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Hayabusa2 Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa2 Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu CBS News reports the Hayabusa2 space probe recently arrived to an asteroid known as 162173 Ryugu, where it dropped two landers created to hop around on the surface of the celestial object as it barrels through space, after being launched nearly four years ago. [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Kirk of 'immediate concern' to BVI

Tropical Storm Kirk of 'immediate concern' to BVI A subtropical storm, Leslie has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, and is out in the middle of the Atlantic on the same latitude as SC. Tropical Storm Kirk has formed in the Atlantic while other weather systems continue to lurk in the area. [Full Article...]

Floodwaters breach N.C. dam, threaten to push coal ash into river

Floodwaters breach N.C. dam, threaten to push coal ash into river Lake water then flooded one of three large coal ash dumps lining the lakeshore. Duke said Friday the plant's inundated basin contains about 400,000 cubic yards of ash. "What we're concerned about is that the floodwaters of the Cape Fear have raised the level of the lake and thus breached or overtopped the dike flooding the ash pond which causes the release of coal ash and cenospheres into the co... [Full Article...]

Two little hopping robots deployed to asteroid Ryugu

Two little hopping robots deployed to asteroid Ryugu At the end of August, Japanese space agency JAXA announced when it would attempt to deploy a pair of very special rovers to the surface the asteroid known as Ryugu . A third rover, MASCOT, will be launched from Hayabusa-2 in early October. The explorer was launched at the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan in December 2014. [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Kirk forms in Eastern Atlantic Ocean

Saturday advisory. "Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour or 65 kilometres per hour with higher gusts". The center of the tropical storm was located near latitude 8.3 north, longitude 23.6 west. "If these trends continue, advisories will be initiated on this system later today while the low moves westward at about 20 miles per hour". Kirk is the renamed cousin to Hurricane Flore... [Full Article...]

Florence's Flooding Claims 3.4 Million Poultry, 5,500 Hogs

Florence's Flooding Claims 3.4 Million Poultry, 5,500 Hogs North Carolina officials said even though the sun is shining in parts of the state, major flooding is continuing in the aftermath of Florence and is expected to worsen in some areas. The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet, four times its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 near the Fort Bragg army base in the southern part of the state, according to the... [Full Article...]

1,000 feet of spiderwebs blanket large part of Greek town

1,000 feet of spiderwebs blanket large part of Greek town Chatzaki told local news site NewsIt that the spiderwebs are a seasonal phenomenon that occurs at the beginning of fall by the Tetragnatha spider . Chatzaki explained that the spiders were not unsafe for humans and would "have their party and soon die off". "It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party", Chatzaki said, according to the BBC. [Full Article...]

TESS, NASA's Next-Gen Planet Hunter, is Already Delivering

TESS, NASA's Next-Gen Planet Hunter, is Already Delivering The images show parts of a dozen constellations, from Capricornus to Pictor, Magellanic Clouds, and the galaxies that are close to our own. TESS acquired the images using all four cameras during a 30-min period on August 7, 2018. Then TESS will turn to the 13 sectors of the northern sky to carry out a second year-long survey. The planet orbits every 6.3 days. Scientists at MIT and NASA will ... [Full Article...]

Octopuses Got High on MDMA. For Science

Octopuses Got High on MDMA. For Science Humans and octopuses are separated by 500 million years on the evolutionary tree and octopus brains are far more similar to those of snails' than humans', but how different can the two species really be? This protein is also the target of MDMA, so Dolen wondered how the drug would affect this usually unfriendly animal. [Full Article...]

Space X's first moon tourist is Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa

Space X's first moon tourist is Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Maezawa opened up an online record store called Start Today, which later became Zozotown. Maezawa will be the first passenger to travel to the moon since the end of the Apollo missions in the United States in 1972. He said SpaceX has updated the design for the BFR rocket for the third time in three years. The amount Maezawa is paying for the trip was not disclosed. [Full Article...]

Giant spiders' web covers Greek beach

Giant spiders' web covers Greek beach The cloudy web stretches over an abandoned boat, trees and rows of vegetation in photographs published to Facebook by user Giannis Giannakopoulos. They are commonly called stretch spiders due to their elongated body form. Sadly, the eight-legged architects will soon die off, leaving the web to degrade naturally. Just when you thought you these guys could not get more invasive, they invade a whol... [Full Article...]

The Air Force Wants More Planes - and a Lot More Money

The Air Force Wants More Planes - and a Lot More Money The Space Force will follow, with the goal of standing up the department no later than 2020. There isn't a "playbook" to follow on how to create a new service, since the last time it occurred was with the creation of the Air Force in 1947. [Full Article...]

Spiders build 1000-foot web shrouding entire lagoon in silk

Spiders build 1000-foot web shrouding entire lagoon in silk In recent days, the webs have draped plants, trees and boats along the lagoon in Aitoliko, a town of canals that's otherwise known as Greece's "Little Venice". With the growth of the gnat population, the spiders also thrive and multiply. "It's the simple prey-predator phenomenon", Pergantis told the network. [Full Article...]

Florence death toll rises to 42 as residents return to flooded homes

Florence death toll rises to 42 as residents return to flooded homes They've been moving many of their belongings to the attic, hoping the water won't rise higher than their house in Horry County, South Carolina . President Donald Trump on Wednesday visited North and SC, where flood levels continue to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence . [Full Article...]

Spider Sex Party Covers Greek Beach in 1000-Foot-Long Web

The web was created by Tetragnatha spiders , a type of spider that falls in the long-jawed orb weaver classification. "The spiders will have their party and will soon die", added Maria. The spiders are not unsafe for people and will not cause any damage to the area's flora. "There are huge numbers of male and female spiders mating [underneath the webs]", Chatzaki said. [Full Article...]

SpaceX says it will fly private passenger 'around the Moon'

SpaceX says it will fly private passenger 'around the Moon' Before the annoucnement tech billionaire Elon Musk gave details about the ambitious project, revealing in full how the shuttle would loop around the Moon. The lunar mission will be a first for SpaceX's next-generation Big Falcon Rocket , which will eventually replace the workhorse Falcon 9 rocket . For all the rocket trips into space in recent decades, no human has traveled into lunar orbi... [Full Article...]

"Dark Sky" Concept Vehicle Acts as Intelligent Mobile Observatory

Built is partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA), this is a mobile astronomical laboratory for the stars observation. The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept supports this project by helping astronomers conduct follow-up observations of the universe from hard-to-reach, so-called " dark sky " locations - away from the nighttime glow of urban areas, which decreases visibility. [Full Article...]

SpaceX plans to livestream moon mission in VR

SpaceX plans to livestream moon mission in VR The trip is expected to take off in 2023 using the SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket , the most powerful rocket flying today. The average distance from Earth to the moon is about 238,000 miles. The first space tourist was Dennis Tito, an American businessman who in 2001 paid some $20 million to fly on a Russian spaceship to the International Space Station. [Full Article...]

Massive 1,000ft spider web appeared overnight in Greece

Arachnophobics, beware - a massive spider web in a small town in western Greece has blanketed almost a 1,000-foot expanse of the region's coast. She explained that the seasonal phenomena occurs when the spiders are mating, and that an increase in the mosquito population this year had lead to ideal conditions for a population explosion among the spiders. [Full Article...]

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence It left behind deaths in at least three states and carved an arc of destruction that had not fully become clear, though one preliminary analysis said could cost up to $20 billion in property losses. Officers were going door-to-door along the river in Brunswick County, North Carolina encouraging residents to evacuate. The city manager told CNN that 12,000 people were "in harm's way". [Full Article...]


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