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Green energy sees secure future from Obama's climate plan

Solar and wind energy in the United States is likely to have a secure future thanks to President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon emissions by forcing utilities to use renewable sources to produce electricity, the industry said on Monday. With its 2030 deadline, Obama's Clean Power Plan offers a degree of stability over the next 15 years to renewable energy companies which have historically reli…

  • 'Snowball Earth' Might Be Slushy
    'Snowball Earth' Might Be Slushy SPACE.com - 11 hours ago

    Imagine a world without liquid water — just solid ice in all directions. The last of these so-called "Snowball Earth" glaciations ended around 635 million years ago … More »'Snowball Earth' Might Be Slushy

    'Snowball Earth' Might Be Slushy

    Imagine a world without liquid water — just solid ice in all directions. The last of these so-called "Snowball Earth" glaciations ended around 635 million years ago when complex life was just starting to develop. "Studying Snowball Earth glaciations can tell us just how bad it can get, in which case life as we know it …

  • Weed: Good for the Bones? LiveScience.com - 12 hours ago

    Got pot? Marijuana might take a cue from the famous advertising slogan for milk. The compound cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD), which is a nonhallucinogenic chemical in … More »Weed: Good for the Bones?

    Got pot? Marijuana might take a cue from the famous advertising slogan for milk. The compound cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD), which is a nonhallucinogenic chemical in marijuana plants, helps heal bone fractures, the research finds.

  • Researchers recover 48-mln-yrs-old `Jesus lizard` fossil in US ANI - Sun, 2 Aug, 2015

    Washington DC, Aug 2 (ANI): In a discovery, researchers have recovered a 48-million-year-old fossil which may represent the earliest clear member of the Jesus lizard … More »Researchers recover 48-mln-yrs-old `Jesus lizard` fossil in US

    Washington DC, Aug 2 (ANI): In a discovery, researchers have recovered a 48-million-year-old fossil which may represent the earliest clear member of the Jesus lizard group. The 48-million-year-old fossil, known as a 'Jesus lizard' for its ability to walk on water, may provide insight into how climate change may affect …

  • Newly Discovered Dinosaur's Powerful Sniffer Helped It Track Prey
    Newly Discovered Dinosaur's Powerful Sniffer Helped It Track Prey LiveScience.com - Sat, 1 Aug, 2015

    While pursing his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, Steven Jasinski fulfilled a childhood dream: He discovered a brand-new dinosaur. Jasinski, a doctoral candidate … More »Newly Discovered Dinosaur's Powerful Sniffer Helped It Track Prey

    Newly Discovered Dinosaur's Powerful Sniffer Helped It Track Prey

    While pursing his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, Steven Jasinski fulfilled a childhood dream: He discovered a brand-new dinosaur. Jasinski, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science and curator of paleontology and geology at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, was reviewing the museum's …

  • Newly Discovered Dinosaur's Powerful Sniffer Helped It Track Prey
    New Dinosaur's Powerful Sniffer Helped It Track Prey LiveScience.com - Sat, 1 Aug, 2015

    While pursing his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, Steven Jasinski fulfilled a childhood dream: he discovered a brand new dinosaur. Jasinski, a doctoral candidate … More »New Dinosaur's Powerful Sniffer Helped It Track Prey

    Newly Discovered Dinosaur's Powerful Sniffer Helped It Track Prey

    While pursing his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, Steven Jasinski fulfilled a childhood dream: he discovered a brand new dinosaur. Jasinski, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science and curator of paleontology and geology at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, was reviewing the museum's …

  • 'Endangered' seahorses could be extinct in next three decades ANI - Sat, 1 Aug, 2015

    London, Aug 1 (ANI): Seahorses, which have existed for 13 million years, could be the creatures of the past in three decades unless a drastic action is taken. According … More »'Endangered' seahorses could be extinct in next three decades

    London, Aug 1 (ANI): Seahorses, which have existed for 13 million years, could be the creatures of the past in three decades unless a drastic action is taken. According to official figures, 64 million of the delicate creatures are taken from oceans annually for Chinese medicine and the curio trade, and conservationists …

  • Cecil the Lion: Do Paid Hunting Permits Help Save Wildlife?
    Cecil the Lion: Do Paid Hunting Permits Help Save Wildlife? LiveScience.com - Fri, 31 Jul, 2015

    An American dentist who shot a famous 13-year-old lion, named Cecil, in Zimbabwe spent about $54,000 in permits to kill the top carnivore, according to news sources. … More »Cecil the Lion: Do Paid Hunting Permits Help Save Wildlife?

    Cecil the Lion: Do Paid Hunting Permits Help Save Wildlife?

