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Science Brexit: 'Uncharted territory' if United Kingdom parliament votes no, says May
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The exercise, known as Operation Brock, is turning the Manston Airport site into a mass holding bay for heavy goods trucks, to ease congestion on major highways to British ports such as Dover, southern England. "All back in the hold area at Manston Airport waiting for the second run". It "should have been done nine months ago and repeatedly stress tested", he tweeted on Monday morning.

Science China's lunar probe makes landing on the 'dark side' of moon
Author: 0 China's lunar probe makes landing on the 'dark side' of moon

As reported by the Metro , mission spokesman Yu Guobin said: "The far side of the moon is a rare quiet place that is free from interference of radio signals from Earth". The Chang'e-4 probe has already sent back its first pictures from the surface. According to National Geographic , though CNSA is secretive , previous reports indicated it was targeting the Von Kármán crater located in the Moon's South Pole-Aitken basin, the latter of which is "a low-lying feature more than 2,414km ...

Science New Horizons launches on NYE to explore Ultima Thule
Author: 0 New Horizons launches on NYE to explore Ultima Thule

Based on observations taken since its discovery, watching as the object passed in front of (or "occulted") known background stars, astronomers believe that it is very likely what's known as a "contact binary". Until the 1990s, no one knew what hid out here, where sunlight is 0.05 as faint as it is on Earth. "The object is in such a deep freeze that it is perfectly preserved from its original formation", he said .

Science Japan to resume commercial whaling
Author: 0 Japan to resume commercial whaling

Japan will recommence industrial whaling in July 2019 after a 30-year absence "in line with Japan's basic policy of promoting sustainable use of aquatic living resources based on scientific evidence", he said. Sam Annesley, Greenpeace Japan's executive director, said: "It's clear that the government is trying to sneak in this announcement at the end of year, away from the spotlight of worldwide media, but the world sees this for what it is".

Science Bright light spotted over California likely was a meteor, weather service says
Author: 0 Bright light spotted over California likely was a meteor, weather service says

One of the two". There was speculation that the cloud-like formations seen Wednesday were also related to a rocket launch at Vandenberg. The National Weather Service (NWS) suspects it might have been a meteor. The launch has been rescheduled for Thursday, the company reported. "A bright meteor was visible in the skies over the Bay Area shortly after sunset", the organization wrote on Facebook.

Science NASA Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space
Author: 0 NASA Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space

But Voyager project scientist Ed Stone said in October that "we're not there yet". Our star system is surrounded by a hotchpotch of small objects called the Oort Cloud which are still affected by the sun's gravity. Only Voyager 2 , however, continues to have a functioning plasma instrument, which could tell us much more about this unexplored region, including the temperature, density and velocity of any electrically charged material flowing around the spacecraft.

Science NASA shares first ever recording of Mars wind courtesy of InSight
Author: 0 NASA shares first ever recording of Mars wind courtesy of InSight

It is just incredible to hear the first ever sounds from Mars. The noise is of the wind blowing against InSight's solar panels and the resulting vibration of the entire spacecraft. These pictures are crucial to InSight's mission-they will help NASA decide where to set up InSight's seismometer and heat-flow probe. 'It's like InSight is cupping its ears'.

Science SpaceX sends Dragon to ISS but makes unplanned water landing
Author: 0 SpaceX sends Dragon to ISS but makes unplanned water landing

Expect a landing back at the Cape for the brand new booster. Monday witnessed both a Soyuz rocket blasting three newcomers to the ISS and a Falcon 9 rocket taking 64 smallsats into orbit 310 miles (500 km) above Earth. The mission was also historic because it involved a booster making its third successful landing . He did not know if it could be reused. "The first stage did land in the water", SpaceX spokesperson John Insprucker said during a live webcast .

Science Nine companies will help NASA get back to the moon
Author: 0 Nine companies will help NASA get back to the moon

After safely landing on Mars following its almost seven month journey, Nasa has released the first pictures taken by its InSight spacecraft, which has opened it solar arrays to charge batteries. The announcement is part of NASA's larger goal to get back to the moon, and Bridenstine is enthusiastic about our lunar future. Musk's smoking weed, Bridenstine said, "was not helpful, and that did not inspire confidence, and the leaders of these organizations need to take that as an ...

