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Train Derailment Reportedly Spills 230,000 Gallons of Oil Into Water Train Derailment Reportedly Spills 230,000 Gallons of Oil Into Water
- June 25, 2018

No one was hurt in the derailment, in which 32 cars came off the rails, 14 of which leaked at least some of their contents, BNSF said . Williams said he was unsure how much oil leaked and how numerous cars were leaking. About 100,000 gallons had been hemmed off using booms out of the estimated 230,000 gallons spilled, BNSF said in a statement on Saturday. The train was carrying crude from the oil sands of western Alberta to Stroud, Oklahoma. (more...)
SpaceX Falcon Heavy gets USAF approval, first launch order for 2020 SpaceX Falcon Heavy gets USAF approval, first launch order for 2020
- June 25, 2018

This was reported by the Center for space and missile systems USA air force. The satellite is on track to launch in 2020 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with SpaceX providing "launch vehicle production and mission, as well as integration, launch operations and spaceflight worthiness activities". (more...)
NASA unveils stunning ‘blue dune’ image seen on Mars NASA unveils stunning ‘blue dune’ image seen on Mars
- June 24, 2018

The colossal dust storm on Mars that has already enveloped the Curiosity rover is now a planet-wide event. Regardless, the project doesn't expect to hear back from Opportunity until the skies begin to clear over the rover. At this time when the massive dust storm going on in Mars is on its way to engulf the entire planet, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released a shocking imagery. (more...)
No contact from Mars Opportunity rover No contact from Mars Opportunity rover
- June 24, 2018

Now it is "officially a "planet-encircling" (or "global") dust event", NASA said in a statement . A self-portrait taken by NASA's Curiosity rover taken June 15. The picture was taken using the camera located at the end of Curiosity's arm. The left-hand image shows a view of the east-northeast rim of Gale Crater on June 7, 2018 (Sol 2074); the right-hand image shows a view of the same feature on June 10, 2018 (Sol 2077). (more...)
'Potentially Hazardous' Pass by Earth Being Made by Dead Comet on Thursday 'Potentially Hazardous' Pass by Earth Being Made by Dead Comet on Thursday
- June 23, 2018

In addition to enhancing NEO detection, tracking and characterizing capabilities and improving modeling prediction, the plan also aims to develop technologies for deflecting NEOs, increasing global cooperation and establishing new NEO impact emergency procedures and action protocols. (more...)
Leeds rush hour bicycle ride for Clean Air Day Leeds rush hour bicycle ride for Clean Air Day
- June 23, 2018

Children in cars stuck in traffic are exposed to double the level of pollutants than youngsters walking along even busy roads, raising their risk of health problems including asthma and potentially reducing the growth of their lungs. Young children are exposed to 30% more auto pollution than adults because they are short, according to new research. The latest research shows that in 2016, 234 deaths in Buckinghamshire were directly attributed to poor air quality. (more...)
Allerdale comes up trumps when it comes to clean air Allerdale comes up trumps when it comes to clean air
- June 23, 2018

Clean Air Day is a chance to find out more about air pollution and to help make our environment cleaner for everyone, so there's no reason why kids can't get involved too. "Although parents can reduce this impact by walking on less polluted roads and taking public transport, the United Kingdom government must take further steps to reduce toxic emissions from all roads", Grigg adds. (more...)
Rex Was a Fearsome Predator-but It Couldn't Stick out Its Tongue Rex Was a Fearsome Predator-but It Couldn't Stick out Its Tongue
- June 22, 2018

In order to study the anatomy of dinosaur tongues, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and the Chinese Academy of Sciences studied a wide range of fossils, including bird-like dinosaurs, plant eaters, and the iconic T. (more...)
Scientists discover fossil of ancient sea creature, name it after President Obama Scientists discover fossil of ancient sea creature, name it after President Obama
- June 22, 2018

Obamus coronatus did not appear to be mobile or possess any real motive power, rather it was ingrained into the ocean mat, a thick layer of organic materials that covered the early ocean floor, according to the University of California-Riverside. (more...)
#EnergyUnion - Deals on efficiency targets and governance #EnergyUnion - Deals on efficiency targets and governance
- June 22, 2018

The provisional deal on energy efficiency obliges member states to increase their energy savings by 0.8% every year for the period 2021-2030. The first of these plans will cover the period from 2021 to 2030, taking into consideration also a longer-term perspective, and the following ones will cover the subsequent ten-year period. (more...)
Volvo sets goal of 25% recycled plastics Volvo sets goal of 25% recycled plastics
- June 22, 2018

