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British Columbia declared a province-wide state of emergency Wednesday as Canada's military joined firefighters in trying to douse 556 wildfires burning across the craggy region. The province's public safety minister, Mike Farnworth, said the measure -- which allows for officials to take "every action necessary" to protect the public -- would be in effect for 14 days. "Public safety is always our first priority and, as wildfire activity is expected to increase, this is a progressive step in our wildfire response to make sure British Columbia has access to any and all resources necessary," Farnworth said in a statement.
Britain's hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said on Wednesday. Archaeologists at the public body Historic England have been making the most of the hot weather to look for patterns revealing the ancient sites buried below, from Yorkshire in the north down to Cornwall in the southwest. "We've discovered hundreds of new sites this year spanning about 6,000 years of England's history," said Damian Grady, aerial reconnaissance manager at Historic England.
The number of days marked by potentially destructive ocean heatwaves has doubled in 35 years, and will multiply another five-fold at current rates of climate change, scientists warned Wednesday. Compared to hot spells over land, which have claimed tens of thousands of lives since the start of the century, ocean heatwaves have received scant scientific attention. "Marine heatwaves have already become longer-lasting and more frequent, extensive and intense in the past few decades," lead author Thomas Frolicher, an environmental physicist at the University of Bern, Switzerland, told AFP.
Mankind might be slowly destroying planet Earth, but there's also a chance we could be the ones to save it from ourselves. A group of scientists led by Ian Power of Trent University in Canada have announced the development of a system that can trap CO2 in a naturally occurring mineral at a much faster rate than it can on its own, potentially opening the door for new weapons against climate change.
Industrialized nations continue to spew various greenhouse gasses into our planet's atmosphere at an alarming rate, gradually increasing the temperature of Earth on a global scale as more and more heat from the Sun is trapped inside. Carbon dioxide is one of those gasses, and developing a system for taking some of it out of the atmosphere would be a huge step toward mitigating the damage humans are causing to the planet.
In their work, the scientists studied how a specific mineral, called magnesite, forms. They knew that the mineral can trap CO2, storing it for long periods of time and removing it from the atmosphere, but research into how it accomplished this feat was minimal. They began by closely studying the formation of the mineral before testing new ways to potentially speed it up.
Eventually the team stumbled upon the solution by using tiny balls of polystyrene to speed up for the formation of the mineral by a huge degree. The process can yield magnesite in just 72 days, rather than the hundreds of thousands of years that it takes to form naturally.
"Using microspheres means that we were able to speed up magnesite formation by orders of magnitude," Power said in a statement. "This process takes place at room temperature, meaning that magnesite production is extremely energy efficient."
It's an awesome development, but their work isn't done yet. For the process to actually be used to remove large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere it has to be tested at scale. The scientific foundation is certainly there, but we may not know how important this discovery is for some time.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil.
A group calling itself Freedom from Facebook slammed the social media giant in a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. It slams Facebook's privacy policies and suggests remedies to combat what they call Facebook’s ‘monopoly.’
Mexico, Aug. 15 (Notimex).- With the participation of scientists from Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Mexico, the symposium "The challenge of neurosciences in Latin America" will be held, with the purpose of disseminating the advances that the research has had in this area. The event is organized by the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav, for its acronym in Spanish) and the Latin American Regional Committee of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO-LARC). In a statement, the Cinvestav reported that this meeting aims to "analyze the understanding gap between society and governments with neuroscientists, as well as the relevance of their research mainly in countries with emerging economies." The meeting will be held next Friday, August 17, and the general public can attend with previous registration on the website https://desafioneurocienciaslatinoamerica.eventbrite.com.ar Luisa Rocha Arrieta, researcher at the Department of Pharmacobiology of the center, explained that this meeting will expose the need to project their research to solve health problems, as well as to discuss the distance between the neurosciences, governments and supports designated to science. The event is divided into two sessions, the first of them will address the importance of basic science in solving health problems. They will present cutting-edge topics such as the use of stem cells for the repair of the nervous system, or the effective use of new drugs for diseases such as Parkinson, among others. The second session will focus on the importance of science policy and neurosciences in Latin America. "What we consider to be a point in common throughout Latin America, is the need to educate politicians and the population in general, since we believe that as the relevance of doing studies in neurosciences becomes known and disseminated, it will be understood why a drug study can save or improve the quality of a patient´s life,” said the Cinvestav specialist through a statement from the institution. She explained that at a Latin American level, Uruguay may be one of the most advanced countries in this area "for example, they have studies on how to apply marihuana derivatives in different disorders, the government's support is reflected in the quality of their research. NTX/MSG/BBF
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