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SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule returns from ISS

An unmanned SpaceX capsule has successfully splashed down into the Atlantic Ocean after a short-term stay on the International Space Station (ISS). The Dragon has returned to Earth. Provided it goes well, the first crewed mission of SpaceX's capsule will occur in July, featuring astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley .

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NASA’s Opportunity rover dies on Mars

The six-wheeled robot last contacted Earth in June a year ago, but after a global dust storm hit, it went quiet . Eight months after losing contact with the Opportunity Mars rover during a record dust storm , NASA managers Wednesday reluctantly called it quits, officially bringing one of the agency's most successful projects to an end after an improbable 15-year mission that captured the imaginations of millions.

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Did you spot the lunar eclipse this morning?

Lunar eclipses describe the moment the Moon passes behind the earth and into its shadow and can only happen when there is a Full Moon. The total lunar eclipse didn't set in until 11:41 p.m., with the maximum eclipse happening 30 minutes after, at 12:12 a.m.

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Britain's battle over Brexit resumes ahead of big vote

With May unable apparently to squeeze anything out of the bloc's negotiators in the final hour that would substantially alter the political dynamic in London, her aides are also considering a parliamentary trick - to change the wording of the legislation presenting the Brexit withdrawal agreement next week by making any approval of the deal contingent on the European Union offering more concessions.

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Listen to New Horizons, Brian May's first solo single in 20 years

Scientists say images from NASA's spacecraft New Horizons show a snowman-like object in the cold, icy part of our solar system. "It's two completely different objects that are now joined together", said S. The nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as seen by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft, has two lobes that appear connected by a narrow "neck" region. A Google search for " Ultima Thule " found not just references to the Kuiper Belt object and the mission but also a lodge in Alaska ...

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Rocky Mountain National Park Sanitation Upkeep Goes Unaddressed Amid Government Shutdown

Human feces and garbage have been overflowing at the campgrounds of Yosemite and Joshua Tree national parks - because there's no staff on hand to clean up, according to new reports . A auto drives into Joshua Tree National Park in California past an entrance station closed due to the partial shutdown of the USA federal government on December 30, 2018.

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Winter storm causing vehicle slide offs in Hays area

Forecaster Dan Riddle said little has changed in the agency's early prediction of the coming weather. There is also the possibility of the snow being mixed with rain, which could also turn into light freezing drizzle. Ellis County is in a Winter Weather Advisory with 2-5 inches of snow predicted. In addition to the actual temperatures, the communities in the area of the winter storm warning could have wind chills of negative 25 to negative 30 degrees Thursday night through Friday morning.

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Japan to resume commercial whaling in 2019, defying decades-old intl moratorium

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshide Suga says the withdrawal will come into effect at the end of June 2019, and that commercial whaling will be confined to Japanese waters and its economic zone, in accordance with global law. Its managing director in New Zealand, Michael Lawry, said while it was concerning endangered whales would now be hunted for commercial purposes near Japan, the decision had a lot of positive outcomes.

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Climate change is 'most important issue we face — United Nations chief

The Secretary-General started by noting that climate change is already "a matter of life and death" for many people, nations and countries of the world , and that the science is telling us we need to move faster. He later told reporters that realities of global climate changes are "worse than expected, but the political will is relatively faded after Paris" and is not matching the current challenges.

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Mars InSight mission: What Nasa's trip to Red Planet aims to discover

This is going to be tense. "Everything we've done to date makes us feel comfortable and confident we're going to land on Mars", added Hoffman, who's based at JPL . An artist illustration of the InSight lander on Mars. The JPL controllers also expect to receive a photograph of the probe's new surroundings on the flat, smooth Martian plain close to the planet's equator called the Elysium Planitia .

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Cause of Soyuz-FG Launch Failure Revealed - Probe Commission

The Soyuz-FG rocket carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin failed shortly into the October 11 flight, sending their capsule into a sharp fall back to Earth. Also Thursday, the Kremlin confirmed that Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin has kept the president up to date on the situation surrounding the Soyuz-FG incident, and will do so again during his next working meeting with Vladimir Putin.

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Oscar Strengthens Into Tropical Storm; No Threat To Land

Tropical Storm Oscar has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, but does not pose a threat to land. Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km) from the center. Oscar could then become a hurricane by Monday night or Tuesday. "On a rare occasion, storms that form near the Central America coast can track north into the Gulf of Mexico and turn to the northeast toward Florida", it stated.

