June 15, 2018

47: New Horizons Wakes Up

47: New Horizons Wakes Up

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*New Horizons wakes up for historic planetary encounter NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has woken up in preparation for what will be the most distant planetary encounter in history – the 2019 New Year’s Day 2019 flyby of the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 -- which has been nicknamed Ultima Thule by the New Horizons team. 

*Blue Origin’s plans include a blue moon Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos has offered to hold talks with Australia’s new space agency over space tourism and his plans for bases on the Moon. 

*The weak side of the proton narrows the search for new physics A new more precise measurement of the proton’s weak nuclear force has helped scientists narrow down the search for new physics beyond the standard model. 

*The Science Report 

A new study warns that Earth’s climate will increase by 4 degrees by 2084. People continuing to live longer than they used to. Scientists finding it hard to explain so called sonic attacks against American diplomats in Cuba and now China. Physical exercise shown not to slow cognitive decline in dementia. Skeptic's guide to statistics. 

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