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Blue Origin and SpaceX get million-dollar NASA nod to test moon lander tech

Eleven aerospace companies will share more than $45 million in funds from NASA to design and test prototypes for the Artemis moon missions, the agency has announced. Among the established names like Northrop Grumman and Sierra Nevada are relative newcomers SpaceX and Blue Origin, looking to make a place for themselves on the agency’s biggest push in decades. The funds are to enable what NASA calls undefinitized contract actions, in which partners get to work before negotiations on the rest of...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Government, Tech, Nasa, Lockheed Martin, Houston, Boeing, Sierra Nevada, Artemis, Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Dulles Virginia, Madison Wisconsin


Single mother raises $8,000 through crowdfunding campaign for coveted Nasa internship

“People think I am, like, some valedictorian,” India Jackson said with a laugh Wednesday. “No, I’m not. I am just driven and ambitious.”This summer, Ms Jackson, 32, is headed to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she will be an intern at NASA, researching solar flares and their effect on astronauts. But that’s not the most interesting part of the story.She is a single mother who is getting her doctorate in physics at Georgia State University in Atlanta. And to cover the costs o...
Tags: Science, Atlanta, Nasa, International Space Station, Mars, Houston, Jackson, Georgia State University, Boys Girls Club, Decatur Georgia, Lyndon B Johnson Space Center, Greater Houston, Dasha Fuller, Jewel Henry, Fernbank Science Center


Houston Ship Channel reopens to two-way traffic after wreckage removed

The Houston Ship Channel reopened on Wednesday to two-way traffic after salvage crews removed two gasoline barges damaged in a weekend collision with a deep-draft vessel, officials said. The removal of the Kirby Corp-operated barges was completed by midday on Wednesday and two-way traffic resumed, according to Bayport Channel Collision Response, a group overseeing cleanup and salvage operations. Forty-one ships were waiting at noon (1700 GMT) to enter the 53-mile (85-km) waterway connecting th...
Tags: Science, Houston, Gulf of Mexico, Texas City, Kirby Corp, Houston Ship Channel, Bayport Channel Collision Response


Pets Are Like Family, So Why Do They Get Left Behind During Disasters?

Michelle Nestle never really understood the meaning of a flash flood until water rushed into her house in the middle of the night. It was the summer of 2017, and Hurricane Harvey was dumping a record breaking amount of rain over Houston and the surrounding areas like Hitchcock, where Nestle and her family lived. The…Read more...
Tags: Science, Pets, Houston, Natural Disasters, Nestle, Hitchcock, Disaster Preparation, Hurricane Harvey, Michelle Nestle


Houston Ship Channel could reopen to two-way traffic as barges being removed after collision

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Salvage crews on Wednesday began removing two gasoline barges damaged in a weekend collision with a deep-draft vessel that restricted traffic in the Houston Ship Channel, officials said.
Tags: Science, Houston, Houston Ship Channel, Reuters Salvage


Joe Biden would be a disaster for climate change

The Democratic contender for president provided details of his climate plan and it was boils down to: business as usual‘Joe Biden does not have a plan to keep warming below 1.5 or even 2C.’ Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/ReutersLast year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) called for “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to avert full blown climate catastrophe. It’s not too late to stave off the worst impacts, they urged – indeed, it’s “possible ...
Tags: Science, Obama, White House, US, America, Ipcc, Joe Biden, Paris, Houston, Biden, Donald Trump, Securities And Exchange Commission, Trump, Reuters, HuffPost, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC


Geto Boys Plot Farewell Tour After Bushwick Bill Cancer Diagnosis

Houston hip-hop outfit details first four shows with plans to announce more
Tags: Science, Houston


US won't answer new questions about migrant teen's death

HOUSTON (AP) — Juan de León Gutiérrez told his mother he was calling from a warehouse in Mexico, hidden by a human smuggler who had been paid to take the teenager into the United States.
Tags: Science, Mexico, US, Ap, Houston, Juan De León Gutiérrez


Teen's death raises new questions about US care of migrants

HOUSTON (AP) — Juan de León Gutiérrez told his mother he was calling from a warehouse in Mexico, hidden by a human smuggler who had been paid to take the teenager into the United States.
Tags: Science, Mexico, US, Ap, Houston, Juan De León Gutiérrez


Houston streets fill up with water; man dead in Austin

HOUSTON (AP) — It was a scene that has repeated itself countless times in the Houston area: heavy rainfall made area roadways impassable and flooded homes, schools and businesses.
Tags: Science, Ap, Austin, Houston


Houston streets fill up with water; kids stranded at schools

HOUSTON (AP) — It was a scene that has repeated itself countless times in the Houston area: heavy rainfall made area roadways impassable and flooded homes, schools and businesses.
Tags: Science, Ap, Houston


This Fish Has Evolved to Thrive in Intensely Polluted Water

A small fish somehow evolved resistance to the heavily polluted water of the Houston Ship Channel by mysteriously acquiring genes from another fish from thousands of miles away, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Fish, Pollution, Evolution, Houston, Houston Ship Channel, Evolutionary Biology


U.S. oil-storage industry fines soar on air, water violations

Fines for violations of air, water and waste regulations by U.S. petroleum storage facilities so far this year have exceeded all of last year - even without including two major Houston-area disasters in the last month still under investigation - according to a Reuters analysis of federal data. U.S. petroleum storage operators have added millions of barrels of capacity since 2015 when the United States lifted a 40-year ban on crude exports.
Tags: Science, United States, Houston, Reuters, U S petroleum storage facilities


Can exercise, swimming goggles help protect astronauts against spaceflight-associated changes to eye, vision?

