• Chemistry Nobel awarded for groundbreaking research on proteins
Chemistry Nobel awarded for groundbreaking research on proteins

In 1950, Bertrand Russell became the first person from Cambridge to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, for his 1946 work A History of Western Philosophy. Oliver Jones, a chemist at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, said in a statement distributed by the U.K. Science Media Center. Smith used them to create a tool that would help ide...

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  • NASA downplays ISS leak in latest update
NASA downplays ISS leak in latest update

The landing is the first since Russian space chief Dimitri Rogozin bemoaned "problems" in the Russian space agency's cooperation with NASA that he attributed to interference from unnamed American officials this week. Russia's previously said the hole appears to have been made by a drill. Administrator Bridenstine is scheduled to attend the launch a...

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  • Physics Nobel goes to 3 laser scientists for tools made of light
Physics Nobel goes to 3 laser scientists for tools made of light

He later refined his technique so precisely that by 1987 he was able to use these so-called optical tweezers , which uses a lens to trap and control laser beams like a vise, to catch and move living bacteria without harming them . In work that formed Strickland's PhD thesis, she and Mourou took inspiration from a radar technique. Monday: No...

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  • Allison, Honjo win Nobel Medicine for cancer therapy
Allison, Honjo win Nobel Medicine for cancer therapy

Immunotherapy is now, possibly, "the most important recent discovery for cancer therapy in general, as an alternative to chemo", said Dr. Pierre Goldstein , emeritus professor at the Marseille-Luminy Immunology Centre in France. During his university days, a fellow student died of stomach cancer, which led him to think that he would someda...

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  • LNG Canada gets green light
LNG Canada gets green light

Global LNG demand is expected to double by 2035, with much of that growth coming from Asia where gas is displacing coal, it said. Shell said the project will initially export LNG from two processing units or trains totaling 14 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).

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  • Nobel Prize in Physics jointly awarded to trio of laser physics inventors
Nobel Prize in Physics jointly awarded to trio of laser physics inventors

Strickland is the third woman to get the Nobel Prize in Physics, following Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963. They include the first female physics prize victor in 55 years. Mourou and Strickland's work resulted in "the shortest and most intense laser pulses created by humankind" - allowing for incredibly precise cutting or...

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  • Hurricane Rosa off Mexico could bring rip currents, flooding in US
Hurricane Rosa off Mexico could bring rip currents, flooding in US

The National Weather Service announced flash flood watches through Tuesday for areas including southern Nevada, southeastern California, southwestern and central Utah and the western two-thirds of Arizona. Meteorologists said that up to 10 inches of rain fell in some parts of Martinique, Dominica and Barbados as they warned of flash floods and ...

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  • Hayabusa2 Rovers Start Probing Asteroid Ryugu
Hayabusa2 Rovers Start Probing Asteroid Ryugu

On 21 September, the rovers were released on to the surface by the "mothership", Hayabusa 2 . It is a 3.3 kg compressed package that consists of two cookie-tin shaped rovers, Rover-1A and Rover-1B, which are now operational on the asteroid surface.

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  • Japanese rovers send back images and video from asteroid Ryugu
Japanese rovers send back images and video from asteroid Ryugu

Now that they're operational, the two will spend their time investigating Ryugu's surface for clues about its formation, evolution and ultimately the state of our early solar system. Their tiny bodies, which measure just 7 inches (18 centimeters) in diameter, are equipped with high-powered, asteroid-probing instruments. While just the first two r...

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  • Concerns grow for Arctic beluga whale in Thames estuary
Concerns grow for Arctic beluga whale in Thames estuary

A spokeswoman said the beluga's visit to the Thames was a "very rare occurrence", and urged people not to go out in boats to get a close look at the whale, but to watch it from the shore . The beluga was first sighted on Tuesday near the southern, Kent side of the river, downstream of Gravesend. An AFP photographer saw the whale surfacing in the...

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  • Kirk intensifies back into a Tropical Storm
Kirk intensifies back into a Tropical Storm

It is moving generally to the west at about 18 miles per hour. "However, outer rain bands from the system may create unstable conditions", the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said, noting that winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour with higher gusts are "possible".

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  • 'It's pretty devastating': Ottawa family speaks about losing house in tornado
'It's pretty devastating': Ottawa family speaks about losing house in tornado

The tornado hit on Friday evening, demolishing homes in the town of Dunrobin to the north west of the city before crossing over to the town of Gatineau, which lies directly to the north of Ottawa in the province of Quebec. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said Sunday that the devastation looks like a "war scene", with "hydro poles that snapped like twigs...

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  • Beluga whale spotted in the Thames - London shock at rare sighting
Beluga whale spotted in the Thames - London shock at rare sighting

The RSPCA animal welfare group said that it's "working with other agencies to monitor the situation" and sent researchers to the scene. Whale experts said that videos filmed today near Gravesend in Kent appeared to show a beluga, distinctive for its white body, which may have taken a wrong turn after entering the North Sea.

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  • Two Mini-Robots Dropped Towards the Ryugu Asteroid
Two Mini-Robots Dropped Towards the Ryugu Asteroid

Japan's space agency said on Saturday the rovers had landed. The successful landings of the first two rovers "made me so happy", said Takashi Kubota, a spokesman for the project. It was taken on Ryugu's surface during a hop. The robots were dispatched from the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft on Thursday. Hayabusa2 released the Minerva-II 1 rovers...

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  • Japanese space agency lands rovers on asteroid
Japanese space agency lands rovers on asteroid

It differs from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission which landed on a comet in 2016, as that probe was only online briefly and remained stationary on the surface. The 1kg rovers are equipped with wide-angle and stereo cameras, and are powered internal rotors, which propel the robots across the asteroid. Later, it will deploy an explosive ...

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  • Florence regroups as Tropical Storm Kirk; slim chance for Carolina repeat
Florence regroups as Tropical Storm Kirk; slim chance for Carolina repeat

The next disturbance or depression upgraded to a tropical storm will be named Kirk followed by Leslie. The storm will move toward the west-northwest through early next week and is not a threat to Florida. "Some slight strengthening is possible, but Leslie is forecast to become absorbed by a larger non-tropical low by the middle of the week", acco...

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  • Japan spacecraft sends rovers to asteroid
Japan spacecraft sends rovers to asteroid

The drum that housed the rovers, Minerva-II1, was actually named after the lander carried on the original Hayabusa mission , launched by JAXA in 2003. The spacecraft arrived near the asteroid, about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth, in June. Right about now, there should be two tiny rovers hopping around the surface of the ...

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  • Here’s where Tropical Storm Kirk is Sunday and where it’s going
Here’s where Tropical Storm Kirk is Sunday and where it’s going

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, but it will stay a tropical storm. While it has a chance to clip the Carolinas, the core of the system will stay off-shore as a frontal system over the U.S. East Coast keeps it from moving inland.

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  • Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot Aboard SpaceX's 'Big Falcon Rocket'
Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot Aboard SpaceX's 'Big Falcon Rocket'

SpaceX now has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living at the ISS, via regular cargo trips on its Dragon spaceship, launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket . SpaceX plans to launch the first unmanned mission to Mars by 2022 - a goal Musk himself has described as "Ambitious", with a sight to putting the first humans on the red...

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  • More than 53,000 Carolinas customers without power after Florence
More than 53,000 Carolinas customers without power after Florence

And, Cooper warned, "we will see more flooding". WH Group Ltd's Smithfield Foods Inc [SFIL.UL], the biggest USA pork producer, was operating processing plants at limited capacity, after previously closing the world's largest hog slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, North Carolina, spokeswoman Diana Souder said.

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