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The best places in NYC to see 'Manhattanhenge' The best places in NYC to see 'Manhattanhenge'
- May 31, 2018

The term " Manhattanhenge " was coined by famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson - who is himself from NY - as a nod to Britain's Stonehenge, where, on the summer solstice, the sun aligns with a few of the stones. (more...)
Japanese Hunters Kill 122 Pregnant Minke Whales for 'Scientific Research'
- May 31, 2018

Humane Society International, a conservationist group, called the figures "a shocking statistic and sad indictment on the cruelty of Japan's whale hunt". Instead, whale meat is served in school meals and a handful of specialist restaurants, with the rest frozen or used as pet food . This potential profit motive - coupled with recent footage of Japanese vessels slaying whales in an Australian whale sanctuary - has resulted in worldwide condemnation of the country's brutal hunting practices. (more...)
Striving To Reduce Ocean Pollution, EU Proposes Ban Of Everyday Plastic Items
- May 31, 2018

European Green Party lawmaker Monica Frassoni also welcomed the initiative and said: 'The scale of the problem means that we can not rely on individual European countries to take action and must instead find a Europe-wide response'. "So we either recycle it, or we thermally recycle it". A report by NGO Seas At Risk showed how European Union consumption of throwaway products has threatened to spiral out of control due to lack of proper curbs, with the EU28 discarding 580 billion ... (more...)
Great Barrier Reef Suffers 5th Near-Death Experience in 30000 Years
- May 31, 2018

Although the study shows that the Great Barrier Reef can show great resilience, Webster says it would be very hard for the reef to survive its current stressors, especially since the rise in the sea's surface temperature is occurring much faster than ever. (more...)
NASA Story: The Last Shot Of Ingalls Canon DSLR Camera NASA Story: The Last Shot Of Ingalls Canon DSLR Camera
- May 31, 2018

Ingalls had a odd surprise after the Falcon 9 rocket took off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base located in Santa Barbara County. One week after social media fell in love with the fact that one of NASA's cameras melted during a recent launch, the USA space agency is telling the tale of what really happened to the infamous melted camera. (more...)
Toronto, Southern Ontario getting 'first heat event' of season
- May 31, 2018

Forecasters are calling for slightly cooler temperatures on Tuesday, when the daytime high will be 28 C. Temperatures will stay in the mid- to high-twenties for the rest of the week, with showers expected Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. People may have experienced increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath due to air pollution, it said. Children, seniors, and people with conditions like asthma are at the greatest risk of suffering from symptoms of the pollution. (more...)
Here’s what we know about China’s future space station
- May 31, 2018

Here are its key features. China has sent invitations to all the United Nation's members for applying to fly their future experiments on the upcoming China Space Station. The other two experiment modules, Wentian, or "quest for the heavens", and Mengtian, or "dreaming of the heavens", will join it later. The CCS could become operational as soon as 2022, reported Eric Berger for Ars Technica . (more...)
Canada to Buy Kinder Morgan Pipeline for $3.5 Billion Canada to Buy Kinder Morgan Pipeline for $3.5 Billion
- May 31, 2018

Ball says it's important for Ottawa to invest in oil and gas infrastructure to make sure those future projects can happen no matter what. Financing for this purchase will come from Export Development Canada . "Because the crisis has passed, at least for now..." "We still have it". The issue has divided two Canadian provinces, pitting Alberta's government against leaders in British Columbia. (more...)
125 million-year-old dinosaur dandruff sheds light on the evolution 125 million-year-old dinosaur dandruff sheds light on the evolution
- May 31, 2018

Professor Mike Benton , from the University of Bristol, said: 'This is the only ever reported fossil dandruff of any kind, so far as I am aware. A view of the ancient dandruff (Credit: Maria McNamara/University College Cork) Scientists believe the four-winged dinosaur measured one metre across. (more...)
Subtropical Depression Alberto bringing plenty of rain to the Carolinas Subtropical Depression Alberto bringing plenty of rain to the Carolinas
- May 30, 2018

Alberto made a Memorial Day landfall near Laguna Beach, Fla, just west of Panama City, andofficials warned of risky conditions even though its maximum sustained winds fell to 45 miles per hour. advisory. And if you are exhausted of the rain, we should see a pretty decent drying out period by the end of next week. Continued weakening is forecast as Alberto moves farther inland, and the system is expected to degenerate into a remnant low by Tuesday evening. (more...)
Over 120 pregnant whales slaughtered in Japan for 'research'
- May 30, 2018

According to website The Conversation, NEWREP-A, also known as New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean, was established in November 2014 in an effort to replace its previous whaling program, JARPA II. "Then they fall pregnant, go to the Southern Ocean and get harpooned by the Japanese while the governments of Australia, New Zealand, Britain, the United States and everywhere else sit on their hands and say this criminal behaviour is okay because the Japanese government is ... (more...)
A NASA camera melted but its epic photos survived A NASA camera melted but its epic photos survived
- May 30, 2018

The event he was photographing was the launch of the NASA/German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on (GRACE-FO) satellite, which took place at Vandenberg Air Force Base on May 22nd, 2018. The body started to melt. Bottom line: The story - and more photos - behind NASA's melted camera photo. When Mr Ingalls returned to the site, firefighters were waiting to greet him. (more...)
Huge protest rally against federal buyout of Kinder Morgan in Vancouver today Huge protest rally against federal buyout of Kinder Morgan in Vancouver today
- May 30, 2018

