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Many scientists are on the same quest, believing that a ghostly gas giant out past the orbit of Neptune could explain a number of orbital quirks in other objects. It's believed that numerous tiny moons around Jupiter were once much larger, having broken up over time due to the stress of gravity or perhaps even collisions with each other, resulting in the smaller objects we see today.
  • Northern white rhino could be saved from extinction after IVF breakthrough

    Northern white rhino could be saved from extinction after IVF breakthrough

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    Scientists developed a hybrid embryo by combining the sperm of the northern white rhino and the egg of the southern white rhino, which population is now estimated at around 21,000 individuals, according to the zoo statement . Northern white rhinos were once abundant across Central and East Africa, but conflicts and poaching wiped them from their natural habitat. Scientists said the northern white could make a similar recovery through conservation efforts that make use of frozen cell lines.
  • Lions eat 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve

    Lions eat 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve

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    When members of the anti-poaching unit investigated, they recovered human remains, a high-powered rifle with a silencer, wire cutters, an axe and three pairs of shoes. Fox said he suspected more than one person was attacked by the lions - based on the evidence found on the scene. Rhino poaching has been a rampant problem for African wildlife preserves, with the animal's horns highly prized in Asia where it is believed to have medicinal effects, particularly in China.
  • Experts see risks in U.S. plan to dismantle NKorea's nukes

    Experts see risks in U.S. plan to dismantle NKorea's nukes

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    Some US officials believe that North Korea has about 65 nuclear warheads. "This is why people want North Korea to declare all its facilities up front", Wit said . The report came amid increasing skepticism voiced by USA intelligence officials about Kim's pledge to denuclearize his country and mounting evidence the rogue regime was continuing to develop its missile and nuclear sites.
  • Beryl becomes season's first hurricane, but it may not last long

    Beryl becomes season's first hurricane, but it may not last long

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    Weakening is expected once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday, but the National Hurricane Center said the system may not degenerate into an open trough until it reaches Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea. "Beryl is also a very small storm". However, the emergence of Beryl serves as a timely reminder that, despite the long-term forecast of much less activity this season than first believed, storms are always unpredictable.
  • Woman With Toddler Confronts Pruitt During Lunch

    Woman With Toddler Confronts Pruitt During Lunch

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    In another penny-pinching episode, Chmielewski told the Washington Post that Pruitt routinely forced aides to charge his expenses to their personal credit cards instead of his. During the height of the family separation crisis, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled by protesters at a Mexican restaurant.
  • Hot, humid weather to continue through the week

    Hot, humid weather to continue through the week

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    He said the Montreal heat exposure victims were between 50 and 80. "We ask people to take the patients out of their rooms at least two times a day for two hours", she said. The previous record was 35. The new system is a partnership between Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.
  • NASA to test ‘quiet’ supersonic flights over Texas

    NASA to test ‘quiet’ supersonic flights over Texas

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    NASA's mission to create a quiet supersonic aircraft that could revolutionize air travel has moved a step closer with plans for tests over Texas. NASA announced that it will publicly present this technology near the coastal resort city of Galveston so that the prototype will be scarcely audible when tearing through the sound barrier.
  • Friday forecast: The heat continues, relief by Sunday

    Friday forecast: The heat continues, relief by Sunday

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    Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far and the high temperatures are expected to stick around through at least the 4th of July, forecasters said . In Allentown, the record high temperature for July 1 is 97 degrees (a mark achieved in 1963, 1941, 1931). There may be a few showers into Northern and Western Maine.
  • Justice Kennedy's retirement jolts midterm elections

    Justice Kennedy's retirement jolts midterm elections

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    The president's first high court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch , was confirmed in April 2017. "Elections have consequences. The last Supreme Court vacancy was brazenly stolen by shameless Republican leaders with no respect for American democracy".
  • SpaceX Propels AI-powered Robot To Assist Astronauts In The Cosmos

    SpaceX Propels AI-powered Robot To Assist Astronauts In The Cosmos

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    Cimon has Gerst's face and voice imprinted in its memory. Interaction between astronauts on the Horizons mission aboard the ISS will be used by Airbus and IBM to continue to improve how CIMON operates and assists humans in space . "It will come to him when he speaks". Already savvy about Gerst's science experiments, the self-propelling Cimon will float at the astronaut's side and help, when asked, with research procedures.
  • Two-thirds of Americans oppose reversing Roe vs. Wade

    Two-thirds of Americans oppose reversing Roe vs. Wade

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    Wade decision. According to the Washington Post , the 53-year-old circuit judge has previously argued presidents "should not be distracted by civil lawsuits, criminal investigations or even questions from a prosecutor or defense attorney while in office" - a view that would likely be welcomed by Trump, who has warred against the ongoing investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign, along with the FBI probe into his longtime fixer, Michael Cohen.
  • Blood Moon 2018: Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century Occurs July 27