    An American dentist who shot a famous 13-year-old lion, named Cecil, in Zimbabwe spent about $54,000 in permits to kill the top carnivore, according to news sources. Money from sports-hunting permits can fund protected parks that shelter wildlife and engage local communities in animal management, but does paying such exorbitant …

  • An employee of Kyushu Electric Power Co. speaks to reporters inside No.1 reactor building where fuel rods are being inserted into reactor vessel at Sendai nuclear power station in Satsumasendai
    Japan's Kyushu Electric aims to restart first reactor Aug 10 Reuters - Fri, 31 Jul, 2015

    Kyushu Electric Power Co said on Friday it planned to begin starting up a reactor on Aug. 10, the first attempt to reboot Japan's nuclear industry in nearly two years … More »Japan's Kyushu Electric aims to restart first reactor Aug 10

    An employee of Kyushu Electric Power Co. speaks to reporters inside No.1 reactor building where fuel rods are being inserted into reactor vessel at Sendai nuclear power station in Satsumasendai

    Kyushu Electric Power Co said on Friday it planned to begin starting up a reactor on Aug. 10, the first attempt to reboot Japan's nuclear industry in nearly two years after the sector was shut down in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has been pushing to bring some reactors …

  • Brazil nuclear leader's arrest may stymie its atomic ambitions Reuters - Thu, 30 Jul, 2015

    By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The arrest of the longtime head of Brazil's nuclear energy utility on corruption charges could disrupt a plan to revive Brazilian … More »Brazil nuclear leader's arrest may stymie its atomic ambitions

    By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The arrest of the longtime head of Brazil's nuclear energy utility on corruption charges could disrupt a plan to revive Brazilian nuclear ambitions whose roots go back to its atomic-bomb program in the 1980s. Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva, a retired admiral, was arrested on Tuesday …

  • 'Bathtub Rings' On Saturn Moon Titan Suggest Dynamic Seas
    'Bathtub Rings' On Saturn Moon Titan Suggest Dynamic Seas SPACE.com - Thu, 30 Jul, 2015

    Saturn's moon, Titan, is the only object in the solar system other than Earth known to have liquid on its surface. While most of the lakes are found around the poles, … More »'Bathtub Rings' On Saturn Moon Titan Suggest Dynamic Seas

    'Bathtub Rings' On Saturn Moon Titan Suggest Dynamic Seas

    Saturn's moon, Titan, is the only object in the solar system other than Earth known to have liquid on its surface. While most of the lakes are found around the poles, the dry regions near the equator contain signs of evaporated material left behind like rings on a bathtub that, when combined with geological features, suggest …

  • Northern White Rhino Dies, Leaving Only 4 Left on Earth
    Northern White Rhino Dies, Leaving Only 4 Left on Earth LiveScience.com - Wed, 29 Jul, 2015

    One of the last five northern white rhinoceroses in the world has died. Nabiré, a 31-year-old female northern white rhino, died of a ruptured cyst, authorities at the … More »Northern White Rhino Dies, Leaving Only 4 Left on Earth

    Northern White Rhino Dies, Leaving Only 4 Left on Earth

    One of the last five northern white rhinoceroses in the world has died. Nabiré, a 31-year-old female northern white rhino, died of a ruptured cyst, authorities at the Dv?r Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic announced today (July 28). One male, Sudan, survives on a reserve in Kenya.

  • Life on Earth probably started as a hiccup rather than roar ANI - Wed, 29 Jul, 2015

    Washington DC, July 29 (ANI): A new research has looked into the origins of Earth and claimed that nearly 4 billion years ago, life on the planet probably started as … More »Life on Earth probably started as a hiccup rather than roar

    Washington DC, July 29 (ANI): A new research has looked into the origins of Earth and claimed that nearly 4 billion years ago, life on the planet probably started as a hiccup rather than a roar. Template-assisted replication, which helps polymers grow longer while passing on sequences from generation to generation, could …

  • Oregon 'kayaktivists' to protest Shell Arctic oil search Reuters - Tue, 28 Jul, 2015

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest … More »Oregon 'kayaktivists' to protest Shell Arctic oil search

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday's scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration. Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried …

  • Identities of Mysterious Jamestown Settlers Revealed
    Identities of Mysterious Jamestown Settlers Revealed LiveScience.com - Tue, 28 Jul, 2015

    Four lost leaders of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas have been identified, thanks to chemical analysis of their skeletons, as well as historical … More »Identities of Mysterious Jamestown Settlers Revealed

    Identities of Mysterious Jamestown Settlers Revealed

    Four lost leaders of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas have been identified, thanks to chemical analysis of their skeletons, as well as historical documents. The settlement leaders were mostly high-status men who were buried at the 1608 Jamestown church in Virginia. "They're very much at the heart …

  • One Tough Bite: T. Rex's Teeth Had Secret Weapon
    One Tough Bite: T. Rex's Teeth Had Secret Weapon LiveScience.com - Tue, 28 Jul, 2015

    Secret structures hidden within the serrated teeth of Tyrannosaurus rex and other theropods helped the fearsome dinosaurs tear apart their prey without chipping their … More »One Tough Bite: T. Rex's Teeth Had Secret Weapon

    One Tough Bite: T. Rex's Teeth Had Secret Weapon

    Secret structures hidden within the serrated teeth of Tyrannosaurus rex and other theropods helped the fearsome dinosaurs tear apart their prey without chipping their pearly whites, a new study finds. Researchers looked at the teeth of theropods — a group of bipedal, largely carnivorous dinosaurs that includes T. rex and …