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Also on board are a new spare hand for the space station's robotic arm, genetically identical mice, or mousetronauts, and super-caffeinated coffee for the ISS crew. "Thanks to this fully voice-controlled access to documents and media, the astronaut can conveniently navigate through operating and fix instructions and procedures for experiments and equipment".
  • Giant hogweed deliberately planted in Clarke County

    Giant hogweed deliberately planted in Clarke County

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    Department of Agriculture warning about the plant some years ago, spotted it. "Symptoms include painful blisters, which become darkly pigmented and can cause scars". A toxic reaction can begin as soon as 15 minutes after contact. It's also been found in six areas across Blowing Rock in Watauga County since 2010. Compresses soaked in an aluminum acetate mixture - available at pharmacies - can provide relief for skin irritations.
  • WaPo: Pruitt enlisted EPA aide, donors to find his wife a job

    WaPo: Pruitt enlisted EPA aide, donors to find his wife a job

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    The EPA typically does not disclose Pruitt's whereabouts, and did not publicize Pruitt's trip to South Dakota on Wednesday until a tweet from shortly after 3 p.m. A conservative nonprofit group based in Iowa also launched a 30-second ad calling for Pruitt's resignation, describing him as a "swamp monster" who is "embarrassing President Trump", the Washington Post reported .
  • Antarctic Ice Melt Rate Tripled Since 2012

    Antarctic Ice Melt Rate Tripled Since 2012

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    The findings should dispel any lingering doubts that the continent's ice mass is shrinking, and could pose an existential threat to low-lying coastal cities and communities home to hundreds of millions of people, the authors said. These were a series of ancient cracks filled with marine ice, which resembled the features seen in areas with rapid melting. This assessment, conducted by 84 scientists from 44 global organizations, is known as the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise ...
  • Baby Alien Planets Detected Around Newborn Star

    Baby Alien Planets Detected Around Newborn Star

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    CO and other gases tend to move in a predictable way in protoplanetary disks - unless they run into gravitational obstacles. Their new technique focuses on the motion of the gas, probing radial pressure gradients in the gas to see the shape of the perturbations-like swirls and eddies in a rocky streambed-allowing astronomers to make a more-precise determination of the masses and locations of any planets embedded in the disk.
  • Woman Sues NASA to Keep Moon Dust

    Woman Sues NASA to Keep Moon Dust

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    The lawsuit disagrees with Nasa's assertion that all lunar material belongs to the government, claiming that in the absence of a law explicitly banning private ownership, Ms Cicco should be allowed to keep hers. But not all of it: Neil Armstrong apparently held onto some moon dust, and apparently gave a small vial of the stuff to the young daughter of one of his friends in the 1970s.
  • NASA rover falls silent as very big dust storm envelops Mars

    NASA rover falls silent as very big dust storm envelops Mars

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    And so we are". That dust storm , which was first detected on May 30, now blankets 41 million square kilometres of Mars . Simulated views of what Opportunity sees during the dust storm. Rich Zurek, the chief scientist at JPL's Mars office, said the storm could very well spread to the whole planet, but he did not expect it to last for more than a few weeks.
  • USA, Canada, and Mexico will host 2026 FIFA World Cup

    USA, Canada, and Mexico will host 2026 FIFA World Cup

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    It's still undetermined if all three hosts will get automatic berths, as they have in the past. However, Shanks expects soccer's popularity to continue to grow in the USA within the next eight years. "My dream is to someday compete in the World Cup , maybe even in my home town of Edmonton". "I don't, at this point, see any negative impacts". "But the money we generate can be reinvested in football".
  • France to put freeze on palm oil use, imports

    France to put freeze on palm oil use, imports

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    France's biggest agriculture union on Wednesday told its farmers to suspend a blockade of refineries and fuel depots that had entered its third day over palm oil imports and unfair competition, a union official said. According to Deutsche Welle , they are also anxious about emerging competition, as local biofuel producers might want to go over to a cheaper palm oil from overseas instead of buying locally produced and more expensive rapeseed oil.
  • Star system with three Earth-sized planets discovered

    Star system with three Earth-sized planets discovered

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    ISRO has issued a detailed report on this discovery . It's a super-Neptune or sub-Saturn size, which is of 27X Earth's mass and 6X Earth's radius. This discovery is the first of its type that occurred on the Indian territory, placing the Asian country on the very selective list of the countries that discovered far-distant worlds.
  • Carbon dioxide reaches another record level in Earth's atmosphere

    Carbon dioxide reaches another record level in Earth's atmosphere

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    Previous attempts to accomplish this priced the feat at around $ 600 per ton , the BBC reported. Through heating and a handful of familiar chemical reactions, that same carbon dioxide is re-extracted and ready for further use -as a carbon source for making valuable chemicals like fuels, or for storage via a sequestration strategy of choice.
  • Hey Ferrari, the CN Tower is in Toronto, not Montreal

    Hey Ferrari, the CN Tower is in Toronto, not Montreal

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    Sebastian Vettel got the jump on world champion Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes blundered their calculations on the Ferrari ace's pit stop under Virtual Safety Car (VSC) conditions. Romain Grosjean damaged his nose cone when he hit an animal, believed to be a groundhog in the afternoon. Sauber's Marcus Ericsson also had a spin that left him facing the wrong way on the track, but he straightened out and resumed.
  • Cyclones slowing and intensifying - new research

    Cyclones slowing and intensifying - new research

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    Dr Christina Patricola , from the Climate and Ecosystems Sciences Division at University California, Davis, says the findings raise several questions, especially regarding "stalled" tropical cyclones. Previous research has shown that a warmer climate can hold more water moisture, so when it rains, it rains more . 'This suggests that global warming can enhance rainfall'.
  • Earliest know animal footprints dating back 541M years found in China

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    Created before the Cambrian Explosion-a sudden burst in animal diversity that took place about 541 million years ago-scientists think these are the oldest trackways ever discovered on Earth . "It is important to know when the first appendages appeared, and in what animals, because this can tell us when and how animals began to change to the Earth in a particular way", Xiao said.
  • NASAs Mars Curiosity rover labs back in action

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    This means no further details are to be released until the press conference, which will be hosted by Michelle Thaller, assistant director of science for communications at NASA's Planetary Science Division. NASA will webcast Thursday's Curiosity Mars rover discussion on its NASA TV channel, as well as Facebook Live , Twitch TV , Ustream , YouTube and Twitter/Periscope .