by | December 16, 2018 | 05:38

President, for giving us the Christmas present of a lifetime", the president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Zippy Duvall of Georgia, said. The Trump administration is poised to withdraw federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country, making good on President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to weaken landmark water rules long resented by some developers, farmers and oil, gas and mining executives.

by | December 16, 2018 | 02:51

One negative, however, is that we'll have a moon in that part of the sky - that'll make it tougher to see. Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing you'll want to try and catch a glimpse of in the sky this month: Comet 46P/Wirtanen , dubbed the "Christmas comet" by some, is also set to blaze across the December sky.

by | December 15, 2018 | 08:32

The ant powers up the appendage by pressing the two mandible tips together, spring-loading them for release when one mandible slides across the other - think of snapping your finger, with a whole heck of a lot more force. The video below shows that lightning fast movement at a much slower speed so that we can see it in action. A team of researchers was studying the Dracula ant-scientific name Mystrium camillae-in order to understand how its mandible mechanism works.

by | December 15, 2018 | 07:04

The system is then predicted to push south, dumping much-needed heavy rain along the entire east coast of the state. Meteorologist Dan Narramore from the Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday the system formerly known as Owen was continuing its redevelopment in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

by | December 15, 2018 | 03:55

The image was received on December 4, 2018 (Sol 8). The resulting photo shows InSight's solar panels and deck, along with the scientific instruments on top of the deck and the lander's weather sensor. The $850 million InSight mission launched in May, along with two fly-along cubesats named MarCO-A and MarCO-B. Though this is the first time we hear the sounds of Mars up close and personal, we're quite sure this is not the only surprise InSight will deliver during the course of its ...

by | December 15, 2018 | 02:31

In 2012, Voyager 1 also detected a steep decline in solar wind particle counts, signifying that it was the first of the pair to reach interstellar space. "Galactic cosmic rays act as tiny messengers of our local galactic neighborhood", Georgia Denolfo, an astrophysicist at NASA who is not involved with the Voyager mission, said during the news conference.

by | December 15, 2018 | 00:46

Accuweather noted those who do venture outside will be rewarded with multi-colored meteors in the most intense of all meteor showers . "You'll read elsewhere of 120 Geminids visible per hour at shower peak, but this is how many you'd see from the darkest sky with the radiant directly overhead.

by | December 14, 2018 | 06:39

Until Tuesday, astronauts had only been able to examine the hole from inside the spacecraft. Initially thought to be the result of a micrometeorite impact, subsequent investigation revealed it to be man made, and Russian Federation launched a full investigation to determine where and when it was created.

by | December 14, 2018 | 04:16

NASA and the United States define anyone who flies at this altitude as an astronaut. New versions of SpaceShipTwo are built by a Virgin Galactic sister company and flight testing is now in-house. At a basic level, this flight will aim to fly higher and faster. The test demonstrates significant progress toward the start of commercial flights that were promised more than a decade ago.

by | December 13, 2018 | 00:48

This, of course, does not mean that coral reefs are no longer vulnerable to the rapid global warming . "It's something of a silver lining". In the central regions, the levels of bleaching for both years were observed to be the same, even though the heat exposure was higher in 2017, the researchers said.

by | December 12, 2018 | 19:33

Then you will start seeing Geminid meteors. Britons could be treated to astonishing show of 120 shooting stars an hour in showers set to peak later this week. They are bright and have a yellowish hue, making them distinct and easy to spot. They typically enter Earth's atmosphere at about 22 miles per second, about half the speed of the Leonid meteors , which soar through the darkness each November.

by | December 12, 2018 | 17:42

Upon investigating, the flight crew found a tiny hole in the Soyuz capsule, which was docked to the space station . The crew aboard the space station has, since the leak was discovered and repaired, conducted frequent leak detection work and pressure measurements to make sure that the leak stayed sealed and the pressure on the space station remained normal.

by | December 09, 2018 | 04:23

Wheeler said emission controls that the Obama rule would demand of new coal plants went beyond what was now technologically possible. This latest administration effort to boost fossil fuel industries comes as leaders from almost 200 countries are meeting in Poland to discuss how to keep greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere.

by | December 08, 2018 | 15:10

The other face, most of which can not be seen from earth, is called the far side or dark side , not because it's dark, but because most of it remains unknown. Months before launch, China's Xinhua news agency reported that Chang'e-4 might also be carrying a " lunar mini-biosphere " containing potato seeds and mustard seeds as well as silkworm eggs.

by | December 08, 2018 | 16:47

There was a problem with the grid fin hydraulic pump, he explained, so the rocket landed in the sea. Musk also posted the video of the first stage's descent, which showed it spinning as it fell to Earth, how its spin rate was slowly arrested with correctional thrusts, and how it touched down on the ocean and fell sideways into the water.

by | December 08, 2018 | 14:10

The recorded sounds were "consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area, which were observed from orbit", NASA said. This is the only time during the mission that the seismometer - called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, or SEIS - is capable of detecting these sounds .

by | December 08, 2018 | 11:53

It should arrive at the space station on Saturday morning. Christmas turkey is rocketing toward the International Space Station, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake. Another investigation, which will study muscle degeneration, will make use of 36,000 tiny worms. The Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Space Station Challenge is sponsoring student experiments to develop a UV-activated dental glue that could help astronauts on long-duration voyages and another ...

by | December 07, 2018 | 04:59

Scientists measured ice loss at Greenland using a drill the size of a traffic light pole to extract ice cores from the ice sheet itself, as well as an adjacent coastal ice cap. Rising seas threaten low-lying cities, islands and industries worldwide. Thicker melt layers represented years of higher melting, while thinner sections indicated years with less melting.

