Month: December 2019

5 major environmental regulations the Trump administration weakened in 2019

The Trump administration so far targeted about 85 environmental regulations that protect air, water, land and public health from climate change and fossil fuel pollution, according to CNBC.Why it matters: Eliminating these regulations can increase premature deaths from pollutants and produce higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions, according to research from the NYU Law School.The…

How Christmas is celebrated around the world

It’s Christmas Eve and there’s an unexpected knock at the door. If you’re in the United States, it may be a gaggle of carolers who have come to serenade you. If you’re in Argentina, it might be neighbors arriving to exchange gifts and light fireworks. If you’re in Newfoundland, it could be friends disguised in…

Amateur astronomer ‘astro granny’ captures a stunning picture of a Christmas tree-shaped nebula

Amateur astronomer ‘astro granny’ captures a stunning picture of a Christmas tree-shaped nebula containing thousands of starsDr Jean Dean, 61, took the incredible image from her back garden on GuernseyIt took five hours for her to capture the Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree ClusterSpecial equipment allowed her telescope to track the nebula as it moved The pair —…

‘Tweezer clock’ may help tell time more precisely

Adam Shaw, Ivaylo Madjarov and Manuel Endres work on their laser-based apparatus at Caltech. Credit: Caltech Atomic clocks are used around the world to precisely tell time. Each “tick” of the clock depends on atomic vibrations and their effects on surrounding electromagnetic fields. Standard atomic clocks in use today, based on the atom cesium, tell…

Proof of alien life? Stinky gas could be evidence aliens are real, astronomers announce

Alien species depicted by Hollywood blockbusters over the years have taken all shapes and sizes. But a group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) believe ETs could be incredibly “stinky” to boot.MIT researchers have proposed in a recently published study simple organisms are responsible for the production of phosphine.On Earth, phosphine is…

Climate costs mount as retailers compete on fast delivery

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