• Pluto's dunes are made of grains of frozen methane
Pluto's dunes are made of grains of frozen methane

It could have been made from lumps of ice with a chemical composition closer to that of our Sun. The research was published in the journal Science . A group of planetary scientists, geographers, and physicists have just published a very special study that proves Pluto has almost 50 miles of dunes that are made out of methane.

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  • Flash flood watch Thursday with more rain on the way
Flash flood watch Thursday with more rain on the way

A Flash Flood Emergency indicates a severe flooding situation. Repeated rounds of strong thunderstorms will produce heavy rainfall through this evening. The storm clusters are also bringing torrential rain that will also cause flooding and flash flooding. A Flood Warning has been issued until 8:15 p.m.

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  • Japanese whalers kill 333 minke whalers for 'research'
Japanese whalers kill 333 minke whalers for 'research'

Image copyright AFP Image caption Japan makes no secret of the fact that the meat resulting from its so-called scientific whaling programme ends up on the plate Why does Japan hunt whales? Around 67 per cent of the female whales killed were pregnant and 114 immature whales were killed on top of the fully grown minke.

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  • Canada Rescues Embattled Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project
Canada Rescues Embattled Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project

Kinder Morgan a year ago said it was about $7.4 billion, plus about $1 billion already spent - an estimate that's now considered low. "We have already sunk billions of dollars into owning a pipeline that already exists before the expansion even proceeds".

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  • 'Mother of All Lizards' Slithered Around Italy 240M Years Ago
'Mother of All Lizards' Slithered Around Italy 240M Years Ago

But the oldest known squamate fossil was about 70 million years younger than that. Originally found in the early 2000s in the Dolomites Mountains of Northern Italy, researchers considered it an enigmatic lizard-like reptile but could not reach conclusive placement, and it ramained almost unnoticed by the worldwide community.

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  • Big cats break out of German zoo
Big cats break out of German zoo

Police say they are responding the situation but now have no further details. Friday's escape comes two years after two lions broke out of their cages at a zoo in Leipzig in eastern Germany. Eifel Zoo has nearly 400 animals of 60 exotic and native species, including lions, tigers, and other big cats on its 30-acre site. This June 28, 2016 image...

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  • Rise and fall of the Great Barrier Reef
Rise and fall of the Great Barrier Reef

According to a new study , the Great Barrier Reef faced at least five deaths events in the past and miraculously survived. The last death event occurred 10,000 years ago, triggered by a sea level rise. "I have grave concerns about the ability of the reef in its current form to survive the pace of change caused by the many current stresses an...

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  • European Union proposes ban on plastic straws, cutlery
European Union proposes ban on plastic straws, cutlery

EU Vice President Frans Timmermans said that utensils would not be banned completely, but steps would be taken to have them made out of sustainable materials when possible. The Commission writes that producers will help cover the costs of waste management and clean-up, as well as awareness raising measures . Companies will also be offered ince...

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  • Rocket launch ignites brush fire, burns NASA camera
Rocket launch ignites brush fire, burns NASA camera

The four other cameras closest to the launch pad were undamaged. Though the camera died, it managed to protect some precious cargo: a memory card full of images of its fiery doom, not to mention photos of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket leaving the launchpad.

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  • Someone put the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion on sale on Craigslist
Someone put the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion on sale on Craigslist

Morneau presented the options during an early-morning cabinet meeting Tuesday before ministers signed off on the chosen option, which comes just days before the company's self-imposed May 31 deadline and is still subject to the approval of Kinder Morgan shareholders.

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  • A NASA camera melted but its epic photos survived
A NASA camera melted but its epic photos survived

The launch started a brush fire, which as you can see, overtakes and melts the camera, which kept on taking pictures until the end. What actually happened was that the launch sparked a fire, and the fire is what melted the camera (placed a quarter of a mile away).

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  • Federal government spending $4.5B to buy Trans Mountain pipeline, BC terminal
Federal government spending $4.5B to buy Trans Mountain pipeline, BC terminal

While British Columbia has battled the project, Alberta has been a major backer, leading to increasingly testy battles between the two governments and calls for Ottawa to intervene. There is also objection to the high greenhouse gas emissions from the processing of tar sands. "If you think about the dozens of pipelines that exist for crude oil, n...

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  • May pleads guilty to criminal contempt charge in Kinder Morgan protest
May pleads guilty to criminal contempt charge in Kinder Morgan protest

The sale does not include the Cochin pipeline, crude storage facilities in Edmonton, or the Vancouver Wharves terminal facility, and the company has not yet decided what to do with the proceeds beyond paying down a roughly $100 million debt.

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  • Storm Alberto maintains strength as it approaches Gulf Coast
Storm Alberto maintains strength as it approaches Gulf Coast

Shelters were opened in Bay County , Florida , where Panama City is the county seat, ahead of the storm, WJHG.com reports. Alberto also was expected to impact Cuba , with an additional 5 to 10 inches of rain projected to hit Central Cuba, forecasters said , with isolated storm totals of 20 to 25 inches of rain.

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  • A summery Memorial Day, watch your local Storm Team forecast
A summery Memorial Day, watch your local Storm Team forecast

The National Weather Service said Sunday that tropical storm warnings cover the entire Florida Gulf Coast and inland portions of the Florida Panhandle as well as parts of coastal Alabama . The storm comes after a series of deadly hurricanes in the USA and Caribbean previous year walloped places including Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico - caus...

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  • Ebola patients die after escaping quarantine in Congo
Ebola patients die after escaping quarantine in Congo

Last Thursday, the first case was reported in a city - in Mbandaka , a transport hub located on the Congo River. "We absolutely must prevent the disease from spreading further". The vaccination campaign eventually will move to cover the two other health zones where confirmed cases have been reported. "The next few weeks will really tell if t...

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  • Mysterious wolf-like animal found in Montana igniting online speculation
Mysterious wolf-like animal found in Montana igniting online speculation

A "wolf-like" creature shot dead on a property in Montana in the United States has baffled wildlife experts and people are jumping to conclusions. Instead of speculate on the enigma's origin or exact species designation, FWP sent the carcass to their lab in Bozeman, "There tissue samples will be collected, and then shipped to the US Fish and W...

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  • Thousands Evacuate As Subtropical Storm Alberto Powers Toward Florida Panhandle
Thousands Evacuate As Subtropical Storm Alberto Powers Toward Florida Panhandle

It now appears there will be no further threat of significant rainfall or flooding from the storm. After that, it will bring powerful winds and heavy rains as it moves into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday , it said . Grant Brown, the city's public information officer, said they had already finished a number of preparations such ...

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  • US Gulf Coast braces for first named storm of the season
US Gulf Coast braces for first named storm of the season

Subtropical storm Alberto continues to move into the northern Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center dropped the lingering Tropical Storm Warning for the northern half of Longboat Key and Tampa Bay in its 5 p.m. Florida, Alabama , and MS have declared states of emergency ahead of the storm that is threatening to dump up to 12 inches ...

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  • NOAA projects near normal season
NOAA projects near normal season

A system was brewing in the southern Gulf on Thursday that has a 70 per cent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said. The latest monster in the Atlantic is Hurricane Maria , which mushroomed into a Category 5 storm with rare 175 miles per hour winds before slamming into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 behemot...

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