Big week: Trump, ahead of U.S. top court judge pick

02 Jul, 2018

Trump has previously said he is committed to nominating justices to the Supreme Court who would be willing to overturn the landmark case, which has long drawn the ire of anti-abortion activists and conservatives. "That's not a question I'll be asking them", he said . "But I'm putting conservative people on, and I'm very proud of Neil Gorsuch". In his Air Force One conversation with reporters, during the quick afternoon flight to New Jersey from Washington, Trump singled out one potential ...

The hottest day of this heat wave

02 Jul, 2018

The National Weather Service defines a heat wave as three or more consecutive days with temperatures reaching 90 degrees or higher. The heat index should approach 100 on Friday afternoon and could get as high at 110 on Saturday afternoon.

SpaceX sends cargo toward space station in year's 12th launch

02 Jul, 2018

A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft loaded with about 2,600 kgs of research and supplies, including experiments investigating cellular biology, Earth science and Artificial Intelligence (AI), lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket on Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Supreme Court ends term without retirement

01 Jul, 2018

Kennedy has announced his retirement , effective July 31. In a CNN exit poll, 70 percent of 2016 American voters said the Supreme Court was an important factor in their vote. Trump has acted quickly on his selection process. Red-state Democrats are generally loathe to make their campaigns about social issues, and Heitkamp has preferred to work with the Trump administration on economic and energy grounds.

Focus on coming Supreme Court nomination turns to Murkowski, Collins

30 Jun, 2018

Just hours after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement on Wednesday, Republican Sen. He claims he has narrowed down his list to roughly five people, including two women and will interview one or two candidates this weekend in New Jersey.

Trump says he'll name high court pick on July 9

30 Jun, 2018

Starting in the early 1960s with the Supreme Court's outlawing of prayer and Bible reading in public schools, religious conservatives have seen the court as hostile to their values. So, what is the Federalist Society? But they had a connection, one Trump was quick to note in the moments after his first address to Congress in February 2017.

Trump Will Make Supreme Court Pick, Anthony Kennedy Successor On July 9

30 Jun, 2018

There were no direct efforts to pressure or lobby Justice Kennedy to announce his resignation on Wednesday, and it was hardly the first time a president had done his best to create a court opening. While Trump says he will review an existing list of 25 possible nominees, aides said only a few names can be considered serious contenders. Because of Trump's inconsistent track record in business, which included filing for bankruptcy multiple times and being frequently sued, most other ...

The coldest place on Earth is even colder than scientists thought

28 Jun, 2018

Weather stations can log conditions exactly as they are, but satellites can cover much greater areas around the clock. The new low point is officially minus 98 degrees Celsius (minus 144 degrees Fahrenheit), a temperature that "appears to be about as low as it is possible to reach" according to the worldwide team of researchers who worked on the new study .

Crude oil leaks into floodwaters after train derails in Iowa

26 Jun, 2018

Authorities say crude oil is leaking from one or more of 31 tanker cars that have derailed in northwest Iowa. The river rose rapidly Wednesday after 5 to 7 inches (13 to 18 centimetres) of rain fell Wednesday and a further downpour on Thursday.

World's oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62

22 Jun, 2018

Puan, the world's oldest Sumatran orangutan, who had 11 children and 54 descendants spread across the globe, has died aged 62, zoo officials said on June 19, 2018. Hart said even after her movement had slowed and her mind began to wonder, Puan remained the "quiet, dignified lady she had always been". "As hard as it was for us, it was the right thing to do", Martina Hart added.

Trump Announces Plans for Pentagon to Create 'Space Force'

19 Jun, 2018

The announcement came at a meeting with the National Space Council . He also vowed to soon get the States back to the moon in addition to a plan vague goal of reaching Mars. Since the end of the shuttle program in 2011, NASA has contracted with the Russian space program to take astronauts on missions to the International Space Station.

Antarctica's ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before

17 Jun, 2018

Researchers led by Northern Illinois University geology professor Reed Scherer, Jonathan Kingslake from Columbia University in the United States and Torsten Albrecht of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany found that the ice sheet below sea level partially melted between roughly 14,500 and 9,000 years ago and shrunk to a size even smaller than today, but it did not collapse.

Latest Forecast for Hurricane Bud

14 Jun, 2018

By then, however, Bud is predicted to be substantially weaker, most likely downgraded to a tropical storm. In addition, rain from Bud "could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in higher terrain". The storm peaked on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph). The National Hurricane Center noted winds, heavy rain and unsafe ocean swells are likely.

