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AI Robot Cimon Takes over ISS

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To prepare CIMON for its trip to space, researchers trained the robot using photos and voice samples of German astronaut Alexander Gerst as well as ISS procedures and plans. EDT. The rocket landed after landing on one of the drones of SpaceX , and the company was able to prepare the vehicle in two and a half months again. Read More »

Weather Authority: Excessive Heat Warning

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In Kansas City, the weather service tweeted to 'Limit time outdoors, wear light colored and light weight clothing, take frequent breaks preferably in the shade, and drink plenty of water'. In addition, he said towns and cities were seeing heat indices, which measures the heat and humidity, between 100 and 103. Tonight other than a few clouds from time to time we'll be mostly clear and lows in the mid-upper 70s. Read More »

Retirement Of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Sets Stage For Political Battle

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Schumer said the court vacancy is "the most important Supreme Court vacancy for this country in at least a generation". Thapar is a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Obviously, we're looking at the nominee first". "I encourage the President to choose a nominee with the credentials, intellect and commitment to the rule of law necessary to serve on the Supreme Court", Grassley said. Read More »

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 space probe reaches Ryugu asteroid

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Hayabusa2 will spend about two months looking for suitable landing places on the uneven surface. If the samples of the C-type asteroids would reach the Earth safely in 2020, scientists will be able to collect more data on whether the organic materials in the asteroid rocks are similar to those that exist here on Earth. Read More »

NASA's Webb telescope delayed to 2021

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As the L.A. Times reports , the mission has been so delayed by various problems (more on those in a few paragraphs) that an independent review board was convened to figure out what was going on, and to make recommendations. "We submit our final "breach report" to Congress this week", NASA associate administrator Steve Jurczyk said during today's news conference. "But the point is we're part of this team that has created this problem we're in. Read More »

Conservative lawyers steer Trump on Supreme Court pick

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The Democrats - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - are running for re-election IN November IN states Trump won IN 2016. Court of Appeals; Thomas Hardiman, who serves on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Raymond Kethledge of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Amul Thapar, whom Trump named to the 6th Circuit; and Amy Coney Barrett, whom Trump named to the 7th U.S. Read More »

Trump gets new Supreme Court pick as critical 'swing vote' resigns

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The U.S. Supreme Court is set for a rightward swing that could lead to sweeping changes to some of the most explosive culture-war issues roiling the country: a roll-back or abolition of abortion rights , the expansion of the death penalty and limits to programs that help minorities attend university. Read More »

Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century Happens in July

Moon gazers in North America-and most of the Arctic-won't be treated to the eclipse this time around. Stargazers in the Eastern Hemisphere will easily be able to see both Mars and the blood moon on July 27 and 28. The total eclipse will begin at 7:30 p.m. UTC, and end at 9:13 p.m. UTC. As sunlight passes through the atmosphere of Earth, the gaseous layer refracts the rays in a way that the green to violet wavelengths on the observable spectrum disperse more strongly than the red, thereby ... Read More »

Estimated 230000 gallons of oil spilled in Iowa train derailment

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City spokesman Travis Olson says 12 blocks of the city with between 50 and 70 homes - were evacuated Thursday when the Rock River came out of its banks. The derailment also caused concern downstream, including as far south as Omaha, Nebraska, approximately 150 miles (240 km) from the derailment site. Read More »

World's Oldest Orangutan Puan Dies At Western Australia Zoo

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In the wild, females rarely live beyond 50 years. She added that her legacy as a wild-born orangutan will be carried on by her great-grandson Nyaru who is now living in the jungles of Sumatra. She was the matriarch of the Sumatran Orangutan tribe. The zookeeper recounted memories of the orangutan, including her ability to let everyone know where she stood with them, retaining a "hands off" attitude and even tapping her foot in impatience if her dinner wasn't quick enough. Read More »

