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Trump nominates David Bernhardt to replace Zinke as interior secretary Trump nominates David Bernhardt to replace Zinke as interior secretary
- February 05, 2019

The Senate confirmed Bernhardt as deputy secretary by a vote of 53 in favor and 43 against. In addition to being acting interior secretary, Bernhardt was also deputy chief interior secretary under Zinke, a role for which he received Senate confirmation in 2017. (more...)
Climate change is actually changing the color of the ocean Climate change is actually changing the color of the ocean
- February 05, 2019

In areas where the tiny plants begin to die out in even greater numbers than we've seen already, those organisms will have a much tougher time sustaining themselves, and the effects are felt all the way up to the top, including humans. A United Nations-backed panel of scientists said a year ago that it will require "unprecedented" action over the coming decade for the world to limit warming and stave off the most catastrophic consequences of climate change. (more...)
Shocking new footage of Brazil dam collapse Shocking new footage of Brazil dam collapse
- February 04, 2019

Major Brazilian TV outlets obtained dramatic security camera video showing the outer wall of the dam collapsing and an avalanche of mud crushing trees, houses and cars in its path. Vale said it was also "fully cooperating" with authorities and that three of its workers had been arrested with two others "responsible for the audit company who testified to the stability" of that dam. (more...)
NASA's Hubble telescope finds a surprise neighbor galaxy hiding out NASA's Hubble telescope finds a surprise neighbor galaxy hiding out
- February 03, 2019

And after carefully measuring the brightness and temperature of the background stars, they realized they had found something special - an entire galaxy that was hidden by the glare of NGC 6752. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the telescope. Incredible footage from NASA shows the camera zooming in on the "tiny" galaxy, dubbed "Bedin 1", surrounded by thousands of dazzling stars. (more...)
Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring
- February 03, 2019

NOAA has said that Punxsutawney Phil has "no predictive skill," and has been accurate 40 percent of the time. Tradition suggests that means spring is coming early. These Pennsylvanian groundhogs enjoyed quiet lives until 1887, when a groundhog-hunting newspaper editor declared that Punxsutawney's groundhog Phil was the nation's only "true" weather-forecasting groundhog . (more...)
Giant cavity in Antarctic glacier signals rapid decay
- February 01, 2019

This cavern is estimated to have once contained 14 billion tons of ice but, alarmingly, " most of that ice melted over the last three years " according to NASA scientists. The US National Science Foundation and British National Environmental Research Council have initiated a five-year field project, The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration . (more...)
At least 15 dead as polar vortex hits US Midwest At least 15 dead as polar vortex hits US Midwest
- February 01, 2019

The lowest temperature recorded was -77°F at Thief River Falls, Minnesota, on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, a low of minus 30.5 degrees Celsius was registered in Chicago , which also recorded wind chills, while the city of Rockford in IL saw temperatures plummet to minus 31 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said . (more...)
Curiosity Says Farewell to Mars' Vera Rubin Ridge Curiosity Says Farewell to Mars' Vera Rubin Ridge
- February 01, 2019

After a year working on the Vera Rubin Ridge of Mount Sharp on Mars , NASA's Curiosity rover is moving on to its next assignment-but not before snapping what is becoming a hallmark of the NASA Rover's mission: the Curiosity selfie. The Curiosity rover landed on Mars in August 2012 and has more than 12 miles on its odometer. A self-portrait of the Opportunity rover created using the Microscopic Imager on the vehicle's robotic arm. (more...)
As Polar Vortex Freezes US, Satellite Track It from Space As Polar Vortex Freezes US, Satellite Track It from Space
- January 31, 2019

Grand Rapids is the heart of the coldest part of Minnesota , and one of the coldest inhabited places in the continental United States . Wind chills in other areas of the Maritimes will make it feel into the minus teens and 20s at times Thursday through Sunday. (more...)
Trump Mocks Global Warming as Temps Sink: 'Please Come Back' Trump Mocks Global Warming as Temps Sink: 'Please Come Back'
- January 29, 2019

The US President called for "Global Waming (sic)" to return and combat the cold conditions. Though he claimed global warming was necessary to fight off the frigid temperatures, in actuality, it's part of what is causing the record-breaking cold weather. (more...)
American Concern about Climate Change Surges to Record High American Concern about Climate Change Surges to Record High
- January 27, 2019

