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If all goes well, the completion of the test mission will instill confidence in NASA , SpaceX and even the astronauts slated to go on the first crewed mission - the first from USA soil in eight years - that Elon Musk's SpaceX can perform the task.
  • Japan's whaling action runs afoul of global cooperation:The Asahi Shimbun

    Japan's whaling action runs afoul of global cooperation:The Asahi Shimbun

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    Reports indicate that Japan will also withdraw from whaling in the Antarctic, which would be a welcome and long overdue end to Southern Ocean whaling, but reports also suggest Japan would start commercial whaling in their own waters. But consumption has declined significantly in recent decades, with much of the population saying they rarely or never eat whale meat. However, Australia and New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters welcomed Japan's withdrawal from the southern ocean.
  • NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

    NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

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    In its descent towards the martian surface, the probe first entered Mars' atmosphere, 80 miles above the surface. The two experimental satellites not only relayed the good news in nearly real time, they sent back InSight's first snapshot of Mars just 4½ minutes after landing .
  • Federal judge in Montana halts Keystone XL pipeline for study

    Federal judge in Montana halts Keystone XL pipeline for study

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    The company building the pipeline, TransCanada, said in a statement they are reviewing the ruling but they "remain committed to building this important energy infrastructure project". Under President Trump, the State Department wrote "there have been numerous developments related to global action to address climate change, including announcements by many countries of their plans to do so" since the Obama administration's decision two years earlier.
  • Brazil Elects 'Proud Homophobe' Jair Bolsonaro As President

    Brazil Elects 'Proud Homophobe' Jair Bolsonaro As President

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    Bolsonaro relied on the support of evangelical groups in the run-up to the election. Bolsonaro - whose previously minor Social Liberal Party will be the second-largest force in the lower house - meanwhile faces the hard job of piecing together a coalition from among some 30 parties.
  • Subtropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic; no threat to land

    Subtropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic; no threat to land

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    Oscar is still moving toward the west at 16 miles per hour. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Oscar was centered Monday morning... Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, October 27, 2018, due the presence of Sub-Tropical Storm Oscar over the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Hurricane Willa Strengthens to Category 5 Storm, Aims for Mexico’s Pacific Coast

    Hurricane Willa Strengthens to Category 5 Storm, Aims for Mexico’s Pacific Coast

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    To add to the woes, the Tropical Storm Vicente will also threaten Mexico with heavy downpours in the coming days. "Rapid weakening is expected after landfall Tuesday night and Wednesday", according to the agency. About 100km up the coast in Mazatlan, with a metropolitan-area population of about 500,000, Mayor Jose Joel Boucieguez said officials prepared shelters and were closely monitoring low-lying areas.
  • 3 companies win major Air Force rocket contracts

    3 companies win major Air Force rocket contracts

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    OmegA will provide intermediate - to heavy-class launch services for the Department of Defense, civil government and commercial customers. The U.S. And United Launch Alliance - a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing - received a $967 million award for development of its Vulcan Centaur Launch System.
  • Michael upgraded to a Category 3 major hurricane with 120 miles per hour winds

    Michael upgraded to a Category 3 major hurricane with 120 miles per hour winds

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    Monday, Michael's top sustained winds were around 80 miles per hour (129 kph) as it headed north at 9 miles per hour (14.5 kph). Michael is forecast to produce life-threatening flash flooding from the Panhandle and Big Bend through portions of the Carolinas through Thursday, with 10 inches of rain forecast across parts of the Panhandle.
  • Sonic-boom UFO show! SpaceX launches satellite, lands rocket booster in California

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    The Union-Tribune was soon flooded with photos that came in from such places as San Diego International Airport, Point Loma Nazarene University, Otay Ranch in Chula Vista, the coastal area of Encinitas, and from people in Tijuana. This will mark the first time SpaceX has attempted a ground landing of the Falcon 9 on the West Coast. This may include multiple engine burns. A sonic boom sounds like an explosion or thunder and is the result of shock waves from a vehicle traveling faster than sound.
  • Arthur Ashkin, 2 others win Nobel Physics Prize for laser research

    Arthur Ashkin, 2 others win Nobel Physics Prize for laser research

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    Ashkin's optical tweezers grab particles, atoms and molecules with their laser beam fingers. The other two notable women winners were Maria Goeppert-Mayer, awarded in 1963, and Marie Curie, awarded in 1903. Take a short laser pulse, stretch it in time, amplify it and squeeze it together again. Mourou, 74, now a professor at the École Polytechnique in France, was Strickland's academic advisor at the University of Rochester in NY in the 1980s, where together they created chirped pulse ...
  • Tropical Storm Kirk gaining speed in Atlantic

