Beetle preserved in amber reveals first insect-pollinated plant

19 Aug, 2018

In the study, the authors also take a dive into the boganiid beetle's family tree. A chunk of amber featuring a bettle was presented by Diying Huang at the Chinese Academy of Sciences to Chenyang Cai, who is now a fellow at the University of Bristol.


Subtropical Storm Ernesto develops in Atlantic

19 Aug, 2018

The storm will continue to strengthen and is forecast to become a Hurricane tomorrow. Hurricane-force winds extend 25 miles from the center of the storm, while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles. "Let's not let our guards down though. hurricane season reaches its climatological peak next month". You may remember Alberto was a subtropical storm when it moved through portions of Florida in late May.


Roundup ingredient found in Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and other cereals

18 Aug, 2018

Oats are the basis of many favorite children's snacks, including Cheerios and other baby finger-food cereals. Scott Partridge, the vice president of Monsanto , disagreed, telling the newspaper that, "glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Johnson's cancer".


Trump expects to revoke Ohr's security clearance

18 Aug, 2018

Trump turned his ire towards former Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr for communicating with the phony dossier investigator Christopher Steele after he was sacked from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and working with Russian oligarchs.


Storm Ernesto is heading our way with torrential rain this weekend

17 Aug, 2018

Despite being the tail end of a tropical storm, Ernesto will still bring stormy conditions to the UK. Northern Ireland, Scotland and western England are all expected to feel the effects of the severe weather, which could potentially be upgraded to a hurricane today.


Heavy rain in NYC may bring street flooding

17 Aug, 2018

The region's unsettled weather pattern continues, bringing the chance of soaking rains and flooded streets. "1-2" of rain have already fallen this morning in addition to what we've gotten the past few days so multiple roadways in those areas have been blocked off due to flooding.


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.



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