• NASA's Parker Solar Probe lifts off successfully
NASA's Parker Solar Probe lifts off successfully

Parker Solar Probe has begun its mission to "touch" the Sun", NASA said in a blog post, about two hours after the lift off. Initially, the probe is planned to launch on 11 August, right before the launch the launch was postponed. A special component of SWEAP is a small instrument that will look around the protective heat shield of the spacecra...

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  • Biologists racing to find endangered, sick, starving orca
Biologists racing to find endangered, sick, starving orca

The rescue team has approval in both USA and Canadian waters to give J50 medication, but there is no such plan for another member of the population of southern resident killer whales that has scientists anxious. The earliest the weather is forecasted to clear up is Sunday, Hanson said, and the plan will be easier if the whales move closer to the ...

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  • Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend
Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend

Best of all, the slender waxing crescent moon will set at early evening, providing deliciously dark skies for this year's Perseid meteors. The Perseids started at the end of July, but the peak is on 12-13 August - which makes it a flawless weekend! He said: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Persei...

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  • NASA is going closer to the Sun than anyone has gone before
NASA is going closer to the Sun than anyone has gone before

NASA hopes the probe will successfully travel through the sun's atmosphere , closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it. The Parker probe will be able to identify how these solar winds are formed, and perhaps explain the mechanism that allows the particles to escape.

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  • NASA blasts off historic probe to ‘touch Sun’
NASA blasts off historic probe to ‘touch Sun’

The other great mystery is the behaviour of 'solar wind , ' a stream of charged particles emitted by the sun to release energy. Among the puzzlers: Why is the corona hundreds of times hotter than the surface of the sun and why is the sun's atmosphere continually expanding and accelerating, as Parker accurately predicted in 1958? The car-size...

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  • Annual Perseids Show peaks this weekend
Annual Perseids Show peaks this weekend

But living in the Northwest means that many local elements are potentially conspiring against our view, including overcast skies, a bright moon, and smoke from surrounding wildfires. Hamilton in San Jose, the Chabot Space Center in the Berkeley Hills (which has free telescope stargazing events on most Fridays and Saturdays) and many others.

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  • Vermont to fight Trump fuel standards rollback
Vermont to fight Trump fuel standards rollback

Under Thursday's proposal, the EPA also confirmed plans to strip California of its authority to set its own fuel economy levels for vehicles, citing a 50-state solution in the proposal . The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) formally unveiled plans [text, PDF] Thursday to rol...

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  • NASA assigns astronauts to first commercial crew missions
NASA assigns astronauts to first commercial crew missions

The test flights and missions aboard Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, slated for as early as April 2019, will "begin a new era in America spaceflight", the USA space agency said. "Our commitment has always been to provide NASA and those crews the highest level of mission assurance", he said in the statement ...

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  • Scientists Want To Be Sure There's An Underground Lake On Mars
Scientists Want To Be Sure There's An Underground Lake On Mars

Such radar reflects brightly where ice and water meet, a method scientist have used to detect sub-glacial lakes on Earth. "In light blue you can see where the reflections from the bottom are stronger than surface reflection". The tool is called the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding ( MARSIS ), and was created to find subs...

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  • Plastic Straw Ban Sent Back for Further Revision
Plastic Straw Ban Sent Back for Further Revision

You know you're a misguided environmentalist if you support banning plastic straws - the latest enviro craze sweeping the nation - while still consuming trendy Frappuccino-like drinks contained in big ol' plastic cups. In the first place, most of the plastic in the oceans comes from Asian countries with inadequate waste-disposal systems; the United...

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  • Skywatchers looking forward to complete lunar eclipse
Skywatchers looking forward to complete lunar eclipse

The moon, closest to the centre of the shadow , will showcase the maximum eclipse at 1:51 am. As the total lunar eclipse occurred at midnight in Dubai, residents stepped outside to witness the celestial event in all its glory. Combined with the red tinge of the Moon, the two will make for an incredibly rare spectacle in the night sky. It i...

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  • French skies mostly clear for Friday's lunar eclipse
French skies mostly clear for Friday's lunar eclipse

The moon appears red (rather than in complete darkness) due to blue light from the earth's atmosphere refracting sunlight onto the surface of the moon. It was revealed, however, that not all regions will be able to fully witness the event. You can watch it online with The Virtual Telescope Project or Slooh .

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  • Large Underground Lake Detected Below Mars Ice Cap, Study Says
Large Underground Lake Detected Below Mars Ice Cap, Study Says

Today, a team of Italian scientists announced evidence that Mars has lakes of liquid water under its polar ice caps. According to Orosei, who led the team that made this discovery, they detected the lake using a ground-penetrating radar instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter , known as the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsur...

