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Has another interstellar visitor been found?

Has another interstellar visitor been found?

Science
An amateur astronomer has discovered a comet that could come from outside our Solar System.If so, it would be the second interstellar object after the elongated body known as 'Oumuamua was identified in 2017.The Minor Planet Center (MPC) at Harvard University has issued a formal announcement of the discovery.The body appears to have a "hyperbolic" orbit, which would appear to indicate its origin in another planetary system.A hyperbolic orbit is an eccentric one, where the shape deviates substantially from that of a perfect circle.A perfect circle has an eccentricity of 0. The elliptical orbits of many planets, asteroids and comets have eccentricities between 0 and 1.The newly discovered object - initially given the designation gb...
Unmanned Soyuz docking at International Space Station aborted; another try planned

Unmanned Soyuz docking at International Space Station aborted; another try planned

Science
Aug. 24 (UPI) -- An unmanned Russian Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft aborted a docking with the International Space Station and another attempted is planned no earlier than Monday, space officials said Saturday. The spacecraft, which was maneuvered by a robot called Skybot F-850, was aborted at 1:36 a.m. EDT, NASA said in a blog post. After liftoff Wednesday night, the spacecraft made 34 orbits of Earth en route to its anticipated docking. Instead it came within roughly 330 feet from the ISS. The docking could not be attempted manually because there wasn't a necessary system on board the Soyuz, a NASA announcer said during the live broadcast. There is no threat to the International Space Station and its crew, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos in a report by state-run TASS. The Soyuz is...

Facebook: Another three billion fake profiles culled

Technology
Facebook has published its latest "enforcement report", which details how many posts and accounts it took action on between October 2018 and March 2019.During that six-month period, Facebook removed more than three billion fake accounts - more than ever before.More than seven million "hate speech" posts were removed, also a record high.For the first time, Facebook also reported how many deleted posts were appealed, and how many were put back online after review.In a call with reporters on Thursday, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg hit back against numerous calls to break up Facebook, arguing its size made it possible to defend against the network's problems."I don't think that the remedy of breaking up the company is going to addr...
Fires, tear gas highlight another round of Yellow Vests protests in Paris

Fires, tear gas highlight another round of Yellow Vests protests in Paris

World
April 20 (UPI) -- Days after Paris firefighters put out a devastating blaze at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, they rushed to extinguish small fires around Place de la Republique set by Yellow Vests protesters demonstrating Saturday against high taxes and economic equality. Paris police fired tear gas at protesters while bicycles, bins, motorbikes and cars alongside streets were set on fire. One group of protesters stole goods from a sports shop after smashing its front window, The Guardian reported. The Yellow Vests protests have been ongoing since last November, starting as a fuel tax revolt but have come to represent social policies and dissatisfaction with the French government in general. Much of action happened at Place de la Republique where protesters set the bulk of the fires and poli...
Can you save money and the planet by owning a Tesla or another electric car?

Can you save money and the planet by owning a Tesla or another electric car?

Finance
You've probably heard of the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3. And most car companies, if they are not selling an electric vehicle, are working on bringing one to market. But consumers in the market for new cars have a right to ask "are we there yet?" when it comes to whether it makes sense to own an electric vehicle — both for financial and environmental reasons. Electric vehicles nearly doubled their market share from 2017 to 2018, according to car research company Edmunds. Still, they represent a small portion of the market.