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'A complete disaster': 8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation 'A complete disaster': 8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation
- July 14, 2018

The relocation of the rhinos involves putting the animals to sleep and then reviving them when they arrive at their new location, according to The Guardian . "Rhino translocations also have major welfare considerations and I dread to think of the suffering that these poor animals endured before they died". (more...)
An Endangered Blue Whale Has Been Slaughtered by Icelandic Whalers, Reports Claim
- July 14, 2018

Gisli Arnor Vikingsson from the Iceland Marine Institute said he believed the animal was a blue whale-fin whale hybrid. "There were no characteristics of a blue whale, it is very easy to tell a blue whale in the ocean". There are a lot of blue whales off the Iceland coast. "It's bad enough that Iceland is already killing endangered fin whales, but it beggars belief that this whaling crew couldn't even tell the difference between a fin and blue whale". (more...)
Israel wants to conquer the moon in early 2019
- July 14, 2018

The project in total has cost $88.5 million so far, reported BBC , with SpaceIL's main partner the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries. In the coming months the spacecraft will undergo a series of intensive checks and tests at IAI, to prove that the lander will withstand the launch, flight and landing conditions, said Dr. (more...)
Launch pad dating back to early days of space program demolished Launch pad dating back to early days of space program demolished
- July 13, 2018

Having supported 325 launches over 61 years, Complex 17 was activated in 1957 to test Thor ballistic missiles and later launched the first Global Positioning System communications satellites. In 2004 the first probe to orbit Mercury was also launched from the complex. The last time there was a launch from either one of the towers was almost seven years ago. (more...)
Israel to launch first lunar space mission in December
- July 13, 2018

As soon as the probe lands on the moon in February, it will plant the Israeli flag and start to take photos of the landing zone. The most prominent among these are Weizmann Institute of Science; Israel Space Agency; the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space; Bezeq and others. (more...)
Hurricane Chris's eye stares at NASA's Aqua satellite Hurricane Chris's eye stares at NASA's Aqua satellite
- July 13, 2018

Additional weakening is expected as the storm moves northeastward with Chris expected to become a post-tropical cyclone by Thursday afternoon. Aqua also found strength in large, fragmented bands of thunderstorms north and east of the center with cloud top temperatures as cold as -63 degrees, NASA said. (more...)
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket For Israel Moon Landing Mission SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket For Israel Moon Landing Mission
- July 13, 2018

If successful, SpaceIL's mission will make Israel the fourth country in the world to "soft land" a probe on the surface of the Moon - after the former Soviet Union, the United States and China . "As soon as the spacecraft reaches the landing point it will be completely autonomous". Although the Google contest was eventually scrapped in March 2018 after none of the teams managed to launch their probes before the deadline, the SpaceIL group continued with its project, thanks to the ... (more...)
2nd solar eclipse of the year today
- July 13, 2018

The Earth crosses the moon and the sun every month as it rotates and revolves around the sun. A majority of this partial eclipse of the Sun will take place over the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The last solar eclipse of 2018 is likely to occur on 11 August, 2018. Eyewear is not required to look at lunar eclipse. After the eclipse, many people take a bath to purify themselves and change into fresh clothes. (more...)
Kavanaugh's women law clerks hail Court pick as 'advocate' Kavanaugh's women law clerks hail Court pick as 'advocate'
- July 13, 2018

Kavanaugh, who has never worked in the private sector, showed two investments on public disclosure forms for previous year, which were worth a combined maximum of $65,000. "The Supreme Court could potentially rule on any of those state initiatives", Ledger says. There'll be the usual attempts to sully his reputation not only in the Senate but outside of the Senate, but ... (more...)
How much Trump Supreme Court justice pick Brett Kavanaugh could make How much Trump Supreme Court justice pick Brett Kavanaugh could make
- July 12, 2018

Howard Dean. "His outstanding qualifications is going to make very hard for people to vote against him", he said. They believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may try to make the president testify in his investigation of the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation. (more...)
Enormous 4 mile long iceberg filmed breaking from Greenland glacier Enormous 4 mile long iceberg filmed breaking from Greenland glacier
- July 12, 2018