Trump directs Pentagon to form a Space Force military branch

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Trump on Monday told the defense sector CEOs and others he appointed to help develop his Space Force that space is "going to be important monetarily and militarily". White said in a statement , adding "this will be a deliberate process with a great deal of input from multiple stakeholders" including Congress. Also on Monday, Cheryl Warner, a spokeswoman for Nasa's Human Exploration Directorate, said that the USA plans to send robotic explorers to the moon as soon as next year as a ... Read More »

Distant eruption observed as black hole destroyed a star

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The nearly decade-long study by a team of worldwide astronomers have captured jets of stellar material spewed from the black hole as it consumed the trapped star for the first time. Astronomers used radio and infrared telescopes while looking at a supermassive black hole. Arp 299 has seen numerous stellar explosions, and has been dubbed a 'supernova factory.' This new object originally was considered to be a supernova explosion. Read More »

Antarctic Ice Sheet is Melting Three Times as Fast as Before

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Theoretically, if they melted entirely, sea level worldwide would rise by 58 meters (190 feet), posing an existential threat to small island nations and coastal communities. At the northern tip of the continent, ice-shelf collapse at the Antarctic Peninsula has driven an increase of 27.6 billion tons (25 billion metric tons) in ice loss per year since the early 2000s. Read More »

Nasa declares ‘spaceship EMERGENCY’ after losing contact with Mars Rover

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One measure of the intensity of the dust storm is the optical depth of the atmopshere, with higher numbers representing more dust in the atmosphere. In the meantime, the rover must endure freezing overnight temperatures, putting thermal stress on Opportunity's internal components. The final frame, on the right, is a simulation based on the rover's data. Read More »

Canada to officially host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

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The United Bid listed MetLife Stadium outside of New York City as its proposed site for the final. Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are in the running to be among the 16 host cities. Soccer and Co‐Chair of the United Bid. He did say, however, that he would "fully expect" all three co-hosts to receive them. Branded United 2026, the North American bid's venues would be selected from among a total 23 stadiums that exist or already are under construction, including three each in Mexico and ... Read More »

This CO2 machine could transform the way we fight climate change

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The next step in the process is to have enough plants to produce the necessary barrels of carbon-free fuel, in order to drive down the costs even more . However, plans to capture Carbon dioxide directly from the air have been regarded as somewhat more substantial - essentially mirroring the actions of trees. Read More »

NewsAlert: Doug Ford elected in his riding of Etobicoke North

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Wynne congratulated Doug Ford on his win, noting, "I've committed to making the transition as smooth as possible". "When I get elected we'll sit down and we'll make that decision", said Progressive Conservative leader at a campaign meeting in Sault Ste Marie, Not, reports HuffPost . Read More »

Does Ferrari know where Montreal is?

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That is your look ahead to the possible stories to follow this weekend in Canada. Emotions are sure to be running high again this week as Hamilton and Mercedes set their sights set on equalling the mark of another Formula One giant, Schumacher. Read More »

Hurricanes are slowing down, wreaking havoc on coastal communities

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Dr Kossin said: 'Tropical cyclones over land have slowed down 20 per cent in the Atlantic, 30 per cent in the western North Pacific, and 19 per cent in the Australian region. Although commending the study for its findings, she said it is not without its limitations. The storms, in effect, are sticking around places for a longer period of time. Read More »

NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds Chemical Building Blocks For Life On Mars

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What they can't say yet is whether there is, or ever was, life on the Red Planet. Mars's Gale Crater, where Curiosity has been trolling around for the past six years, is a particularly interesting place to look for those molecules. The methane concentrations peak near the end of the northern hemisphere's summer, then dwindle in the winter. By examining data spanning almost three Martian years (six Earth years), Webster and his colleagues discerned the first repeating pattern in Martian ... Read More »

Whale found dead in Thailand waters had 80 plastic bags in stomach

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For almost a week, veterinarians tried to nurse it back to health, but four days later, it died. On Friday, the whale started vomiting pieces of plastic. A pilot whale died last week in southern Thailand after eating more than 80 plastic bags and other debris, Agence France-Presse reports. Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine biologist and lecturer at Kasetsart University, said the bags had made it impossible for the whale to eat any nutritional food. Read More »

