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Asteroid fragment discovered in Botswana Asteroid fragment discovered in Botswana
- July 12, 2018

Then some global researchers from the U.S., Finland and South Africa joined the search and helped to recover a second piece of the asteroid in Botswana's Central Kalahari Game Reserve. They detected the asteroid with the 60-inch (1.5-meter) telescope at Mt. Lemmon, which is part of the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona. After mounting a search, an global team of researchers has now found fragments of the asteroid. (more...)
Sound of electromagnetic energy moving between Saturn, Enceladus - Physorg
- July 12, 2018

These particular intense plasma waves were detected during Cassini's one of the closest encounters to Saturn and picked up by spacecraft's Radio Plasma Wave Science (RPWS ) instrument. Enceladus is submerged in Saturn's magnetic field and is topographically dynamic, a radiating crest of water vapor that winds up ionized and fills the earth around Saturn. (more...)
Newly discovered wasp has monster stinger Newly discovered wasp has monster stinger
- July 12, 2018

Sääksjärvi said in a news release. "Parasitoid" wasp stingers have a dual goal. The monstrous stinger of the Clistopyga crassicaudata wasps is not only longer than in any other wasp species but is also wider which makes it a bad "weapon", particularly given the fact that wasps, unlike bees, can sting multiple times without dying. (more...)
Lions kill suspected poachers on wildlife reserve in South Africa Lions kill suspected poachers on wildlife reserve in South Africa
- July 11, 2018

The remains of what appears to be three bodies were discovered on the Simbuya Game Reserve along with high power rifles owner Nick Fox said in a statement . Over 7,000 rhinos have been killed and their tusks poached in the last decade, with nine killed just this year. The game reserve is apparently very popular, and covers 30 square miles of land, featuring elephants, buffalo and leopards, along with the rhinos and lions. (more...)
Report accuses China firms over ozone depleting gas
- July 11, 2018

A few months ago, there were reports that while the ozone layer was recovering all over the world, researchers were able to still find some traces of risky CFC which at the time was reported to be coming out of East Asia. "CFC-11 is also a super global warmer, making this a serious threat for our climate as well", he added. What we've uncovered is a systemic problem, not isolated incidents. (more...)
NASA Spacecraft Picked Up Weird Plasma 'Sounds' As It Plunged Into Saturn NASA Spacecraft Picked Up Weird Plasma 'Sounds' As It Plunged Into Saturn
- July 11, 2018

Plumes of water vapor that spurt from Enceladus interact with Saturn's magnetic field, according to NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. "In other words, Cassini detected electromagnetic waves in the audio frequency range - and on the ground, we can amplify and play those signals through a speaker", they explained. (more...)
Airbus to design Mars rover that will collect, return soil samples Airbus to design Mars rover that will collect, return soil samples
- July 11, 2018

The deal is worth £3.9 million, which is over $5.1 million United States dollars, and follows on the heels of the Mars 2020 mission which will include another rover built by the same company. Once in Earth orbit, the samples will be transferred into an Earth entry capsule. "Firstly to understand why Mars, although it is the planet that is most similar to Earth, took a very different evolutionary path than Earth and secondly to fully comprehend the Martian environment in order to allow ... (more...)
Total lunar eclipse on 27th Total lunar eclipse on 27th
- July 11, 2018

This July's blood moon will be 40 minutes longer than the one in January. July 27th, 2018. Lunar apogee is the moon's farthest orbital point from Earth, making the moon appear extremely small and distant. In another revelation of St. John the Evangelist says: "And when He had opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great natural disaster and the Sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood". (more...)
Shark bites University of Miami student in Bahamas Shark bites University of Miami student in Bahamas
- July 11, 2018

The 19-year-old from California was on vacation with her boyfriend and his family when she heard that swimming with nurse sharks was a fun and safe activity. Still, she said, locals encouraged her to lay back and enjoy floating next to the sharks - despite the sharp teeth being mere feet from her. She said the shark released quickly, so she was able to cover the bite on her left arm and get to shore. (more...)
Russian spacecraft aims to break record for fastest trip to space station
- July 11, 2018

ET. That would be the fastest trip yet for a mission to the space station. Its flight lasted only 3 hrs 40 mins versus the previous 6 or so hours taken up by a pattern presupposing four revolutions around the planet. The new navigation system surely helped, but the speed at which a cargo ship can reach the space station depends on a number of different factors, not least of which is the position of the station itself in Earth's orbit. (more...)
Fossils suggest giant dinosaurs lived millions of years earlier than previously thought Fossils suggest giant dinosaurs lived millions of years earlier than previously thought
- July 11, 2018

Ingentia was an early member of a dinosaur group called sauropods that later included Earth's biggest terrestrial creatures including the Patagonian behemoths Argentinosaurus, Dreadnoughtus and Patagotitan. It was at least twice as large as the other herbivores of the time'. Dr Apaldetti said: 'Gigantism is an evolutionary survival strategy, especially for herbivorous animals'. (more...)
Electricity potential answer to the mystery of ‘flying’ spiders Electricity potential answer to the mystery of ‘flying’ spiders
- July 11, 2018

Air currents can still play a role in the flight of spiders , but Morley and her team proved the arachnids could fly exclusively through the light of electric fields . APGs and the electric fields surrounding all matter can be detected by insects. A honeybee uses e-fields to communicate with its hive. We have long known that spider silk is an effective insulator of electricity. (more...)
Starbucks, citing environment, is ditching plastic straws Starbucks, citing environment, is ditching plastic straws
- July 11, 2018

