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The descent was heralded in dramatic fashion by loud sonic booms that rumbled across Southern California as the rocket homed in on its landing pad. Proving out a successful booster retrieval system on the West Coast marks another step in SpaceX's drive to increase rocket reusability and as a result drive down the cost of access to space.
  • URGENT INFO: Lowndes County Prepares for Hurricane Florence

    URGENT INFO: Lowndes County Prepares for Hurricane Florence

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    Hurricane Florence has now been downgraded to a Category 2 force, but there are fears that could ramp up in strength once again as it moves over warmer waters. For statewide storm updates, North Carolina residents can download the Ready NC app. "While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane as it approaches the USA coast".
  • As Hurricane Florence nears Carolinas, 1 million told to evacuate

    As Hurricane Florence nears Carolinas, 1 million told to evacuate

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    Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say Florence rapidly intensified Monday morning to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour (195 kph). An Ohio Valley ridge is expected to form next week and that "pattern should steer Florence west-northwestward at a much faster forward speed by Tuesday".
  • Hawaii on edge again as Hurricane Olivia heads for the islands

    Hawaii on edge again as Hurricane Olivia heads for the islands

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    Four years ago, Tropical Storm Iselle caused about $80 million in crop damage on the Big Island and caused major problems for residents. Now a Category 1 storm, Olivia was about 825 miles east northeast of Hilo, Hawaii as of 11 p.m. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the eye and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 115 miles. "Olivia may get even closer than Lane did or directly across the chain, bringing localized damaging winds and possibly intense rain ...
  • Hurricane Florence threatens Bermuda

    Hurricane Florence threatens Bermuda

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    There is still a chance the storm could slow down as it nears the USA and meander offshore before turning back out to sea. It was about 2,000 miles from the USA coastline, still too far out for a confident landfall prediction. Even if Florence avoids a direct hit on the East Coast, it will likely come very close, resulting in risky surf, beach erosion, and the potential for coastal flooding.
  • Brett Kavanaugh to face Democrats' grilling in confirmation hearing

    Brett Kavanaugh to face Democrats' grilling in confirmation hearing

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    Kavanaugh, now a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will also praise his colleague Judge Merrick Garland , President Barack Obama's unsuccessful Supreme Court nominee . Kavanaugh also is likely to be questioned about his views on investigating sitting presidents and the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's 2016 ...
  • How Trump's rules on coal-fired power plants differ from Obama's

    How Trump's rules on coal-fired power plants differ from Obama's

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    I want crystal clean water and we've got it. "As far as we can tell, we're already well positioned to meet whatever requirements come out as far as the final changes of this rule", Brooks said. Harvard University researchers estimated that the repeal of Obama's Clean Power Plan could lead to 36,000 deaths over a decade, as a result of poor air quality.
  • Tropical Storm Lane Forecast To Become Major Hurricane

    Tropical Storm Lane Forecast To Become Major Hurricane

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    At this point, Lane poses no threat to land. Dry air, cool water and high upper level winds have hindered pure tropical low pressure systems only to favor types of storms that resemble mid-latitude or extratropical storms. Also, subtropical storms are cold-core weather systems, while tropical storms and hurricanes are warm-core. Even though the outlook has been adjusted to lower numbers, we haven't reached the peak of the Hurricane Season.
  • Chemical Linked With Cancer Found In Oat Cereals

    Chemical Linked With Cancer Found In Oat Cereals

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    A new study has revealed that Quaker oats' and other breakfast cereals consumed by children in North American contain unsafe levels of glyphosate, a herbicide which has been described as a probable cause of cancer by the World Health Organisation.
  • Parker Solar Probe: Nasa launches mission to 'touch the Sun'

    Parker Solar Probe: Nasa launches mission to 'touch the Sun'

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    But due to a technical snag, the launch date was delayed and scheduled on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 3:31 a.m. EDT (0731 GMT) during a window that will remain open for 65 minutes. Along the way, the spacecraft will gather data to try and solve some of the sun's great mysteries. The solar wind is a stream of charged particles and magnetic fields that flow continuously from the Sun.
  • New Moon Poised To Reveal Spectacular Perseids 'Shooting Stars'

    New Moon Poised To Reveal Spectacular Perseids 'Shooting Stars'

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    Of course, the one other thing you need to view the meteors is clear skies, and, as usual in the Northwest, it will be a challenge. The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.
  • Perseid meteor shower: Stunning images emerge from shooting star display

    Perseid meteor shower: Stunning images emerge from shooting star display

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    If you do have a break in the clouds, be sure to look toward the north. This is why some stargazers have managed to snap images of stars shooting across the sky. "In December, you have the Geminids, which have more meteors per hour, but it's pretty cold and people don't want to go out and see them at that point", said Hendershot.
  • NASA names astronauts for first commercial space flights

    NASA names astronauts for first commercial space flights

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    They will mark the first astronaut launches from USA soil since the 2011 retirement of the Space Shuttle fleet . Boe, a veteran NASA astronaut, has logged more than 28 days in space across two Space Shuttle missions. The UAE is also sending its first Emirati astronaut to the ISS using the Soyuz MS-12 mission in April, 2019. . Journey on one of the last shuttle missions to witness some final "firsts" made aboard this unique spacecraft.
  • First half of the week brings more afternoon rain & storms

    First half of the week brings more afternoon rain & storms

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    A few scattered showers and storms are also possible. Of course, the longer we remain in this pattern, the easier it is to trigger some flash flooding. Scattered clusters of storms and rain will threaten the area late this afternoon into tonight . These storms will bring damaging winds and large hail with them, and an isolated tornado can not be ruled out.
  • Century's longest total lunar eclipse to grace night sky on July 27

    Century's longest total lunar eclipse to grace night sky on July 27

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    The lunar eclipse will also be visible in India, and this will be a "Blood Moon" as well, where the Earth's satellite takes on a reddish tinge. Lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan is a phenomenon when Earth is aligned (falls in a line) directly with the Moon and the Sun, while the orbit of the Moon brings the orb into the Earth's shadow.
  • By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter

    By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter

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    Uranus and Neptune are in the row with 27 and 14 moons respectively, according to the current space information. The lost moons were initially sighted in 2003, but scientists could not define their exact orbits and lost track of them. Jupiter's retrograde moons are thought to have spawned from three larger bodies which were destroyed during past violent collisions. But the " oddball " moon has really excited the astronomers.
  • Jaguar escapes enclosure at New Orleans zoo, kills 6 animals

    Jaguar escapes enclosure at New Orleans zoo, kills 6 animals

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    The Audubon Zoo closed after a jaguar escaped from its habitat and killed six animals, according to a release from zoo officials, in New Orleans on Saturday. "We take this situation very seriously and we're working to investigate everything that happened so we could prevent anything like this from happening again, " Burks said.
  • Tropical Storm Chris lurks off North Carolina coast

    Tropical Storm Chris lurks off North Carolina coast

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    As of 4 a.m. CDT Monday, Tropical Storm Chris was located about 200 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and was drifting south at 1 mph . Many North Carolina beaches are closed to swimming due to heavy surf and risky rip currents caused by Tropical Storm Chris . It however warned that "pockets of moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds are still possible" with rainfall accumulations of one to two inches with isolated higher amounts.