Astronauts on long missions at the International Space Station can experience changes to their eyes and vision that can last for years. This study included 20 men who on three separate days at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston completed exercises while on their back and tilted back head-first (to simulate the effect of exercise in space); 10 of the participants wore swimming goggles.
Tags: Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Houston, Johnson Space Center


Exclusive: Spain's Repsol suspends swap deal for Venezuelan oil under U.S. pressure

HOUSTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Spain's Repsol has suspended its swaps of refined products for crude with Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA, people familiar with the matter said, as U.S. officials weigh penalties for foreign firms doing business with Venezuela. The Spanish oil company has been swapping fuel and waiving payments due from a joint venture with PDVSA in exchange for crude, even as the United States rolled out new sanctions aimed at ousting Venezuela's socialist President Nico...
Tags: Science, Spain, United States, Venezuela, Houston, MEXICO CITY Reuters, PDVSA, Repsol


How NASA Got Scott Kelly’s Blood Back to Earth for Twins Study

MAXIM ZMEYEVFrancine Garrett-Bakelman still remembers the day that she held, quite possibly, the most valuable vial of blood of her career. It was March 3, 2016, the day that astronaut Scott Kelly was set to return back to Earth after nearly a year on the International Space Station.Garrett-Bakelman, now a physician-scientist at the University of Virginia, was handed Kelly’s blood samples soon after he touched down to Earth at Johnson Space Center in Houston. All she could think about was not dr...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Mars, Houston, University Of Virginia, Iss, Scott Kelly, Mark, Kelly, Scott, Stuart Lee, Johnson Space Center, Chirag Patel, Kellys


Trump to fight states delaying energy projects

Trump's orders will direct his Environmental Protection Agency to change a part of the U.S. clean water law that has allowed states, on the basis of environmental reasons, to delay projects such as pipelines to carry natural gas to New England and coal export terminals on the West Coast. Trump will issue the orders at a training center for union members in the petroleum industry in Houston, an event sandwiched between fundraising events in Texas for the 2020 campaign. "Outdated federal guidanc...
Tags: Texas, Science, Epa, Houston, Environmental Protection Agency, New England, Trump, West Coast Trump


Trump signs orders for 'revival' of US energy

In the US oil heartland on Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced the signing of two executive orders to accelerate the construction of oil and gas pipelines, dismaying environmentalists. "Too often, badly needed energy infrastructure is being held back by special interest groups, entrenched bureaucracies, and radical activists," the president said in Crosby, near Houston. "I will sign two groundbreaking executive orders to continue the revival of the American energy industry and jobs," s...
Tags: Science, US, Houston, Donald Trump, Trump, Crosby


Trump to seek to stop states from delaying energy projects

Trump's orders will direct his Environmental Protection Agency to change a part of the U.S. clean water law that has allowed states, on the basis of environmental reasons, to delay projects such as pipelines to carry natural gas to New England and coal export terminals on the West Coast. Trump will issue the orders at a training center for union members in the petroleum industry in Houston, an event sandwiched between fundraising events in Texas for the 2020 campaign. "Outdated federal guidanc...
Tags: Texas, Science, Epa, Houston, Environmental Protection Agency, New England, Trump, West Coast Trump


Most adults dying prematurely of natural causes did not seek medical help, report reveals

About two-thirds of the adults dying prematurely from natural causes did not seek medical help within the 30 days preceding their death, reported forensic researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (IFS).
Tags: Science, Houston, The University of Texas Health Science Center


U.S. ratchets up pressure on Venezuela, Cuban backers

Greater efforts to prevent oil revenues from reaching Maduro, including sanctions on Venezuela's finance and oil sectors, were coming, Pence said in Houston before a hand-picked audience of 300 people, many from the local Venezuelan community who support Maduro's ouster. "The United States will continue to exert all diplomatic and economic pressure to bring about a peaceful transition to democracy" in Venezuela, Pence said at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, calling oil ship...
Tags: Florida, Science, United States, Venezuela, Houston, Cuba, Pence, Maduro, Western Hemisphere, Venezuela Pence, Juan Guaido


Second Houston Chemical Plant Fire Spews Thousands of Pounds of Toxic Pollutants Into the Air

Another day, another chemical plant fire. That’s the depressing reality in the Houston area. Barely two weeks after a chemical plant fire belched a cloud of toxic smoke over the city of Deer Park, Texas, another plant burst into flames Tuesday in Crosby, Texas, just a half hour drive north.Read more...
Tags: Science, Air Pollution, Houston, Deer Park Texas, CROSBY Texas, Not Again, Chemical Plant Fire, Kmco