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'There is no God,' says Stephen Hawking in final book

I have been rich and poor, I have been able-bodied and disabled. Unleash your imagination. Shape the future.' Hawking also encouraged youth to 'wonder about what makes the universe exist.' In an excerpt of his book published in a British paper, Hawking theorised about the potential emergence of a genetically-enhanced elite.

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ASI: Soyuz Space Vehicle Designed to Safely Return Crew in Any Conditions

Today showed again what an unbelievable vehicle the #Soyuz is, to be able to save the crew from such a failure. The failure undoubtedly has major implications for the far future of the space station program, and even in more immediate terms, this will likely change how the station runs for the time being, with two fewer crewmembers than expected.

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: Widespread catastrophic damage in Florida

It could be the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle in recorded history . The top wind speeds are an estimate from an instrument on the Hurricane Hunter aircraft. It warned of a life-threatening storm surge , hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall along the north-eastern Gulf coast. "The wind that came through here was surreal".

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It’s Interstate 40’. Flooding from Florence keeps North Carolina highways at standstill

The EPA also says that diesel fuel leaked from a train that derailed near Lilesville, North Carolina, because the tracks were flooded. "We believe our extensive basin closure work was instrumental in positioning us to reduce the storm's impact - water levels in many ash basins near the coast were lower as a result of our closure activity, so the basins were better able to accommodate significant rainfall", she said in a statement.

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Tropical Storm Isaac Continues To Lose Steam As To Pushes Towards Caribbean

In its 11 a.m. Thursday update, the National Hurricane Center said satellite imagery indicated that Isaac remains a poorly organized tropical cyclone, with the low-level center mostly exposed during the past several hours. Isaac a little weaker and continues to lose organisation as it moves westward. Of the Atlantic's two active hurricanes - Florence and Helene - Florence posed the greatest threat to land, as it neared the Carolinas and Virginia as a Category 3 hurricane.

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Tree falling in Florence kills mom, baby — WHAT'S HAPPENING

Governor Cooper said no fatalities had been reported yet but there have been " several hundred" rescue operations and "there are still some people they need to get to". Hurricane Florence won't just leave fallen trees and flooded streets in its wake. Ken Graham, the NHC's director, warned the slow pace of the storm exacerbated its danger even to areas outside its immediate path.

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Hurricane Florence evacuees are coming to Central Florida to escape

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. It said it was located about 35 miles (55 km) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.

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States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms

While one man concluded: 'We are about to get pounded, but since we have absolutely no control over it, all you can do is laugh, and pray for the best'. But his partner, Emily Whisler, said she will remain behind at the university where she is a resident in the psychiatry program. I believe in preparation, ' Wright said.

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Meteorologist's Reaction to Hurricane Florence: 'Wow'

This storm is located approximately 1,170 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina . Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office described Florence as possibly the state's " most significant hurricane event in decades", and warned of "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages".

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Gordon forms, tropical storm warnings for northern Gulf

The storm is over south Florida but later in the afternoon will hit the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The storm was expected to reach coastal Mississippi and Louisiana by late Tuesday and move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday.

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International Space Station crew fix leak in Russian craft

The International Space Station's cabin pressure is holding steady after crews repaired a leak on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the orbital complex, Russia's space agency said Friday. Rogozin said the leak could be repaired from within, with no need for a spacewalk. As reported, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that the return flight of "Soyuz-MS", scheduled for early next year, "will complete the implementation of our obligations under a contract with NASA ".

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Hurricane Lane: Holiday hotspot braced for LIFE THREATENING conditions

The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for parts of Hawaii. Roofs and walls will collapse. Is Lane Hawaii's most powerful hurricane ever? Tropical-storm-force winds could arrive on Wednesday in the Big Island, and in the smaller islands by Thursday or Friday.

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Trump to relax carbon limits on power plants to support USA coal

The savings highlighted in Trump's proposal - $400 million in annual net benefits with a reduction in Carbon dioxide emissions of up to 1.5 percent by 2030 - include a severe human cost, which the agency mentions in the fine print of its 289-page impact analysis .

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Hawaii residents on alert as Hurricane Lane gathers strength

The most powerful storm on record hitting Hawaii was Hurricane Iniki, a Category 4 that made landfall on Kauai island on September 11, 1992, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Right now, meteorologists are expecting that the storm's center will pass uncomfortably close to the state between today and Saturday (Aug. 25). In anticipation of the storm, Ige signed an emergency proclamation that declares certain counties of Hawaii disaster areas and allows for ...

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Antibiotic delivered to wild killer whale in global rescue operation

The distinctive black-and-white orcas have struggled since they were listed as an endangered species in the US and Canada over a decade ago. Scientists on both sides of the border have been working together on an emergency rescue plan for a young female orca known as J50, that appears emaciated but continues to swim alongside her mother.

