• Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells at charity auction
Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells at charity auction

In fact it went for close to £300,000. Proceedings of the auction raised by wheelchair will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation that assists research into cosmology and astrophysics, and to the Motor Neurone Disease Association that supports research and campaigns for those diagnosed with the disease.

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  • Delhi wakes up to choking air quality post Diwali
Delhi wakes up to choking air quality post Diwali

In 2016, Diwali festivities raised pollution levels to their highest in almost two decades - forcing the closure of schools and other emergency measures. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) sprinkled water on trees in the area around Delhi University's North Campus. Chief fire officer (DFS) Atul Garg told IANS the fire related ca...

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  • Scientists are now arguing about whether Oumuamua was sent by aliens
Scientists are now arguing about whether Oumuamua was sent by aliens

Scientists have been trying to figure out what the 1,312ft (400m) object named Oumuamua might be after it was first spotted by a telescope in Hawaii in October 2017 . That shape would allow solar radiation to push the vessel along and explains the object's unusual acceleration. It is known that comets are accelerated through a process known as "...

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  • Delhi's air quality recorded in 'very poor' category, authorities warn of deterioration
Delhi's air quality recorded in 'very poor' category, authorities warn of deterioration

In 2016 and 2017, schools were shut down for a few days under similar conditions. The Central Pollution Control Board has also asked pollution control authorities in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab to check stubble burning , which is attributed to be a major cause for the increasing pollution levels in the city.

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  • NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope retires after nine years exploring space
NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope retires after nine years exploring space

Kepler has retired from finding exoplanets that are orbiting distant stars, but the troves of data it has collected over the years will continue to help astronomers. While spacecraft operations have ceased, its data will continue to be publicly available through the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) at the Space Telescope Science Inst...

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  • NASA declares elite planet-hunting spacecraft dead
NASA declares elite planet-hunting spacecraft dead

But the innovative spacecraft enjoyed an illustrious career, discovering as many as 2,600 planets and inspiring new fields of research, NASA said. Kepler's discoveries have shed a new light on mankind's place in the Universe. "We know the spacecraft's retirement isn't the end of Kepler's discoveries", Kepler's project scientist Jessie Dotson sa...

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  • Camera footage of Soyuz MS-10 launch failure released
Camera footage of Soyuz MS-10 launch failure released

Nearly three weeks ago, on October 12, a Soyuz rocket carrying a NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut failed mid-flight, 31 miles above Earth's surface. The Soyuz is now the only rocket that is capable of sending humans to the ISS and a launch failure hasn't happened since 1983. "It has been proven, fully confirmed, that this happened...

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  • Hurricane Oscar gains strength but still no threat to land
Hurricane Oscar gains strength but still no threat to land

A gradual weakening trend is forecast to begin tonight. The Bermuda Weather Service said the storm was moving west at about 19.5 mph with winds of more than 64 mph and gusts of 79 mph. Seven named storms became hurricanes this season. There is a new low-pressure system, centered about 1,200 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands i...

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  • Microplastics Can Find Their Way Into Your Gut, Study Says
Microplastics Can Find Their Way Into Your Gut, Study Says

He explains that the biggest concentration of plastic in animal studies were found in the gut, but the smaller particles can enter the blood stream, lymphatic system, and even the liver. Dr Schwabl admitted: 'Personally, I did not expect each sample would be tested positive'. Schwabi's team recruited eight subjects for the pilot study and fou...

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  • At least 30 killed by Hurricane Michael - estimates
At least 30 killed by Hurricane Michael - estimates

The Federal Communications Commission head said he plans to investigate the "completely unacceptable" failure of wireless providers to fully restore service after Hurricane Michael slammed into Florida's Panhandle. By mid-afternoon, that number was down to just three. A single home remarkably left standing on Florida's Mexico Beach after ...

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  • Hurricane Michael devastates Florida with ferocity 'like nothing we've seen before'
Hurricane Michael devastates Florida with ferocity 'like nothing we've seen before'

Forecasters said it could bring 3 to 6 inches (7 to 14 centimetres) of rain to Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia, triggering flash flooding in a corner of the country still recovering from Florence. Wind damage was also evident. The effects of Michael completely devastated the area, leveling homes, downing trees, and leaving hundreds of people wi...

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  • Deadly Hurricane Michael devastates Florida Panhandle before moving inland
Deadly Hurricane Michael devastates Florida Panhandle before moving inland

The storm, which in less than two days grew from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, tore apart entire neighborhoods in the Panhandle, reducing homes to naked concrete foundations or piles of wood and siding.

