• NASA Hubble Space Telescope grapples with new mechanical failure
NASA Hubble Space Telescope grapples with new mechanical failure

Astronomers are aiming to prolong Hubble's life, but losing another gyroscope makes life hard. The James Webb Space Telescope , Hubble's powerful successor (at least, in the infrared regime), is now set to launch in 2021. Bottom line: The Hubble Space Telescope has been in safe mode since last Friday evening, following the failure of one of ...

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  • Astronomers may have discovered the first moon outside Earth's Solar System
Astronomers may have discovered the first moon outside Earth's Solar System

Scientists claim they have discovered the first moon outside our solar system . "It's big and weird by solar system standards", Columbia University astronomy professor David Kipping said of the moon , known as an exomoon because it is outside our solar system.

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  • Canadian Donna Strickland third woman to win Nobel physics prize
Canadian Donna Strickland third woman to win Nobel physics prize

Most notably in 1987, Ashkin used the novel tweezers to capture living bacteria without causing harm to them resulting in the tools being widely used in the machinery of life experimentation. The magazine Nature reported this weekend that the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences would explicitly call on future nominators to consider gender, geography ...

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  • Tropical Storm Kirk Revives
Tropical Storm Kirk Revives

Miller said. Tropical Storm Kirk is on a path to dump heavy rains that could bring unsafe flooding to the eastern Caribbean, forecasters said. Storms located to the east and northeast of the center of the regenerating tropical storm had rainfall at a rate of over 69 mm (2.7 inches) per hour.

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  • Fears for disorientated and lost Beluga as it heads BACK to London
Fears for disorientated and lost Beluga as it heads BACK to London

Yes, a beluga whale was spotted splashing around in Britain's River Thames, and Brits can't quite believe it. The RSPCA said: "We are working with other agencies to monitor the situation and ready to provide appropriate assistance if requested", it said.

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  • Red Cross holds disaster response training
Red Cross holds disaster response training

With the devastation Florence has caused in the Carolinas, mostly as a result of unprecedented flooding, the Red Cross is there right now to help. Apple has five stores in North Carolina in Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro and Raleigh with two stores in SC in Charleston and Greenville. Apple has made several donations to the American Red Cro...

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  • Japanese billionaire is SpaceX's 1st Moon tourist: Musk
Japanese billionaire is SpaceX's 1st Moon tourist: Musk

He said he wanted the artists "to see the moon up close, and the earth in full view, and create work to reflect their experience". Maezawa, whose net worth is $2.3 billion, is the founder and CEO of Japan's largest e-commerce company Start Today Co.

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  • Hurricane Florence maintains strength as it nears coast
Hurricane Florence maintains strength as it nears coast

The Little River, the Cape Fear, the Lumber, the Neuse, the Waccamaw and the Pee Dee were all projected to rise over their banks, flooding cities and towns. Part of downtown Wilmington, North Carolina , is inundated by water from the swollen Cape Fear River. North Carolina's secretary of transportation, Jim Trogdon, says it's even worse than wha...

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  • ICESat-2: Tracking Earth’s Ice with Unparalleled Detail
ICESat-2: Tracking Earth’s Ice with Unparalleled Detail

The rocket has launched more than 150 times with a success rate of 98.7 per cent, according to NASA . Delta 2 rockets have launched scores of satellite telephone relay stations, seven Mars missions - including the Pathfinder, Spirit and Opportunity rovers - numerous NASA astronomy missions, Earth observation satellites and commercial payloads.

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  • Hurricane Florence Leaves At Least Five Dead, Carolinas Drenched
Hurricane Florence Leaves At Least Five Dead, Carolinas Drenched

It's believed he died after he was blown down while going outside to check on his dogs. "The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's getting worse", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, and called Florence a "thousand-year rain event".

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  • 'Monster' Florence to pummel U.S. southeast
'Monster' Florence to pummel U.S. southeast

Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, "is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday night" and has triggered a hurricane watch for all of North Carolina and part of SC, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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  • Hurricane Florence: What storm surge could look like on East Coast
Hurricane Florence: What storm surge could look like on East Coast

The storm was once a powerful Category 4 storm but became a slow-moving Category 1 storm when it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday. Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.

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  • Fly me to the moon - okay, says Elon Musk
Fly me to the moon - okay, says Elon Musk

SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveller, with some changes to its original game plan. - Footprints on the Moon - Humans have not set foot on the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972, capping an era of U.S. Next July will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz A...

