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Trump Aims to Limit Protections in Endangered Species Act Trump Aims to Limit Protections in Endangered Species Act
- July 22, 2018

The changes include potential limits on habitat protections, an end to automatic protections for threatened plants and animals, and streamlining inter-agency consultations when federal government actions could jeopardize a species. "If they define it narrowly, then they'll close their eyes to the fact that 30 years down the road, polar bears will be endangered due to sea-level rise", he said. (more...)
ESO Very Large Telescope gets adaptive optics for sharper images ESO Very Large Telescope gets adaptive optics for sharper images
- July 21, 2018

The narrow field mode is what's generating these incredibly sharp images of Neptune - it corrects nearly all of the turbulence above the telescope, but only over a smaller section of the sky. With this approach, astronomers were able to bypass the biggest downside of Earth-based telescopes - dealing with the atmospheric disturbances and noise. (more...)
Jeff Bezos' company will charge $200,000 for a flight to space Jeff Bezos' company will charge $200,000 for a flight to space
- July 21, 2018

Blue Origin is testing its New Shepard rocket for the ninth time . On the launch webcast Tuesday, company spokesperson Ariane Cornell said launching humans could begin "hopefully after a couple more tests". Perched on top of the vehicle is a capsule for crew members, which the rocket carries skyward during flight. After launch, the reusable New Shepard booster will climb to an altitude of 62 miles (100 kilometers), the internationally-approved boundary of space, and then proceed to ... (more...)
Welcome to Meghalayan: Geologists formally classify current era as distinct age
- July 21, 2018

The decision to define these new stages of the Holocene Series and thus the three new corresponding ages of the Holocene Epoch allows for an update to the International Chronostratigraphic Chart , which depicts the timeline for the Earth's full geologic history. (more...)
Jupiter's moon count reaches 79, including tiny 'oddball' Jupiter's moon count reaches 79, including tiny 'oddball'
- July 20, 2018

A look at Jupiter's new moons. His team at Carnegie, along with collaborators at the University of Hawaii and Northern Arizona University, was hunting for objects far beyond Pluto. The twelfth moon has already earned a proposed name, despite being only about two-thirds of a mile in diameter. But these moons orbit clockwise, indicating a different formation mechanism. (more...)
100-million-year-old baby snake in amber sheds light on evolution 100-million-year-old baby snake in amber sheds light on evolution
- July 19, 2018

The chunk of amber that holds the baby snake also has a scrap of shed skin that the researchers believe might have once belonged to a larger snake. But in an interesting twist of fate, it was encased in resin and found by humans 99 million years later in Myanmar. (more...)
Scientists discover 'quadrillion tons of diamond' beneath Earth's surface Scientists discover 'quadrillion tons of diamond' beneath Earth's surface
- July 19, 2018

The news comes from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT ) in Cambridge, who have uncovered that Earth's ancient mantle rocks may be made out of diamond. The researchers set out to determine the composition of the cratonic roots to understand what may be causing the spikes. " One of its special properties is that the sound velocity in diamond is more than twice as fast as in the dominant mineral in upper mantle rocks, olivine ". (more...)
Blue Origin to push New Shepard safety regime with ninth test Blue Origin to push New Shepard safety regime with ninth test
- July 19, 2018

Blue Origin is owned by Jeff Bezos . One company sent up a system created to provide reliable WiFi connectivity in space, while another added a number of textiles to the capsule so they could test their viability for use in space suits. While testing with New Shepard continues, work on Blue Origin's next vehicle, the New Glenn is pressing on, albeit mainly away from the attention of the media. (more...)
Google Doodle celebrates 124th birth anniversary of astronomer Georges Lemaitre
- July 19, 2018

Google will doodle the founder of the Big Bang theory , Fr. Georges Lemaître , on July 18th in celebration of his 124th birthday. Born on 17 July 1894, the man whose theory and creativity is the testimony of the fact which raised questions on the non-existence of a higher being was quite ironically, a Catholic priest. (more...)
A dozen new moons found orbiting Jupiter, pushing total to 79 A dozen new moons found orbiting Jupiter, pushing total to 79
- July 19, 2018

