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Chinese artificial sun pushes past 100 million degrees

Chinese artificial sun pushes past 100 million degrees While current nuclear power plants rely on nuclear fission - a chain reaction where uranium atoms are split to release energy - nuclear fusion effectively does the opposite by forcing atoms to merge . EAST, the nickname for China's artificial sun , made its remarkable achievement during the superconductor's four-month-long experiment campaign this year. [Full Article...]

Barnard's Star in the Solar neighborhood

Barnard's Star in the Solar neighborhood Barnard's star b, as the new planet is called, was excruciatingly hard to pin down, and the team is referring to it as a "candidate planet" though it is confident it's there. Redoubling their efforts, Vogt's team added 45 more radial velocity measurements from the newly commissioned Automated Planet Finder (APF) telescope at UC's Lick Observatory, 39 velocities from the Carnegie Institution for ... [Full Article...]

Watch Rocket Lab send its first commercial rocket to space

Watch Rocket Lab send its first commercial rocket to space More about Rocket Lab and the future plans of the company, including a starting place in the United States, you can find here. This satellite launch mission was nicknamed "It's Business Time", in reference to its fully commercial nature as well as in tribute to one of the songs by Flight of the Conchords , a New Zealand parody-pop duo. [Full Article...]

Wheelchair used by Stephen Hawking auctioned off, proceeds to go to charity

Wheelchair used by Stephen Hawking auctioned off, proceeds to go to charity The money raised by the sale of the wheelchair will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. According to the Associated Press , Hawking's 1965 Cambridge University thesis, " Properties of Expanding Universes ", sold for 584,750 pounds (nearly $767,000 in U.S currency), over three times the pre-sale estimate. [Full Article...]

Second Brexit referendum still an option, Labour MPs told

Second Brexit referendum still an option, Labour MPs told The unnamed pro-Brexit ministers have briefed May on their alternative plan, the newspaper reported, without citing sources. The shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry , has attempted to calm Labour dismay at Jeremy Corbyn's announcement that "we can't stop Brexit", by insisting the option of campaigning for a second referendum was still on the table. [Full Article...]

Stephen Hawking's original PHD thesis tops $750000 at Christie's

Stephen Hawking's original PHD thesis tops $750000 at Christie's Among the 22 objects to be auctioned is a copy of the author of the bestseller " Brief History of Time " (1988) signed with the thumbprint of one of his thumbs, whose price reached 89 thousand dollars (from an initial estimate of two thousand 600 to three thousand 900 dollars). [Full Article...]

Bionic mushrooms can produce electricity

Bionic mushrooms can produce electricity White button mushrooms host a rich microbiota but not cyanobacteria specifically, prompting Mannoor and postdoctoral fellow Sudeep Joshi, to ask if agaricus bisporus could provide the nutrients, moisture, pH and temperature for the cyanobacteria to produce electricity for a longer period. [Full Article...]

Thick Faze, Smog Persist In Delhi, Air Quality Slips To 'Hazardous'

Thick Faze, Smog Persist In Delhi, Air Quality Slips To 'Hazardous' A high level of tiny particulate matter can lodge deep into the lungs and cause major health problems. This year, Diwali day shows that the PM10 and PM2.5 values have increased in Delhi compared to 2017. The Noida Police booked 47 people for bursting firecrackers on Diwali beyond the two-hour time limit, PTI reported quoting officials. While other cities across north India recorded AQI s... [Full Article...]

China unveils its new space station 'Heavenly Palace'

China unveils its new space station 'Heavenly Palace' While most of us are still trailing behind with 4k televisions or sets with a likely much lower resolution, NASA sent a Helium RED 8k ultra high definition (UHD) camera to the International Space Station to capture some incredible videos. [Full Article...]

The Ozone Layer Could Be Fully Healed By 2060, UN Report Reveals

The Ozone Layer Could Be Fully Healed By 2060, UN Report Reveals The Antarctic ozone hole is expected to gradually close, with springtime total column ozone returning to 1980 values in the 2060s. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the study shows that the concentration of ozone-depleting substances continues to decrease, leading to an improvement in the layer since the previous assessment carried out in 2014. [Full Article...]

Scientists reveal mysterious 'Oumuamua' object could be an alien spacecraft

Scientists reveal mysterious 'Oumuamua' object could be an alien spacecraft It was moving at 59,030mph when it was first tracked by scientists. Harvard scientists have raised the possibility that " Oumuamua ", a mysterious cigar-shaped interstellar object, the first of its kind found in our solar system, could have come from an alien civilisation. [Full Article...]

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster just floated past Mars

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster just floated past Mars The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the FBI is doing a criminal investigation into whether Tesla misled investors by overstating Model 3 production forecasts. But in the days after the settlement, Musk taunted the agency, tweeting , "Just want to [say] that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work". [Full Article...]

Irish PM tells United Kingdom it can’t halt backstop plans

Irish PM tells United Kingdom it can’t halt backstop plans At the regular weekly meeting in 10 Downing Streets, senior ministers discussed proposals for a "review mechanism" to ensure that the United Kingdom is not stuck indefinitely in a possible backstop arrangement created to avoid a hard border in Ireland . [Full Article...]

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Ends 11-Year Mission

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Ends 11-Year Mission Dawn missed two communication sessions with NASA's Deep Space Network the past two days, which means it has lost the ability to turn its antennae toward the Earth or its solar panels toward the sun . As the first spaceship to visit a dwarf planet, Dawn has also proved vital in revealing that these dinky worlds have the potential to support oceans. [Full Article...]

As NASA's Kepler Mission Comes to an End, Planetary Research Moves Forward

As NASA's Kepler Mission Comes to an End, Planetary Research Moves Forward The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( Nasa ) has made a decision to retire the Kepler which discovered more than 2,600 planets. Scientists have said that Kepler telescope, which helps in discovering 2,600 planets, has finished fuel, so he is retiring. [Full Article...]

Delhi’s air quality near ‘severe’, three most polluted cities from NCR

Delhi’s air quality near ‘severe’, three most polluted cities from NCR The Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR ) data said, the PM10 level in Delhi stood at 333, while predicting that the AQI of Delhi-NCR would continue to fall under " very poor " category for the next three days. [Full Article...]

Brazil's Bolsonaro wants crusading judge in cabinet

Brazil's Bolsonaro wants crusading judge in cabinet Brazil and South Africa share membership of the important BRICS and IBSA formations. Bolsonaro defeated his Leftist opponent Fernando Haddad of the Workers' Party 55.5 per cent against 44.5 per cent of the votes with 96 per cent of ballots counted. [Full Article...]

Early voting in Florida surges past 2014 totals

Early voting in Florida surges past 2014 totals More than 1.48 million people have voted early, and more than 1.9 million people have voted by mail. In just the first week of early voting , election officials say more than 716,000 ballots were cast. While that's typical for a nonpresidential year, voters shouldn't underestimate how much the midterm elections can influence state and national policy. [Full Article...]

NASA's Parker Solar Probe breaks record for closest approach to sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe breaks record for closest approach to sun It is expected that in 2024, probe Parker will approach the Sun at a distance of about 5 million km. "It's been just 78 days since Parker Solar Probe launched, and we've now come closer to our star than any other spacecraft in history", Andy Driesman , the project manager for the probe with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory , said in a statement . [Full Article...]

Kepler, the little NASA spacecraft that could, no longer can

Kepler, the little NASA spacecraft that could, no longer can Associate Administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, DC, Thomas Zurbuchen said, "As NASA's first planet-hunting mission, Kepler has wildly exceeded all our expectations and paved the way for our exploration and search for life in the solar system and beyond". [Full Article...]


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