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Canada : Beached dead whale stinks up Newfoundland town

Canada : Beached dead whale stinks up Newfoundland town

A whale that washed up on shore in Newfoundland is in danger of exploding, according to experts in Trout River, Canada. The town clerk, Emily Butler, told Canadian news service NTV that the blue whale carcass that washed up on the town’s boardwalk last week is decaying and filled with methane gas, which could lead the whale to explode. Read More »

Space: Astronomers Find Planet With 8-Hour Day

Astronomers Find Planet With 8-Hour Day

Scientists have for the first time measured the rotation of a planet in another solar system — a juvenile, gassy giant spinning at a breakneck 90,000 kilometers per hour, they reported on Wednesday. Orbiting a star about 63 light years from Earth, Beta Pictoris b is more than 16 times larger and 3,000 times more massive than our planet, but ... Read More »

Stop killer war machines: activist group says

Stop killer war machines: activist group says

Members of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots have this week called on the government of Canada to support the creation of new international law to pre-emptive ban fully autonomous weapons or ‘killer robots.’ The call was made as part of an outreach effort in the Canadian capital of Ottawa by Mines Action Canada, a co-founder of the global Campaign ... Read More »

New MIT building dedicated to nanotechnology

New MIT building dedicated to nanotechnology

The new building, dubbed “MIT.nano” will be 200,000-square-feet and will and will contain “state-of-the-art cleanroom, imaging, and prototyping facilities,” an MIT news release reported. The lab will look into nanoscale technology to be used in fields such as “energy, health, life sciences, quantum sciences, electronics, and manufacturing,” the news release reported. Read More »

Researchers Find Old Hunting Zone Under Lake Huron

Researchers Find Old Hunting Zone Under Lake Huron

The story of people who hunted caribou in the Great Lakes region 9,000 years ago has been uncovered at the bottom of Lake Huron. Archeological remains of hunting blinds and other structures built by aboriginal caribou hunters were found underwater 56 kilometres from shore by sonar and dive teams led by University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology archeologist John O’Shea ... Read More »

Spitzer Telescope : NASA Finds Coldest Star Ever

Spitzer Telescope : NASA Finds Coldest Star Ever

Scientists using two NASA telescopes have discovered a new brown dwarf believed to be the coldest of its kind. According to Space.com, a Penn State team used the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope to spot the star that sits in the fourth-closest system to our own. Read More »

China gets serious about fighting pollution (Video)

China gets serious about fighting pollution

Chinese legislators have passed the first amendments to the country’s environmental protection law in 25 years, promising greater powers for environmental authorities and harsher punishments for polluters. The amendments, which the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress passed on Thursday after two years of debate, will allow authorities to detain company bosses for 15 days if they do not complete ... Read More »