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State of emergency declared as Florida battles algae

State of emergency declared as Florida battles algae

Lee County will get the most funding under the new order, as Scott added another $900,000 in grants for cleaning up all the dead wildlife on its beaches to bring its total state funding to more than $1.3 million. Red tide - a naturally occurring toxic algae bloom that can be harmful to people with respiratory problems - has spread throughout the region since October and stretches about 150 miles from Naples to Anna Maria Island.


Bayer drops after Monsanto loses verdict in Roundup cancer trial

Bayer drops after Monsanto loses verdict in Roundup cancer trial

Monsanto says it'll appeal. Monsanto has denied a link between the active ingredients in Roundup saying hundreds of studies have established that glyphosate is safe. "I think that's something everybody should be scared of, because in this application, however you feel about Monsanto and Roundup, if we apply that same philosophy that courts don't have to use science and evidence to make rulings, then that's a very unsafe place for society".


NASA Launches Fastest Spacecraft Ever To Research The Sun's Atmosphere

NASA Launches Fastest Spacecraft Ever To Research The Sun's Atmosphere

Nasa has billed the mission as the first spacecraft to "touch the Sun ", In reality, it should come within 6.16 million km of the Sun's surface, close enough to study the curious phenomenon of the solar wind and the corona , which is 300 times hotter than the surface of the Sun.


Meteor shower lights up skies over Europe

Meteor shower lights up skies over Europe

One of the most popular meteor showers of the year is expected to peak this weekend. The phenomenon, known as the Perseids, occurs in August every year, when the earth moves through the solar orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet. "Under a very dark sky, you might see up to one Perseid per minute late on Sunday night or after midnight on Monday morning". As Cooke concluded: "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show".


Countdown restarts as NASA's Parker Solar Probe ready for today's launch

Countdown restarts as NASA's Parker Solar Probe ready for today's launch

The red pressure alarm for the gaseous helium system had gone off. "Launch teams will attempt to launch on Sunday morning", NASA said in a tweet on Saturday. It is created to withstand heat of up to 1,000 degrees Celsius, speeds of 700,000 kilometres per hour and a journey that will last seven years. The shield took more than a decade to develop and 18 months to build.


Teams heading out to help ailing Northwest orca

Teams heading out to help ailing Northwest orca

This is the latest troubling sign for a population already at its lowest in more than three decades. Females reach sexual maturity in their teens, and their fertility starts to wane in their 30s or 40s , yet they have been known to live more than a century, spending their postreproductive years helping their daughters and granddaughters raise babies.