A move like this is not just environmentally friendly but also makes "business sense", Stuart Templar director for sustainability at Volvo Cars, said. The recycled plastics ambition is the most progressive statement around the use of recycled plastic by any premium automotive manufacturer. "This is proof that this problem can be solved by design and innovation". (more...)
Toxic Giant hogweed plant,causing blindness and third-degree burns discovered in Virginia Toxic Giant hogweed plant,causing blindness and third-degree burns discovered in Virginia
- June 21, 2018

The plant has been spotted in NY but also, Virginia, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and parts of the Pacific Northwest. "Immediately wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and keep the area away from sunlight for 48 hours, the agency recommends." The AP says giant hogweed is listed as a prohibited species, meaning the plant isn't widespread and so far has been found only in isolated spots - but it's likely that it would spread, if it's not ... (more...)
Mars to make closest approach this summer Mars to make closest approach this summer
- June 21, 2018

Last month, Jupiter was in opposition to our planet, swinging within 658 million km of Earth. While the two planets' orbits are next to each other, their journeys along their respective orbits can make the distance between the Earth and Mars very different. (more...)
Boulder's Black Swift developing drone to study Venus' atmosphere Boulder's Black Swift developing drone to study Venus' atmosphere
- June 20, 2018

Venus, despite the almost worldly dimensions and chemical composition, is among one of the most unusual planets in the Solar system. According to the inferences of the study, the synergy between the faster moving atmosphere of Venus and the planet's surface affect the velocity of the spin of the planet. (more...)
Zookeeper's heartfelt tribute to world's oldest Sumatran orangutan Zookeeper's heartfelt tribute to world's oldest Sumatran orangutan
- June 19, 2018

She had been at the zoo since 1968, and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest of her species in 2016. Female orangutans rarely live beyond 50 in the wild. "Over the years Puan's eyelashes had greyed, her movement had slowed down and her mind had started to wander", Martina Hart wrote. Hart paid a moving tribute to Puan, who she described as a "quiet, dignified lady" who would "tap her foot to make you hurry along" if a zookeeper was late with dinner. (more...)
Toxic Giant Hogweed Plant Has Spread to Virginia Toxic Giant Hogweed Plant Has Spread to Virginia
- June 18, 2018

Besides being a threat to humans, giant hogweed can also impact the environment. NY state's Department of Environmental Conservation lists other hazards that can result from coming in contact with the plant (as well as some photos of awful burns), including long-term sunlight sensitivity, oozing blisters, scarring, and even permanent blindness if the sap makes its way into one's eyes. (more...)
Stephen Hawking's voice to be beamed into space Stephen Hawking's voice to be beamed into space
- June 18, 2018

Hawking died in March aged 76 after living with motor neurone disease for decades - the renowned physicist was diagnosed when he was just 22 and was initially told he had just years to live. "We are so grateful to Westminster Abbey for offering us the privilege of a service of thanksgiving for the extraordinary life of our father and for giving him such a distinguished final resting place", said his children Lucy, Robert and Tim. (more...)
Frogs in Amber From Prehistoric Times Found in Myanmar Frogs in Amber From Prehistoric Times Found in Myanmar
- June 17, 2018

In many ways, this tropical ecosystem seems to resemble wet tropical forests that we have today. Frogs are thought to be at least as old as 200 million years old, but it's almost impossible to learn much about the early amphibians - due to their small size and biology, they don't fossilize easily and most of the extinct frog remains are long gone. (more...)
Antarctica losing ice twice as fast as six years ago Antarctica losing ice twice as fast as six years ago
- June 17, 2018

Pippa Whitehouse. Over that period, West Antarctica's ice loss rate has risen from 53 billion metric tons per year to 159 metric tons annually. -German GRACE satellites. "This paper suggests it is stretching its limbs". Lead author Andrew Shepherd of the University of Leeds told NPR that prior to 2012, Antarctica's ice losses had been contributing a "relatively small proportion" to global sea level rise . (more...)
Martian duststorm silences NASAs Opportunity rover Martian duststorm silences NASAs Opportunity rover
- June 17, 2018