Sheppard of the Carenegie Institution for Science and his team thought the gas giant was worth a quick look, training the Magellan Telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile on the area. Valetudo is more distant and more inclined than the prograde group of moons and takes about 1.5 years to orbit Jupiter. It's out where the outer, retrograde moons are, but it's orbiting Jupiter in the prograde direction, driving into the oncoming traffic. (more...)
Heat warning in effect for Metro Vancouver Heat warning in effect for Metro Vancouver
- July 19, 2018

Environment Canada just released heat warnings all across Southern BC. Environment Canada has also issued warnings for parts of the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island, including Victoria. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Elevated pollution levels are expected or occurring. Seniors, children, persons with medical conditions as well as other vulnerable individuals are especially at risk. (more...)
Putin ‘PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE’ for election meddling says Trump in latest clarification
- July 19, 2018

Trump appears to contradict DNI Dan Coats' assessment of ongoing efforts by Russian Federation to interfere in USA elections; Peter Doocy reports from the White House . Conservative journalists find themselves in the "same bind the Republican Party is in", he says. "They either have to tie themselves to Trump, with all the unpredictability, demagoguery and extremism that brings, or risk alienating his very loyal base". (more...)
New radio telescope images Galactic Center New radio telescope images Galactic Center
- July 18, 2018

South Africa has unveiled a powerful radio telescope , part of an global project that scientists say will provide new details on the Milky Way and other galaxies . "Although it's early days with MeerKAT, and a lot remains to be optimised, we chose to go for it - and were stunned by the results". The center of our galaxy lies 25,000 light-years away from our pale blue dot, tucked behind the Sagittarius constellation and veiled in billowing storms of interstellar gas and dust. (more...)
Adidas Commits to Using Only Recycled Plastics by 2024 Adidas Commits to Using Only Recycled Plastics by 2024
- July 18, 2018

Liedtke told the newspaper that because polyester accounts for half the materials used in Adidas's products, "we can not make the transition overnight". The move by the sports apparel company would reduce its use of plastics by about 40 tons yearly. Coffee retail giant Starbucks plans to eliminate plastic straws from its stores, and McDonald's is trialing a similar programme in the United Kingdom and Ireland. (more...)
Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket Aces Important Test
- July 18, 2018

Jeff Bezos ' rocket company Blue Origin launched its New Shepard rocket for the ninth time. The test campaign began in 2015, and despite the loss of the first booster, the second flight in November 2015 kick-started a successful run of test flights. (more...)
Astronomers Find a Staggering 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter Astronomers Find a Staggering 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter
- July 18, 2018

Just like that, Jupiter has 12 new moons., all of which have been confirmed by other telescopes. Team leader Dr Scott Sheppard said: 'It's a real oddball . Galileo detected Jupiter's four largest moons, Io, Europa , Ganymede and Callisto in 1610. Its path weaving within the retrograde moons is unstable, they add; a collision, at some point, is likely. (more...)
12 new moons discovered around Jupiter
- July 17, 2018

Sheppard, the team leader, in a release. They take about two years to orbit Jupiter, which is the largest planet in the solar system. Maybe 100 or more of the really small ones. This is not unusual - in fact, most of Jupiter's known moons are retrograde , and are thought to be asteroids or comets originally formed near the gas giant and captured when they got too close. (more...)
Astronomers discover 12 more moons of Jupiter, including an oddity
- July 17, 2018

Jupiter's neighborhood was always crowded, but the discovery of 12 new moons around the giant planet makes it more intriguing. His team at Carnegie, along with collaborators at the University of Hawaii and Northern Arizona University, was hunting for objects far beyond Pluto. (more...)
Eight rare rhinos die after move to new park in Kenya Eight rare rhinos die after move to new park in Kenya
- July 17, 2018

Rhinos, one of the favorite targets of poachers to sell their horns in Asia, where they are supposed to have aphrodisiac virtues, died poisoned by the ingestion of brackish water in Tsavo National Park (East), the new environment in which they were relocated. (more...)
Amazing Mars spiders image from NASA Amazing Mars spiders image from NASA
- July 17, 2018

In approximately two years, NASA will launch the uncrewed Mars 2020 mission to the Red Planet. Under a crust of ice often starts to gather the carbon dioxide that is under pressure flows out in the form of geyser, along with coal and General soil. (more...)
UK’s first spaceport gets £2.5m funding to launch satellites UK’s first spaceport gets £2.5m funding to launch satellites
- July 17, 2018

