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French farmers to stage refinery blockade to protest palm oil imports French farmers to stage refinery blockade to protest palm oil imports
- June 13, 2018

On Sunday evening, French farmers launched blockades of the country's 14 refineries to protest imports of low cost palm oil for manufacturing biofuel. "Our target is the state", Lambert said, adding that Total's decision on palm oil was "the last straw". Total argues that its refining plan involves less palm oil than allowed by the authorities, offers an outlet for local rapeseed and will develop large-scale recycling of used oil and fat. (more...)
ISRO’s PRL scientists discover an ‘EPIC’ planet ISRO’s PRL scientists discover an ‘EPIC’ planet
- June 11, 2018

The team found the planet to be smaller in size than Saturn and bigger than Neptune. These planets are orbiting around the star every 5.2, 7.8 and 10.1 days. Its surface is around 600 degree Celsius and is very close to the host star. While we're not expecting to travel to Earth-like planets anytime soon, scientists are still preoccupied with finding them, if only to see that we're potentially not alone in the universe. (more...)
Preserved Organic Matter Found by Mars Curiosity Rover Preserved Organic Matter Found by Mars Curiosity Rover
- June 10, 2018

In the mudstone that formed billions of years ago at the bottom of a lake, Curiosity discovered organic molecules, including thiophenes, benzene, toluene, and small carbon chains like propane or butane. However, scientists need more evidences and observations to draw any conclusions as it is premature to know how the compounds were created in the biological process. (more...)
Pilot plant demonstrates low-priced conversion of Carbon dioxide into fuel Pilot plant demonstrates low-priced conversion of Carbon dioxide into fuel
- June 10, 2018

The basic concept, known as "direct air capture", or DAC, has been around for some time. The idea was first developed by a scientist called Klaus Lackner in the mid 1990s and since then a small number of technology companies have built expensive prototypes of carbon removing devices. (more...)
Lewis Hamilton concerned Mercedes engine setback could ruin victory chances in Canada Lewis Hamilton concerned Mercedes engine setback could ruin victory chances in Canada
- June 10, 2018

The Brackley-based outfit had originally planned to bring the second of the three allocated engines each of Formula 1's 10 teams is provided with across the 21-race season. It will be a big weekend at the track, which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the event's move to the island circuit across from downtown Montreal . (more...)
Astronomers Reveal Most Exclusive Findings about Jupiter Astronomers Reveal Most Exclusive Findings about Jupiter
- June 09, 2018

This artist's concept of lightning distribution in Jupiter's northern hemisphere incorporates a JunoCam image with artistic embellishments. Lightning on Jupiter has always been something of a mystery. At the poles of the planet warm gases rise freely, whereby the storm. Jupiter, on the other hand, receives 25 times less sunlight than the Earth and derives most of its heat from within the planet. (more...)
Earliest animal footprints found in China Earliest animal footprints found in China
- June 08, 2018

Dozen of fossils were discovered in an Ediacaran Period Dengying Formation limestone strata, which dates from between 551m and 541m years ago, in the Three Gorges area of Yi Chang city. "If an animal makes footprints, the footprints are depressions on the sediment surface, and the depressions are filled with sediments from the overlying layer", Shuhai Xiao told the Independent while speaking of the finding. (more...)
Unhurried hurricanes: Study says tropical cyclones slowing Unhurried hurricanes: Study says tropical cyclones slowing
- June 08, 2018

The fact that their results show quite similar trends should be a wake-up call. "What we're seeing nearly certainly reflects both natural and human-caused changes", Kossin said. Experts believe that continued global warming will increase the severity of tropical storms, but they also believe this anthropogenic warming will increase rainfall. (more...)
Mars Curiosity rover's labs are working, testing samples again
- June 08, 2018

As with most announcements of announcements , they've only released a few details, but we do know that the "live discussion" will talk about "new science results from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover ". In 2016, the rover's drill encountered a crippling mechanical problem. "This was no small feat". Between these pins, the drill is extended, bores into the rock, and then recesses back into the hand to place the sample into the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis ( CHIMRA ... (more...)
Watch astronauts blast off to the International Space Station Watch astronauts blast off to the International Space Station
- June 08, 2018

When asked to rate the importance of nine specific missions found in NASA's diverse portfolio, majorities say monitoring key parts of the Earth's climate system or monitoring asteroids and other objects that could hit Earth should be top priorities for NASA (63% and 62% respectively). (more...)
Sudarsan's 'Beat Plastic Pollution' turtle center of attraction on World Environment Day Sudarsan's 'Beat Plastic Pollution' turtle center of attraction on World Environment Day
- June 08, 2018