    Tropical Storm Kirk gaining speed in Atlantic

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    The storm has 40 miles per hour winds and is moving west at 21 miles per hour. The depression is forecast to dissipate on Sunday or early Monday. But it is not fair to call it the remnants of Hurricane Florence, an official with the National Hurricane Center said Thursday night.
  • SpaceX to name first passenger for round-the-moon flight Monday

    SpaceX to name first passenger for round-the-moon flight Monday

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    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is hours away from announcing who will be the first human to fly around the moon in his company's Big Falcon Rocket . "I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself", said Mr Maezawa, wearing a blue sports jacket over a white T-shirt with printed with a work by the late painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.
  • Rivers pose epic Florence flood risks — WHAT’S HAPPENING

    Rivers pose epic Florence flood risks — WHAT’S HAPPENING

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    However, it said later in a news release that a source of fuel had been found and there was no immediate threat to service. At least 10 people have died so far in the storm in North Carolina, including a mother and child killed by a falling tree, state officials said.
  • Hurricane Florence death toll: Four dead as 'BIBLICAL’ storm batters North Carolina

    Hurricane Florence death toll: Four dead as 'BIBLICAL’ storm batters North Carolina

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    Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and knocked out power to three-quarters of a million homes and businesses, and the assault wasn't anywhere close to being over. For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.
  • MEAC calls off game at South Carolina State

    MEAC calls off game at South Carolina State

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    Packing maximum sustained winds of 225km/h, the storm ranked as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale and was expected to grow stronger and larger over the next few days, the NHC said . U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, freeing up federal resources for storm response.
  • Scotland's weather: Storm Helene 80mph winds warning

    Scotland's weather: Storm Helene 80mph winds warning

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    Sen. Jeff Merkley of OR said the administration was taking money from FEMA's "response and recovery" to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency at a time when Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Southeast U.S. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Barbuda and Antigua was also expected to be discontinued by Thursday evening. Hurricane Isaac , stirring in the mid-Atlantic Ocean with twist rates of around 75 miles per hour, is following firmly behind Florence.
  • 'Not a pretty sight': Hurricane Florence has experts anxious

    'Not a pretty sight': Hurricane Florence has experts anxious

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    Cooper already issued a state of emergency late last week. "This helps everyone find vital information more easily". If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rain to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions.
  • Feinstein asks FBI to review letter involving Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

    Feinstein asks FBI to review letter involving Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

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    For The Washington Post , Eli Rosenberg detects signs that an "unusual crowdfunding campaign" by "a group of liberal activists in Maine" soliciting pledges to be contributed in 2020 to a Democrat challenging Sen. According to Booker, the new documents provide "serious and concerning" evidence that Kavanaugh lied to the Senate when he claimed he was not involved with handling former President George W.
  • Carolina coast braces for 'Mike Tyson punch' from hurricane

    Carolina coast braces for 'Mike Tyson punch' from hurricane

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    The storm is forecast to approach the coasts of the Carolinas later today, before moving near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina in the " hurricane warning " area; now, that area includes South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina as well as Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
  • Strengthening Hurricane Florence takes aim at U.S. Southeast

    Strengthening Hurricane Florence takes aim at U.S. Southeast

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    In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia is now a Category 1 storm with winds of 75 mph, and is approximately 595 miles east-northeast of Hilo, Hawaii, as of 5 p.m. Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Saturday in anticipation of the potential impact from Tropical Storm Florence. The confidence in a North Carolina landfall Thursday night is growing, but there's still room for improvement regarding model disagreement.
  • Governor declares state of emergency in NC as Tropical Storm Florence strengthens

    Governor declares state of emergency in NC as Tropical Storm Florence strengthens

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    Closer to the USA, there's a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms in the western Atlantic that has a low chance of forming into a tropical storm . "We are expecting it to intensify later this weekend, to return to hurricane status", he told NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show. "That means an increased risk for rip currents, risky surf, and potentially coastal wave run-up and beach erosion".
  • Gordon makes landfall on Gulf Coast

    Gordon makes landfall on Gulf Coast

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    The area along the coast (including parts of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi), is now under a hurricane watch, and forecasters do believe that the storm could reach a Category 1 hurricane before it reaches land. Flash flood watches stretched from the Florida panhandle, through parts of southwest Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and IL.
  • Two tropical storms forming in eastern Pacific

