• Volvo Cars to Use 25% Recycled Plastics by 2025
Volvo Cars to Use 25% Recycled Plastics by 2025

The carpet contains fibers made from PET plastic bottles and a recycled cotton mix from clothing manufacturers' offcuts. In the cabin, for example, the seats use PET fibers from plastic bottles. While big brand owners such as P&G and Unilever are making pledges to cut down on the use of virgin plastics, and major high street names such as McDonalds...

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  • Virginia Officials Warn of Dangerous Invasive Plant
Virginia Officials Warn of Dangerous Invasive Plant

Recent sightings in OH include a giant hogweed plant in Pepper Pike , according to the Cleveland Metroparks. A very risky poisonous plant has been spotted in Virginia and residents are encouraged to report it if they see it-while they can still see.

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  • Mars to make closest approach this summer
Mars to make closest approach this summer

Due to the nature of Earth and Mars' respective orbits, the distance between the two is remarkably inconsistent from year to year . The most recent Mars Close Approach, in 2003, was the closest the planet had been in almost 60,000 years, at 34.9 million miles away.

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  • Wind hitting Venus's mountains makes the planet rotate faster
Wind hitting Venus's mountains makes the planet rotate faster

It seems that an interaction between the planet's mountains and its atmosphere could create waves strong enough to change the length of a Venusian day by up to two minutes. In this new effort, the researchers suggest they might have found at least one of the characteristics causing the planet to spin at variable speeds, and it has to do with atmosp...

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  • Oldest known Sumatran orangutan dies in Australia
Oldest known Sumatran orangutan dies in Australia

Born in approximately 1956 on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Puan was gifted to the Perth Zoo by Malaysia in 1968. Puan exceeded the usual life expectancy for her species by more than ten years and was awarded a Guinness Book of Record for being the oldest verified Sumatran Orangutan.

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  • Unsafe giant hogweed found in Virginia; can cause blindness, severe burns
Unsafe giant hogweed found in Virginia; can cause blindness, severe burns

The giant hogweed plant is originally from the Caucasus region, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea where Europe and Asia meet. NY state's Department of Environmental Conservation lists other hazards that can result from coming in contact with the plant (as well as some photos of bad burns), including long-term sunlight sensitivity, ooz...

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  • Hawking’s voice beamed into space at final send-off
Hawking’s voice beamed into space at final send-off

Addresses and readers were also given by Astronaut Tim Peake and two of Hawking's oldest professional friends, cosmologist Martin Rees and Kip Thorne, an American physicist and Nobel Prize victor. British actor, Benedict Cumberbatch speaks at a memorial service for British scientist Stephen Hawking . "Stephen Hawking's grave will be besides ...

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  • Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate
Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate

Since 1992, Antarctica has lost nearly 3 trillion tons of ice, 40 percent being from 2012 to 2017, the research shows. In our latest assessment, published in Nature , we used 11 different satellite missions to track Antarctica's sea level contribution since the early 1990s.

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  • Martian duststorm silences NASAs Opportunity rover
Martian duststorm silences NASAs Opportunity rover

NASA confirmed that Opportunity's subsystems had been knocked off as the Martian storm, which is enveloping the Red Planet and blocking out the sun, continues to intensify. The current storm above Opportunity, which is still growing, now blankets 14 million square miles (35 million square kilometers) of Martian surface - about a quarter of the ...

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  • Scientists see black hole eating star for first time
Scientists see black hole eating star for first time

It's easy to guess what happened: the star was ripped apart upon getting pulled in by the black hole's gravity, and the team of astronomers were able to directly image this event for the first time. The star that became prey to the black hole had a mass that was more than twice the Sun's. The scientists said the discovery of the TDE was particu...

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  • 'Gotta go': Laura Ingraham urges Trump to fire Pruitt
'Gotta go': Laura Ingraham urges Trump to fire Pruitt

Renew Kansas President and CEO Ron Seeber noted, "Administrator Pruitt learned, without a doubt, that the industry is frustrated". "But we have to ask you why can't you put that same freedom-loving approach to bear on E15?" Pruitt thanked each person in attendance and said he supported an RVP waiver that would allow year-round E15 sales and belie...

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  • Scientists Spot Three Infant Planets Around Newborn Star
Scientists Spot Three Infant Planets Around Newborn Star

By studying the motion of the CO gas and the patterns it follows, the astronomers stumbled upon three disturbances in the flow of particles, which could only indicate the presence of planets . Mostly, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA ) has been used to observe protoplanetary disks encircle young stars. Subtle changes in the w...

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  • Stephen Hawking memorial under way at Westminster Abbey
Stephen Hawking memorial under way at Westminster Abbey

The ashes of the renowned physicist were interred in Scientists' Corner, the area of the Abbey dedicated to those who have made a significant contribution to the subject. In March, Hawking , who was said to be perhaps the greatest scientist of his generation, died at 76 in his home in Cambridge, England. "We believe it to be vital that science...

