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Australia’s Labor policy falls short on reducing emissions and costs

Australia’s Labor policy falls short on reducing emissions and costs The electric vehicle policy would be the first of its kind in Australia and has won the support of the National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA), which went even further in calling for a ban on the sale of petrol vehicles as early as 2025. [Full Article...]

Pregnant whale found dead with 20 kilos of plastic inside

Pregnant whale found dead with 20 kilos of plastic inside Among the things found in the mammal's stomach were "garbage bags. fishing nets, lines, tubes, the bag of a washing machine liquid still identifiable, with brand and barcode". "And we won't stop here", Costa wrote in the post. Italy's environment minister, Sergio Costa , lamented the whale's death and said he planned to propose a new law this week to limit the use of plastics . [Full Article...]

We might soon get the first-ever photograph of a black hole

We might soon get the first-ever photograph of a black hole The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project , an global effort that aims to capture the first-ever image of a black hole , will announce a "groundbreaking result" at a news conference next week, team members said Monday (April 1). Black holes are, by their very nature, impossible to see, since they eat up all light, making it impossible for any to reach us on Earth. Black holes like Sagittarius... [Full Article...]

Amy's Everyday Astronomy: India Destroys Own Satellite, Creates Potential Danger for ISS

Amy's Everyday Astronomy: India Destroys Own Satellite, Creates Potential Danger for ISS Space debris poses a very significant problem for space. India controversially launched an anti-satellite outside the earth's atmosphere last week in a move that has been met with widespread criticism from its waring neighbours and NASA The Pakistani foreign ministry insisted the launch threatened the "sustainability of peaceful space activities" and could have had a catastrophic impact on exi... [Full Article...]

Astronomers detected methane on mars

Astronomers detected methane on mars Giuranna urged Mars life enthusiasts not to come to any premature conclusions, saying that while methane is a potential "indicator of microbial life", it can also be produced by abiotic processes. Methane in the Martian atmosphere has always been considered a "smoking gun" that might point to the presence of life. In a study published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience , the scientists pre... [Full Article...]

MIT Engineers Demonstrate a New Kind of Airplane Wing

MIT Engineers Demonstrate a New Kind of Airplane Wing Because the structure, comprising thousands of tiny triangles of matchstick-like struts, is composed mostly of empty space, it forms a mechanical “metamaterial” that combines the structural stiffness of a rubber-like polymer and the extreme lightness and low density of an aerogel. [Full Article...]

Methane on Mars confirmed: scientists pinpoint likely source

Methane doesn't last long in the atmosphere, so any detection of the gas needs to be done quite quickly after it is released. Any methane that is detected would therefore have been released relatively recently. Rather than coming from large emissions and being present around the whole of Mars, it might instead come out in small, short emissions from whatever process is producing it, the research... [Full Article...]

Ban on plastic bags comes close to reality in a 3rd state

Ban on plastic bags comes close to reality in a 3rd state Stores can still hand out bags to carry bulk items, sliced or prepared foods, a newspaper for delivery, prescription drugs and uncooked meat, fish or poultry. They often end up in the oceans, where marine life eat them or get ensnared in them. But New York's new ban has faced pushback. Plastic pollution instead breaks down into tiny pieces that get gulped down by a vareity of organisms and ma... [Full Article...]

School board vows to disregard Quebec bill restricting religious symbols

School board vows to disregard Quebec bill restricting religious symbols Legault confirmed that his government will invoke the notwithstanding clause contained in both the Canadian and Quebec charters of rights to protect the new bill from being challenged in court. This is the fourth attempt by successive Quebec governments to try to get the bill into law. "It's unthinkable to me that in a free society we would legitimize discrimination against citizens based on the... [Full Article...]

NASA nixes 1st all-female spacewalk due to suit-sizing issue

NASA nixes 1st all-female spacewalk due to suit-sizing issue But the agency clarified Tuesday that it has more than one medium-size spacesuit torso aboard but said to stay on schedule with the space station upgrades, "it's safer and faster to change spacewalker assignments than reconfigure spacesuits". [Full Article...]

