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Here’s How Air Pollution Is Costing You 1.5 Years of Your Life Here’s How Air Pollution Is Costing You 1.5 Years of Your Life
- August 25, 2018

Indoor air pollution levels were calculated by taking a limited set of actual indoor air pollution data and extrapolating it based on what fuels people use in their kitchens in different countries. Overall, 42 countries saw their life expectancy drop by a year or more due to particulate matter. But the study also has a more positive side. Lower panel showing the gains in life expectancy that could be reached by meeting World Health Organization guidelines for air quality around the world. (more...)
Arctic's strongest sea ice breaking up off Greenland coastline Arctic's strongest sea ice breaking up off Greenland coastline
- August 25, 2018

Ice shelf North of Greenland, which was considered the most persistent patch of ice in the whole Arctic melting this year for the first time, observations, causing scientists a mixture of curiosity and fear for the future of earth's climate. (more...)
Hurricane Lane dumps torrential on Hawaii, 5 rescued from flooded home Hurricane Lane dumps torrential on Hawaii, 5 rescued from flooded home
- August 25, 2018

The storm's rain bands are producing significant rain and major flooding across parts of the Hawaiian Islands. "We're telling everybody to take the storm seriously , make your final preparations, and be prepared to ride out what is going to be a prolonged rain event", said Andrew Pereira, communications director for Honolulu . (more...)
Gaming YouTuber McSkillet Has Reportedly Died In A Car Crash Gaming YouTuber McSkillet Has Reportedly Died In A Car Crash
- August 25, 2018

While news of a crash in the San Diego have been confirmed, it is still not clear if McSkillet was involved, however, Twitter users claiming to be friends with McSkillet have been tweeting about his death. One other person was hospitalized with serious injuries, but is expected to survive. Heitmann was known in the gaming world for said YouTube channel , where he went by McSkillet and primarily published videos about CounterStrike: Go . (more...)
228 million-year-old turtle had no shell 228 million-year-old turtle had no shell
- August 24, 2018

Due to their complicated evolution , it's been hard for researchers to pin down whether turtle ancestors could be included in the same group of reptiles as lizards and snakes, known as diapsids. Chun said the shape of the bones in the new fossil lends weight to the idea that turtles evolved from the same ancestors as most reptiles, calling the specimen "an important missing link in the early evolution of the turtle". (more...)
NASA Confirms There's Water On The Moon's Surface NASA Confirms There's Water On The Moon's Surface
- August 24, 2018

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (L) makes remarks during the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee's joint hearing with the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, in Washington, June 22, 2018. The new discovery could help realize US President Donald Trump's goal of sending astronauts to the Moon for the first time in decades. Russian Federation does not plan to put weapons in space first and considers this to be an important signal that Washington should not ... (more...)
Hunter protesters: 'Nobody is above the law' Hunter protesters: 'Nobody is above the law'
- August 24, 2018

Hunter and his wife were named in a 48-page indictment filed in San Diego federal court on Tuesday. In March 2010, for example, the indictment alleges that Hunter spent more than $120 at Birchmere Music Hall with that congressman and two others, and the next month, Hunter claimed a $256 reimbursement for driving his vehicle on a trip to Virginia Beach with the same group. (more...)
New Research Suggests Laziness Was An Effective Strategy In Survival And Evolution New Research Suggests Laziness Was An Effective Strategy In Survival And Evolution
- August 24, 2018

The study subjects were from a period of 5 million years, ranging from mid-Pliocene to present day . "We see these outcomes as generalizable to different gatherings, in any event inside the marine domain", Strotz said . "Metabolic rate could therefore represent an important metric for predicting future extinction patterns, with changes in global climate potentially affecting the lifespan of individuals, ultimately leading to the extinction of the species those individuals are contained ... (more...)
Neanderthal-Denisovan human ancestor discovered in Siberia Neanderthal-Denisovan human ancestor discovered in Siberia
- August 24, 2018

At the time of Denisova 11′s birth, the genomes Neanderthals and Denisovans were much more different than those of even the most distantly related humans alive today. Most modern non-African humans have traces of Neanderthal DNA and some Asian populations have Denisovan DNA, showing that homo sapiens , Neanderthals and Denisovans interbred. (more...)
Vulgar tweet costs woman dream internship at NASA Vulgar tweet costs woman dream internship at NASA
- August 24, 2018

He's one of almost two dozen people named to Vice President Mike Pence's newly created National Space Council's Users Advisory Group . The body will help United States government agencies like NASA organise and coordinate their space efforts. (more...)
ESA launches advanced weather-detecting satellite ESA launches advanced weather-detecting satellite
- August 24, 2018

The satellite is equipped with a single instrument: a Doppler wind lidar - an advanced laser system created to accurately measure global wind patterns from space. Once per orbit, data is downloaded to a ground station in Svalbard, Norway. Aeolus is carrying just one large instrument, a Doppler wind lidar called Aladin. (more...)
Hurricane Lane soaks Hawaii's Big Island with foot of rain
- August 24, 2018

The hurricane , which was packing maximum sustained winds of 193 km/h, was expected to move close to or over portions of the main islands later Thursday or Friday, bringing risky surf of six metres, forecasters said . "Rain has been nonstop for the last half hour or so and winds are just starting to pick up", Mr Beimler said as he posted videos of trees being blown sideways. (more...)
Hawaii braces for Hurricane Lane Hawaii braces for Hurricane Lane
- August 23, 2018

