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China reveals plans to 3D print houses on the Moon's surface

China reveals plans to 3D print houses on the Moon's surface All plants were chosen because they are small but hardy plants that can grow in a confined, tough environment. Cotton plants have been seen budding and growing, as shown by this close-up of the plants sprouting under a protective cover on the Chang'e 4 lunar lander. [Full Article...]

Total Lunar Eclipse Expected at the End of AFC Championship Game

Total Lunar Eclipse Expected at the End of AFC Championship Game The sunlight passes through Earth's atmosphere, which filters out most of the blue light. That's when Earth's shadow will begin to nip at the moon . By the time the total eclipse starts at 11:41 p.m., the view should be clear with only spotty upper level clouds, says Scott Krentz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service based out of Greenville-Spartanburg. [Full Article...]

Government reveals plans to tackle air pollution

Government reveals plans to tackle air pollution In addition to cars, diesel-only trains will also be phased out by 2040. Mr Pralong said Bangkok recently experienced peak PM2.5 levels of 102 micrograms per cubic metre but the reading yesterday was under 90. "We have made strides forward over the past few years and the action we are taking today will save lives and improve the health of the nation - both for those of us here today and for ... [Full Article...]

A cotton seed sprouted - and died - on China’s Lunar Lander

A cotton seed sprouted - and died - on China’s Lunar Lander On 3 January , China made history when it landed the first spacecraft on the far side of the Moon . "This is the first time humans have done biological growth experiments on the lunar surface", said Xie Gengxin, who led the design of the experiment. [Full Article...]

Antarctica ice melting increases by 280% in last 16 years

Antarctica ice melting increases by 280% in last 16 years The team of scientists were studying how the Antarctic ice sheet is influenced by changes to how the Earth moves in space. Forty billion tons of ice was lost to the ocean every year from 1979 to 1989, and that quantity has changed since the beginning of 2009, when 252 billion tons was the new number, according to a study by the National Academy of Sciences . [Full Article...]

China grows the first seed on the Moon

China grows the first seed on the Moon The agency said four more lunar missions are planned, confirming the launch of Chang'e 5 by the end of the year, which will be the first probe to return samples of the moon to Earth since the 1970s. Researchers at Chongqing University are conducting an experiment to observe how plants can grow in low-gravity environments and in the natural lighting conditions of the moon. [Full Article...]

Video of Chang'e-4's successful touchdown on moon

Video of Chang'e-4's successful touchdown on moon The rover for China's Chang'e-4 mission has restarted activities following a period on standby as a precaution against high temperatures as the sun rose to its highest point over the landing site on the far side of the Moon. In 2013, China became just the third country, after the USA and the then-Soviet Union, to successfully "soft land" on the Moon when its Chang'e 3 lander reached the luna... [Full Article...]

Oceans warming much faster than previously thought

Oceans warming much faster than previously thought That would mean a sea level rise of 30 centimeters or about a foot in addition to the rise in sea levels caused by melting of glaciers and ice sheets . Overall, temperatures in the ocean down to 2,000 metres rose about 0.1 degree Celsius (0.18F) from 1971-2010, he said. Moreover, the revised and updated ocean heat content record is much more in step with the warming predicted by climate models, t... [Full Article...]

Billions of white dwarf stars are crystallising, say astronomers

Billions of white dwarf stars are crystallising, say astronomers Astronomers at the University of Warwick have found first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into crystals and our skies are filled with them. As for our Sun, the researcher and his colleagues estimate that it will undergo the crystallization process in around 10 billion years, give or take. [Full Article...]

Proof of LIFE: Scientists record mysterious radio signals from deep space

A team of scientists behind a telescope located in BC's Okanagan Valley have found the second repeating fast radio burst (FRB ) ever recorded, which they said provides new clues about the puzzling pulses of radio energy from far outside our own galaxy. [Full Article...]

John Bercow blasted by Tory Brexiters as Theresa May suffers another defeat

John Bercow blasted by Tory Brexiters as Theresa May suffers another defeat The British government is bringing its little-loved Brexit deal back to Parliament, a month after postponing a vote on the agreement to stave off near-certain defeat. Labour said it would try to trigger an election by calling for a no-confidence vote in the government if May's deal is defeated next week. But without the DUP's support, and with many of May's Conservative MP still strongly ... [Full Article...]

It has since been replaced by NASA's new space telescope, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Data gathered during the course of its scientific mission, however, paved way to the discovery of a new exoplanet. Revealed in a press conference at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), planet Kepler-10c is 17 times heavier than the Earth, and may require scientists to r... [Full Article...]

Chinese rover powers up devices in pioneering moon mission:The Asahi Shimbun

Chinese rover powers up devices in pioneering moon mission:The Asahi Shimbun A photo posted online by China's space agency showed tracks left by the rover as it headed away from the spacecraft. "Although this was one small step for the rover, I think it is one big step for the Chinese people", he said in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV, echoing the famous quote by U.S. [Full Article...]

China's Chang'e-4 Lands on Moon's Far Side, Snaps First Image

China's Chang'e-4 Lands on Moon's Far Side, Snaps First Image It's the first time someone has landed on the 'dark side of the moon , ' which faces away from Earth and is therefore not visible from its surface. To overcome the problem, the China National Space Administration launched the Queqiiao relay satellite, last May to assist with the relay exchange between Earth and the Chang'e-4 probe. [Full Article...]

This is the best time to see tonight’s Quadrantid meteor shower

In Denver, it will peak at about 7 p.m. Unlike the Perseids and Geminids, the peak for this particular shower only lasts several hours. The exact peak of the shower, according to the International Meteor Organization , will be at 2:00 a.m. [Full Article...]

It's onward and outward for New Horizons

It's onward and outward for New Horizons A NASA probe has beamed back images of an object lying one billion miles past Pluto - and the hi-res images show it looks like a 21-mile-high snowman. NASA's New Horizons mission flew by the object early on January 1, and the maneuver's science data will reach Earth over the course of almost two months. [Full Article...]

Quadrantid meteor shower set to streak across the sky tonight

This year the spectacle of the Quadrantid shower will be most visible from late tonight (January 3) until dawn on Friday, January 4 - with the peak of the display set to occur around 2am. With clear skies forecast there's a chance people in the north-east could witness the first meteor shower of 2019. Meteors originate from leftover comet particles and bits of broken asteroids. [Full Article...]

Garbage, faeces take toll on U.S. national parks amid shutdown

Garbage, faeces take toll on U.S. national parks amid shutdown Escalating problems have prompted some parks, like Yosemite, to partially or fully close. "It's impacted (our lives) for fun, but it's impacted people's livelihoods and people's jobs, and it's disappointing because, you know, is a wall really that important?" visiting Texan Lori Neblett said, referring to President Donald Trump's unwillingness to back off a demand for $5 billion for his long-pro... [Full Article...]

New Horizons launches on NYE to explore Ultima Thule

New Horizons launches on NYE to explore Ultima Thule This flyby is the first exploration of a small Kuiper Belt object up close - and the most primitive world ever observed by a spacecraft. Scientists will not have confirmation of its successful arrival until the probe communicates its whereabouts through NASA's Deep Space Network at 10:28 a.m. [Full Article...]

The EPA Proposed Changing How It Calculates Regulatory Health Benefits

The EPA Proposed Changing How It Calculates Regulatory Health Benefits The EPA is not seeking to remove the mercury limitations, outlined under the 2011 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards , but critics are saying the proposed change in calculations sets a unsafe precedent for future regulations associated with public health . [Full Article...]


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