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Science Tropical storm Chris reaches hurricane strength as it heads north toward Newfoundland
Author: 0 Tropical storm Chris reaches hurricane strength as it heads north toward Newfoundland

Hurricane Maria dealt a vicious blow when it hit Puerto Rico on September 20 with winds close to 150 miles per hour (240 kph), knocking out the island's already teetering electric grid and water supply. The system is expected to move over the southeastern Bahamas later Tuesday but should not develop much over the next day or so, the hurricane center predicted.

Science Scott Pruitt Out as EPA Chief
Author: 0 Scott Pruitt Out as EPA Chief

Office of Special Counsel. He weakened rules that kept polluters in check - many of which are being challenged in court - and tried to jettison others like the Clean Power Plan . "It is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring", Pruitt wrote .

Science Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment
Author: 0 Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment

Starbucks said Monday that it is making available a strawless lid at 8,000 stores in the US and Canada for certain drinks. Starbucks will replace straws with specially designed cold-up lids already in use for some specialty drinks. However, customers who prefer or need a straw can still request one, but they will be made of alternative materials. The announcement comes after Seattle, Starbucks' home market, banned restaurants from using plastic straws and utensils on July 1.

Science Environment Canada issues statement for the Maritimes about Tropical Storm Chris
Author: 0 Environment Canada issues statement for the Maritimes about Tropical Storm Chris

The storm was expected to strengthen to a hurricane by about 8 a.m. on Monday. Tropical Storm Chris was squatting on Monday about 200 miles (320 kilometers) off the coast of the Carolinas, where forecasters expect it will gain hurricane strength before moving up Gulfstream waters on a path that could cause life-threatening surf on East Coast beaches this week.

Author: 0 Tropical storm Chris is third named storm of 2018 Hurricane season

On average, the third storm forms August 13, said Phil Klotzbach, a tropical weather researcher at Colorado State University and Capital Weather Gang contributor. "Based on the current track by the National Hurricane Center , it looks to be tracking well southeast of Nantucket", Buttrick said. Forecasters warned that the US territory could see between 15 to 25 miles per hour (25 to 40 kph) winds, as well as heavy rains that could cause flooding and mudslides.

Author: 0 Lions kill suspected rhino poachers in South Africa

The police also recovered the team's hunting gear in thick, thorny brush near the group of lions, including a high-powered rifle with a silencer and an ax, which was presumably for removing the horns of rhinos after killing them. Police spokeswoman Captain Mali Govender confirmed that the remains had been found in the lion camp and that detectives were on the scene trying to work out how many were eaten.

Science American border patrol agents stopping and boarding Canadian vessels: spokesman
Author: 0 American border patrol agents stopping and boarding Canadian vessels: spokesman

Fishermen from nearby Grand Manan Island recently said they were approached and questioned by USBP vessels near Machias Seal Island . The island lies about 10 miles offshore between the Gulf of ME and the Bay of Fundy. Machias Seal Island is located off Cutler, Maine , about 320 kilometers (200 miles) up the coast from Portland. But Drouin said he is among many American fishermen also stopped by the border patrol in May and June.

Science Atlantic Hurricane Season Gets a Downgrade
Author: 0 Atlantic Hurricane Season Gets a Downgrade

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. A second system a few hundred miles southwest of Bermuda remained disorganized Thursday morning, but forecasters said it could strengthen as it moves east, away from the USA coast.

Science Tropical depression slows down off Carolina coast
Author: 0 Tropical depression slows down off Carolina coast

National Hurricane Center . The storm was located about 1,295 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles , a chain of islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Another storm system now off the coast of North Carolina has a high likelihood of cyclone formation, according to NWS. "A west-northwestward motion with some increase in forward speed is expected during the next few days", the Barbados Met Office said in its 5 a.m.

Science Hawaii to become first state to ban sale of certain sunscreens
Author: 0 Hawaii to become first state to ban sale of certain sunscreens

Used widely in sunscreens as well as other cosmetic ointments, the chemical is banned in the European Union. "Unfortunately, people also pose the greatest threat to coral reefs ", according to the Smithsonian. "We've got [a] limited amount of time". Consumers will instead have to buy reef-safe sunscreens lacking the chemicals. "This irresponsible action will make it more hard for families to protect themselves against the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays", the Consumer Healthcare Products ...

