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New BC mariner’s guide aims to keep at-risk species safe

New BC mariner's guide aims to keep at-risk species safe

The Mariner’s Guide to Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of Western Canada is a resource developed by the Coastal Ocean Research Institute, Prince Rupert Port Authority and Port of Vancouver. This guide is targeted at large vessel mariners and aims to inform them about the cetacean species along the B.C. coast, threats to these animals that may be associated with large ... Read More »

Are Aliens Real? 60 new planets found on galactic doorstep

Are Aliens Real? 60 new planets found on galactic doorstep

A team of researchers, including Dr Mikko Tuomi of the University of Hertfordshire, have discovered 60 new planets orbiting stars near the Earth’s solar system, as well as evidence that there could be as many as 54 more on top of that. This could mean almost 120 new planets! This is a drawing of Gliese 411b, one of the 60 ... Read More »

Researchers have a plan to make tomatoes great again

Researchers have a plan to make tomatoes great again

Progress in the long-running battle to improve the flavor of the supermarket tomato has been achieved with help from an unlikely-seeming source: Chinese geneticists. “Consumers complain that the modern tomato has little flavor. [It’s] like a ‘water bomb,'” said the study’s co-principal investigator Sanwen Huang, the deputy director general at the Agricultural Genome Institute at Shenzhen at the Chinese Academy ... Read More »

Donald Trump Blocks Listing Bumblebee as Endangered

Donald Trump Blocks Listing Bumblebee as Endangered

An executive order from the Trump administration has frozen the process that, for the first time, would have given a bee species federal protection. Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) declared that it was placing the rusty patched bumblebee on the U.S. endangered species list. The listing would have taken effect today, making this nearly extinct bumblebee ... Read More »

Whales beached on New Zealand coast, bringing total to 650

Whales beached on New Zealand coast, bringing total to 650

Over 650 pilot whales have beached themselves on a New Zealand shore in what is considered the largest mass stranding in decades.. According to the island nation’s Department of Conservation, 650 pilot whales swam aground on Friday, Feb. 10 on Farewell Spit at the tip of South Island. About 250 to 300 of the whales were already dead when the ... Read More »

Climate change: Record high temperatures surge in the Eastern US

Climate change: Record high temperatures surge in the Eastern US

It does not feel like winter in the Eastern U.S. this week. Spring has already arrived in the Southeast and forecast highs are in the 70s as far north as Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, breaking records at dozens of climate-monitoring stations. In Washington, D.C., Tuesday’s morning temperature was 48 degrees, which sets a new record for warmest overnight low for ... Read More »

Orange alligator gets snapped in South Carolina “Photo”

Orange alligator gets snapped in South Carolina (Photo)

An orange-colored alligator, which admirers on social media have nicknamed “Trumpagator,” surfaced this week from the retention ponds at Tanner Plantation in Hanahan, South Carolina. Neighbors spotted the alligator and posted its picture on Facebook. There are many animals that come in surprising, bright colors—the pink grasshoppers and blue lobsters of the world. But orange alligators are likely not born ... Read More »

Researchers just got even more evidence of a new type of black hole

Scientists just got even more evidence of a new type of black hole

Astronomers may have discovered the first example of an intermediate-mass black hole, possibly validating a long-standing theory that such “mid-sized” black holes exist. University of Queensland School of Mathematics and Physics researcher Associate Professor Holger Baumgardt said all known black holes fell into two categories: small, stellar-mass black holes weighing a few times the mass of our sun, and supermassive ... Read More »

Climate Change: Donald Trump Voters and Global Warming

Climate Change: Donald Trump Voters and Global Warming

US President Donald Trump mocked environmental issues throughout his campaign. Despite denying it during the debates when trying to appeal to a wider audience, Trump made it clear to his hardcore followers that they could count on him to roll back environmental protections. “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. ... Read More »