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These explosions create space weather events that can pummel Earth with high energy particles, endangering astronauts, interfering with Global Positioning System and communications satellites and, at their worst, disrupting our power grid.
  • Jaguar escapes zoo cage, kills 8 animals

    Jaguar escapes zoo cage, kills 8 animals

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    The big cat went on a rampage before he was sedated at about 8.15am. He killed four alpacas, an emu, and a fox before being subdued by zoo authorities. Zoo officials say inspections found that the roof was "compromised", but initial findings concluded that keeper error was not a factor. Officials have said the jaguar will not be euthanized in the wake of the incident.
  • Barbados remains on tropical storm watch

    Barbados remains on tropical storm watch

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    The Met Office said Beryl remained a Category 1 hurricane at 11:00 am, with speeds near 80 miles per hour, heading west at approximately 15 miles per hour. The National Weather Service put out tropical storm warnings for Dominica and Guadeloupe, and tropical storm watches for Barbados; Martinique, St. Martin, and St.
  • Unsafe giant hogweed found in Virginia; can cause blindness, severe burns

    Unsafe giant hogweed found in Virginia; can cause blindness, severe burns

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    Dr. Jordan Metzgar with Virginia Tech's Massey Herbarium says there are about 30 Clarke County plants and a previous property owner planted them there as ornamentals in the 1970s. "Symptoms include painful blisters, which become darkly pigmented and can cause scars". Giant hogweed seeds are dispersed across short distances by the wind, but they can make it further if they are accidentally transported in soil.
  • Delhi slum drowning in plastic as Environment Day focuses on India

    Delhi slum drowning in plastic as Environment Day focuses on India

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    Two years ago, the Indian government notified the "Plastic Waste Management Rules" which recommended the minimum thickness of plastic carry bags be increased from 40 microns to 50 microns. Kangana Ranaut put a plastic bag on her head to highlight the damage that's being done to the environment and asked people to refrain from it. Social Media Participation - Use your social media platforms on the day to stir conversation about World Environmental Day .
  • Organic Matter Found On Mars, Nasa Announces

    Organic Matter Found On Mars, Nasa Announces

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    But it has found the ingredients for life on Mars. The methane is cool, whether it's linked to life or not. Both studies resulting from the mission were published online today in the journal Science . Over the intervening years, fluid flowing thought it would have initiated chemical reactions that could have destroyed the organic matter - the material discovered may in fact be fragments from bigger molecules.
  • Quest for material prosperity should not compromise environment: PM

    Quest for material prosperity should not compromise environment: PM

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    Speaking at a day's event in Accra to celebrate this year's World Environment Day (WED), Prof Gordon, explained that nano plastics , due to it minute nature, cannot be easily seen and could affect humans' physiology. A 2017 report by the Ocean Conservancy said China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are dumping more plastic than the rest of the world combined.
  • SpaceX Launches Satellite for SES in Its 11th Mission This Year

    SpaceX Launches Satellite for SES in Its 11th Mission This Year

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    SES-12 is the latest satellite that SES has launched to that orbital position where it will operate under the authority of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Americans to deliver cargo to the global space station using the Cygnus vehicles Orbital ATK and Dragon manufactured by SpaceX . "The launch vehicle is expendable", said Martin Halliwell, chief technical officer for SES .
  • New Zealand to slaughter 150,000 cows in record cull

    New Zealand to slaughter 150,000 cows in record cull

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    Cabinet's decision to opt for eradication of Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand is a bold one and probably the right one, but will involve a lot of anguish and pain for farmers and must be closely scrutinised right through the programme. We're calling on rural communities to support each other, especially affected farmers and those that appear to be finding it hard. "We do believe we are taking it on at a point that it is possible to eradicate and more than 99% of farms don't have it and we ...
  • Fourth person to walk on moon, Alan Bean dies

    Fourth person to walk on moon, Alan Bean dies

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    A decade later, Bean told me that his brain must have been wired differently from the norm for astronauts. Reflecting on his experience, Bean once said: "I remember once looking back at Earth and starting to think, Gee, that's lovely.' Then I said to myself, 'Quit screwing off and go collect rocks .' We figured reflection wasn't productive".
  • Subtropical Storm Alberto moves to gatecrash Memorial Day outings

    Subtropical Storm Alberto moves to gatecrash Memorial Day outings

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    Subtropical storms can strengthen into tropical storms, but Alberto is not expected to do so before reaching land, and will quickly weaken after landfall. The National Hurricane Center says that Alberto now has top sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 kph) but that little further strengthening is expected before Alberto reaches the Gulf Coast sometime Monday.
  • National Hurricane Center: Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in western Caribbean

    National Hurricane Center: Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in western Caribbean

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    It boils down to technical characteristics of the storm and how it gets its energy. "This system could also bring tropical-storm-force winds and storm surge to portions of the northern Gulf Coast by late this weekend or early next week". "Locally heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf coast into early next week", senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said in Friday's tropical weather outlook.