Anti-Sustainability: Trump Orders DoE to Keep Fading US Coal Industry Alive

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Nonetheless, supporting the flagging coal industry was one of Trump's campaign promises, although the president's current energy secretary, former Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry , has made few inroads in his attempts to convince Capitol Hill and the energy industry that coal-burning power sources should be kept alive. Read More »

Trump orders Energy Department to help ailing coal, nuclear plants

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The plan cuts to the heart of a debate over the reliability and resiliency of a rapidly evolving US electricity grid. The White House-sponsored DoE memo reportedly states that "too many of these fuel-secure plants have retired prematurely and many more have recently announced retirement", while declaring that the replacement of coal and nuclear plants by natural gas and renewable power in the USA is not secure. Read More »

Alberta Indigenous groups want to buy equity share in Trans Mountain pipeline

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The judge went on to say that although the people have a right to make their views known, they do not have the right to protest in a way that is blocking the lawful work of the pipeline workers. So given that building Trans Mountain will be every bit as hard for its next owner as it was for its previous one, Ottawa would have to sweeten the pot in other ways if it wants to offload this political albatross. Read More »

Researchers Find Methane Ice Dunes on Pluto | Planetary Science

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The researchers came to the conclusion that the dunes are from each other at a distance of 400-1000 m and are composed of frozen methane ice, the size of which the diameter is about 200-300 micrometers. But those winds are too gentle to kick up methane grains, normally packed close together, from the surface. The dunes are something else that Pluto would have in common with comet 67/P, which stunned scientists with its combination of rippled dusty flanks and sharp-edged cliffs. Read More »

Gas desert. On Pluto found dunes of frozen methane

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Scientists say it's most likely the dune grains are methane ice from nearby mountains, blown around by winds that are estimated at 12 to 18 miles per hour. "On Earth, you need a certain strength of wind to release sand particles into the air, but winds that are 20% weaker are then sufficient to maintain transport", Eric Parteli, study co-author and lecturer in computational geosciences at the University of Cologne , said in a statement. Read More »

Flash flood watch still effective for Lee County, surrounding areas

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In eastern West Virginia , Eastern Grant and Eastern Mineral.* Until 10 PM EDT this evening* Numerous showers and thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rainfall will develop through the afternoon and evening. Thursday and continues throughout Thursday night. News outlets on Sunday showed photos and video of brown water rushing down Main Street in Ellicott City , just outside Baltimore. Read More »

Japanese whale hunters kill 122 pregnant minke

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Japan has sent a report to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) revealing that its hunters caught 333 minkes during its recent Antarctic summer "biological field survey". This means Japan has committed itself to not hunt whales for commercial purposes. "We catch whales totally at random", said Yuki Morita, an official in charge of whaling at the agency. Read More »

Europe Floats Plan to Ban Plastic Straws

In addition, we plan to limit the use of plastic packaging for take-away food in the cafe. European Green Party lawmaker Monica Frassoni also welcomed the initiative and added that "the scale of the problem means that we can not rely on individual European countries to take action and must instead find a Europe-wide response". Read More »

Trans Mountain pipeline opponents vow to keep fighting

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Bill Morneau laid out Tuesday the federal government's plan to buy Trans Mountain and Kinder Morgan Canada's core assets for $4.5-billion. But British Columbia's social democratic government recently joined environmental activists' fight against the pipeline, prompting a trade row with neighbor Alberta and leading Kinder Morgan to temporarily halt its construction until the dispute was resolved. Read More »

Trans Mountain pipeline project purchase ‘major step forward’: Rachel Notley

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Once the sale is complete, Canada will continue the construction on its own, with a goal to sell the pipeline once market conditions will allow it to get the best price. "It's really quite a turnup for the books for the Canadian government to buy itself a pipeline", he said. As part of the deal, the government will fund the resumption of the project's planning and construction by guaranteeing its expenditures until the transaction closes. Read More »