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  • Soyuz MS-10: Russian spacecraft makes emergency landing on Earth
Soyuz MS-10: Russian spacecraft makes emergency landing on Earth

As rescue crews arrived, Hague and Ovchinin were reported in "good condition" and found out of the capsule . Their arms and legs flail while being shaken around at he moment the failure occurred. The pair were said to be in good condition after landing in Kazakhstan. Even if the Soyuz spacecraft is cleared for launch before December, Hadfield ...

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  • Hurricane Michael a Record-Breaking Storm [UPDATING]
Hurricane Michael a Record-Breaking Storm [UPDATING]

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Hurricane Michael on October 8 at 2:47 p.m. EDT (1847 UTC) just after it strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane and analyzed the storm in infrared light.

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  • How could Hurricane Michael impact Durham?
How could Hurricane Michael impact Durham?

Michael is no longer a tropical storm . Comparable storms include Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which had a pressure of 922 mb, and Katrina in 2005, whose pressure was 920 mb. The hurricane warning stretches from Pensacola, Fla., eastward to near Cedar Key in the bend of Florida Panhandle. Hurricane Michael is forecast to barrel its way throug...

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  • Hurricane Michael weakens further as it crosses Georgia
Hurricane Michael weakens further as it crosses Georgia

It developed into a hurricane on Monday, and by Tuesday, more than 140,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders. But fears lingered that some failed to heed the calls to get out of Michael's way as the hard-charging storm began speeding north over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • United Nations panel urges fast action to avoid climate catastrophe
United Nations panel urges fast action to avoid climate catastrophe

Even 1.5°C comes with serious consequences. It will be one of the main items discussed at a global conference in Poland in December, when governments will review the Paris Agreement (which the USA withdrew from in June 2017). The report calls for immediate and radical action by all global governments, saying the required actions are affordable...

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  • Will Hurricane Florence Hit Massachusetts? What To Expect
Will Hurricane Florence Hit Massachusetts? What To Expect

Its maximum sustained winds are expected to top 145 miles per hour before it loses some steam near the coast. However, the NHC said that the center of this Florence will be moving all over the southwestern part of Atlantic Ocean which will be between Bahamas and Bermuda according to the NHC this natural event is going to take place in those two...

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  • Enzyme research delivers Chemistry Nobel Prize to two Americans and a Brit
Enzyme research delivers Chemistry Nobel Prize to two Americans and a Brit

Researchers have learned to use the process of evolution to develop new forms of molecules that are used to manufacture everything from biofuels to pharmaceuticals, such as Humira, which sold about $18 billion past year. In the 1990s, Sir Gregory developed a new way of producing antibody proteins using a technique called " phage display" that ma...

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  • India may send astronaut to train on International Space Station in 2022
India may send astronaut to train on International Space Station in 2022

Roskosmos Managing Director, Sergey Kraylev, said in turn that it was not possible to exclude the possibility that a space crew member of the Soyuz-MC-09 spacecraft would be caused by a crew member in the International Space Station . Last month the Russian daily Kommersant reported that an investigation had probed the possibility that USA astro...

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  • Possible discovery of exomoon excites astronomers, but what is it?
Possible discovery of exomoon excites astronomers, but what is it?

The exomoon candidate has been officially called Kepler-1625b-i, but its discoverers have nicknamed it the "Nept-moon", since it's predicted to be the size of Neptune . Second, the transit time of Kepler-1625b happened earlier than expected, which may have been caused by an exomoon that makes the exoplanet wobble, similar to what the moon does t...

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  • Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Designing Large Lunar Lander
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Designing Large Lunar Lander

As a part of the agreement, a retro-reflector from NASA will be installed on SpaceIL's unmanned spacecraft. Lockheed Martin's design will remain at the Deep Space Gateway until astronauts need to be taken to the moon . According to a lunar mineralogical map released by NASA previous year, water is present nearly everywhere on the moon's surf...

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  • Scrawny dwarf planet named Goblin found well beyond Pluto
Scrawny dwarf planet named Goblin found well beyond Pluto

The object is on the small end of being a dwarf planet , with a 40,000-year orbit - meaning it takes that long to go around the sun. At about 300 km (186 miles) wide, it is on the small side of being a dwarf planet . And lead author of the study Scott Sheppard believes there are thousands of these extremely distant objects with elongated orbits...