Science New Ontario government shelves portion of anti-scalping law
Author: 0 New Ontario government shelves portion of anti-scalping law

To ensure an orderly wind-down of programs funded through the cap-and-trade carbon tax, Ford committed that his government will honour arrangements where contracts have already been signed and orders have already been made, such as energy efficient insulation and window retrofits.

Science North Korea aiming to hide ongoing nuclear production
Author: 0 North Korea aiming to hide ongoing nuclear production

Mr Trump said , echoing his sentiments following the historic meeting with Mr Kim in Singapore . The Middlebury Institute report comes on the heels of a conclusion by USA intelligence officials that North Korea is planning to hide its nuclear stockpile and production facilities, reported by the Washington Post .

Science That time Adam Putnam endorsed Scott Pruitt for EPA administrator
Author: 0 That time Adam Putnam endorsed Scott Pruitt for EPA administrator

Trump tweeted Thursday that EPA deputy Andrew Wheeler would "assume duties as the acting administrator of the EPA". The president added that he has "no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda". "It is deeply concerning that the President has chosen to elevate a coal lobby kingpin even more focused than his predecessor on advancing the toxic Trump agenda and destroying critical protections for the health and safety of families", she said Thursday in a ...

Science Three Poachers Eaten By Lions At Nature Reserve
Author: 0 Three Poachers Eaten By Lions At Nature Reserve

According to reports, three suspected hunters were devoured by a pride on the Sibuya Game Reserve in the Eastern Province of South Africa. "Judging from the shoes and items found on the scene‚ I suspect it is about two or maybe three (alleged poachers) who were killed".

Science First Confirmed Image Of A Newborn Planet Captured Using SPHERE
Author: 0 First Confirmed Image Of A Newborn Planet Captured Using SPHERE

By using the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope ( VLT ) - one of the most powerful planet-hunting instruments in existence - the worldwide team has made the first robust detection of a young planet, named PDS 70b, cleaving a path through the planet-forming material surrounding the young star.

Science Greenpeace 'wanted to show nuclear vulnerability'
Author: 0 Greenpeace 'wanted to show nuclear vulnerability'

The group said the stunt was to highlight the lack of security around the facility, adding that "at no time was the drone intercepted or even anxious about". "The presence of these drones had no impact on the security of the installations ", EDF said in a statement, adding that it planned to file a police complaint against Greenpeace.

Science Dawn mission spacecraft snaps incredible photos of dwarf planet Ceres
Author: 0 Dawn mission spacecraft snaps incredible photos of dwarf planet Ceres

This mosaic of a prominent mound located on the western side of Cerealia Facula was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 22, 2018, from an altitude of about 21 miles (34 kilometers). Carol Raymond, a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who serves as the Dawn mission's principal investigator, said the latest spotting brings the probe's adventure at Ceres full circle.

Science NASA will test quieter supersonic booms over Texas this year
Author: 0 NASA will test quieter supersonic booms over Texas this year

The quiet boom: Starting in November, F/A-18 Hornets will create regular sonic booms over the water near Galveston and quieter sonic "thumps" directly over the town. We won't have a noise monitor on their shoulder inside their home. Preliminary testing of the research methodology using the F/A-18 was conducted in 2011 with the assistance of the military community living on the grounds in Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Science Air Pollution Increases Risk Of Diabetes
Author: 0 Air Pollution Increases Risk Of Diabetes

The researchers estimated that pollution contributed to a little more than three million new diabetes cases globally in 2016, which represented about 14 per cent of all new diabetes cases globally that year. Researchers at Washington University used NASA satellites to predict that nearly 15,000 people get type 2 diabetes in the United Kingdom every year because of polluted air.

Science Toronto and Metrolinx issue heat warnings
Author: 0 Toronto and Metrolinx issue heat warnings

As surprising as it sounds, no temperature records were broken over the long weekend in Southwestern Ontario. Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Science The Century's Longest Lunar Eclipse Will Shroud the Moon This Month
Author: 0 The Century's Longest Lunar Eclipse Will Shroud the Moon This Month

This summer, two partial solar eclipses will take place on July 12 and August 11. The totality, or when the earth's shadow covers the moon and creates complete darkness, will last one hour and 43 minutes. However, the phenomenon is not safe to view with naked eyes. It was also the second full moon of the month, which is referred to as a blue moon. Depending on atmospheric conditions, this could be an especially dark total lunar Eclipse.

