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Spider eating opossum: Tarantula drags, eats opossum in Amazon rainforest

Spider eating opossum: Tarantula drags, eats opossum in Amazon rainforest Namely, that those creatures are eating more small vertebrates, like frogs, lizards and snakes , than previously thought. A tarantula the size of a dinner plate dragging around a young mouse opossum. But knowledge of these interactions remains limited. In footage posted to YouTube by the university, researcher Mike Grundler, a PhD candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology at the school,... [Full Article...]

Israeli lunar lander Beresheet back on track after glitch

Israeli lunar lander Beresheet back on track after glitch While the company is still trying to correct that problem, yesterday, word came out that in an attempt to conduct a burn that would raise Beresheet's elliptical orbit around the Earth, the craft failed to do so, and instead its computer surprisingly reset itself. [Full Article...]

Nanoparticle eye drops give mice night vision

Nanoparticle eye drops give mice night vision Humans and other mammals can only see light within a wavelength of 700 nanometres, according to Xue Tian, corresponding author of the paper and a neuroscience professor from USTC, based in Hefei, capital of East China's Anhui province. The same patterns were projected onto one end of the maze using infrared light, and the bionic mice were able to find the hidden platform whereas the normal, pl... [Full Article...]

Jody Wilson-Raybould testifies on SNC-Lavalin scandal

She said he backtracked and responded "no, no". Wilson-Raybould's appearance before the committee marked her first public comments on the scandal, which has become the biggest crisis of Trudeau's administration. Wilson-Raybould said that in mid-December, her chief of staff expressed concerns about possible political interference during a chat with Butts. She told the committee she had concerns t... [Full Article...]

NASA snap HD pictures of most distant object ever explored

NASA snap HD pictures of most distant object ever explored Knowing the challenges of obtaining such sharp images as the probe sped by, mission scientists described their plans to obtain them as a "stretch goal", something desirable but risky, with questionable chances of success. The picture also provides a better look at dark pits near the boundary between Ultima's sunlit and shadowed sides. "Whether these features are craters produced by impactors, subl... [Full Article...]

NASA, SpaceX approve test flight next week of crew capsule

NASA, SpaceX approve test flight next week of crew capsule The flight, called Demonstration Mission-1 or DM-1, will be launched at 2.48 a.m. on March 2 from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Officials gave the green light after conducting a safety review. Gerstenmaier added that a lot of work has gone into ensuring that the capsule is safe for both the space station and the three astronauts on board. [Full Article...]

Risky surf along northern NSW coast

Risky surf along northern NSW coast Today , Oma is located even less than 1000 km from Brisbane and is moving towards Queensland at the speed of 10 kmph. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Adam Blazak said there was still disagreement about which path the storm will take, but there was a possibility it could make landfall at the weekend. [Full Article...]

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Clashes With Children Over the Green New Deal

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Clashes With Children Over the Green New Deal Feinstein addressed the exchange in a news release later Friday, confirming that she met with a group of children, young adults and parents from the Sunrise Movement who sought her backing for the resolution. "And you can take that back to whoever sent you here". 'You know what's interesting about this group? Feinstein responded. "Then you can do it your way". [Full Article...]

Meet Hippocamp, Neptune's new moon

Meet Hippocamp, Neptune's new moon Annotated movie of Hippocamp with Proteus from SETI on Vimeo . The planet, which has a deep blue hue, is about 17 times larger than the Earth. "Voyager was a little bit unlucky", said Mark Showalter , a planetary astronomer at the SETI Institute and lead author of a paper describing the moon published Wednesday in Nature . [Full Article...]

Why we need a Green New Deal

Why we need a Green New Deal On a billboard in New York City, Job Creators Network (JCN) is putting the self-described Democratic socialist on blast over Amazon's pullout . The billboard, which provides a link to the website ThanksAOC.com, is expected to remain in the busy tourist spot for one week. [Full Article...]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Why She Embraces Her Twitter Trolls

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Why She Embraces Her Twitter Trolls During an appearance on Showtime's "Desus and Mero " talkshow, Ocasio-Cortez was asked about the abuse she gets from Twitter trolls and Russian bots. But it's to say, 'Listen, we gotta address factory farming. Maybe we shouldn't be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner ... Ocasio-Cortez was referring to Amazon's recently abandoned plan to build another headquarters location in... [Full Article...]

