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AIR POLLUTION: Trump EPA threatens Calif. highway funding AIR POLLUTION: Trump EPA threatens Calif. highway funding
- September 26, 2019

The EPA letter is addressed to Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board whom Wheeler had accused of negotiating in "bad faith" as talks broke down between Washington and Sacramento, fueling the escalation. "We believe that states across the country should withdraw inactive state implementation plans that date back in some places years or decades and in many cases have fundamental approvability issues", a senior EPA official said on the call. (more...)
Melania Trump's Melania Trump's "Be Best" Is Trending After Donald Mocks Greta Thunberg
- September 26, 2019

Sharing a clip of Thunberg's impassioned speech on Twitter , Trump wrote with apparent sarcasm that she appears to be a "happy young girl". "So nice to see!" The day before Thunberg's United Nations speech, D'Souza likened her image to ones used in Nazi propaganda, posting a photo on Twitter of Thunberg, wearing her signature long braids, next to an illustration of a young woman with a similar hairstyle standing in front of a swastika flag. (more...)
Mont Blanc: Glacier in danger of collapse, experts warn Mont Blanc: Glacier in danger of collapse, experts warn
- September 25, 2019

Below the glacier, he said , "there are no homes, only a few unoccupied chalets". Authorities in the town of Courmayeur, which sits at the foot of the Mont Blanc range, are said to have closed the Val Ferret municipality road due to the possible collapse. (more...)
Australian Government Will Be Joining NASA For Space Exploration Australian Government Will Be Joining NASA For Space Exploration
- September 25, 2019

This means that the prime contractor, Lockheed, is being asked to supply additional spacecraft and support services for the Artemis III, IV, and V missions at an initial cost of US$2.7 billion in 2022 for three capsules and an additional three at $1.9 billion for Artemis VI, VII, and VII. (more...)
The affects of climate change are accelerating, according to experts The affects of climate change are accelerating, according to experts
- September 25, 2019

For some island nations and coastal cities, that will nearly certainly mean finding new places to call home. Marine heat waves and extreme El Nino (when sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean rise to above normal levels) and La Nina (when sea surface temperatures in central Pacific Ocean drop to below normal) will become frequent. (more...)
Researchers Claim Venus Was Habitable 700 Million Years Ago Researchers Claim Venus Was Habitable 700 Million Years Ago
- September 25, 2019

It is not bad enough that its opaque atmosphere is 96.5 percent carbon dioxide or that it showers sulfuric acid. Based on this assumption, Dr Way and Dr Del Genio state that almost 715 million years ago, the atmosphere on Venus would have been similar to what it is on our planet right now, dominated by nitrogen and a high percentage of carbon dioxide and methane. (more...)
New Australian partnership with NASA New Australian partnership with NASA
- September 24, 2019

In this NASA handout, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, top left, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, top right, witness the signing of a letter of intent between NASA and the Australian Space Agency by NASA Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard, left, and Dr. (more...)
Greta Thunberg stares down Trump as two cross paths at UN Greta Thunberg stares down Trump as two cross paths at UN
- September 23, 2019

In her speech, Thunberg reminded world leaders that the victims of global warming will be young people, especially women. I shouldn't be up here. "You're failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal". The climate summit coincided with protests in cities around the world created to draw attention to man-made climate change. Earlier Monday morning, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham raised the possibility that Mr. (more...)
"Landmark Journey": PM Praises ISRO As Chandrayaan 2 Enters Lunar Orbit
- September 23, 2019

If reaching Moon's orbit is one part of the mission-Isro had already put a satellite around Moon in 2008 ( Chandrayaan-1 )-the more crucial part of Chandrayaan-2 would be to land Vikram, it's lander on Moon . ISRO's lunar lander Vikram in artist's view. "Even a small error would have killed the mission", Sivan said . The Moon Mission's payloads include equipment to map the polar region and search for water-ice at the sub-surface level, examine the Moon's neutral exosphere, conduct ... (more...)
Greta Thunberg hopes climate strikes will be 'social tipping point' Greta Thunberg hopes climate strikes will be 'social tipping point'
- September 23, 2019

On Saturday, Ms.Wickramanayake said: "Climate change is the defining issue of our time ". "It's not just about the environment, it's about us, too". The day began in the Pacific and Asia and culminated in a massive demonstration in NY. Ms Thunberg said about four million people took part in the strike around the world, "and we're still counting". Our house is on fire. The marches and rallies in Seattle and across the world were all organized by young people. (more...)
Vernal Equinox 2019: Google Doodles Celebrate as Earth's Seasons Change Vernal Equinox 2019: Google Doodles Celebrate as Earth's Seasons Change
- September 22, 2019