Science Woman With Toddler Confronts Pruitt During Lunch
Author: 0 Woman With Toddler Confronts Pruitt During Lunch

President Trump's policies at the border have resulted in widespread protests and administration officials being accosted in public and at their homes. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia, while senior White House aide Stephen Miller was branded a "fascist" by an angry patron during a visit to a downtown Mexican eatery.

Science Astronomers Capture the First Image of a Planet Being Born
Author: 0 Astronomers Capture the First Image of a Planet Being Born

The planet, now known as PDS 70b, is shown orbiting within a huge spinning "protoplanetary disc" of gas and dust, which proves it is continuing to accumulate matter, and so is not yet fully formed. That blob is a coronagraph - a mask that researchers apply directly onto the star, lest its light blocks out everything else in the image. Eventually, that "dust bunny" attracts more space materials until it grows bigger and bigger and forms a planet.

Science Collins would oppose court pick with Roe v Wade 'hostility'
Author: 0 Collins would oppose court pick with Roe v Wade 'hostility'

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said he had met with "four potential justices of our great Supreme Court". Also of interest are Amul Thapar, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati; Brett Kavanaugh, a former clerk for Kennedy who serves on the federal appeals court in Washington , D.C.; and Amy Coney Barrett, who serves on the federal appeals court in Chicago.

Science Trump's Supreme Court search begins, youth a key factor
Author: 0 Trump's Supreme Court search begins, youth a key factor

In his Air Force One conversation with reporters, during the quick afternoon flight to New Jersey from Washington, Trump singled out one potential candidate for the court, Sen. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday it would be the " height of hypocrisy " to vote before this year's election on Trump's nominee.

Author: 0 Astronomers capture first ever pictures of a planet being born

Scientists have captured some wonderful shots of a planet being born in space for the first time ever. PDS 70b is much hotter than any planet in our solar system, registering a sizzling 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit (1,000 degrees Celsius), the researchers determined.

Science Democrats warn rights are 'on the line' in coming Supreme Court fight
Author: 0 Democrats warn rights are 'on the line' in coming Supreme Court fight

Kennedy's replacement could be pivotal in paring back abortion rights, potentially even challenging the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973 that gave women a constitutional right to obtain the procedure. "This appointment will have a significant effect on the availability of abortion", Carroll said. "You see this over and over again and it's the usual rank speculation", Leo said.

Author: 0 This is what a newborn planet looks like

These data were gathered by two instruments on the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, and one instrument at Hawaii's Gemini Observatory. Using a powerful planet-hunting instrument on the telescope called SPHERE, an global team of scientists was able to study the newborn planet at a crucial point in its development.

Science Stephen Hawking: a visionary astrophysicist with 'a lovely mind'
Author: 0 Stephen Hawking: a visionary astrophysicist with 'a lovely mind'

His passing was noted by actress Mia Farrow, Apple CEO Tim Cook, former President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May. Following throat surgery in 1985, he communicated through an electronic voice synthesizer. The physicist will be remembered for his huge contribution to the field of physics with the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation. 1963 - Diagnosed with the degenerative nerve disorder ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at the age of 21.

Science Official Heat Wave For Boston!
Author: 0 Official Heat Wave For Boston!

This is the warmest heat wave of the year, placing over 80 million under heat advisories this Saturday . However, when the ambient temperature is at or above the temperature of your body, you're actually just moving the hot air over your skin.

Science Above seasonal temperatures expected long after Canada day
Author: 0 Above seasonal temperatures expected long after Canada day

The agency also says overnight low temperatures will only fall to the low 20s, providing little relief from the heat. The record for warmest July 1 in Ottawa history is 36.7C set in 1963. Weather service reports that showers and thunderstorms expected on Wednesday, June 27, will be accompanied by "constant South-West wind", which will bring hot and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico to a large part of southern Ontario.

Science A robotic astronaut named CIMON is on its way to the ISS
Author: 0 A robotic astronaut named CIMON is on its way to the ISS

As intriguing as identical space siblings and turbo-charged space coffee may be, it's the German robot - named Cimon , pronounced Simon, after a genius doctor in science fiction's " Captain Future " - that's stealing the show. Once toggled to "offline", Gerst can be sure nothing he is saying is streamed down to the IBM server on Earth. NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will use the space station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to capture Dragon when it arrives at the station on Monday, ...

Science Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick July 9
Author: 0 Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick July 9

But Republican Senator John McCain, who has an aggressive form of brain cancer, has been absent from the Senate for months, meaning that if all Senate Democrats vote against Trump's eventual nominee, it would take only one Republican defection to defeat his pick.