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Endangered olive ridley sea turtles found dead off Mexico

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The State Coordination of Civil Protection is working to free the turtles and authorities were investigating . The Pacific Ridley turtles were found floating off a beach of Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca, their shells forming a bleak mini-island. Read More »

Goats Want to See You Smile, Says Adorable New Study

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The study found that the goats' first interactions were more often with the positive face overall and the goats tended to spend more time with the happy expression compared to the angry face. Shown two pictures of the same person - one with a happy expression and the other angry - 20 domesticated goats in an experiment were more likely to approach the smiling image and touch it with their snout, said researchers from Europe and Brazil. Read More »

Federal Court of Appeal rules against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

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The court ruled the National Energy Board's review of the project was flawed because it failed to consider impact on marine life. In her address Thursday evening, Ms. "It's quite a slap to the government by the court on the grounds of reconciliation with First Nations", said Kathryn Harrison, a professor of political science at University of British Columbia. Read More »

NHC: 50% chance of weather system developing into tropical depression

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The National Hurricane Center is only predicting a tropical wave that could turn into a tropical storm within the next 48 hours, with an increase of chance of rain this coming week for Sebastian and Vero Beach. The first one is a tropical wave that is located near Puerto Rico. The system that will be Florence is expected to move north in the Atlantic and not threaten the U.S. Read More »

California governor signs landmark bill to eliminate cash bail

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Critics have long contended that the money bail system perpetuates inequality. "Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly", Brown said in a statement . Prosecutors have alleged the group was training children to use firearms for an anti-government mission and are fighting to keep the suspects from being released. Read More »

Doan to serve as pallbearer for McCain's memorial

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McCain's office was in the beaux-arts style building, on Constitution Avenue, and it's where the committee he proudly chaired, the Senate Armed Services Committee, meets. McCain "didn't want ideas cooked up in some back room and sprung on the Senate", said Sen. The late senator led three major efforts at overhauling immigration laws, but each ended in failure because Republicans walked away amid political uprising from their conservative base. Read More »

Neanderthal-Denisovan human ancestor discovered in Siberia

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Both groups disappeared by about 40,000 years ago. Neanderthals and Denisovans were well adapted to living in Eurasia before modern humans came along and took from them their red hair and ability to survive in the cold. All we know is that nine months later (or however long Neanderthals are pregnant), the woman gave birth to a little girl. This might be because we only discovered the Denisovans in 2010, and have so few fossils to work that we don't even know what they looked like. Read More »

Now, Arctic's oldest and strongest ice starts to melt

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The melting of the glacier may pose a threat to the survival of seals and polar bears in the region, reports Science Alert. Previously, scientists believed that in this region the multi-year ice will persist for a long time. Just before the August event, the Kap Morris Jesup weather station registered a record high of 17 degrees Celsius (62.6 Fahrenheit). But in February and in early August, it noted the unusually warm periods, and drifting ice retreated to a great distance from the coast. Read More »

Hawaii Prepares for Rainfall ‘in Feet’ as Hurricane Lane Approaches

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All public schools, University of Hawaii campuses and nonessential government offices on the islands of Oahu and Kauai will be closed for at least two days starting on Thursday, Ige said Wednesday. Officials opened shelters on the Big Island and on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai on Wednesday. Lane is traveling northwest at 7 miles per hour and has maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Read More »

Washington likely to sue EPA over new coal rules

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The EPA said price of electricity is expected to drop by a half a percent at the most by 2025 under the new rule. Defining the "best system of emissions reduction" for existing power plants as on-site, heat-rate efficiency improvements. Read More »

Australian PM Turnbull survives leadership challenge

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Disunity undermines the ability of a government to get its job done and we can not allow internal issues to undermine our work, or to create a real risk that Bill Shorten will be the prime minister. Now effectively neutered and unlikely to proceed, the NEG will become a millstone for Turnbull as he tries to rally his diminishing support base. As you know, I don't bear any grudge against Peter Dutton for having stood up and challenged me today and I invited him to continue in his position. Read More »

Contact lenses are causing environmental pollution

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And what happens to those lenses? Aquatic animals can mistake micro plastics for food. Contact Lenses are vital to the vision of around 45-million Americans, but recently they've been in the headlines because of all the waste they are contributing to our waterways. Read More »

Flushed contact lenses are big source of microplastic pollution

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Lenses disposed of in this way end up in wastewater treatment plants - between 6 to 10 metric tons of plastic lenses suffer this fate each year in the US alone, the team estimates . This could lead to unwanted human exposures to plastic contaminants and pollutants that stick to the surfaces of the plastics. And because they are tiny, it's hard to be sure what happens to them after they go down our drains. Read More »

Impacts of Lane Increasingly Likely with Latest Hurricane Forecast

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National Hurricane Center reported that Ernesto had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) and its center was about 695 miles (1,120 kilometers) north-northwest of the Azores. The good news: Lane is forecast to slowly weaken over the next 48 hours, though it's still expected to remain a hurricane as it nears the state. "Boat owners should take measures to secure their vessels". Read More »

Category 5 Hurricane Lane threatens catastrophic damage as it nears Hawaii

After hitting the Big Island, the storm is expected to churn north over the islands of Maui, Lanai and Moloka'i, which were all under hurricane and flash flood watches . "The center of Lane will track dangerously close to the islands Thursday through Saturday", the advisory said. "It's a strong and risky storm- make sure to listen to your community's emergency managers and stay prepared and safe", said Lisa Bucci, a scientist on NOAA's Hurricane Hunter. Read More »