U.S. investigators to begin hunt for cause of Texas petrochemical disaster

U.S. investigators hope this week for the first time to enter the site of a massive fuel fire and chemical spill outside Houston to begin the hunt for a cause and to determine whether the operator followed safety regulations. The blaze, at Mitsui & Co's Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) storage facility in Deer Park, Texas, began March 17 and released toxic chemicals into the air and nearby waterways. Fumes from benzene-containing fuel and fear of another fire have prevented investigators fr...
Tags: Texas, Science, Houston, Deer Park Texas, Mitsui Co s Intercontinental Terminals Co ITC


CEO in Houston Disaster Makes YouTube Apology Eleven Days In

The lack of visibility of more senior executives during the crisis is "cowardly,” Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia said in an interview. Less than three hours after Garcia’s comments were published by Bloomberg, ITC Chief Executive Officer Bernt Netland posted an 88-second YouTube video in which he thanked firefighters and apologized to residents of Houston’s eastern suburbs whose lives have been disrupted by the calamity. “All of us are profoundly upset the incident happened and very ...
Tags: Science, Houston, Garcia, Harris County, Adrian Garcia, Houston Disaster Makes YouTube, Bloomberg ITC, Bernt Netland, Netland


CEO in Houston Disaster Makes YouTube Apology After Eleven Days

The lack of visibility of more senior executives during the crisis is "cowardly,” Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia said in an interview. Less than three hours after Garcia’s comments were published by Bloomberg, ITC Chief Executive Officer Bernt Netland posted a 88-second YouTube video in which he thanked firefighters and apologized to residents of Houston’s eastern suburbs whose lives have been disrupted by the calamity.
Tags: Science, Houston, Garcia, Harris County, Adrian Garcia, Houston Disaster Makes YouTube, Bloomberg ITC, Bernt Netland


Texas sues fuel tank company over Houston chemical fire, aftermath

Texas officials on Tuesday sued owners of a Houston area petrochemical storage facility over a fire last week that burned for days, alleging violations of environmental laws and seeking damages to cover response costs for the disaster that released chemicals into the air and waterways. The suit seeks reimbursement of costs for emergency responders, temporary air and water monitoring systems, and health care workers. "We have been working with state and federal partners to hold ITC responsible ...
Tags: Texas, Science, Houston, Itc, Harris County, Lina Hidalgo


Stalled Aramco IPO sets back deal-making at U.S. subsidiary Motiva

Saudi Aramco's delayed initial public offering is sidelining grand North American expansion plans at its U.S. refining subsidiary Motiva Enterprises LLC, people familiar with the matter said, at a time when its rivals grew their market share. After dissolving a partnership with Royal Dutch Shell PLC two years ago, Motiva set out to rebuild and boost market share in the Americas. It evaluated deals for LyondellBasell Industries NV's Houston refinery, with the Caribbean government of Curacao, an...
Tags: Science, Americas, Houston, Caribbean, Curacao, Saudi Aramco, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, U S, Aramco IPO, LyondellBasell Industries NV, Motiva Enterprises LLC, Motiva


Texas refineries cut output as petrochemical spill curbs shipping

A petrochemical disaster outside Houston that has disrupted ship traffic for days at a major U.S. oil port led two major refineries on Monday to reduce fuel production, according to people familiar with the matter. A fire and fuel leak at Mitsui & Co Inc's Intercontinental Terminals Co storage facility in Deer Park, Texas, last week sent gasoline, water and fire suppressant foam into the Houston Ship Channel, a waterway that connects Houston to the Gulf of Mexico. On Monday, Royal Dutch Shell ...
Tags: Texas, Science, Houston, Gulf of Mexico, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Houston Ship Channel, LyondellBasell Industries, Deer Park Texas, Mitsui Co Inc s Intercontinental Terminals Co


Petrochemical leak keeps stretch of Houston port closed a third day

Ship traffic was halted for a third day on Sunday along a key stretch of the United State's busiest oil port as emergency workers siphoned fuels from the Houston Ship Channel that leaked from a massive fire at a nearby petrochemical storage facility. Before the wall was repaired on Saturday, the breach sent fuels, water and fire suppressant foam to a waterway that connects Houston to the Gulf of Mexico. The spill and cleanup has halted ship traffic since Friday on a 5-mile stretch of the chann...
Tags: Science, Houston, Gulf of Mexico, United State, Houston Ship Channel


1,000 Locals Reportedly Seek Treatment After Multi-Day Fire at Houston Chemical Facility

Roughly 1,000 people sought treatment at a pop-up treatment center for symptoms including nausea, headaches, and respiratory problems after Intercontinental Terminals Co.’s (ITC) chemical storage facility in Deer Park, Houston caught fire this week, Bloomberg reported on Friday, with at least 15 cases dubbed serious…Read more...
Tags: Texas, Science, Environment, Bloomberg, Public Health, Air Pollution, Disasters, Houston, Itc, Deer Park, Petrochemicals, Intercontinental Terminals Co, Houston Chemical Facility, Deer Park Houston



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