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Trump administration plan strips Endangered Species Act of key provisions Trump administration plan strips Endangered Species Act of key provisions
- July 22, 2018

The Department of Interior announced Thursday controversial plans to roll back core provisions of the Endangered Species Act in what it describes as a bid to improve regulatory efficiency and reduce the burdens of such safeguards on landowners, industry and governments. (more...)
Saskatchewan, Ontario premiers teaming up to oppose federal carbon tax Saskatchewan, Ontario premiers teaming up to oppose federal carbon tax
- July 22, 2018

The meetings focused mainly on trade issues, although the talks were publicly upstaged by Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe who announced that Ontario will intervene in Saskatchewan's court challenge of Ottawa's carbon tax plan. (more...)
NASA Says No Contact With Mars Opportunity Rover Since Dust Storm Hit
- July 22, 2018

This colour image was created using data from the nadir channel, the field of view of which is aligned perpendicular to the surface of Mars, and the colour channels of the high-resolution stereo camera. Meanwhile, the monster dust storm on Mars is being constantly monitored by five ESA and NASA orbiters - including the MRO, which recently captured a fascinating photo of the planet-circling storm, the Inquisitr reported yesterday. (more...)
EPA watchdog faults ‘management weaknesses’ in Flint water crisis EPA watchdog faults ‘management weaknesses’ in Flint water crisis
- July 22, 2018

In a report released July 19, the EPA's Office of Inspector General says the agency must act now to be able to react more quickly in times of public-health emergencies. The EPA OIG's office began investigating the agency's handling of the crisis in October 2016, 10 months after the agency issued an emergency order criticizing MI state and local government's handling of the crisis and ordering specific actions be taken to address the public health threat, according to an EPA report. (more...)
Cassini data yields super sharp infrared images of Titan Cassini data yields super sharp infrared images of Titan
- July 22, 2018

Well, these aren't photos that Cassini snapped as it cruised by - we'd likely have seen them months or even years ago if that were the case - but are actually massive composites of over a decade's worth of mapping data captured by the spacecraft's powerful imaging tools. (more...)
Earth-based telescope takes super-sharp image of Neptune Earth-based telescope takes super-sharp image of Neptune
- July 21, 2018

The ESO has released some of the first images captured following the upgrade, and impressively, they appear even sharper than comparable shots taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. This is extremely hard to attain in the visible and gives images comparable in sharpness to those from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The new method results in sharper and more detailed images. (more...)
Longest total lunar eclipse of the century expected later this month Longest total lunar eclipse of the century expected later this month
- July 21, 2018

This new total lunar eclipse is projected to last one hour and 43 minutes - four hours all together for the overall eclipse - making it the longest lunar eclipse of this century. (IST) (Penumbral Eclipse begins at 22:44:47 at Hyderabad). Lunar Eclipses can occur two or five times a year, but Total Lunar Eclipses are not often witnessed in succession. (more...)
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Spacecraft Blasts Off From Texas Launchpad Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Spacecraft Blasts Off From Texas Launchpad
- July 21, 2018

Many customers and the aerospace industry have been very keen on knowing the cost of a ticket on Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle to find out whether or not it is affordable enough to generate a strong demand on space tourism. Those experiments touch on topics like using WiFi in space, modeling cosmic dust clouds, monitoring conditions within the capsule and protecting payloads from vibrations during the flight, according to the company's statement before the launch. (more...)
Scientists discover new `Maghalayan age` in Earth`s history
- July 21, 2018

The change in oxygen atom isotopes indicates the area experienced a 20 to 30 percent decrease in monsoon rainfall during the mega-drought that launched the new geologic age , University of Wales Quaternary science professor Mike Walker tells Amos. (more...)
US coal ash pollution rules eased US coal ash pollution rules eased
- July 21, 2018

Wheeler took over last week after Scott Pruitt, who was facing more than a dozen probes into ethics issues, stepped down. Environmentalists argue the administration is endangering the health of people living near power plants and ash storage sites, while industry representatives welcomed the announcement. (more...)
New Armored Dinosaur Species Discovered In Utah Named 'Thorny Head' New Armored Dinosaur Species Discovered In Utah Named 'Thorny Head'
- July 20, 2018

It's considered the most complete Late Cretaceous ankylosaur ever found in Utah - or in the entire southwestern United States for that matter. The genus name means "spike head", but johnsoni is an homage to Randy Johnson, a retired chemist who helped prep the skull. (more...)
Dozen new moons discovered around Jupiter, count reaches 79 Dozen new moons discovered around Jupiter, count reaches 79
- July 20, 2018

The scientists note that they were able to discover these new moons thanks to the lower detection threshold of the telescope. The team first observed the new moons in 2017 with the 4-meter Blanco telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. (more...)
First fossilized snake embryo ever discovered rewrites history of ancient snakes First fossilized snake embryo ever discovered rewrites history of ancient snakes
- July 20, 2018

The fossil of a baby snake has been discovered entombed inside amber. Paleontologists from Canada's University of Alberta led the study into the snake embryo, which involved an global team of researchers. Image copyright Ming BAI, Chinese Academy of Sciences Image caption The snake is similar in size to living species, such as the Asian Pipe Snake What do we know about where it lived? " Xiaophis fits into the base of the snake family tree, and into a group of snakes that appear to be ... (more...)
Iceberg drifting close to Greenland village spotted in…
- July 20, 2018

