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Giant hogweed sends Virginia teen to hospital, burn unit


Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) can cause burning and even blindness for those who come into contact with the sap, officials warned in June. "I'm hoping that scholarship will still be available for me", he said. "Don't go anywhere near it", Childress said. If you think you have seen Giant Hogweed, VDACS wants you to take photos of the plant and submit a report here . Read More »

Jaguar escapes habitat at New Orleans, kills 6 animals


A jaguar escaped his habitat at a New Orleans zoo on Saturday, killing six other zoo animals. "Immediately he followed procedures, secured himself inside a building and alerted the rest of the team". The zoo is a safe place to be, there's no fear at all as far as the visitors. They're under the care of the zoo's vet team but are expected to be okay. Read More »

Ireland is first to stop investments in fossil fuel firms

The bill now heads to the upper chamber, known as Seanad, where it is expected to pass easily when it's taken up, likely in September . The move represents a dramatic shift in Ireland's standing on climate change policy. Supporters of the divestment movement have argued it is against public interest for governments to hold shares in fossil fuel companies. The Irish Flag flies at a ceremony in Dublin, on March 27, 2016. Read More »

Eight endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation goes wrong


It suspended the ongoing move of other rhinos and said the surviving ones were being closely monitored. Dr Paula Kahumbu, a Kenyan wildlife conservationist and CEO of the WildlifeDirect, said it was astonishing that such catastrophic mistakes could be made, in a country so used to caring for its rhinos. Read More »

U.S. professor of biology believes hunted whale to be a blue whale

Pack also noted the lack of a white lip, characteristic in fin whales, and the mottling on the whale's flank, an identifier that acts like fingerprints, as more evidence the animal in question was likely a blue whale. Heart-breaking photos have emerged appearing to show that hunters in Iceland killing a rare blue whale , which are protected after they almost became extinct due to commercial whaling. Read More »

Israel gets set to land spacecraft on the moon

The project worth $90 million dollars is funded by Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn and others. SpaceIL was one of five finalists that failed to claim any part of the Google Lunar X Prize , a $30 million twenty-first century space race to send the first private mission to the Moon. Read More »

Sea Shepherd: Icelandic Whalers Slaughter Blue Whale

Whale scientists, including senior marine scientist of Humane Society International (HSI), Mark Simmonds, believe the whale was a juvenile blue whale or possibly a rare fin whale-blue whale hybrid. Sea Sheperd said it was the 22nd whale killed by Loftsson's outfit in the past three weeks, the others being endangered fin whales. "Iceland's whaling is rogue and archaic and should command diplomatic criticism at the highest levels". Read More »

Coming up: Partial solar eclipse on Friday the 13th

The world, today, will witness one of the breathtaking visuals of a partial solar eclipse . In a partial solar eclipse , some part of the moon casts a shadow on the sun's surface. This time around the eclipse is just for an hour, so it should not be so hard to fast. The total lunar eclipse would last for one hour and 43 minutes while partial eclipses, which would precede and follow the total eclipse, would last more than an hour. Read More »

Israel to launch its first spacecraft to the moon

If successful, SpaceIL's $95 million project, funded largely by billionaire Morris Kahn, will become the first private enterprise endeavor to match the Moon exploration achievements of Russian Federation, the United States and China . "When the rocket is launched into space , we will all remember where we were when Israel landed on the moon", stated Moris Khan, the primary investor in the SpaceIL mission. Read More »

Hurricane Chris still speeding, now a Category 2 storm


By late week, Chris will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to portions of Atlantic Canada. Ms Thornton said the fate of the weather depends on the position of the jet stream - the winds blowing from west to east in the upper atmosphere. Maximum sustained winds settled near 100 miles per hour, and the storm was not expected to gain strength the rest of today. Other than some rough seas along the East Coast, it poses no threat to the U.S., the National Hurricane Center said . Read More »

Israeli Firms Plan Mission to the Moon this December


However, the probe will land on the Moon in February 2019. "It should be noted that only three countries have so far landed spacecraft on the moon - the United States, Russia and China - and all three have done so with tremendous financial investment and with the participation of thousands of engineers", said venture capitalist Maurice Kahn, a major contributor and for years the chairman of the SpaceIL board. Read More »

Pro-choice, LGBT advocates call for rejection of Kavanaugh


Kavanaugh, who has been a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 2006, has had a large amount of credit card debt for more than a decade, ranging between $60,000 and $200,000, per The Washington Post . "And I would say being very strict on interpretation of the Constitution and things like that, that's what impresses me, that's what ought to impress most people, because that's what the Constitution writers meant was that judges were supposed to interpret law", he added. Read More »

Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Nominee to the Supreme Court?


