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And Barnard's Star is getting closer to us every day: In about 10,000 years, the red dwarf will take over the nearest-star mantle from the Alpha Centauri system. Despite relative closeness to Barnard's Star (0.4 times the distance between Earth and the Sun), the exoplanet receives little energy from its faded host: only 2 percent that which the Sun provides our Earth.
  • Hold tight for a Brexit breakthrough, May tells Cabinet

    Hold tight for a Brexit breakthrough, May tells Cabinet

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    Instead, May's team is aiming to have a deal ready for the end of the month, but that will require the political will to get over the hurdle of the Irish border question, the person said. Kuenssberg said Mrs May and cabinet ministers were in agreement about the "horror" of missing the November deadline - a "deeply undesirable" outcome that would tilt the scales towards a "no-deal" Brexit .
  • Britons would back 'remain' in new Brexit vote: Channel 4 poll

    Britons would back 'remain' in new Brexit vote: Channel 4 poll

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    He went on to reiterate his pledge that there would be no return to a hard border in Ireland whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations, now on a knife-edge. "On the back benches, there will be no escaping the need to read and understand any proposal in microscopic detail". Last weekend, the London-based The Daily Telegraph reported that British chief negotiator for the Brexit, Dominic Raab, privately asked Coveney for the UK's right to unilaterally deactivate the emergency plan.
  • Elon Musk to Develop a 'Futuristic, Blade Runner Pickup Truck'

    Elon Musk to Develop a 'Futuristic, Blade Runner Pickup Truck'

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    A subpoena can compel a company to turn over materials that the requesting agency wants to review. It is worth noting that Tesla recently settled a separate SEC probe over Musk's aborted plan to take the company private, and last week soothed investors' fears over its financial state by reporting its first profit in two years.
  • NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope retires after nine years exploring space

    NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope retires after nine years exploring space

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    Since the beginning of this year, on the other hand, it has operated with little fuel and had been turned off several times to reserve the remaining combustible for certain special tasks. Since it was launched in 2009, Kepler has aided astronomers around the world in the hunt for planets outside of the solar system similar to Earth and orbiting other stars.
  • Delhi's air quality turned 'severe' for the first time this season

    Delhi's air quality turned 'severe' for the first time this season

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    A day after the air quality slipped into " severe " category, there was a marginal dip in pollution level due to increased wind speed but the air quality still remained " very poor ". Delhi Metro announced that it has introduced 21 additional trains on its network with effect from Wednesday which will provide 812 additional number of trips to passengers using public transport.
  • Brazil Elects 'Proud Homophobe' Jair Bolsonaro As President

    Brazil Elects 'Proud Homophobe' Jair Bolsonaro As President

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    The transition of power began on Monday at the cultural center of the Bank of Brazil. The ETF lost steam in the afternoon and closed at US$38.775. Oliver Stuenkel, a professor of global relations at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas university in Sao Paulo, says Bolsonaro's decisions will reverberate in a way they don't necessarily for a leader like Trump .
  • Solar spacecraft smashes records for speed and proximity to the Sun

    Solar spacecraft smashes records for speed and proximity to the Sun

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    At 1:04 p.m. EDT Monday, the spacecraft passed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the Sun's surface as calculated by the Parker Solar Probe team. Parker Solar Probe employs a host of autonomous systems to keep the spacecraft safe without guidance from Earth - including automatic retraction of the solar panels to regulate their temperature, attitude control using solar limb sensors that ensures all of the instruments remain in the heat shield's shadow, and a sophisticated ...
  • NASA's legendary Kepler space telescope retires after running out of fuel

    NASA's legendary Kepler space telescope retires after running out of fuel

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    The spacecraft is in a safe orbit far from Earth. In April, a spacecraft successor to Kepler ― NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite , or TESS ― was launched . During its time, it discovered 2,600 planets. All the data Kepler collected has now been safely returned to Earth. Kepler also found nature often produces jam-packed planetary systems, in some cases with so many planets orbiting close to their parent stars that our own inner solar system looks sparse by comparison.
  • NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope

    NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope

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    NASA has retired its Kepler space telescope , which discovered more than 2,600 planets outside our solar system during its nine-year lifespan. "Around every star in the galaxy, we're confident now that there's probably at least one planet - so more planets than stars without a doubt and that's something that Kepler has shown us", he said.
  • Ahold Delhaize Helping to Eradicate Plastic Waste

    Ahold Delhaize Helping to Eradicate Plastic Waste

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    According to The Strait Times , Ellen MacArthur , head of the plastic initiative, was quoted saying that cleaning up plastics from oceans and beaches is vital, but it would not stop the surge of plastic entering oceans each year, hence it is essential to cut the plastic stream from its source .
  • NASA showed a video how the satellite close to the Sun

    NASA showed a video how the satellite close to the Sun

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    United States space agency NASA boasted in a statement the Parker Solar Probe will continue to break even more records as it makes numerous approaches to the star. Its final close approach in 2025 is expected to get within 3.83 million miles of the flaming gaseous orb. Over the next seven years the Parker Solar Probe will repeat this manoeuvre six more times, losing a little bit of orbital energy with each pass.
  • Russia blames rocket failure on mistake during assembly

    Russia blames rocket failure on mistake during assembly

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    During the aborted launch October 11, the crew capusle carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin was able to safely separate from the rocket after getting a warning signal during separation, firing engines to gain distance from the booster, according to NASA spokesperson Reid Weisman .
  • WWF study reveals wild animal numbers in deep decline

