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Two arrested after authorities find suspected illegal fishing boat in Queensland Two arrested after authorities find suspected illegal fishing boat in Queensland
- August 30, 2018

While numerous boats attempt the journey, it was the first successful "people-smuggling venture in 1,400 days", Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said on Monday. Authorities have detained two illegal fishermen as they attempted to cross the Daintree River on board the ferry, ending the three-day drama of an alleged Vietnamese people smuggling operation involving 17 people. (more...)
No kidding! Research shows goats are attracted to smiley happy faces No kidding! Research shows goats are attracted to smiley happy faces
- August 30, 2018

Empirical observation told us years ago that goats were slowly becoming the new dog , and according to a new study, they are truly qualified to be man's best friend. "We only looked at spontaneous behaviour, meaning they only did what they truly wanted". The study, which was carried out at Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats in Kent, involved the researchers showing goats pairs of unfamiliar grey-scale static human faces of the same individual showing happy and angry facial expressions. (more...)
NASA has shown an incredible map dust clouds surrounding the Earth NASA has shown an incredible map dust clouds surrounding the Earth
- August 29, 2018

The map is created using a simulation model called the Goddard Earth Observing System Forward Processing (GEOS FP). These latter bits of matter are what is known as aerosols , which refer to colloidal suspensions of particles in air or gas. (more...)
Raunchy dolphin prompts bathing ban on Brittany beach
- August 29, 2018

Some people think the mayor went too far and ruined the reputation of dolphins. At first, he was playful and sweet, reported The Telegraph , going close to people in the water, allowing them to pet him, even letting people hold onto his dorsal fin and take a ride. (more...)
California will be the first state to eliminate bail before a trial California will be the first state to eliminate bail before a trial
- August 29, 2018

The California Police Officers Association had come out against the bill before switching their stance to neutral. The new law grants broad discretion to judges to hold or release defendants. "For too long, our system has allowed the wealthy to purchase their freedom regardless of their risk, while the poor who pose no danger languish in jail", said Assemblymember Rob Bonta, one the lawmakers who introduced the bill, in a statement. (more...)
Trump's brand of politics has eclipsed McCain's Trump's brand of politics has eclipsed McCain's
- August 29, 2018

Capitol building. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Tuesday that he would form a bipartisan panel to determine the best way to honor the Republican senator from Arizona, who died Saturday . "I would have been sixth from the bottom, not fifth", Graham said he would say. "There may be some curmudgeon that wouldn't want to do that". "I remember him embracing a war that nobody wanted to talk about because he understood the cost to lose it", Graham said, speaking of the ... (more...)
EU ARMY? Macron demands bloc becomes MILITARY SUPERPOWER like United States and China EU ARMY? Macron demands bloc becomes MILITARY SUPERPOWER like United States and China
- August 28, 2018

Hulot said the decision reminded him of how powerful lobbyists can be, BBC reported. Hulot was left disappointed when the government backtracked on a target to reduce the share of nuclear power in the country's energy mix to 50 percent by 2025, while European Union negotiations on pesticides were another source of frustration. (more...)
Heat Advisory In Effect As Heat Wave Hits Maryland Heat Advisory In Effect As Heat Wave Hits Maryland
- August 28, 2018

Mainly clear, warm, and sticky. Dew point temperatures will be steamy in the low 70s. "The combination of heat and high humidity will be risky", DePrest said. you'll feel like you can cut the thick air with a knife. Highs will be very warm still below the record daily high of 92 F in Buffalo, set back in 1952. (more...)
Hawaii Braces For Hurricane Lane, Now A Category 5 Hawaii Braces For Hurricane Lane, Now A Category 5
- August 28, 2018

Living in an isolated island state also means the possibility that essential goods can't be shipped to Hawaii if the storm shuts down ports. Hurricane Lane, which weakened slightly to a category 4 storm overnight, is packing 155-mile (250-kilometre) -per-hour winds and was expected to reach the archipelago's Big Island by nightfall Wednesday. (more...)
Julie Bishop quits as Foreign Minister moves to the backbench Julie Bishop quits as Foreign Minister moves to the backbench
- August 28, 2018

Turnbull tweeted she "has been and remains an inspiring role model for women here and around the world". Dutton had originally been given the inaugural role of minister for Home Affairs after former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull previous year created the superministry that combined the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Australian Federal Police (AFP), Border Force, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), Austrac, and the office of transport security. (more...)
Bennu beckons: Asteroid-sampling spacecraft snaps first glimpse of target (IMAGE) Bennu beckons: Asteroid-sampling spacecraft snaps first glimpse of target (IMAGE)
- August 27, 2018