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  • Hurricane Rosa remnants may bring thunderstorms to Mohave County
Hurricane Rosa remnants may bring thunderstorms to Mohave County

Hurricane Rosa, headed for Baja California, weakened in the Pacific Ocean and was forecast to further wane in the coming days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center ( NHC ) said on Friday. Authorities in Barbados said they helped rescue several people from a flooded home and schools were cancelled in the nearby islands of St. Lucia, Dominica, Guadel...

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  • Kirk intensifies back into a Tropical Storm
Kirk intensifies back into a Tropical Storm

Tropical Storm Kirk was 415 miles east of Barbados and about 535 miles east-southeast of Martinique. Since then, Kirk's leftovers have generally stuck together as they have continued to truck westward toward the Caribbean. Kirk will eventually be located south of an area of high pressure near Bermuda. The longer-term forecast doesn't keep Kirk ...

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  • Tropical Storm Kirk forms in the Atlantic
Tropical Storm Kirk forms in the Atlantic

Kirk, which became the season's 11th named storm on Saturday, has weakened to a depression but could see some restrengthening before hitting the "ever-present wall of wind shear" near the Lesser Antilles, Masters said. Tropical Storm Kirk and sub-Tropical Storm Leslie formed in the Atlantic Ocean. Kirk was located about 450 miles south of the Ca...

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  • Power returning after Environment Canada confirms two Ottawa tornadoes
Power returning after Environment Canada confirms two Ottawa tornadoes

I've told my officials that the provincial government will provide whatever resources are required to support Ottawa as they work to recover. He has compared the damage to the city's power grid as being on the magnitude of the debilitating ice storm of 1998.

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  • 1.7 million chickens drowned in Florence flooding
1.7 million chickens drowned in Florence flooding

More than 10,000 people are still in disaster shelters and many could find themselves essentially homeless after the floodwaters recede. "People in flood prone areas or near waterways need to remain alert as rivers crest and stay above their banks in coming days", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a written statement.

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  • Giant spider-web cloaks Greece coast
Giant spider-web cloaks Greece coast

Most people encounter spider webs one at a time, maybe a handful or so in a single day. Giannis Giannakopoulos posted this video of the spider web to YouTube. Sadly, the eight-legged architects will soon die off, leaving the web to degrade naturally. The coastal town's temperature, humidity, and abundance of mosquitoes create the ideal mati...

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  • Huge 1000ft spider web appears overnight on a beach in Greece
Huge 1000ft spider web appears overnight on a beach in Greece

It sounds like a something out of a horror movie: A town covered in thousands of webs, each crawling with hordes of spiders. Giannis Giannakopoulos saw the "veil of webs" this week in Aitoliko, CNN reported . The cobweb has completely swamped vegetation on the beach. "It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are ha...

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  • Florence: North Carolina's rivers still rising after record rain
Florence: North Carolina's rivers still rising after record rain

The National Weather Service considers flooding to be "devastating " once a height of 23 feet is reached for the river . Desperate for gas to run a generator at home , Nick Monroe waited in a half-mile-long (more than.8-kilometer) line at a Speedway station even though the pumps were wrapped in plastic.

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  • Coastal communities prepare for Florence and Isaac
Coastal communities prepare for Florence and Isaac

According to the forecast of the institution, the maximum sustained winds have decreased to 55 kilometers per hour with higher gusts. All watches and warnings that had been issued on neighboring islands were canceled Thursday. The storm is expected to impact the windward and leeward islands on Thursday. Surf swells from Isaac could be lif...

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  • Mother and child among first victims of Hurricane Florence
Mother and child among first victims of Hurricane Florence

We're as ready as anybody has ever been". It remains a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 80 miles per hour, but stronger wind gusts have been reported . She estimated 441,000 people have already evacuated because of the storm. "There's a great temptation to want to go back east and to view you property", he said.

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  • First death during Hurricane Florence confirmed in Pender County
First death during Hurricane Florence confirmed in Pender County

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing cinderblock motel at the height of the storm. Officials say more than 100 people have already been rescued in the area overnight. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated. The homes of about 10 mi...

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  • Evacuations in USA ahead of Hurricane Florence
Evacuations in USA ahead of Hurricane Florence

Don't bet your life on riding out a monster", he said. The National Hurricane Center's projected track had Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast from Thursday night (Friday NZT) until landfall Saturday morning (Sunday NZT) or so, about a day later than previously expected.

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