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  • Blue Origin tests new rocket in launch
Blue Origin tests new rocket in launch

ET. The spacecraft reached an altitude of 350,000 feet (106,680 meters), which was about five percent higher than previous New Shepard test flights. Today's launch should be pretty routine for the space startup, but nothing is ever guaranteed when you're working with rockets. The New Glenn could launch on its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral by ...

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  • Twelve new moons orbiting Jupiter - one may collide with the others
Twelve new moons orbiting Jupiter - one may collide with the others

The twelve moons have been broadly clustered into three groups. In terms of what it should be called, one of the leading suggestions has been Valetudo, the goddess of health and hygiene, and the great-granddaughter of the Roman god Jupiter .

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  • Rep. Mark Walker: Strzok's Texts to Mistress Were Despicable in Nature
Rep. Mark Walker: Strzok's Texts to Mistress Were Despicable in Nature

An embattled Federal Bureau of Investigation agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias launched a vigorous defence Thursday at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into shouting matches, finger pointing and veiled references to sexual transgressions.

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  • Tropical Storm Chris forms off the Carolinas, generating unsafe surf
Tropical Storm Chris forms off the Carolinas, generating unsafe surf

Dominica's government had said it would shut down the water system during the storm's pass as a precautionary measure to lessen possible damage. By Tuesday, the storm is forecast to degenerate but could still produce some gusty winds and heavy rain over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

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  • Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh
Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would help cement a rightward tilt on America's top court, potentially shaping many aspects of United States society for decades to come, including women's access to abortions . The groups sent Palin to Alabama previous year to support Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. Kavanaugh sided with a religio...

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  • 'Disorganized' Tropical Storm Beryl moving a little faster, but blowing no harder
'Disorganized' Tropical Storm Beryl moving a little faster, but blowing no harder

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. The hurricane centre said there was a possibility that the remnants of Beryl could regenerate into a tropical cyclone in a few days while moving across the Bahamas.

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  • Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns
Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns

The president added that he has "no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda". Pruitt quit the EPA after months of ethics-related scandals related to his behavior and spending practices, CBS News reports . The headline of the article reads "Who is Andrew Wheeler (And Why You Should Be Afraid Of Him)". "He came to ...

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  • Michael Fish's NBC26 Storm Shield weather forecast
Michael Fish's NBC26 Storm Shield weather forecast

Temperatures will be a touch cooler in the Midwest, but heat index levels will still hover around 100 degrees from Texas to MI. Additional heat advisories are possible for Sunday . When you factor in the humidity, we're again expecting our heat index between 100°-105°F. TOMORROW - Sunny, Hot and Humid. The heat index for each day is ex...

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  • With Kennedy's retirement, the Supreme Court loses its center
With Kennedy's retirement, the Supreme Court loses its center

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to consider President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, citing the coming presidential election later that year. Trump asked Manchin, the senator recalled. It doesn't matter if he asks them about their opinions on abortion rights because by the time a candidate interviews with him, they would have al...

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  • Celebs dramatically react to Trump picking a new Supreme Court justice
Celebs dramatically react to Trump picking a new Supreme Court justice

As one of only two pro-choice Republicans in the Senate, Collins is likely to become a pivotal player in the looming battle to confirm Kennedy's replacement. Wade . But Senate Democrats still harbor a retributive impulse toward McConnell and the Republicans, who blocked the nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Ob...

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  • Crude Oil Leaking Into Iowa River After Alberta Train Derails
Crude Oil Leaking Into Iowa River After Alberta Train Derails

Officials say they don't know what caused the train to go off the rails, although a local, Jacob Faber, told the Des Moines Register that there was water on the train tracks. Williams said he was unsure how much oil leaked and how numerous cars were leaking. It's not yet clear how many tankers are leaking or how much oil has escaped.

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  • Antarctica's ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before
Antarctica's ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before

Prior to 2012 the continent was losing ice at a rate of around 76 billion tonnes per year. The melting is happening so fast that it could cause sea levels to rise 6 inches by the end of the century, the study projects. This uncertainty persists because global sea level estimates for the Pliocene have large uncertainties and can not be used to rule ...

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  • Season's 1st tropical storm forms in eastern Pacific
Season's 1st tropical storm forms in eastern Pacific

Local tropical cyclone rainfall totals would be expected to increase by the same percentage due to the slowing alone. Previous research has shown that a warmer climate can hold more water moisture, so when it rains, it rains more . "At least not yet". That means that storms farther from land in the earlier part of the study may not have ha...