After arrival, OSIRIS-REx will transition into its surveying and mapping phase, in which it will maneuver around the circumference of the asteroid for more than a year. To obtain the asteroid sample, Aerojet Rocketdyne thrusters will maneuver the spacecraft down to make contact with the surface of Bennu and then a burst of nitrogen gas will be used to blow regolith particles into the sampler head. (more...)
New NASA app clicks selfies in 'out of the world' locations New NASA app clicks selfies in 'out of the world' locations
- August 26, 2018

These digital products were created to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Spitzer space telescope , NASA said in a statement on Wednesday. TRAPPIST-1 is vastly important for our understanding of exoplanets. The app will be available on the Spitzer mission website and will soon be found in the Oculus store. (more...)
Parts of Hawaii under water after storm dumps one metre of rain Parts of Hawaii under water after storm dumps one metre of rain
- August 26, 2018

These swells will produce high surf along exposed south and east shorelines today. Though the storm has turned west, lessening the threat to the islands, federal authorities urged caution as residents started cleaning up. But it's the Big Island of Hawaii - the easternmost island in the chain - that has been hammered hardest by rain. Rain began falling several days ago on the Big Island, which has received almost 4ft in some areas. (more...)
5 tourists rescued from flooded home as storm hits Hawaii 5 tourists rescued from flooded home as storm hits Hawaii
- August 25, 2018

Tropical storm force winds extend 130 miles from the center. Heavy rainfall from the storm's outer rain bands battered the Big Island on Wednesday night and into Thursday, flooding roads and homes. Residents across the state have been stocking up on water, food, gasoline and emergency supplies as Lane drew nearer. A chance of rain remains on the table today for West Hawaii areas as former-Hurricane Lane moves farther away from Hawaii Island. (more...)
YouTube Personality Trevor 'McSkillet' Heitmann Dies in Car Crash YouTube Personality Trevor 'McSkillet' Heitmann Dies in Car Crash
- August 25, 2018

Eighteen-year-old Heitmann made a fortune selling digital "skins" which are used to change the appearance of guns and knives in the video game Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). One other person was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries. He also had a YouTube channel with almost 900,000 subscribers. In December, he posted a video showing his McLaren 650S , a high-powered supercar purchased with his earnings from YouTube and through the CS:GO skins market. (more...)
Hawaii residents brace themselves as hurricane strengthens Hawaii residents brace themselves as hurricane strengthens
- August 25, 2018

Lane was centered about 275 miles south of Kailua-Kona - or 400 miles south-southeast of Honolulu . The hurricane was moving at 8 miles per hour (15 kph), said meteorologist Melissa Nye. A National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration G-IV aircraft plans to do sampling in the environment around the Hawaiian Islands and Hurricane Lane today. (more...)
Tennis in space, anyone? Astronauts have a ball during historic match Tennis in space, anyone? Astronauts have a ball during historic match
- August 25, 2018

Equipped with USTA Net Generation foam balls and small racquets, four astronauts in the International Space Station got to play a competitive match while orbiting the earth. There is no gravity on the ISS, meaning balls behaved totally differently. " The fact that we don't have gravity is hard ", said Feustel. "To me, it's going to seem like that old game Pong, where you hit the ball and the ball just goes straight; it doesn't bounce on anything", he explained. (more...)
ESA launches advanced weather-detecting satellite ESA launches advanced weather-detecting satellite
- August 25, 2018

Part of the Atmospheric Laser Doppler Instrument (ALADIN), the ultraviolet laser detector uses a unique Charge Coupled Device (CCD) type detector contracted by Airbus Defence & Space, Toulouse, in 2003, and delivered by Teledyne e2v in 2005. (more...)
228 million-year-old turtle had no shell 228 million-year-old turtle had no shell
- August 24, 2018

Modern turtles have a full shell and a toothless beak: in the distant past some turtles partially had a carapace, the other had a toothless beak probably, then, as a result of genetic mutations, there was an animal that includes both the characteristic data. (more...)
Ice on the Moon: Scientists Ice on the Moon: Scientists
- August 24, 2018

