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Bands of rain will sweep across the country as the remnants of ex-tropical storm Ernesto batter parts of Britain . It's also set to be breezy, with fresh and gusty south to southwest winds, which will be strong in some coastal areas. Bonnie Diamond, forecaster for the Met Office, said: "Towards next weekend it is likely to become generally drier, brighter and more settled, especially for southern parts of the United Kingdom where it could become warm or very warm again".
  • Last-minute technical problem delays NASA's flight to sun

    Last-minute technical problem delays NASA's flight to sun

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    The agency is now targeting Sunday for the launch of the spacecraft which is created to go all the way to the Sun's atmosphere, or corona - closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history. The tools on board will measure the expanding corona and continually flowing atmosphere known as the solar wind, which solar physicist Eugene Parker first described in 1958.
  • Veterinarians ready for efforts to save ailing orca whale

    Veterinarians ready for efforts to save ailing orca whale

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    Even with intervention, there is no guarantee that J50 will survive, but scientists still plan to try - if they can find her in time. If she takes the fish and keeps it down, biologists may also try to medicate fish before feeding her. Rowles said injections of antibiotics or sedatives have been given to other free-swimming whales or dolphins that were injured or entangled but it hasn't been done for free-swimming whales in this area.
  • Hurricane Hector threatens Hawaii, John targets Mexico

    Hurricane Hector threatens Hawaii, John targets Mexico

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    Off the coast of Mexico, meanwhile, Hurricane John lumbered toward the Baja California peninsula as a Category Two storm. Hector is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. "However, very rough surf is expected to impact mostly south- and east-facing coastal areas of the Big Island". "The strongest winds are expected downslope from mountains, across elevated terrain, over headlands and through gaps".
  • Last solar eclipse of 2018 to occur today

    Last solar eclipse of 2018 to occur today

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    This weekend's solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse of the sun, not the spectacular total solar eclipse that thrilled millions past year. The Surya Grahan will not be visible all over India as it is not big enough to cover all the places.
  • Perseid Meteor Shower: How to see it this weekend

    Perseid Meteor Shower: How to see it this weekend

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    It's an opportunity to see in excess of 60 meteors an hour! Speaking to Space.com, Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA , said: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".
  • Watch NASA’s historic Sun probe mission launch: here’s how

    Watch NASA’s historic Sun probe mission launch: here’s how

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    Not only is the corona about 300 times hotter than the Sun's surface, it also hurls powerful plasma and energetic particles that can unleash geomagnetic space storms, wreaking havoc on Earth by disrupting the power grid. The probe, which was designed and built by the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, is also carrying more than 1.1 million names to the Sun.
  • Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

    Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

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    Be sure to check your local weather forecast . The Perseids are known both for their epic "fireballs" - explosions of light and color that last longer than those from typical meteors - and for their long, streaking tails. While this weekend is the peak, Twarog predicts the showers will last through August 24. Why does a meteor shower occur? The shooting stars will appear to come from a single point, or "radiant", situated in the constellation Perseus, that climbs higher as the ...
  • Perseid meteor shower promises spectacular show

    Perseid meteor shower promises spectacular show

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    A New Moon occurs on August 11 which will make the night skies ideal for meteor shower watching before and after the peak night. The Perseid meteor shower is an August treat every year because the Earth passes through a trail left by the 16-miles-wide comet of dust, ice, rock and organic material called the Comet Swift-Tuttle, Space.Com explains .
  • Drought afflicts entire New South Wales in Australia

    Drought afflicts entire New South Wales in Australia

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    There have been reports of farmers shooting cattle and hand-feeding animals because the ground is too dry for grass to grow. According to Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair, the latest drought update confirms what many farmers across the state have seen, with only 0-10mm of rain recorded over the past month in the Western, North West and Central areas of NSW.
  • Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, buildings collapse

    Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, buildings collapse

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    In December 2004, a magnitude-9.1 quake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. On Tuesday, the government estimated up to 20,000 people were still in need of assistance in northern Lombok, with around 80% of buildings destroyed.
  • How to catch the Perseid meteor shower starting Wednesday night

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    While a falling meteorite can be seen any night of the year, it's this weekend when the sky puts on a show as the Earth passes through the stream of the comet. Bill Cooke - NASA meteor expertHow many meteors will we see? The best time to view is after midnight each night. The moon will be in its crescent, "new moon", shape, and will set before the shower stars.
  • Perseid meteor shower to take place this weekend

