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'Surprising' Methane Dunes Found on Pluto

'Surprising' Methane Dunes Found on Pluto Scientists have discovered dunes on Pluto's surface, which are likely to have been formed of methane ice grains released into its atmosphere . Besides Pluto, we already knew that Mars , Venus or the great moon of Saturn Titan had dunes. [Full Article...]

Flash Flood Watch In Effect Until 10 PM Thursday

Flash Flood Watch In Effect Until 10 PM Thursday In Cuba, flooding damaged an oil refinery and caused crude oil to spill into Cienfuegos Bay as the remnants of Alberto continued to drench the island in heavy rain. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. Spokeswoman Karen Spicer in Howard County says she has no immediate information of any deaths after flash floods coursed through... [Full Article...]

Japan slaughters 122 pregnant whales for 'scientific research'

Japan slaughters 122 pregnant whales for 'scientific research' According to the International Whaling Commission report (pdf), 122 of whales that were pregnant died at the hands of Japanese research vessels. But Local media said that whale flesh was also being sold by the bucket load in Japan's fish markets. [Full Article...]

Tory MP critical of Trans Mountain purchase

Tory MP critical of Trans Mountain purchase However, the company did not respond to multiple requests whether Irving would even be interested in seeing the project revived. Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline lawyers were in B.C. "We will continue our reference case, to determine our rights within our provincial jurisdiction". Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, however, could barely contain her delight. [Full Article...]

Scientists finally find the 240-million-year-old 'mother of all lizards'

Scientists finally find the 240-million-year-old 'mother of all lizards' Prior to their findings, scientists believed that squamates had branched off from ancient reptiles prior to the Permian/Triassic mass extinction about 252 million years ago. Apart from that, with the new study, a new technology has also come to the front, i.e., micro CT scanning. The tiny lizard was the size of a finger and it's 250 million years old. [Full Article...]

Scientists identify world's oldest lizard fossil in northern Italy

This new discovery has provided many important facts about the evolution of snakes and lizards . Scientists have unearthed a finger-sized fossilized reptile in the Italian Alps, which is now treated as the mother of all reptiles and the oldest reptile ever discovered. [Full Article...]

Town on lockdown after zoo animals escape during flood

Town on lockdown after zoo animals escape during flood Police killed a bear after the breakout, but the big cats remained on the loose until authorities using a drone managed to corral them on the zoo's premises in the town of L√ľnebach, according to The Local . At the zoo, which is located on a riverbank, the water was knee-high. Owned by the Wallpott family, the 30-hectare (74-acre) zoo is home to almost 400 animals of 60 species, including Siberi... [Full Article...]

Trans Mountain pipeline will have 'Crown immunity': Notley

Trans Mountain pipeline will have 'Crown immunity': Notley We met the deadline. Alberta will also invest up to $2 billion in indemnity, to be converted to equity if necessary. "If you think about the dozens of pipelines that exist for crude oil, natural gas liquids, natural gas itself, petroleum products, all throughout the USA and Canada - and we track this stuff - I'm not aware of a single one that's owned by any government entity ... [Full Article...]

Great Barrier Reef 'died 5 times' in past 30,000 years, study says

It is a concern that environmentalists have been raising in recent years, as increased quantities of sediment, largely from grazing lands and due to deforestation, are entering the Reef affecting the water quality and reducing sunlight available to corals. [Full Article...]

EU proposes ban on straws, other single-use plastics

EU proposes ban on straws, other single-use plastics Samantha Burgess, Head of Marine Policy at WWF European Policy Office said: "We applaud the EU's political response to the recent public outcry of the impacts marine litter has on the ocean". Producers of certain products will be required to help cover the costs of clean-up and waste treatment, including: tobacco products with filters (such as cigarette butts), plastic bags, candy wrappers, po... [Full Article...]

Justin Trudeau defends Trans Mountain takeover as vital economic move

Justin Trudeau defends Trans Mountain takeover as vital economic move Canada's decision to buy Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd's Trans Mountain pipeline was brought about by a "particularly problematic" situation and is not a symbol of how things get done in the country, the finance minister said on Wednesday. However, the British Columbian government said Tuesday it wasn't backing down. The company expects after-tax proceeds for the approximately 30 per cent of Kinde... [Full Article...]

NASA camera melts while capturing SpaceX launch

NASA camera melts while capturing SpaceX launch The launch started a brush fire, which as you can see, overtakes and melts the camera, which kept on taking pictures until the end. Yet that is exactly what happened after NASA photographer Bill Ingalls placed one of his remote cameras outside the launch safety perimeter. [Full Article...]

Canadian Government to Buy Contested Oil Sands Pipeline

Canadian Government to Buy Contested Oil Sands Pipeline The project has been wrought with criticism from environmental groups to the British Columbia government, with BC Premier John Horgan saying he will continue fighting the expansion of the pipeline regardless of who owns the project. Nationalizing a major infrastructure project from Canada's private sector is certainly not how the process is supposed to work, but little about the Trans Mountain e... [Full Article...]

Canadian government buys Trans Mountain project for $4.5 billion

Canadian government buys Trans Mountain project for $4.5 billion The federal government plan to take over the project comes two days before a deadline from Kinder Morgan for assurances the pipeline would be built without further delays, or they would walk away. He says what's important is that government is there to help. He said there are other means the federal government could use, such as restricting infrastructure payments to B.C., which Moe believes Ott... [Full Article...]

Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto powers towards Florida

Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto powers towards Florida The first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Alberto is expected to bring with it damaging winds , heavy rains, and potential flooding, with the National Hurricane Center warning against the very serious threat the storm poses. [Full Article...]

Astronaut and moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86

Astronaut and moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86 Leslie Bean, Alan Bean's wife of 40 years, said her husband was the strongest and kindest man she ever knew. Astronaut-artist Alan Bean speaks at the 2009 opening of an exhibit titled "Alan Bean: Painting Apollo , First Artist on Another World" at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington. [Full Article...]

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward Gulf of Mexico

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward Gulf of Mexico Bryant. Winds of up to 40 miles per hour are still possible. Alberto's movement was expected to accelerate Saturday night. The hurricane center said Alberto could pick up speed later today and enter the Gulf tonight. On Thursday, the National Hurricane Center caused eyebrows to raise when it estimated a 90 percent chance that a subtropical or tropical cyclone would form in the centra... [Full Article...]

Alberto is 2018's first named tropical system

Alberto is 2018's first named tropical system Subtropical storms show some, but not all, of the characteristics of a tropical storm. In contrast to a tropical storm or hurricane, where the strongest winds are at the center, a subtropical storm can have the most powerful winds far from the core. [Full Article...]

Carbon Emissions Found to Lower Nutritional Value of Rice

Carbon Emissions Found to Lower Nutritional Value of Rice Ebi says that the rice grown under the elevated carbon scenario lost substantial amounts of protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins per grain. The drop in the nutritional value of rice could mean it would be a disaster for the health and development of the two billion people who rely on rice as their primary source of nourishment. [Full Article...]

Pluto might have been formed by a billion comets

Pluto might have been formed by a billion comets New Horizon snapped the shot of the region in the most detailed pictures of Pluto ever during the spaceship's flyby in July 2015, Space.com said. This would explain why Pluto is so different from the eight official planets of the solar system , and why it has so much nitrogen and so little carbon monoxide. [Full Article...]


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