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European Space Agency gets more funds, also for Moon mission

European Space Agency gets more funds, also for Moon mission

Technology
The 22 member states of the European Space agency have pledged to boost their funding to support more missions and research projects, including a new generation of satellites to monitor climate changeByThe Associated PressNovember 28, 2019, 4:14 PM2 min read The 22 member states of the European Space agency pledged Thursday to boost their funding to support more missions and research projects, including a new generation of satellites to monitor climate change. The agency’s director-general, Jan Woerner, said at the conclusion two-day ministerial meeting in Seville, Spain, that member states pledged a record three-year budget of 12.5 billion euros ($ 13.7 million) plus an additional 1.9 billion euros to cover operational costs and basic research in years four and five. “14.4 billion euros.
Chelsea lead transfer battle for Ben Chilwell with Manchester United also in for Leicester defender

Chelsea lead transfer battle for Ben Chilwell with Manchester United also in for Leicester defender

Sports
Chelsea have move ahead of all their rivals in the race to sign Leicester and England defender Ben Chilwell, reports claim. Chilwell, the left-back, has emerged as one of the finest young players in the Premier League over the past few seasons, and he’s currently playing a key role for the Foxes as they attempt to gatecrash the top six after starting the campaign strongly. Getty Images - Getty Chilwell has been capped eight times by England and has already made more than 100 appearances at club level 'He's not finished, he's only 28!' - talkSPORT's funniest ever call His rise to fame has coincided with some of England’s biggest clubs keeping tabs on him, with the 22-year-old allegedly a target of Man City’s over the summer. Pep Gu
Insecticides that threaten bees also harm damselflies, study finds

Insecticides that threaten bees also harm damselflies, study finds

Science
July 5 (UPI) -- New research suggests damselflies are being harmed by thiacloprid, a common neonicotinoid insecticide used by farmers to kill aphids and whiteflies. When researchers first began testing the efficacy and safety of neonicotinoids, insecticides synthetically derived from nicotine, they determined the chemicals only harmed insects that actually ate the sprayed crops. Thus, only the targeted pests would be killed. But over the last decade, dozens have studies have shown this assumption to be false and identified neonicotinoid exposure as the primary driver of colony collapse disorder and the decline of honey bees all over the world. The latest study, published this week in the Journal of Applied Ecology, suggests other bystanders are also being negatively affected, including d...
Collision that formed the moon also brought Earth water, planetary scientists claim

Collision that formed the moon also brought Earth water, planetary scientists claim

Science
May 21 (UPI) -- Without the moon and water, life on Earth wouldn't be possible. New research out of Germany suggests both were delivered by Theia, which collided with Earth 4.4 billion years ago. Scientists have long puzzled over the origins of Earth's water. Earth was formed in the inner solar system, and the inner solar system was dry. The solar system's wet materials were relegated to the outer solar system. Water-rich carbonaceous meteorites, for example, hail from the outer solar system. Non-carbonaceous meteorites from the inner solar system are without water. At some point during Earth's early history, carbonaceous materials delivered large quantities of water. But the details and timing of this delivery process aren't well understood. "We have used molybdenum isotopes to answer ...
Climate change also wiped out life on Earth 252 million years ago

Climate change also wiped out life on Earth 252 million years ago

Science
Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Some 252 million years ago, nearly all live on Earth vanished. The fossil record suggests some 96 percent of all marine life disappeared, and scientists suspect the magnitude of losses on land was similar. But until now, scientists weren't sure what exactly caused the massive Permian Period extinction, an event known as the Great Dying. Researchers knew a series of volcanic eruptions set off a devastating chain of events, including deadly and disruptive climatic and environmental changes, but scientists couldn't agree on a smoking gun. Was it the sudden rise in ocean acidity? Did sulphur and other toxic metals poison the seas? Or did sudden rises in ocean temperatures wipe out almost all marine life? New models designed by scientists at the University of Washington and S...