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Author: 0 No need for Planet Nine? Small objects’ gravity could explain weird orbits

Though no evidence suggests a ghostly planet exists in our stellar system, theories of the hypothetical planet, which is said to be 10 times the size of Earth , have been doing rounds for nearly two years. To date, researchers have discovered more than 2,300 bodies beyond Neptune's orbit - but astronomers were previously unable to explain why dwarf planets like 90377 Sedna are so far removed from the sun.

Author: 0 Boulder-Size Asteroid Burns Up Over Africa Hours After Its Discovery

However, since the asteroid was determined to be so small and therefore harmless, no further impact alerts were issued by NASA . NASA Headquarters' Planetary Defense Officer, Lindley Johnson, said, "The Asteroid was a very small object to identify and notify".

Author: 0 Small Asteroid Hits Earth Hours After Being Spotted By Astronomers

A video posted on YouTube by Melissa Delport shows the asteroid burning up in the evening sky over Botswana, eight hours after first being noticed. The signal is consistent with an atmospheric impact over Botswana. An asteroid four times as big exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia , in 2013 in an airburst blowing out windows injuring more than 1,500 people mainly due to cuts caused by flying glass and debris.

Sci-tech ISS crew return to Earth on Russian spacecraft
Author: 0 ISS crew return to Earth on Russian spacecraft

After landing, Shkaplerov ate from a bowl of grapes and said he was feeling well and happy to be back on Earth. News agency Tass reported that it was to be used in the opening game, although this has not been confirmed by worldwide football federation Fifa.

Sci-tech Anti-pipeline protesters re-group after feds buy Trans Mountain
Author: 0 Anti-pipeline protesters re-group after feds buy Trans Mountain

Anti-pipeline protesters marched on Kinder Morgan's Burnaby Mountain terminal this morning. The purchase price, financed by government-owned Export Development Canada, does not include the labor and materials costs of the Trans Mountain expansion, which carries an earlier price tag of C$7.4 billion.

Sci-tech Autopsy reveals dead pilot whale had 80 plastic bags in its stomach
Author: 0 Autopsy reveals dead pilot whale had 80 plastic bags in its stomach

The pilot whale was barely alive when it was found by rescuers in a canal near Thailand's border with Malaysia. The report from the UK Government Office for Science found that 70% of marine litter is non-degradable plastic. The theme this year is "Beating Plastic Pollution". We have filled our oceans with a lot of fucking plastic. 'Because its the ocean and he's a whale he can travel around the world.

Sci-tech SpaceX prepares for Monday launch of SES-12 satellite
Author: 0 SpaceX prepares for Monday launch of SES-12 satellite

The weather appears favorable, with a 70 percent chance of "go" conditions. The company had delayed the launch over the weekend, tweeting on Thursday that it was "standing down" a Friday morning attempt to run additional tests on the second stage booster.

Sci-tech Trump orders Perry to take 'immediate steps' to stop coal plant closures
Author: 0 Trump orders Perry to take 'immediate steps' to stop coal plant closures

It is proposed that the Energy Department would apply emergency authority under federal laws in order to navigate grid operators into purchasing power generation from ailing plants. Power lines in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, lead away from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant (C rear) in Vernon, Vermont August 27, 2013. The Energy Department action, if ordered, would represent an unprecedented intervention into US energy markets.

Sci-tech Trump throws ailing USA coal, nuke plants a lifeline, triggers backlash
Author: 0 Trump throws ailing USA coal, nuke plants a lifeline, triggers backlash

Nonetheless, supporting the flagging coal industry was one of Trump's campaign promises, although the president's current energy secretary, former Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry , has made few inroads in his attempts to convince Capitol Hill and the energy industry that coal-burning power sources should be kept alive.

Sci-tech Pluto’s dunes made of frozen, wind-swept methane grains
Author: 0 Pluto’s dunes made of frozen, wind-swept methane grains

A British-led team announced the findings Thursday in the journal Science . Following spatial analysis of the dunes and nearby wind streaks on the planet's surface, as well as spectral and numerical modelling, scientists believe that sublimation (which converts solid nitrogen directly into a gas) results in sand-sized grains of methane being released into the environment.

