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New Horizons data reveals dunes made of methane on Pluto

New Horizons data reveals dunes made of methane on Pluto An worldwide team of geographers, physicists and planetary scientists analyzed detailed images of the dwarf planet's surface from July 2015, captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft . "When we first saw the images of New Horizons , we immediately thought they were dunes, which was very surprising because we knew there was not really any atmosphere", says Jani Radebaugh, co-discoverer and... [Full Article...]

How did Pluto form its mysterious dunes?

The recent study of results from New Horizons indicates that there is a field of dunes at the edge of Pluto's largest plain, Sputnik Planitia . You might not know this region by name, but you've seen plenty of photos of it. Telfer guesses they are at least tens of metres tall. "We knew that every solar system body with an atmosphere and a solid rocky surface has dunes on it, but we didn't kn... [Full Article...]

Flash Flooding Possible As Alberto's Leftovers Track Over The Valley

Flash Flooding Possible As Alberto's Leftovers Track Over The Valley Authorities say conditions are especially unsafe with flooding rains coming overnight and on a holiday weekend when people may have outdoor plans. The National Weather Service says numerous showers and thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rainfall are expected to approach the region this afternoon and continue past midnight. [Full Article...]

This 240-Million-Year-Old Reptile Is the 'Mother of All Lizards'

This 240-Million-Year-Old Reptile Is the 'Mother of All Lizards' For the researchers, if a lizard was already on the Earth there are 240 million years, this implies that its origin is still more ancient, and that it could therefore date from before the extinction of the Permian-Triassic, there are some 252 million years ago. [Full Article...]

Scientists discover 240 million years old lizard fossil, the ultimate survivor

Megachirella , discovered some 20 years ago buried in compacted sand and clay layers in the Dolomites mountain range in northeast Italy, was initially misclassified as a close lizard relative. Likewise, the past of lizards can explain more regarding their biological constitutions and behavioral habits than the 9000 species that are alive today. [Full Article...]

Lions, tigers, jaguar escape German zoo

Lions, tigers, jaguar escape German zoo Numerous police, zookeepers, and firefighters are combing the zoo looking for the animals before they wandered into the town. It was not immediately clear how or when exactly the animals escaped, but heavy thunderstorms overnight had resulted in bad flooding across the zoo, which is on a riverbank. [Full Article...]

Barrier Reef survived five 'death events'

The first two large scale deaths occurred about 30,000 and 22,000 years ago, as the sea level drastically dropped, bottoming out at 118 m (387 ft) lower than it now is. Researchers identified five "death events" in which large portions of the coral died off altogether. The final event occurred about 10,000 years ago, but wasn't accompanied by any known sea level change. [Full Article...]

European Union proposes ban on plastic straws, cutlery

So, the European Commission introduces a ban on cotton swabs for the ears, which are made of plastic . "Europeans need to act together to tackle this problem", EU vice president Frans Timmermans told the Independent . The European Commission announced yesterday new EU-wide rules to reduce the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas. [Full Article...]

The Last Shot Of Ingalls Canon DSLR Camera — NASA Story

The Last Shot Of Ingalls Canon DSLR Camera — NASA Story That's the view from Ingalls dearly departed camera, which appears to be (as you can see in the photo up top) some model of high-end Canon DSLR. "I had six remotes, two outside the launch pad safety perimeter and four inside", Ingalls tells NASA. [Full Article...]

UN & China invite applications to conduct experiments on-board China's Space Station

China built the space station from scratch, according to Yang, mostly because the country couldn't use the ISS due to concerns over technology transfer and national security raised by the USA, which led the development of the ISS with 14 other nations . [Full Article...]

When should the Canadian government get out of the pipeline business?

When should the Canadian government get out of the pipeline business? This banker said heavyweight USA investors such as Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which already has significant stakes in Canadian utilities, and Blackstone Group LP would be potential bidders. Lastly, the ad took a dig at the lack of preparedness in case of an oil spill: "Buyers must be prepared to hold $500M in cash for oil spill liability, which we think is such a low likelihood that we haven't eve... [Full Article...]

NASA camera melts while capturing SpaceX launch

NASA camera melts while capturing SpaceX launch Footage released by NASA shows several frames of smoke rising from the launch site before orange flames begin to singe nearby vegetation and creep toward the camera. The other cameras closer to the launch and within the safety perimeter were unharmed, as was the second remote device. What's left of the camera will likely end up on on display at NASA HQ in Washington , DC, the agency reporte... [Full Article...]

Oldest Case of Dandruff Found in 125-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur

Oldest Case of Dandruff Found in 125-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur A dinosaur the size of a chicken that lived 125 million years ago, had problems with dandruff regularly, say the authors of a study that found skin flakes in fossilized remains. It was found in a little dinosaur with feathers, that is known to have walked the Earth about 125 million years ago. "What's remarkable is that the fossil dandruff is nearly identical to that in modern birds - even the... [Full Article...]

Japan kills 333 whales for 'research', 122 were pregnant

Though explosive harpoons are meant to kill whales instantly, research has shown that they frequently do not result in immediate death . This potential profit motive - coupled with recent footage of Japanese vessels slaying whales in an Australian whale sanctuary - has resulted in worldwide condemnation of the country's brutal hunting practices. [Full Article...]

Canada's Government Buys Controversial Oil Pipeline, To Ensure It Gets Expanded

Canada's Government Buys Controversial Oil Pipeline, To Ensure It Gets Expanded A Finance Department official says that as a Crown project in the national interest, Canada has special allowances to proceed that may not be available to a private-sector company. Your $4.5 billion only buys Kinder Morgan's existing pipeline assets. Kean said the company would restart construction using federal government funds before the closing of the deal, expected late in the third quarte... [Full Article...]

May pleads guilty to criminal contempt charge in Kinder Morgan protest

May pleads guilty to criminal contempt charge in Kinder Morgan protest Canada and Kinder Morgan agreed on a pricetag of 4.5 billion Canadian dollars ($3.5 billion), Finance Minister Bill Morneau said at a press conference Tuesday morning. Analysts have said China is eager to get access to Canada's oil, but largely gave up hope that a pipeline to the Pacific coast would be built. Greenpeace Canada's Mike Hudema tweeted "Good-bye climate and Indigenous rights commi... [Full Article...]

A summery Memorial Day, watch your local Storm Team forecast

A summery Memorial Day, watch your local Storm Team forecast STORM SURGE: The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - has formed in the Caribbean and is churning towards the US Gulf Coast. Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Al... [Full Article...]

Alberto approaches Panhandle, as more rain expected in Central Florida

Alberto approaches Panhandle, as more rain expected in Central Florida All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. As of 5pm Sunday evening. subtropical Storm Alberto is now around 165 miles west of Tampa, Florida or around 120 miles south of the Florida panhandle. [Full Article...]

Three Ebola patients escape from Congo hospital, two had help from family

Three Ebola patients escape from Congo hospital, two had help from family The other was sent back to hospital on 22 May and died that evening, according to MSF. "One of them died at home, and his body was was returned to the health centre for a secure burial", Gray said. "We're really just at the beginning". "It's the detective work of epidemiology which will make or break the response to this outbreak". Newly vaccinated people would have to be monitored for 21 days... [Full Article...]

Canid animal shot near Denton draws attention

Canid animal shot near Denton draws attention A statement issued by the FWP states the creature's teeth were too short and the front paws too small, and the claws on the front paw were longer than typically seen on a wolf. A wolf-like creature has been shot and killed by a rancher protecting his livestock near Denton, Montana , but now specialists are racking their brains trying to figure out exactly what kind of animal this was. [Full Article...]


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