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US President Donald Trump has ordered the creation of a "Space Force", saying it would be "separate but equal" from the Air Force , the media reported. The service now has responsibility for military space operations. Americans first landed on the moon in 1969, reaching a goal set by former president John F Kennedy in 1961, and capping a decade-long space race between Washington and Moscow.
  • Tropical Storm Aletta grows stronger in Pacific

    Tropical Storm Aletta grows stronger in Pacific

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    While this sounds like good news, it isn't: It's not that hurricanes' wind speeds are diminishing, but instead how fast the entire storm moves, a new study reports. Christina Patricola , a scientist with the climate and ecosystem sciences division of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, called Kossin's work "important and new" and says she found it "pretty convincing".
  • Manas Sahoo Creates Sand Sculpture to Mark World Environment Day

    Manas Sahoo Creates Sand Sculpture to Mark World Environment Day

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    Ruhamya urged Rwandans to reject using single-use plastics including plastic straws, cups, plates and bottles, and find sustainable alternatives. "Implement the Extended Producer Responsibility programme where manufacturers must be held to account for the entire lifecycle of their consumer products", the statement read.
  • NASA's Curiosity rover discovers organic matter on Mars

    NASA's Curiosity rover discovers organic matter on Mars

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    The rover also discovered traces of methane on Mars. NASA's Curiosity rover has again found evidence that Mars was potentially capable of hosting life. Samples of ancient mudstone yielded a diversity of organic molecules in SAM's oven-and in a separate study, five years' worth of atmospheric samples gathered by SAM tracked fluctuating levels of methane that peaked in the Martian summer.
  • Astronauts Return Safely From Space Station

    Astronauts Return Safely From Space Station

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    There they will undergo a longer medical exam and then be flown either to Moscow or Houston. According to the Russian agency TASS, that ball will be also used in the opening match of the World Cup, on June 14, in Moscow, although the information has not yet been confirmed by Federation Internationale de Football Association.
  • Grainy, icy 'dunes' found on Pluto

    Grainy, icy 'dunes' found on Pluto

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    Jani Radebaugh , Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Brigham Young University . To Telfer and other planetary scientists, those ripples looked like windswept sand - a bit of a puzzle, because scientists weren't sure if Pluto's thin atmosphere could muster enough wind for sweeping.
  • Plastic peril: Whale dies after swallowing 80 shopping bags

    Plastic peril: Whale dies after swallowing 80 shopping bags

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    Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources says the small male pilot whale was found last week. A team of veterinarians and volunteers spent about five days trying to treat the sick short-fin pilot whale. More than 5 trillion pieces of trash - and counting - are in the world's oceans, according to a 2014 study. The whale's death comes as dozens of cities and companies worldwide are moving to crack down on plastic pollution by banning the use of non-reusable plastic containers, ...
  • SpaceX prepares for Monday launch of SES-12 satellite

    SpaceX prepares for Monday launch of SES-12 satellite

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    The launch was originally scheduled for early Wednesday morning, and then postponed again to early Friday. Monday's launch attempt will try to send the 5.4-ton SES-12 communications satellite to a high transfer orbit. The first stage has flown once before, in September 2017, carrying the robotic X-37B space plane for the US military. It was be the company's 11th launch of the year, and the 13th time SpaceX has reused a Falcon booster.
  • Trump to save struggling U.S. coal-fired power plants?

    Trump to save struggling U.S. coal-fired power plants?

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    The statement from the White House didn't detail how the government would work to keep plants open. After the Energy Department conducted a study of grid reliability a year ago, Perry proposed a rule that would have compensated coal and nuclear plants for their ability to store months' worth of fuel on site.
  • Anti-Sustainability: Trump Orders DoE to Keep Fading US Coal Industry Alive

    Anti-Sustainability: Trump Orders DoE to Keep Fading US Coal Industry Alive

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    Impending retirements of coal-fired and nuclear power plants are harming the nation's electric grid and reducing its resilience, and the president wants immediate action "to stop the loss of these resources", Sanders said. The justification for using the Defense Production Act would be that keeping unprofitable power plants running is a matter of national security until the two-year vulnerability study is complete.
  • Pluto has 'Earth-like characteristics,' study says

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    Pluto's heart-shaped Sputnik Planitia. Since the announcement of Pluto's discovery , the body has been a subject of much speculation: even from the very start, its designation as a planet was a matter of controversy. This is a significant discovery, because dunes are only produced when specific conditions occur, and recognition of these conditions on Pluto suggests that the minor planet might be much more active than previously envisaged.
  • Flash flooding possible in western, coastal SC

    Flash flooding possible in western, coastal SC

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    Flash flooding is a very risky situation.You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued. It is rarely used and is activated only to stress a dire flash flood situation. There are also a handful of reports of water breaching homes in the area. Storm total rainfall amounts from 1-3 inches are possible with locally higher amounts approaching 4 inches near the Tennessee River Valley region.
  • Scientists discover 240 million years old lizard fossil, the ultimate survivor

