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Instagram Purges Its Platform of Some Popular Anti-Vaccine Hashtags, But Others Are Still Thriving

Following an investigative report by the Atlantic on the prevalence of misinformation on Instagram, the company appears to be scrubbing its platform of some popular anti-vaxxer content.Read more...
Tags: Instagram, Conspiracy Theories, Vaccines, Antivaxxers, Social Media, Facebook


US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling

In a rebuke of the Trump administration’s ‘energy-first’ agenda, a judge rules greenhouse gas emissions must be considered Drilling has been halted on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming. Photograph: Brennan Linsley/AP In the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account.Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land ...
Tags: Energy, Science, Obama, Washington Post, US, Atlantic, Wyoming, Washington Dc, Interior Department, BLM, Trump, Nichols, Bureau of Land Management BLM, Brennan Linsley, Western Environmental Law Center, Rudolph Contreras


Tagged by scientists, bluefin tuna passing submerged listening lines help reveal species' survival

An array of underwater listening lines that detect passing giant Atlantic bluefin tuna previously caught and tagged by scientists has created a new system to monitor these enormous, fast, powerful and lucrative fish in the open ocean.Ten years of research using the technology sheds light on the species' natural mortality as well as migration, important information for sustainable management of their populations.
Tags: Science, Atlantic


U.S. Interior official suggests Trump drilling proposal will include Atlantic: recording

The comments come as the administration of President Donald Trump prepares to release a new five-year drilling plan proposal for federal waters that could vastly expand available acreage, part of its broader agenda to maximize U.S. oil, gas and coal production. Interior's assistant secretary for land and minerals management, Joe Balash, said in his speech that the department had been working to permit seismic testing off the East Coast - noting that the department would not have undertaken the ...
Tags: Science, Atlantic, Houston, Donald Trump, East Coast, Trump, Interior, U S Interior, Joe Balash, Balash


U.S. Interior official suggests Trump drilling proposal will include Atlantic: recording

The comments come as the administration of President Donald Trump prepares to release a new five-year drilling plan proposal for federal waters that could vastly expand available acreage, part of its broader agenda to maximize U.S. oil, gas and coal production. Interior's assistant secretary for land and minerals management, Joe Balash, said in his speech that the department had been working to permit seismic testing off the East Coast - noting that the department would not have undertaken the ...
Tags: Science, Atlantic, Houston, Donald Trump, East Coast, Trump, Interior, U S Interior, Joe Balash, Balash


Oil slick heading to French coast after cargo ship sinks

An oil slick was heading towards the French coastline on Thursday after an Italian cargo ship sank in the Atlantic carrying 45 containers of "dangerous materials", authorities said. France will deploy four ships to help battle the oil slick at sea and will prepare for a clean-up operation on land, he added. "For now the possible pollution risk consists mainly of the 2,200 tonnes of heavy fuel oil on board," Jean-Louis Lozier, head of the regional maritime authority, told reporters in Brest on ...
Tags: Science, France, Atlantic, Brest, Jean Louis Lozier


'Dangerious materials' in sunken cargo ship off France: authorities

"For now the possible pollution risk consists mainly of the 2,200 tons of heavy fuel oil onboard," Jean-Louis Lozier, head of the regional maritime authority, told reporters in Brest on France's Brittany coast. All 27 people onboard were evacuated on Monday night as the fire worsened, causing the ship to sink about 260 kilometres (160 miles) southwest of Penmarc'h on France's Atlantic coast.
Tags: Science, France, Atlantic, Brittany, Brest, Jean Louis Lozier, Penmarc


While the Bear Cam bears hibernate, the Trump admin weighs a big plan to mine their world

When the peak of summer arrives in Alaska and the radiant midnight sun hangs in the northern sky, tens of millions of salmon make their move. They race up rivers, leap over waterfalls, and clog narrow streams with their hefty, five-pound bodies. It is then that Alaska's Bristol Bay — home to the largest run of sockeye salmon on the planet — comes to life. Wolverines, foxes, lynx, and bald eagles descend upon this untrammeled realm. And the most dominant creature of the land, the brown bear,...
Tags: Science, Obama, America, Earth, Cnn, Salmon, Atlantic, Alaska, Epa, West Coast, North America, East Coast, Scott Pruitt, Pacific Northwest, Bristol Bay, Pebble Mine


