• Antarctica’s Ice Melt has Sped-up by 280%, Stoking Sea-Level Rise
Antarctica’s Ice Melt has Sped-up by 280%, Stoking Sea-Level Rise

They find the ice loss to be accelerating dramatically - a key indicator of human-caused climate change . It is now losing about 159 gigatons of ice yearly, particularly due to the melting of the Pine Island glacier (which lost a trillion tons of ice since 1979) and the Thwaites Glacier (which lost 634 billion tons).

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  • Chinese cotton seeds sprout on the moon
Chinese cotton seeds sprout on the moon

For the first time anybody is aware of, seeds have sprouted on a celestial body beyond Earth. The ability to grow plants in space is seen as crucial for long-term space missions and establishing human outposts elsewhere in the solar system, such as Mars.

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  • Nobel Prize-winning scientist stripped of last honorary titles over racist comments
Nobel Prize-winning scientist stripped of last honorary titles over racist comments

Watson's new comments came in an on-camera interview with Mark Mannucci, producer of a documentary that aired last week on PBS as part of its "American Masters" series, which profiles individuals who have made a major contribution to American culture.

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  • Far side of the moon, in pictures
Far side of the moon, in pictures

But the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program ( CLEP ) said that as of the morning of 11 January, the Yutu 2 rover, its lander and the relay satellite were all in a "stable condition". "The scientific instruments aboard the probe worked well, and the images taken by the probe and the detection data have been sent back to ground control".

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  • Proof of LIFE: Scientists record mysterious radio signals from deep space
Proof of LIFE: Scientists record mysterious radio signals from deep space

Having two sets of repeating bursts could also allow scientists to understand what distinguishes them from single bursts, helping them understand more about their source and watch for future blasts. 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. ...

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  • Local weather change: Speedy warming of oceans might endanger marine life
Local weather change: Speedy warming of oceans might endanger marine life

The paper says that in a scenario where no effort is made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project 5 (CIMP5) models predict that the top 2,000 meters of oceans will see a temperature rise of 0.78-degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

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  • May suffers another Commons Brexit defeat UK News
May suffers another Commons Brexit defeat UK News

But Bercow, who is in the Remain camp over Brexit, was keen to allow the amendment that was widely supported by Labour and some Tory MPs because it would put more pressure on May. However, Mr Bercow insisted that he had made an "honest judgement" in his decision to allow a vote on the amendment, and argued that " if we were only ever guided by pr...

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  • NASA probe discovers new planet
NASA probe discovers new planet

What's even more exciting are hints the system holds a second candidate planet about the size of Earth that orbits the star every eight days. The first confirmed discovery is a world called Pi Mensae c about twice Earth's size. As scientists learned how to correct for these systematic errors, this trimming step was eliminated - but the early K2 d...

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  • China’s lunar rover drives smoothly on moon’s far side
China’s lunar rover drives smoothly on moon’s far side

Unlike the near side of the moon, which offers many flat areas to touch down on, the far side is mountainous and rugged. The moon was first visited by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969, and the US, the former Soviet Union, and China have all landed spacecraft on its surface in the years since.

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  • Chinese craft lands on dark side of the moon
Chinese craft lands on dark side of the moon

The moon is tidally locked to Earth, rotating at the same rate as it orbits our planet, so most of the far side - or "dark side" - is never visible to us. If the mission is successful, scientists will have the opportunity to explore Moon's environment, which will be a great leap forward not only for China, but for the whole world.

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

Like the Geminid meteor shower , the Quadrantid comes from a mysterious asteroid or "rock comet", rather than an icy comet, which is unusual. The last time that Qatar had an encounter with meteor showers was back in November a year ago when annual meteors "Taurid and Leonid" appeared in the skies of Doha.

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  • Ultima Thule emerges as contact binary,
Ultima Thule emerges as contact binary, "cosmic snowman", in new spacecraft images

Alan Stern , principal investigator for New Horizons , said: "It is only really the size of something like Washington DC and it is about as reflective as garden variety dirt". "What we're looking at is basically the first planetesimals", Moore said. He said he thought it would be hard because he couldn't "think of anything that rhymes with Ul...

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  • New Horizons Spaceship Encounters Ultima Thule, the World Awaits Historic Photo
New Horizons Spaceship Encounters Ultima Thule, the World Awaits Historic Photo

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has survived humanity's most distant exploration of another world. Scientists believe there should be no rings or moons around Ultima Thule that might endanger New Horizons. Images of the object taken just before the encounter will grow to a few more pixels, transmitted back to Earth at the speed of light i...

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  • EPA proposes new rule that could allow fewer restrictions on toxins
EPA proposes new rule that could allow fewer restrictions on toxins

In a letter to the EPA last summer , utilities and regulatory and labor groups said mercury emissions had been reduced by almost 90 percent over the past decade. The EPA proposal is open to public comment for 60 days after it is posted in the Federal Register . The EPA is not seeking to remove the mercury limitations, outlined under the 2011...

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  • January total lunar eclipse to coincide with supermoon
January total lunar eclipse to coincide with supermoon

The new year will get off to a splendid begin when an uncommon ruddy orange body called a Super Blood Wolf Moon graces the sky in January, Forbes reports. Because the Earth blocks the sun from casting any light directly on the moon, it's only visible with indirect light filtered through the Earth's atmosphere.

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  • Years Ago Today, Apollo 8 Wished Earth A Merry Christmas Eve
Years Ago Today, Apollo 8 Wished Earth A Merry Christmas Eve

The excerpt below from my 2017 book Apollo 8 describes the scene, reconstructed with the help of interviews with the crew , as the astronauts emerged from the far side of the moon , not yet knowing the image that awaited them. The pictures that aren't perfectly framed. It was a remarkable time in this country's history. The Apollo 8 astro...

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  • SpaceX launch scrubbed for fourth time; next try Sunday
SpaceX launch scrubbed for fourth time; next try Sunday

The successful launch is a significant victory for Elon Musk's privately held rocket company, which has spent years trying to break into the lucrative market for military space launches dominated by Lockheed and Boeing Co. SpaceX is already under contract to launch four more GPS III missions. It is three times more accurate than the previous sy...

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  • Winston Peters critical as Japan announces whaling will resume
Winston Peters critical as Japan announces whaling will resume

By leaving the IWC, Japan steps back from the body's founding document, the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which was signed in 1946 . In September, Tokyo argued unsuccessfully that stocks of certain species of whale were now sufficient to support renewed hunting. Japan also suggested in 2007 that it might withdraw from...

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  • Today's Winter Solstice features a full moon and meteor shower
Today's Winter Solstice features a full moon and meteor shower

The date and time of Winter Solstice , featured in a special Google Doodle Friday, vary by the year, though it typically falls between December 19 and 22. If the Gregorian calendar and the solar year were perfectly in sync, then the solstices and equinoxes would always fall on the same day. Around the time of the winter solstice, the sun is fa...

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  • Japan to leave whaling commission to continue hunting
Japan to leave whaling commission to continue hunting

A fisheries agency official denied the report, however, insisting no decision had been taken on whether to withdraw from the IWC, which banned commercial whaling in 1986. Japan previously threatened to leave the IWC in 2007, but changed its mind after talking with representatives from the United States and other member nations, according to ...

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