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Ultra-thin sun shield could protect Great Barrier Reef

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 22:43

An ultra-fine biodegradable film some 50,000 times thinner than a human hair could be enlisted to protect the Great Barrier Reef from environmental degradation, researchers said Tuesday. The World Heritage-listed site, which attracts millions of tourists each year, is reeling from significant bouts of coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change. Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Biology have been buoyed by test results of a floating "sun shield" made of calcium carbonate that has been shown to protect the reef from the effects of bleaching.


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Fifty years on, Yuri Gagarin's death still shrouded in mystery

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 21:55

Yuri Gagarin, feted as a Soviet national hero for being the first man in space, was killed in a plane crash 50 years ago but the details of his death remain shrouded in mystery. On March 27, 1968, at 10:18 am, Gagarin was preparing for a training flight in his MiG-15 plane at the Chkalovsky aerodrome near Moscow, his former cosmonaut colleague Vladimir Aksyonov recalls. At 10:30 am, when he returned to his base, Gagarin and his co-pilot Vladimir Seryogin were no longer responding to radio calls.


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The White House Is Probing $500 Million in Loans to Jared Kushner's Company

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 21:54

Officials have been looking into possible ethics or criminal law violations


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'Truly alarming': No babies for endangered right whales

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 21:34

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The winter calving season for critically endangered right whales has nearly ended with zero newborns spotted in the past four months — a reproductive drought that scientists who study the fragile species haven't seen in three decades.


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Is Kim Jong Un in China? A Mystery Train and Heavy Security Set Off Speculation

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:21

North Korea will soon attend summits with South Korea and the U.S.


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Arizona Is Suspending Uber's Self-Driving Vehicle Tests After a Pedestrian Was Killed

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:01

The governor had embraced self-driving vehicles until the pedestrian fatality last week


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Prince's Toxicology Report Reveals an 'Exceedingly High' Level of Fentanyl

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 19:49

He died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin


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Here’s What Each Planet Means in Astrology

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 18:50

Planets rule! (our lives). Read More...


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