Each day this week we're adding an extra four minutes 26 seconds of daylight; a difference of more than half an hour from the start of the week to the end. This means means almost equal day and night all over the world! It's uncertain when ancient civilizations first became aware of this phenomenon, though humans have been creating structures to observe the changing positions of the sun in the sky and its relationship to the seasons for thousands of years, Young said. (more...)
China Becomes First to Land Unmanned Spacecraft on Far Side of Moon China Becomes First to Land Unmanned Spacecraft on Far Side of Moon
- September 22, 2019

While in popular culture the far side of the Moon is often called the "dark side", the far side is not dark in the sense that it does get exposed to sunlight. Chang'e 4 , a combined lander and rover, will make astronomical observations and probe the structure and mineral composition of the terrain above and below the surface . (more...)
Denisovans 'unveiled': This is what the long-lost human relative looked like Denisovans 'unveiled': This is what the long-lost human relative looked like
- September 21, 2019

Going into the project, the HUJ researchers thought it highly likely that Denisovans would resemble Neanderthals more than modern humans, but the team was "particularly excited to find those anatomical traits where Denisovans differed from both modern humans and Neanderthals", Carmel told Gizmodo in an email. (more...)
China Lands Spacecraft on 'Dark' Side of the Moon
- September 21, 2019

So in May 2018, China put a communications relay satellite called Queqiao into a loop 65,000 kilometers beyond the moon at Earth-moon Lagrange Point 2, a gravitationally balanced location from which the spacecraft can exchange signals with both Earth and the moon's far side. (more...)
Chandrayaan-2: Experts panel analysing cause of lander Vikram’s failure Chandrayaan-2: Experts panel analysing cause of lander Vikram’s failure
- September 20, 2019

Adding to ISRO's worry the last hope to revive the Vikram Lander will end on Friday if ISRO remains unsuccessful in establishing a contact with "Vikram" as the period of 14 Earth days or sunny days in the south pole region of the Moon-where the Vikram landed-will get over today. (more...)
Greta Thunberg to US politicians: 'Sorry, you're not trying hard enough' Greta Thunberg to US politicians: 'Sorry, you're not trying hard enough'
- September 19, 2019

There is no planet B, so grab a placard and get involved! According to an article published on the NPR website, she handed out fliers detailing why she was striking with a list of facts about the climate crisis. "We're on a first-name basis with the climate crisis-Sandy, Maria, Irma, Dorian-my fellow plaintiffs and I are directly impacted every day", Barret said, listing off recent storms made worse by climate change. (more...)
Trump strips California of power to set auto emission standards Trump strips California of power to set auto emission standards
- September 19, 2019

The Justice Department recently launched an antitrust investigation into a deal between California and four major auto manufacturers for tougher pollution and related mileage requirements than Trump's administration sought. "You have no basis and no authority to pull this waiver", said California AG Xavier Becerra, referring to Trump. Her comments reflect the Trump administration's move to revoke California's waiver. (more...)
Trump says he will strip California’s clean-car authority Trump says he will strip California’s clean-car authority
- September 19, 2019

The move is the Trump administration's opening salvo in what's sure to be a contentious battle over states rights and environmental policy between officials in California and Washington, with automakers caught in the middle. Adriaens says that the changes are also likely to affect the vehicle companies' positions in the stock and capital markets, and possibly make it harder to sell more fuel-efficient cars. (more...)
MIT Engineers Have Developed The Blackest Black Material MIT Engineers Have Developed The Blackest Black Material
- September 19, 2019

Wardle and study co-author Kehang Cui, a former MIT postdoc and current professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, did not set out to engineer a headline-making ultrablack material. When engineers created the material, however, it was completely by accident. " So, I thought I should measure the optical reflectance of the sample ", added Cui. (more...)
Dropped cigarette butt leads to arrest of suspected serial killer Dropped cigarette butt leads to arrest of suspected serial killer
- September 19, 2019

A suspect has been linked through forensic evidence to three women who were killed in Daytona Beach between 2005 and 2007, authorities announced Monday. Throughout his preliminary suspected rampage, Hayes was a scholar at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Seaside. State records show that Hayes also had a security guard licence at the time. (more...)

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