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The End Is Nigh for NASA's Planet-Hunting Kepler Space Telescope The End Is Nigh for NASA's Planet-Hunting Kepler Space Telescope
- July 10, 2018

If the maneuver and download are successful, the team will begin its 19th observation campaign on August 6 with the remaining fuel. "In our case, there is no next station, so we want to stop collecting data while we're still comfortable that we can aim the spacecraft to bring it back to Earth", the space agency added. (more...)
Scott Pruitt resigns as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigns as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
- July 09, 2018

Wheeler is now listed as a consulting principal at global law firm Faegre Baker Daniels , and he has lobbied for Whirlpool , Sargento, and a number of other chemical and big oil interests, according to records compiled by ProPublica . In a guest op-ed for the Orlando Sentinel from January 2017, when Trump first appointed Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency , Putnam wrote Pruitt "has the experience, understanding of the law and courage to get this out-of-control federal ... (more...)
Starbucks: No more plastic straws
- July 09, 2018

The recyclable lids are already in use in about 8,000 Starbucks locations in the United States and Canada , the company said. The design was created by R&D engineer Emily Alexander, who was asked in 2016 to create a new straw-less lid that would showcase the Draft Nitro coffee and cold foam served at a Reserve store in Seattle. (more...)
Tropical Storm Chris lurks off North Carolina coast Tropical Storm Chris lurks off North Carolina coast
- July 09, 2018

Meanwhile, tropical storm Beryl was located about 240 miles east of Barbados, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the NHC said early Sunday. Tropical Storm Beryl (center right) moving across the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, and Tropical Storm Chris (top left) off the US East Coast. (more...)
Tropical Storm Beryl speeding toward eastern Caribbean Tropical Storm Beryl speeding toward eastern Caribbean
- July 09, 2018

Chris was stationary about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C. with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, according to the NHC 11 a.m. EDT advisory. Forecasters say the storm's remnants are expected to produce 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) of rain, with up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated areas. (more...)
South Africa: Suspected rhino poachers eaten by lions
- July 09, 2018

Captain Mali Govender, a police spokesperson, shared that detectives are undergoing an investigation to determine if more people were eaten than they presume. According to Sibuya Game Reserve's owner Nick Fox , a group of at least three poachers entered their property overnight on July 2. Since the incident, police have been patrolling the area on the chance that any of the poachers survived. (more...)
Environment Canada issues statement for the Maritimes about Tropical Storm Chris
- July 09, 2018

As some East Coast residents gear up for Tropical Storm Chris , New Englanders can rest easy knowing the storm will avoid the area, forecasters said. At 11a.m. Tropical Storm Beryl was located about 130 miles or 210 kilometres northeast of Barbados. While Tropical Storm Chris is not expected to directly impact land over the next few days, rough surf and unsafe rip currents will continue to impact coastal areas of the Carolinas, mid-Atlantic and the Northeast through much of this week. (more...)
Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic
- July 07, 2018

Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in late May and made landfall in Laguna Beach, near Panama City, just before the official June 1 start of hurricane season. These shearing winds should weaken this system as it is reaching the Lesser Antilles. IN THE TROPICS: Hurricane Beryl will churn through the open waters of the tropical Atlantic Ocean into this weekend. (more...)
Hurricane Beryl bearing down on Lesser Antilles Hurricane Beryl bearing down on Lesser Antilles
- July 07, 2018

The hurricane is expected to move west to west-northwestward over the weekend and into the early part of the work week, according to the NHC's official forecast path. Additional watch areas may be required for other islands later today. The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season , subtropical storm Alberto, failed to reach hurricane status. (more...)
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigns EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigns
- July 07, 2018

The reason Pruitt persisted so long is the same reason why his environmentalist foes shouldn't break out the organic Champagne: The administrator was doing exactly what his boss wanted. He demanded 24-hour-a-day protection from armed officers, resulting in a swollen 20-member security team that blew through overtime budgets and racked up expenses of more than $3 million. (more...)
Ford Guts Carbon Tax - Here Is How Much You Save On Gas Ford Guts Carbon Tax - Here Is How Much You Save On Gas
- July 07, 2018

