• Martian dust storm silences NASA's rover, Opportunity
Martian dust storm silences NASA's rover, Opportunity

Opportunity , along with its twin named Spirit, was launched in 2003 and landed on Mars a year later to hunt for signs of past life. "We are listening every day for possible signals from the rover", he said , likening the atmosphere among colleagues to having a family member in a coma.

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  • Astronomers watch a black hole eating a star
Astronomers watch a black hole eating a star

Well on January 30, 2005, scientists detected an infrared emission emerging from the nucleus of one the galaxies in Arp 299 using the William Herschel Telescope . But the recent discovery will help scientists comprehend what exactly happens in black holes and the type of environment present when galaxies first came into being.

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  • WaPo: Pruitt enlisted aide to get wife a job
WaPo: Pruitt enlisted aide to get wife a job

But whether a hearing will take place is ultimately up to the committee, Inhofe said. Those comments from Inhofe and Ernst arrived within hours of growing calls among conservative ranks for Pruitt to step down, including criticism from Laura Ingraham, a conservative radio host for Fox News whom President Trump follows on Twitter .

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  • New Technique shows hidden Infant planets orbiting Newborn Star
New Technique shows hidden Infant planets orbiting Newborn Star

These are considered the first planets discovered with ALMA . Mostly, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA ) has been used to observe protoplanetary disks encircle young stars. But protoplanets of this kind can not be found using those techniques. "But until now we had no direct evidence for the planets themselves", he said .

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch leads tributes to Stephen Hawking at Westminster Abbey service
Benedict Cumberbatch leads tributes to Stephen Hawking at Westminster Abbey service

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch , who played the scientist in a 2004 BBC biopic, will be among those giving readings at the ceremony, according to the Stephen Hawking Foundation. The famed cosmologist, who passed away in March at the age of 76, always dreamed of flying to space, and now, his voice is is on a journey through the cosmos.

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  • Woman sues NASA to keep moon dust
Woman sues NASA to keep moon dust

Laura Murray Cicco claims she owns a vial of moon dust given to her by Neil Armstrong along with a note. According to her, she only came across the vial five years ago as she was going through her late parents' possessions. "It is therefore essential that rigorous accountability and security procedures be followed by all persons who have access t...

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  • Antarctic ice is melting faster than ever: scientists
Antarctic ice is melting faster than ever: scientists

The greater part of the continent known as East Antarctica is close to a state of balance, gaining 5 billion tonnes (5.5 billion tons) of ice per year on average. Of the three, the East Antarctic Ice Sheet is the largest potential contributor to sea level rise. "Regional sea ice loss impacts the temperature and circulation of the ocean, as well a...

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  • Antarctica is melting more than twice as fast as in 2012
Antarctica is melting more than twice as fast as in 2012

This equates to a 0.6 mm annual rise in global sea levels (in total, sea levels are rising about 3 mm a year, according to NASA ). They discovered that Antarctica is now losing ice about three times faster than it did until 2012, climbing to a rate of more than 241 billion tons (219 billion metric tons) per year.

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  • Opportunity Rover Is Stuck in a 'Dark, Perpetual Night'
Opportunity Rover Is Stuck in a 'Dark, Perpetual Night'

And there isn't any danger of the rover being buried by dust, although clearing it off once the storm subsides may be another challenge. For now, Mars' oldest working rover is stuck in the middle of the raging storm, in complete round-the-clock darkness.

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  • USA, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup
USA, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from NY, said: "While the official name of the bid is United 2026, the three potential host nations are right now anything but united". Tapping into '94, nobody expected [MLS] to be where it is now. "I'm excited that that's the case". Tory said the city has yet to invest any money in the venture.

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  • Opportunity fights for life amidst a giant Martian dust storm
Opportunity fights for life amidst a giant Martian dust storm

Likewise, performing certain actions draws on battery power, but can actually expel energy and raise the rover's temperature. In 2007, Opportunity weathered a large dust storm with a tau of 5.5. Major dust storms like the current one are not surprising, but they are infrequent and can crop up suddenly and last weeks, even months. This storm is ba...

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  • French Farmers Plan to Blockade Total Refineries and Fuel Depots
French Farmers Plan to Blockade Total Refineries and Fuel Depots

French farmers , members of the FNSEA, the country's largest farmers' union, block with their tractors the access of the French oil giant Total refinery in Donges, France , June 11, 2018. "Our target is the state", FNSEA's Lambert said, adding Total's decision on palm oil was "the last straw". Fuel shortages were not expected as a result of the...

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  • Hurricane Bud is weakening, could hit Mexico as tropical storm
Hurricane Bud is weakening, could hit Mexico as tropical storm

The National Hurricane Center Monday evening (June 11) continued to monitor a disturbance in the western Caribbean expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week. At its peak, Aletta was a Category 4 hurricane when it was first detected about 500 miles off Mexico's west coast late last week and scared up heavy swells that swept...

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  • India achieves a new height, discovers new planet
India achieves a new height, discovers new planet

It can be found in the Sextant constellation and is 160 light years away from our own sun. In a post on its website, the Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO ) said that the name of the planet is EPIC 211945201b or K2-236b. The detection also adds to a sparse catalogue of 22 other confirmed exoplanet systems that have a mass and radius...

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  • NASA Has Discovered Organic Matter ‘Fundamental to Life’ on Mars
NASA Has Discovered Organic Matter ‘Fundamental to Life’ on Mars

Humayan is a professor of geochemistry at Florida State Univeristy and on staff at the FSU-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Details about the discovery were published by the NASA scientists in the journal Science .

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  • Jupiter's Lightning Is the Polar Opposite of Earth's
Jupiter's Lightning Is the Polar Opposite of Earth's

Juno's final science orbit was supposed to be much less elliptical, with close flybys taking place every 14 days, but an issue with a thruster valve nixed that plan. Researchers analysed more than 1,600 "whistlers"-emissions linked to the phenomena-captured by Juno in a Nature Astronomy paper also published Wednesday".

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  • Ferrari under fire for confusing Toronto skyline for Montreal
Ferrari under fire for confusing Toronto skyline for Montreal

The goal is to make the engine stay the same the whole way through but naturally it's degraded. "So at a power circuit it will probably be magnified". "The walls are close and you have to find the rhythm through there to get it right and ride over the kerbs". Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen, of the Netherlands, drives through the Senna co...

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  • Tropical Storm Aletta nears hurricane status
Tropical Storm Aletta nears hurricane status

In order for a hurricane to qualify as a Category 4 storm, it would have to produce winds between 130 to 156 miles per hour, according to NASA, and Aletta seems determined to top that category. Forecasters are also keeping an eye on another area of low pressure to the east of Aletta. The NHC said it's too early to tell whether the second system wil...

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  • Earliest animal footprints found in China
Earliest animal footprints found in China

This is a group of animals characterised by having paired appendages - in this case, perhaps, paired legs. For comparison, non-bilateral animals include sponges, corals, jellyfish, and anemones. They are one of the most diverse animal groups in existence today. "Late Ediacaran trackways produced by bilaterian animals with paired appendages". Th...

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  • Russian Soyuz capsule with 3 astronauts blasts off for space station
Russian Soyuz capsule with 3 astronauts blasts off for space station

Bridenstine, the former Oklahoma congressman who was sworn in as leader of the space agency in April 2018, said: 'We're in a position now where there are people out there that can do commercial management of the International Space Station .

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