Thursday August 16-th, 2018

OTD in Space - June 4: Falcon 9 Rocket Reaches Orbit OTD in Space - June 4: Falcon 9 Rocket Reaches Orbit

The window to launch the rocket opens at 12:29 a.m. Monday and last for four hours. Payer traveled from SES headquarters in Luxembourg to watch the launch of his company's SES-12 satellite. The weather appears favorable, with a 70 percent chance of...

President Trump admin considers plan to bail out coal, nuclear plants President Trump admin considers plan to bail out coal, nuclear plants

The Trump administration reportedly has plans in the works to direct USA grid operators to purchase power from struggling coal and nuclear facilities - a move immediately condemned by several energy industry associations and clean energy groups.

Trump orders Energy Department to help ailing coal, nuclear plants Trump orders Energy Department to help ailing coal, nuclear plants

After the Energy Department conducted a reliability study previous year, Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed a rule that would have compensated coal and nuclear plants for their ability to store months' worth of fuel on site. The DoE memo suggests t...

Kinder Morgan in court to tie up protesters' 10-minute loophole Kinder Morgan in court to tie up protesters' 10-minute loophole

Construction on the 590,000-barrel-per-day expansion to the existing 300,000-bpd line, halted by Kinder Morgan in April, is to be restarted immediately in the wake of Tuesday's announcement of Ottawa's $4.5-billion purchase. "There are no bad pipel...

Pluto has 'Earth-like characteristics,' scientists find Pluto has 'Earth-like characteristics,' scientists find

An global team of geographers, physicists and planetary scientists analyzed detailed images of the dwarf planet's surface from July 2015, captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft . The researchers also think that the dunes are young, rather th...

‘Surprising’ methane dunes found on Pluto ‘Surprising’ methane dunes found on Pluto

It has been nearly two years since NASA's New Horizons probe made its historic flyby of Pluto , but we're still learning new things about the dwarf planet from this mission's data. "But it turns out that Pluto, while being 30 times farther a...

Flash Flood Watch In Effect Through This Evening Flash Flood Watch In Effect Through This Evening

The community set along the west bank of Maryland's Patapsco River, was stricken by deadly flash flooding in July 2016. A flash flood watch was also in effect along the southeast coast through Tuesday afternoon. A number of roads are blocked by...

Japanese Hunters Kill 122 Pregnant Minke Whales for 'Scientific Research' Japanese Hunters Kill 122 Pregnant Minke Whales for 'Scientific Research'

However, this has not stopped the country from continuing its annual summer whale hunt , which it claims is for scientific research while also allowing whale flesh to be sold in markets and restaurants. Humane Society International Senior Program...

Oldest known lizard discovered: Why is the tiny reptile so unique? Oldest known lizard discovered: Why is the tiny reptile so unique?

The tiny reptile called Megachirella is the size of a chameleon and the scans of its fossils reveal they are ancestors to a group called squamates which includes snakes and lizards from today. Since this discovery, scientists didn't know much...

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escape from German zoo Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escape from German zoo

The animals were able to escape after flooding from an overnight storm that caused a river to burst its banks damaged their enclosures. A large search operation was carried out, involving the fire services, the police and veterinarians, the spoke...

Plastic Pollution Crisis: Single-Use Straws May Be Banned Across Europe

The proposal, which is created to prevent and reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, and in particular the marine environment, sets a number of different policy measures to tackle these problematic single-use products, fr...

Political impact of Trans Mountain purchase on federal Liberals Political impact of Trans Mountain purchase on federal Liberals

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who has threatened to curtail petroleum exports to British Columbia in retaliation for the neighboring province's battle against Trans Mountain, said "sometimes, on a big national project, the government has to step in ...

Camera gets charred during Space-X launch Camera gets charred during Space-X launch

Moments later, the camera was engulfed in flames, as exhibited in one final image (which, in my opinion, is just as awe-inspiring as the others). NASA Photographer Bill Ingalls's remote camera setup before the NASA /German GRACE-FO launch from V...

Canada to buy controversial Trans Mountain pipeline Canada to buy controversial Trans Mountain pipeline

Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange on May 30 past year, luring investors with the promise of building the massive Trans Mountain expansion project. Canada's long-term plan is to finance the costs of construction through th...

Trudeau government to buy troubled Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion Trudeau government to buy troubled Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion

Morneau said in return, the company will move forward with its plan to twin the pipeline this summer, while the sale is finalized, which is expected to happen in August. After her arrest, May said permits issued for the twinning of the existing Trans...

B.C. files constitutional challenge of Alberta's fuel restriction law B.C. files constitutional challenge of Alberta's fuel restriction law

Earlier in the week, Horgan said he didn't expect any drama at the meetings over Trans Mountain. With those approvals in hand, the company believed there was no reason they could not build the project. "Pharmacare does not grow on trees", Notley sa...

Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto powers towards Florida Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto powers towards Florida

Mark Bowen, Bay County Emergency management director, said at a Sunday afternoon news conference that the concern isn't with storm surge due to the timing of landfall and the tides. After landfall, the system is forecast to move well inland into th...

Florida, Mississippi and Alabama declare emergencies ahead of storm Alberto Florida, Mississippi and Alabama declare emergencies ahead of storm Alberto

As of 7 AM Monday, Alberto had wind speeds of 65 miles per hour and was moving northwest at 7 miles per hour. "This is jogging more to the east and will hit the Florida panhandle", Burke said . While Alberto was expected to become a tropical s...

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: Patients 'taken to church' Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: Patients 'taken to church'

The two others who attended the prayer gathering left overnight Monday; one died outside of quarantine, and another was brought back to the hospital and died there. About 100 health workers have been vaccinated there as front-line workers face high...

Unidentifiable Wolflike Creature Killed By Rancher In Montana Unidentifiable Wolflike Creature Killed By Rancher In Montana

Why? The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks has confirmed the animal was young, non-lactating female and a canid, which means its a member of the dog family which includes dogs, foxes, coyotes and wolves. "They're spotted each day ...

Florida Is In A State Of Emergency As Subtropical Storm Alberto Approaches Florida Is In A State Of Emergency As Subtropical Storm Alberto Approaches

Cuba maintained its tropical storm watch for the province of Pinar del Rio, while Mexico cancelled its watch for the resort-dotted coast of the Yucatan peninsula, where the storm brought heavy rain. Isolated areas could see as much as 380 millimet...

SC faces heavy rain due to storm SC faces heavy rain due to storm

Subtropical storm Alberto continues to move into the northern Gulf of Mexico. Alberto won't totally wash out our Memorial Day here in the Tennessee Valley. The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters again flew out Saturday to gather data on ...

Hurricane season 2018 predictions: how bad will we get hit this year? Hurricane season 2018 predictions: how bad will we get hit this year?

So here's their prediction for the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Carribean Sea: 14-18 named storms, 11 hurricanes, and 3-5 major hurricanes-category 3 or higher. A system was brewing in the southern Gulf on Thursday that has a 70 per cent chance of be...

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Melted This NASA Photographer’s Camera SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Melted This NASA Photographer’s Camera

For the launch, Ingalls set-up for cameras to capture the event. Ingalls placed his camera Canon DSLR about a quarter mile or over 400 meters away from SpaceX's pad, called Space Launch Complex 4E. "The body started to melt", NASA officials wr...

Apollo Moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86 after illness Apollo Moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86 after illness

Bean served as a test pilot in the U.S. Navy, and was among 14 trainees who were selected by NASA in 1963 for its third group of astronauts - after the Mercury Seven and the New Nine. Leslie Bean, Alan Bean's wife of 40 years, said her husband was ...

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