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China Focus: Moon sees first cotton-seed sprout

China Focus: Moon sees first cotton-seed sprout China's Chang'e-4 mission also marks the first time that a man-made vehicle landed on the far side of the Moon . According to state media quoting space agency officials, rapeseed and potato seeds have also since begun to sprout . [Full Article...]

Antarctica Melt Has Accelerated 280 Percent in Past 40 Years

Antarctica Melt Has Accelerated 280 Percent in Past 40 Years The study did not find a corresponding increase in the long-term trend of snowfall accumulation in the interior of Antarctica, which had been previously believed to counter the ice loss and minimize sea level rise . "What this study does is characterize the growth and decay of the Antarctic Ice Sheet and sheds light on what is forcing it to change", explains Meyers, a UW-Madison professor of ge... [Full Article...]

Bangkok Residents Told to Stay Inside as Pollution Reaches Dangerous Levels

Bangkok Residents Told to Stay Inside as Pollution Reaches Dangerous Levels Reasons for the persistent smog include combustion exhaust from Bangkok's traffic-strewn roads, the burning of fields from farmers outside the city, and pollutants from factories. "Thousands of lives are lost every year in the United Kingdom because the air we breathe contains unsafe particles", said Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation, adding the strategy need match... [Full Article...]

China lunar lander sprouts first plant seedlings on the moon

China lunar lander sprouts first plant seedlings on the moon China's ruling Communist Party's official newspaper, the People's Daily tweeted an image of a sprouted cottonseed with the caption " the completion of humankind's first biological experiment on the Moon ". They only began growing once ground control centre sent a command to the probe to water the seeds. The cotton seed grew in a lattice-like structure inside a canister after the lander touched... [Full Article...]

Nobel-winning scientist loses honorary titles

Nobel-winning scientist loses honorary titles Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson has been stripped of his honours by his former laboratory after doubling down on controversial remarks he made on the relationship between race and genetics in 2007. Michael Wigler, a veteran molecular biologist at the laboratory, said that Watson's views on race were not newsworthy in the first place. The magazine also noted that Crick was quoted in ... [Full Article...]

Astronomers intercept mysterious repeating radio signals from space

Astronomers intercept mysterious repeating radio signals from space So, is this proof of extraterrestrial life? They also show signs of " scattering ", which suggests the sources could be powerful astrophysical objects in locations with special characteristics, the scientists said . Even though FRBs were detected in 2007, it was only in 2015 that the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico detected such repeating radio waves. Avi Loeb, a scientist at the Harvard... [Full Article...]

Oceans warming much faster than previously thought

Oceans warming much faster than previously thought A resident of Pariahan village pumps drinking water from a well, on November 28, 2018 in Bulacan, north of Manila in the Philippines. The thermal expansion - water swelling as it warms - would raise sea level 30 centimeters, above any sea level rise from melting glaciers and ice sheets . [Full Article...]

China moon rover 'Jade Rabbit' wakes from 'nap'

China moon rover 'Jade Rabbit' wakes from 'nap' The original Yutu rover from the 2013 Chang'e-3 mission to the lunar near side also took a similar break during its first lunar day in Mare Imbrium. China uses a special satellite, called Queqiao , as the link between Chang'e 4 and Beijing. The Chinese space administration also released a 12-minute video of the spacecraft's landing, which can be seen below. [Full Article...]

Telescope detects mysterious radio signals from galaxy 1.5 billion light years away

Telescope detects mysterious radio signals from galaxy 1.5 billion light years away Seven of those were measured at the lowest frequency yet detected, suggesting that there could be even more of them at frequencies too low to measure. "Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there", said Ingrid Stairs , a University of B.C. astrophysicist and member of the CHIME team. [Full Article...]

The Sun will become a giant crystal ball when it dies

The Sun will become a giant crystal ball when it dies If you were keeping track with a thermometer, you would find that the temperature of water stalls at zero degrees Celsius for a bit - the exact time that the H20 molecules are rearranging themselves into the crystal structure of ice. "All white dwarfs will crystallise at some point in their evolution, although more massive white dwarfs go through the process sooner". Over the next five billion y... [Full Article...]

