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Pentagon raises Concerns over Impact of Climate Change on US Military

Pentagon raises Concerns over Impact of Climate Change on US Military

The Pentagon on Monday released a report declaring that global warming poses an immediate threat to the US security. The report was released at a meeting of more than 30 defense ministers and military chiefs from the Americas, Spain and Portugal.

The effects of climate change will increase natural disasters and will also raise the risk of global poverty and food shortages. This will stimulate disputes and instability around the world.

Climate Change Models underestimated Plants’ CO2 absorption level, says study

Climate Change Models underestimated Plants’ CO2 absorption level, says study

According to new research, the global climate models have largely underestimated the amount of CO2 that is being absorbed by plants.

In this new study, the scientists have revealed that between 1901 and 2010, living things absorbed 16% more of the gas than what has been previously thought of.

All the details related to this research have been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Alyssa Carson could be First Human on Mars

Alyssa Carson could be First Human on Mars

At the age of 13, Alyssa Carson is determined to be the first person to visit the Red Planet. It is her dream to be on Mars, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is taking her dream seriously. According to NASA, Alyssa has a chance to be a part of a Mars mission. The girl from Louisiana could be what NASA is looking for, as she has attended all three space camps of the space agency.

Alyssa has spent nine years of her life in training to become an astronaut in the hope to be the first person to blast her way off to Mars.

2014 Good year for sea turtles

2014 Good year for sea turtles

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, loggerhead turtle nest numbers remained high and the number of leatherback turtle nests made a new record this year across the state.

State wildlife researchers said that 2014 has proved to be a good year for the sea turtle nesting in Florida and up to now, southwest Florida is witnessing high numbers of the species.

Over 800 miles of Florida beaches were surveyed by researchers for the two reports that have all the needed details about the number of nests and nesting trends.

5 Sightings of Monarch Butterflies reported in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

5 Sightings of Monarch Butterflies reported in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

On Wednesday, Martin Warren, chief executive of Butterfly Conservation, reported about the five sightings of Monarch butterflies in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This indicates that the butterflies have started their annual journey across North America to Mexico or California.

Though the sightings have been observed, conservationists were of the view that it will take many years to match the number recorded in 1999. In that year, 300 individual monarchs were reported.

3 Researchers share Nobel Prize in Chemistry

3 Researchers share Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Two Americans and a German scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for contributing to the development of super-resolution microscopy. The chemistry prize was awarded to US researchers Eric Betzig, William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell. 

Their contribution will allow the scientists to see tiny features of cells and molecules that lie outside the physical limits of regular light microscopes.

Astronomers discover Brightest Pulsar using NASA’s NuSTAR Telescope

Astronomers discover Brightest Pulsar using NASA’s NuSTAR Telescope

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope, NuSTAR, discovered a bright pulsar or dead star, however the astronomers almost mistook it for a black hole .The pulsar is a dense stellar remnant left over from a supernova explosion.

After measuring the dead star's output, they found that it was exhibiting as much energy as 10 million suns, 10 times more than the energy observed from other X-ray pulsars.

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Privately Inflatable Room for Astronauts is set for launch Next Year

Privately Inflatable Room for Astronauts is set for launch Next Year

A privately-built inflatable room for astronauts at the International Space Station will be launched into orbit next year.

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is expected to be launched into space aboard SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft in 2015. The robotic Canadarm2 will install it on the Tranquility node's aft port to test expandable-habitat technology.

NASA is paying Nevada-based Bigelow $17.8 million to send the demonstration module to the station, where module will be in place for at least a couple of years.

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NASA Partners with FWS to Test Drones’ Capability to Detect Forest Fires at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

NASA Partners with FWS to Test Drones’ Capability to Detect Forest Fires at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

On Tuesday, NASA announced that it along with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will assess that whether or not small unmanned aerial systems are able to identify forest fires at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

The project, which is being carried out in the support of the UAS Integration in the National Airspace System project of the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, will be headed by Langley Research Center.

East Coast Cities to witness Frequent Tidal Flooding by 2045

East Coast Cities to witness Frequent Tidal Flooding by 2045

According to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), based in Cambridge, tidal flooding in East Coast cities will increase dramatically over the next 15 years due to rise in sea levels.

According to UCS climate scientist Melanie Fitzpatrick, global warming causes the polar ice caps to melt, which results in the rise of ocean levels. The only possible way to control this is by taking necessary international and national action to stop the pollution, which is responsible for causing the climate to heat up.

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