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NWS says flash flood watch continues through Wednesday morning NWS says flash flood watch continues through Wednesday morning
- June 02, 2018

Chances for rain (heavy at times) and thunderstorms will be elevated, especially during the day on Tuesday as Alberto track up into Alabama and Georgia. The heavy rain along with the saturated grounds could lead to some flash flooding. Sumter County is under a flash flood watch through Memorial Day evening as heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of SC. (more...)
The mother of all lizards found in Italian Alps The mother of all lizards found in Italian Alps
- June 02, 2018

At 240 million years old, the animal pushes back the history of squamates-a group of scaly animals including all lizards and snakes-by some 75 million years. Scientists have always been unsure of M. wachtleri's place in the reptile family tree. Paleontologists said in a study, the 240-million-year-old fossil for the Megachirella wachtleri is the most ancient ancestor of modern lizards and snakes, known as squamates. (more...)
Scientists identify world's oldest lizard fossil
- June 01, 2018

More light will be shed on snakes and lizards, both living and dead, thanks to this research . The mother of all lizards that was discovered in Italian Alps belongs to the Megachirella family of creatures. " Megachirella provides unique insights into the early acquisition of squamatan features, as it is the first unequivocal squamate from the Triassic", the study reads. (more...)
Everything You Need To Know About The Rare Manhattanhenge Sunsets
- June 01, 2018

On Tuesday, Manhattanhenge is back - at 8:13 p.m., barring rain. But you don't have the battle the crowds (or be in New York City!) to catch a glimpse of this glorious golden hour. It all started with astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History Neil deGrasse Tyson . "We don't know if it was constructed as an astronomical observatory, or a religious monument to note the position of the sun at different times of year". (more...)
European Commission unveils proposal for single-use plastics ban
- May 31, 2018

For products without straight-forward alternatives, the focus is on limiting their use through a national reduction in consumption. As such, market restrictions will be placed on them. European Green Party lawmaker Monica Frassoni also welcomed the initiative and added that "the scale of the problem means that we can not rely on individual European countries to take action and must instead find a Europe-wide response". (more...)
N.L. premier pleased Ottawa buying Kinder Morgan pipeline N.L. premier pleased Ottawa buying Kinder Morgan pipeline
- May 31, 2018

The Canadian government's announcement to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline from Texas oil giant Kinder Morgan sparked protests , questions and confusion among British Columbians. "This deal - and this pipeline - will unlock investment in our oilsands because we're now on the path to getting full value for our energy resources". (more...)
Federal government agrees to buy Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5B Federal government agrees to buy Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5B
- May 30, 2018

The reference case asks the courts whether the province has the right to regulate heavy oil transportation across B.C. Ottawa's plan to buy the pipeline project got an immediate response on social media. "I hope this works", tweeted Moe, adding the decision by the federal government leaves questions. The transaction will close in August. Analysts were less than enthusiastic about the sale. (more...)
Canadian Government to Buy Contested Oil Sands Pipeline Canadian Government to Buy Contested Oil Sands Pipeline
- May 29, 2018

A Finance Department official says that as a Crown project in the national interest, Canada has special allowances to proceed that may not be available to a private-sector company. "We have agreed to a fair price for our shareholders and we have found a way forward for this national interest project", Steven Kean, the CEO of both Kinder Morgan and its Canadian subsidiary, said on a conference call with journalists and analysts. (more...)
Alberto helping bring potentially flooding rain to the Triangle on Memorial Day Alberto helping bring potentially flooding rain to the Triangle on Memorial Day
- May 28, 2018

Unfortunately for Apalachicola, the maximum storm surge should arrive at this morning's high tide, resulting in a total water level roughly 3.4 feet above the normal high tide. Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - a season that doesn't formally begin until June 1, the National Hurricane Center says. (more...)
Alberto bears down on the Florida panhandle on Memorial Day Alberto bears down on the Florida panhandle on Memorial Day
- May 28, 2018

Parts of the area are under mandatory evacuation orders. The hurricane season is set to begin on June 1, but the NOAA's National Hurricane Centre has issued a warning for storm Alberto . A water spout, a unsafe vortex of wind and water, was spotted late Sunday about 7 miles off shore of Alligator Point, Florida, said Roth. After that, it will bring powerful winds and heavy rains as it moves into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday, it said. (more...)
Two die of Ebola in DR Congo after escaping quarantine centre Two die of Ebola in DR Congo after escaping quarantine centre
- May 28, 2018