Mysterious fast radio bursts from deep space detected for the second time

This sudden influx of tantalising clues has made astrophysicists nearly giddy. This work was published today (Jan 9) in a set of papers in Nature . Among the FRBs, was the second ever repeating fast radio burst recorded. "Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there", Ingrid Stairs , a member of the CHIME team and an astrophysicist at UBC , said . [Full Article...]

May suffers another Commons Brexit defeat UK News

May suffers another Commons Brexit defeat UK News Brexit-backing Conservative MPs raised numerous "Points of Order", claiming that Mr Bercow had broken Parliamentary rules by allowing the vote, and that he had even ignored advice from his own Clerks in allowing MPs a say on the amendment. [Full Article...]

NASA Exoplanet Hunter Racks Up Bizarre Worlds and Exploding Stars

NASA Exoplanet Hunter Racks Up Bizarre Worlds and Exploding Stars The team, however, needed at least three transits to claim the discovery of a candidate planet and they did not find a third signal in the observations they reviewed. Yet another team drew upon readings from Kepler as well as NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to confirm the existence of a sixth planet circling a star known as K2-138 , roughly 600 light-years from Earth. [Full Article...]

Jellyfish Apocalypse Hits QLD With More Than 20K Bluebottle Stings Since Dec

Jellyfish Apocalypse Hits QLD With More Than 20K Bluebottle Stings Since Dec And between December 1 and January 7, 22,282 people were stung across Queensland-compared to 6,831 during that same period the year prior. Labelled an "invasion" by local media, the bluebottles have stung both swimmers in shallow water and those who accidentally trod on the creatures while walking on the sand. [Full Article...]

Chang'e-4: Chinese rover now exploring Moon

Chang'e-4: Chinese rover now exploring Moon The Yutu-2 rover. Image credit: CNSA. The spacecraft landed at 0226 GMT on January 3 (9:26 p.m. EST on January 2) in the 110-mile-wide (180-kilometer) Von Karman crater , located in the southern hemisphere on the back side of the moon. The spacecraft's instrument sweet will allow Chang'e-4 to measure the mineral composition of the moon's far side. "Probably after some years ordinary people like... [Full Article...]

China's Chang'e-4 touching down on far side of the moon

China's Chang'e-4 touching down on far side of the moon The China National Space Administration plans to launch another probe, the Chang'e-5 , later in 2019. Images the Chang'e 4 has sent back show parts of the moon that are generally unseen in detail. 3, made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon , state media said. Chang'e-4 is an un-crewed vehicle that includes a lander and a rover. [Full Article...]

'Bright fireball' meteor shower visible from Singapore on Friday morning

'Bright fireball' meteor shower visible from Singapore on Friday morning During ideal conditions, anywhere from 60 to over 100 meteors per hour can be seen during the peak. If you missed the full moon-meteor shower combo over Christmas , don't fret. There won't be another total lunar eclipse until May 2021. The Quadrantids are famous for being the first meteor shower of 2019, and stargazing lovers can particularly look forward to the evening of the peak as there wil... [Full Article...]

How to see Quadrantids in UK: What time to watch meteor shower

However, despite the relatively lengthy period in which they occur, catching the peak-where up to 100 meteors shoot across the sky-can be tricky as it only lasts around six hours. "The reason the peak is so short is due to the shower's thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle", NASA explains. [Full Article...]

China Launches First-Ever Mission to the Moon's Farside

China Launches First-Ever Mission to the Moon's Farside The rover of Chang'e 4 will land on the moon in about two weeks' time. The far side of the moon and distant Earth, imaged by China's Chang'e 5 T1 mission service module in 2014. The lander-rover will also use its Lunar Penetrating Radar (LPR), one of the eight scientific payloads on board that were described in the paper, to sample the lunar surface and what lies directly beneath. [Full Article...]

Ultima Thule is first contact binary to be explored by a spacecraft

Ultima Thule is first contact binary to be explored by a spacecraft Because Pluto is so far away, New Horizons had to get moving at a phenomenal speed to get there in a reasonable amount of time. It zoomed past Pluto - collecting numerous photos and reams of information about the now dwarf planet - in July 2015, and reached Ultima Thule early on New Year's Day. [Full Article...]


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