Hawaii residents on alert as Hurricane Lane gathers strength

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But the hurricane center said the storm will move very close to or over the islands from Thursday through Saturday. Moderate size ESE swell from powerful Cat 4 Hurricane Lane continues to impact the eastern end of the Hawaiian Islands this afternoon, showing largest for the Hilo side of the Big Island and parts of the windward side of Maui. Read More »

How Trump's rules on coal-fired power plants differ from Obama's

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According to the agency estimations, the power sector's greenhouse gas emissions would continue to decline in coming years, but due mostly to market pressures. Tuesday's move opens a public-comment period on the proposal before any final administration action. The rule also could allow power plant owners to sidestep costly permits for those improvements. Read More »

Heavy rains and winds forecast for Saturday as Storm Ernesto passes

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Forecasters are urging Hawaii residents to watch Lane closely as it continues to churn toward Hawaiian waters. There will be a lot of cloud in many areas of the country, with some scattered outbreaks of rain or showers at times. Temperatures are likely to reach 25 or 26C (78.8F) on Saturday; Sunday will be cooler by a couple of degrees but the high humidity will make it feel warmer. Read More »

99-Million-Year-Old Beetle Found Trapped In Amber

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The researchers of the Nanjing Institute of Geology and palaeontology found on the border with Myanmar ancient beetle pollinator, which has been preserved in amber. This discovery suggests an ancient origin for beetle pollination of cycads long before the rise of flowering plants. Beetles were among the first insects to visit flowers, tens of millions of years before bees or butterflies appeared. Read More »

Another tropical system in the Atlantic, poses no US threat

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Ernesto is no threat to land. An initial intensity for this system is set to a "possibly conservative" 35 miles per hour, which is slightly below the latest satellite intensity estimate. Hurricane season peaks in September and does not end until November 30th. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revised its hurricane season forecast earlier this month, advising people that the Atlantic hurricane season will be less active than usual. Read More »

Group finds weed-killing chemical in dozens of breakfast foods

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In an interview with The Times on Wednesday, Scott Partridge, a vice president at Monsanto , said that hundreds of studies had validated the safety of glyphosate and that it doesn't cause cancer. It can also be used on produce such as spinach and almonds. In 2017, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found traces of the chemical in almost 30 per cent of the 3,200 food samples it tested. Read More »

Storm Ernesto on course for the United Kingdom and Ireland this weekend

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Ernesto will be an ex-subtropical storm by the time it reaches the United Kingdom, and should clear into the North Sea over the course of Sunday morning - but will leave a legacy of overcast and muggy conditions. "Through Friday, increasing amounts of cloud and some rain moving its way in". There will be little change in the strength of the storm in the next few hours, however, tonight Ernesto is predicted to become a post-tropical cyclone. Read More »

Bayer shares slump after $289M Monsanto Roundup verdict

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Having closed the Monsanto takeover, Bayer is only awaiting the approval of some final antitrust-related asset sales before folding it into its own organization. These same law firms have now lined up thousands of clients claiming that glyphosate caused their cancers. By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE , Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Aug 13 - Shares in German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer tumbled more than 10 percent as markets opened Monday, as investors reacted to a shock U.S. Read More »

NASA Parker Solar Probe launches on mission to high-five the sun

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Now, with the help of cutting-edge thermal technology that can protect the mission on its unsafe journey, the spacecraft's four instrument suites will study magnetic fields, plasma and energetic particles, and image the solar wind . Among its many purposes the Parker Solar Probe will try to answer two key questions surrounding the Sun. Roughly the size of a small auto, PSP will get almost seven times closer to the sun than any previous spacecraft. Read More »

Will clouds obscure your view of the Perseid meteor shower?

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Moonless nights will make the spectacle of the annual Perseid meteor shower even more scintillating this weekend for much of the world, and sky watchers are expecting a "great show". "If it's clear, we should be able to see quite a few". Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail. Read More »

Nasa postpones launch of historic spaceship to Sun

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It later updated that the launch was "scrubbed" and a second attempt will be made on Sunday morning. The probe is named for Eugene Parker, 91, a University of Chicago physicist who in 1958 predicted the existence of the solar wind, a constant flow of magnetized solar particles that streams out into the farthest reaches of the solar system. Read More »

How PIO physicist laid foundation for NASA's mission to 'touch' the Sun

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As soon as this fall, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun's corona , or outer atmosphere, that was visible during last August's total solar eclipse . A worst-case scenario could cost up to two trillion dollars in the first year alone and take a decade to fully recover from, experts have warned. The Parker Solar Probe will have to travel about 430,000 miles per hour and use a high-tech heat shield to survive the trip . Read More »

Where to see the last partial solar eclipse of 2018

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Sometimes, the moon only partially covers the sun, creating a partial solar eclipse , or doesn't completely obscure the sun (an annular, or "ring of fire", eclipse ). During the lunar eclipse, the moon crossed the ecliptic - the apparent path of the sun in our sky - while at full phase on July 27, resulting in our natural satellite passing through the shadow of the Earth (hence the total lunar eclipse). Read More »

Perseid meteor shower to lit up Qatar sky Saturday

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The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking this weekend over Mid-Michigan! According to Space.com, this year's peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13. The Perseids are caused by the Earth passing through a comet's debris field, according to the American Meteor Society. Arriving by that time should give your eyes ample time to adjust to the darkness. Read More »

Perseid Meteor Shower To Put On Brilliant Show This Weekend

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Since the Perseids radiate from the northeast, you will generally see more meteors with shorter tails when watching the northern sky. She recommends anywhere it's dark, outside the city, for the best views. And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out. Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon. Read More »