United Nations chief: Oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050

09 Jun, 2018

Implemented by the Department of Environment , Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) with cooperation from all personnel under MoD, the initiative was launched by Minister of Development Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar. A pledge made by worldwide and local companies to tackle plastic waste is a "false solution" to a worsening problem, Greenpeace says. He praised India for its growing focus on environmental protection but also noted that while traveling in the country he'd seen ...

Compelling evidence emerges for organic chemicals on the Red Planet

09 Jun, 2018

The best evidence that life once existed on Mars has been revealed in 3-billion-year old organic matter in rocks and cyclical emissions of methane from the planet's surface, NASA scientists disclosed on Thursday in a press conference explaining recent discoveries by the Curiosity rover .

French man to cross Great Pacific Garbage Patch on 6-month swim

08 Jun, 2018

Lecomte aims to swim around eight hours a day and will burn off more than 8,000 calories daily in the process. More than 27 organizations, including some medical and oceanographic bodies, will be benefiting from Lecomte's Pacific odyssey.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Uncovers Building Blocks of Life on Mars

08 Jun, 2018

The Viking Project was the first United States mission to safely land spacecraft on the Martian surface, as well as send back images. Utrecht University scientist Inge Loes ten Kate asserted in an accompanying article that the findings proved that the dry lake bed found on Mars was habitable for life billions of years ago.

Collective gravity, not Planet Nine, may explain the orbits of ‘detached objects’

07 Jun, 2018

This research was supported by NASA Solar System Workings and the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium Summit Supercomputer. But Ann-Marie Madigan, CU Boulder , thinks the distant bodies are so far removed as they are bumping around and crashing into one another - much like bumper cars at a fairground.

SpaceX set for Falcon 9 rocket launch

05 Jun, 2018

Elon Musk's SpaceX announced back in February a year ago that, in late 2018, it would fly two paying space tourists around the Moon and back to Earth. "Ironically, we need to take it apart to confirm it does not need to be taken apart". Payer traveled from SES headquarters in Luxembourg to watch the launch of his company's SES-12 satellite.

Trump admin considers plan to bail out coal, nuclear plants

04 Jun, 2018

Similarly, last year, Rick Perry, secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), formally proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission take "swift action to address threats to U.S. Also supporting the Trump administration's decision was Sen. Murray has been seeking emergency action to boost his industry since past year and has met with Trump to argue that federal help was needed to avert thousands of layoffs and maintain the reliability of the electric grid up and down the ...

Scientists identify world's oldest lizard fossil

02 Jun, 2018

Scientists say they have discovered world's oldest lizard fossil, revealing new information about the evolution of the reptiles - they might have lived among the first dinosaurs. But they couldn't be certain of where, or if, it fit into the squamate family tree. "Now it became possible to actually assess the relationship of not only this species but also of other species of reptiles".

Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto powers towards Florida

31 May, 2018

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season's first storm, Alberto , is set to make landfall east of Pensacola, Fla., in the early afternoon - just shy of hurricane intensity. With Alberto nearing the Florida Panhandle Monday , we will still be on the wet side of the system and our rain chances will remain elevated. Alberto isn't taking a bead on the Carolinas, but the storm has stirred up enough moisture to make for rainy and soggy conditions, according to the National Weather Service .

Rain from Alberto brings chance of flooding

30 May, 2018

The flow of moisture out of the South is expected to continue, bringing a chance of daytime showers and thunderstorms to the Triangle through the week and into the weekend, Carroll said. The storm's approach also triggered mandatory evacuations of some small, sparsely populated Gulf Coast barrier islands in one Florida county. Rough conditions were whipping up big waves off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast, and authorities warned swimmers to stay out of the surf because of ...

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to southern states

29 May, 2018

Alberto , the first named Atlantic storm of 2018, is expected to reach land on the Gulf Coast on Monday afternoon or evening, the center said . But this is nature. Just because it's "nice and sunny" after the storm passes, Medlin says there's still a risk for swimmers. In Miami , organizers called off the sea portion of the Miami Beach Air & Sea Show on Sunday because of heavy rain and rough waters.

Apollo Moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86 after illness

27 May, 2018

Bean standing with Conrad on the moon, looking toward Earth; Eugene A. Cernan riding in a lunar rover during the Apollo 17 mission, and the Earth rising above the moon. A decade later, Bean told me that his brain must have been wired differently from the norm for astronauts. He said he thought about it often, "and when I look at the moon at night, [I] think about that pin up there, just as shiny as it ever was, and someday maybe somebody will go pick it up".

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