Ford says the province will nonetheless honour contracts and orders that have already been signed for projects funded by cap-and-trade, such as energy efficient insulation and window retrofits. And the payments will depend on the results of an upcoming value-for-money audit of government spending. Keith Brooks, program director for the advocacy group Environmental Defence told Castanet Ford must first revoke or amend the regulation. (more...)
Lunar eclipse to take place in July - ANAS
- July 06, 2018

The moon loses the brightness normally caused by the reflection of the sun's light and takes on an eerie, reddish glow, giving the lunar eclipse moon the nickname of blood moon . The umbra is the darkest part of Earth's shadow. Director, Research and Academic, MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, MP Birla Planetarium, Debiprosad Duari said in a statement, "Viewers in India are lucky since the eclipse, both partial and the total, will be entirely visible from all parts of the ... (more...)
State Department: 'No Surprises' for North Korea During Pompeo Visit State Department: 'No Surprises' for North Korea During Pompeo Visit
- July 06, 2018

On Monday, the White House said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would travel to North Korea this week to continue talks on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. bombers from the Pacific U.S. territory of Guam. The Post is withholding details at the request of intelligence officials. Bolton declined to comment on specific intelligence, but he added the administration has no illusions about North Korea's record on disarmament. (more...)
Hawaii Becomes The First State To Ban Sunscreens That Harm Coral Reefs Hawaii Becomes The First State To Ban Sunscreens That Harm Coral Reefs
- July 06, 2018

Up to 70 percent of sunscreens sold on the USA market contain oxybenzone and up to 8 percent contain octinoxate, which often appears on the labels as octyl methoxycinnamate, National Public Radio reported. Between 6,000 and 14,000 tons of sunscreen are released onto coral reefs every year, a 2015 paper found . Ige also felt that the delayed effective date would provide ample time for sunscreen manufacturers to create and produce new formulations free from chemicals harmful to the reefs. (more...)
Northern white rhino ‘could be saved from extinction’ Northern white rhino ‘could be saved from extinction’
- July 06, 2018

In order to create a hybrid embryo , the team of scientists used an adapted technique of artificial insemination of horses. An worldwide team of scientists say they have achieved a breakthrough in the fight to prevent the extinction of the Northern White Rhino. (more...)
USA border officials question Canadian fishermen in disputed waters USA border officials question Canadian fishermen in disputed waters
- July 06, 2018

None of those interventions resulted in any immigration arrests, she said, adding that the patrol also participated in two sea rescues. The government of Canada is investigating reports that U.S. Maine Marine Patrol specialist Mark Murry, left, and officer Jason Leavitt patrol the waters near the Machias Seal Island in the Gulf of Maine, May 7, 2015. (more...)
Trump says scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned Trump says scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned
- July 06, 2018

On Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said the president and White House were looking into "troublesome" reports about Pruitt. The one thing of which we can be sure is that Trump was not troubled by the ongoing scandal of Pruitt's ideological devotion to the interests of the fossil-fuel industry at the expense of EPA's core mission. (more...)
Three Rhino Poachers Eaten By Lions in South Africa Three Rhino Poachers Eaten By Lions in South Africa
- July 05, 2018

Rangers discovered the remains of at least two poachers, who were believed to have snuck on to the protected area, in a lion enclosure on the Sibuya reserve. After immediately alerting the police, the staffers made a decision to continue their investigation the next morning as it was getting dark. Captain Mali Govender, a police spokesperson, revealed that detectives are investigating the incident to determine exactly how many people were eaten. (more...)
A new baby planet is being formed A new baby planet is being formed
- July 05, 2018

The planet's surface has a temperature of around 1000°C, making it much hotter than any planet in our own Solar System. The baby planet is forming in what's called the protoplanetary disc around the young star PDS 70. Now we can see the planet for the first time. What do they know about the planet? In a monumental event, astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany have snapped an image of a baby planet still in the process of formation. (more...)
Are You Ready to See the Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century?
- July 05, 2018

While people in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and South America will be able to enjoy the eclipse, those in North America won't be so lucky. In this case, the centre of the lunar disk aligned nearly perfectly with the centre of the Earth's shadow. As an added bonus, Mars will also appear especially large and bright in the sky that night as it moves toward its closest approach to Earth in 15 years, meaning eclipse watchers may be able to catch a great view of the Red Planet ... (more...)
Greenpeace Crashes Superman Drone Into Nuclear Power Plant to Expose Facility’s Dangers Greenpeace Crashes Superman Drone Into Nuclear Power Plant to Expose Facility’s Dangers
- July 05, 2018

