• Melting away: Antarctica ice loss increases six-fold since 1979
Melting away: Antarctica ice loss increases six-fold since 1979

The researchers, including those from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's ( Nasa ) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Utrecht University in the Netherlands, were able to find out that between 1979 and 1990, Antarctica shed an average of 40 gigatonnes of ice mass annually, the PTI report said.

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  • China broadcasts spacecraft pictures from moon's far side
China broadcasts spacecraft pictures from moon's far side

A camera deployed on Chang'e-4 took a photo that was released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) today. " From the panorama, we can see the probe is surrounded by lots of small craters, which was really thrilling ", Li said.

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  • A spectacular meteor shower is happening over Canada this week
A spectacular meteor shower is happening over Canada this week

For viewers in North America, the Quadrantids will peak at the wrong time relative to Earth's rotation. However, the peak will only last a few hours. This particular asteroid is 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once. And if you're lucky, you might be able to catch the result: colorful meteor showers that light up the night sky.

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  • Fireworks to send 'message of support' to European Union citizens
Fireworks to send 'message of support' to European Union citizens

Big Ben will return to action to start the countdown after remaining silent for the year during renovation works. REUTERS/Eloisa LopezFireworks light up the sky around the London Eye wheel to welcome the New Year in London, Britain, January 1, 2019.

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  • Japan to quit whaling treaty and return to commercial hunting in 2019
Japan to quit whaling treaty and return to commercial hunting in 2019

Top official spokesperson Yoshihide Suga said, Tokyo will officially inform the IWC of its decision by the end of the year, which will mean the withdrawal comes into effect by June 30. Japan has hunted whales for centuries, and the meat was a key source of protein in the immediate post-World War II years when the country was desperately poor.

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  • Australia opposes Japan's plan to resume commercial whaling
Australia opposes Japan's plan to resume commercial whaling

If withdrawing, Japan has to notify IWC by January 1, according to Kyodo News. "Yet many critics view this use of the exception as a fig leaf, exploited by Japan's Fisheries Agency to cover for the practice of reportedly selling whale meat commercially".

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  • U.K. Parliament to resume Brexit deal debate on January 9
U.K. Parliament to resume Brexit deal debate on January 9

She said: 'Everybody is very clear that not only what Government policy is but what we are all individually and collectively focused on is working to ensure that that deal is able to be agreed by and go through a meaningful vote in the House of Commons'.

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  • Carcinogenic substances: the Gene makes a houseplant pollutant filter
Carcinogenic substances: the Gene makes a houseplant pollutant filter

Artificial filters can not remove, for example, benzene and chloroform, which prior studies have linked to cancer. But 2E1 is located in our livers and is turned on when we drink alcohol. But for the modified plants, the concentration of chloroform dropped by 82 percent after three days, and it was nearly undetectable by day six. The research was...

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  • Giant ice-filled crater on Mars portrays idyllic wintry scene
Giant ice-filled crater on Mars portrays idyllic wintry scene

This causes a layer of cold air that permanently sits on top of the crater. The images-which were taken earlier this year using the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on ESA's Mars Express orbiter-are a fitting way to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the spacecraft's insertion into the Red Planet's orbit, coming up on Christmas Day.

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  • Paris Agreement: Countries inch towards a deal
Paris Agreement: Countries inch towards a deal

The likelihood of a deal increased on Friday after a new text was released. Among the highlights of this COP, two major industries - the sports and the fashion worlds - joined the movement to align their business practices with the goals of the Paris Agreement, through the launch of the Sports for Climate Action Framework, and the Fashion Industr...

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  • Google marks Geminid meteor shower with a series of doodles
Google marks Geminid meteor shower with a series of doodles

While we are treated to several meteor showers throughout the year, most pale in comparison to the grand finale - the Geminids . The National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly clear skies with a slight southern breeze. Alex Filippenko, astrophysicist and astronomy professor at UC Berkeley. Usually appearing in bursts of two or three, G...

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  • Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: What, when and where to watch in India?
Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: What, when and where to watch in India?

For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the show, it's set to be most visible in Dubai's skies on the night of Friday December 14 . Moving at about 79,000 miles per hour, the Geminids can look as bright as planet Venus, according to USA Today .

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  • NASA releases info on tiny asteroid Bennu
NASA releases info on tiny asteroid Bennu

Two spectrometers on the spacecraft, OVIRS and OTES, discovered hydroxyls, or molecules of oxygen and hydrogen atoms bonded together. OSIRIS-REx was launched in 2016 and caught up with Bennu on December 3 after a 1.4 million-mile trip. The mission now is performing a preliminary survey of the asteroid, flying the spacecraft in passes over Bennu...

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  • SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station
SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

The Falcon 9 rocket soared into the sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:16 pm (1816 GMT), carrying 5,600 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of gear. There was a problem with the grid fin hydraulic pump, he explained, so the rocket landed in the sea.

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  • Greenland Is Melting Faster Than Ever
Greenland Is Melting Faster Than Ever

The runoff alone is now contributing about a millimeter to the global average sea level per year, said study co-author Sarah Das , a glaciologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. They showed that melting of Greenland's surface ice began increasing in the mid-19th century and then ramped up dramatically during the 20th and early 21st cent...

