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Wildlife Population on Earth Declined By Almost 52% in Past 40 Years

Wildlife Population on Earth Declined By Almost 52% in Past 40 Years

A recent study from the World Wildlife Fund showed that population sizes of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by almost 52% over the last four decades. This means that earth now has just half as many animals it had in 1970.

The WWF scientists gave the final statement after examining trends in more than 10,000 wildlife populations including 2,028 populations that live partly in the US.

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Rockford to help NASA design New Spacecraft

Rockford to help NASA design New Spacecraft

Rockford aerospace company is helping NASA to build a new spacecraft named Orion. It is going to be NASA's new system that will send astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA's astronaut Rex Walheim mentioned that the astronauts haven't been into deep space in over 40 years since the Apollo program. But with the great capabilities of new Orion spacescraft in the upcoming decades, they can go past the moon, asteroids and probably to Mars one day.

Hollywood Celebrities take Part in ‘Nature is Speaking’ Awareness Campaign

Hollywood Celebrities take Part in ‘Nature is Speaking’ Awareness Campaign

A Public Awareness campaign which features a series of videos `Nature is speaking' has been launched by Conservation International (CI) on Monday with a purpose of raising awareness about abuse of world's natural resources.

The CI leaders hope that this campaign will generate concerns in the minds of people who treat the environment as something fragile and separate from humans.

The narration has been done in the voice of Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Julia Robert and other international celebrities, who have sent a blunt message about humans' impact on the planet.

Risk of Extinction for Fishers because of Rat Poison used in Marijuana Farms

Risk of Extinction for Fishers because of Rat Poison used in Marijuana Farms

The fisher (Martes pennanti), a weasel native to North America, is facing the danger of extinction due to the use of rat poison by illegal marijuana farms in the US. Prior to this, the population of this animal had witnessed a huge fall because of fur trappers.

Fisher is a small, brown mammal who is a larger cousin of the mink and otter and weasel. The creature is known to actively hunt porcupine. It usually lives in old, gnarled trees cavities that are often found in old-growth forests.

Waters of Earth’s Deep Ocean have not warmed since 2005, NASA study

Waters of Earth’s Deep Ocean have not warmed since 2005, NASA study

According to a new NASA study, the temperature of the cold water of Earth's deep oceans has not risen since 2005. This fact has led to an unsolved mystery that why global warming appears to have slowed down in the past decade.

University of Montana Students oppose EPA’s Plan to put Tax on Carbon

University of Montana Students oppose EPA’s Plan to put Tax on Carbon

Students from University of Montana have opposed Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to put a tax on carbon. According to the students, the plan couldn't be effective for Montana's high energy production capability.

Last week, Montana Department of Environmental Quality had discussed the issue in a public meeting held in Missoula.

NASA to Hibernate Astronauts during Mission to Mars

NASA to Hibernate Astronauts during Mission to Mars

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is considering the possibility of putting astronauts in a state of artificial hibernation during manned missions to the Red Planet. According to the agency, the astronauts will be put into therapeutic torpor, a deep sleep state, which could reduce the cost of the mission.

Mark Schaffer from SpaceWorks Enterprises said, "Therapeutic torpor has been around, in theory, since the 1980s and really since 2003 it has been a staple for critical care trauma patients in hospitals".

People Learn more Eagerly in a state of Curiosity

People Learn more Eagerly in a state of Curiosity

According to a new research published in a neuroscience journal-Neuron on Thursday, people learn more willingly in a state of curiosity, and that spirit of inquiry fosters memory.

The study was conducted by researchers from University of California at Davis. The published findings are a result of efforts by Charan Ranganath- a neuroscientist at UC Davis and his colleagues. A group of individuals who want to be a part of the database for the study were interviewed by the neuroscientist and his fellows.

NASA puts its space taxi program on the back burner

NASA puts its space taxi program on the back burner

NASA has halted its billion dollar space taxi project due to a legal challenge from a failed bidder.

Last month, NASA had awarded both SpaceX and Boeing with a lucrative contracts amounting to US$6.8 billion for NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP). Both the companies are required to build the space agency's newest spacecrafts designed to shuttle astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Researchers from Scripps Institution of San Diego Mapped Ocean Floor in Greater Detail

Researchers from Scripps Institution of San Diego Mapped Ocean Floor in Greater Detail

Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have been successfully able to map the ocean floor in its greatest detail. For this, they made use of the newly acquired gravitational measurements from the European Space Agency's (ESA) CryoSat-2 and NASA's Jason-1 satellites.

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