Science 

Ursid Meteor Shower 2017: When is it? Where can you see it? 

Stargazers can expect to see an intense burst of shooting stars known as Ursid meteors at 2.29am EST time in the skies, according to NASA. The best time to view the Ursids are between midnight and before dawn. What is the Ursid meteor shower? The spectacular event, caused by dust particles left behind by comet 8P/Tuttle, is expected to last between two and three hours on the night after the shortest day of the year. The comet, first discovered in 1790, before being re-discovered by Horace Tuttle in 1858, orbits…

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Sport 

Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day five – live!

This is actually hilarious. The groundstaff are scrambling the big cover back on, the wind keeps blowing it away and nearly takes a few of them with it. They genuinely look like it’s never rained here before. Maybe it hasn’t? The ABC radio box is in hysterics watching the slapstick unfold. Between laughter, Chris Rogers is noting the holes in the technique. “It rained then, and hard, for a good 30 seconds before they got the hessian on. It’s almost like they were surprised again, and had to get to…

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Russia ‘stop hunting spies to crack down on football hooligans’ and protect England fans

GETTY The FSB is conducting ‘intense’ scrutiny of Russian football fans Russia’s FSB – formerly KGB – is conducting “intense” scrutiny of Russian football fans under strict orders from the Government, according to Alexander Shprygin. Mr Shprygin is President of the Russian Union of Supporters and was blamed for orchestrating the mob in Marseille at Euro 2016 which left two English fans in comas and dozens injured. He said: “All the FSB agents are doing now is working on the World Cup. “They are no longer looking for foreign spies…

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Sport 

Sunderland news: Jurgen Klopp vetoes Ben Woodburn move

Chris Coleman wanted to bring the 18-year-old forward to Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season in a bid to aid their Championship relegation battle.  The Black Cats gaffer made a request to Liverpool but, according to The Sun on Sunday, Klopp insisted he is staying put.  Coleman knows Woodburn well, having worked with him at international level.  The Liverpool ace became Wales’ second-youngest ever goalscorer when he netted on his debut against Austria in September.  Woodburn enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last season, making nine appearances for the…

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WATCH: US nuclear tests show what END OF THE WORLD could look like if WW3 broke out

GETTY Between 1945 and 1962 the US conducted more than 1,054 nuclear arms tests [embedded content] Between 1945 and 1962 the US conducted more than 1,054 nuclear arms tests. Around 210 of these blasts were atmospheric nuclear tests over remote sites in New Mexico, Nevada, and both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. At least 10,000 recordings were captured, however, over time some of these have been left to slowly decay in high-security vaults. Dr Gregg Spriggs and his team of researchers have spent five years restoring 6,500 videos in an…

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Space 

Rocket Lab postpones Electron launch to early 2018

WASHINGTON — Stymied by poor weather and technical glitches, including one that aborted a launch just two seconds before liftoff, Rocket Lab said Dec. 16 it will delay its next Electron launch attempt until early 2018. In a statement, the company said it had corrected the latest problem to postpone the launch, a power fault that scrubbed a launch attempt Dec. 14 (U.S. time) from the company’s launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula. However, it said, “with only one day remaining in the launch window Rocket Lab has made…

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‘Dangerous’ THREE-MILE WIDE asteroid 3200 Phaethon heads to Earth TONIGHT

The massive space rock, which causes the dramatic Geminids meteor shower, is speeding through space at 45,000mph towards our planet. NASA has branded the object, named 3200 Phaethon, “potentially hazardous”. However, the likelihood is that it will just skim past the Earth before heading off to orbit the sun again. At 5km wide, the asteroid is one of the largest ever discovered in our solar system. However, it is still only around half the size of Chicxulub, which helped wipe out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. And it will…

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Is there alien life on Kepler’s planets? NASA discovers new Kepler-90 solar system

The latest discovery in NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope mission shed light onto alien planets in the deepest, darkest corners of space. The Kepler-90 announcement on Thursday was hailed an exciting development in analysing a treasure trove of data collected by the telescope. One planet in particular, Kepler-90i, has attracted the attention of astronomy boffins for bringing the total Kepler planet count to eight – just like our solar system. But NASA’s leading scientists unfortunately dashed all hopes of finding life in the Kepler system, underlining it is simply too hostile….

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Can these water-gathering devices prevent ‘pipeageddon?’

Get the MACH newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Americans take tap water for granted. We tend to assume we can have all the potable water we want with the twist of a tap. But with rising temperatures and population growth depleting freshwater sources faster than they’re being replenished, experts say we may no longer be able to depend upon a seemingly endless stream of water piped in from reservoirs. Compounding that problem is the looming failure of the nation’s outdated water mains — a problem some wags call “pipeageddon.” Now researchers across the…

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NASA announcement: What did NASA reveal about its amazing Kepler discovery?

In an announcement yesterday, NASA said that it had discovered Kepler-90i – the eighth planet circling the sun-like star 2,545 light-years from Earth. The star Kepler-90 is now known to have as many planets as our solar system thanks to data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope and advanced computer analysis by Google.  NASA said: “The newly-discovered Kepler-90i – a sizzling hot, rocky planet that orbits its star once every 14.4 days – was found using machine learning from Google.  “Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence in which computers…

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