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Rescuers evacuate 1600 campers after storm causes flash flooding in Southern France

Rescuers evacuate 1600 campers after storm causes flash flooding in Southern France A German man, who was with the group, was swept away by the floodwaters in his caravan or travel trailer, which was later found "empty and in pieces" near the river. According to the interior ministry, a total of 1,600 people, majority campers, were evacuated as a precaution in Gard and the nearby Ardeche and Drome regions. [Full Article...]

2 tropical storms gaining force off Mexico's coast

2 tropical storms gaining force off Mexico's coast Debby poses no threat to land, as the storm is located about 1,150 miles west-northwest of the Azores. A growing hurricane absorbed a tropical storm off Mexico's Pacific Coast on Tuesday and a new subtropical storm formed in the northern Atlantic, though none were projected to make landfall. [Full Article...]

USA eyes freeze of fuel efficiency rules

USA eyes freeze of fuel efficiency rules The Trump administration has moved to weaken U.S. vehicle emissions standards and has set up a major confrontation with California by scrapping its ability to enact stricter pollution standards and mandate the sale of electric cars. "The notice lays out a series of options on how to go forward with CAFE standards and the notice asked for comments on a range of options". The Obama-era rules a... [Full Article...]

Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019

Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019 NASA and Boeing announced earlier this year they were studying it, but Mulholland said August 1 no decision would be made about using the test flight in that fashion until next year. If this second test is successful, Boeing will launch Spacecraft 2 along with its first passengers toward the middle of 2019. "While we know there's quite a bit of interest and focus on who will fly first, NASA ... [Full Article...]

Why Mars looks brighter in the night sky

Why Mars looks brighter in the night sky It means the Red Planet will appear super bright, and with its orange-red color, will be hard to miss in the nighttime sky. Mars will be closest to Earth on Tuesday, a phenomenon that occurs once in every 15 years. NASA estimates the 2003 "opposition" was the closest approach by Mars in nearly 60,000 years. Large telescopes in the University of Colombo will be open to the General Public... [Full Article...]

Liquid water discovered on Mars

Liquid water discovered on Mars Twenty-nine "radar profiles" of this area were taken using radio pulses, creating a picture of the layers underneath the ice caps, at least mile beneath the surface of Mars. It will also interest those studying the possibilities for life beyond Earth - though it does not yet raise the stakes in the search for biology. Although this is just one detection, the team wrote, "there is no reason to co... [Full Article...]

Watch Blue Origin's high-altitude abort test during latest rocket launch

However, before any of that can happen the company needs to make sure its hardware is up to the task, and flights like the one today are steps in that direction. Both the booster and the capsule survived the test, returning to Earth with a soft landing. The testing on Flight 9 will once again focus on the safety systems. [Full Article...]

Public 'Got to See the Bias' at Strzok Hearing, DeSantis Says

Public 'Got to See the Bias' at Strzok Hearing, DeSantis Says Chairman, at no time in any of these texts did these personal beliefs ever enter the realm of any action I've taken". Committee members sought to question Strzok about the texts and to determine how, if at all, his anti-Trump bias impacted the investigations. [Full Article...]

Environment Canada issues heat warning for P.E.I

Environment Canada issues heat warning for P.E.I The number of heat-related deaths in Montreal was pegged at six on Tuesday. Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion. [Full Article...]

Supreme Court fight in the spotlight — Sunday shows preview

Supreme Court fight in the spotlight — Sunday shows preview Circuit Court of Appeals, and Raymond Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy. The road to confirmation for Trump's pick is likely to be a contentious one, as Democrats are expected to push back . "The way he puts it, is someone who is quote, 'not weak, '" Leo said. "Heidi will vote "no" for any pick we make for the Supreme Court", Trump said. "I'm very proud of Neil... [Full Article...]

Strawberry Moon 2018: How to See the Full Strawberry Moon This June

Other names for June's full moon include the Hot Moon for its association with the year's highest temperatures, and the Rose Moon for coinciding with blooming flowers. At that time, anyone with even a small telescope will be able to check out some of the planet's unique features. That means Saturn will be at its brightest and closest point to Earth this year. [Full Article...]

Trump rescinds Obama order on Great Lakes protections

Trump rescinds Obama order on Great Lakes protections The order had also created a council to promote conservation and sustainable use of water. The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) on Friday voiced support for President Trump's action this week to rescind a policy created under the Obama administration in 2010 designed to protect United States ocean resources and those of the Great Lakes. [Full Article...]

Pilot plant demonstrates low-priced conversion of Carbon dioxide into fuel

Pilot plant demonstrates low-priced conversion of Carbon dioxide into fuel Those numbers are "real progress", says Chris Field, a climate scientist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Currently, Carbon Engineering, the company behind the new research, plans to use its captured carbon to synthesize new carbon-neutral fuels. [Full Article...]

NASA finds more evidence that Mars could have once supported life

NASA finds more evidence that Mars could have once supported life The 96-mile crater, named for Australian astronomer Walter F. Gale, was most likely formed by meteor impact between 3.5 to 3.8 billion years ago. The samples contained methanethiol, thiophene , dimethylsulfide, and 2- and 3-methylthiophenes. [Full Article...]

Drone footage reveals devastation after Fuego volcano eruption

Drone footage reveals devastation after Fuego volcano eruption In the first few hours, the ash and mud was so hot, rescuers had a hard time reaching victims and by the time they made it out to some of them it was too late. Authorities warned that the rain increased the chance of muddy flows of volcanic material and other debris. "They are taking away our opportunity to say goodbye". [Full Article...]

'Our world is swamped by plastic'

'Our world is swamped by plastic' Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, stated on India's pledge: "This has been the biggest, most resonant World Environment Day ever, thanks to the leadership of our global host India". And nearly three-quarters (72%) think supermarkets are not doing enough about packaging to tackle the problem of plastic pollution, the survey by Populus for Greenpeace showed. [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches communications satellite

SpaceX launches communications satellite According to the mission's press kit , the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage will deploy the satellite 32 minutes and 14 seconds after liftoff. The first stage is part of the Falcon 9 Block 4 build, which is an older variant that SpaceX is phasing out. [Full Article...]

Florida, Alabama, Mississippi states of emergency — ALBERTO

Florida, Alabama, Mississippi states of emergency — ALBERTO Swelling riverbanks, tornadoes and localized flooding are possible. High tide around midday today will run 1-2 feet above normal. An additional 4 to 8 inches of rain could fall in some spots between Sunday and Tuesday . Cuba was being pounded by rain along its western coast, raising the threat of flash floods and mudslides. The New Orleans area could see some scattered rain over the next two d... [Full Article...]

Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in the Atlantic

Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in the Atlantic As of 2 p.m., Subtropical Storm Alberto — which formed Friday morning — was almost stationary about 60 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph . As the storm comes north, the strongest winds will be on the right side of the center (eye) of the storm and that's likely to move in around Mobile to Pensacola. [Full Article...]

Microsoft plans to launch low-priced Surface tablets to compete with iPads

Microsoft plans to launch low-priced Surface tablets to compete with iPads The smaller size means that these models will have smaller battery, and Bloomberg expects a four hours difference compared to the Surface Pro . A Bloomberg report suggests that Microsoft will deliver a cheaper Surface tablet this year. [Full Article...]


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