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Cotton Applauds Trump Administration’s Rollback of Obama Climate Rule

Cotton Applauds Trump Administration’s Rollback of Obama Climate Rule Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) released a statement on Tuesday applauding President Donald Trump and his administration's roll back of an Obama administration climate rule. "Combined with the EPA's proposal earlier this month to ease gas-mileage requirements for vehicles, the move may actually increase the country's climate-changing emissions, according to some former top EPA officials, environm... [Full Article...]

Hawaii Prepares for Hurricane Lane

Hawaii Prepares for Hurricane Lane The hurricane was expected to bring 160mph (260km/h) winds to Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday with gusts capable of damaging roofs and knocking out power, the NHC warned. Forecasters warned of large swells that could produce risky surf and strong currents along some shorelines, beginning Wednesday on the Big Island. Hurricane Lane is poised to give Hawaii an unusually major encounter with a ... [Full Article...]

Hurricane Lane continues march toward Hawaii

Hurricane Lane continues march toward Hawaii Forecasters say hurricane winds extend 30 miles from the center of the storm . Hurricane Lane has been downgraded to a Category 4 storm as it moves closer to Hawaii, the National Weather Service said Wednesday . Mount Kilauea began producing lava flows in early May and portions of the southeastern coastline of the Big Island have been transformed by the lava flows that covered over 13 square... [Full Article...]

Trump Prepared To Revoke Security Clearance From DOJ Official Bruce Ohr

Trump Prepared To Revoke Security Clearance From DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Hayden made his remarks in a Friday interview on CNN's "New Day." "I don't know McRaven", Trump said of the former Navy SEAL who organized the 2011 raid that killed Osama Bin Laden . "Decisions on security clearances should be based on national security and not political views". "I've never respected him; I've never had a lot of respect", Trump said. [Full Article...]

State of emergency as Florida battles algae

State of emergency as Florida battles algae More than $100,000 in additional funding to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium to increase its response to red tide impacts. Most people aren't affected by swimming in red tide-infested waters, but skin irritation may occur. This summer, that means the devastating red tide is happening at the same time as a toxic blue-green algae bloom spreads in the Caloosahatchee River and St. [Full Article...]

NASA, ULA launch Parker Solar Probe on historic journey to touch sun

NASA, ULA launch Parker Solar Probe on historic journey to touch sun As a key component of the mission myself, I'll touch base again soon with updates from the Sun. Back in March, NASA invited members of the public to submit their names to be included on a memory card that is now mounted on the Parker Probe as it hurtles through space. [Full Article...]

Sick orca gets shot of antibiotics as rescuers prepare feeding attempt

Sick orca gets shot of antibiotics as rescuers prepare feeding attempt I can't believe she is still carrying her calf around", Deborah Giles, a research scientist and research director for nonprofit Wild Orca , told the Seattle Times . "She was breathing very well; her respiratory rate was normal", he said. "It is very possible she has succumbed at this point and we may never see her again", Rowles said. [Full Article...]

NASA begins countdown to launch of first spacecraft to ‘touch Sun’

NASA begins countdown to launch of first spacecraft to ‘touch Sun’ Its mission will take it to within 4 million miles from the sun, close enough to get detailed measurements of the sun's atmosphere, but far enough away not to burn up. But getting so close to the Sun requires slowing down - for which Parker will use the gravity of our neighbor planet, Venus . "The Parker Solar Probe will help us do a much better job of predicting when a disturbance in the sol... [Full Article...]

Perseid meteor shower peaks Saturday, Sunday nights

Perseid meteor shower peaks Saturday, Sunday nights This year, the viewing opportunities are about as good as they can get. Unfortunately, it's expected to be mostly cloudy for most of us at that time. The most prime viewing will take place on Sunday night, anytime after 10pm through the overnight. The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear. [Full Article...]

More than 100 shooting stars expected in weekend’s Perseid meteor shower peak

Forecasters expect the peak to occur the nights of August 11 and 12. The Perseids have presented a scintillating display for 2,000 years, according to NASA . The best time to view the meteor shower is between 1AM and 3AM. This year you'll be able to see up to 60-80 meteors per hour - for about one meteor per minute - up from last year's rate of 40-50 (in case anyone is counting). [Full Article...]