Also, these effects include a side effect that only supports the continuous melting of more glaciers, the warming water effect that generates more and more icebergs that eventually melt away in the ocean, making sea levels rise nonstop. The research team is now studying the forces behind sea-level rise-a development that has concerned scientists in recent decades because it points to the possibility of global disruptions due to climate change-under a grant from the National Science Foundation. (more...)
Horror greets Iceland's killing of suspected blue whale
- July 12, 2018

According to several scientific experts specializing in whale identification contacted by Sea Shepherd, the whale was without question a Blue whale. "If this were a blue whale it would be against the regulations of the global whaling commision but if it's a hybrid there are no rules that have been broken". (more...)
Grassley: If Any GOPs Defect, Don't Expect Dems to Vote for Kavanaugh Grassley: If Any GOPs Defect, Don't Expect Dems to Vote for Kavanaugh
- July 12, 2018

Democrats are anxious that Kavanaugh will join with the court's other four conservative members to reverse legalized abortion in the United States. While Elian's father wanted him back in Cuba, his other relatives believed it was best if he stayed in the USA with them. Kavanaugh never wrote that the president is above the law . (more...)
75 percent of EU-imported ivory is illegal 75 percent of EU-imported ivory is illegal
- July 12, 2018

Ivory from an elephant killed by poachers as recently as 2010 was among the items passed off as being antique. "It's sick", said Bert Wander from Avaaz, which organised the purchase of the items. It will undoubtedly lead to calls for a complete ban. Savannah elephants have likewise been hard hit in some strongholds, with losses of 60% in Tanzania alone in the past five years. (more...)
"Cassini 'hears" plasma waves connecting Saturn to Enceladus
- July 12, 2018

Much like air or water, plasma (the fourth state of matter) generates waves to carry energy. The dynamic plasma energy between Saturn and its second-smallest moon is made up of electromagnetic waves in the audio frequency range. Astronomers have been busy dissecting data captured during Cassini's Grand Finale mission and have come across a completely new interaction between Saturn and its moon Enceladus. (more...)
New Wasp With Monstrous Sting Discovered Near Amazon Rainforests New Wasp With Monstrous Sting Discovered Near Amazon Rainforests
- July 12, 2018

An global team of researchers has discovered seven new wasp species belonging to the genus Clistopyga from Peru, Venezuela and Colombia. The Clistopyga crassicaudata wasp flies softly and carries a big stinger. Clistopyga crassicaudata wasps find spider nests and then use their large stingers to paralyze spiders by injecting venom. The eggs are injected into its body and, as the spider rests in a hellish state of limbo, the eggs eventually hatch and the larva munches its way out of the ... (more...)
Environmental Investigation Agency accuses China firms over ozone-depleting gas Environmental Investigation Agency accuses China firms over ozone-depleting gas
- July 11, 2018

EIA's report discovered that China's foam insulation production was the main cause behind the increased CFC production. "Avipsa Mahapatra at the EIA , on the incident said that they ". The report was released ahead of the July 11-14 Open-Ended Working Group of the Montreal Protocol in Vienna, where the issue of the rogue CFC-11 emissions is likely to be high on the agenda, the EIA said. (more...)
Researchers film glacier calving massive iceberg in Greenland
- July 11, 2018

According to the latest predictions, if the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsed it could cause global sea levels to rise by ten feet , overwhelming coastal cities around the world like NY and Abu Dhabi . "The better we understand what is happening, the more precisely we can predict and plan for climate change ", explains an employee at NY University, Denise Holland . (more...)
NASA Plans to Bring to Earth a Piece of Mars NASA Plans to Bring to Earth a Piece of Mars
- July 11, 2018

The rover will be created to collect soil sample canisters left behind by NASA's Mars 2020 rover , and will have to detect these canisters and place them in its storage space after driving to them autonomously. If all goes according to plan, the first samples of Martian soil on Earth before the end of the next decade - and the first footage of a liftoff from Mars. (more...)
Longest lunar eclipse of century to arrive this month
- July 11, 2018

During complete totality (the moment when the Earth is completely obscuring the light from the Sun) the Moon will turn a deep orange colour. Ms Patel explained: "The moon orbits around the Earth and when the moon passes directly behind the Earth in the planet's shadow, on the opposite side of the Earth compared to the sun, we see a lunar eclipse". (more...)
Instagram model recovering after shark bite in the Bahamas Instagram model recovering after shark bite in the Bahamas
- July 11, 2018