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NASA Prepare Launch Of Probe Which Will ‘Touch The Sun’

The Solar Probe Cup, dubbed "the bravest little instrument", is a sensor that will extend beyond the heat shield to "scoop up samples" of the sun's atmosphere, according to Justin Kasper, mission principal investigator and professor of climate, space sciences and engineering at the University of MI.

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States vow to press fight against Trump's auto fuel rules

Electric vehicles could be a major source of electricity demand for utilities, but the Trump administration's vehicle efficiency rollback could slow their growth, particularly in their biggest market - California. The 71-year old veteran actor has never held back from criticising POTUS or the White House administration. "They don't offer any meaningful example of what has changed so dramatically" to warrant the reversal, said Jeff Alson, who until this spring was a senior engineer in the ...

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NASA Assigns Crews to First Commercial Spacecraft Flights

In all, eight astronauts will be assigned to initial test flights and missions to the International Space Station . The test flights and missions aboard Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, slated for as early as April 2019, will "begin a new era in America spaceflight", the USA space agency said.

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Radar Shows Evidence of a Subterranean Lake on Mars

To find the water, Italian researchers analysed radar signals collected over three years by the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft . The reflectance times of the radar pulses acts as a probe to see what types of materials are hidden beneath the surface and its overall topology.

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Severe Flood Watches Issued As Cloudy Skies Loom And Rain Continues

Friday is still looking like the best day with highs in the upper 80s and rain chances sticking to a 40% chance through the day. Additional rainfall could result in several inches of rain, which would lead to flash flooding. Storms will push southeast into the early evening. More rain is expected in the East and temperatures continue to soar out West. Wind could be the biggest threat from storms over the plains, and areas that have had flooding recently could also see brief flooding ...

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‘Blood moon’: How to watch the longest lunar eclipse of the century

The total eclipse will begin at 1 am (July 28) and soon the moon will appear to turn red, looking the darkest at 01.52 am. Also , timeanddate .com reported on all eclipses worldwide from 1900 to 2100. Nigeria will on Friday night experience a spectacular total lunar eclipse , which will last for one hour, a professor, Augustine Ubachukwu, has said.

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Hearing a 'victory notch in Putin's belt': Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in Russian Federation probe

The 2008 Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly challenged Mueller's appointment and claimed no collusion took place between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, while personally attacking Mueller and any findings of his probe.

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No Man's Sky will get cooperative multiplayer this July

Hello Games unveiled the NEXT update for No Man's Sky a few weeks ago, and even though we didn't get any solid details about it, fans were excited nonetheless. The update will be free to all players, on all platforms, and be included in all new purchases. On July 24th, No Man's Sky's "Next" update will hit alongside the game's release on Xbox One, most notably adding a full multiplayer experience to the spacefaring survival game.

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Lyft follows Uber's shift on sexual misconduct

A frat boy corporate culture ultimately came to haunt co-founder and former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who was forced out previous year. The company is ending the controversial practice of forced arbitration for all of its employees, riders, and drivers, reports CNBC .

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Walmart Seems To Have Leaked Several New Games Ahead Of E3 2018

Additionally, the page has placeholders for titles such as LEGO DC Villains , Forza Horizons 5 , a new Assassin's Creed , and Rage 2. The Canadian arm of Walmart has just - accidentally we assume - posted a huge list of games available for pre-order, including a number of titles that haven't been announced or confirmed yet.

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Alexa and Cortana Could Work Together to Assist You in the Future

It is the first known portfolio of podcasts to be made simultaneously available on both Alexa and Google Assistant in the UK. Cortana on Alexa can be summoned by using the command, " Alexa , open Cortana ". It's fascinating to see the Seattle region's two tech titans working together, and for users of multiple voice assistants, it's encouraging that they're giving it a try.

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Nintendo Switch Online Detailed

At least with those, you get streaming capability for movies and several online channels. Will you be paying for Switch Online, or will you be sticking to offline gaming? These will be able to be played online with other players, which makes them more fully featured than previous Virtual Console ports.

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DJI and Microsoft team up on SDK for Windows 10

Microsoft's Azure IoT Edge service uses AI, Azure services and custom logic to deliver cloud intelligence locally on cross-platform IoT devices. A new initiative, Project Kinect for Azure - a package of sensors from Microsoft that contains our unmatched time of flight depth camera, with onboard compute, in a small, power-efficient form factor - designed for AI on the Edge.