The 11-million-ton iceberg was so massive, it could be seen from space. The government and police are on high alert and have moved a search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter closer to the remote village with about 170 inhabitants. Should the iceberg suddenly break apart, the resulting tsunami waves could flood parts of the village. Villagers told the Greenlandic Broadcasting Corporation that they had never seen such a large iceberg so close to the island before. (more...)
Sound Waves Reveal Diamond Cache Deep In Earth's Interior Sound Waves Reveal Diamond Cache Deep In Earth's Interior
- July 19, 2018

The study was made by a team of people from Harvard, MIT and the University of California at Berkeley and it shows that diamonds are not really those rare, exotic minerals, but that they're actually quite common. Only one virtual rock matched, containing peridotite , small amounts of eclogite from the oceanic crust, and 1 percent to 2 percent of diamond. The scientists became aware of this enormous diamond in the centre of the Earth due to a natural phenomenon such as tsunamis and ... (more...)
Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship hits new heights in escape test flight Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship hits new heights in escape test flight
- July 19, 2018

Its effectiveness is essential to ensuring the safety of any people who might ride aboard the capsule in the future. The capsule parachuted down to the desert floor after reaching roughly 7,000 feet of altitude. "It's coming", she said. By the seventh test, the campaign featured a new next-generation booster - powered by its BE-3 engine - and the first flight of Crew Capsule 2.0 , a spacecraft that featured real windows, measuring 2.4 x 3.6 feet. (more...)
Google Doodle honours Georges Lemaitre's Big Bang theory
- July 19, 2018

He was the first to derive what is now known as Hubble's law and made the first estimation of what is now called the Hubble constant - a unit of measurement that denotes the rate at which the universe is expanding. His theory of an expanding universe was put forward in a 1927 paper, which was published in 1929. His first reference to the Big Bang theory was in an academic paper from 1931. (more...)
More moons discovered around Jupiter More moons discovered around Jupiter
- July 19, 2018

The small moon rotates at the distance of the retrograde moons, but it's traveling in the other direction. The runner-up is Saturn, which has 62. The moons had not been spotted before because they are tiny. Sheppard said the oddball moon is "likely Jupiter's smallest known moon, being less than 1 kilometre in diameter". But one moon, tentatively dubbed "Valetudo" (green), is an oddball , orbiting with Jupiter's spin but within the retrograde cluster. (more...)
Heat warning issued for parts of Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands Heat warning issued for parts of Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands
- July 19, 2018

Maximum daily temperatures near 29C or above and overnight temperatures near 14C or above are expected Monday and Tuesday, Environment Canada said in a notice issued issued Sunday afternoon. Check on older family, friends and neighbours. It suggests drinking plenty of water-even if you don't feel thirsty-and keeping to cool areas. The Lake Cowichan Fire Department posted about the upgraded danger rating to Facebook and reminded campers to make sure campfires are fully extinguished. (more...)
Trump approved decision to announce Russian indictments before Putin meeting
- July 19, 2018

Mainly reading from a prepared statement, Trump said on Tuesday he had complete faith in USA intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusions. "So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes", President Trump told CBS News in an interview. (more...)
MeerKAT radio telescope helps 72 students further their studies MeerKAT radio telescope helps 72 students further their studies
- July 18, 2018

Up to 3,000 dishes co-hosted in Africa and Australia will then be able to scan the sky 10,000 times faster with 50 times the sensitivity of any other telescope and produce images that exceed the resolution quality of the Hubble Space Telescope , scientists said of SKA . (more...)
Adidas to only use recycled plastics in its products by 2024 Adidas to only use recycled plastics in its products by 2024
- July 18, 2018

Recycled polyester is 10-20 percent more expensive than fresh material, but industry experts believe the price gap between recycled and new plastics will close as more companies shift to renewables and suppliers increase their ability to produce recycled materials in large quantities. (more...)
Endangered sea turtle strangled by beach chair — GRAPHIC IMAGES Endangered sea turtle strangled by beach chair — GRAPHIC IMAGES
- July 18, 2018

The image shows a dead Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, a critically endangered species, with part of a beach chair stuck around its neck. Please be responsible when visiting the beach - you are not the only one who uses it, ' the Facebook post stated. (more...)
Watch Blue Origin's high-altitude abort test during latest rocket launch
- July 18, 2018

Jeff Bezos ' rocket company Blue Origin launched its New Shepard rocket for the ninth time. The reusable New Shepard booster is created to take off from a launch pad, climb to the internationally-recognized boundary of space at an altitude of 62 miles (100 kilometers), and land nearby with rocket thrust and aerobrakes. (more...)
Martian ‘spiders’ take over the planet’s South Pole, discovers NASA Martian ‘spiders’ take over the planet’s South Pole, discovers NASA
- July 18, 2018

They appear as the sun returns to Mars' South Pole. This week, NASA has shared pictures of this creepy-crawly landscape view of the Red Planet as a part of the organization's Image of the Day series. According to NASA, the region is covered by a carbon dioxide ice cap. The gas then builds up under the surface and ultimately breaks through in jets that deposit a darker dust around the planet. (more...)