In the United Kingdom, the company has also placed taxes on paper cups, and worldwide, Starbucks offers a discount for customers who use reusable cups. In today's announcement, Colleen Chapman, the vice president of Starbucks global social impact, said eliminating straws is "a response to requests from partners and customers". (more...)
Israeli unmanned spacecraft to land on Moon in 2019 Israeli unmanned spacecraft to land on Moon in 2019
- July 11, 2018

The SpaceIL non-profit organization, which has been developing an unmanned spacecraft for landing on the Moon, today announced at a press conference that it would conducting the launch in December 2018. "This project will take the aerospace industry into deep space", said Kahn, SpaceIL's main donor and president. Ofer Doron, head of IAI's space division, said Israel was "going to show the way for the rest of the world" to send a spacecraft to the Moon at a reasonable cost. (more...)
Archeologists Rethinking Triassic Period Because of Massive Dinosaur Bones
- July 11, 2018

Dinosaurs first appeared around 230 million years ago, and it was believed to have taken them about 50 million years to become massive. "That's the surprise", said Cecilia Apaldetti, a government and San Juan University researcher, according to AFP . (more...)
See a glacier spawn an iceberg in this dramatic video
- July 10, 2018

Helheim Glacier, named after Hel, the Viking realm of the dead, is the fastest flowing glacier on the eastern side of the Greenland Ice Sheet , NASA says . It's a tabular iceberg, long and flat; in the video, you can also see tall, thin pinnacle icebergs crack off and flip over. Scientists have been keeping a close eye on the frozen river as a key indicator of global warming and sea-level rise, with its front retreating around 2.5 miles (4 km) between 1998 and 2013. (more...)
Fireball seen across Midwest skies Sunday evening
- July 10, 2018

Hundreds of people in Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, Ohio, Wisconsin, and IL reported seeing a ball of light streak across the sky between 8:30 and 9:00 pm CDT yesterday. The meteor likely entered the atmosphere at a ideal angle, allowing it to be easily spotted by people in the area, said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, according to the Illinois Daily Herald . (more...)
Scientists Trace 'World's Oldest Colours' From Africa Scientists Trace 'World's Oldest Colours' From Africa
- July 10, 2018

That's about 600 million years older than similar chlorophyll fossils found previously, scientists reported in the new study. In fact, the ancient oceans that were once dominated by the cyanobacterial started to disappear when algae became prevalent. (more...)
Russia's Robotic Cargo Spacecraft Smashes Record for Trip to International Space Station Russia's Robotic Cargo Spacecraft Smashes Record for Trip to International Space Station
- July 10, 2018

EDT (2151 GMT) to deliver almost 3 tons of supplies for the space station's crew. According to Space.com , the Russians had tried twice before to achieve this speedy feat, but had been thwarted on both occasions by lift-off delays that meant it was necessary to turn the trips into two-day missions. (more...)
Iceberg breaks off glacier in Greenland
- July 10, 2018

A team of scientists has captured on video a four-mile iceberg breaking away from a glacier in eastern Greenland. The glacier would stretch from lower Manhattan to Midtown in NYC, as illustrated here. The impact causes the first to break up and flip over. While calving is a normal part of how glaciers behave, by closely monitoring how they break off into icebergs we can better understand the effects of global warming on the sea levels. (more...)
Acting EPA Chief Pledges 'Change of Tone' in Communications Acting EPA Chief Pledges 'Change of Tone' in Communications
- July 10, 2018

Glider trucks were introduced as a way to recycle older truck parts like engines from trucks damaged in accidents, but, as pollution controls on newer engines improved, some truck buyers saw them as a way to save on more expensive pollution controls that can reduce fuel economy. (more...)
Hawaii bans certain types of sunscreen
- July 10, 2018

On Tuesday, 3 July, the governor David Ige has approved a bill that was blaming two ingredients found in many sunscreens, oxybenzone and octinoxate. Only those with a medically prescribed sunscreen containing the chemicals will be allowed to obtain the product. (more...)
Researchers film glacier calving massive iceberg in Greenland
- July 10, 2018

But even though the icebergs tossed into the sea here are contributing to sea level rise, scientists still don't know exactly how such break-ups work. local time and took place over approximately 30 minutes (the video has condensed the time of this occurrence to approximately 90 seconds). The vast piece of ice that breaks away is described as a tabular iceberg because it is wide and flat. (more...)
Montreal morgue partners with funeral home after surge in heat-related deaths Montreal morgue partners with funeral home after surge in heat-related deaths
- July 09, 2018

On Friday, provincial officials said 54 people had died province-wide, but they could not immediately be reached for comment Saturday. In Montreal, nearly all were over the age of 50. Earlier, Environment Canada forecasted that the temperature will be 35 Degree Celsius but it will feel like 45 Degree Celsius. All deaths associated with the heat wave are considered "traumatic" and under coroner's investigation. (more...)
The last straw? Starbucks pledges to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020 The last straw? Starbucks pledges to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020
- July 09, 2018

Starbucks says it will become the largest food and beverage retailer to commit to eliminating plastic straws, a change it says it will complete by 2020. Starbucks is the latest brand to jump on board with the idea of becoming more environmentally friendly. The company previously announced a $10 million effort to develop and introduce a "fully recyclable and compostable hot cup ", according to the news release. (more...)