On Tuesday, the nations celebrated World Environment Day , with India being the host country. He praised India for its growing focus on environmental protection but also noted that while traveling in the country he'd seen "some of the most attractive scenic places, but destroyed by plastic pollution ". (more...)
'Mars Could Have Supported Life': NASA Suggests Red Planet Was Habitable 'Mars Could Have Supported Life': NASA Suggests Red Planet Was Habitable
- June 08, 2018

Earth-based telescopes, spacecraft orbiting Mars and now Curiosity, have measured episodic sudden increases in the background methane content. NASA has not yet provided clues on what the new results are about, but it said that during the event, NASA scientists will have chats with the the public and media on the findings. (more...)
South African farmer captures moment space rock hurtles towards farm
- June 07, 2018

Given the name 2018 LA, it was first spotted by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona on June 2 in the USA at which point the asteroid was as close to Earth as the moon, astronomers said. The data was transmitted to the minor planet Center at the Smithsonian astrophysical Observatory, where experts calculated the likely trajectory of a celestial body and reported a possible collision with the Earth. (more...)
Small asteroid tracked to atmospheric impact and breakup Small asteroid tracked to atmospheric impact and breakup
- June 05, 2018

These images show the discovery of asteroid 2018 LA by the Catalina Sky Survey on June 2, 2018. The Minor Planetary Centre said 'object no longer exists (in its original form), following its entry into the Earth's atmosphere on 2 June 2018. (more...)
Watching Footage From the International Space Station Is The Best Meditation Watching Footage From the International Space Station Is The Best Meditation
- June 05, 2018

Anton Shkaplerov , who was the first to be lifted and carried from the capsule, told the camera crew: "We are a bit exhausted but happy with what we have accomplished and happy to be back on Earth". Earlier footage from the ISS showed Shkaplerov and a fellow cosmonaut practising with the ball. The orbiting laboratory now has a crew of three: Americans Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Russian Oleg Artemyev. (more...)
Whale dies after swallowing 80 plastic bags in southern Thailand Whale dies after swallowing 80 plastic bags in southern Thailand
- June 05, 2018

The whale was seen looking ill on May 28 in the Na Thap Canal , near Thailand's border with Malaysia, and vomited five plastic bags while a conservation group was trying to save it. A tragedy in Thailand is serving as a reminder of the waste littering the world's oceans. Plastic has been taking lives of a lot of habitat, marine life to be specific. (more...)
First Nations Activist: Canada's Kinder Morgan Pipeline Will Cause Environmental & Economic Disaster First Nations Activist: Canada's Kinder Morgan Pipeline Will Cause Environmental & Economic Disaster
- June 05, 2018

The expansion would allow the system to send 890,000 barrels of different types of oil products from Edmonton to Burnaby per day. Instead, Notley visited the McMurray Métis Festival before speaking with media at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre, where she defended her government's pipeline advocacy and spoke on the importance pipelines have on the Canadian economy. (more...)
Pluto Has Dunes Made of Ice Instead of Sand Pluto Has Dunes Made of Ice Instead of Sand
- June 05, 2018

The core of the comet idea is that the amount of nitrogen inside the huge glacier that sprawls across Pluto is consistent with the amount that would be expected if it had been formed by the collision and agglomeration of a billion bodies like 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the famous duck-shaped comet that was orbited by Rosetta and landed on by Philae. (more...)
SpaceX set for Falcon 9 rocket launch SpaceX set for Falcon 9 rocket launch
- June 04, 2018

The company recently revealed the new Falcon 9 Block 5. SpaceX may try to recover the Falcon 9 fairings at sea, which make up the rocket's nose cone, where the payload is encased. The first stage is part of the Falcon 9 "Block 4" build, which is an older variant that SpaceX is phasing out. The company had delayed the launch over the weekend, tweeting on Thursday that it was "standing down" a Friday morning attempt to run additional tests on the second stage booster. (more...)
Sick whale with dozens of plastic bags in stomach dies Sick whale with dozens of plastic bags in stomach dies
- June 04, 2018

According to the Thai Marine and Coastal Resources Department , an autopsy revealed that the whale had ingested around 8kg of plastic bags, which were preventing the whale from being able to eat. The male pilot whale was found barely alive on May 28 in a canal in the province of Songkhla , near the border with Malaysia, and received treatment from a team of veterinarians. (more...)

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