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Jaguar escapes from New Orleans zoo, kills 6 animals

Jaguar escapes from New Orleans zoo, kills 6 animals After the capture of the jaguar, the zoo did decide to remain closed for the rest of Saturday. Staff and security were able to sedate the jaguar by 8:15 a.m., but authorities said four alpaca, an emu and a fox who were in nearby exhibits were attacked and did not survive. [Full Article...]

Ireland becomes first country to divest from fossil fuels

Ireland passed a bill in its lower house of parliament that will require the country's national investment fund to sell all of its investments in oil, coal, gas, and peat as soon as possible, likely within five years. The new legislation is meant to help ensure Ireland meets its commitments under the Paris Agreement , which was the first deal to unite the global community in tackling clima... [Full Article...]

Israeli unmanned spacecraft to land on Moon in 2019

Israeli unmanned spacecraft to land on Moon in 2019 The first Israeli lunar spacecraft is to be launched in December from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The satellite itself will be the smallest lunar exploration spacecraft ever designed. Although the Google prize expired in March without a victor having reached the moon, Israel's team pledged to push forward. Upon reaching the moon, the craft will land and operate autonomously to conduct a two-day scienti... [Full Article...]

Area MPP leading Tory rollback of Ontario sex-ed curriculum

Area MPP leading Tory rollback of Ontario sex-ed curriculum The new Ford government will be making significant changes to the current sex-ed curriculum taught to grades 1 to 12 in the upcoming school year. The 2015 curriculum introduced students to concepts that did not exist in 1998, such as "sexting" and online bullying. [Full Article...]

Israel announces mission to land spacecraft on the Moon

Israel announces mission to land spacecraft on the Moon The only entities to have conducted controlled landings on the Moon are the governments of the former Soviet Union, the United States, and China . The spacecraft's design and development process, which involved intensive work of engineers, scientists and team members, began in 2013 and continued until past year, when its construction at the IAI MABAT Plant commenced. [Full Article...]

Hurricane Chris to bring rain to the United Kingdom next week

Hurricane Chris to bring rain to the United Kingdom next week The storm, though, is still expected to send swells on the North Carolina coast as well as the mid-Atlantic, the network said. "The colder waters have likely stabilized the boundary layer, which has inhibited stronger winds aloft from mixing down to the surface", according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). [Full Article...]

How Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation could affect Roe v. Wade

How Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation could affect Roe v. Wade Wade and women's access to contraceptives. "Sen. Jeff Flake said in a statement: "As I have said before, approving a nominee who will interpret the constitution rather than legislate from the bench should be our top priority". While President Trump stands staunchly against the Clean Power Plan, a Supreme Court decision narrowing the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gasses could l... [Full Article...]

Russian cargo ship makes fastest trip to space station

EDT (2151 GMT) to deliver almost 3 tons of supplies for the space station's crew. 'ARRIVAL! Traveling about 250 miles over the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand, the unpiloted Russian Progress 70 cargo ship docked to the @Space_Station at 9:31pm ET'. [Full Article...]

Giant dinosaur bones get archeologists rethinking Triassic period

Giant dinosaur bones get archeologists rethinking Triassic period It used to be thought that such giant dinosaurs thrived in the Jurassic Period. 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. [Full Article...]

Prof. Andrew O'Geen on Trump's Latest SCOTUS Nominee

Prof. Andrew O'Geen on Trump's Latest SCOTUS Nominee Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, told Al Jazeera that his organisation's immediate call of action would be to "have its members across the U.S. Bush. At the announcement, Kavanaugh stood with his wife and two daughters and said he was "humbled" by the nomination. Ingraham said that Kavanaugh is being considered a "monster" by Democrats as well as the Hollywood left becaus... [Full Article...]