Science NASA Picks Ancient Martian River Delta for 2020 Rover Touchdown
Author: 0 NASA Picks Ancient Martian River Delta for 2020 Rover Touchdown

Scientists say the 28-mile-wide crater's rocks and soil may contain organic molecules and other traces of microbial life from the water and sediments that flowed into the crater billions of years ago. Mars is pretty cold today. NASA reveals that it has chosen a site known as the Jezero Crater to be the landing area for Mars 2020. Instead of having an analytical laboratory on board - like Curiosity has - Mars 2020 is created to look at rocks on a finer scale, seeing what bio signatures ...

Science Cigar-shaped comet may actually be an alien probe, Harvard scientists suggest
Author: 0 Cigar-shaped comet may actually be an alien probe, Harvard scientists suggest

In late October, 2017, NASA said the recently discovered interstellar visitor appeared "to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy". Oumuamua has left our solar system and is no longer capable of being seen - but as Loeb points out, the existence of Oumuamua suggests there are others like it yet to be found.

Science Russian Federation blames rocket failure on mistake during assembly
Author: 0 Russian Federation blames rocket failure on mistake during assembly

Russian officials believe the component was damaged during assembly. "We have a number of Russian Soyuz rocket launches in the next month and a half and in December, we're fully anticipating putting our crew on a Russian Soyuz rocket to launch to the International Space Station again", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said last week .

Science Florida reported the first victim of the devastating hurricane
Author: 0 Florida reported the first victim of the devastating hurricane

The core of Michael will move across eastern Georgia into Central South Carolina on Thursday morning. Rescue teams with sniffer dogs were searching for possible victims buried under the rubble in the debris-strewn community. "We haven't seen her since the tree hit the den". In Seminole County, Georgia, a metal carport crashed through a roof, hitting a girl's head. "Why people didn't evacuate is something we should be studying", said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency ...

Author: 0 Russian Federation launches criminal probe after Soyuz rocket makes emergency landing

Search and rescue teams were dispatched to the landing location and collected the astronauts who made it safely back. The capsule jettisoned from the booster and went into a ballistic descent, landing at a sharper than normal angle. The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan . Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said no further manned missions would take place "until we believe that the entire situation guarantees safety".

Science Florida picks up the pieces in Hurricane Michael's wake
Author: 0 Florida picks up the pieces in Hurricane Michael's wake

A marina warehouse is damaged at the Port St. Joe Marina. Exploding overnight from 120 mph to 140 mph maximum sustained winds, Hurricane Michael developed into a powerful Category 4 hurricane that's now just hours from landfall on the Florida Panhandle.

Science Storm-weary Carolinas worry Michael could hurt rebuilding
Author: 0 Storm-weary Carolinas worry Michael could hurt rebuilding

Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. But it isn't done yet. At 5 a.m., the centre of the hurricane was bearing down on a stretch of the Florida Panhandle, still about 140 miles (225 kilometres) from Panama City and 130 miles (209 kilometres) from Apalachicola, but moving relatively fast at 13 mph (21 kph).

Science Scrawny Dwarf Planet, Named Goblin, Found Well Beyond Pluto
Author: 0 Scrawny Dwarf Planet, Named Goblin, Found Well Beyond Pluto

Science Magazine says that the discovery of the tiny dwarf planet was "a lucky one", as its elliptical orbit takes some 40,000 years to travel around the sun. But the planet may be most memorable for another discovery it portends. But with each new find, astronomers come that much closer to finding their mystery planet.

Science Hurricane Florence Causes Widespread Flooding in The Carolinas
Author: 0 Hurricane Florence Causes Widespread Flooding in The Carolinas

North Carolina's poultry farms suffered significant losses in Hurricane Florence , while flooding from the storm damaged crops in SC, industry officials said this week. Road travel also was a daunting problem in Wilmington, a city of 120,000 people still mostly cut off from the rest of North Carolina. Officials said they didn't know when evacuees would be able to return home to the city, where officials are distributing food and water, and it may be next week before conditions improve ...

Science Trump declares state of emergency in the Carolinas, Virginia
Author: 0 Trump declares state of emergency in the Carolinas, Virginia

Businesses and homes in the storm's path were boarded up and thousands of people had moved to emergency shelters, officials said, urging anyone who remained near the coast to flee. At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Helene and Isaac. Combined with high tides, the storm surge could swell as high as 12 feet.

Science One million told to flee as Hurricane Florence nears US
Author: 0 One million told to flee as Hurricane Florence nears US

The current forecast track suggests the hurricane will most likely approach North Carolina or SC on Thursday as it gathers speed. In fact, there have only been four other hurricanes in our recorded history (since 1851) that have made landfall along the east coast north of Florida.

