Sci-tech

India's heavy rocket 'Bahubali' prepping for historic Moon flight

India's heavy rocket 'Bahubali' prepping for historic Moon flight India's ambitious space mission to land a rover on Moon, Chandrayaan 2 , is scheduled to launch on July 15 at 2:51 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. Around $88 million of Chandrayaan-2's total budget is for the orbiter, lander, rover and ground support network, while about $54 covers the cost of the GSLV-MK3 launch vehicle. [Full Article...]

JAXA: Hayabusa2 has landed on Ryugu

JAXA: Hayabusa2 has landed on Ryugu JAXA officials said they had also observed signals indicating the probe had risen from the surface as planned. "Project Manager Tsuda has declared that the 2nd touchdown was a success!" Earlier this morning, JAXA also released a series of images taken immediately before and after the spacecraft's touchdown on Ryugu showing the gravel blasted out from beneath the surface that is now scattered acr... [Full Article...]

Human skull found in Greek cave is oldest ever discovered outside Africa

Human skull found in Greek cave is oldest ever discovered outside Africa The human skull was one of two cranial fossils found in Apidima Cave, one of a series of cave sites along the southwestern coast of the Peloponnese in Greece. This confirmed it was an early Neanderthal dating from around 150,000 years ago. Havarti thinks this part of Eurasia might have served as a refuge for animals and human populations during that period, since the mild coastal climate was... [Full Article...]

Elon Musk's SpaceX wins NASA contract for mission to study black hole

Elon Musk's SpaceX wins NASA contract for mission to study black hole Now after years of early planning, NASA finally awarded SpaceX a contract to launch the black hole spacecraft. IXPE will be the lightest payload to ever launch on a Falcon 9, weighing in at only 710 lbs (320 Kg). That supply of business for the venerable rocket, though, could be in jeopardy with NASA's decision to launch IXPE on the Falcon 9, as well as the emergence of low-priced small laun... [Full Article...]

Scientists say flooding records will be broken

Scientists say flooding records will be broken But the East Coast averaged twice as much flooding. "When we do reach those threshold we often see sizable amount of flooding", said Gregory Dusek, chief scientist for NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services. We're seeing more instances of flooding in areas like Wilmington, Beaufort, and the Outer Banks. We're talking about repetitive flooding that disrupts people's liv... [Full Article...]

Watch again: Trump touts environment record amid criticism

Watch again: Trump touts environment record amid criticism He said the USA was a leader in providing clean drinking water, had slashed air pollution and was cutting carbon emissions while bolstering industry and reducing regulation. "A changing climate is making it harder to protect human health", it said. Wheeler said that deal put more burdens on the United States than on other countries, and the USA would consider a more equitable agreement. [Full Article...]

Environment pollution: Water firms' protection efforts 'unacceptable'

Environment pollution: Water firms' protection efforts 'unacceptable' The Environment Agency report said this improvement is to be applauded and that it had only been possible with focus from the top of the organisation and ongoing effort from operational teams. South West Water was given a red rating for pollution incidents for "consistently demonstrating unacceptable performance", while Southern Water and Thames Water failed to demonstrate they had robust plans to... [Full Article...]

EA Chair responds to Committee on Climate Change Adaptation Report

EA Chair responds to Committee on Climate Change Adaptation Report A Government spokeswoman said: "As the CCC recognises, we are the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions, have cleaned up our power sector, cut emissions faster than any G7 country while growing the economy, championed adaptation and set a strong example for other countries to follow. [Full Article...]


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