She's since had to make her Instagram private, after people accused her of blaming the sharks and causing the situation herself, but she insists that's not the case. Speaking to NBC News on Monday, Zarutskie said she had heard from locals that swimming with nurse sharks was risk free. "I don't regret it, and I would do it again to bring awareness", she said. (more...)
Russian spacecraft aims to break record for fastest trip to space station
- July 11, 2018

The Progress 70 resupply ship, loaded with nearly 2,721 kgs of food, fuel and supplies, is set to launch from Baikonur space port in Kazakhstan at 3.51 am (Kazakhstan time) on Tuesday. The fastest-ever cargo run took less than four hours, rather than the usual two days, due to a carefully planned, time-saving, two-orbit trajectory that Russian Federation wants to use for crewed as well as uncrewed flights. (more...)
Fossils of ‘first giant’ dinosaur uncovered in Argentina Fossils of ‘first giant’ dinosaur uncovered in Argentina
- July 11, 2018

Scientists have unearthed in northwestern Argentina fossils of the earliest-known giant dinosaur, a four-legged plant-eater with a medium-length neck and long tail that was a forerunner of the largest land animals of all time. Dr Apaldetti said the climate would have been warm, with periodic monsoons. producing an African savanna style landscape, with plenty of shrubs on which Ingentia prima would feed. (more...)
Spiders can fly on electric fields Spiders can fly on electric fields
- July 11, 2018

But gaining more knowledge about when and how spiders are able to become airborne could help us to estimate when a large number of arachnids will fly in the sky. The effect would be even more powerful the higher up into the air the spiders are. Robert exposed Linyphiid spiders to laboratory-controlled e-fields. (more...)
Scientists Trace 'World's Oldest Colours' From Africa Scientists Trace 'World's Oldest Colours' From Africa
- July 11, 2018

A mining company had found the rocks in a marine shale deposit in the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania, West Africa about 10 years ago, after drilling a hole several hundred metres deep, he said. ANU scientists say the pigments are more than one billion years old. It was previously thought that the lack of oxygen may have prevented larger creatures to thrive shortly after life started on Earth. (more...)
Russia Sends Cargo to Space Station With Record Speed Russia Sends Cargo to Space Station With Record Speed
- July 11, 2018

The Progress MS-09 lifted off as scheduled at 3:51 a.m. (2151 GMT; 5:51 p.m. EDT Monday) from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Elon Musk's SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo supplier and Northrop Grumman's Cygnus take several days to reach the station. (more...)
Starbucks Sippy Cups Will Replace Plastic Straws by 2020 Starbucks Sippy Cups Will Replace Plastic Straws by 2020
- July 11, 2018

While recycling straws is impractical, the company said , the new lid is made from polypropylene and will be more easily processed by recyclers. The coffee retailer will phase out single-use straws from its more than 28,000 locations, cutting out an estimated 1bn straws each year. (more...)
Israeli company plans lunar landing next year
- July 11, 2018

South African-Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn, president of SpaceIL, who has donated $27 million to the enterprise, was extremely excited: "The launch of the first Israeli spacecraft will fill Israel, in its 70th year, with pride". SpaceIL, a nonprofit founded in 2010, said on its website it's the only Israeli team participating in the Google Lunar XPrize competition - a competition to land the first privately-funded unmanned spacecraft on the moon. (more...)
Giant dinosaur bones get archaeologists rethinking Triassic period
- July 11, 2018

With this discovery, researchers are now rethinking the evolution of dinosaurs, as they previously believed giant dinosaurs didn't exist until 25 million years later. Like their notorious descendants, they also had elongated necks and tails. What's more, I. prima had a bird-like cervical air sac and a neck with a high surface-to-volume ratio - characteristics that functioned like a built-in air conditioning system, allowing this oversized animal to stay cool. (more...)
Nebraska groups react to Pruitt's resignation Nebraska groups react to Pruitt's resignation
- July 10, 2018

The EPA's former administrator, Scott Pruitt , broke with his predecessors' common practices of publishing a calendar online and announcing travel and speeches in advance. The investigation found more than two dozen meetings described in emails sent or received by agency officials that were not included on Pruitt's official schedule. (more...)