Around three-quarters of Americans are on board with climate change , but that doesn't mean they're all willing to do something about it. It surveyed 1,114 American adults from November to December. Nearly half also support a carbon tax, and more than half support that tax if the money went to an environmental cause or renewable energy research. (more...)
Earth's oldest rock found on Moon Earth's oldest rock found on Moon
- January 27, 2019

An global team of scientists found a tiny fragment - weighing less than an ounce - composed of quartz, feldspar and zircon in one of those moon rocks , according to a news release about the discovery. "However, a simpler explanation is that this piece was formed on the Earth and brought to the surface of the moon as a meteorite generated by an asteroid hitting Earth about four billion years ago, and throwing material into space and to the moon". (more...)
David Attenborough tells WEF we are David Attenborough tells WEF we are "out of touch" with nature
- January 26, 2019

The broadcaster added that it was "difficult to overstate" the urgency of the environmental crisis. "We are now so numerous, so powerful, so all-pervasive. Earlier, during the forum's Crystal Awards ceremony where he was honoured for his environmental stewardship, Mr Attenborough warned that Earth's "Garden of Eden is no more". (more...)
Winds Topple, Damage Space X Rocket Prototype Winds Topple, Damage Space X Rocket Prototype
- January 26, 2019

Elon Musk , the founder of SpaceX , said that the top section of his company's shiny new prototype of a giant rocket was blown over by powerful gusts of wind overnight. The tweet below shows what the Starship prototype looked like after the heavy, sustained winds knocked over the nosecone. Musk followed up in a later tweet by saying that the "actual tanks" - the more complex base of the rocket - "are fine". (more...)
China clones five gene-edited monkeys
- January 26, 2019

Macaques are chiefly Asian monkeys typically having a sturdy build and including some short-tailed or tailless forms. Monkeys that have been genetically edited to have problems with its circadian system can be used in biomedicine to investigate a number of human disorders, including diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, study author Hung-Chun Chang said . (more...)
NASA says International Space Station Crew ready for Total Solar Eclipse NASA says International Space Station Crew ready for Total Solar Eclipse
- January 26, 2019

This is the first eclipse to pass over the United States in the 21st century. THE CANADIAN PRESSA partial solar eclipse is seen from North Vancouver, B.C. Where and when can I see this " Great American Eclipse? ". In Greenville, the moon began covering the sun shortly after 1 p.m. and reached its moment of complete obscuration for about two minutes at 2:38 p.m. (more...)
Michael Michael "Mike" Fincke to Crew Assignment for Manned Boeing Flight Test
- January 25, 2019

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is replacing astronaut Eric Boe, initially set to take part in the first crewed test launch of the Starliner spacecraft later in 2019, with astronaut Mike Fincke, since Boe is unable to fly due to medical reasons , NASA said in a statement. (more...)
Bangladesh at risk as Greenland ice melting faster: Scientists Bangladesh at risk as Greenland ice melting faster: Scientists
- January 25, 2019

RG: How is global warming causing Greenland's ice to melt faster? According to research published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , the ice loss in 2012 - more than 400 billion tonnes - reached almost four times the rate in 2003. (more...)
CBBC Newsround: A meteor hits during the blood moon eclipse! CBBC Newsround: A meteor hits during the blood moon eclipse!
- January 25, 2019

This project went on to become the MIDAS survey , which is run by Spain's University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalucia. After analyzing the recordings from the total lunar eclipse, the team realized they had filmed a meteor hitting the surface of the Moon. (more...)
‘Super blood moon’ thrills onlookers with vibrant shade of red ‘Super blood moon’ thrills onlookers with vibrant shade of red
- January 23, 2019

The eclipse - the only one of 2019 - was visible throughout North and South America, as well as parts of Europe. The penumbra was the partial outer shadow, and the umbra was the full, dark shadow. The total eclipse lasted one hour and two minutes (11:41 p.m. - 12:43 a.m.), with the greatest coverage of the moon happening at 12:12 a.m. Each moon has its own name associated with the full moon. (more...)

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