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said purchasing the pipeline was the only way to ensure that a planned expansion could go ahead. He said there are other means the federal government could use, such as restricting infrastructure payments to B.C., which Moe believes Ottawa should do. (more...)
Special Weather Statement Issued This Monday for Halton Special Weather Statement Issued This Monday for Halton
- May 30, 2018

Forecasters are calling for slightly cooler temperatures on Tuesday, when the daytime high will be 28 C. Temperatures will stay in the mid- to high-twenties for the rest of the week, with showers expected Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. People may have experienced increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath due to air pollution, it said. Environment Canada is advising anyone with symptoms to go indoors and reschedule any strenuous outdoor activities until the ... (more...)
Kinder Morgan Canada shares move higher after deal to sell Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan Canada shares move higher after deal to sell Trans Mountain
- May 29, 2018

He doesn't expect any third parties to step in by purchasing the project before it's completed. The government will also offer federal loan guarantees to ensure construction continues through the 2018 season as part of the deal with the company, a unit of Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI.N). (more...)
Federal government to spend $4.5B to buy Trans Mountain pipeline
- May 29, 2018

May was arrested in March at a Trans Mountain pipeline terminal in Burnaby when she joined activists including New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, who pleaded guilty to the same charge earlier this month. It said no waterways have been affected, and the spill has been contained within station property. Now, amid these growing doubts, a minor spill would certainly heighten already high anti-pipeline feelings, which will only serve to strengthen Kinder Morgan's belief there is too much risk in ... (more...)
US Gulf Coast braces for first named storm of the season US Gulf Coast braces for first named storm of the season
- May 28, 2018

His Mississippi and Alabama counterparts also declared states of emergency, citing the threat of coastal and inland flooding from storm rains. A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday. (more...)
B.C. ministry of environment confirms spill at Trans Mountain Darfield station
- May 28, 2018

Although the federal government threw its weight behind the Trans Mountain expansion, it has not been very active in the B.C. -Alberta brawl, winning criticism from both sides. The clean up operation includes an emergency response trailer and vacuum trucks. That spill released 2,700 litres into the water. Trans Mountain didn't respond to a request for comment. (more...)
NASA Camera Melted While It Captured SpaceX Launch, Grass Fire To Blame
- May 28, 2018

Because even though the Falcon 9 didn't directly toast the camera, the launch did start a fire in the area , and this is what came upon and ultimately melted the hapless camera as it sat a quarter mile away from the launchpad. Ingalls told NASA.com that the "melted camera" met its demise thanks to a brush fire sparked by the rocket launch. When Mr Ingalls returned to the site, firefighters were waiting to greet him. (more...)
U.S. states declare emergency ahead of subtropical storm U.S. states declare emergency ahead of subtropical storm
- May 28, 2018

Rick Scott issued an emergency warning early yesterday advising his fellow Floridians to prepare for torrential rain and severe flooding, reminding residents that the storm's track can change without notice. It is forecast to drop as much as 30cm (12in) of rain across MS to western Georgia and to bring storm swells of about 60-120cm (2-4ft) to low-lying areas. (more...)
NASA camera melts while capturing SpaceX launch NASA camera melts while capturing SpaceX launch
- May 28, 2018

It kept taking pictures until the very end. Footage released by NASA shows several frames of smoke rising from the launch site before orange flames begin to singe nearby vegetation and creep toward the camera. The other five cameras, which ironically were all closer to the launch than the one that burned, were not impacted by the fire. The launch went off without a glitch, but a fire sparked by the launch destroyed a camera which belonged to NASA photographer Bill Ingalls. (more...)
Environment Canada warns southern Ontario about 'first heat event' of season Environment Canada warns southern Ontario about 'first heat event' of season
- May 28, 2018

According to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change's website, ground-level ozone results from chemical reactions by volatile organic compounds in the presence of sunlight. Exposure to air pollution is particularly a health concern for people with heart or breathing problems, those with diabetes, children and the elderly. (more...)
NASA camera melts capturing SpaceX launch
- May 28, 2018

The camera belonged to veteran NASA photographer Bill Ingalls, who was a safe distance away when he set it up outside the perimeter of the rocket launch at the Vandenberg Air Force base in California. "The "toasty" camera (below right), as Ingalls calls it, is likely headed for display somewhere at NASA Headquarters in Washington , DC". Using the EXIF data on Mr. (more...)
Alberto nears landfall along Florida Panhandle Alberto nears landfall along Florida Panhandle
- May 28, 2018

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for an area stretching from MS to North Carolina that is home to millions of people. These storms may produce several inches of rain in a short period of time. During the weekend, meteorologists began predicting Alberto would land closer and closer to the Wiregrass, varying from forecasts that originally projected a landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi. (more...)
Remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto could reach Upstate NY this week Remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto could reach Upstate NY this week
- May 28, 2018

Alberto is expected to hold its current strength. but very little additional strengthening is likely before coming ashore across the United States east central Gulf coast. As several states in the Southeast declare emergencies ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto , forecasters in Upstate New York are tracking its progress northward. (more...)