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Tornadoes touch down in central IL

Tornadoes touch down in central IL Sunday, injuring at least two people, Assistant Public Affairs Officer Chris Tucker said. It remains unclear how many tornadoes blew through the region, but it won't be as many as 22, Miller said. The weather service sent crews Sunday to survey the hardest-hit areas in IL, which included Taylorville, 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Springfield. [Full Article...]

Soyuz MS-11 Blasts Off to ISS From Baikonur Cosmodrome

Soyuz MS-11 Blasts Off to ISS From Baikonur Cosmodrome ET Monday if all goes as planned. The crew was reporting that all was going well in the critical initial minutes after liftoff and were safely in orbit. Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, 48, agreed that the Soyuz spacecraft was "incredibly safe". Saint-Jacques joked that he had received so much training ahead of the flight "that I felt at the end that I could build a Soyuz in my backy... [Full Article...]

51 pilot whales die in mass stranding in New Zealand

51 pilot whales die in mass stranding in New Zealand The deaths there come less than a week after 145 pilot whales were found dead on a remote beach in New Zealand's far south Stewart Island. One of 51 the beached whales that hadn't yet died when authorities arrived had to be euthanized . [Full Article...]

EU sets goal to be 'climate neutral' by 2050

This implies increasing investments in clean energy from two percent of Europe's gross domestic product (GDP) to 2.8 percent - representing additional spending of between 175 and 290 billion euros per year, he said. The main outcome was that there is still a large gap from taking the actions needed to achieve the targets indicated in the Paris Agreement. To meet this target, "the European Uni... [Full Article...]

2018 temperatures set to be among hottest on record

2018 temperatures set to be among hottest on record On Monday, the United Kingdom government said summer temperatures could be 5C hotter by 2070 , making this year's heatwave the norm for the future, while winters could get much wetter. Summer temperatures could be up to 5.4°C hotter and summer rainfall could decrease by up to 47 per cent by 2070, the report states. If we exploit all known fossil fuel resources, the temperature rise will be cons... [Full Article...]

Mars landing: NASA's InSight spacecraft takes selfie after surviving supersonic plunge

Mars landing: NASA's InSight spacecraft takes selfie after surviving supersonic plunge PASADENA , California - NASA's Mars lander InSight touched down safely on the surface of the Red Planet on Monday to begin its two-year mission as the first spacecraft created to explore the deep interior of another world. Monday afternoon's touchdown was preceded by a series of complicated maneuvers as InSight made its way through Mars' atmosphere. InSight's primary instrument is a French-built... [Full Article...]

Chipped stones and cut bones show early hominin presence in North Africa

Chipped stones and cut bones show early hominin presence in North Africa The dates, reported today, push back the age of the oldest tools in North Africa by as much as a half a million years and provide new insight into how these protohumans spread across the continent. Instead, the researchers used three other dating methods, notably paleomagnetic dating, which detects known reversals in Earth's magnetic field that are recorded in rock. [Full Article...]

Jumping spider suckles its young to rewrite natural history books

Jumping spider suckles its young to rewrite natural history books Much like baby mammals nursing at the teats of their mothers, researchers have recorded the tiny insects gathering to feed on super-nutritious milk produced in an opening from which the eggs are released. According to Chen et al ., spiderlings remained in the nest and nursed on spider milk for almost 40 days, shortly before reaching sexual maturity. The researchers noticed that jumping spide... [Full Article...]


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