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Privately-owned U.S. firm plans to land spacecraft on Moon

Privately-owned U.S. firm plans to land spacecraft on Moon

A privately-owned U.S.-based firm has announced its plan to use robotic technology to launch a series of commercial missions to Earth’s only natural satellite - the Moon.

Cape Canaveral, Florida-based Moon Express CEO Bob Richards has confirmed that his firm is working on a fleet of low-cost robotic spacecraft that could be assembled like Legos to handle complex space missions.

The first spacecraft of the firm called MX-1E is scheduled to be launched before the end of this year using a Rocket Lab Electron booster.

Some dinosaur eggs took 6 months or even more to hatch: study

4A---Some dinosaur eggs took 6 months or even more to hatch: study

Eggs of duck-billed dinosaurs took as long as six months to hatch, while the eggs of larger dinosaurs might have taken even longer time to hatch, a new study suggested.

A team of researchers led by Gregory M. Erickson of Florida State University used a new technique on some rare fossils of unhatched dinosaur embryos, and determined that those embryos consumed twice as long to hatch as bird eggs of similar size.

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NASA to launch cyclone-tracking microsatellites

NASA to launch cyclone-tracking microsatellites

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) will launch more than half a dozen solar powered small satellites that will enable scientists to track the formation, intensity and path of tropical cyclones and hurricanes.

The space agency announced that its Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), consisted of 8 suitcase-sized satellites, will be launched next month using an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL expendable rocket.

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Moving Florida manatees can pose a risk: officials warn

Moving Florida manatees can pose a risk: officials warn

As manatees are on the move in search for warmer waters to spend the upcoming harsh winter in, Florida’s wildlife officials have warned boaters that the whiskered marine mammals can pose a risk.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has urged boaters to slow down in areas in the sea where manatees are known to congregate. The commission has already confirmed 91 manatee deaths caused by boats so far this year.

Seasonal protection zones for the 1,000-pound marine mammals are set to take effect on coming Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.

Hurricane Matthew causes minor damages to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Hurricane Matthew causes minor damages to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

The recent category 4 Hurricane Matthew forced its way into Florida’s east coast, posing a real threat to military and commercial facilities at Cape Canaveral. But, the damage it caused was far less than what many had feared prior to its arrival.

The powerful hurricane on Oct. 6 brought winds of 90 miles per hour (mph), with top surface wind gusting as fast as 107 mph. It forced NASA to temporarily close its Kennedy Space Center (KSC). However, the hurricane ended up into the Atlantic, taking a course away from KSC.

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Florida State University announces hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak

Florida State University announces hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak

Florida State University announced of tackling cases of more than a dozen students suffering from hand, foot and mouth disease. As per the university, students suffered the infection this week and also mentioned that no new case has been reported.

Director of University Health Services Lesley Sacher said that the contagious viral illness has a more common prevalence in day care centers than on college campuses. To this, American College Health Association added that cases take place on regular basis on college campuses.

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Florida farmers eyeing hops as new niche crop

Florida farmers eyeing hops as new niche crop

With declining profits in the citrus industry, some farmers in Florida are turning attention to hops, a new niche crop that can tap into the state's growing beer-brewing business. Hops' pungent flowers or buds are used by brewers as the building blocks of flavor and aroma of beer. Acids found in hops produce bitterness, while the plant's oils give beer a floral/citrus aroma, depending on the type of plant.

Mostly hops are grown in areas with cooler climates, such as Germany in Europe and Washington in the U.S. Florida was traditionally considered too warm and humid to grow hops.

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Deep-space travel may increase death risk for astronauts with major impact on heart health

Deep-space travel may increase death risk for astronauts with major impact on heart health

A research based on mice has shown deep-space travel may take toll on the heart of astronauts going for long term missions. In the study, the researchers have compared Apollo astronauts' heart health with of those who have never been into space and those whose journeys have been restricted to low-earth orbit.

Late-term born children may be linked to improved cognitive performance: Study

Late-term born children may be linked to improved cognitive performance: Study

Often, late-term births have been linked with increased incidents of health problems in newborn babies, but a new study has found completely different on the topic. As per the new study, children who are born in the late term (41 weeks) have more chance to perform better in cognitive tests to those who were born in full term (39 to 40 weeks).

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Small glitch postpones SpaceX’s third sea landing attempt, on Friday now

Small glitch postpones SpaceX’s third sea landing attempt, on Friday now

SpaceX’s third attempt to land a rocket on a ship at sea, which was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, has been postponed to Friday, May 27. The postpone decision was taken in order to investigate a possible anomaly associated with SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said that there was a small glitch in the motion of an upper-stage engine actuator. Though there was no flight risk, it was still worth checking, mentioned Musk.

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