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The Nuclear Option: Meteorologists, the Professional Fake Forecasters

President Trump defeated establishment Republicans and destroyed the Democrats. He has slain swamp kings along the banks of the Potomac. He stood up to Chinese President Xi Jinping, stiffed the mullahs of Iran and walked away from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. And he utterly humiliated the Great Political Pundits of 2016.

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SpaceX Glitch Prevented Communication to Avoid Satellite Collision

SpaceX said a bug in its “on-call paging system” prevented it from better communication and subsequent coordination with the European Space Agency (ESA) to avoid a possible collision between two satellites orbiting Earth, according to a Tuesday-published report at the Verge. The ESA moved its satellite to avoid being hit by the SpaceX “Starlink” satellite.

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Pinkerton: Is There Life on the Moon? There Is Now

In April, we learned that an Israeli spacecraft, an unmanned 1290-lb lunar lander, had hard-crashed, not soft-landed, on the moon. These things happen; it’s not easy, after all, to make a soft landing on the lunar surface. In fact, only three countries—the U.S., Russia, and China—have managed that feat.

Earth's shadow moves across the Super Blood Wolf Moon during a total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel’s Lunar Lander Spilled ‘Water Bears’ on the Moon

TEL AVIV – The moon may have got more than it bargained for when Israeli lunar lander Beresheet crash-landed onto its surface in April, because the spacecraft was also carrying thousands of tardigrades, microscopic “water bears” that can survive almost all environments – including space, a report published Monday by Wired magazine said. 

Israeli spacecraft starts orbiting moon on maiden voyage