Government of Canada buys Kinder Morgan Pipeline

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The " agreement will help advance Canada as an energy leader, as a place where good projects get built", Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said . Currently, he said yesterday, Canada is losing US$11.56 billion ( C$15 billion ) annually because of the pipeline constraint. Greenpeace Canada's Mike Hudema tweeted "Good-bye climate and Indigenous rights commitments Canada and hello Massive losses". Read More »

Subtropical Storm Alberto Turns North-Northwest, No Change In Strength

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Alberto is expected to move inland into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday. A view of a partially flooded farm as Subtropical Storm Alberto passes by the west coast of Cuba , in Bahia Honda, Cuba, May 26, 2018. In the tropics, the story has been Subtropical Storm Alberto , which makes landfall later today across the Panhandle of Florida. Northeastern Florida and Southeastern Georgia will remain dry Saturday, but by Sunday morning heavy bands of rains will arrive and are ... Read More »

Unusual ‘wolf-like’ creature shot in Montana, leaves wildlife experts baffled

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According to the International Wolf Center , almost all wolfdogs are bred in captivity. Several people report being strong armed into keeping quiet about their reports by men wearing black suits. According to a statement from the Fish, Wildlife and Parks service, the discovery of a mammal from the dog family of animals was not uncommon in the area. Read More »

Landfall expected today in Florida

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Along the Gulf Coast and Big Bend, some mandatory and some voluntary evacuations were underway Sunday after a forecast for a 2- to 4-foot storm surge. In Gulf County, T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park began evacuations Sunday morning. Over 350mm of rain is possible along the coast, which in the long term will be beneficial, given the dry conditions which have prevailed in recent weeks. Read More »

Alberto slows, shifts west on path toward Gulf Coast

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The storm comes during the Memorial Day weekend and was expected to scramble transportation on Monday as many people return from holiday travel. At 5 a.m. It is showing signs of transitioning to something more tropical as deeper convection has developed near the center. Florida Governor Rick Scott , who issued a state of emergency on Saturday in all of the state's 67 counties, said on Sunday that the Florida National Guard has 5,500 guard members ready to be deployed if needed. Read More »

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Names List Includes One New Name

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If that forecast holds, it would make for a near-normal or above-normal season. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms , of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. The 2017 season was above average and included several major storms in the Southeast and Caribbean - including Harvey , Irma and Maria . Bell said there's a 70 percent probability that the season's hurricanes will fall within the forecast range. Read More »

One new Ebola death confirmed in Congo, bringing total to 12

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The idea is to quickly immunize those at highest risk of contracting the virus before they could potentially become infected and spread it themselves. Mbandaka is one of three health zones with confirmed Ebola cases, complicating efforts to find and monitor hundreds of people who have been in contact with those infected. Read More »

PR Newswire - NASA Administrator Statement on Space Policy Directive-2

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One White House official acknowledged that, unlike the Cold War period, when "virtually unlimited amounts of money were invested" in the space race, "budgets are now limited". The presidential directive will also require the Commerce Department to create a "one-stop shop" for administering and regulating commercial space flight activities. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn Makes First Official Visit To Northern Ireland

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During a visit to Belfast city, the opposition leader expressed his disagreement with the imposition of controls that violate the Good Friday Peace Agreement, signed in 1998. He called on Prime Minister Theresa May to reconvene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference - a body that offers the Irish a consultative role in non-devolved matters concerning Northern Ireland. Read More »

SpaceX launch destroys NASA photographer's camera

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The launch went off without a hitch, and the camera managed to capture it. "At least [it] got a frame before the camera bit the dust", Ingall wrote on Facebook . Unfortunately for him, one of his cameras was irreparably damaged during takeoff. "I had six remotes, two outside the launch pad safety perimeter and four inside", Ingalls said in a NASA statement with the new clip. Read More »