Italian cargo ship sinks off France's Atlantic coast after fire

An Italian cargo ship sank about 330 kilometres (200 miles) off the western Atlantic coast of France on Tuesday after rescue vessels were unable to put out a fire that broke out late Sunday, officials said. French Environment Minister Francois de Rugy told lawmakers in Paris on Tuesday that officials still did not know what the ship was transporting, but that anti-pollution measures were already being taken.
Tags: Science, France, Atlantic, Paris, Francois de Rugy


Ice Samples Reveal a Massive Sun Storm Hit Earth in Ancient Times...And It Could Happen Again

A gigantic solar storm hit Earth about 2,600 years ago, one about 10 times stronger than any solar storm recorded in the modern day, a new study finds.These findings suggest that such explosions recur regularly in Earth's history, and could wreak havoc if they were to hit now, given how dependent the world has become on electricity.The sun can bombard Earth with explosions of highly energetic particles known as solar proton events. These "proton storms" can endanger people and electronics bo...
Tags: Google, Science, Sweden, Earth, Atlantic, New Jersey, Greenland, Quebec, Pacific Northwest, National Academy of Sciences, Carrington, Lund University, Carrington Event, Greg Shirah, Tom Bridgman, Raimund Muscheler


SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule splashes down successfully in Atlantic

Nasa’s quest to resume manned space flight from the US moves a step closerThe SpaceX commercial astronaut capsule has splashed down successfully in the Atlantic Ocean, marking a significant step in Nasa’s quest to resume manned space flight from the US.The Crew Dragon capsule, whose lone occupant was a test dummy named Ripley, spent a week docked at the International Space Station (ISS) before returning to Earth on Friday morning. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, US, Nasa, Earth, Atlantic, International Space Station, Atlantic Ocean, Ripley


SpaceX capsule lands in Atlantic Ocean

SpaceX's new crew capsule has returned to Earth, ending its first test flight with an old-fashioned splashdown. The Dragon undocked from the International Space Station early Friday. Six hours later, the capsule carrying a test dummy landed in the Atlantic off the Florida coast. The touchdown marks the first time in 50 years that a capsule designed for astronauts returned from space by landing in the Atlantic. Apollo 9 was the last to splash down - near the Bahamas on March 13, 1969. NASA as...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Nasa, Earth, Atlantic, International Space Station, Boeing, Bahamas, Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic Apollo


Test Mission of SpaceX Crew Dragon Ends With Successful Splashdown in the Atlantic

SpaceX’s new commercial astronaut capsule, the Crew Dragon, has completed its first test flight, falling into the Atlantic Ocean on Friday morning.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean, Commercial Crew Program, Crew Dragon


The Aids endgame: how the UK and US are committed to wiping out HIV

Just over a generation ago the world was in the grip of hysteria about a mysterious new disease that seemed to be spiralling out of control. Groups of men in southern California were falling prey to an aggressive auto-immune disorder which had never been seen before. Health experts and policy makers scrambled to understand this terrifying new disease and how it could be treated and prevented. Fast forward 40 years after those first cases of HIV and Aids and the picture has transformed: today HIV...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Wales, Obama, California, Scotland, Africa, US, Atlantic, United Nations, States, Seattle, Donald Trump, Public Health England, Trump


SpaceX and NASA prepare to test new astronaut capsule

NASA and SpaceX are counting down to the launch of a new astronaut capsule on a week-long trip to the International Space Station and back - a key step towards resuming manned space flights from US soil after an eight-year break. This time around, the only occupant on board SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule will be a dummy named Ripley. But if the test goes smoothly, NASA plans to put two astronauts aboard by the end of the year. The new capsule will blast off aboard a rocket built by SpaceX - ru...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Russia, US, Nasa, Earth, Atlantic, International Space Station, Moon, Sigourney Weaver, Iss, Boeing, Cape Canaveral, Ripley, Cape Canaveral Florida