SpaceX Falcon 9 aces launch and landing after "most challenging reentry" yet

SpaceX Falcon 9 aces launch and landing after SpaceIL said it hoped Beresheet would help inspire Israel's defence-focused space program to pursue more science missions by way of an "Apollo effect", referring to the manned lunar exploration program that became NASA's chief goal in the 1960s and early '70s. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Set To Launch First Rocket of 2019 From Cape Canaveral

SpaceX Set To Launch First Rocket of 2019 From Cape Canaveral On Thursday, Israel launched a rocket into space, hoping to become the fourth country in the world to make a soft landing on the moon. What just happened? Israel has launched its first lunar lander. It will eventually be captured by the moon's gravity where it will enter a lunar orbit. Once it lands on the moon , the spacecraft carrying the Israeli flag will begin taking photographs of ... [Full Article...]

World's largest bee feared extinct found after nearly 40 years

World's largest bee feared extinct found after nearly 40 years Female specimens measure more than 1.5 inches in length and boast a wingspan of 2.5 inches. It wasn't seen again for decades, making it the "holy grail" of bees. They filmed and photographed the giant creature, which is four times larger than a European honeybee . The rediscovery is being celebrated by entomologists, but scientists anxious about the species vulnerable status are concerned the p... [Full Article...]

Harpoon to capture debris orbiting Earth tested in space

Harpoon to capture debris orbiting Earth tested in space The goal of this satellite is to test whether satellites equipped with targeting software, a debris net and a harpoon are effective at combating space debris . "There's common agreement that this is a problem and needs to be dealt with - dealing with the agencies, they've all been really helpful and really supportive of what we've done, but obviously they are naturally cautious because we're star... [Full Article...]

Super snow moon: What you need to know

Super snow moon: What you need to know The full moon - also dubbed the " Snow Moon " - will peak on Tuesday morning, February 19, at 8:54 a.m. Arizona time (10:54 a.m. EDT), according to NASA . This type of moon can also be called a "hunger moon" as it traditionally comes at the end of winter when hunting was harder, making food scarce. Why? Due to an effect called the Moon Illusion. [Full Article...]

Get ready: Year's brightest supermoon nearly here

Get ready: Year's brightest supermoon nearly here When a full moon appears at perigee it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon-and that's where we get a " supermoon ". In early Native American tribes, the phenomenon was known as a 'super snow moon' as February usually sees the heaviest snowfall, (although there's now no snow forecast here in the UK). [Full Article...]

Timeline: SNC-Lavalin and Jody Wilson-Raybould

Timeline: SNC-Lavalin and Jody Wilson-Raybould Wilson-Raybould ..." When she resigned from her post as Veterans Affairs Minister, she announced that she had hired Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her what topics she's legally able to discuss. SNC-Lavalin faces the possibility of being banned from federal contracts - a key portion of its work - for a decade if the company is convicted of bribery and fraud linked to the company's ... [Full Article...]

Sunderland homes could see weekly bin collections return under new proposals

The Government wants councils to return to weekly collection of food waste, according to reports. . Samantha Harding, litter programme director at CPRE, said: "By introducing a deposit system that accepts and collects every single can and bottle, Michael Gove has a golden opportunity to end growing scepticism around current recycling methods by boosting recycling rates of drinks cans and bottles... [Full Article...]

NASA's InSight lander to place heat flow probe on Mars

NASA's InSight lander to place heat flow probe on Mars Michael Watkins, Director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory commented on the mission's broader contribution to society: "Spirit and Opportunity energized the public about the spirit of Mars exploration". It survived a bad dust storm in 2007 and is now being closely watched to see if it can survive a massive storm that has an estimated opacity level of 10.8, a sharp increase from the earlie... [Full Article...]


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