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  • Hurricane Florence: Over 188,000 without power as monster storm batters Carolinas
Hurricane Florence: Over 188,000 without power as monster storm batters Carolinas

As of Friday morning, there were upwards of 20,000 people in 157 shelters across the state of North Carolina , and that number will only continue to climb as rescue efforts are now underway. But James said she and her family are prepared and stocked up on several items. Florence will dump 40 inches (101.6 cm) of rain in some parts of the Carolin...

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  • Hurricane Helene will be hitting Ireland next week and ah, Jaysis
Hurricane Helene will be hitting Ireland next week and ah, Jaysis

Isaac, along with Florence, Helene and two other systems increasingly likely to form, have set a hectic pace for the Atlantic - even busier than previous year when Harvey, Isaac and Maria made landfall within three weeks of each other. Mr Bowles said winds would top 80mph in parts of the United Kingdom with heavy, fast moving rain. The center of ...

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  • Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency ahead of storm arrival
Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency ahead of storm arrival

The center also said that Hurricane Isaac, much farther out to sea, has become the 5th named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season. "Maximum sustained winds are near 65 miles per hour (100 km/h) with higher gusts". A state of emergency allows the state to mobilize resources, including the Virginia National Guard, and to position people and equi...

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  • Airlines Preparing for Impact of Hurricane Florence
Airlines Preparing for Impact of Hurricane Florence

Florence is now one of three hurricanes spinning in the Atlantic Ocean, along with Helene and Isaac . Last night, The National Hurricane Centre (NHC ) said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's hurricane hunter has found that Florence is strengthening, and is forecast to become a major hurricane on Monday.

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  • Hurricane Isaac maintains strength behind Florence, Helene
Hurricane Isaac maintains strength behind Florence, Helene

It is projected to make landfall between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Thursday evening as a Category 4 Major Hurricane. The airlines affected by the waivers vary from city to city, but most are now in the path of Florence as meteorologists are tracking the category 4 storm.

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  • Tropical Storm Helene forms in eastern Atlantic
Tropical Storm Helene forms in eastern Atlantic

It's not yet clear whether Florence will threaten the United States, although forecast tracks show it could make landfall along the Carolinas. Gov. Tropical Storm Helene formed late on Friday night. The storm's maximum sustained winds are 75km/h and it is moving west at 20km/h, according to The National Hurricane Center in Miami .

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"Handmaids" are protesting at Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, addressed Kavanaugh about abortion. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL asked Kavanaugh if he would seek a delay in his hearing so the paper trail could be vetted. On the issue of gun rights, Senator Feinstein pressed Mr Kavanaugh on his previous opposition to a ban on semi-automatic rifles. The...

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  • Democratic Senators Send Fundraising Emails During Kavanaugh Hearing
Democratic Senators Send Fundraising Emails During Kavanaugh Hearing

His conservative record includes a dissenting opinion past year that would have denied immediate access to an abortion for an immigrant teenager in federal custody. If he is approved by the panel, his nomination goes to the entire Senate, where Republicans will hold a very slim 51-49 majority when Republican Jon Kyl fills the seat of the late A...

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  • Hurricane center identifies possible tropical development
Hurricane center identifies possible tropical development

It is expected to develop into hurricane. MEXICO CITY Tropical Storm Norman has formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean and forecasters say it could become a hurricane today. Marks, Florida. Tropical Storm KarenOctober 3 - Tropical Storm Karen forms in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.October 5 - Downgraded to a depression off the coast of Louisiana...

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  • Expect a wet Labor Day weekend. The tropical wave won't help
Expect a wet Labor Day weekend. The tropical wave won't help

We are not anticipating any impacts for us, or the USA, but shifts in the forecast track are certainly possible. Regardless if it forms into a depression or tropical storm, it could bring rounds of heavy rain anywhere from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

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  • The Trump-Wheeler Polluting Power Plan: Five Key Takeaways
The Trump-Wheeler Polluting Power Plan: Five Key Takeaways

The EPA said the new rule would allow states to develop plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired plants. Republican attorneys general and coal industry groups filed lawsuits to block the plan , calling it an overreach of federal power, and in 2016 the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to halt its enforcement.

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  • Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend!
Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend!

Unfortunately, weather conditions may not fully cooperate for seeing the shooting stars here in North Carolina. "This year's shower peak, however, has the added bonus of dark skies courtesy of an early-setting crescent Moon". Blake said the shower will peak the evening of Aug. 12 and the morning of August 13, but the night before and after should...

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