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Mercury to pass across middle of sun Monday in rarity

Mercury to pass across middle of sun Monday in rarity

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Nov. 10 (UPI) -- For only the third time in 100 years, the planet Mercury will pass across the middle of the sun on Monday morning. A Mercury transit -- 36 millions from the sun -- won't been seen from North American for another 30 years and anywhere until 2032, according to NASA. Beginning at 7:35 a.m. EDT, Mercury will pass from one side of the sun to the other. It will last more about 5 1/2 hours. Eastern U.S. viewers will be able to view the entire event. For the central and western U.S., the transit begins before sunrise, but some of the transit can be viewed after sunrise. Australia and most of Asia and Alaska are the few places where the transit won't be seen, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Because you aren't supposed to look directly at the sun, like watching the...
Infectious cancer affecting mussels spread across the Atlantic

Infectious cancer affecting mussels spread across the Atlantic

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Nov. 5 (UPI) -- An infectious cancer has spread from mussels living along the coast of British Columbia to related mussel species in Europe and South America. The reports of the disease's spread, detailed today in the journal eLife, suggest humans are playing a role in the cancer's proliferation across the globe. Scientists knew mussels in disparate parts of the world were being harmed by similar cancers but, until now, researchers weren't sure whether the diseases were transmissible. Most cancers are caused by DNA mutations that trigger uncontrolled cell growth. Most cancer cells don't travel from one individual to the next, but a few species have been affected by infectious cancers. "Tasmanian devils, dogs and bivalves have all developed cancers that can spread to others, acting more ...
Bloodhound takes first drive across the desert

Bloodhound takes first drive across the desert

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The Bloodhound supersonic car has completed its first drive across the Hakskeen dry lake in South Africa.Pilot Andy Green took the jet-powered vehicle on a gentle 100mph (160km/h) shakedown test run on Friday. Bloodhound is in Northern Cape for high-speed trials as it works towards an assault on the land speed record next year.That mark - of 763mph (1,228km/h) - was set 22 years ago, also by Andy Green, in the Thrust SSC car.Thrust broke the sound barrier in the process - the first, and only, car to have achieved the feat. Bloodhound will be run at progressively faster and faster speeds in the coming days as engineers seek to verify its design and the proper working of its subsystems. With a Euro...
155mph winds as Hurricane Lorenzo creeps across Atlantic

155mph winds as Hurricane Lorenzo creeps across Atlantic

World
Winds of 155mph have been recorded as record-breaking Hurricane Lorenzo creeps across the Atlantic.The hurricane set a record overnight for being the strongest ever to make it so far east, as it was officially recognised as a "category five" storm. The US National Hurricane Centre said that the storm has maximum sustained winds of 155mph (250kph) and is moving north towards the Azores, the Portuguese island chain. Image: Lorenzo is the strongest hurricane to be this far east in the Atlantic Ocean. Pic: NOAA NWS National Hurricane Centre The Met Office has warned that its remnants could hit parts of the UK in the coming days.Lorenzo has been continuing on its northern path after being declared by experts as "the strongest hurricane eas...