Heller is running for reelection in a state Hillary Clinton won. As with Trump's own financial disclosure forms released earlier this year, and summarized by the Inquisitr , the forms give only a range of values for Kavanaugh's assets and debts, rather than precise dollar figures. Read More »

Israel plans to land unmanned spacecraft on moon in February

Once the mission is accomplished, the developer said the spacecraft will remain on the moon as a " symbol of Israeli success ". The only entities to have conducted controlled landings on the Moon are the governments of the former Soviet Union, the United States, and China . Read More »

Shark attacks California Instagram model in Bahamas


She was swimming on Stanley Key Island, known for it's crystal clear water and normally docile nurse sharks. She told BBC News , "From my previous knowledge from surfing and scuba diving, I know nurse sharks are usually very safe", adding that she has "seen countless photos of people with them on Instagram ". Read More »

Airbus to design new Mars rover


The brief came from the European Space Agency (ESA), with the aim of collecting and transporting soil samples left by the planned 2020 Mars rover - also now in construction between ESA and Airbus . Simultaneously, ESA's ExoMars rover will be drilling below the Martian surface to search for evidence of life, and the ExoMars orbiter now sampling Mars' atmosphere will form a crucial part of the communications infrastructure for the Sample Return mission, for which it will act as a relay ... Read More »

Scientists Trace 'World's Oldest Colours' From Africa


An global team of scientists discovered the oldest color in the geological record in rocks beneath the Sahara desert: the bright pink pigment aged 1.1 billion years old. The size of the cyanobacteria, however, was so minute that they were not sufficient for larger organisms such as animals. Brocks explained this is an ancient process, but piecing together major events in Earth's geological history helped them date their color discovery. Read More »

Vancouver test market as Starbucks rolls out options to banish plastics


Starbucks' new iced coffee and tea beverages are displayed during a promotion July 2, 2003 outside a Starbucks coffee shop at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. Thankfully, the company has also already committed $ 10 million to help develop hot drink cups that will be recyclable and compostable. "With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines", he continued. Read More »

Tropical storm Chris reaches hurricane strength as it heads north toward Newfoundland


The National Hurricane Center's advisory stated Hurricane Chris was located about 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and was moving in a northeastern direction at 10 mph. Still, the storm is expected to be upgraded to a hurricane later Tuesday as it moves into warmer waters. Local officials were preparing to deal with any minor flooding or overwash. Read More »

Key Trump ally Scott Pruitt forced to resign


The good news that Andrew Wheeler , a former coal industry lobbyist and the EPA's deputy director, would be taking over as acting administrator. A former Oklahoma attorney general close to the oil and gas industry, Pruitt had filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency he was picked to lead. Read More »

Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane


A state of emergency was in effect, the statement said. Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands - places still recovering from last year's deadly hurricanes - early in the coming week, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Sunday. Read More »

Tropical Storm Chris forms off the Carolinas, generating risky surf

Meanwhile, tropical storm Beryl was located about 240 miles east of Barbados, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the NHC said early Sunday. Dominica and Guadeloupe remain on tropical storm warning while Martinique, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten are on tropical storm watch. Read More »

Lions kill poachers illegally hunting rhinos in South Africa

Over the last few days game guides and anti-poaching staff have continued to drive game viewing vehicles in the vicinity of this pride to check for any behavioural differences and they have confirmed that to date there have been none. Later that morning, at approximately 4:30 a.m., one of the parks anti-poaching dogs alerted its handler that something in the park didn't seem right. Read More »

'Disorganized' Tropical Storm Beryl moving a little faster, but blowing no harder

A third named Atlantic storm that formed off the North Carolina coast early on Sunday was forecast to become a hurricane on Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, while Tropical Storm Beryl looked set to threaten Puerto Rico. It is said Beryl will "degenerate into a trough of low pressure" as it moves into the eastern caribbean sea by Monday. Chris formed off the coast of North Carolina on Friday and is now about 160 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras. Read More »

Deadly heatwave kills 33 people in Canada


Regional public health director Mylene Drouin said that the majority of the victims were men aged between 53 and 85. Public health officials said on Friday that coroner investigations will be completed to confirm that the reported fatalities are all heat related. Read More »

New forecast predicts fewer storms for 2018 hurricane season


TD2 is expected to strengthen into a weak Tropical Storm by Friday morning. There are no watches or warnings in effect for the storm. Two powerful storms threaten to turn into tropical cyclons in the Atlantic as hurricane season seems to have started hitting the Caribbean east coast this summer. Read More »