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Astronaut bed rest study pays participants $19,000 for 89 days

Scientists at the German Aerospace Center have been commissioned by the European Space Agency and NASA to conduct a study on how they can counteract the effect of weightlessness. Scientists will use the volunteers to test whether daily sessions inside an artificial gravity chamber could be used to stop deterioration on long-distance missions to places like Mars. [Full Article...]

Quebec teachers, religious groups denounce government's secularism bill

Quebec teachers, religious groups denounce government's secularism bill Quebec lawmakers are considering a controversial measure that would forbid public employees to wear religious symbols while they're on duty. Legault has signalled the bill will pre-emptively invoke the charter's notwithstanding clause to block court challenges that invoke rights violations. [Full Article...]

NASA Scrapped The Historic All-Women Spacewalk

NASA Scrapped The Historic All-Women Spacewalk Two hard upper torso parts in each of the three available spacesuit sizes are now held at the ISS: medium, large and extra-large. That extra space inside the suit can be less noticeable when working in Earth's 1-gravity environment. Spacesuits are basically "little spaceships", Bridenstine said. McClain and Koch were part of the 2013 astronaut class , half of which were women, and came from the... [Full Article...]

New York Gears Up for Plastic Bag Ban

New York Gears Up for Plastic Bag Ban The plastic bag ban has plenty of exceptions, including bags to carry bulk items and sliced or prepared foods, and bags used for newspaper delivery, prescription drugs and uncooked meat, fish or poultry. They are banned in much of Hawaii, since that state's most populous counties now prohibit their use. "Plastic bags pollute our waterways and streets, and both plastic and paper bags contribute... [Full Article...]

Guatemalans killed by truck

Guatemalans killed by truck Grieving friends and relatives gathered at the scene and could be heard crying and screaming. The crash was on the notoriously unsafe Interamerican highway, at kilometre 159, Guatemalan media said. We are now coordinating actions on providing assistance to the victims' relatives. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales extended his condolences over the incident. [Full Article...]

Residents urged to switch off for Earth Hour on Saturday night

Residents urged to switch off for Earth Hour on Saturday night The event aims to bring awareness to environmental issues, such as climate change. The Earth Hour has grown since its inception and over 180 countries and territories participated in last year's Earth Hour. And in true South African forms, we let them know. The day will be preceded by various activities in Valletta to highlight the threat of single-use plastics and climate change. [Full Article...]

Photos reveal the recent rivers that ran across Mars

Photos reveal the recent rivers that ran across Mars Mars is dry today but it used to have a thick atmosphere in the past and it could have supported liquid water. The results show that numerous rivers-most larger and wider than rivers found on Earth-still had a strong flow 3 billion years ago, well into the period when the planet had begun to dry up and even as recently as 1 billion years ago. [Full Article...]

NASA vows to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024

NASA vows to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024 In fact, China's far-side Moon rover landing that Pence used as a scare tactic in his speech has proven to be a boon for NASA , with China agreeing to let NASA use its new satellite relay system for future US missions to the Moon . The directorate would be responsible for spearheading all aspects of the mission from the continued development of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion ... [Full Article...]

Energy demand experienced record growth in 2018: IEA

Energy demand experienced record growth in 2018: IEA The UK's carbon emissions fell by three per cent a year ago, thanks largely to the ongoing decline in coal power in the country's electricity system. "In fact, coal-fired power plants were the single largest contributor to the growth in emissions observed in 2018, with an increase of 2.9%, or 280 Mt, compared with 2017 levels, exceeding 10 Gt for the first time." "The sharp increase in oil pr... [Full Article...]

NASA will pay people $19,000 to stay in bed for 60 days

NASA will pay people $19,000 to stay in bed for 60 days A nutrionist will also assist in the study. "Bedrest has always been used to mimic some of the changes our bodies experience in the weightlessness of space". For the next phase of the Agbresa ( Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study), the DLR seeks 12 men and 12 women who will spend their days and nights in beds angled downward by 6 degrees, propped up with their feet at an incline above their heads... [Full Article...]