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  • Woman Takes NASA to Court Over Neil Armstrong's 'Piece of Moon' Gift
Woman Takes NASA to Court Over Neil Armstrong's 'Piece of Moon' Gift

NASA has not confiscated the vial, but Cicco says she doesn't want the space agency to take it, so she filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to proactively assert her rights. Private ownership of lunar material is a contentious legal issue in the US. The lawsuit, he explains, is to keep NASA from seizing it from her, as the agency has done to other private...

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  • Epic Antarctic ice sheet melt speeding up sea level rise
Epic Antarctic ice sheet melt speeding up sea level rise

During the same period, the loss of ice for the Antarctic Peninsula went up from seven billion tonnes annually to 33 billion tonnes annually. From 2012 to 2017, the melt rate increased to more than 241 billion tons a year, according to the study in the journal Nature published yesterday.

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  • Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Faster: New Study - Hit & Run
Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Faster: New Study - Hit & Run

Ice loss of 2.7 trillion tons since 1992 added about 8mm to sea level. Antarctica was losing around 49 billion tons of ice a year in the mid-1990s, which went up to an average 219 billion tons a year between 2012 and 2017, the study found. That loss made global oceans rise about three-tenths of an inch, or 7.6 millimeters. Scientists can't see the ...

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  • Antarctic ice melting faster
Antarctic ice melting faster

A single East Antarctic glacier, Totten, has the potential to unleash as much total sea level rise as the entire West Antarctic ice sheet, or more. Spread out over the roughly 360 million square kilometers of Earth's oceans, that accounts to over 7 millimetres of sea level rise - directly from the additional volume of water.

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  • The 2026 World Cup will be played in North America
The 2026 World Cup will be played in North America

The United States will be a host nation for soccer's World Cup in 2026, and Jacksonville could be among the destinations for the world's top players to tune up before the tournament kicks off. Luis Rubiales was not present at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, the RFEF president instead in Krasnodar to deliver the news that Julen Lopetegui had been sa...

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  • Antarctic Ice Loss Triples, Boosting Sea Levels, Says Study
Antarctic Ice Loss Triples, Boosting Sea Levels, Says Study

But that has changed. The greatest change in annual ice loss was in West Antarctica , averaging around 58 billion tons in the years leading up to 2012, then skyrocketing to 175 billion tons per year in the five years since. "The length of the satellite record now makes it possible for us to identify regions that have been undergoing sustained ic...

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  • Experiments trace interstellar dust back to solar system's formation
Experiments trace interstellar dust back to solar system's formation

Researchers from University of Hawaii showed that the initial solids from which the solar system was formed consisted nearly entirely of amorphous silicate, carbon and ices. The lead author of the study, Hope Ishii at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, said in a statement the study has discovered some interstellar dust that had originated bef...

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  • NASA rover falls silent as huge dust storm envelops Mars
NASA rover falls silent as huge dust storm envelops Mars

Flight controllers are trying to contact Opportunity , but the rover is not responding. "But if it's your 97-year-old grandmother, you're going to be very concerned, and so we are. "When the skies clear and the rover begins to power up, it should begin to communicate with us". Last month, NASA launched Mars InSight , a probe to study the planet...

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  • Mars Opportunity rover is in danger of dying from a dust storm
Mars Opportunity rover is in danger of dying from a dust storm

The rover has proved hardier than expected by lasting almost 15 years, despite being designed for a 90-day mission. NASA announced on Friday the suspension of science operations for the Opportunity rover while it waits for the storm to blow over.

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  • No impact from farmers' blockade on refinery operations - Total
No impact from farmers' blockade on refinery operations - Total

The protests are a sign of growing anger in France's farming communities which have so far not mobilised in large numbers against the government of President Emmanuel Macron since his election. Oil and gas major Total said on Tuesday that 3.5 per cent of its petrol stations in France had run out of fuel on the second day of the blockade disrup...

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  • Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast
Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

According to the NHC, Hurricane Bud is expected to move north-northwest on Tuesday into the midweek. It is expected to bring rain to much of southwestern Mexico, with isolated amounts of 10 inches. The rain could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said. At its peak, Aletta was a Category 4 hurricane when it was first...

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  • System with three Earth-sized planets discovered
System with three Earth-sized planets discovered

The host star is named EPIC 211945201 or K2-236. The exoplanet is reported to be smaller than Saturn but bigger than Neptune. The planet that revolves around the sun was discovered by measuring its mass by " PRL Advance Radial-velocity Abu-Sky Search" ( PARAS ) spectrograph integrated with 1.2m telescope at PRL's Gurushikar Observatory in Mount ...

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