Researchers have long thought of water or ice could appear in the ever-dark channels at the moon's posts and that perception has lastly been verified in a document released in the Procedures of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences on August 20. (more...)
Congressman, wife plead not guilty to illegal spending Congressman, wife plead not guilty to illegal spending
- August 24, 2018

When questioned, Duncan Hunter reportedly said his teenage son used his credit card for one game, and more unauthorized charges appeared after Duncan tried to close the website. "This is something that is going to hang over him for a long time", he said, referring to Hunter. When the proposed date didn't work out, he told his chief of staff: "Tell the Navy to go (expletive) themselves", the documents said. (more...)
Scientists have recognized lazy Scientists have recognized lazy "main engine" of evolution
- August 24, 2018

Bruce Lieberman, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Kansas and co-author of the new study, calls this the "survival of the laziest", playfully teasing the famous Darwinian phrase . Luke Strotz, postdoctoral researcher at KU's Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum and lead author of the paper, said: "We wondered, 'Could you look at the probability of extinction of a species based on energy uptake by an organism?'" He went on: "We found a ... (more...)
Chandrayaan-1 helps scientists confirm water ice on Moon Chandrayaan-1 helps scientists confirm water ice on Moon
- August 24, 2018

Scientists have discovered signs of frozen water thanks to data obtained from the Indian spacecraft Chandrayaan-1, - informs the edition of The Guardian . This was essential so that NASA could differentiate between liquid water or vapor and solid ice. Overall, the moon's abundance and distribution of ice is distinct from "other airless bodies in the inner solar system such as Mercury and Ceres", the PNAS paper states. (more...)
DFA tells Filipinos in Hawaii to brace for ‘Hurricane Lane’ DFA tells Filipinos in Hawaii to brace for ‘Hurricane Lane’
- August 23, 2018

Hurricane Lane continues to move northwest and tropical storm conditions were expected to reach the Big Island later Thursday morning with hurricane conditions by nightfall. Widespread rainfalls of 10 to 15 inches are possible, with more than 20 inches possible in some spots. Over 8 inches of rain were reported Wednesday on the Big Island, the National Weather Service office in Honolulu said . (more...)
Old Arctic ice did not survive global warming Old Arctic ice did not survive global warming
- August 23, 2018

This never-before-seen phenomenon has scientists shocked and anxious, especially since the area where ice is now breaking and melting was projected to be the most resistant to rising global temperatures given its great thickness and how deeply frozen it usually is, even in the summer. (more...)
Tracking Hurricane Lane as it hits Hawaii Tracking Hurricane Lane as it hits Hawaii
- August 23, 2018

The National Weather Service said Lane is expected to make a gradual turn toward the northwest Wednesday, followed by a more northward motion into the islands on Thursday. "Life threatening impacts are likely in some areas as the hurricane makes its closest approach". Authorities are asking people to seek shelter before it's too late or stay in their homes if they believe those structures can withstand hurricane winds. (more...)
This bright purple ribbon-named STEVE-is an entirely new celestial phenomenon
- August 23, 2018

STEVE first became known to scientists thanks to the efforts of the Alberta Aurora Chasers (AAC), who occasionally noticed these bright, thin streams of white and purple light running from east to west in the night sky when photographing the aurora. (more...)
Why Trump’s plan to roll back carbon emission regulations could be deadly Why Trump’s plan to roll back carbon emission regulations could be deadly
- August 23, 2018

Since 2010, power plant owners have either retired or announced plans to retire 630 coal-fired facilities in 43 states - almost 40 per cent of the US coal fleet, according to data by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a trade group representing utilities such as Southern Co. (more...)
Cat 5 cyclone aims for Big Island Cat 5 cyclone aims for Big Island
- August 23, 2018

All County offices and facilities are operational, including transfer stations and landfills. Lane is an extremely strong Category 4 hurricane, bordering on Category 5 , with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles an hour. Rainfall of 20in (51cm) in some areas could lead to major flash flooding, landslides and mudslides, the NHC said. In pictures released by the NOAA , the phenomenon known as "stadium effect" can be seen inside the eye of Hurricane Lane. (more...)
Flushed contact lenses are big source of microplastic pollution Flushed contact lenses are big source of microplastic pollution
- August 22, 2018

The study was presented at the meeting but has not been published or peer-reviewed, which are considered a gold standard in medical and scientific research . Even if the whole lens does not escape through waste water filters, the fragments of them can be unsafe, too, contaminating the environment. They even come in tiny packets of saline solution. (more...)