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  • Trump mocks Macron, blames French riots on Paris climate accord
Trump mocks Macron, blames French riots on Paris climate accord

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has issued an appeal to world leaders to do more to tackle climate change. For more on this and other news around the world we turn to our Ro Aram... "The Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, with an absolute ceiling well below 2.0 °C, are essential to prot...

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  • 'Time is running out': David Attenborough's dramatic warning on climate change
'Time is running out': David Attenborough's dramatic warning on climate change

Attenborough , known worldwide for his uniquely passionate nature documentary narrations, was invited to the COP24 United Nations climate conference in the city of Katowice as a representative of the people of the world, many of who sent in messages that Attenborough reportedly used to inform his speech.

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  • Lunar Landers Selected by NASA for Payload Delivery to the Moon
Lunar Landers Selected by NASA for Payload Delivery to the Moon

These services will launch from Earth and land on the moon, and NASA will just be "one customer of many customers", agency Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Thursday . Now, within hours after NASA announced their plans to take humans to the moon, Russian Federation has revealed that they intend to build a lunar base by 2040.

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  • We Have The First Mars Images From NASA’s Insight Probe
We Have The First Mars Images From NASA’s Insight Probe

Having launched on May 5, 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as it enters the atmosphere of Mars, InSight will be traveling at 14,100 miles per hour. And it touched down exactly where it was supposed to land. What will InSight do on Mars? Concentrating on planetary building blocks, InSight has no life-detecting capability.

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  • Trump doesn't believe his own govt's climate warning
Trump doesn't believe his own govt's climate warning

As California is grappling with the deadliest wildfire in its history, President Donald Trump's administration warns that such catastrophes could become more common and more severe as the climate continues to warm. The Republican, who was just elected to the U.S. Senate, has denied the ban exists. "Trump is ignoring the alarm bells to protec...

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  • Trump says doesn't believe own government's climate warning
Trump says doesn't believe own government's climate warning

It focuses on how global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas is hurting each region of the United States and warns that hurricanes and wildfire disasters are worsening in the USA because of global warming. In October of this year, he accused climate change scientists of having a "political agenda", saying that while he thinks the clim...

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  • NASA chooses next Mars landing site set to ‘REVOLUTIONISE’ knowledge of planet
NASA chooses next Mars landing site set to ‘REVOLUTIONISE’ knowledge of planet

The rover which is expected to land on February 18, 2021 will search for ancient life as well as collect soil samples from the Red Planet. U.S. space agency NASA has found a suitable landing site for its Mars 2020 rover mission , which is scheduled to launch in July 2020.

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  • Leonids Meteor Shower peaks this weekend
Leonids Meteor Shower peaks this weekend

This comet returns to the inner solar system every 33 years. At peak time spectators can expect to see between 10 to 15 shooting stars go streaking across the sky every hour. While a meteor storm isn't predicted for this year's Leonids , it's possible we could sneak up on an undetected pocket of dense dust that quickly goes up in flames in our a...

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  • Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393000 at auction
Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393000 at auction

Also on sale were personal copies of the British physicist's papers, such as a copy of his 1974 article, Black Hole Explosions?, in which he predicted that black holes would release blackbody radiation, known as Hawking Radiation. The money will go to his foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association . Hawking, who was also a cosmologist,...

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  • Air pollution level remains in poor category
Air pollution level remains in poor category

The highest levels of PM10 and PM2.5 are expected between 11pm to 3am on the night of November 7-8. The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), weather forecasting body under Ministry of Earth Science, said the moisture in the air on Wednesday was normal, thus reducing the air holding capacity.

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  • Hubble Spots 'Smiling Face' While Looking For New Stars
Hubble Spots 'Smiling Face' While Looking For New Stars

This effect is distorted light is called " gravitational lensing ". The photo, published by NASA on its website and social media channels, shows two yellow-hued orbs of lights just a little below the middle. Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 is capable of seeing distant galaxies in unparalleled resolution, yet, high enough to loc...

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  • Planet Stalking Kepler Space Telescope Meets Its End
Planet Stalking Kepler Space Telescope Meets Its End

After its four-year primary mission, the spacecraft was repurposed to observe the stars near the zodiacal constellations. Kepler's achievements have led us to a greater understanding of the universe, and has helped astronomers discover tremendous things, like the fact that there are more exoplanets than stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

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  • Early voting in Florida surges past 2014 totals
Early voting in Florida surges past 2014 totals

During the last midterm election, almost 3.19 million Floridians cast their ballots before Election Day. The secretary of state's office predicts turnout will reach 30 to 35 percent on Election Day. The race between Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Kim Schrier has drawn considerable interest, spurring millions in campaign spending . Taking a...

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  • NASA Spacecraft Breaks Record of Cruising Closest to Sun
NASA Spacecraft Breaks Record of Cruising Closest to Sun

On the eve of the Parker Solar Probe showed the Earth from a distance of 43 million kilometers. It happened on October 29, when Parker crossed the mark of 42.48 million kilometers to the Sun. The report also says that on October 30 at 05:54 Moscow time the probe was supposed to break another record - the speed limit where the spacecraft was...

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  • NASA spots not one but two rectangular icebergs in Antarctica
NASA spots not one but two rectangular icebergs in Antarctica

NASA's flying research laboratory carried the scientists around Antarctica . "I was actually more interested in capturing the A68 iceberg that we were about to fly over, but I thought this rectangular iceberg was visually interesting and fairly photogenic, so on a lark, I just took a couple photos", Harbeck said.

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