    Scientists discover 240 million years old lizard fossil, the ultimate survivor

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    The 240-million-year-old fossil, Megachirella wachtleri , is the most ancient ancestor of all modern lizards and snakes , known as squamates , according to researchers including those from the University of Bristol in the UK. A new research conducted by a team of scientists revealed what is called today "the mother of all lizards ". Simões concludes that the information they got from the fossil can help them understand the transition "from general reptile features to more ...
  • Lions, tigers, jaguar escape German zoo

    Lions, tigers, jaguar escape German zoo

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    A flood-hit German town was locked down for several hours Friday over fears that five unsafe big cats had escaped a local zoo before they were found hiding in their soggy enclosures. The storm had caused widespread devastation in the region, where many residents were Friday clearing muddy water from their cellars and removing downed trees.
  • EU Commission plans ban on plastic waste

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    The proposals do not set targets for European Union countries to reduce the use of plastic cups and food containers , it said. European Green Party lawmaker Monica Frassoni also welcomed the initiative and said: 'The scale of the problem means that we can not rely on individual European countries to take action and must instead find a Europe-wide response'.
  • 'Certainty is increased': Notley on federal plan to buy Trans Mountain expansion

    'Certainty is increased': Notley on federal plan to buy Trans Mountain expansion

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    Another woman was pro-pipeline, and didn't mind that her tax dollars contributed to it if it meant the project would be completed. "This is no way to operate in a globally competitive world and expect to maintain our quality of life". "The federal government has made a choice that was motivated by the decisions of a private company that gave a deadline not to me, not to BC, but to stakeholders".
  • Canada to buy Kinder Morgan pipeline project assets

    Canada to buy Kinder Morgan pipeline project assets

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    Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, said that this is an investment in Canada's future. "So our message today is simple: when we are faced with an exceptional situation that puts jobs at risk, that puts our worldwide reputation on the line, our government is prepared to take action", he said.
  • Odd 'wolf-like' creature shot and killed in Montana

    Odd 'wolf-like' creature shot and killed in Montana

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    Wolf management specialist for Montana FWP, Ty Smucker, said that several things about the animal were odd. "We have no idea what this was until we get a DNA report back", Bruce Auchly spokesman for the Department, told the Great Falls Tribune .
  • Alberto forecast: More rain to hit South Florida Monday night

    Alberto forecast: More rain to hit South Florida Monday night

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    As of 7 a.m., subtropical storm Alberto was about 100 miles south-southeast of Destin, according to the National Hurricane Center . "Rainfall and flooding potential will increase across the US Gulf Coast region and over much of the southeastern United States beginning Sunday and will continue into next week".
  • Flash flood watch issued for Triangle ahead of Alberto's downpours

    Flash flood watch issued for Triangle ahead of Alberto's downpours

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    According to WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss, the storm will stay away from North Carolina in terms of direct impacts, bringing possible heavy showers and thunderstorms to the state on Monday and Tuesday . Then by later Monday, the main moisture feed - the tail of Alberto - is forecast by the computer models to move back over us as the center of the storm goes ashore in the panhandle.
  • Thousands evacuate as Alberto bears down on northern Gulf Coast

    Thousands evacuate as Alberto bears down on northern Gulf Coast

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    Subtropical storm Alberto's course shifted slightly westward as it approached the Gulf Coast on Sunday . Strong onshore winds may bring higher than normal water levels along the coast which could create coastal flooding. As of the 5 PM advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the center of Alberto is roughly 120 miles south of Apalachicola. A tropical storm warning was discontinued from Florida's Anclote River to the Suwannee River.
  • Hurricane season 2018 predictions: how bad will we get hit this year?

    Hurricane season 2018 predictions: how bad will we get hit this year?

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    But, NOAA is seeing the signal for a season that is either "normal" or "above normal". And while Xie and his team can not forecast where a hurricane will strike, he says their seasonal forecasts should be used to plan ahead He says the preseason forecast is a warm-up for people to pay attention to the actual forecasts from the National Hurricane Center .
  • Alan Bean, U.S. astronaut and moonwalker, dies in Houston at 86

    Alan Bean, U.S. astronaut and moonwalker, dies in Houston at 86

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    He flew into space on his first mission in 1969 aboard the Apollo 12 on NASA's second moon landing. Bean returned to space in 1973, as the commander of NASA's second crewed flight to the U.S.' first space station, Skylab . Astronaut Hall of Fame. Bean was a Navy test pilot before being selected to become an astronaut in 1963. Leslie Bean, Alan Bean's wife of 40 years, said her husband was the strongest and kindest man she ever knew.
  • SpaceX Successfully Launches Rocket From Vandenberg

    SpaceX Successfully Launches Rocket From Vandenberg

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    Ingalls included a picture of the camera in his Facebook post along with the photos that it captured, including one while the camera was being burned. But he discovered one DSLR, positioned outside the pad perimeter, melted. "Once the fire reached the camera, it was quickly engulfed. It could, which is how we can see the fire approaching the camera".