• Hubble Space Telescope in
Hubble Space Telescope in "safe mode" after gyro failure

Hubble has been orbiting Earth since 1990, and in those decades, it has overhauled our knowledge of the universe around us. "There isn't much difference between 2- [gyros] and 1, and it buys lots of extra observing time", tweeted Rachel Osten, the deputy mission head for Hubble at the Space Telescope Science Institute , late October 7.

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  • Have astronomers found a moon in another solar system?
Have astronomers found a moon in another solar system?

Over the last years, astronomers kept hunting bodies that orbit distant planets and planets from the star-soaked fabric of the cosmos, using multiple techniques to find them and confirm their existence. "A moon is an excellent explanation to the data at hand", Kipping said. "The first exomoon is obviously an extraordinary claim and it requires ...

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  • Arthur Ashkin, 2 others win Nobel Physics Prize for laser research
Arthur Ashkin, 2 others win Nobel Physics Prize for laser research

United States citizen Ashkin, 96, received the award "for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems", which enables radiation pressure of light to move physical objects, "an old dream of science fiction". A breakthrough came in 1987 when he used the new optical tweezers to grab living bacteria without harming them. "I tho...

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  • Tropical Storm Kirk expected to weaken by weekend
Tropical Storm Kirk expected to weaken by weekend

The National Hurricane Center upgraded Kirk's chances this morning as the cluster of thunderstorms moves quickly west at about 25 miles per hour. Kirk is expected to approach Barbados and the northern Windward Islands later Thursday and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Friday morning.

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  • Beluga whale in Thames eating, swimming well
Beluga whale in Thames eating, swimming well

Two beluga whales play together. "There have only been around 20 sightings of beluga whales off the United Kingdom coast previously, but these have occurred off Northumberland, Northern Ireland and Scotland". "We would urge that the whale is given space and disturbance is kept to a minimum", he said. In 2006, a whale died after it swam up the riv...

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  • Local American Red Cross volunteers head to the East Coast
Local American Red Cross volunteers head to the East Coast

Members of the National Guard are ready to help them get supplies to places they can't reach. Hurricane Florence made landfall on Thursday as a Category 1 storm bringing catastrophic winds, rain and flooding to the low-lying land of North and SC.

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  • Japanese billionaire to be SpaceX's first moon tourist
Japanese billionaire to be SpaceX's first moon tourist

Musk added that the design of BFR had been changed after intrigued people asked about new renders of the rocket, which appeared online. Maezawa announced on Monday that he plans to select six to eight artists to accompany him on his journey around the moon .

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  • Death toll rises to 13 as Hurricane Florence continues to wreak havoc
Death toll rises to 13 as Hurricane Florence continues to wreak havoc

Primary roads in areas around Wilmington, New Bern and other cities have been closed because of high water. "You learn not to go outside, don't go in floodwaters and weather the storm". "There have been hundreds of rescues". In South Carolina there are more than 66,000 power outages because of Florence. Police Chief Ralph Evangelous urged resid...

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  • Nasa blasts off space laser satellite to track ice loss on Earth
Nasa blasts off space laser satellite to track ice loss on Earth

On Saturday, September 15, NASA launched its most advanced space laser of all time as part of a $1 billion mission aimed at revealing the extent to which climate change has affected Earth's ice sheet surface elevation. The launch is a follow up to a satellite that was launched in 2003 and operated until 2009, the AP reported. ICESat-2 will me...

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  • Still unsafe Florence weakens from hurricane to tropical storm: forecasters
Still unsafe Florence weakens from hurricane to tropical storm: forecasters

Hurricane Florence, weakened but still risky, crashed into the Carolinas on Friday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with floodwaters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a days-long deluge.

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  • Hurricane Florence has ingredients that make experts worry
Hurricane Florence has ingredients that make experts worry

More than 1 million residents have been ordered to evacuate from the coastline of the three states, while university campuses, schools and factories were being shuttered. He declared states of emergency for North and SC, which frees up help from federal agencies. Communities in Florence's path could be without electricity for weeks due to downe...

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  • The Buzz | Tropical bands from Florence begin lashing Carolinas
The Buzz | Tropical bands from Florence begin lashing Carolinas

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and the assault wasn't anywhere close to being over, with the siege in the Carolinas expected to last all weekend.

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  • Musk signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip on SpaceX
Musk signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip on SpaceX

To date, only 24 people have traveled to the Moon and all of them were NASA astronauts that were a part of the Apollo Program that saw some nine 3 man crews venture to our nearest celestial neighbor (three of them journeyed to the Moon more than once).

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  • Bracing for Hurricane Florence | Don't Miss This
Bracing for Hurricane Florence | Don't Miss This

The NHC notes that amount of rainfall would "produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding". All of the areas where calls for help have come were under mandatory evacuation orders beginning at 2 p.m. Bertha Bradley said she has never favored evacuating ahead of hurricanes. "The water kept rising and kept rising", ...

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  • Hurricane Helene: All you need to know about storm
Hurricane Helene: All you need to know about storm

Florence is now 485 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina. Hurricane-force winds (74-95 mph) are now extending out up to 70 miles from the center of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds are being felt as much as 175 miles around the storm.

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  • Tropical storm Florence likely to become a hurricane, forecasters say
Tropical storm Florence likely to become a hurricane, forecasters say

US Navy ships are also evacuating their ships in the Hampton Roads area to leave the port. The ships will head to portions of the Atlantic where they can avoid the storm. Tropical Depression Nine became Tropical Storm Isaac on Saturday afternoon over the eastern tropical Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said .

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  • Pitts: Hurricane Florence gives me a feeling both sinking and familiar
Pitts: Hurricane Florence gives me a feeling both sinking and familiar

The first mandatory evacuation order was issued at noon, and Cooper expects more later Monday and Tuesday. "We will experience a significant and sustained rainfall event with flooding". The NHC said it was still too soon to specify the exact timing, location, and size of the storm surge and flooding, but warned authorities to monitor the storm's p...

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  • Trump urges ‘incredible’ people in Carolinas to take precautions for Hurricane Florence
Trump urges ‘incredible’ people in Carolinas to take precautions for Hurricane Florence

To the west, a tropical disturbance has developed over the northwest Caribbean Sea. Hurricane-force winds are extending up to 65 kilometres from the storm's centre, while tropical-storm-force winds are blowing out at up to 240 kilometres.

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  • Florence expected to become major hurricane, risk to East Coast increasing
Florence expected to become major hurricane, risk to East Coast increasing

But as a precaution, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday issued a state of emergency so that farmers could harvest and move crops more quickly, waiving certain transportation restrictions . Gradual strengthening is forecast and Florence could become a hurricane again over the weekend. Meanwhile, two low pressure systems off the coast of A...

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  • More protesters disrupt Kavanaugh confirmation hearing
More protesters disrupt Kavanaugh confirmation hearing

If confirmed, the conservative appeals court judge would be expected to tilt the court's balance to the right. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said of one noisy protester . Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, are likely to continue to use the proceedings to emphasize their opposition to the current administration and build material for futur...

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