NASA is paying 24 people nearly $19K to stay in bed

NASA is paying 24 people nearly $19K to stay in bed The study pays participants $19,000 (16,500 euro) and is known as AGBRESA study 2019. Scientists are looking for womenlooking for women to stay in bed for 60 days to help them study how weightlessness affects the human body. A nutritionist will be on hand to take care of everyone's diets and make sure the participants don't gain weight and are receiving everything their body needs. [Full Article...]

Global energy demand rose by 2.3 per cent in 2018: IEA

Global energy demand rose by 2.3 per cent in 2018: IEA Despite strong growth from wind, solar, and nuclear, carbon-free sources accounted for just one-third of the world's new energy in 2018, meaning fossil fuels remain firmly dominant. USA coal demand also waned with abundant cheap gas and increased renewables along with an aging fleet contributing factors. But it relied far more on natural gas , coal and oil. [Full Article...]

NASA accused of sexism after it cancels first women space walk

However, the agency announced on Monday (March 25) that astronaut Nick Hague would be taking McClain's place, due to a spacesuit sizing issue. In a statement, the American space agency explained that both astronauts chose to alter the assignments "due in part to spacesuit availability" on the International Space Stations . [Full Article...]

NASA Ditches All-Female Spacewalk Because Of Shortage Of Spacesuits

NASA Ditches All-Female Spacewalk Because Of Shortage Of Spacesuits They worked outside, in the vacuum of space, for six hours and 39 minutes to upgrade the space station's power storage capacity. The walk will still take place, however now it will be a mix-gendered event, between astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch . [Full Article...]

NASA snapped that monster meteor fireball over the Bering Sea

NASA snapped that monster meteor fireball over the Bering Sea In the standalone still image, NASA says this this true-color image features the remnants of its trail as a dark shadow on the thick white clouds. NASA published satellite photos of a mysterious and powerful meteor which appeared in the sky in December and released 10 times more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb , but somehow wasn't seen by anybody at the time. [Full Article...]

Pence calls for landing United States astronauts on moon in 5 years

Pence calls for landing United States astronauts on moon in 5 years Air Force general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force; Eileen Collins, a retired U.S. Air Force officer and former NASA astronaut; and former NASA astronaut Sandy Magnus. "If our current contractors can't meet this objective, then we will find ones that will", Pence said. The Trump administration has also proposed slashing the funding to NASA's Space Launch System , an indispensable... [Full Article...]

Bigger Wardrobe Needed: All-Female Spacewalk Cancelled Over Lack of Spacesuits

Bigger Wardrobe Needed: All-Female Spacewalk Cancelled Over Lack of Spacesuits American astronaut Anne McClain at work at the International Space Station on Friday. Since only one medium-size torso can be made ready by March 29, Ms. To me, that means they're helping make the Wi-Fi better IN SPACE. Agency officials, though, emphasized they did not deliberately team up Koch and McClain for that milestone. [Full Article...]

The Northern Lights may be visible from Scotland this weekend

The Northern Lights may be visible from Scotland this weekend Clearing skies and a moderate geomagnetic storm means MI may have a look at the Northern Lights this weekend. It is thought the display may be most visible between 3pm on Saturday afternoon and 9pm on Saturday night. If the aurora is moving slowly, keep your eyes peeled! Typically, the chances to see the Aurora Borealis is rather slim, in Southwestern PA. Coronal mass ejections ... [Full Article...]

Watch two NASA astronauts work on ISS power system during spacewalk

Watch two NASA astronauts work on ISS power system during spacewalk These individuals are going to get ground support directly from flight administrator Mary Lawrence and also Kristen Facciol out of the Canadian Space Organization within Nasa's Johnson Space Facility inside Texas. The International Space Station fly over is likely to rise above the southwestern horizon around 7:55 p.m. When the station moves into orbital darkness, the batteries kick in to keep t... [Full Article...]

NASA Asteroid Mission Gets More Complicated

NASA Asteroid Mission Gets More Complicated This view of the asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on January 19, 2019, was created by combining two images taken by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft: a short-exposure photo, which shows the asteroid clearly, and a long-exposure version, which shows the particles clearly. [Full Article...]


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