Elon Musk's SpaceX and NASA launch new astronaut capsule

Elon Musk's SpaceX has successfully  launched a rocket out of the Earth's atmosphere in a significant step towards reviving  the USA's human spaceflight programme. The unmanned crew capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Florida bound for the International Space Station at 7.49am GMT on Saturday. NASA and SpaceX successfully launched the new astronaut capsule on a week-long trip to the International Space Station and back - a key step towards resuming manned space flights f...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Usa, Science, Russia, US, Nasa, Earth, Atlantic, International Space Station, Moon, Sigourney Weaver, Iss, Boeing, Musk


Pantropical climate interactions

The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO), which originates in the Pacific, is the strongest and most well-known mode of tropical climate variability. Its reach is global, and it can force climate variations of the tropical Atlantic and Indian Oceans by perturbing the global atmospheric circulation. Less appreciated is how the tropical Atlantic and Indian Oceans affect the Pacific. Especially noteworthy is the multidecadal Atlantic warming that began in the late 1990s, because recent research sugg...
Tags: Science, Atlantic, Pacific, Enso, Indo Pacific


Humans Crossed the Bering Land Bridge to People the Americas. Here’s What It Looked Like 18,000 Years Ago.

During the last ice age, people journeyed across the ancient land bridge connecting Asia to North America. That land is now submerged underwater, but a newly created digital map reveals how the landscape likely appeared about 18,000 years ago.In fact, the map shows all of Beringia -- the sprawling region that includes parts of Russia, known as western Beringia; Alaska, called eastern Beringia; and the ancient land bridge that connected the two.The timing was nigh for a new Beringia map, said Jef...
Tags: Asia, Science, Russia, Canada, Atlantic, Idaho, Alaska, North America, Pacific, Bond, Beringia, East Asia, Wrangel Island, Bering Strait, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bering Land Bridge


Women’s Hidden Contributions to Modern Genetics Get Revealed by New Study: No Longer Will They Be Buried in the Footnotes

It’s too easy, when our historical knowledge is limited, to mistake effects for causes, to fall for just-so stories that naturalize and perpetuate inequality. Many of us may have only recently learned, for example, that the moon landing would not have been possible without mathematician Katherine Johnson and her Hidden Figures colleagues, or that the Hubble telescope would not have been possible without astronomer Nancy G. Roman (now immortalized in LEGO). Prior to this knowledge, we might ...
Tags: Google, Gender, Hollywood, Science, College, Brown University, Atlantic, Cornell University, Facebook Twitter, Katherine Johnson, Ed Yong, Josh Jones, San Francisco State University, Yong, Watterson, Durham NC Follow


NASA’s deputy chief echoes JFK in a pitch for commercial space ventures

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NASA’s No. 2 official channeled President John F. Kennedy today in a pitch designed to please space industry executives. “We choose to commercialize low Earth orbit,” Deputy Administrator James Morhard declared here at the Commercial Space Transportation Conference. “We choose to have free space lanes in commerce, just as we have had free sea lanes of commerce on Earth.” The phrasing echoed Kennedy’s famous 1962 speech that set out the goal of putting Americans on the moon. “W...
Tags: Science, Washington, Nasa, Atlantic, John F Kennedy, Jfk, Kennedy, James Morhard


We'd be lost without them: meet the team that runs GPS for the world

It was announced this week that the £1m QE Engineering Prize had been won by four individuals who pioneered the creation of The American Global Positioning System (GPS). Below, we republish a 2011 report by Paul Kendall who was given rare and exclusive access to the United States Air Force unit that operates the satellite system At 23 years-old, Joshua Williams seems a little young to be in charge of the Global Positioning System. Three years ago, it was still illegal for him to buy a drink. Two...
Tags: Facebook, England, Hollywood, Science, London, Microsoft, Navy, California, Virginia, Iraq, US, America, Department Of Defense, European Union, Earth, Transit


Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 February 2019

Exciting news! We’re offering a new Scotland tour in September (details immediately below), and this time we not only have a ride on this, the “Harry Potter” steam train, but we also, in the other direction, have a photo stop where we can photograph the train crossing the famous Glenfinnan viaduct. Good morning Lots of touring news this morning. Our new Loire Valley Land Cruise in September has proven to be popular, with three people already signed up and another four expected to be joining th...
Tags: Travel, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Obama, California, North Korea, Mexico, France, Scotland, China, Germany, Trains, Miscellaneous, US


