Large iceberg breaks off Antarctic’s Pine Island Glacier

Large iceberg breaks off Antarctic’s Pine Island Glacier

A large piece of ice around the size of the island of Manhattan recently cracked and broke off Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier, a footage captured by a NASA satellite revealed.

The breaking off the 2-mile-long iceberg from the Pine Island Glacier, which is one of the biggest glaciers in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, was captured by the Landsat 8 satellite.

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Britain mulling plans to join space race

Britain mulling plans to join space race

Members of the British Parliament are considering a proposal for setting up a spaceport for sending astronauts and satellites into orbit, Aviation Minister Lord Tariq Ahmad announced.

While the UK has been sending astronauts and satellites into Earth’s orbit for the last many decades, it always partnered with other countries like the United States and Russia, for a ride. However, the increasingly lucrative space industry has now prompted British lawmakers to find ways to develop the country’s own launch capability.

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SpaceX pulls off another successful ground-based rocket landing

SpaceX pulls off another successful ground-based rocket landing

Elon Musk-led SpaceX recently pulled off another successful rocket landing as a Falcon 9 rocket flawlessly touched down at the company’s ground-based landing zone at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Falcon 9 blasted off from the historic 39A launch pad at Kennedy Space Center at 9:39 A.M. ET on Sunday, carrying the Dragon cargo capsule for the International Space Stataion (ISS).

The first stage of the rocket returned and made a soft landing at the ground-based landing zone at Cape Canaveral, for the first time during the day.

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Up to 60,000-year-old microorganisms discovered in Mexican mine

Up to 60,000-year-old microorganisms discovered in Mexican mine

NASA researchers have discovered living microorganisms trapped inside crystals for as many as 60,000 years in Mexico’s Naica Mine cave system.

Penelope Boston of the federal agency’s Astrobiology Institute said that nearly 100 different sorts of microbes, most of which are bacteria, were discovered locked in Naica crystals for 10,000 to 60,000 years.

The huge crystals were discovered in the Naica mine in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, which is famous for producing lead, zinc and silver. It has huge crystals, some as many as 50 feet long.

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Changes in early infancy brain can predict autism diagnosis at age of 2: study

Changes in early infancy brain can predict autism diagnosis at age of 2: study

Changes in the brain in early infancy can predict diagnosis of autism at age of 2 years in kids who have older autistic siblings, according to findings of a new autism study.

A team of researchers scanned brains of children facing “high” risk of developing autism because of an older brother or sister’s diagnosis. They also scanned brains of kids who had no family history of the devastating disease.

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Hundreds rally in Boston to defend science

Hundreds rally in Boston to defend science

Hundreds of scientists and their supporters rallied at Copley Square on Sunday to protest what they call the “anti-science forces” in power in Washington.

Organizers said they assembled to oppose the Trump administration’s actions against evidence-based science because climate change is a fact, and next generations would pay the price if it is not dealt with now.

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Opioid-related deaths on the rise in Massachusetts

Opioid-related deaths on the rise in Massachusetts

The number of deaths related to opioid overdoses in Massachusetts continued to soar in 2016, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) underlined in its latest report.

According to the newly released DPH report, nearly 2,000 opioid-related deaths occurred in Massachusetts last year. Unintentional overdoses accounted for a total of 1,465 deaths, while 469 to 562 deaths were suspected to be caused by opioid-related issues.

The report also revealed that fentanyl played a role in as many as three-quarters of the fatalities recorded last year.

Falcon 9 launch scrubbed due to steering mechanism concern: Musk

Falcon 9 launch scrubbed due to steering mechanism concern: Musk

The launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was called off less than 15 seconds before its planned liftoff on Saturday due to a concern with the vehicle's steering mechanism, CEO Elon Musk said.

The launch of the private space firm's Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo craft for the International Space Station (ISS) was scheduled to take place at 10:01 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18th. But, a slightly odd behavior of the rocket's upper stage engine steering system forced the company to call off the launch.

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Climate change will bring deadly consequences: experts warn

Climate change will bring deadly consequences: experts warn

Climate change will cause more deadly heat waves, infectious diseases and catastrophic food shortages in the future, experts warned at the recently held Climate & Health Meeting.

The meeting, which took place on Thursday at the Carter Center in Atlanta, was organized to replace the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) climate change conference that was abruptly canceled by the federal agency in January, ahead of President Trump’s inauguration.

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NASA to send a superbug to ISS

NASA to send a superbug to ISS

An antibiotic-resistant superbug will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which is all set to be launched from the Kennedy Space Center’s historic 39A pad.

NASA researcher Dr. Anita Goel said sending antibiotic-resistant MRSA bacteria to zero-gravity environment in space would help them better understand how a superbug mutates to gain ability to resist available antibiotics.

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