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Moon Jae-in calls for ‘complete denuclearization’ with incentives

Moon Jae-in calls for ‘complete denuclearization’ with incentives

World
Aug. 15 (UPI) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivered a message of incentives to Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, pledging economic assistance in return for North Korea's denuclearization. Moon, whose next step is a third summit with Kim in Pyongyang sometime in September, called for peace, economic development and an end to weapons proliferation that escalated tensions, South Korean news service Money Today reported Wednesday. "We must overcome such a division for our survival and development. Even though a political unification may be a long way from here, establishing peace between the South and the North and freely visiting each other, and forming a joint economic community is true liberation to us," Moon said, according to Yonhap. Moon also said North Korea's "complete denuclearizat...
Rare blood moon stuns worldwide – but not in UK

Rare blood moon stuns worldwide – but not in UK

Technology
From Greece to Abu Dhabi, Australia to Iraq, a stunning blood moon as spectacular as it was rare lit up the night sky around the world on Friday night.It marked the start of the longest total lunar eclipse we will see this century, passing between the sun and the Earth for a grand total of 103 minutes.Lauded as a "real celestial treat" by Professor Andrew Coats of Mullard Space Science Laboratory, and a "freak of nature" by space journalist Sarah Cruddas, it certainly lived up to its billing.A blood moon is actually a lunar eclipse - caused by the Earth passing between the moon and the sun.Only light that is refracted through Earth's atmosphere manages to reach the moon, with everything outside of the red wavelengths being scattered, leaving the moon looking blood red.An incredibly stormy ...
Moon may have been habitable 4 billion years ago

Moon may have been habitable 4 billion years ago

Technology
The moon could have supported life billions of years ago, according to new research. A study published in the journal Astrobiology has found that simple lifeforms could have survived on the lunar surface during two periods 3.5 and 4 billion years ago.The study was conducted by two scientists, Professor Dirk Schulze-Makuch, an astrobiologist at Washington State University, and Professor Ian Crawford of Birkbeck, University of London.They believe the moon must have been spewing out so much super-heated volatile gas, including water vapour, during these periods that it could have sustained life."If liquid water and a significant atmosphere were present on the early moon for long periods of time, we think the lunar surface would have been at least transiently habitable," Profes...
Gala opens countdown to 50th anniversary of 1st moon landing

Gala opens countdown to 50th anniversary of 1st moon landing

Technology
Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. No explanation was given for Aldrin's absence from the Apollo Celebration Gala on Saturday evening. But the former astronaut is locked in a legal battle with family members who say he is suffering from mental decline. The black-tie event, held under a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center, featured a panel discussion by astronauts, an awards ceremony, and an auction of space memorabilia. Hundreds of people attended the sold-out event, including British physicist Brian Cox, who presented Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson...
Signatures of complex organic molecules spotted on Saturn's moon Enceladus

Signatures of complex organic molecules spotted on Saturn's moon Enceladus

Science
June 27 (UPI) -- Scientists have found evidence of complex organic molecules on Saturn's moon Enceladus. The chemical signals were identified among spectrometry data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. "We are, yet again, blown away by Enceladus," Christopher Glein, a space scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, said in a news release. "Previously we'd only identified the simplest organic molecules containing a few carbon atoms, but even that was very intriguing." The new data revealed the presence of complex organic molecules with masses greater than 200 atomic mass units. "That's over ten times heavier than methane," Glein said. "With complex organic molecules emanating from its liquid water ocean, this moon is the only body besides Earth known to simultaneously satisfy all...