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Fossil of Ancient Sea Creature Named After Obama

Fossil of Ancient Sea Creature Named After Obama The two-part scientific name for the creature is meant to honor Obama's love for science ., the first part being the former president's name. Another vital person was Jane Fargher, who co-owns the property where Attenborites janeae was found and is immortalized in the name along with Attenborough. [Full Article...]

Invasive plant can cause severe burns, blindness

Invasive plant can cause severe burns, blindness The giant hogweed is an impressive-looking plant. In a Facebook message posted on the afternoon of June 12, the Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech announced their discovery of 30 giant hogweed plants in Clarke County. A single plant yields 20,000 seeds, which can be dispersed by winds over short distances. That releases a sap that once on your skin, reacts to sunlight and creates serious ... [Full Article...]

Red planet Mars gets closer to Earth after 15 years

Red planet Mars gets closer to Earth after 15 years According to Dean Regasa (Dean Regas), astronomer from the Cincinnati Observatory, Mars will be easily visible to the naked eye. "In fact, you will be hard pressed to miss it. A vast dust storm fourteen million square miles across has swept Mars , but while one NASA rover has gone silent, it doesn't seem to have dampened NASA's Curiosity's spirits. [Full Article...]

World's Oldest Sumatran Orangutan Dies at 62

World's Oldest Sumatran Orangutan Dies at 62 The world recently said farewell to one of its oldest Sumatran Orangutans. Perth zoo reported that unlike Puan who has been in the zoo since 1968, Sumatran orangutans rarely attain age 50 in the wild. The Perth Zoo euthanized Puan after she developed age-related health complications. Martina Hart, Puan's chief zookeeper wrote an obituary for the ape in The West Australian newspaper today. [Full Article...]

Trump Orders Creation of 'Space Force'

Trump Orders Creation of 'Space Force' During a meeting Monday of the National Space Council at the White House , the president said he would direct the Pentagon to immediately begin the process of establishing the new military branch . The announcement reportedly came as a surprise to those in attendance, as it occurred during a meeting where the Space Council was going to unveil a first of its kind policy on space traffic man... [Full Article...]

Extreme Weather On Venus Alters The Planet’s Days’ Length

Extreme Weather On Venus Alters The Planet’s Days’ Length Although one Venusian rotation takes as much as 243 Earth days , its atmosphere charges much faster around the slowly spinning rock. It is already known that the planet Venus spins a bit weirdly and until now the researchers were unable to find out the span of one day on the planet. [Full Article...]

President Trump announces Space Force, America's military presence in space

President Trump announces Space Force, America's military presence in space One Twitter user doesn't really see the need for Donald Trump's Space Force and says, "Who needs Space Force when we already have the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy? ". The administration's first space policy directive, signed December 11, 2017, called for NASA to focus on returning humans to the moon. The White House a year ago also opposed the space corps plan and said ... [Full Article...]

Tidal Disruption Event Shows Danse Macabre of Star Ripped Apart

Tidal Disruption Event Shows Danse Macabre of Star Ripped Apart A TDE appears when a star passes below the Roche limit (distance under which an object is dislocated by the tidal forces of the gravitational body that it orbits) from a black hole and approaches the horizon sufficiently to undergo a deformation and tearing due to tidal forces of the black hole. [Full Article...]

Antarctica ice loss trippled in five years, new study reveals

Antarctica ice loss trippled in five years, new study reveals According to research published today in the journal Nature , the Antarctic's ice sheets have been melting at a rate three times higher than ever before, pouring 200 billion tons of water into the world's oceans and raising the sea level by a half-millimeter every year. [Full Article...]

Storm silences Mars rover

Storm silences Mars rover As Calla said , "It's like having a loved one in a coma in the hospital". The storm is not expected to last or worsen. Besides Curiosity and Opportunity on the surface, a whopping six orbiters circle the red planet, gathering data for NASA , the European Space Agency, Russia's Roscosmos, and the Indian Space Research Organization. [Full Article...]

Walter Shaub: No Bottom to 'Ethics Catastrophe' With Scott Pruitt

Walter Shaub: No Bottom to 'Ethics Catastrophe' With Scott Pruitt At no point did he consult with EPA ethics officials about his monthslong efforts to get his wife a job, current and former agency officials said. Expensive travel; sending aides to find lotion, snacks and a Trump Hotel mattress; and giving some employees big raises while seemingly retaliating against others - Scott Pruitt's conduct as EPA administrator is being noticed by Oklahoma U.S. [Full Article...]

Three baby planets spotted forming around infant star

Three baby planets spotted forming around infant star The motion of gas around a star when no planets are present has a very simple, predictable pattern that is almost impossible to alter a unless a relatively massive object is on hand to create such disturbances. A team led by Teague found two planets located 12 billion and 21 billion kilometres from the star. Over the past several years, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA... [Full Article...]

Stephen Hawking's words to be beamed in space today

Stephen Hawking's words to be beamed in space today He said it's pretty somber and is about considering the Earth as a place people come from and need to look after. Hawking conducted groundbreaking research into black holes and the origins of the universe, and gained global fame as a popularizer and communicator of science. [Full Article...]

Woman sues NASA to keep moon-dust gifted by Neil Armstrong

Woman sues NASA to keep moon-dust gifted by Neil Armstrong There is no law that says private citizens can not own lunar material. The vial was filled with moon dust , and the note said, "To Laura Ann Murray - Best of Luck - Neil Armstrong Apollo 11", according to The Washington Post . "She is the rightful and legal owner". The vial of dust that Cicco was gifted has been analyzed at least twice, with scientists ruling that it is "likely" a sample of th... [Full Article...]

Daily Updates Melting of Antarctica speeding up

Daily Updates Melting of Antarctica speeding up The melting is caused by rising ocean temperatures due to climate change . And that ice is melting out at a quickening pace, showing that we're quickly driving the climate over the guard rails that have allowed humanity to flourish. Overall, world sea levels have risen nearly 8 inches in the past century, driven mainly by a natural expansion of water already in the oceans as it warms along with a... [Full Article...]

Antarctic Ice Melt Is Accelerating Rapidly

Antarctic Ice Melt Is Accelerating Rapidly The finding could have significant implications for global sea level rise. 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. [Full Article...]

NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars The dust has caused a decrease in visibility, said Rich Zurek, chief scientist in the Mars Program Office at JPL, but has not otherwise affected rover operations as Curiosity is powered by a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) rather than solar panels. [Full Article...]

US, Mexico, Canada embark on World Cup history with winning bid

Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026. Canada and Mexico would then host ten games each. They are the most compelling reasons why we would be the best hosts. The regional bid proved more appealing this time and the North Americans even collected 11 votes from Africa. Northeast Florida could also see an influx of overseas visitors for the... [Full Article...]

Canadian politicians welcome opportunity to host World Cup games

Canadian politicians welcome opportunity to host World Cup games Soccer and Co‐Chair of the United Bid. " Football today is the only victor". There's no guarantee Canada will have a team at the 2026 World Cup , the first time it will be hosted by more than one country. Federation Internationale de Football Association determines how many spots in each World Cup are given to each confederation. "No one has said to us they're not voting for us becaus... [Full Article...]

Hurricane forecasters tracking system in Caribbean

Hurricane forecasters tracking system in Caribbean Florida's hurricane season is generating potential storms but nothing that threatens Sarasota, Manatee or Charlotte counties or the Sunshine State peninsula. A system has to have a closed center of circulation and winds of at least 39 miles per hour to be considered a tropical storm and get a name. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30. [Full Article...]


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