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Grass-eating omnivorous sharks prove sharper in understanding the marine ecosystem

Grass-eating omnivorous sharks prove sharper in understanding the marine ecosystem Carnivores such as sharks usually have low levels of such enzymes that deal with fibers and carbohydrates, but the bonnetheads had significant levels of the enzymes. In fact, seagrass meadows are the most widespread coastal ecosystems on Earth, providing a home for thousands of fish and invertebrates, while at the same time filtering water and absorbing excess carbon dioxide from the atmos... [Full Article...]

Carlsberg to replace plastic ring can holders with recyclable glue

Carlsberg to replace plastic ring can holders with recyclable glue It's an important breakthrough because plastic six-pack rings are notoriously risky for marine wildlife. The drinks giant is phasing out its use of plastic rings and will instead glue cans together in packs that can be snapped apart. We recognised the need to reinvigorate and drive value back into Carlsberg Expørt alongside the wider premium lager category, whilst re-engaging with consumers ... [Full Article...]

Ministry Advisory On Tropical Storm Florence

Ministry Advisory On Tropical Storm Florence Forecasters expect some additional weakening today, but anticipate that Florence will remain a strong hurricane for the next several days. Florence should regain hurricane strength by the weekend . There is variation in location, so all of the East Coast of the USA should be on alert. Now a Category 3 hurricane, Florence is still several days out from making any sort of landfall with Be... [Full Article...]

Fish and salad: Bonnethead sharks found to eat sea grass too

Fish and salad: Bonnethead sharks found to eat sea grass too Samantha Leigh , who headed the four-year study at UCI's School of Biological Sciences, said she hopes the discovery will help protect seagrass ecosystems that are at risk from climate change. The study, titled " Seagrass digestion by a notorious 'carnivore, '" was published in August in the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B . [Full Article...]

Watch Protesters Swarm Sen. Grassley’s Office Before Kavanaugh Hearing: ‘These Are Fascists’

Watch Protesters Swarm Sen. Grassley’s Office Before Kavanaugh Hearing: ‘These Are Fascists’ Richard Blumenthal of CT to pledge to step aside from any Supreme Court cases dealing with Trump and Mueller's investigation. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Kavanaugh said, "I don't recall any inappropriate conversations about the investigation". [Full Article...]

France's Macron appoints new environment, sports ministers in reshuffle

France's Macron appoints new environment, sports ministers in reshuffle He replaces Nicolas Hulot, a high-profile and popular green campaigner who quit last week, lamenting that not enough is being done against environmental destruction. Hulot, a long-time environmental advocate, lamented France's slow pace of progress on green issues and his own lack of power as minister to force change. [Full Article...]

Scientists Pioneer a New Way to Turn Sunlight into Fuel

Scientists Pioneer a New Way to Turn Sunlight into Fuel Artificial photosynthesis has been around for decades but it has not yet been successfully used to create renewable energy. The method overcomes some of the limitations of purely artificial photosynthesis techniques . "This work overcomes many hard challenges associated with the integration of biological and organic components into inorganic materials for the assembly of semi-artificial device... [Full Article...]

Brett Kavanaugh’s Third Day of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Brett Kavanaugh’s Third Day of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings Trump says he's pleased with his nominee's performance, and Republicans are united behind him, eager to add a conservative judge to the court. Kavanaugh said in response to pointed questions by Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii that women "need to know who they can call, when they can call". [Full Article...]

Tillis delivers opening statement at Supreme Court Hearing

Tillis delivers opening statement at Supreme Court Hearing When Klobuchar pushed him on why the White House touted his record of overturning agency decisions 75 times, he said there was no pattern of being "pro this or pro that". "A special prosecutor should be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate". Strong Democratic opposition to Trump's nominee reflects the political stakes for both parties in advance of the November elections, Robe... [Full Article...]

Booker says effort to question Kavanaugh on race hampered by GOP

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). Democrats aren't paranoid: Republicans really are afraid of a "smoking gun" in those papers. Over and over again, Kavanaugh argued that addressing issues that may arise before the court would be improper for an independently minded judge. [Full Article...]