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  • Ottawa throws your money at its pipeline problem
Ottawa throws your money at its pipeline problem

Premier Dwight Ball is happy to see the federal government step in and buy the Kinder Morgan pipeline, but tossed cold water on any notion of the federal government taking Muskrat Falls off the provincial government's hands. The government was out of options. McMillan said if a pipeline that meets a high regulatory standard, has all the approvals...

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  • Alberto makes landfall in Florida; flash flooding reported
Alberto makes landfall in Florida; flash flooding reported

The subtropical storm, the first named storm of the season, is expected to spread tropical storm conditions along the west coast of Florida Sunday . "A flash flood watch is in effect until early Wednesday for the Upstate/NE GA and until early Thursday for the mountains as at least 2-4" total of rain are expected to fall in our area, with loc...

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  • Canada To Buy Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project
Canada To Buy Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Kinder Morgan last month gave Ottawa an ultimatum: Chairman Steve Kean said the company would suspend all work on the expansion project entirely if the legal issues surrounding it can not be resolved by May 31, adding that it would not continue risking shareholder funds on the project unless the clouds over it clear.

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  • Alberto helping bring potentially flooding rain to the Triangle on Memorial Day
Alberto helping bring potentially flooding rain to the Triangle on Memorial Day

The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend. In Panama City, Assistant Fire Chief Gary Swearingen said the rain and wind knocked down trees but did not require any rescues. The Florida Keys and Florida peninsula could receive up to 5 inches of rain in some areas. US forecasters said rain could st...

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  • Alberto: Heavy rains expected for Central Florida
Alberto: Heavy rains expected for Central Florida

National Hurricane Center (NHC). Although the center of Alberto is expected to pass to the West of the Suncoast we may experience low end tropical storm force winds beginning on Sunday morning. If you are vacationing along the coast at area beaches, you need to be aware of the potential for flooding rain Monday and Tuesday along with a thr...

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  • Subtropical Storm Alberto forms; expected to soak Florida
Subtropical Storm Alberto forms; expected to soak Florida

Hurricane season officially begins June 1, but a tropical storm does occasionally form before then, including the past three hurricane seasons. At 11 a.m. It's called a "subtropical storm" because it's something of a hybrid between a nontropical low-pressure area and a classic tropical storm. Atlantic tropical storms have formed in May several ...

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  • Higher Levels of Carbon Dioxide Make Rice Less Nutritious
Higher Levels of Carbon Dioxide Make Rice Less Nutritious

The expected concentration of carbon dioxide by the second half of the century may reduce the nutritional value of rice. Not all varieties of rice responded in the same way, so future research projects may examine the possibility of finding varieties of rice that can remain nutritious despite the change in the atmosphere.

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  • SpaceX launches for two customers, misses a fairing recovery
SpaceX launches for two customers, misses a fairing recovery

The Iridium Next communications satellites that SpaceX is launching with GRACE-FO are the latest in a series for Iridium Communications to build up that company's satellite constellation. Chaplain said a successful May 11 test launch "is good news for GPS III, but more detailed assessments of that flight and subsequent flights will need to be m...

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  • 4 teen suspects arrested in Baltimore County police officer's death, officials announce
4 teen suspects arrested in Baltimore County police officer's death, officials announce

Harris will be held in an adult detention center. Harris also told the detective that he "drove at the officer", the statement said. A Baltimore County police officer was fatally shot in Perry Hall Monday afternoon during a traffic stop.

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  • YouTube Introduces YouTube Music with Premium Subscription Options
YouTube Introduces YouTube Music with Premium Subscription Options

YouTube also plans to introduce YouTube Premium , the new name for the YouTube Red subscription service. However, YouTube Premium will be charged at $11.99 for every new part, the organization said. So you still get background playback, the ability to store videos for offline viewing and an ad-free viewing experience as well. YouTube R...

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  • Bangladesh launches its first satellite
Bangladesh launches its first satellite

The satellite will also provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country, and will be important in delivering telemedicine and e-learning to remote parts of the country. "The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will certainly bring revolutionary changes in our broadcast and telecommunications sector". Managed by the Bangladesh Telecomm...

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  • NASA Announces It is Sending a Helicopter to Mars in 2020
NASA Announces It is Sending a Helicopter to Mars in 2020

The remote-controlled Mars Helicopter is created to take flight in the thin Martian atmosphere with twin counter-rotating blades. The idea for the Mars Helicopter began in 2013 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory when researchers began to experiment with designs.

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  • Google Assistant is racing towards the future but should we follow?
Google Assistant is racing towards the future but should we follow?