    Perseid meteor shower to take place this weekend

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    During peak, observers can expect to see 60-70 meteors per hour. Every year, as Earth passes through the Swift-Tuttle's tail of debris, the Perseid meteor shower occurs. "So, you're going to see a streak, and hopefully a colored streak but, they aren't always very colorful", says Vicki Funke, manager of Weiskopf Observatory.
  • Meteor shower of the year coming up

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    In addition, according to The Weather Network , the event is one of only three yearly meteor showers where up to 100 meteors per hour can be seen. But, keep your head up and eye to the sky, you might catch a glimpse of a few shooting stars in the days leading up to or days following the peak.
  • Tropical storm warning posted for Big Island

    Tropical storm warning posted for Big Island

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    The Category 4 storm is moving westward at 16 miles per hour. Meanwhile, the Pacific remains active with three-named storms. Hector's center will track about 150 miles south of the Big Island today, then continuing westward, remaining well south of the rest of the Hawaiian Islands through Thursday.
  • Hurricane Hector returns to Category 4 as it nears Hawaii

    Hurricane Hector returns to Category 4 as it nears Hawaii

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    Hawaii faces a new threat in the form of Hurricane Hector , a Category 3 storm that is churning its way towards the Big Island. With maximum wind reaching speeds of 125 mph, the hurricane is still a long way from the islands, approximately 1,360 miles out as of Sunday.
  • Scientists discover mysterious massive glowing planet

    Scientists discover mysterious massive glowing planet

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    A massive "rogue" planet with an unexplained "glow" has been seen drifting alone through space, scientists claim. A light year is equal to about 6 trillion miles. The rogue planet is also 12 times bigger than Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, with a magnetic field that is 200 times stronger. However, brown dwarfs are typically solitary and don't have a nearby star - therefore they don't have any solar wind to interact with.
  • NASA names astronauts for Boeing, SpaceX flights

    NASA names astronauts for Boeing, SpaceX flights

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    Since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, the US has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets , launched from Kazakhstan, to get astronauts to the ISS. Boe was selected by NASA to be an astronaut in 2000. She has logged 322 days in space. NASA has unveiled the first astronaut crews to fly on private spaceships built by SpaceX and Boeing .
  • Manatee found paralyzed from red tide

    Manatee found paralyzed from red tide

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    Officials say almost 400 sea turtles have died because of the toxic bloom . Respiratory irritation and murky clumps of red drift algae have been reported from Collier to Sarasota counties on Florida's west coast, which is usually known for its stunning beaches.
  • National Park Rangers arrest man caught on camera harassing bison

    National Park Rangers arrest man caught on camera harassing bison

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    Reinke, who has been visiting several national parks, had already been arrested July 28 in Grand Teton National Park on suspicion of drunk and disorderly conduct , according to a news release from the Park Service. Once again, his own behavior provided the needed assistance, as shortly thereafter law enforcement officers were called to the dining room at Many Glacier Hotel , where two guests were involved in a loud argument and disturbance.
  • NASA announces astronauts for first Commercial Crew missions

    NASA announces astronauts for first Commercial Crew missions

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    Col. Nicole Mann of the Marine Corps. Assignments for the crew flight tests and the first post-certification missions will be revealed during an event that kicks off at 11 a.m. On the website you can also find photos taken by astronauts during the mission. "We're not going to let you down". "I'm sure there's at least one Russian-language instructor out there who thinks that having me fly in a USA vehicle is not a awful idea", quipped Cassada.
  • Hector hits Category 3

    Hector hits Category 3

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    Hurricane Hector strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane Friday with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. "Slow weakening is forecast during the next few days". Hurricane Hector updated satellite imagery as of 5 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. The Category 3 hurricane was centered about 1,360 miles (2,190 kilometers) east of South Point, Hawaii, early Sunday and was moving west at 12 mph (19 kph).
  • NASA Assigns Crews to First Commercial Spacecraft Flights

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    NASA's partners on the International Space Station program - the Russian space agency Roscosmos, the European Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency - are expected to assign members of their own astronaut corps to the CST-100 and Crew Dragon crew rotation flights.
  • Scientists have caught a unusual signal from deep space

    Scientists have caught a unusual signal from deep space

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    The interesting aspect to this radio signal is that it was detected in "real time", the Independent reported. A decade ago, first such FRBs were tracked, and the CHIME was exclusively set up to catch such signals from the deep space from sources such as bursts from magnetars, exploding black holes and of course, highly advanced alien civilisations, if any.
  • Liberals plan on softening carbon tax because of competitiveness

    Liberals plan on softening carbon tax because of competitiveness

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    Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on at the start of the Climate Action Special Executive Session at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Valletta, Malta, November 27, 2015. "With the USA tax changes a year ago, the playing field has been very much tilted in favor of the United States when it comes to attracting manufacturing and capital", he said in an interview.
  • Perth MLA John Carey slams Coles plastic bag giveaway

