Nasa spacecraft arrives at Bennu asteroid deemed potential earth threat

Nasa's deep space explorer Osiris-Rex flew on Monday to within a dozen miles of its destination, a skyscraper-sized asteroid believed to hold organic compounds fundamental to life as well as the potential to collide with Earth in about 150 years. Launched in September 2016, Osiris-Rex embarked on Nasa's unprecedented seven-year mission to conduct a close-up survey of the asteroid Bennu, collect a sample from its surface and return that material to Earth for study. Bennu, a rocky mass r...
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NASA deep space probe reaches asteroid deemed potential Earth threat

Bennu, a rocky mass roughly a third of a mile wide and shaped like a giant acorn, orbits the sun at roughly the same distance as Earth and is thought to be rich in carbon-based organic molecules dating back to the earliest days of the solar system. Water, another vital component to the evolution of life, may also be trapped in the asteroid's minerals. Scientists believe that asteroids and comets crashing into early Earth delivered organic compounds and water that seeded the planet for life, an...
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He Jiankui, scientist who gene-edited 'Crispr babies', detained in China

He Jiankui, the scientist who claimed to have produced the world’s first gene-edited babies using CRISPR technology, is missing. Reports indicate he has been detained by Chinese authorities. The scientist gave a presentation in Hong Kong last week on the human gene editing experiment, which Chinese authorities condemned. After that, he disappeared. A spokeswoman for the Shenzhen university where He Jiankui was a former employee told the SCMP, “Right now nobody’s information is accurate, only ...
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Reused rocket takes off carrying 64 satellites

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carrying 64 small satellites lifted off from California on Monday, marking the first time the same Falcon 9 rocket has been used in three space missions.
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The U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May Says She'll Still Be in a Job After the Brexit Vote

The prime minister is battling to persuade lawmakers to support the divorce agreement she has sealed with the E.U.
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Carol Danvers Is a Noble Warrior Hero in the New Captain Marvel Trailer 

The first trailer for Captain Marvel was big but we hadn’t seen anything yet. Now the second trailer is here, and the worlds of Carol Danvers have exploded onto the scene in ways that are sure to make your own head explode.Read more...
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At the Capitol, George H.W. Bush Is Saluted as a 'Gentle Soul' and a 'Great Man'

"Here lies a great man," said Rep. Paul Ryan, the House speaker, "and a gentle soul."
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Amazon: What If You Thought of Doing Manual Labor for Us as More of a Workout

On Monday, Amazon’s PR department touted the story of a woman who allegedly lost a ton of weight working for its Flex delivery service. In the company’s framing, Flex isn’t a dystopian project to reduce shipping costs by letting an army of expendable, plainclothes contractors compete to score “last-mile” delivery gigs…Read more...
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Making the world hotter: India's expected AC explosion

Ratan Kumar once battled India's brutal summers with damp bedsheets and midnight baths. Now he is among millions upon millions of Indians using air conditioning -- helping make the world hotter still. With India's AC market expected to explode from 30 million to a billion units by 2050, the world's second-most populous country could become the planet's top user of electricity for cooling.
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FCC Denies NY Times, BuzzFeed Logs Linked to Fake 'Russian' Comments, Made-Up Cyberattack

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday applauded his agency’s decision to keep secret months’ worth of data logs sought by reporters trying to shed further light on suspicious activity last year involving millions of fraudulent net neutrality comments. The agency rejected two record requests filed by major publications, the…Read more...
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Nasa probe reaches Bennu – asteroid that could one day hit Earth

Osiris-Rex spacecraft will eventually scoop up material for analysis back homeAfter a two-year chase, a Nasa probe has reached the ancient asteroid Bennu. The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex pulled within 12 miles (19km) of the diamond-shaped object on Monday and will go into orbit around it on 31 December. No spacecraft has ever orbited such a small body.Bennu is considered a potentially hazardous asteroid – it is due to make a close pass of Earth about 150 years. If it collided with Earth, Bennu ...
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George H.W. Bush Honored at U.S. Capitol Rotunda for State Funeral

A casket carrying the remains of former President George H.W. Bush has arrived at U.S. Capitol Rotunda, where he will lie in state until Wednesday.
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Spokane astronaut reaches space station aboard Russian craft

The first Russian rocket to fly with people aboard since a harrowing failure two months ago blasted off Monday morning in a successful return to flight, carrying a Spokane astronaut. Lt. Col. Anne McClain was among the crew heading to the International Space Station (ISS) as students at her alma mater, Gonzaga Prep, watched, The […]
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Leaders stress need to win support for climate measures