It has built a business that is substantially reliant on converting users' time into dollars, not selling goods or charging subscription fees. Android P and the other announcements at Google I/O 2018 are definitely things to be excited for especially as other companies like Apple and Samsung have a lot of work until they reach that sort of soph...

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  • Android P makes your phone smarter with machine learning at core
Android P makes your phone smarter with machine learning at core

You will be easily able to adjust the volume by simply sliding up and down. That said , thanks to AI and WaveNet technology from DeepMind , these voices will also be more natural sounding , and won't sound like a robot. The battery power for most smartphones is spent on updating apps that may not even be running, so the technology aims to le...

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  • Here's how much Uber's flying taxi service will cost
Here's how much Uber's flying taxi service will cost

In late 2017, Uber Elevate released a teaser video for UberAir, stating at the time, "The reality of urban air transportation is closer than you think". It'll also fly at between 1,000 and 2,000 feet and can last up to 60 miles before the electric vehicle's battery needs to be recharged. Wired said that the Uber network would use aircraft mad...

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  • Former high-ranking China politician gets life sentence for taking bribes
Former high-ranking China politician gets life sentence for taking bribes

State-run China Central Television says hearings in a Tianjin court revealed that Sun and his associates accepted cash and goods worth about 170-million yuan, or about 27 million dollars, in exchange for favors and abusing his authority.

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  • China hands ex-political high-flyer life sentence for graft
China hands ex-political high-flyer life sentence for graft

At a party meeting past year, a senior official stated that Sun and other senior figures prosecuted in Xi's anti-corruption crackdown were "conspiring openly to usurp party leadership". In addition to being imprisoned, Sun was deprived of political rights for life and all of his personal property was confiscated. In September, the Politburo of th...

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  • Fitbit rolls out female health tracking and Android quick replies
Fitbit rolls out female health tracking and Android quick replies

Billed (somewhat pretentiously) as "the smartwatch for all", the $200 Fitbit Versa has been up for grabs "globally" for a few weeks now , but a couple of its most interesting features advertised as top selling points back in March are being enabled a little late.

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  • How to Set Alexa As the Default Assistant on Android
How to Set Alexa As the Default Assistant on Android

Those who have access to Alexa via the Amazon Echo devices can ask several questions, including: " Alexa , can you talk like Yoda?", " Alexa , tell me a Star Wars Joke" or even " Alexa , use the force". In fact, to celebrate May The Fourth Be With You's " Star Wars Day" (because that's what it is), Amazon has added a few things to Alexa ...

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  • WhatsApp Update Adds In-app Play Support For Facebook, Instagram Videos
WhatsApp Update Adds In-app Play Support For Facebook, Instagram Videos

This support is part of the update that WhatsApp has rolled out today for iOS users which includes the ability to give group admins the capability to change the subject, description, and icon of an existing thread. However, in case Instagram decides to fully expand its in-app payments feature soon, Snapchat may see its growth numbers fall fur...

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  • What each state Googles the most on Cinco de Mayo — MAP
What each state Googles the most on Cinco de Mayo — MAP

Mexico's most important national holiday is celebrated September 16, commemorating the Cry of Dolores (Grito de Dolores) that initiated the 1810 war for Mexican independence from Spain. The Cinco de Mayo celebrations go until 7 pm tonight and continue Sunday at Tautphaus park from 11 am to 7 pm. The celebration spread as Hispanic culture grew i...

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  • Fresh Earthquake In Hawaii Forces People From Their Homes
Fresh Earthquake In Hawaii Forces People From Their Homes

In this photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, a fissure produces steam from a street after the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa , Hawaii. It's in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park , which closed Friday and evacuated all visitors and nonemergency staff. "Additional erupting fissures and new ...

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  • Waymo Minivan Involved In Crash While Traveling In Autonomous Driving Mode
Waymo Minivan Involved In Crash While Traveling In Autonomous Driving Mode

In this case a driver was on board and was injured in the accident. According to police, a Honda sedan traveling eastbound on Chandler Boulevard had to swerve to avoid striking a vehicle traveling northbound on Los Feliz Drive. It seems like the tech giants are struggling with the safe testing of the self-driving vehicles . The Waymo van was rep...

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  • Tesla's Musk calls Wall Street snub 'foolish' but defends his behaviour
Tesla's Musk calls Wall Street snub 'foolish' but defends his behaviour

Days after the Tesla boss shocked Wall Street by completely dismissing critical questions from two analysts as " boring ", Musk said on Friday it was "foolish of me" to ignore the queries. On Friday Musk tried to clarify some comments he made during the call, tweeting that he deemed a question about capital expenditures "boneheaded" because the a...

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