In 2015, Maryland legislators imposed a two-year statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas by overriding Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of the legislation. Now, legislators from Baltimore seem determined to enact a complete ban on fracking, but their claims fracking will contaminate water and threaten public health are scientifically baseless. The only thing a fracking ban would accomplish is denying much-needed economic opportunities to people living in Western Maryland.
Opponents of fracking claim it will contaminate water supplies, but a six-year, $29 million report studying the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing by the Environmental Protection Agency failed to produce any evidence suggesting fracking has caused widespread or systemic impacts on water supplies.
An asteroid flew by relatively close to Earth on Monday morning.
Data from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) revealed that the space rock made its closest approach to our planet about 7:50 a.m. EST at a time when people at the U.S. east coast were busy making coffee, or preparing themselves for work and school.
Discovered Only Days Before The Flyby
Dubbed 2017 AG3, the near-Earth object (NEO) came close to our planet flying at a proximity equivalent to about half the distance between the Earth and the moon at a speed of 9.9 miles per second.
"This is moving very quickly, very nearby to us," Slooh astronomer Eric Feldman said during a live broadcast of the flyby. "It actually crosses the orbits of two planets, Venus and Earth."
While astronomers have been aware of other space rocks approaching Earth, they did not see this one coming until two days before the flyby. The space rock was discovered only on Saturday by the Catalina Sky Survey of the University of Arizona.
The roughly 3-foot-long (1 meter) fish had a long pointy nose, a long narrow tail and two prominent fins that bear a resemblance to the wings of a bird.
Scott Tanner was about 30 days into a 42-day fishing trip when he spotted the freaky fish. "Everybody was just like, 'Wow, that's weird, never seen one of those before,'" said Tanner, who is a fisherman from Nova Scotia. "It was super-long, longest one I've ever done." [See Photos of the Bizarre Fish and Other Freaky-Looking Fish]
Of the many enigmatic objects in our cosmos, there are none more shrouded in mystery than black holes. These objects, formed as a result of gravitational collapse of massive stars, are regions where space-time is so warped that not even light can escape their gravitational wells.
Most galaxies have one “supermassive” black hole in their heart, and until now, only a handful of galaxies harboring two black holes have been observed.
Now, just days after researchers at the University of Colorado in the U.S. said that they had spotted a double black hole-toting galaxy far, far away, a team of Japanese researchers, led by Tomoharu Oka, a professor at Keio University in Japan, claim to have done the same closer home. In a statement released Friday, the researchers said that they had detected signs of a black hole with a mass of 100,000 times the mass of the Sun near the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
Scientists with the University of the West of England have invented hi-tech urine powered socks capable of wirelessly transmitting a message and according to their inventors, they could be used to transmit their wearer’s location in the case of an emergency.
Relying entirely on human resources–urine for fuel and footsteps for pump–certainly has its advantage as the entire system is 100% self-sufficient. In order to pull off this feat, the socks are embedded with fresh urine activated miniaturized microbial fuel cells (MFC) – 24 to be exact. As the wearer walks around, the MFCs, which act as miniature batteries, are charged by the urine circulating around them.
Lead researcher Ioannis Ieropoulos, PhD, a professor of bio-energy and self-sustainable systems at the University of the West of England’s Bristol Robotics Laboratory, was quoted by The Telegraph as having said that after demonstrating the piss powered phone, he and his colleagues were curious to find whether or not they “could replicate this success in wearable technology.”
A new study suggests that dinosaurs might have evolved more rapidly than we'd thought, emerging less than 5 million years after so-called "pre-dinosaurs" hit the scene. That shaves about 10 million years off the previous evolutionary time line.
The paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revisits the age of some important early dinosaur fossils.
The researchers, led by University of Buenos Aires paleontologist Claudia Marsicano, suggest that these vital fossils - found in the Chañares Formation in Argentina - have previously been misdated.
The Chañares is important because it features fossils from dinosaurs as well as dinosauromorphs from earlier in evolutionary history, so researchers can track their evolutionary time line.
Similar to dinosaurs
These dinosauromorphs were generally on the small side, but otherwise quite similar to the dinosaurs we're all familiar with - with a few important exceptions. Most notably, the earlier creatures lacked the ball-and-socket hips of later dinosaurs. While they coexisted for millions of years, true dinosaurs would eventually outcompete their predecessors.
Ever spot something cool while you were on a bike ride? Probably nothing quite as interesting as this massive python that was spotted by a cyclist on June 14th. The snake, engorged nearly to the point of immobility by a mystery animal that bulged in its gut, was spotted next to a trail in the Lake Eland Game Reserve in South Africa.
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Texas commissioners unanimously agreed in a recent hearing that fracking processes didn’t cause several small earthquakes last year.
Scientists and lawmakers are, once again, countering myths promoted by environmentalists that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is causing earthquakes around America.
Recent storms and high tides have unearthed a prehistoric marvel on the coast of North Carolina.
Fossilized shark teeth, some as big as an adult hand, have been plucked from the sand by beachgoers in North Topsail Beach and Surf City, North Carolina, NBC-affiliate WITN first reported.
The teeth are immense and immensely old: Researchers say the teeth once belonged to a Megalodon, the largest shark ever to live. Megalodon went extinct some 2.6 million years ago.
Unfortunately for this female elephant, that nightmare became a reality when a ferocious crocodile sprung from the water at the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park.'
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