NASA astronaut Anne McClain speaks out about all-female spacewalk change

The project will still take place, but a male astronaut will walk in McClain's place. "Mission managers chose to adjust the assignments, due in part to spacesuit availability on the station", NASA said in a statement. "Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first". He said he believed McClain did the right thing, adding that he was "very proud to run an agency where people are ma... [Full Article...]

Astronauts begin series of spacewalks outside International Space Station

Astronauts begin series of spacewalks outside International Space Station Ms Dean explained that two upper parts in each of the three available spacesuit sizes are available at the ISS: medium, large extra large . They worked outside, in the vacuum of space, for six hours and 39 minutes to upgrade the space station's power storage capacity. [Full Article...]

Pence announces plans for Americans to return to moon in 5 years

Pence announces plans for Americans to return to moon in 5 years If necessary, missiles and land vehicles Nasa could be due to the devices of private companies replaced. "It's time for the next giant leap", he said, echoing the famous words of astronaut Neil Armstrong who became the first man to step foot on the moon nearly 50 years ago. [Full Article...]

Nasa releases images of meteor that went unnoticed

Nasa releases images of meteor that went unnoticed The Sun's low angle also elongated the path of the shadow on top of the clouds. The super-heated air turns the clouds to an orange tint. NASA estimates that the meteor occurred at 23:48 GMT. Experts at NASA are now looking at near-Earth objects which reach a diameter of 160 meters (460 feet). Unlike the Chelyabinsk meteor in 2013 that was seen across the world as it entered Earth's atmosphere,... [Full Article...]

‘PR disaster’: NASA ditches historic all-female spacewalk after spacesuits won’t fit

‘PR disaster’: NASA ditches historic all-female spacewalk after spacesuits won’t fit The issue: They only have one spacesuit size medium available at the station. McClain and Christina H. Koch were scheduled to walk together in space on Friday (March 29), but they both need to wear a medium-size torso component. McClain will be accompanied by Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, though the assignments will be finalized after Friday's spacewalk is finished. [Full Article...]

Northern Lights may be visible from southeast Wisconsin this weekend

Northern Lights may be visible from southeast Wisconsin this weekend When these charged particles hit Earth's atmosphere, they cause electrons to move to a higher energy state , and when they move back to a lower state, they release light, which just so happens to create the handsome spectacle we have come to know as the Northern and Southern Lights. [Full Article...]

Nasa astronauts take spacewalk to swap space station's batteries

Nasa astronauts take spacewalk to swap space station's batteries Their work will continue the years-long process of upgrading the station's eight main power channels, which are crucial for keeping the ISS functioning. EDT. McClain and Koch's assignment is partly the result of chance - the batteries originally were to be installed last fall but the work was delayed by a variety of issues - and a desire by NASA management to give more of the agency's astronauts... [Full Article...]

Northern Lights Visible In Pittsburgh This Weekend? Not Likely

Northern Lights Visible In Pittsburgh This Weekend? Not Likely They are also known as aurora borealis and they are best seen in the north of Norway but we may get a chance to see them in Ireland this weekend. The handsome lights appear when solar particles react to gases in Earth's atmosphere. Experts recommend getting as far away from cities or urban areas as possible as pollution can hinder your view. So, back to the Northern Lights . Skies will have... [Full Article...]

Surprise! - Asteroid Bennu caught spewing particles into space

Surprise! - Asteroid Bennu caught spewing particles into space Other image processing techniques were also applied, such as cropping and adjusting the brightness and contrast of each image . Near-Earth asteroid Bennu is not what it seems . NASA said the mission's science team is continuing to study the particle plumes and their possible causes. However, Bennu is a carbonaceous (or C-type) asteroid composed of various rocks and minerals with a smat... [Full Article...]

Whale found with 40kg of plastic in stomach

Whale found with 40kg of plastic in stomach The initial diagnosis of death is ingestion of huge amount (88 pounds) of foreign objects mostly of plastics, pending the complete result of necropsy. Blatchley explained that cetaceans, which are aquatic mammals such as whales or dolphins, don't drink water from the ocean but rather get access to fresh water from the food they consume. [Full Article...]


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