France generates 75 per cent of its electricity from nuclear power in 19 nuclear plants operated by state-controlled EDF. This isn't the first time Greenpeace activists have centered on French nuclear plants, either, as the group is eager to see these spent-fuel buildings (containing reactor cores in concrete pools) underground, and safeguarded from external attacks. (more...)
NASA Gets A Closer Look At A Weird White Spot on Ceres NASA Gets A Closer Look At A Weird White Spot on Ceres
- July 05, 2018

During more than a decade in space , Dawn's ion engines have set records for total firing time of 5.87 years and total effective velocity change by a spacecraft of 25,700 miles per hour (41,360 kph).Because of the nature of orbital motion, that is not Dawn's actual velocity. (more...)
Australians rage over plastic bag ban Australians rage over plastic bag ban
- July 05, 2018

Their employees' union said on Monday that some customers had reacted badly to free single-use bags being replaced. 'Banning certain types of waste and recyclables from collection and disposal could inconvenience householders and impose additional costs on them by requiring a trip to a transfer station or a chemicals disposal facility, ' the report stated. (more...)
NASA to test 'quiet' supersonic flights NASA to test 'quiet' supersonic flights
- July 04, 2018

According to NASA, Galveston was chosen as the testing area as it's located near the Gulf of Mexico, allowing the fighter jets keep louder sonic booms out to sea, while hurling quieter sonic "thumps" into the city. Once the aircraft has finally been constructed and its noise credentials established, NASA says it'll carry out test flights over other U.S. towns and gather intelligence from the ground. (more...)
Air pollution is driving type 2 diabetes - even at levels considered SAFE Air pollution is driving type 2 diabetes - even at levels considered SAFE
- July 04, 2018

The researchers stressed on the fact that the risk of developing diabetes is significantly higher in lower-income countries like India- where air pollution levels are extremely high and the air quality poor. At exposures of between 11.9 to 13.6 micrograms per cubic meter of air, roughly 24% developed diabetes. In the United States, the number of diabetics exceeds 30 million, and in the world - 420 million people . (more...)
'Bag rage' as Australia supermarkets impose plastic ban 'Bag rage' as Australia supermarkets impose plastic ban
- July 04, 2018

The union has launched a public information campaign to discourage customers from taking their frustrations out on staff. Union officials say Australian supermarket workers have found themselves at the front line of an angry consumer backlash over moves to ban single-use plastic bags, with a vocal minority abusing cashiers and one customer wrapping his hands around an employee's throat. (more...)
Hosepipe ban likely across Lancashire Hosepipe ban likely across Lancashire
- July 04, 2018

Restrictions are likely to be put in place this week unless the demand for water drops. It's extending its hosepipe ban beyond the Greater Dublin area this week. In a message sent out to their customers by text and email , United Utilities wrote: "The hot weather means we're seeing a massive increase in water consumption across our area". (more...)
See how a planet is born See how a planet is born
- July 03, 2018

To the right of the black circle at the center of the image, the round bright planet can be seen within the disk of gas and dust around the young dwarf star PDS 70. Researchers were able to determine that it's a giant gas planet and has a blisteringly hot surface temperature of 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit. Without the mask, the light from planet would be overhwhelmed by PDS 70. (more...)
Much of eastern Canada remains under blanket of hot, humid air Much of eastern Canada remains under blanket of hot, humid air
- July 03, 2018

The national weather agency says "Overnight low temperatures are expected to be in the low twenties, except high teens in some rural areas, providing little or no relief from the heat". Tuesday night is expected to have a low of 22 with some 20km/h winds in the evening. However, daytime highs are still expected to be in the low 30s, with humidex values possibly reaching the low 40s. (more...)
Trump Interviews With Court Nominees Begin Trump Interviews With Court Nominees Begin
- July 03, 2018

Other appeals court judges are also in the mix, they said , including Raymond Kethledge, Amul Thapar, and Thomas Hardiman. A person with knowledge of the meetings confirmed the participants but requested anonymity to discuss them. "Beyond that, I can tell you he met with four people today". Pro-abortion rights activists are reportedly sending Republican Sen. Trump has also said that his final list of potential Supreme Court nominees includes two women. (more...)