Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer

16 Aug, 2018

Monsanto, which makes Roundup weedkiller, was ordered by a jury in a U.S. federal court in California to pay $289m (£226m) to a dying groundsman who said the product contributed to his cancer. "The jury's verdict is just the first step in this case", Bayer said in a statement on Monday. A Californian court finding that a Monsanto weedkiller caused cancer in a school groundskeeper sent shares in an Australian maker of a similar product, Nufarm Ltd, tumbling nearly 17 percent to a more than ...

NASA the second time launched an historic mission to the Sun

14 Aug, 2018

It will pass through the sun's outer atmosphere, or corona, taking photographs, measuring electrical and magnetic fields, and studying the make-up of solar wind . The probe will reach tremendous speeds as it orbits the sun. Now, with the help of cutting-edge thermal technology that can protect the mission on its unsafe journey, the spacecraft's four instrument suites will study magnetic fields, plasma and energetic particles, and image the solar wind.

NASA launching Parker Solar Probe to 'touch the sun'

14 Aug, 2018

Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi reports. The mission hopes to uncover the sun's mysteries. "Parker Solar Probe uses Venus to adjust its course and slow down in order to put the spacecraft on the best trajectory", said Driesman. The shield is also built to sustain solar radiation levels 500 times greater than those that reach Earth. These solar flares is poorly understood. A series of instruments on board the spacecraft will measure the magnetic and electric fields, plasma waves and high ...

French rescuers evacuate 750 campers amid flash floods

13 Aug, 2018

A German man, who was with the group, was swept away by the floodwaters in his caravan or travel trailer, which was later found "empty and in pieces" near the river. France's interior ministry said in a statement that four helicopters and 400 police, security staff and firefighters have been involved in the rescue so far.

New Moon Poised To Reveal Spectacular Perseids 'Shooting Stars'

13 Aug, 2018

While visibility will be better in the countryside, the meteor shower will also be observable from towns and cities. Once darkness falls, sky-watchers can expect to see one of the shooting stars every few minutes. "The shower is the result of Earth encountering the gritty debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle", Boyle said. When Earth moves around the Sun, the orbit will, at some point, intersect head-on with a small cloud of material ejected from this comet.

Partial solar eclipse set to happen on August 11

13 Aug, 2018

Although, this myth gains traction around the time of a total solar eclipse , some people refuse to cook or eat even during partial eclipses. Note, the solar Eclipse of August 11, was the last in a series of events that astrologers call the "corridor of eclipses-2018".

NASA launched a probe to 'touch the sun'

13 Aug, 2018

It left in the early hours of yesterday morning and will end up being just 3.8 million miles away from the surface of the sun. New Horizons is reportedly almost four billion miles from Earth, far beyond Pluto, measuring "a wall of hydrogen" where the waning of our Sun's energy is "creating a boundary where interstellar hydrogen piles up at the edge of the outward pressure caused by the solar wind's energy".

Best meteor shower of 2018 visible over Middle TN this weekend

11 Aug, 2018

This weekend we'll have a new moon , and moonless nights are great for viewing another nighttime phenomenon - the Perseid Meteor Shower . Look to the north or northeast initially, and then more northeast or east after midnight. Perseid meteors pose no threat to Earth, as many of them burn up in the atmosphere more than 50 miles above the surface. "Even if the sky is dark enough, if you are exposed to any bright light nearby, your eyes will not be dark-adapted", said Bellavia.

NASA poised to blast off first spacecraft to explore Sun

11 Aug, 2018

Nasa is hoping to use the data collected from the probe to help astronomers predict solar storms and explain some of the deepest mysteries surrounding our source of light and heat. Parker, now 91, recalled that at first some people did not believe in his theory. But then, the launch of Nasa's Mariner 2 spacecraft in 1962 - becoming the first robotic spacecraft to make a successful planetary encounter - proved them wrong.

Beyond the Weather: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

10 Aug, 2018

The number will then start to diminish, though higher-than-average meteor activity associated with the Perseids should be visible through August 24. Cooke recommends steering clear of bright city lights in order to get the best view. That means staying away from urban areas if possible, as light pollution can dominate in cities.

Tropical storm watch issued for Hawaii Island

10 Aug, 2018

Hence, the tropical storm warning mentioned earlier. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Big Island, where high winds and risky surf are expected as Hector churns westward. It was moving west at 9 miles per hour. Two new tropical storms were strengthening off Mexico on Monday and both were projected to reach hurricane force while marching northwestward parallel to the coast, bringing heavy surf .

Hurricane Hector is headed toward Hawaii, where a volcano is erupting

09 Aug, 2018

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasts that Hector will continue to travel toward the WNW at an increased forward speed through Tuesday, followed by a westward motion Tuesday night through Friday. The US National Hurricane Centre said storms of this strength are considered capable of causing devastating damage to populated areas. State officials urged residents to take precaution and prepare for the storm.