    Perth MLA John Carey slams Coles plastic bag giveaway

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    It comes after the supermarket giant came under fire earlier this week for backing down on its plans to make customers pay for the thicker plastic bags, with one Woolworths employee reportedly assaulted by a customer angry at the changes. July 8 - The weekend that both Coles and Woolworths extended the free bag until. "Clean Up shares shopper disappointment and dismay at this turnaround by Coles", said Terrie-Ann Johnson, managing director of Clean Up Australia.
  • Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019

    Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019

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    The ISS was created to be resupplied with crews and cargo by the shuttle throughout its lifetime, however, so NASA needed to develop alternative systems. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on the status of the commercial crew program in January at which GAO's Cristina Chaplain presented those results based on earlier analysis.
  • Trump's EPA proposes rollback of Obama emission standards

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    The proposal released by the EPA and DOT says that the fuel efficiency standards raise prices on new cars, leading more Americans to drive older cars longer and making the roads less safe. The argument may prove a tough sell in court, where attorneys for states and environmental groups will come armed with a wealth of data undermining it.
  • Trump Administration Looks To Roll Back Mileage Standards

    Trump Administration Looks To Roll Back Mileage Standards

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    The proposal would freeze USA mileage standards at 2020 levels, when the new vehicle fleet will be required to hit an average of 30 miles per gallon in real-world driving. Healey, the attorney general for MA, said: "This absolutely has to be one of the most harmful and dumbest actions the EPA has taken". Becerra said he was already preparing to sue the Trump administration and would be joined by 18 other state attorneys general, including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and NY.
  • Earth Overshoot Day 2018

    Earth Overshoot Day 2018

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    As a result of this overuse, fisheries are collapsing, freshwater is scarce, soils are being eroded and wildlife is vanishing, while the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is leading to climate change, more severe droughts, wildfires and hurricanes, the researchers said.
  • Skywatchers thrilled by lunar eclipse

    Skywatchers thrilled by lunar eclipse

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    Mars was also at its closest point to Earth since 2003 last night and will be over the next few days. The eclipse will already have started by the time the Moon rises over the United Kingdom and Western Europe. Astronomers call this interplanetary lineup, "syzygy", since planets appear brighter when they're directly behind Earth and directly in the path of the Sun's light.
  • No, Researchers Didn't Discover A New Whale-Dolphin Hybrid Species

    No, Researchers Didn't Discover A New Whale-Dolphin Hybrid Species

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    The hybrid had a typical melon-headed whale's dorsal fin shape and dorsal cape, but it was also blotchy in pigmentation and had a sloping forehead, more reminiscent of a rough-toothed dolphin . However, though it's an exciting discovery, researchers point out it is not, as commonly thought, a new species. "That isn't the case, although there are examples where hybridization has resulted in a new species", he said.
  • Mars closest to Earth at 57m kilometres

    Mars closest to Earth at 57m kilometres

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    At 57.6 million kilometres apart, Mars will be closest to Earth today in over 15 years and while the best location to observe the celestial phenomenon is in the Southern Hemisphere, the red planet will be visible from most parts in India, albeit not as clearly as it would be from South Africa, Australia or South American countries.
  • On Mars discovered the first extraterrestrial body of water

    On Mars discovered the first extraterrestrial body of water

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    In the planet's two polar regions, there are large quantities of solid water, or ice. Is there life on Mars? However, according to the researchers, it could be pure water on Mars. At that time, the Sun, Earth and Mars fall in a straight line, with Mars and the Sun on "opposing" sides of Earth. However, after billions of years the effects of erosion have taken their toll here and, while still quite large, the Medusae Fossae Formation on the Red Planet is not what it once was.
  • Eclipse 2018 in pictures: Best photos of the Blood Moon

    Eclipse 2018 in pictures: Best photos of the Blood Moon

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    While viewers in New South Wales and Queensland lost sight of the moon towards the end of the eclipse , those in Western Australia saw the whole spectacle, and even watched as the moon emerged from the eclipse . It will be a spectacular night as the brilliant planet Mars will be near to the reddish-orange glow of the eclipsed moon, both visible with the naked eye.
  • Total lunar eclipse on July 27: What you need to know

    Total lunar eclipse on July 27: What you need to know

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    This is the fourth lunar eclipse this year, but it's the last one until 2021 viewable from Australia. This time around, the eclipse will occur when the moon is furthest from the earth, making it a micro-moon and thus a blood micro moon eclipse.