Romania backs Venezuela's Guaido as interim president

Romania has officially recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate interim president, joining a coordinated action of European Union nations and the United States, President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday. About 20 EU nations including Britain, Germany, France and Spain have aligned with the United States in recognizing Guaido's leadership and pressuring socialist President Nicolas Maduro to call a new election. "The President's decision was taken following careful analys...
Tags: Science, Eu, Spain, European Union, Atlantic, United States, Romania, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Klaus Iohannis, Juan Guaido, Guaido, Britain Germany France


Medieval Map Points to World's Richest Man, Maybe Ever

Who is the richest person to ever have lived? Put down that Forbes Magazine -- it's not Jeff Bezos. The real answer is in the pages of a Medieval manuscript, The Catalan Atlas. Centered on a page of trade routes sits a West African king holding a golden coin: Mansa Musa, the wealthiest person probably ever to walk the globe. A reproduction of the Atlas is on display in a new exhibit, which opened Jan. 26 at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The exhib...
Tags: Europe, Science, Washington, Nigeria, Africa, Syria, Atlantic, Egypt, Middle East, West Africa, Mali, Jeff Bezos, Forbes magazine, Mediterranean, Majorca, Ontario


A sea change in our view of overturning in the subpolar North Atlantic

To provide an observational basis for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projections of a slowing Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC) in the 21st century, the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP) observing system was launched in the summer of 2014. The first 21-month record reveals a highly variable overturning circulation responsible for the majority of the heat and freshwater transport across the OSNAP line. In a departure from the prevailing view...
Tags: Science, Atlantic, Iceland, North Atlantic, Intergovernmental Panel, Labrador Sea, Subpolar North Atlantic Program OSNAP


Waters west of Europe drive ocean overturning circulation, key for regulating climate

A new international study finds that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC), a deep-ocean process that plays a key role in regulating Earth's climate, is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe.
Tags: Europe, Science, Atlantic


First 'OSNAP' results alter understanding of Atlantic overturning circulation variability

Contradicting the prevailing view on what causes major changes to a climate-regulating ocean circulation pattern in the northern hemisphere, the first results from the 'OSNAP' project, an internationally collaborative effort designed to monitor large-scale ocean dynamics, report that deep water formation in the Labrador Sea does not drive Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) variability.
Tags: Science, Atlantic, Atlantic Meridional, Labrador Sea


European waters drive ocean overturning, key for regulating climate

An international study reveals the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, which helps regulate Earth's climate, is highly variable and primarily driven by the conversion of warm, salty, shallow waters into colder, fresher, deep waters moving south through the Irminger and Iceland basins. This upends prevailing ideas and may help scientists better predict Arctic ice melt and future changes in the ocean's ability to mitigate climate change by storing excess atmospheric carbon.
Tags: Science, Atlantic, Arctic, Iceland


Bryan Singer Is Still Directing Red Sonja, World Still Terrible Place

Earlier this week, the world was (unfortunately) not so shocked to read an article in the Atlantic detailing new accusations of the sexual abuse and rape of underage children by X-Men director Bryan Singer. These accusations have been circling the director for a long time now. Today, even in light of the most recent…Read more...
Tags: Science, Atlantic, Lawsuits, Red Sonja, Bryan Singer, Terry Crews, Bryan, Avi Lerner, Millennium Films


Trio of Devil Rays Caught in Rare Courtship Dance in Stunning Underwater Photo

A graceful trio of giant devil rays spirals through the endless blue in the overall winner of the 2018 Ocean Art underwater photography competition. Taken by nature photographer Duncan Murrell in Honda Bay off Palawan, in the Philippines, the shot captures two male spinetail devil rays (Mobula japonica) competing for the attentions of a single female. "It's fair to say that only a handful of people in the world have ever seen that behavior," said Scott Gietler, a contest judge and the foun...
Tags: Science, Atlantic, Philippines, Hawaii, Bahamas, Devil Rays, Jeff Milisen, Reunion Island, Bimini, Honda Bay, Palawan, International Union for Conservation, Western Indian Ocean, Martin Edge, Duncan Murrell, Scott Gietler



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