Science Florence becomes a hurricane, barrels toward US East Coast
Author: 0 Florence becomes a hurricane, barrels toward US East Coast

Cooper said. Swells generated by Florence could cause risky rip currents and coastal flooding on Saturday in areas including coastal DE and New Jersey, the National Weather Service said. "Make your plans now", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster urged residents during a Sunday afternoon news conference. Adm. Christopher Grady said in a statement that the decision was based on Florence's current track, which indicates the area could see strong sustained winds and storm surges.

Science Flash flooding possible in Austin area Saturday night and Sunday
Author: 0 Flash flooding possible in Austin area Saturday night and Sunday

A flash flood watch is in effect through 11 p.m. along the Interstate 95 corridor, including in Baltimore, southern Baltimore County, and Howard and Anne Arundel counties. The front is also expected to bring significantly cooler temperatures for the weekend. The additional lift created by the low pressure will aid in more widespread rain and increase the rainfall rates.

Science Calif. Senate approves net neutrality rules, sends bill to governor
Author: 0 Calif. Senate approves net neutrality rules, sends bill to governor

California is one of 29 states to consider net neutrality protections since the Federal Communications Commission voted late a year ago to reverse the Obama-era internet regulations. Many fear the "cabelisation of the internet" that would occur under the absence of net neutrality. The bill now goes to Brown for signature into law.

Science Powerful Hurricane Lane headed toward Hawaii
Author: 0 Powerful Hurricane Lane headed toward Hawaii

But Hurricane Lane looks poised to affect the Aloha State, and was about 480 miles southeast of Honolulu early Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, just above the Category 5 threshold. "As Lane is expected to be slow-moving as it nears the islands, it will produce large and damaging surf , mainly along exposed south and west facing shores", it added.

Science What you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower
Author: 0 What you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower

According to Sky and Telescope , comet peepers can expect to see around 60 meteors an hour during the peak, with no bright moon mucking up the view. Starting tonight and through the weekend, Shenandoah National Park will be hosting the "Night Sky Festival", with space-related activities, and a front row seat to a meteor shower.

Science BWS: Subtropical Storm 'Not Threat To Bermuda'
Author: 0 BWS: Subtropical Storm 'Not Threat To Bermuda'

Big Island officials are taking precautions in advance of the storm nearing the state. The last - and weakest - cyclone in the Pacific is Tropical Storm Kristy, which is no threat to land. Hector's center will track about 150 miles south of the Big Island today, then continuing westward, remaining well south of the rest of the Hawaiian Islands through Thursday.

Science Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully re-launches rocket
Author: 0 Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully re-launches rocket

Less than three months later, at 1:18 a.m. Tuesday, the same first-stage booster fired nine Merlin engines to roar into darkness from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 with 1.7 million pounds of thrust. Uncrewed tests of the full human-rated launch system still have to be completed, but each successful Block 5 launch gives NASA (and SpaceX) greater confidence.

Science Scientists find first persistent water source on Mars
Author: 0 Scientists find first persistent water source on Mars

After decades of trying to answer the question of whether Mars has liquid water, scientists appear to have found the answer, and the implications of their discovery could be huge. It may not necessarily be warmer down there, but the pressure of the glacier above, plus the possibility of salt in the water, would lower the water's melting point.

Science Trump says he'll announce Supreme Court pick on July 9
Author: 0 Trump says he'll announce Supreme Court pick on July 9

A total of 26 percent of Trump voters told pollsters that Supreme Court nominees were the most important factor in their voting, compared with only 18 percent of Clinton voters who felt that way. He said that he would be interviewing possible nominees over the weekend. She points to what's known as a "heartbeat bill" in Iowa, where state lawmakers recently approved one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.

Science Chicago bracing for risky heat wave — CITY OF NORTHLAKE
Author: 0 Chicago bracing for risky heat wave — CITY OF NORTHLAKE

The heat index should approach 100 on Friday afternoon and could get as high at 110 on Saturday afternoon. The nearest cooling center may be found by calling 311, or visiting the city's "Beat the Heat" website . The highest heat index values will be in the valleys away from the Lake Erie shore. The heat index will be at or near 100 degrees across the Midwest and Northeast on Sunday .

Science USA states declare emergency ahead of subtropical storm
Author: 0 USA states declare emergency ahead of subtropical storm

Severe Subtropical Storm Alberto "has the same impacts as a tropical storm", Kottlowski noted, adding, "that includes tropical-storm-force winds of 39-55 miles per hour, a storm surge potential, heavy rain and the potential for isolated tornadoes".

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