• As Massive Storm Rages on Mars, Opportunity Rover Falls Silent
As Massive Storm Rages on Mars, Opportunity Rover Falls Silent

A NASA rover on Mars has fallen silent as a enormous dust storm envelops the planet and blots out the sun. A saving grace about these storms is that they limit the extreme temperature swings, and the dust they kick up can also absorb solar radiation, thus raising ambient temperatures around Opportunity .

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  • NASA's Opportunity Rover Hit By Enormous Dust Storm On Mars
NASA's Opportunity Rover Hit By Enormous Dust Storm On Mars

The rover has proved hardier than expected by lasting almost 15 years, despite being designed for a 90-day mission. NASA's Mars rover, Opportunity has ceased all its science operations and is reportedly waiting for the massive storm to pass away and clear skies to appear.

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  • France to put freeze on palm oil use, imports
France to put freeze on palm oil use, imports

Energy giant Total wants to import up to 300,000 tons a year of palm oil , which environmental advocates say has caused massive deforestation chiefly in southeast Asia. Fuel shortages were not expected as a result of the blockade, given France's network of emergency fuel reserves and in the absence to date of sympathy action by fuel sector worke...

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  • Hurricane Bud: Path, models, latest forecast of Category 3 hurricane today
Hurricane Bud: Path, models, latest forecast of Category 3 hurricane today

While the storm may strengthen again today, it will likely begin weakening as early as tomorrow tomorrow. According to the NHC, Hurricane Bud is expected to move north-northwest on Tuesday into the midweek. Even if no tropical system develops, forecasters warned that the system could dump heavy rain on flood prone areas in Nicaragua, Honduras and o...

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  • Researchers discover a system with three Earth-sized planets
Researchers discover a system with three Earth-sized planets

The newfound planet revolves around a Sun-like star which is some 600 light years away from Earth, reported The Times of India . In the end, also in the news is the discovery of three Earth-sized planets , made by Spanish astronomers. It contains at least three rocky planets, the radius of which is equal to or approximately equal to the earth, ...

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  • Soyuz capsule with three astronauts docks with International Space Station
Soyuz capsule with three astronauts docks with International Space Station

The crew members are also being greeted by family and friends who watched the docking and hatch opening from the Russian Mission Control Center outside Moscow. He was a part of an Expedition crew of 40-41. Under the program of the space station's Russian segment, cosmonauts Prokopyev and Artemyev will make a spacewalk in August 2018 to instal...

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  • Indian scientists discover exoplanet 600 light years away
Indian scientists discover exoplanet 600 light years away

A sub-Saturn or super-Neptune sized planet which has 27 times more mass and whose radius is six times more than that of the planet Earth has been discovered by a group of researchers from the Physical Research Laboratory ( PRL ), Ahmedabad.

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  • NASA finds 3 bn years old organic molecules in rocks on Mars
NASA finds 3 bn years old organic molecules in rocks on Mars

The organic material was unearthed in 3-billion-year-old sedimentary rock samples extracted by Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite and then heated to 500 degrees Celsius to release its molecular constituents. The experiment involved scientists heating the rock fragments to more than 900 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a...

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  • Mercedes delays Canada-spec engine
Mercedes delays Canada-spec engine

Even if they do run smoothly for the whole weekend, Ferrari is bringing a new engine for one of the toughest races of the season and it should have more power too with a figure of around 10 horsepower mentioned. "There are certain circuits that will suit you more and this has always been one of those particular circuits for me". "As a team we d...

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  • Aletta becomes first hurricane of eastern Pacific season
Aletta becomes first hurricane of eastern Pacific season

Aletta, which became a hurricane on Thursday afternoon, rapidly intensified in less than 24 hours. Aletta is located around 450 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. It was upgraded to a Category 3 storm on Friday. The center said Aletta is likely to become a hurricane by Thursday as it moves westward into the Pacific.

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  • World's oldest footprints found in China
World's oldest footprints found in China

This 'explosion' - which ignited some 541 million years ago - saw the rapid emergence of a diversified spread of animal phyla over a period lasting perhaps 25 million years. As the Inquisitr previously reported, up until that historic event, which lasted for 20-25 million years and gave rise to most of the major animal groups on the planet, ani...

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  • NASA looking for firms to run space station
NASA looking for firms to run space station

The complex was essentially completed with the retirement of NASA's space shuttles in 2011. Political leanings do play a part when it comes to assessing NASA's priorities, especially in climate issues, which is a top priority for more Democrats (78 percent) than Republicans (44 percent).

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  • Tropical cyclones are slowing down due to global warming
Tropical cyclones are slowing down due to global warming

Still, the shift is precisely what he and other cyclone experts said would be expected from climate change . Although more rainfall is the most direct outcome of slower-moving storms, other impacts can be enhanced as well. "Still, it's entirely plausible that local rainfall increases could actually be dominated by this slowdown rather than the e...

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  • Oldest 'footprints' found in China
Oldest 'footprints' found in China

Unearthed in Southern China , the footprints are no more than a few millimeters wide, notes Science Alert , and were found in the Dengying Formation , a rich fossil site in the Yangtze Gorges area. This sea-dwelling animal had paired appendages that raised its body above the ocean floor, the footprints left behind by its multiple feet suggest. ...

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  • New NASA Chief Vows US Will Always Have Astronauts in Orbit
New NASA Chief Vows US Will Always Have Astronauts in Orbit

Epps remains in consideration for future missions, NASA said. Pew Research Center published the results of their newest survey today. Whether they're Republicans or Democrats, Americans can still agree on one thing: Space is cool. Space exploration has changed drastically in the decades following the first landing on the moon by United States...

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  • NASA Curiosity rover hits organic pay dirt on Mars
NASA Curiosity rover hits organic pay dirt on Mars

Hell comes from Mars, NASA , and it's only been two years since we cleaned up the last incident of Mars Hell . Mars2020 will shed light on the organic molecules-and prepare a sample that some future mission could bring back to Earth . The search for organic molecules actually began on Mars in 1976 via Viking 1 and II , so the finding of them ...

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  • Oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050 - United Nations chief
Oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050 - United Nations chief

Every year, World Environment Day has a host and a theme. This year's focus is on addressing plastic pollution. "The only way forward is massive enlightenment on the need for a total refusal of the plastic option; let us legislate against it and its use for packaging or storage".

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  • Trio of astronauts blast off to worldwide space station
Trio of astronauts blast off to worldwide space station

A Russian Soyuz rocket rises from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, sending three spacefliers to the International Space Station. For the new mission, officially known as Expedition 56, the Soyuz carried off the ground Serena Auñón-Chancellor from NASA , Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Prokopyev from Roscosmos.

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  • New Mars discoveries advance case for possible life
New Mars discoveries advance case for possible life

Is this the discovery of Martians? Organic molecules are the building blocks of life, though they can also be produced by chemical reactions unrelated to life. This is also when life was evolving on our own planet. So they looked elsewhere. One of NASA's aims with the Curiosity Rover is to search for signs of ancient life on the red planet.

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  • Why Are The Kilauea And Fuego Volcano Eruptions So Different?
Why Are The Kilauea And Fuego Volcano Eruptions So Different?

Guatemala's seismology and vulcanology institute says activity is increasing at the Volcano of Fire, which erupted Sunday and sent deadly flows of super-hot material boiling down its slopes and into nearby villages. About 2,500 people were in shelters in Escuintla after being forced to flee their homes in surrounding villages. At least 197 peopl...

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