quite to the point that a booster has flown with literally zero significant refurbishment between launches.

Science Astronauts Launch for ISS After Aborted Soyuz Mission
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Kononenko and Saint-Jacques were the backup crew members for the previous MS-10 mission which ended with a booster separation failure. Speaking before the trip on Sunday, crew commander Oleg Kononenko affirmed his crew "absolutely" trusted the flight's preparation.

Science Global warming outpacing efforts to slow it
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According to UN, Greenhouse gas emissions continued to rise last-year, though they can be brought under control. "In contrast, global GHG emissions in 2030 need to be approximately 25 per cent and 55 per cent lower than in 2017 to put the world on a least-cost pathway to limiting global warming to 2°C and 1.5°C respectively", said the report.

Science Elon Musk Won't Smoke Weed on a Podcast Again
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This announcement and its press conference demonstrate the continuing shift in NASA's direction, driven by Space Policy Directive 1 . "We want to establish and open architecture capability-of data, communications, avionics, docking-to go from the Earth to the moon over and over again so any individual who can attract the capital, or company, could access it", said Bridenstine.

Science Pittsburgh’s Astrobotic Technology Among Companies Eligible To Bid On Moon Mission Contracts
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Meanwhile, a startup called Orbit Beyond is in the running for NASA's moon payloads, and it's working with TeamIndus, the Indian spaceflight company that nearly won the Lunar X Prize competition. "When you combine those investments with the extensible capability of the team and our history of delivering humans to the moon and bringing them back, we're positioned well to meet NASA's mission needs".

Science Tragic end to multiple mass whale strandings in New Zealand
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Four pilot whales were left fighting for survival overnight and experts flown in by helicopter on Wednesday say at least one has since died. They were transported on a convoy of trailers to Rarawa Beach on the opposite coast, where it was hoped calmer conditions would improve the chances of a successful refloating, on Monday evening.

Science French-equipped Mars explorer touches down
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InSight, a $1 billion global project, includes a German mechanical mole that will burrow down 16 feet (5 meters) to measure Mars' internal heat. Phoning home: NASA had to wait several minutes before InSight phoned home to say it's okay.

Science NASA looks to outsource Moon delivery services
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In addition to the specific companies chosen, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine also announced that the program running those contracts - the Commercial Lunar Payload Services program - is now part of the science section of NASA's bureaucracy, not the human exploration section.

Science Scientists refute genetic modification of twins claim made by Chinese researcher
Author: 0 Scientists refute genetic modification of twins claim made by Chinese researcher

Many experts say the procedure should not have been allowed to happen, but the decision to allow the implantation of the "partially" modified embryo was an even worse indiscretion, calling it a form of human experimentation. He claimed he created embryos from couples with an HIV-infected father. He recruited couples through a Beijing-based AIDS advocacy group called Baihualin.

Science Black Friday report shows climate change already very expensive in US
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His administration, at the same time, is rolling back an array of government regulations meant to pare carbon dioxide emissions that result from burning fossil fuels and drive climate change . Previous research, including from US government scientists, has also concluded that climate change could have severe economic consequences, including damage to infrastructure, water supplies and agriculture.

Science New lander will add to humans' long fascination with Mars
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The InSight mission is led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. NASA's Insight spacecraft will hit the top of the Martian atmosphere at 19,800 kilometres per hour (kph) and slow down to 8 kph before its three legs touch down on Martian soil.

Author: 0 'I don't believe' government climate report finding

However, it offered hope if changes could be made. "To better assess the potential future effects of climate change , we need to focus on improving the transparency and accuracy of our modeling and projections", spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement .