Sunday September 20-th, 2020

Nearly $640 Billion Coal Investments Undercut By Cheap Renewables Nearly $640 Billion Coal Investments Undercut By Cheap Renewables

It notes more than half of coal plants now in operation cost more to run than building new renewables and suggests by 2030, it could be cheaper to build renewables than run coal facilities in all major markets. However, several creating nations with ...

Quebec confirms 7 cases of COVID-19, 91 others 'under investigation' Quebec confirms 7 cases of COVID-19, 91 others 'under investigation'

It is not known if the new cases come from travellers or community transmission. On Saturday Ste-Justine hospital announced the first minor in Quebec had tested positive for coronavirus . They said the child had returned home from a trip to Europe...

Greenland & Antarctica are losing ice SIX TIMES FASTER Greenland & Antarctica are losing ice SIX TIMES FASTER

A team of 50 worldwide organisations with 96 polar scientists have conducted the most shocking survey of ice loss in Greenland. According to a March 11 news release by the organization , which is supported by the European Space Agency and the US N...

Researchers Locate New Minor Planets Beyond Neptune Using DES Information Researchers Locate New Minor Planets Beyond Neptune Using DES Information

We know there are scads of these bodies out beyond the orbit of Neptune, a distance of around 4.5 billion kilometres from the Sun - 30 times the distance between Earth and the Sun (therefore 30 AU, or astronomical units). After the months-long proces...

Last remaining female white giraffe killed by poachers, along with her calf Last remaining female white giraffe killed by poachers, along with her calf

Poaching is a major threat to reticulated giraffes, the endangered subspecies to which the white animals belong. The reserve is now home to just a single white giraffe - a male from the same family. Though the deaths of Kenya's white giraffes have ...

'Don't panic' says US woman who recovered from coronavirus 'Don't panic' says US woman who recovered from coronavirus

She does, however, acknowledge that it's still something to be taken seriously, especially considering the World Health Organization warnings that older people and people with pre-existing conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease are more...

'London Patient' Is Second Person Ever to Be Cured of HIV 'London Patient' Is Second Person Ever to Be Cured of HIV

But it gives you the sense that it might be worth putting in the effort to see if we can develop the technologies to make that happen", Johnston said. "To scale that up to other patients would be hard". Importantly, Castillejo had a less intensive ...

NASA picks 2 investigations for Moon mission NASA picks 2 investigations for Moon mission

These investigations will take advantage of the unique environment in lunar orbit, one that can not be duplicated on Earth or on the International Space Station. "The hard-earned experience acquired during initial SLS development is resulting in ...

Europe, Russia delay Mars mission to 2022 Europe, Russia delay Mars mission to 2022

The officials made their decision after determining that the agencies need more time to test the various aspects of the mission. The ExoMars rover, named Rosalind Franklin, includes a drill to access the sub-surface of Mars as well as a miniature...

As new virus spreads, Israel issues travel warning for Wuhan, China As new virus spreads, Israel issues travel warning for Wuhan, China

A patient with recent travel history to Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicenter of the nCoV-2019 outbreak, presented with fever and respiratory symptoms after flying to Canada, and was put under medical isolation Thursday, Canadian officials said.

Million years ago days were half-hour shorter #40040 Million years ago days were half-hour shorter #40040

This suggests a day lasted only 23 and a half hours. Finding more geological records that let us calculate the length of days at different points in Earth's history would help us to plot the Moon's acceleration more precisely; in turn, then we co...

First space tourists could be vacationing at ISS as early as 2021 First space tourists could be vacationing at ISS as early as 2021

One seat, which cost Dollars 55 million, has already been booked for the trip on Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket in 2021. Not counting the travel time to and from the ISS, the tourists will be spending 8 days on the space station, once the Crew Dragon ...

NASA'S Management of Space Launch System Program Costs and Contracts — NASA OIG

The cost of the heavy-lift rocket program, needed by the agency's Artemis moon program, is expected to exceed $18 billion by the time the first rocket blasts off in 2021. The 322-foot-tall block 1 SLS will be capable of boosting 70 tons to low-Earth ...

It's cloudy with a chance of iron rain at hot, faraway world It's cloudy with a chance of iron rain at hot, faraway world

Like the Moon orbiting the Earth, WASP-76b is " tidally locked ". "This odd phenomenon happens because the iron rain planet only ever shows one face, its day side, to its parent star, its cooler night side remaining in perpetual darkness".

Head of tiny dinosaur found trapped in amber Head of tiny dinosaur found trapped in amber

A paper on the fascinating find was published Wednesday in the journal, Nature . Researchers found that Oculudentavis had more teeth than any other fossil bird. A CT scan of the skull of Oculudentavis by Li Gang. It looks as though Oculuden...

EU's Barnier warns of big divergences with United Kingdom in talks EU's Barnier warns of big divergences with United Kingdom in talks

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels after four days of talks, European Union negotiator Michel Barnier said the two sides had major disagreements in four areas: a "level playing field" for competition, security cooperation, governance of the f...

Pink Super Moon to be the biggest of the year Pink Super Moon to be the biggest of the year

NASA said on its website: "The Maine Farmer's Almanac first published "Indian" names for the full Moons in the 1930's". "The term itself is of no scientific value: astronomers prefer to call it perigee full moon, but undoubtedly "supermoon" is by ...

UNM scientists find Earth and Moon not identical oxygen twins UNM scientists find Earth and Moon not identical oxygen twins

However, a new study says the moon and the Earth have different oxygen isotope compositions, throwing a wrench into how scientists believe Earth's satellite was created. New research, by Erick Cano and his team at the University of New Mexico, look...

Sea Turtles Are Attracted to the Smells Plastic Emmits Sea Turtles Are Attracted to the Smells Plastic Emmits

In two new studies published Monday, researchers found stinky plastics may be luring sea turtles while ship noise may be damaging crabs' ability to protect themselves from prey. The team believes that this is due to the fact that plastics can quickly...

Global CO2 emissions from power sector fell 2% last year Global CO2 emissions from power sector fell 2% last year

The statistics were generated by a report from climate think tank Ember, who, in their analysis, cautioned that one-off factors had led to a reduction in overall energy use a year ago, such as milder winters resulting in reduced energy requirements t...

Super worm moon lights up the night sky

On Monday, the Moon was at its closest distance from Earth on its elliptic orbit, which makes it appear larger in the sky. In the Southern Hemisphere, this March full moon is the Harvest Moon, ushering in autumn and shorter days. The simplest complet...

The climate crisis is disrupting life for millions, a report finds The climate crisis is disrupting life for millions, a report finds

WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said given greenhouse gas levels continued to increase, "the warming will continue". "Winter was unseasonably mild in many parts of the northern hemisphere", Mr Taalas said. The world is "way off track" for meetin...

NASA's new Mars rover gets a name - Perseverance NASA's new Mars rover gets a name - Perseverance

While the contest began almost a year ago on August 28, 2019, it all came to an end on Thursday when NASA's Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate, revealed Mather had won during a celebration at Lake Bradd...

Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf are killed by poachers Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf are killed by poachers

Last August, the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) announced that the female white giraffe had given birth at the Ishaqbini Hirola Community. The giraffe became famous thanks to its unusually ghost-like appearance-a trait caused not by albinism, but ...

As China scrambles to contain coronavirus, Xi calls situation grave As China scrambles to contain coronavirus, Xi calls situation grave

While the Australian government doesn't have a consulate in Wuhan, the Department of Foreign Affairs said it was working with their Embassy in Beijing and their consulate in Shanghai to provide support to Australians in the affected region.

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