Miniature 'Space Elevator' to Be Tested Next Week

Miniature 'Space Elevator' to Be Tested Next Week The concept was first mooted by Konstatin Tsiolkovsky in the late 19th century in the shape of a structure inspired by the then-new Eiffel Tower. But that hasn't stopped people from trying. "From there, the connected satellites will be launched and a motorized container acting as an elevator auto will travel along the cable and have its journey recorded via a camera attached to the satellites", ... [Full Article...]

Planet Nine might be invisible for at least 1,000 years

Neptune , the most distant planet of our system, is only around 30 AU away, so you can see why a planet orbiting at 1,000 AU would pose a serious challenge for observers. Astronomers deem that Planet Nine exists at the perimeter of the Solar Procedure. There are computer simulations which show that there are more objects "tilted with respect to the solar plane". [Full Article...]

Kavanaugh emphasizes judicial independence as second day of Supreme Court hearing begins

She, and other Democrats , have been calling on Kavanaugh to affirm the Roe v. Wade decision in line with talking points from abortion advocacy groups. Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, are likely to continue to use the proceedings to emphasize their opposition to the current administration and build material for future campaigns. [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Gordon in gulf, moving away from Florida

Tropical Storm Gordon in gulf, moving away from Florida Gordon was due to come ashore late on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 12 inches (30 cm) of rain in areas still recovering from last year's hurricanes, the National Hurricane Center said . A hurricane warning continued early Wednesday morning for all of coastal MS and Alabama, with a tropical storm warning reaching from the Alabama-Florida border to Florida's ... [Full Article...]

Gusty showers hitting southern Palm Beach County as Gordon passes

Gusty showers hitting southern Palm Beach County as Gordon passes A storm surge warning has been issued from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border. Rain will be heavy throughout the night along the Gulf Coast, creating flooding. A surge of 2-4 feet is possible in this area. More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power Monday due to weather conditions. The storm is expected to cross from southwest Florida into the Gulf Coast la... [Full Article...]

Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Erupts in Chaos

Grassley is planning to talk broadly about the role of a judge and Kavanaugh's qualifications during his opening remarks, a source familiar with the remarks told CNN. In stressing his independence, Kavanaugh pushed back against suggestions that after his time on independent counsel Kenneth Starr's team investigating Bill Clinton in the 1990s, he no longer believes a sitting president should be i... [Full Article...]

Father of Parkland shooting victim approaches Kavanaugh at Supreme Court confirmation hearing

Father of Parkland shooting victim approaches Kavanaugh at Supreme Court confirmation hearing Richard Blumenthal of CT, "selecting a justice on the Supreme Court who potentially will cast a decisive vote in his own case". Still, Democrats haven't ruled out a boycott or walkout of Kavanaugh hearings, Politico reported . But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on Tuesday had been simmering for more than two years. Trump's first nominee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch, was c... [Full Article...]

Want to make $750K? Turn CO2 into other molecules for NASA

Want to make $750K? Turn CO2 into other molecules for NASA When NASA launches manned missions to home they bear to bring qualified about all the pieces along with them. "We have to get creative", said Monsi Roman, program manager of NASA's Centennial Challenges program . Carbon and oxygen are the molecular building blocks of sugars. However, scientists say this approach would be hard to replicate in space because of limited resources, such as energy an... [Full Article...]

Space station leak caused by man-made hole

Space station leak caused by man-made hole The leak was discovered last Wednesday evening when sensors aboard the space station detected a slow loss of cabin air pressure. NASA said "the crew was never in any danger" during the leak and fix. If the theory that the hole was created by a human with a drill is true, it would make it more likely the damage was done on Earth, because drilling is extremely hard in microgravity environments. [Full Article...]

Poachers kill 87 elephants in Botswana

Poachers kill 87 elephants in Botswana But the Botswana government later rejected the charity's tally of the carcasses as well as their explanation for the deaths. The scientist carrying out the extensive wildlife survey said numerous 87 dead elephants were killed for their tusks just weeks ago - and that five white rhinos have been poached in three months. [Full Article...]


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