The WHO chief also underlined that the coordination among worldwide health partners was essential, too, before highlighting that even he had problems in accessing rural Bikoro to see the problem first-hand, during his visit to the area shortly after the beginning of the outbreak. (more...)
'Wolf-like' creature shot near Montana ranch puzzles experts 'Wolf-like' creature shot near Montana ranch puzzles experts
- May 28, 2018

Some even suggested the animal was a dire wolf, an extinct wolf variant that inspired fictional beasts in the popular series of fantasy books "A Song of Ice and Fire". Several people report being strong armed into keeping quiet about their reports by men wearing black suits. "Look into if you don't believe it". A mysterious wolf-like creature was shot dead by a rancher in rural Montana - and even wildlife officials have no clue what the thing is, authorities said Friday. (more...)
Alberto strenghtens, heads toward Florida panhandle Alberto strenghtens, heads toward Florida panhandle
- May 28, 2018

We are surrounded by corridors of moisture and tropical downpours, however, so the improved weather is not expected to last. The US-based National Hurricane Centre is warning that Alberto could produce up to 600 millimetres of rain in western Cuba . (more...)
SC faces heavy rain due to storm SC faces heavy rain due to storm
- May 28, 2018

The rain brought to us by Subtropical Storm Alberto is not over, Monday afternoon showers and thunderstorms will redevelop across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. A subtropical storm has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from the center. "Do not discount the hazards of Alberto just because it is not a hurricane", Dr. (more...)
Here's what we can expect for the 2018 hurricane season Here's what we can expect for the 2018 hurricane season
- May 28, 2018

Neil Jacobs, assistant secretary of Commerce for Environmental Prediction at NOAA, said there will be 10 to 16 named storms , five to nine will be hurricanes and one to four could become major hurricanes. "We are expecting a near average season, which means a lot of storms swarming in the Atlantic", he added. The latest monster in the Atlantic is Hurricane Maria , which mushroomed into a Category 5 storm with rare 175 miles per hour winds before slamming into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 ... (more...)
Jeremy Corbyn believes Irish reunification 'has majority support' Jeremy Corbyn believes Irish reunification 'has majority support'
- May 27, 2018

He said: "Over the years he has made his position clear that the majority of those people across the whole island of Ireland wanted to see that outcome, a united Ireland". "Devolution and power-sharing have given every community a voice and helped maintain the peace process", Mr Corbyn will say. However, unionists are wary of the body, and associated suggestions that the Irish Government could have a significant role in deciding the next steps for the region's rudderless public services. (more...)
NASA photographer's camera meets fiery demise during rocket launch NASA photographer's camera meets fiery demise during rocket launch
- May 27, 2018

If you look at the image below, which the camera snapped before it met its maker, you'll notice it's some considerable distance away from the launch pad. Ingalls also shared a photo of the camera as it was set up. You may have seen the image dancing across your social media feeds: a thoroughly melted camera still clinging to a tripod mount. (more...)
Apollo Moonwalker and artist Alan Bean dies at 86 Apollo Moonwalker and artist Alan Bean dies at 86
- May 27, 2018

His death followed his suddenly falling ill while on travel in Fort Wayne, Indiana two weeks before. In November 1969, he was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, the second Apollo mission to successfully land on the moon. "We are accustomed to losing friends in our business but this is a tough one", the astronaut added. He and his commander Charles "Pete" Conrad collected 75 pounds of rocks and lunar soil for studies back on Earth. (more...)
Hidden Antarctica Canyons to Speed Ice Sheet Decline Hidden Antarctica Canyons to Speed Ice Sheet Decline
- May 26, 2018

In a paper released this May in Geophysical Research Letters , the researchers said these canyons are in the area where the Eastern and Western Antarctic ice sheets are situated, and the subterranean grooves are funneling the ice flow into the ocean while the two ice sheets come together. (more...)
How birds survived asteroid strike wipe-out How birds survived asteroid strike wipe-out
- May 26, 2018

Scientists have long theorized that after the piece of space rock with a diameter of 6 to 9 miles (7 to 14 kilometers) smashed into the Yucatan Peninsula near today's town of Chicxulub in Mexico, the temperature of the planet first rose sharply for minutes or hours, MacLeod said. (more...)
Pluto May Be an Agglomeration of a Billion Comets Pluto May Be an Agglomeration of a Billion Comets
- May 26, 2018