Retrieval from the clock snag is still possible but would take a long time, needing the aroused rover to set timers and penetrate a sleep-wake cycle until it catalogues that the Sun is up and it can and it can converse with Earth again. Storms that size happen every three to four Mars years-the equivalent of six to eight Earth years, with the last one occurring in 2007. Opportunity landed with a twin craft, Spirit, which stopped communicating in 2010. (more...)
Black hole spied ripping apart, then spewing, star that got too close Black hole spied ripping apart, then spewing, star that got too close
- June 16, 2018

An global group of astronomers has directly imaged the eruption resulting from a violent encounter between a supermassive black hole 20 million times more massive than our sun and a much smaller star, some 150 million light-years away. However, it's also well outside gobbling distance - more than 150 million light-years away. Black holes that are deemed supermassive has a tendency to continuously draw matter toward itself and material that gets pulled toward it ends up forming a disc ... (more...)
New Study Shows Human Activity Creates a More Nocturnal Animal World New Study Shows Human Activity Creates a More Nocturnal Animal World
- June 16, 2018

It claims that being near humans made most of the species show an abrupt switch to being nocturnal. While animals have always been documented altering their spatial patterns out of fear and avoidance of human beings, the article, " The Influence of Human Disturbance on Wildlife Nocturnality ", posits that animals may also choose to separate themselves from humans in time. (more...)
Inhofe: Inhofe: "Something Needs to Happen" to Address Pruitt's Mounting Troubles
- June 15, 2018

News organizations have unearthed evidence of Pruitt enlisting aides on multiple occasions to try to help line up work for his wife. "I would say this, that there's a guy behind him in (EPA Deputy Administrator) Andrew Wheeler who is really qualified too, so that might be a good swap". (more...)
Trio of Infant Planets Discovered around Newborn Star Trio of Infant Planets Discovered around Newborn Star
- June 15, 2018

Some we can not see at all- we just understand they exist through to indirect evidence. Using the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) in Chile, two teams of astronomers have detected three infant planets around HD 163296 , a young star located about 330 light-years from Earth. (more...)
Ramp-Up in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise Ramp-Up in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise
- June 15, 2018

An worldwide team of polar scientists found that melting in Antarctica has jumped sharply from an average of 76 billion tonnes per year prior to 2012, to around 219 billion tonnes each year between 2012 and 2017. The water nibbles at the floating edges of ice sheets from below. In a controversial 2016 study , former NASA scientist James Hansen and a team of colleagues (including Velicogna) found that the Earth could see sea level rise above 1 meter (or 3.3 feet) within 50 years if ... (more...)
Stephen Hawking’s voice to be beamed into space during memorial Stephen Hawking’s voice to be beamed into space during memorial
- June 15, 2018

MailOnline brings you the latest updates. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch , left, and his wife Sophie Hunter arrive at a memorial service for Hawking at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday. One of Hawking's major theories was that black holes can shrink or evaporate as they allow radiation to escape. There were 25,000 applications for 1,000 available tickets. (more...)
Antarctica Loses Trillions of Tons of Ice Since 1992, Report Reveals
- June 15, 2018

The frozen continent lost nearly 3 trillion tons of ice between 1992 and 2017, the 84 scientists said in what they called the most complete overview of Antarctic ice to date. While some people blame climate change for the rapid melting ice caps, others blame underground heat sources such as volcanoes. The government wants an action plan in place to tackle climate change after a new report details its impact on health. (more...)
Antarctica's Ice Is Melting Even Faster, and Scientists Are Deeply Worried Antarctica's Ice Is Melting Even Faster, and Scientists Are Deeply Worried
- June 14, 2018

A new report in Nature suggests that the rate of melting of crucial Antarctic ice sheets has tripled during the past 25 years and is accelerating sea level rise . The researchers attribute the increased losses in West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsular to changes in regional floating-ice shelves, which can provide a buffer to continental-ice sheets. (more...)
Woman Preemptively Sues NASA to Keep Her Treasure Woman Preemptively Sues NASA to Keep Her Treasure
- June 14, 2018

It's common knowledge that mankind has caused the dramatic warming of the Earth - nobody besides conspiracy nuts and politicians looking for contributions from energy lobbyists actually bothers to dispute this anymore - but it looks like humans managed to extend our world-warming habits to the moon as well. (more...)
The 2026 World Cup will be played in North America
- June 14, 2018

After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States chose to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017. Three cities each in Canada and Mexico will also host games. The trio visited over 150 countries in the buildup to the vote, making individualized pitches to federations at home in North and Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Europe, Oceania and even Africa, where ... (more...)