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Badlands National Park defies Trump on climate change

Badlands National Park defies Trump on climate change

South Dakota’s Badlands National Park often post tweets on the issue of climate change and evolution, but it gained unprecedented attention on social media on Tuesday when it messed around with President Donald Trump.

Thumbing its nose at President Trump, Badlands National Park argued in a tweet that the heat-trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere is now higher than at any time in the past.

In one of its four tweets, the national park said, “Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years.”

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Scientists discover well-preserved remains of prehistoric giant otter

Scientists discover well-preserved remains of prehistoric giant otter

A team of scientists have discovered a well-preserved skull of a prehistoric giant otter species that lived among birds and water lilies in the forested wetlands of China millions of years ago.

The wolf-sized otter species lived in swampy areas of Yunnan province in China. Scientists estimated that it would have weighed nearly 110 pounds, and existed more than 6 million years ago.

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Trump reportedly interested in public-private partnerships for Mars mission

Trump reportedly interested in public-private partnerships for Mars mission

In his inaugural speech, U.S. President Donald Trump delivered clear hints that he is interested in sending humans to Mars, most probably through public-private partnerships.

Trump vowed to “unlock” the mysteries of space and stressed that space exploration is one of the ways forward to make the U.S. great again. During his first official speech, he also said that the U.S. is ready to harness the energies and technologies of tomorrow.

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Cassini captures spectacular view of Saturn’s moon Daphnis

Cassini captures spectacular view of Saturn’s moon Daphnis

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Cassini spacecraft has captured stunning images of the Saturn moon Daphnis, providing the closest view of the small natural satellite obtained yet.

Cassini captured images of Daphnis while making one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of gaseous planet’s rings on Jan. 16, 2017.

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Alaska’s Bogoslof Volcano erupts again

Alaska’s Bogoslof Volcano, which has been erupting periodically since December 2016, erupted again on Friday, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) confirmed. In a newly released statement, AVO said that Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted again at 1:17 p.m., sending up another ash cloud in high in the air.  The volcano in question is situated on the Bogoslof Island, which is also called Agasagook Island. It is the summit of a submarine strato-volcano situated along the southern edge

Alaska’s Bogoslof Volcano, which has been erupting periodically since December 2016, erupted again on Friday, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) confirmed.

In a newly released statement, AVO said that Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted again at 1:17 p.m., sending up another ash cloud in high in the air.

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Study blames humans for Australia’s 1,000-pound kangaroos’ extinction

Study blames humans for Australia’s 1,000-pound kangaroos’ extinction

Researchers have long debated what might have caused Australia’s megafauna, including 1,000-pound kangaroos, to go extinct. While many previously studies blamed climate for the extinction of the gigantic kangaroos, a new study has suggested that humans were responsible for the extermination of this ancient species.

A study published this week in Nature Communications suggests Australia’s giant animals went extinct over just a few thousand years—which is fast for well-established species like this.

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President Trump mentions space exploration in inaugural speech

President Trump mentions space exploration in inaugural speech

After taking oath as the new president of the United States on Friday, Donald Trump mentioned space exploration as one of the ways forward to make the nation great again.

In his inaugural speech, Mr. Trump said that the nation is ready to unlock the mysteries of space through ambitious space exploration efforts and to harness the energies and technologies of tomorrow.

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Study signals major sea level rise ahead

Study signals major sea level rise ahead

A new study of patterns of natural shifts in the Earth’s climate has revealed a really ‘worrisome’ signal that a major increase in sea level could be on the way.

A team of researchers from the Oregon State University, University College Dublin, University of Wisconsin and Science Museum of Virginia, studied patterns of natural shifts in our planet’s climate, and found that ocean surface temperatures during the planet’s last warm period, nearly 125,000 years ago, were similar to today.

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ULA delays Atlas V launch until Friday

ULA delays Atlas V launch until Friday

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) on Thursday rescheduled the first launch of its Atlas V rocket for Friday night in order to work on an issue with sensors on the rocket.

The $1.2 billion mission was initially scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral at 7:46 p.m. on Thursday, but the company delayed the launch after finding an issue with some rocket sensors. Now the rocket is scheduled to blast off at 7:42 p.m. on Friday.

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New moth species named in honor of Donald Trump

New moth species named in honor of Donald Trump

A Canadian biologist has named a new species of tiny moth after President-elect Donald J. Trump, partly because Trump’s unique hairstyle resembles the tiny creature’s distinctive yellow and white scales.

The new species, named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, was discovered by Vazrick Nazari, an evolutionary biologist and researcher from Ottawa, Canada. Nazari discovered the new species while examining moth specimens from North American moth family Gelechiidae that were collected form the Bohart Museum in California.

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