    Two tropical storms forming in eastern Pacific

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    Miriam is expected to enter the Central Pacific basin, which is where Hawaii is located, this afternoon at which point forecasters with the Honolulu-based Central Pacific Hurricane Center will assume responsibility for monitoring the storm.
  • Trump Moves To Scale Back Federal Coal Plant Regulation

    Trump Moves To Scale Back Federal Coal Plant Regulation

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    I want crystal clean water and we've got it. Many Democratic congressional candidates say they will not support Pelosi as House leader; Larry Sabato shares insight. Pennsylvania would have been required to reduce carbon emissions by about 33%. The Trump plan will be the subject of a 60-day public comment period, after it appears in the Federal Register .
  • Shelby: Subtropical depression poses no threat to land

    Shelby: Subtropical depression poses no threat to land

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    The late summer and early fall is considered the better time-frame for tropical storms to develop. Our next storm system will get closer to us Friday, and that will result in a better chance of some afternoon storms. today, in the Eastern Pacific. It was centred about 645 miles (1,035 kilometres) east-southeast of Canada's Cape Race, Newfoundland, and moving northeast at 18 mph (30 kph).
  • Weedkiller found in dozens of popular oat-based breakfast foods

    Weedkiller found in dozens of popular oat-based breakfast foods

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    Thirty-one of the breakfast foods were found to contain levels of glyphosate that were higher than the level that EWG deems safe for children. The study says that the herbicide was even found in a few organic products. The World Health Organization says glyphosate is a "probable carcinogen", and California lists it as a chemical "known to the state to cause cancer".
  • Nasa probe blasts off on mission to 'touch the Sun'

    Nasa probe blasts off on mission to 'touch the Sun'

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    It will be the fastest human-made object with speeds up to 430,000 miles per hour, able to survive million degree temperatures, orbiting the sun just 4 million miles from its surface, after a 90 million-mile trip, to get the first measurements of the sun's energy.
  • How to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Britain tonight

    How to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Britain tonight

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    You won't be able to see as many meteors when you're in a place with light pollution, which includes most of America. -Focus your attention on the constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus as this is where the meteors will be shooting. One such person is Paul Jacobs, who photographed some stunning images of the Perseid meteors over the beach at Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire. Skies will be clear enough both of the nights this weekend to see them.
  • NASA Assigns Crews to First Test Flights, Missions on Commercial Spacecraft

    NASA Assigns Crews to First Test Flights, Missions on Commercial Spacecraft

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    Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams is among the nine astronauts named by NASA on Friday for its first human spaceflight programme from the U.S. "It's also an opportunity of a lifetime, to be involved in the test and development and then to be there on launch day, and to experience the results of all that hard work" Mann said .
  • Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century on Friday

    Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century on Friday

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    In comparison, this century's shortest total lunar eclipse , which occurred on April 4, 2015, lasted a mere 4 minutes and 48 seconds, with a total duration of 1 hour and 40 minutes. Lunar Eclipse is also tied strongly to Astrology, and since its a complete immersion not seen before this century, astrologers have pointed out that it could have an extreme effect on people with Gemini Zodiac sign.
  • Cooler, more comfortable weather on the way

    Cooler, more comfortable weather on the way

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    While severe weather is not expected, very heavy rain will be likely in thunderstorms. A few lingering showers may be possible, too. As rain becomes more scattered we could see some breaks in cloud cover which will let through some sunshine.
  • Astronomers Discover 12 New Moons Around Jupiter

    Astronomers Discover 12 New Moons Around Jupiter

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    That makes it a powerful tool for surveying the night sky in search of faint objects. In 1610, Galileo discovered four largest moons around the Solar System's largest planet, Jupiter . Now, all that's left is to name the new moons. Image credit: Carnegie Institution for Science. In March a year ago, he was at the Blanco four-meter telescope in Chile.
  • Immigration patrols near northern border

    Immigration patrols near northern border

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    Cook said the incident took place on June 24 near Machias Seal Island , a tiny and rocky outcrop a dozen miles (20 kilometers) south of Grand Manan with rich lobster grounds, and whose sovereignty is disputed by Washington, although the Canadian Coast Guard maintains a lighthouse there.
  • EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns, Trump Tweets

    EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns, Trump Tweets

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    Pruitt's job had been in jeopardy since the end of March, when ABC News first reported that he leased a Capitol Hill condo past year for just $50 a night. Coming into office as a critic of EPA and a climate skeptic, Pruitt moved aggressively to scale back Obama-era moves on climate change , automobile pollution standards and other industrial pollutants.