Monday, August 3, 2015

Science

Federal government moving to ban microbeads in personal care products

TORONTO — The federal government says it’s developing regulations to ban the use plastic microbeads in personal care products.
Microbeads are small particles that are used in a range of personal care products such as body scrubs and toothpaste.

El Nino’s multi-billion dollar vagaries: Godsend for California, disaster for Peru, Indonesia

WASHINGTON — In California, they’re counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It’s both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. And it’s likely to increase the price of coffee, chocolate and sugar.

Scientists find ‘close cousin’ to Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Scientists have identified a “close cousin” to Earth that’s orbiting a sun-like star and might harbour life.
The researchers announced their discovery yesterday based on observations from NASA’s Kepler space telescope.

Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth-sun twin system; best bet for possible life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Scientists have identified a “close cousin” to Earth that’s orbiting a sun-like star and might harbour life.
The researchers announced their discovery Thursday based on observations from NASA’s Kepler space telescope.

Official July census of orcas: 81 whales, including 4 baby orcas born since winter

SEATTLE — The annual July tally of endangered orcas is complete, and researchers have counted 81 whales, including four babies born since last winter.

June, first half of 2015 break old records by far as Earth keeps heating up

WASHINGTON — Earth dialed the heat up in June, smashing warm temperature records for both the month and the first half of the year.
Off-the-charts heat is “getting to be a monthly thing,” said Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. June was the fourth month of 2015 that set a record, she said.

Study knocks down theory that polar bears can conserve energy while fasting

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A study of an Alaska polar bear population in summer concludes the bear’s biology will not help stave off starvation in the face of global warming.

Scientists in Oregon develop bacon-flavoured seaweed; new seaweed variety can be farmed

PORTLAND, Ore. — What grows quickly, is packed with protein, has twice the nutritional value of kale and tastes like bacon?
The answer, according to scientists at Oregon State University, is a new strain of seaweed they recently patented.

Solar plane attempting around-world flight suspends trip in Hawaii because of battery damage

HONOLULU — A team trying to fly a solar-powered plane around the world said Wednesday it is suspending the journey in Hawaii after the plane suffered battery damage during its record-breaking flight to the islands.

NASA’s New Horizons closing in on Pluto, first spacecraft to explore the dwarf planet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was expected to get up-close and personal with Pluto on Tuesday, on track to zoom within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometres) of the small icy world left unexplored until now.

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