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Arsenic in Pakistan groundwater 'alarmingly high' – The Peninsula Qatar

August 23, 2017 10:46:00 am | 0 Comments

Arsenic in Pakistan groundwater ‘alarmingly high’  23 Aug 2017 – 21:46 REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: A displaced Iraqi boy smiles after receiving water in western Mosul, March 28, 2017 (Reuters/Suhaib Salem) Miami:  Levels of arsenic in the groundwater of eastern Pakistan are “alarmingly high” and pose a significant health hazard to tens of millions of people who…

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SpaceX just teased a chic new spacesuit – CNNMoney

August 23, 2017 8:23:20 am | 0 Comments

Elon Musk unveils SpaceX’s new spacesuit The world just got a glimpse of the suits astronauts may one day wear when they travel to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX craft. Elon Musk — the billionaire serial entrepreneur behind SpaceX — shared a photo Wednesday of an astronaut wearing a crisp white suit with…

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Martian Weather Kicks into High Gear at Night – Scientific American

August 23, 2017 7:00:00 am | 0 Comments

When night arrives on Mars, plunging temperatures can lead to weather much worse than researchers previously thought was possible on the Red Planet. Snowstorms can spring up with whipping winds that could create problems for missions to the planet, according to a new study.   The analysis upends researchers’ previous assumptions that Martian snow falls…

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For the first time, we can predict local weather on Mars just like we can on Earth – Quartz

August 23, 2017 6:56:49 am | 0 Comments

If you were ever to go to Mars, you’ll be told how to deal with its epic dust storms. “They are huge. They can cover the entire planet. They can last for months,” as Andy Weir, the author of The Martian, puts it. Now scientists will have to add another warning to potential Martians. A…

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Woman born during eclipse gives birth — during eclipse – FOX31 Denver

August 23, 2017 6:34:00 am | 0 Comments

Please enable Javascript to watch this video IOWA CITY, Iowa — An Iowa woman who was born during a solar eclipse in 1979 gave birth Monday — during the solar eclipse. Dawn Gettler was born during the last U.S. solar eclipse on Feb. 26, 1979. Her daughter, Clair, was born several days later than expected,…

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Missed the solar eclipse? You won't have to wait too long for the next one. – Washington Post

August 23, 2017 6:28:55 am | 0 Comments

This composite image of eleven pictures shows the progression of a total solar eclipse in Madras, Ore., on Monday. (Aubrey Gemignani/NASA) The 2017 solar eclipse is now history. If you missed the big event or, like me, regret not traveling to the path of totality to watch the sun go completely dark, not to worry…

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NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Honored by 'Makers' as Trailblazing Woman in Space (Video) – Space.com

August 23, 2017 5:06:50 am | 0 Comments

As NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson prepares to return to Earth after a record-shattering stay aboard the International Space Station, the storytelling platform Makers is honoring her achievements by inaugurating her into a select group of trailblazing women called “Makers.” Ever since Whitson became the first woman to command the space station in 2007, she has…

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NASA's Voyager probes, 40 years out, are brought near in 'The Farthest' – collectSPACE.com

August 23, 2017 4:23:34 am | 0 Comments

August 23, 2017 — Forty years ago, NASA launched twin robotic explorers on a mission to travel farther out than any spacecraft had gone before, and today, they continue to be our most distant emissaries. The Voyager probes, referred to by numerical designators “1” and “2,” revealed the outer planets of our solar system and…

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The survival of a Mars mission could depend on astronaut urine – Washington Post

August 23, 2017 3:01:26 am | 0 Comments

Astronauts journeying to Mars could benefit from recycling human waste. (Photo illustration via the American Chemical Society) NASA is funding new research to determine whether human urine and the carbon dioxide people exhale can be used to produce nutritional supplements, plastic parts and hand tools to help astronauts survive and thrive during prospective missions to…

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Icy Planets' Diamond Rain Created in Laser Laboratory – Space.com

August 23, 2017 3:00:43 am | 0 Comments

A cutaway shows the interior of Neptune (left). In an experiment conducted at the Linac Coherent Light Source, researchers used high pressures and high temperatures to simulate the formation of “diamond rain” in the interiors of icy giant planets like Neptune. For the first time, the kind of diamond rain that scientists think falls within…

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