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The Camp and Woolsey fires are around 55% and 88% contained, respectively. "And they're raking them - they're on fire", Trump said . Rain is forecast for the area this week, potentially helping douse the flames, but raising the risk of floods and mudslides that will swell the misery of 46,000 people under evacuation orders.
  • Harvard astronomers: Mysterious object possibly alien spacecraft

    Harvard astronomers: Mysterious object possibly alien spacecraft

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    Loeb calculated that for it to be a random object following a random orbit, there would have to be 100 million times more of its type hanging around in the solar system. Yesterday, a number of astronomers criticized Loeb's conclusions, particularly the lack of direct evidence pointing to alien influence. In any case, said Loeb, the fact that we saw one interstellar object, suggests that there may be others - and astronomers have to start their search.
  • Smog Envelops Delhi 2 Days Before Diwali, Air Quality May Worsen

    Smog Envelops Delhi 2 Days Before Diwali, Air Quality May Worsen

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    Earlier, the air quality was on the brink of slipping into severe category. A woman walks along the road on a smoggy morning in Delhi. Air quality in the city worsens every year in November and December as farmers in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana burn crop stubble to clear their fields.
  • Brazil Elects 'Proud Homophobe' Jair Bolsonaro As President

    Brazil Elects 'Proud Homophobe' Jair Bolsonaro As President

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    President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Jair Bolsonaro on his emergence as Brazil's new President. His brash style and harsh statements have led many to compare him to the United States president, referring to him as "Trump of the tropics" or "Brazil's Donald Trump ".
  • NASA Kepler spacecraft dies after nine years of planet hunting

    NASA Kepler spacecraft dies after nine years of planet hunting

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    Kepler was created to survey more than 100,000 stars in our galaxy to determine the number of sun-like stars that have Earth-size and larger planets, including those that lie in a star's 'habitable zone, ' a region where liquid water, and perhaps life, could exist.
  • For 50 years, the population of Earth was reduced by 60% - WWF

    For 50 years, the population of Earth was reduced by 60% - WWF

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    Globally, nature provides services worth approximately $125 trillion annually and helps ensure the supply of fresh air, clean water , food, energy or medicine. In terms of where has been hit hardest, South and Central America have seen an 89pc drop in vertebrate populations due to the wiping out of areas as large as many capital cities every few months.
  • Oscar, not a threat, becomes hurricane

    Oscar, not a threat, becomes hurricane

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    The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday morning that Oscar was centered about 895 miles (1,440 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda, and it was moving southwest at 15 mph (24 kph). It will weaken and become a powerful extratropical low over the north-central Atlantic by late Wednesday, forecasters said. If the forecast holds, Oscar would be the 8th Atlantic hurricane of 2018.
  • Air quality turns ‘very poor’ as haze hits city

    Air quality turns ‘very poor’ as haze hits city

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    The CPCB has warned that wind may move northerly and north-westerly during Diwali that may lead to further deterioration in Delhi's air quality . The PM 2.5 - the pollutants with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres - level was recorded at 225, the highest this season.
  • Space Force will be a reality very soon: Mike Pence

    Space Force will be a reality very soon: Mike Pence

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    The new positioning comes as the Trump administration moves to potentially exit a major nuclear weapons pact with Russian Federation and possibly bolster USA military operations in the heavens by forming a " Space Force ". 'The time has come to stop studying the problem and start fixing it, ' he said. The head of the U.S. Air Force said last month that creating a space force would cost about $13 billion for a force of 13,000 people in the first five years.
  • Stephen Hawking’s thesis, wheelchair among other prized possessions up for auction

    Stephen Hawking’s thesis, wheelchair among other prized possessions up for auction

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    The items - part of a science sale that includes papers by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein - will be on display in London for several days from October 30. Christie's hopes to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000 for it during the sale which opens on October 31. This is one of five known copies of Hawking's 117-page thesis, and its estimated value is between $126,000 and $189,000.
  • Willa weakens to tropical storm, torrential rain to continue

    Willa weakens to tropical storm, torrential rain to continue

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    Emergency officials said they evacuated more than 4,250 people in coastal towns and set up 58 shelters ahead of the risky Category 3 storm. Forecasters said the hurricane could bring six to 12 inches (15 to 30cm) of rain - with up to 18in (45cm) in some places - to parts of Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa states, with flash flooding and landslides possible in mountainous areas.
  • Perfectly rectangular iceberg found in Antarctica

    Perfectly rectangular iceberg found in Antarctica

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    While the rectangular ice might look a little unreal, they're still just a natural part of the process of icebergs breaking off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. The edges are still pointed, and have not yet been worn down by the ocean waves. But why such straight lines? "The iceberg's sharp angles and flat surface indicate that it probably recently calved from the ice shelf".
  • Louis area rated

    Louis area rated "fair" viewing zone for Orionid meteor shower this weekend

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    The Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG) says the Orionid Meteor Shower "is one of the best known and most reliable meteor showers in the annual calendar, visible from across the globe". At its peak, you will see up to 25 shooting stars per hour - although this is dependent on ideal conditions. The meteors are bits of space rock that have entered the earth's atmosphere.
  • We may have a mild winter in store

    We may have a mild winter in store

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    El Nino has a 70 to 75 percent chance of developing, it will likely be in place by late fall/early winter. While El Nino is the biggest factor in the forecast, long-term warming from human-caused climate change is a factor, too, Halpert said.
  • Antarctic Ice Shelf Sings As Winds Whip Across Surface

    Antarctic Ice Shelf Sings As Winds Whip Across Surface

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    With this newfound ability, researchers could use seismic stations to continuously monitor the conditions on ice shelves nearly in real time, allowing us to see how the ice shelf's snow jacket is responding to changing climate conditions. But, as University of Chicago glaciologist Douglas MacAyeal pointed out , seismic stations could aide near-real-time studies, giving scientists a sense of how that snow jacket responds to climate change.
  • 'Complete confidence': NASA astronaut praises Soyuz in 1st appearance after near-disaster

    'Complete confidence': NASA astronaut praises Soyuz in 1st appearance after near-disaster

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    Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague had to abort their mission on october 11 after the Soyuz rocket supposed to carry them to the International Space Station failed. I shake his hand. Air Force Colonel Nick Hague on Tuesday publicly described his close call. "Any time you're launching yourself into space and your booster has a problem when you're going 1,800 metres per second, things are pretty dynamic and they happen very fast", he said.
  • Chinese city to launch artificial moon in hopes of replacing street lights

    Chinese city to launch artificial moon in hopes of replacing street lights

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    It's not the first time humans have attempted to launch a light-reflecting object into the sky - but in the past, such plans have largely ended in failure. According to the International Dark Sky Association, which advocates for the protection of night skies, living under light-polluted skies is a grave health hazard as our biological clock evolved to match the day-night cycle, and exposure to artificial light at night has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, sleep disorders, ...