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    The partial eclipse, meanwhile, which comes either side of the main event, will last nearly four hours. For best visibility, it is suggested to view it from locations far away from urban settings, where the sky is the clearest. Whether you believe an event like a blood moon has prophetic significance, or is simply part of the way God created the heavenly bodies, it is most certainly an opportunity to marvel at the wonder of Creation.
  • Strawberry Moon 2018: How to See the Full Strawberry Moon This June

    Strawberry Moon 2018: How to See the Full Strawberry Moon This June

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    Soref Dome Theater & Planetarium said to Journal Sentinel . The full moon of June was named by the Native American Algonquin tribe for the wild berries that grow around the same time, so it'll basically look the same as any other full moon but with a slightly orange tinge, according to Travel + Leisure .
  • "Space Force" ordered by President Trump

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    US President Donald Trump has ordered the creation of a "Space Force", saying it would be "separate but equal" from the Air Force , the media reported. The service now has responsibility for military space operations. Americans first landed on the moon in 1969, reaching a goal set by former president John F Kennedy in 1961, and capping a decade-long space race between Washington and Moscow.
  • Giant hogweed deliberately planted in Clarke County

    Giant hogweed deliberately planted in Clarke County

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    The plant's watery sap contains photosensitizing agents. Giant hogweed seeds are dispersed across short distances by the wind, but they can make it further if they are accidentally transported in soil. It was first discovered in Wisconsin in 2004. Its real name is heracleum mantegazzianum . Environmental officials in Virginia said while there has just been one confirmed case in Clarke County, they are warning residents in other parts of the state to stay alert for potential sightings.
  • Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief's visit

    Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief's visit

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    State Rep. Kent Peterson, R-Salem, said the state's hard work to lead the way in biofuel production should not be slowed by bureaucrats in Washington. A spokesman for JCN confirmed to the paper that Marlyn Pruitt was hired as a contractor via Leo and left the organization earlier this year. Later in the day, the Oklahoman's support dwindled from one his allies, U.S.
  • Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate

    Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate

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    This might allow the contnent in 2070 to look "much like it did in the early decades of the century", the authors suggest, with ice shelves intact, slower loss from the ice sheet and reduced threat of sea level rise. Then the ice sheet began to regrow toward today's configuration, according to the study. Oceans are now rising by 3.4 millimetres (0.13 inches) per year.
  • Melting of Antarctica is speeding up, worrying scientists

    Melting of Antarctica is speeding up, worrying scientists

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    West Antarctica experienced the most acceleration in ice loss among regions studied during the research period, growing from 53 billion tons a year in the 1990s to 159 billion tons annually in the final five years. Antarctica is not the only contributor to sea-level rise. Antarctic ice has retreated and advanced and retreated again many times over the millennia: there has always been argument about how much of the change is because of natural cycles, how much because of human-induced ...
  • French minister slams 'illegal' oil refinery blockades

    French minister slams 'illegal' oil refinery blockades

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    The logo of French oil giant Total on a flag at La Defense business and financial district in Courbevoie near Paris, France . Farm Minister Stephane Travert said on Monday the farmers' blockades were illegal and the government would not rescind the decision to allow Total to use imported palm oil.
  • Tropical Storm Aletta grows stronger in Pacific

    Tropical Storm Aletta grows stronger in Pacific

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    While this sounds like good news, it isn't: It's not that hurricanes' wind speeds are diminishing, but instead how fast the entire storm moves, a new study reports. Christina Patricola , a scientist with the climate and ecosystem sciences division of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, called Kossin's work "important and new" and says she found it "pretty convincing".
  • Manas Sahoo Creates Sand Sculpture to Mark World Environment Day

    Manas Sahoo Creates Sand Sculpture to Mark World Environment Day

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    Ruhamya urged Rwandans to reject using single-use plastics including plastic straws, cups, plates and bottles, and find sustainable alternatives. "Implement the Extended Producer Responsibility programme where manufacturers must be held to account for the entire lifecycle of their consumer products", the statement read.
  • NASA's Curiosity rover discovers organic matter on Mars

    NASA's Curiosity rover discovers organic matter on Mars

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    The rover also discovered traces of methane on Mars. NASA's Curiosity rover has again found evidence that Mars was potentially capable of hosting life. Samples of ancient mudstone yielded a diversity of organic molecules in SAM's oven-and in a separate study, five years' worth of atmospheric samples gathered by SAM tracked fluctuating levels of methane that peaked in the Martian summer.