As leaders attending the U.N.'s annual climate summit heard fresh warnings about the dire consequences of leaving global warming unchecked, a new issue emerged Monday as a pressing concern: how to persuade millions of workers their industry can't have a future if humanity is to have one. Hosting the talks in the heart of its coal region of Silesia, Poland tried to set the tone for the two-week meeting by promoting the idea of a "just transition" for miners and other workers facing layoffs as co...
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December's New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Will Help You Get Through the End of 2018

It’s December—traditionally, not a month that brings too many book releases, but there are still plenty of juicy sci-fi and fantasy stories to help get you through the rest of the year. We’ve got you covered with dragons, interstellar treasure hunters, apocalypses, werewolves, evil AI, and so much more!Read more...
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Tumblr's New Ban on Adult Content Is a Bigger Deal Than You Think

Today, Tumblr announced that it will soon prohibit users from uploading porn in an effort to deal with the platform’s ongoing issues with people posting child pornography and other problematic, illegal content. While the decision is definitely borne out of good intentions, it’s more than likely going to have a bigger…Read more...
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The Pixel 3's Big Bug Fix Update Is Here

Google’s software-first design philosophy has brought about some impressive results—like the kind of pictures you can snap with a Pixel 3, but that strategy can also have some negative impacts too, especially when it comes to bugs. More software solutions mean more potential bugs to break your phone.Read more...
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World's strangest sharks and rays 'on brink of extinction'

A shark that uses its tail to stun prey and a ray half the length of a bus are on the list of 50 species.
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House in a lab

Scientists have rebuilt a terraced house inside a laboratory to help make UK homes energy-efficient.
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Cremains Sent to Space Aboard SpaceX Rocket, Report Says

Cremains Sent to Space Aboard SpaceX Rocket, Report Says
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The 10 Best Deals of December 3, 2018

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...
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3 things you already have in your house that are good for your mental health

It's getting dark earlier now, as we head towards the crisp snap of November air. Days at work, as a result, can feel longer: You're leaving the office and it's already nearly nighttime. Those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder begin to experience the effects during the fall, according to the Mayo Clinic. And even if you don't have SAD, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed this time of year, as we begin to think about the holidays ahead. Luckily, science shows us that there are th...
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First manned Soyuz rocket since October accident takes off

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying astronauts bound for the International Space Station has taken off for the first time since a Soyuz rocket failed midair in October. American astronaut Anne McClain joined Canada’s David Saint-Jacques and Russia’s Oleg Kononenko aboard the rocket that launched from the Baikonur spaceport in the desert in central Kazakhstan on Monday. The launch had unusually high stakes following the accident in October, when a Soyuz suffered a malfunction around 2 minutes after...
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Verizon Finally Gives Up Its Porn Collection

On Monday, Tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio announced a policy change with the intention of making the platform a “better, more positive” place. On December 17th, Tumblr, which is owned by Verizon under its Oath Inc subsidiary, will begin enforcing a ban of all adult content. Many people were quick to criticize the…Read more...
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Congress Will Push the Shutdown Deadline. It's Still Not Clear How It Will End

Lawmakers are debating just how far to kick the can down the road
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In Memoriam: George H.W. Bush

In Memoriam: George H.W. Bush
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SpaceX Broke Four Records During Today's Falcon 9 Rocket Launch

Today’s successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has resulted in four new records for SpaceX—a sure sign that the Elon Musk-led company, and the commercial space industry in general, is rapidly maturing.Read more...
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Those Game of Thrones MetroCards Are Here for When You're Traveling to Meet the Enemy

But they will only be available at certain stations
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NASA engineers are nailing the landings—and the celebrations

NASA engineers successfully guided the probe Osiris-Rex alongside the asteroid Bennu. Osiris-Rex, launched two years ago, is now traveling the same speed as the asteroid and will make several passes over its surface over the next three years. It will even collect a sample from its surface in 2020. Osiris-Rex’s “arrival” was broadcast live on…
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SpaceX launches biggest U.S. 'rideshare' mission with 64 satellites

The mission, dubbed SSO-A, also marked the third voyage to space for the same Falcon 9 rocket - another milestone for SpaceX's cost-cutting reusable rocket technology. The Falcon 9 blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 10:34 a.m. local time (18:34 GMT) carrying satellites from 34 different companies, government agencies, and universities, including the University of Illinois.
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