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USDA Announces the Availability of More Than 8 Million for Climate Change Research

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced the availability of $8.4 million in available funding to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. The funding is available through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is …

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New Dwarf Planet Beyond Pluto Discovered

Astronomers have discovered another dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt, the ring of icy objects beyond Neptune. But this newfound world, dubbed 2015 RR245, is much more distant than Pluto, orbiting the sun once every 700 Earth years, scientists said. (Pluto completes one lap around the sun every 248 Earth …

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NASA Juno Spacecraft Set to Arrive at Jupiter

Fireworks are not the only thing being watched in the sky this Fourth of July. On Monday, NASA’s spacecraft “Juno,” was one rotation away from being inserted into orbital rotation around Jupiter. As of noon Monday, Juno was an hour away from passing Jupiter’s second-closest moon, Europa.  “It’s a milestone for planetary science,” …

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Hole in Ozone Layer over Antarctica Has Started to Heal

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica has begun to shrink, signaling good news for the environment decades after an international accord to phase out certain pollutants, researchers said Thursday. The study found that the ozone hole had shrunk by 1.5 million square miles (four million square kilometers) — …

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Cambridge University Designing Building Material Made from Bone

Scientists at Cambridge University are working on creating an environmentally friendly alternative to steel and concrete, which account for approximately 10 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. They are designing a substance derived from bone and eggshell that they hope can be used to construct the world’s cities in the …

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Netherlands NGO Will Use Massive Floating Barrier to Clean Ocean

A nonprofit in the Netherlands may have a solution for cleaning the ocean. The Ocean Cleanup Foundation has unveiled a huge, 328 foot-long floating barrier that will collect the miscellaneous pieces of plastic bottles, bags, fishing nets, and other trash that floats about the seas. And ideally, the barrier would …

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New Evidence Suggests the Presence of Liquid Water on Pluto

A team of researchers at Brown University have uncovered evidence that there might be liquid water beneath the dwarf planet Pluto’s icy surface. If the global liquid ocean had solidified, the heavy outer ice shell would have crushed the freezing ocean into a strange type of ice called ice-II. Unlike …

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NASA Unveils Electric Plane

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced it is in the process of developing an experimental electric airplane. Their new model, the X-57, could cut operational costs by 40 percent compared to other gas-powered planes of the same size. This plane would not only have a much smaller …

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Life in the Universe: Planets of Graphite and Diamond May Have Been the 1st to Be Habitable

Life in the Universe: Planets of Graphite and Diamond May Have Been the 1st to Be Habitable

Carbon planets consisting of graphite, carbides and diamonds possibly hosted life in the early universe, a new study has revealed. Scientists suggest that searching a rare class of stars might help find these ‘diamond worlds’. Here’s all you need to know about this discovery: 1. Our Earth consists of silicate rocks …

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Four New Elements Are Being Added To the Period Table

Four new elements are being added to the period table: Nihonium (element 113), Moscovium (element 114), Tennessine (element 115), and Oganesson (element 118). Scientists in Japan have managed to make the 113th element of the period table, and have named it after the Japanese word for Japan: “Nihon”. Nihonium will be …

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