Iceberg breaks off glacier in Greenland

Iceberg breaks off glacier in Greenland A 2017 estimate suggested that a collapse of the entire the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet would result in a 10-foot-rise in sea level-enough to overwhelm coastal areas around the globe, including New York City. The massive new iceberg, which would stretch from lower Manhattan up to Midtown in New York City, can be instructive to scientists and policy makers who are studying the impact of human a... [Full Article...]

Graham Warns Dems Against Personal Attacks on Kavanaugh

Graham Warns Dems Against Personal Attacks on Kavanaugh If confirmed by the Senate, the 53-year old Kavanaugh is poised to remain on the bench for years to come, cementing conservative control in the country's top judicial body. "There are still some uncertainties out there as to how he might rule on Roe v. Wade , how he might rule on other questions and issues dealing with LBGT rights versus religious freedom", Dacus shares. [Full Article...]

Lisa Murkowski says she needs more information on Supreme Court nominee

Lisa Murkowski says she needs more information on Supreme Court nominee Senator Angus King says he has concerns about the judicial record of President Trump's U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh . The panel will launch confirmation hearings later this summer. The confirmation marathon is expected to drag on for months, and no date has yet been set for hearings. Orthodox groups are likely to welcome a court that protects public religious expression over str... [Full Article...]

Scientists capture iceberg breaking away from a glacier in Greenland

It broke off from Helheim Glacier in eastern Greenland on June 22 and captured by a team of scientists in real time. The research team is now studying the forces behind sea-level rise-a development that has concerned scientists in recent decades because it points to the possibility of global disruptions due to climate change-under a grant from the National Science Foundation. [Full Article...]

Shark bites University of Miami student in Bahamas

Shark bites University of Miami student in Bahamas Her boyfriend, Tom Bates, was taking pictures. But, she added, "I am so fortunate that I still have my arm and my life". The fish have become a local tourist attraction, encircling the local docks and featuring in thousands of tagged photographs online. [Full Article...]

NASA’s Kepler Soon To Retire From Years Of Planet-Hunting

NASA’s Kepler Soon To Retire From Years Of Planet-Hunting In 2013, Kepler's primary mission ended when a second reaction wheel broke, rendering it unable to hold its gaze steady at the original field of view. NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a world where two suns set over the horizon instead of just one. It's also found a planet that uncannily mirrors many of Earth's characteristics. [Full Article...]

Airbus Reveals Early Design Of Its Mars Rover

Airbus Reveals Early Design Of Its Mars Rover The rocket will then rendezvous with a European orbiter, which will bring the samples back to earth. It will be used to deploy a so-called Sample Fetch Rover, a machine Airbus is now working on. The Toulouse, France-based company said Thursday that the Mars Sample Return mission will involve sending the Mars Sample Fetch Rover to the red planet's surface to retrieve 36 tubes containing soi... [Full Article...]

The world’s oldest bilological colour is pink

The world’s oldest bilological colour is pink Gueneli and her ANU team led the study, with support from Geoscience Australia and researchers in the U.S. and Japan. While chlorophyll itself is green, these building blocks tend to come in strong shades of reds and purples - hence why this latest fossilised pigment comes in pink. [Full Article...]

Israel plans first lunar space mission in December

Israel plans first lunar space mission in December If successful, SpaceIL's $95 million project, funded largely by billionaire Morris Kahn, will become the first private enterprise endeavor to match the Moon exploration achievements of Russian Federation, the United States and China . The craft, which is shaped like a round table with four carbon fibre legs, is set to blast off in December from Florida's Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon ... [Full Article...]

Tropical storm Chris reaches hurricane strength as it heads north toward Newfoundland

Tropical storm Chris reaches hurricane strength as it heads north toward Newfoundland Tropical Storm Chris' maximum sustained wind speeds were at 70 miles per hour, the NHC said, putting it just 4 miles per hour below the minimum required for Category 1 hurricane classification. Many North Carolina beaches were closed to swimming on Monday due to heavy surf and risky rip currents, according to a statement from the governor's office. [Full Article...]


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