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US Military Denies targeting Syrian mosque in airstrike

US Military Denies targeting Syrian mosque in airstrike

The U.S. military says an air strike Thursday in northwestern Syria targeted a large gathering of al-Qaeda members meeting in a building across the street from a mosque, but deny that a nearby mosque was hit by the airstrike. “We did not target any mosques. What we did target was destroyed. There is a mosque within 50 feet of that ... Read More »

Sara Manitoski: Courtenay teen dies on overnight school outing

Sara Manitoski: Courtenay teen dies on overnight school outing

Sara Manitoski, a Grade 11 student in the integrated studies outdoor education program, died in her sleep Tuesday night, during a scheduled midweek overnight excursion to Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre on Hornby Island. The girl, a student at G.P. Vanier Secondary in Courtenay, was part of an overnight trip to the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre, said Paul Berry, ... Read More »

Biofuels reduce engine pollution, NASA Study

Biofuels reduce engine pollution, NASA Study

A study from NASA has found that jet engines running on biofuels can reduce particle emissions by between 50 and 70 per cent. Its research concluded particle emissions from plane exhausts can be greatly decreased by using a 50:50 blend of aviation fuel and a renewable alternative produced from plant oil. As well as cutting Carbon Dioxide emissions, the mix ... Read More »

Disease threatens bat population, Report

Disease threatens bat population, Report

The search continues for white nose syndrome, a fungal disease responsible for the deaths of millions of bats in eastern North America. Nebraska wildlife officials announced that following the recent discovery of several dozen dead bats at a mine in Cass County, the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin confirmed white-nose syndrome in three bats from ... Read More »

NASA Budget Reduced Under Donald Trump Plan

NASA Budget Reduced Under Donald Trump Plan

President Donald Trump has a vision for the federal government’s budget in 2018, and — among other nicks and cuts to NASA’s projects — it does not include any money for the agency’s equal-parts-bold-and-weird Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). Trump’s budget cuts $102 million from the nearly $2 billion NASA spent in 2017 on earth science and global warming research. The ... Read More »

Unstructured Proteins Help Tardigrades Survive Desiccation, Says New Research

Unstructured Proteins Help Tardigrades Survive Desiccation, Says New Study

A new research has identified proteins that tardigrades have evolved to survive extreme dryness. “The big takeaway from our study is that tardigrades have evolved unique genes that allow them to survive drying out,” says Thomas Boothby, the Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the study’s first author. “In addition, the ... Read More »

Aydin Coban gets 11-year sentence in sex cyberbully case

Aydin Coban gets 11-year sentence in sex cyberbully case

The man charged in connection to the death of Amanda Todd has been sentenced in The Netherlands. Aydin Coban has been found guilty, and will serve a sentence of 10 years and 243 days. The cyberbullying of Todd was brought to mainstream attention after she posted a Youtube video depicting her story with handwritten signs. Read More »

Transport truck flips on side on 401 near Chatham (Photo)

Transport truck flips on side on 401 near Chatham (Photo)

All westbound collectors lanes on Highway 401 between Allen Rd. and Avenue Rd. are closed due to a rollover coach bus Thursday morning, Ontario Provincial Police say. The accident happened at Allen Road at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 16. “It’s a single motor vehicle collision involving the bus,” OPP Const. Ian Michel said. “For unknown reasons he lost control, ... Read More »

Mammals Shrink When Earth Heats Up, A New Research Reveals

Mammals Shrink When Earth Heats Up, A New Study Reveals

A new research reveals that warm-blooded animals such as mammals may tend to get smaller as the Earth heats up. This does not include the people. The scientists looked at fossilized teeth and jaw fragments of four animals that existed in the late Paleocene (59 million to 56 million years ago) through the early Eocene (56 million to 48 million ... Read More »

NASA Releases First Images Of TRAPPIST-1 System (Photo)

NASA Releases First Images Of TRAPPIST-1 System (Photo)

The newly discovered planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system could be a playground for rock-riding microbes. The TRAPPIST-1 system has planetary scientists feeling like kids on Christmas morning. In addition to having a record-breaking number of rocky, Earth-size worlds, at least three of the Earth-size planets are in the “habitable zone” of the star, where liquid water could potentially exist on ... Read More »