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If you’re adventurous and wouldn’t mind exploring the unusual, then you should read this to learn about some strange parts of the world that would leave you bewildered and impressed!  Top 10 Unusual Places Around The World  1. Glass Beach, California, USA (Photo : Wikimedia Commons )2021’s Top 10 Weirdest Places Around The World The
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An off-shore oil platform off the coast in Huntington Beach, California on April 5, 2020. Leonard Ortiz | MediaNews Group | Orange County Register | Getty Images DUBAI — Oil-producing group OPEC will continue to strengthen its relationship with the U.S. energy industry under Joe Biden’s new administration, the oil cartel’s Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo told CNBC
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By: Hannah Pell Nuclear power is an important aspect of our diverse energy infrastructure. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, nuclear power plants produced 19.6% of the total electricity generated in the U.S. in 2019. Over the last several years, however, there has been a decline in the number of operating nuclear power plants.
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Amongst the many dramatic challenges global businesses faced in 2020, one that had been simmering for years bubbled up and promised to stay at a high boil in 2021 is ESG: Environment, Social, Governance.  Signs that ESG expectations were becoming more ubiquitous included the establishment of global ESG standards published by the World Economic Forum’s
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An international non-profit environmental organization known as the Natural Resources Defense Council has released a report on climate-warming pollution and food in the United States. The organization which was founded in 1970 listed up to 10 common foods they consider to be highly damaging to the climate, especially concerning the vast amounts of carbon dioxide
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Billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached space for the first time on Sunday with a successful test of its air-launched rocket, delivering ten NASA satellites to orbit and achieving a key milestone after aborting the rocket’s first test launch last year. The Long Beach, California-based company’s LauncherOne rocket was dropped mid-air from the underside of
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Researchers say more testing in children is needed.Credit: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty The emergence of fast-spreading coronavirus variants has once again put a spotlight on the role of children in the COVID-19 pandemic. Early data on one new variant had suggested that it was spreading more in children than in adults compared with other lineages.
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WASHINGTON — The European Commission announced Jan. 20 it will award contracts to Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space to build an initial set of next-generation Galileo navigation satellites, shutting out incumbent manufacturer OHB. Airbus and Thales will each build six of the second-generation Galileo satellites under contracts that will be formally signed
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Nature Podcast 21 January 2021 In this episode: 00:47 Hiring discrimination A huge dataset has shown that widespread discrimination occurs in job hiring, based on ethnicity and gender. This backs up decades of research, showing that people from minority backgrounds tend to get contacted far less by employers. Research Article: Hangartner et al. 09:31 Coronapod
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WASHINGTON — Earth observation company Satellogic announced Jan. 19 it signed a contract with SpaceX covering several rideshare launches of its satellites through next year. The multiple launch services agreement makes SpaceX Satellogic’s preferred provider for launching its constellation of microsatellites, after previously relying on Chinese, European and Russian vehicles, including a launch of 10
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1. WHO. COVID-19 Status Report https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports (accessed 21 December 2020). 2. Andersen, K. G., Rambaut, A., Lipkin, W. I., Holmes, E. C. & Garry, R. F. The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2. Nat. Med. 26, 450–452 (2020). CAS  PubMed  PubMed Central  Google Scholar  3. Zhou, P. et al. A pneumonia outbreak associated with a new coronavirus of
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David Zikusoka will serve as special assistant at the office of the assistant secretary of defense for space policy. Leonor Tomero will be deputy assistant director for nuclear and missile defense programs. WASHINGTON — David Zikusoka, aerospace research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, will serve as special assistant at the office
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Just like smoking is responsible for causing cancer in humans, evidence from thousands of scientists across the world has shown that human activities cause climate change.  This overwhelming evidence has been documented in different parts of the world, yet a few Americans aren’t sure about its causes. Humans are responsible for burning fossil fuels, producing
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The UN goals to provide jobs and universal education are under threat.Credit: Manish Swarup/AP/Shutterstock In October, United Nations secretary-general António Guterres made a series of key appointments. He tasked 15 scientists from around the world with providing policymakers with evidence, as well as their thoughts, on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This time last year,
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WASHINGTON — Jim Bridenstine used part of his final full day as NASA administrator to call on the incoming administration to continue the Artemis program and return humans to the moon. A Jan. 19 briefing on the Green Run static-fire test of the Space Launch System three days earlier became an opportunity for Bridenstine, who
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Solutions to the world’s biggest problems, including climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, are studied in research laboratories across the globe. But as sterile as those labs may appear, they have a dirty secret: immense carbon footprints. Labs burn through five to 10 times more energy per square foot than offices, an impact that may
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Austin: “If confirmed, I will ensure the space domain is carefully considered across the range of upcoming strategic reviews.” WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for defense secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers Jan. 19 that China is the United States’ “most concerning competitor” and in written testimony identified space as a growing national security concern.
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Most GreenBiz readers are well aware of the complex sustainability reporting landscape. It seems like every year new reporting standards or frameworks are added to the overstuffed workload of the corporate sustainability professional. As the former chief executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), I had a role in the ongoing movement to “standardize the
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Bob Bakish, president and chief executive officer of ViacomCBS Inc., center left, and Shari Redstone, chair of VicaomCBS Inc., applaud during the opening bell in celebration of the company’s merger at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, U.S., on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images ViacomCBS said Tuesday it will
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A team of researchers from the University of Plymouth found differing quantities of tumble dryer lint after exposing Mediterranean mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis), collected in different parts of the world.  (Photo : Pixabay The researchers also found that increasing the quantity of lint in the mussels’ environment led to significant abnormality in the mussels’ gills, resulting in
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Boost for fish farms as ocean fish stocks affected by climate change.Credit: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Prompted by the urgency of the situation, 111 aquatic-science societies — representing more than 80,000 scientists from 7 continents — have issued a statement on how anthropogenic climate change is affecting marine and freshwater ecosystems, with a plea to avoid their
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SAN FRANCISCO – Aurora Insight, a Denver startup that gathers data on terrestrial and satellite communications, plans to launch the first of two cubesats on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission scheduled for liftoff Jan. 21. Satellite manufacturer NanoAvionics built the six-unit cubesats, Bravo and Charlie, and integrated them with Aurora Insight sensors. “We deploy
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1. Cao, Y. et al. Correlated insulator behaviour at half-filling in magic-angle graphene superlattices. Nature 556, 80–84 (2018). ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar  2. Cao, Y. et al. Unconventional superconductivity in magic-angle graphene superlattices. Nature 556, 43–50 (2018). ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar  3. Yankowitz, M. et al. Tuning superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene. Science
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The aftershocks of the Jan. 6 insurrection to block Congressional certification of the U.S. Presidential election will reverberate for many years. In the short run, there may be additional efforts to violently disrupt President-elect Biden’s inauguration Jan. 20, in addition to domestic terrorism activities aimed at state and local governments and other institutions. Such concerns
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Cross the line between air and water, and you enter a very different world. The air can be completely silent, but listen below the sea’s surface and your ears fill with sound. Here, I’m listening to a colleague using a wireless acoustic signal to trigger the release of an underwater noise-monitoring buoy moored to the
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In Honolulu, Hawaii, a colony of seabirds within the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument is threatened by the invasive yellow crazy ants. The invasive species found their way to the nature reserve and started disrupting the seabird colony’s lives.  If this alarming situation continues, the birds might
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