The most powerful storm on record to hit Hawaii was Hurricane Iniki , a Category 4 storm that made landfall on Kauai island on September 11, 1992, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Exactly when this critical turn will happen is very hard to forecast, so confidence in this portion of the track is unfortunately rather low", The Pacific Hurricane Center said . (more...)
Maxime Bernier quits Conservative party Maxime Bernier quits Conservative party
- August 23, 2018

Canadians are looking to us for leadership, to replace Justin Trudeau's entitled and out-of-touch Liberal government with a government that actually puts people first. Relations between Bernier and his now-former caucus colleagues have been increasingly - and publicly - tense in the past few weeks as the Quebec MP refused to back down from his view that "more diversity" will destroy the country. (more...)
Strongest sea ice in the Arctic breaks for the first time
- August 23, 2018

As a result, the ice has been pushed further away from the coast than at any time since satellite records began in the Seventies. Glaciologist Mottram noted that "almost all of the ice to the north of Greenland is quite shattered ... The same thing happened again this month, as the weather station registered a record high temperature of 62.6 degrees Fahrenheit, per the Guardian . (more...)
Trump issues disaster declaration ahead of Lane Trump issues disaster declaration ahead of Lane
- August 23, 2018

Trump issued the declaration on Wednesday. The powerful cyclone is threatening to make landfall Thursday, with sustained winds reaching up to 230 kilometres per hour, making this storm potentially the largest to hit the U.S. She was organizing important documents into a folder - birth and marriage certificates, Social Security cards, insurance paperwork - and making sure her three children, all under 4, have flotation devices such as swimming vests - "just in case". (more...)
A meteor much brighter than the moon, shocked Americans A meteor much brighter than the moon, shocked Americans
- August 23, 2018

The USA-based space agency estimated the space rock zoomed across the sky at an incredible speed of 53,700 miles per hour (86,422 kmh). NASA's estimation of it being 40 times as bright as the full moon seems pretty spot-on and it certainly would have caught your eye if you were nearby. (more...)
This Purple Light is Not an Aurora. Let’s Call It STEVE!
- August 23, 2018

But a recent study claims that this purple stream of light in not an aurora at all. At its turn, Steve phenomenon, although it's similar in appearance to auroras, is not an aurora, the new study concludes. The particles crash into the atoms and molecules in the Earth's atmosphere, resulting in photons (tiny bursts of light) which form the colorful aurora. (more...)
Trump announces plans to gut another climate-change initiative Trump announces plans to gut another climate-change initiative
- August 23, 2018

Moreover, CEI argues the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE ) rule, a more lenient alternative to the Clean Power Plan , will likely be challenged in court. Taken as a whole, the Clean Power Plan would have provided up to $45 billion in climate and public health benefits per year, even considering all compliance costs. (more...)
Hurricane Lane's eye seen in dramatic video as storm churns toward Hawaii Hurricane Lane's eye seen in dramatic video as storm churns toward Hawaii
- August 23, 2018

As Hurricane Lane continues to churn toward Hawaii packing maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, scientists gathering data on the storm provided a dramatic glimpse from inside on Tuesday. WHEREAS, the National Weather Service at 5:00 a.m. HST on August 21, 2018 issued Hurricane Lane Advisory Number 27 advising of a Hurricane Watch for the County of Hawai'i. (more...)
Thickest Arctic ice has started to break up Thickest Arctic ice has started to break up
- August 22, 2018

He told the Guardian: "I can not tell how long this open water patch will remain open, but even if it closes in few days from now, the harm will be done: the thick old sea ice will have been pushed away from the coast, to an area where it will melt more easily". (more...)
Here’s Why You Should Stop Flushing Your Contact Lenses Here’s Why You Should Stop Flushing Your Contact Lenses
- August 22, 2018

The American Chemical Society carried out a research that showed that 20 percent of more than 400 contact lens wearers, who were randomly recruited in an online survey, preferred to flush their used contact lenses down the toilet or sink. (more...)
Scientists explained the origin of the mysterious light streaks in the sky Scientists explained the origin of the mysterious light streaks in the sky
- August 22, 2018

The name honors a character in the animated movie Over the Hedge , who was afraid of a mysterious hedge and chose to call it Steve. Why is STEVE So Different from the Aurora Borealis? A group of scientists worked on this phenomenon since 2008, and came to the conclusion that in a situation with "Steve" it's not like with the Aurora is charged particles under the influence of the solar flux do not fall to the ionosphere , as is the case in the classic version. (more...)
Hurricane Lane Strengthens to Category 5. Hurricane Warning Issued for Hawaiʻi County Hurricane Lane Strengthens to Category 5. Hurricane Warning Issued for Hawaiʻi County
- August 22, 2018

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, according to the National Weather Service's ( NWS ) Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu . Especially in this high terrain, such rainfall could lead to devastating flash flooding and mudslides. - Storm total rainfall amounts of 10-15 inches, isolated amounts of 20 inches possible. (more...)
NASA Solar Probe Team Reports Mission Progress NASA Solar Probe Team Reports Mission Progress
- August 22, 2018

In a statement quoted by Space.com, mission project manager Andy Driesman, a scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, said that his team is moving closer toward commissioning activities as the probe has been "operating as designed" since its launch last Sunday. (more...)