by | December 07, 2018 | 02:40

Still, the scientist conceded that interstellar travel could be "an unbreakable barrier, over spans of thousands of years", but added that it could be possible depending on what we assume about various forms of life. Radio waves continue to be the major form of communication for thousands or millions of years. In the very large amount of "noise" in UFO reporting there may be "signals" however small, that indicate some phenomena that can not be explained or denied.

by | December 06, 2018 | 04:49

The mission is SpaceX's 16th for Nasa as part of a long-term contract to ferry supplies to space. On Tuesday, mold was found on food bars for an experiment on the ISS involving about 40 mice that was set to analyze how space and aging relate.

by | December 06, 2018 | 02:37

The funding represents double the amount allocated in the original five-year investment plan that was put in place after the 2015 Paris agreement. "The impacts of climate change are increasingly hard to ignore", said the statement, a copy of which was obtained by AFP .

by | December 04, 2018 | 05:53

The Soyuz MS-11 carried Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko , Canadian David Saint-Jacques and NASA's Anne McClain from Earth to dock with the ISS later on Monday. It was the first manned voyage for the Soviet-era Soyuz since October 11, when a rocket carrying Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin and United States astronaut Nick Hague failed just minutes after blast-off, forcing the pair to make a harrowing emergency landing.

by | December 04, 2018 | 05:41

Osiris is the god of the afterlife, while Bennu represents the heron and creation. NASA's mission to send a probe to an asteroid, dig up a chunk, and send the material back to Earth is now half-way complete. OSIRIS-REx fired its thrusters for a small burn, putting it about 4.3 miles from Bennu, marking the end of its journey to the asteroid. The sample from Bennu, a near-Earth asteroid, could help scientists understand not only more about asteroids that could impact Earth but about how ...

by | December 04, 2018 | 04:11

With SpaceX taking responsibility for the launch of the Falcon 9, Spaceflight Industries handled "all the mission management planning, engineering, integration, mission assurance and system engineering processes, regulatory and policy procedures, contracting, and business development for the mission", the company said in a statement.

by | December 04, 2018 | 04:24

Now elected leaders, governments, and powerful interests must do the same. "Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption", Guterres told delegates from nearly 200 countries who gathered in the city of Katowice .

by | December 04, 2018 | 03:06

That advanced warning gave people critical time to take cover and may have saved lives. It remains unclear how many tornadoes blew through the region, but it won't be as many as 22, Miller said. Residents in central IL on Sunday assessed the damage after rare December tornadoes, including one the day before that was a half-mile-wide, ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people.

by | December 03, 2018 | 16:11

A Soyuz-FG rocket carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin failed two minutes into its flight on October 11, activating an automatic rescue system that sent their capsule into a steep ride back to Earth. At a press conference on the eve of the launch, crew commander Kononenko said the astronauts "absolutely" trusted teams preparing for the flight. "We feel very ready for it", she said.

by | December 03, 2018 | 15:19

As it was too late to act, DoC staff returned at first light today to assess the situation. Several dozen managed to refloat themselves but 50 were found dead and one had to be put down. As many as 90 of the stranding-prone species came ashore near the township of Owenga overnight, with about 40 refloating themselves, New Zealand's Department of Conservation said on Friday.

by | December 03, 2018 | 12:58

A joint statement Monday from a group of 100 scientists in China criticised He Jiankui's claims and called them a "great blow to the global reputation and development of biomedical research in China". "It's a big deal". Harvard's George Church told Stat News that he has been in contact with He's team and has seen the experimental data. Mr Baltimore said: "I personally don't think that it was medically necessary".

by | December 03, 2018 | 11:26

Some will be brought up for trial as soon as Monday, according to the minister. The level of violence on Saturday was too much for some of the Yellow Vests themselves. Many on the outskirts of smaller provincial towns and villages have expressed anger, underlining the gap between metropolitan elites and working class voters that has boosted anti-establishment politics across the Western world.

by | December 02, 2018 | 09:13

Over the next two years, we will learn a lot more about Mars and hopefully find answers to such questions as if there are any signs of past life or if Mars now has any liquid water. "It is wonderful news that the InSight spacecraft has landed safely on Mars", said Sue Horne, head of the space exploration at the UK Space Agency.

by | December 02, 2018 | 05:46

But the new discovery "shows that our ancestors ventured into all corners of Africa, not just East Africa", Mohamed Sahnouni, who led the project and detailed the findings in the journal Science, said in a statement . The life of early hominins in North Africa is still largely a mystery, and much of what is known of these ancestral groups is derived from the tools themselves.

by | December 02, 2018 | 02:08

NASA already is utilizing the private sector on a commercial basis. NASA officials said the research will help get astronauts back to the moon more quickly and keep them safer once they're there. Some of the companies are expected to develop small launch vehicles or robotic rovers to explore its surface. CLPS missions may launch and land as early as 2019, .

by | December 02, 2018 | 03:14

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckerbee said the report was "not data-driven", adding: "We'd like to see something that is more data-driven". The reporters then seemed to miss a key theme from Trump. The effects will spill into global trade, hitting import and export prices and U.S. businesses with overseas operations and supply chains, it added.

by | December 01, 2018 | 03:22

He speaks at the Hong Kong worldwide summit on Wednesday. David Baltimore, a Nobel laureate and chairman of the organising committee, told reporters it was He's decision not to attend. "This is a truly unacceptable development", said Jennifer Doudna, a University of California-Berkeley scientist and one of the inventors of the CRISPR gene-editing tool that He said he used.