UK Business Minister Greg Clark said the new site at Sutherland on the northerly-most tip of mainland Scotland would provide facilities for vertically-launched space rockets and satellites to take off into orbit. Virgin Orbit is partnering with Cornwell Council on the spaceport project, which could start air-launch operations as early as 2021. A detailed plan to support such launches from the spaceport, including licensing of the airport as a spaceport, will be developed after the ... (more...)
Va. teen burns face, arms from giant hogweed plant Va. teen burns face, arms from giant hogweed plant
- July 16, 2018

A recent report out of Clarke County, Virginia, reveals that a 17-year-old landscaper by the name of Alex Childress is suffering from severe burns after coming in contact with a Giant Hogweed . His father Justin Childress walked in and was startled. He has since been discharged from the hospital. "I know my skin will be sensitive to light for a few months", Childress said. (more...)
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for region Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for region
- July 16, 2018

To beat the heat, Environment Canada is recommending Calgarians consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day, spend time in cool indoor areas and drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic or non-caffeinated drinks to stay hydrated. (more...)
Asteroid 2017 YE5 turns out to be double Asteroid 2017 YE5 turns out to be double
- July 16, 2018

One year later and on June 21, 2018, the asteroid made its closest approach to the planet for the next 170 years. A team of scientists from the Palomar Observatory in the United States July 8, 2018 fixed in the Solar system from two previously unidentified asteroid. (more...)
S.Africa launches world's largest radio telescope S.Africa launches world's largest radio telescope
- July 16, 2018

The centre of the Milky Way is 25‚000 light years away from Earth‚ and because it lies behind the constellation Sagittarius (the "Teapot")‚ it is always obscured by gas and dust‚ making it invisible from Earth using ordinary telescopes. Last month, scientists linked a powerful optical telescope, MeerLITCH, built 125 miles south of Carnarvon, with the MeerKAT to allow for simultaneous optic and radio study of cosmic events as they occur. (more...)
Ghost particle arrived on Earth from 3.7 billion light years away Ghost particle arrived on Earth from 3.7 billion light years away
- July 16, 2018

When that happened, observatories around the world, from an optical telescope in the Canary Islands to a gamma-ray observatory orbiting hundreds of miles above the Earth , leapt to action. "But with a neutrino flashlight, it will go through and you can see it on both sides". Moreover, a check of the archives IceCube showed that in late 2014 and early 2015, when the blazar was going through another flurry of activity, its detectors had recorded a few tens of neutrinos coming from the ... (more...)
Sun, moon and Mars: Three celestial treats lined up in July Sun, moon and Mars: Three celestial treats lined up in July
- July 15, 2018

It was mostly visible over the open ocean between Australia and Antarctica. The viewing region stretches from the southernmost sliver of mainland Australia down to the northern coast of Antarctica. Unfortunately the mainland US won't be privy to any of these astronomical spectacles. July's Solar Eclipse will occur at 1:30 PM in India. This will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the century which is expected to last for an hour and 43 minutes. (more...)
Rare double asteroid discovered near Earth Rare double asteroid discovered near Earth
- July 15, 2018

This is only the fourth "equal mass" binary near-Earth asteroid ever detected, consisting of two objects almost identical in size, orbiting each other. In this case, that meant discovering that what looked like two lobes of one rock are actually two separate rocks, circling each other every 20 to 24 hours. (more...)
Neutrino that struck Antarctica traced to galaxy 3.7bn light years away Neutrino that struck Antarctica traced to galaxy 3.7bn light years away
- July 15, 2018

An answer was soon confirmed: The neutrino originated from a blazar - an active galaxy with a. The scientists used a large observatory known as IceCube , in use since 2010, to hunt for neutrinos and try to track the source. But they are incredibly harder to detect. "The era of multi-messenger astrophysics is here". With no electric charge and nearly no mass, they rarely interact with normal matter, earning them the nickname " ghost particles ". (more...)
July 2018: A month for all stargazers out there
- July 15, 2018

Well, here ends the discussion of this question. Solar Eclipse or Surya Grahan which will take place on July 13 will be must witness the event to watch as Sun, Moon and Earth will partially be lined up with each other. Near the end of the year (Christmas Day), one eclipse will squeeze in to make a third eclipse season. He concluded this by saying next eclipse to be expected to fall on Saturday, August 11th, 2018. (more...)