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Monster iceberg's pivot and turn

Monster iceberg's pivot and turn

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The monster Antarctic iceberg A-68 looks finally to be on the move. For 13 months after breaking away from the White Continent's long peninsula, the trillion-tonne block did little more than shuffle back and forth on the spot.But now its southern end has swung round almost 90 degrees, indicating the berg has been caught in ocean currents. The approaching southern summer should only assist its anticipated slow drift northwards, experts say. "After more than a year of moving to and fro near its parent ice shelf, iceberg A-68, which calved from the Larsen C Ice Shelf on 12 July 2017, has finally escaped," commented Prof Adrian Luckman from Swansea University, UK. "Until recently, the iceberg was hemmed...
Ant and Dec almost KILLED in horror Saturday Night Takeaway monster truck crash

Ant and Dec almost KILLED in horror Saturday Night Takeaway monster truck crash

Entertainment
The Geordie duo are set to go head-to-head in a “dangerous” Monster Jam truck challenge.It is one of their “Ant Versus Dec” battles in which the pair compete every series.But a trial run yesterday nearly ended in disaster.They were both driving £100,000 trucks in a race in a car park near their TV studios when they lost control.WENNDANGEROUS: The duo are set to go head-to-head in a 'dangerous' Monster Jam truck challenge “We had to give it a go earlier and we both crashed quite badly. It’s big and dangerous. It’s gone really badly so far” DecBoth veered off course and crashed into giant shipping containers, leaving the TV duo shaken.Dec revealed: “We had to give it a go earlier and we both crashed quite badly. It’s big and dangerous. It’s gone really badly so far.”Ant a
SpaceX's hot new monster rocket ready for first test flight

SpaceX's hot new monster rocket ready for first test flight

Technology
SpaceX's hot new monster rocket makes its launch debut this week, blasting off from the same pad that hoisted men to the moon a half-century ago. The Falcon Heavy won't surpass NASA's Saturn V moon rocket, still all-time king of the launch circuit. It won't even approach the liftoff might of NASA's space shuttles. But when it departs on its first test flight — as early as Tuesday — the Heavy with its three boosters and 27 engines will be the most powerful working rocket out there today, by a factor of two. Picture SpaceX's frequent-flyer Falcon 9 and its single booster and then times that by three; the Heavy's three first-stage boosters are strapped side by side by side. The Heavy represents serious business for the private space company founded 16 years ago by Elon Musk. With more than 5
Farthest monster black hole found

Farthest monster black hole found

Science
Astronomers have discovered the most distant "supermassive" black hole known to science.The matter-munching sinkhole is a whopping 13 billion light-years away, so far that we see it as it was a mere 690 million years after the Big Bang.But at about 800 million times the mass of our Sun, it managed to grow to a surprisingly large size such a short time after the origin of the Universe.The find is described in the journal Nature.This relic from the early Universe is busily devouring material at the centre of a galaxy - marking it out as a so-called quasar. Matter, such as gas, falling onto the black hole will form an ultra-hot mass of material around it known as an accretion disk. "Quasars are among the brightest and most distant known celestial objects and are crucial to understanding the e...
Hurricane Irma likely to be far worse than monster Andrew

Hurricane Irma likely to be far worse than monster Andrew

Technology
For an entire generation in South Florida, Hurricane Andrew was the monster storm that reshaped a region. Irma is likely to blow that out of the water. Bigger and with a 90-degree different path of potential destruction, Irma is forecast to hit lots more people and buildings than 1992's Andrew, said experts, including veterans of Andrew. At the time Andrew was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history with damages of $ 26.5 billion in 1992 dollars (about $ 50 billion in current dollars), according to the National Weather Service. "The effect of Irma on the state of Florida is going to be much greater than Andrew's effect," said Weather Channel senior hurricane specialist Bryan Norcross, who was a local television meteorologist hailed as a hero during Andrew. "We're dealing with an entirely ...