Sci-tech Wondrous dunes on Pluto are made of grains of frozen methane
Author: 0 Wondrous dunes on Pluto are made of grains of frozen methane

After scientists observed dunes on Pluto that were lurking close to mountains and the Sputnik Planitia ice plain, they conducted numerical and spectral modeling, as well as spatial analysis on the area. Pluto, smaller than Earth's moon with a diameter of about 1,400 miles (2,380 km), orbits roughly 3.6 billion miles (5.8 billion km) away from the sun, nearly 40 times farther than Earth's orbit, with a surface marked by plains, mountains, craters and valleys.

Sci-tech NWS says flash flood watch continues through Wednesday morning
Author: 0 NWS says flash flood watch continues through Wednesday morning

The National Weather Service said a flash flood warning has been issued for the area through Sundya evening, calling it an "extremely risky situation" and urging motorists not to attempt to navigate flooded roads. A number of roads are blocked by flooding, but the exact number was not immediately available. No injuries have been reported. The storm clusters are also bringing torrential rain that will also cause flooding and flash flooding.

Sci-tech N.S. premier joins call to restart Energy East pipeline project pitch
Author: 0 N.S. premier joins call to restart Energy East pipeline project pitch

Ottawa would provide a federal loan guarantee to the company in the meantime. Kinder Morgan has estimated the expansion would cost $7.4 billion, of which $1.1 billion has already been spent, but it admits that estimate is out of date and doesn't take into account delays caused by ongoing court challenges and permitting in B.C.

Sci-tech Scientists identify world's oldest lizard fossil
Author: 0 Scientists identify world's oldest lizard fossil

And yet scientists know surprisingly little about where all those geckos and vipers and iguanas and pythons came from. "This study, along with others that try to understand fundamental aspects of evolution. All modern squamates evolved from the Megachirella wachtleri . Scientists made the surprising discovery of the oldest known lizard fossil deep in the Dolomites in Italy.

Author: 0 Scientists Just Found a 240-Million-Year-Old "Mother of All Lizards"

It is different than normal CT scan technology and using this one can study the parts of the fossil engrafted in the rock, for example, fossil's belly. Her name was Megachirella wachtleri . Then he used the data to carry out the new phylogenetic analysis consisted in the new study paper. "It's nearly a virtual Rosetta stone ", said Caldwell, also a paleontologist at the University of Alberta , "in terms of the information that it gives us on the evolution of snakes and lizards".

Sci-tech Zoo animals escape German zoo, some are captured in the afternoon
Author: 0 Zoo animals escape German zoo, some are captured in the afternoon

The 74-acre zoo offers many attractions including a cable auto and a miniature village. The animals escaped from the Eifel Zoo in the municipality of Luenebach. Large predators are among the main attractions at the zoo, which is home to about 60 different species, including Siberian tigers and African lions, on about 30 hectares of land.

Author: 0 Great Barrier Reef Experienced Five Massive Die-Offs in 30,000 Years

The Reef suffered five widespread death events but it was able to re-establish itself over time due to the continuity of reef habitats with corals and coralline-algae and the reef's ability to migrate laterally at between 0.2 and 1.5 meters a year, the study said.

Author: 0 European Union proposes ban on plastic straws, cutlery

Plastic cutlery would not be banned completely, Mr Timmermans said, but steps would be taken to have them made out of sustainable material where possible. Q-tips), straws, stirrers and balloon sticks. Producers of plastic food containers , packets, wrappers, drink containers , tobacco products, wet wipes, balloons and lightweight plastic bags will also have to get involved by helping to cover the costs of waste management and clean up.

Sci-tech NASA camera melts while capturing SpaceX launch
Author: 0 NASA camera melts while capturing SpaceX launch

Somehow, though, his memory card was unharmed and when he plugged it into his computer, the camera's last recording was uncorrupted. "Unfortunately, the launch started a grass fire that toasted one of the cameras outside the perimeter", Ingalls said.