Astronomers Discover Massive Glowing Planet Just Drifting Beyond The Solar System

08 Aug, 2018

This first of its kind object is around 20 light years away from Earth. A rogue planet over 12 times bigger than Jupiter was discovered using a radio telescope. It also has a strong magnetic field that is more than 200 times stronger than Jupiter's. Researchers believe the rogue planet is quite young, estimating its age at around 200 million years.

NASA names astronauts for first commercial space flights

08 Aug, 2018

NASA made the announcement today (Aug. 3) here at the Johnson Space Center, with the agency revealing the eight agency astronauts and one Boeing astronaut before a cheering crowd of lawmakers, dignitaries and kids waving signs and American flags.

SpaceX launches Indonesian comsat with 'used' booster

07 Aug, 2018

Less than 9 minutes after liftoff, the rocket's first stage came back to Earth for a vertical touchdown on SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship, which was stationed a few hundred miles off the Florida coast. SpaceX hopes to continue to reduce the cost of space travel by reusing key parts of the rocket's design. "Ironically, we need to take it apart to confirm that it does not need to be taken apart", Musk said during a May 10 call with reporters.

NASA set to announce astronauts for SpaceX, Boeing missions

04 Aug, 2018

The tweet's second sentence seems to suggest that Boeing and SpaceX are paying the government to fly the missions. The first crew to be presented was that of the Boeing Starliner capsule, which will make a trial flight scheduled for mid-2019 and will be boosted into space from Florida's Kennedy Space Center by an Atlas V rocket of the United Launch Alliance.

19 states, DC plan to sue the government over proposed emissions rollback

03 Aug, 2018

This means that automakers would need to maintain a fleet average of 35 miles per gallon, rather than achieving the previous proposal of reaching 50 mpg in 2025, according to Automotive News . The administration asserts the freeze will also improve vehicle affordability "leading to increased use of newer, safer, cleaner and more efficient vehicles".

Boeing crew-capsule mission delayed after abort engines fail in test

03 Aug, 2018

The agency released the revised schedule with little fanfare ahead of a planned August 3 announcement at the Johnson Space Center of the astronauts that will fly the two companies' crewed demonstration missions, as well as on the first post-certification, or operational, missions by each company.

Scientists: 1st sighting of dolphin hybrid is no ‘wholphin’

02 Aug, 2018

Whales and dolphins both belong to the same taxonomic order, and are closely enough related that offspring between them can be fertile and have been recorded although they are extremely rare. That's because two animal species are unlikely to have the same number of chromosomes, and hybrids won't be able to reproduce if their parents are too genetically dissimilar.

Mars Closest to Earth in 15 Years Today

01 Aug, 2018

Hence, it will appear closest, brightest, biggest (from Telescope), Mr Kumar said. According to NASA , the Red Planet will be at a distance of 57.6 million kilometres. Mars is about to be the closest it's been to Earth since 2003, giving us Earthlings the best view of the Red Planet in 15 years. Transforming planets as a pre-cursor to colonisation is a staple of science fiction, and an aspiration for individuals including Elon Musk, whose company SpaceX uses images of terraforming ...

Here's How to Stream the Blood Moon

31 Jul, 2018

It should not be considered an invitation to satanic sex rituals of humans or horses . The so-called " blood moon ", when it turns a deep red, is visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon.

Ritual Dance By Bawku Residents Heralds Lunar Eclipse

29 Jul, 2018

Kenyans witnessed the rare occurrence by simply looking in the sky, with the only limitation being cloud cover in some parts of the country. Saturday's total lunar eclipse was the longest of this century. Tshwane residents hope for a cloudless night tonight for a clear view of the lunar eclipse. They perform cleansing ritual and pregnant women are not supposed to eat or do household work at the of lunar eclipse.

When, how and where to watch the total lunar eclipse in India

29 Jul, 2018

However, in North America can not be seen. This happens because the Sun , Earth and Moon are in flawless alignment during a lunar eclipse . The lunar eclipse will follow on the 27th and the eclipse season will end with another partial solar eclipse on August 11, which will also be visible here in Kwa-Zulu-Natal, this eclipse will start at 10:02:08 and end at 13:30:40.

Large Liquid Water Lake Just Discovered Beneath the Surface of Mars

28 Jul, 2018

For that matter, Orosei said , "this is just one small study area; it is an exciting prospect to think there could be more of these underground pockets of water elsewhere, yet to be discovered ". What they believe to be a lake sits beneath the Red Planet's south polar ice cap, and is about 20km across. Mars is famously rich in magnesium, calcium, and sodium which could have all dissolved into the water , forming a brine and dropping the freezing point of water much lower.

'Blood moon' on its way - with God of War in tow

27 Jul, 2018

Nigerians from every nook and cranny of this country can see one of the greatest astronomical spectacles of the 21st century tomorrow. The red variant of our only natural satellite will show its colours on Friday, turning from its normal friendly silver-grey, during the longest lunar eclipse of the 21 century.

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