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Image shows turbulent birth of stars

Image shows turbulent birth of stars

May 4, – The European Southern Observatory, or ESO, released an image Thursday that shows the intense activity that occurs inside an interstellar cloud when stars form. The image was captured by the 1.54-meter Danish telescope at the ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile and shows the intense activity inside an interstellar cloud. “The gas […]

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International talks on climate change inch closer to global pact

International talks on climate change inch closer to global pact

May 4, AP – The latest round of international talks on climate change closed on Friday with delegates generally pleased about the growing collegial spirit at the negotiation table. “The session has been quite positive,” said Andrés Pirazzoli, a negotiator with the Chilean delegation. “We were able to be more open, more frank.” The UN […]

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Space Picture This Week: Nebulae, Rockets, and a New Earth

Space Picture This Week: Nebulae, Rockets, and a New Earth

Rocket Test Another in a growing number of space vehicles launched by private companies, the Antares rocket was sent skyward from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on April 21. The spacecraft, developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation, was designed to deliver a mock payload into orbit—the equivalent weight of a future spacecraft that could […]

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New research: Plants can moderate climate warming

New research: Plants can moderate climate warming

May 1 AP – The new study, published in Nature Geoscience, identified a negative feedback loop in which higher temperatures lead to an increase in concentrations of natural aerosols that have a cooling effect on the atmosphere. As temperatures warm, plants release gases that help form clouds and cool the atmosphere, according to research from […]

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Humboldt penguins under threat of extinction

Humboldt penguins under threat of extinction

April 28, AP – Humboldt penguins — which nest only in parts of Chile and Peru — over the years have become decimated by human encroachment, rat infestations and unforgiving weather currents carried by unusually warm El Nino ocean temperatures, naturalists said. Several dozen Humboldt penguins sun themselves along the coast of an islet in […]

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Do Whales Have Culture?

Do Whales Have Culture?

Whales communicate with other humpbacks via social learning, study shows. April 27, AP – Whether it’slearning a new song, figuring out how touse tools to forage for food, orpicking up the local customs, learning from others is an important part of life for many animals, including people. The idea of a culture or traditions—behavior shared […]

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Space junk such as debris need to be removed from Earth’s orbit

Space junk such as debris need to be removed from Earth’s orbit

April 26, AP – At the current density of debris, there will be an in-orbit collision about every five years, however research presented at a conference hosted by ESA in Germany showed that an increase in such junk made more collisions likely in the future. Space junk such as debris from rockets must be removed […]

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Colliding old satellites and pieces shuttles create wasteland in space

Colliding old satellites and pieces shuttles create wasteland in space

April 24, AP Old satellites and pieces of shuttles are floating in the space around Earth. Is space debris dangerous? What can we do about it? Experts are discussing solutions at a conference in Germany. At the 6th European Conference on Space Debris being held in the German city of Darmstadt from April 22 to […]

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Europe’s Carbon Market Crisis: Why Does it Matter?

Europe’s Carbon Market Crisis: Why Does it Matter?

April 23, AP – What will be the aftermath of the ETS collapse? Here’s a quick primer on what happened, and what it could mean elsewhere, particularly in California, which inaugurated a new carbon market at the start of this year. (Related: “California Tackles Climate Change, But Will Others Follow?”) The European Parliament this week […]

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Cigarette Butts Litter Waterways, Create Toxic Aquatic Ecosystems

Cigarette Butts Litter Waterways, Create Toxic Aquatic Ecosystems

April 19, – Data from the Ocean Conservancy shows that in 2010, over one million cigarettes or cigarette filters were removed from American beaches and inland waterways as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). This represents about 31% of the total debris items collected and by far the most prevalent item found. Cigarette […]

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