The theory is laid out in a paper published online on Wednesday in the journal Icarus . That object, known as Comet 67P was the target of a 2004 mission where the Rosetta spacecraft launched and then met up with the icy body as it flew around the sun. (more...)
Hurricane names: One was booted from the 2018 list Hurricane names: One was booted from the 2018 list
- May 26, 2018

Currently, maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. The 1 p.m. update on Subtropical Storm Alberto from the National Hurricane Center says the story is still almost stationary . The storm is expected to produce heavy rain across the Southeast U.S. Flooding is a large concern from Louisiana to Florida. Effects here locally will primarily be heavy, at times, significant rainfall. (more...)
Rice Could Lose Its Nutritional Value Due to Rising CO2 Levels Rice Could Lose Its Nutritional Value Due to Rising CO2 Levels
- May 26, 2018

The conclusion that rice will become less nutritional as climate change continues carries significant consequences for more than two billion people who depend on the grain as their primary food source. And there are myriad other climate-related factors, such as rising temperatures and changes in precipitation patterns-all spurred by greenhouse gas emissions-that may harm agriculture, as well. (more...)
Storm is likely to become depression and bring heavy rains Storm is likely to become depression and bring heavy rains
- May 26, 2018

Alberto started officially as a subtropical storm , a system that has some tropical characteristics but not all, and had 40-mph sustained wind as of the 1 p.m. No matter where the storm shifts, Central Florida will see a wet weekend, said Jessie Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Melbourne office. (more...)
Saturday looks great, then tropical rain moves in Sunday & Monday Saturday looks great, then tropical rain moves in Sunday & Monday
- May 26, 2018

It's now a 40-mph storm located about 60 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, according to the hurricane center's 2 p.m. Friday update. With the storm's winds already reaching 40 miles per hour, officials say that it is strengthening, and the biggest threat is "heavy rain and rip current". (more...)
Canada: Ontario's leaders, where they stand before June 7 elections Canada: Ontario's leaders, where they stand before June 7 elections
- May 25, 2018

She said to her "knowledge" said Liberal nominations have not been beset by the same allegations and controversies that have dogged Tory nominations. "But if you look at different areas within the province, there's kind of a different picture emerging", she said, noting the battle within Toronto appears to be between the Liberals and the NDP. (more...)
SpaceX launches for two customers, misses a fairing recovery SpaceX launches for two customers, misses a fairing recovery
- May 25, 2018

A total of 75 satellites for Iridium are being sent to orbit as part of the upgrade, taking place over eight launches with SpaceX . (That mission was lost, but SpaceX was not to blame for the mishap.) Although the rocket stuck a flawless landing on its last mission, SpaceX does not plan to attempt a landing for this flight. (more...)
Curiosity Rover is Drilling on Mars Again Curiosity Rover is Drilling on Mars Again
- May 25, 2018

Drilling is a vital part of Curiosity's $2.5 billion mission, which is investigating Mars' past potential to host life and how the Red Planet's climate has changed over time. Curiosity demonstrated the new technique in a limited fashion earlier this year, boring about 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) into a different Mars rock. But that doesn't mean the work is over for engineers at JPL . (more...)
Why We Didn't Visit Xandar During Avengers: Infinity War Why We Didn't Visit Xandar During Avengers: Infinity War
- May 25, 2018

Marvel Studios is understandably playing things close to its proverbial chest where the next film is concerned, but a first synopsis has nonetheless popped up in the new issue of Licensing Magazine (as spotted on Twitter). Sharon joins a long list of high-profile heroes absent from Infinity War , alongside the likes of Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Nakia and Valkyrie. Carol Danvers will have her one solo film, " Captain Marvel ", before her return to Earth. (more...)
Viviani sprints to fourth stage win, Yates retains pink jersey Viviani sprints to fourth stage win, Yates retains pink jersey
- May 25, 2018

The 28-year-old's poor luck continued with his bike suffering more mechanical problems in finishing 3m 4s behind stage victor Rohan Dennis to slip to 10th in the overall rankings. Froome arrived at the Giro bidding to become the third person to win three Grand Tours in a row but he crashed in training before the opening time trial, lost time in a split on stage four and injured himself again in a second crash four days later. (more...)