    WWF study reveals wild animal numbers in deep decline

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    This part of the globe, which the report calls the "Neotropical" region including South and Central America and the Caribbean, has seen an 89 percent loss in vertebrate wildlife in the 44-year-span from 1970 to 2014. Lakes, rivers and wetlands are suffering the most from overexploitation and continue to deteriorate at breakneck speed, with species declining by 83% since 1970, the report warned .
  • Tracking the Tropics: Oscar forms, could become a hurricane

    Tracking the Tropics: Oscar forms, could become a hurricane

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    Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km). Oscar is still moving toward the west at 16 miles per hour. Oscar is the eighth hurricane of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season that ends November 30. Sub-Tropical Storm Oscar is located 1120 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving to the west-northwest at 12 mph (19 km/h).
  • UK Energy Minister Had 'Private' Meeting With Drillers Before Fracking Resumed

    UK Energy Minister Had 'Private' Meeting With Drillers Before Fracking Resumed

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    Another quake has hit Blackpool near the Preston New Road fracking site - and it's the biggest one so far. Anti-frackers claim pollution from drilling shale gas includes cancer-causing chemicals. Mr Egan said he expected more incidents to be recorded because of the sensitivity of the recording equipment the company was using at the site in Lancashire.
  • Oscar strengthens into tropical storm; no threat to land

    Oscar strengthens into tropical storm; no threat to land

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    Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts. At 1100 a.m. AST (1500 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Oscar was located near latitude 27.3 north, longitude 48.4 west. The storm does not pose threat to Florida, U.S. Hurricane season runs through November 30. "A continued westward motion is anticipated today, followed by a turn toward the northwest late tonight or early Monday".
  • Get out and see the 'Hunter's Moon' rising tonight

    Get out and see the 'Hunter's Moon' rising tonight

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    The most recent Harvest Moon - another full moon - took place september 24. Other names for the November Full Moon are Frost Moon , Trading Moon , and Snow Moon . "For Hindus, this full moon is Sharad Purnima, a harvest festival marking the end of the rains". The Algonquin Native American tribes referred to October's Moon as the Full Hunter's Moonbecause time to go hunting in preparation for winter.
  • White House presses forward with Trump's Space Command

    White House presses forward with Trump's Space Command

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    Pence's remarks on Tuesday came during a "Transformers: Space" policy summit hosted by the Post at its Washington headquarters, where he provided an outline of the Trump administration's plans for space in the coming year. Space is a potential battlefield . "President Trump has stated forcefully a truth that the leaders of the National Defense University have long understood: That space is a war fighting domain, just like the air, land and sea, and America will be just as dominant there as ...
  • China to launch artificial moon by 2020. Here's what it will do

    China to launch artificial moon by 2020. Here's what it will do

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    Chengdu, a city in the country's southwestern Sichuan province, is now working on developing artificial "illumination satellites", which will go up there and shine eight times more brightly than the moon , informed China Daily . Should this happen, the artificial moons could take turns reflecting sunlight, or could even illuminate the Earth all at once if necessary. If this mission succeeds, China will be the first country to ever explore the moon's "dark side".
  • Selection of Stephen Hawking’s personal items to be sold at auction

    Selection of Stephen Hawking’s personal items to be sold at auction

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    Medals, awards, scientific papers and the script for one of Prof Hawking's appearances on The Simpsons will also be going under the hammer as part of the sale, entitled On the Shoulders of Giants . A leather bomber jacket and a copy of the script of the 22nd season premiere of " The Simpsons ", entitled "Elementary School Musical", for which Hawking lent his voice.
  • Perfectly rectangular iceberg found in Antarctica

    Perfectly rectangular iceberg found in Antarctica

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    The flight originated from Punta Arenas, Chile, as part of a five-week-long IceBridge deployment, which began October 10 and is scheduled to conclude November 18. Scientists from the European Space Agency wrote in September, 'Sea ice to the east and shallow waters to the north kept this giant berg, named A68, hemmed in.
  • Rectangular iceberg floating in Antarctica spotted by NASA

    Rectangular iceberg floating in Antarctica spotted by NASA

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    NASA's ongoing, decades-long survey of polar ice has yielded some truly incredible photographs over the years, but one recent still captured what appears to be a perfectly, nearly impossibly rectangular iceberg. We get the type that everyone can envision in their head that sank the Titanic , and they look like prisms or triangles at the surface and you know they have a insane subsurface.
  • Hurricane Willa grows rapidly off Mexico's Pacific coast

    Hurricane Willa grows rapidly off Mexico's Pacific coast

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    Willa had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (249 kph) early Monday and was centered about 195 miles (315 kilometers) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes. The NHC said "a risky storm surge" was also likely to affect coastal areas by Tuesday evening, adding that rain and strong winds would be accompanied by "large destructive waves".
  • Pregnant Meghan cuts back on royal engagements to rest

    Pregnant Meghan cuts back on royal engagements to rest

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    After a storm delayed the opening ceremony on Saturday night, Meghan decided not to attend the race with her husband and instead rest back at Admiralty House where the couple have been staying. A royal source said the duchess was "not sick, just tired", and was keen to take part in everything. "She said she was up at 4.30am this morning doing yoga in her room as she couldn't sleep".