SpaceX Just Launched A Rocket With A Critical Reused Part

SpaceX Just Launched A Rocket With A Critical Reused Part SpaceX has successfully reused the first Falcon 9 Block 5 booster less than three months after the rocket's major reliability and reusability upgrade debuted. This is not the first time SpaceX has successfully relaunched one of its rockets, but it is the first time that the uber-reusable "block 5" rocket blasted off . [Full Article...]

Red tide, algae kill Florida wildlife

Red tide, algae kill Florida wildlife FWC marine turtle biologist Robbin Trindell says the increased number is due, in part, to the red tide affecting numerous beaches where the turtles nest during the summer time. Those who are looking for spots free of red tide can visit https://visitbeaches.org and myfwc.com/redtidestatus to see which beaches have been affected. [Full Article...]

NASA names new crews for space travel

It now looks like SpaceX will be the first to launch humans on its crew Dragon spacecraft, set for April 2019. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine announced eight current NASA astronauts, several of whom have been to space before, as well as bringing a ninth former astronaut who now works for Boeing on stage. [Full Article...]

How new fuel standards will impact California vehicles

How new fuel standards will impact California vehicles The affordability argument ignores thousands of dollars of saving in fuel costs for each driver over the life of a auto, opponents of the rollbacks said. "Automakers support continued improvements in fuel economy and flexibilities that incentivize advanced technologies while balancing priorities like affordability, safety, jobs, and the environment". [Full Article...]

NASA announces astronauts for first Commercial Crew missions

On Friday, NASA plans to announce the eight astronauts who will fly either SpaceX's Crew Dragon or Boeing's CST-100 Starliner ships for the first time. Since NASA retired its space shuttles, the agency has had to buy seats on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to get its crews to the International Space Station . [Full Article...]

Possible lake spotted under a polar ice cap-on Mars

Possible lake spotted under a polar ice cap-on Mars It would be at least 20 kilometers wide and would have to be "several tens of centimeters thick" - otherwise the radar could not have detected it. MARSIS surveyed Mars' Planum Australe region between May 2012 and December 2015 and utilized radar pulses, sending them through the surface and the polar ice caps, ultimately measuring how the radio waves came back. [Full Article...]

Mars to be very close to Earth on July 27

Mars to be very close to Earth on July 27 Mars is already brighter than usual and will shine even more- and appear bigger - as Tuesday nears. Mars will be visible in the sky this week as it makes its closest approach to Earth in 15 years. Mars will be easily visible with the naked eye - weather permitting. The sun, moon and Venus are usually the top three brightest objects. Hubble, one of the largest space telescopes, captured imag... [Full Article...]

Lunar Eclipse 2018 in India Today

Lunar Eclipse 2018 in India Today On the same night and over the coming days, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003 - visible as a " bright red star" where skies are clear. Nights before, the effect has already begun with the moon not yet eclipsed by the Earth, but enough to colour it very noticeably. The only light which reaches moon and gets reflected back is the one which is refracted by the earth's atmos... [Full Article...]

Jaguar escapes zoo, killing trapped animals

Jaguar escapes zoo, killing trapped animals No humans were hurt. Zoo officials said keeper error was not a factor in the escape. The zoo is expected to reopen to the public on Sunday. An "after action review" is taking place to determine how the killer cat got free. "Today is a hard day for the Audubon family", a statement from the Audobon Nature Institute said. As well as grief counselors being on-site this morning for staff, we ... [Full Article...]

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's Trump texts sparked by 'horrible, disgusting behaviour'

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's Trump texts sparked by 'horrible, disgusting behaviour' In his opening statement, Strzok acknowledged that while his text message criticism was "blunt", it wasn't directed at one person or party and included jabs not only at Trump but also at Clinton and Sen. "My presumption, based on that frightful, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be President of the United States", Strzok said. [Full Article...]


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