Air Pollution Causes Decline in Visits to U.S. National Parks

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reddit WhatsAppVisits to U.S. national parks have dropped 2% due to air pollution. National parks such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Acadia reportedly have air quality as poor as some of America’s largest cities.  A new study published on Wednesday in Science Advances noted that the air quality in national parks could be causing a decline in tourism. Ivan Rudik, the co-author of the study, stated: “Even though the national parks are supposed to be icons of a pristine landscape, quite a lot of people are being exposed to…

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Parts of the Grand Teton National Park Close Due to Active Fissures

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reddit WhatsAppOfficials closed part of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming due to the expanding fissures from Yellowstone supervolcano.  According to a statement released by the National Park Service, Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point shut down to prevent future risks. Park Rangers started risk assessments around the area.  David Vela, Superintendent of the park, commented,  Human safety is our number one priority, and with an abundance of caution we are temporarily closing this area until we can properly assess the situation.” The park is located…

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Oceanographer Wants to Save the Great Barrier Reef

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reddit WhatsAppOceanographer Dr. Daniel Harrison thinks there may be a way to save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Harrison wants to develop cloud brightening: a type of cloud-seeding technology that would allow clouds over the reef to deflect the sun’s rays. Cloud brightening would reduce high sea temperatures, which would in turn reduce coral bleaching. The Great Barrier Reef contains vivid coral of all different colors. Unfortunately, due to rising global temperatures and poor environmental conditions surrounding the reef, the coral is losing pigment.  This week, scientists…

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NASA’s Cassini Orbiter Brings Them to the Emmys

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reddit WhatsAppThe Emmys shine a light on major achievements in the entertainment world. Whether somebody receives a nomination or wins a category, it’s an honor to be a part of the award ceremony. For the 2018 Emmys, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences nominated NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory! The government science administration got the nomination in the Outstanding Original Interactive Program category for Cassini’s “Grand Finale.” Cassini is an orbiter that has been in space for nearly twenty years. For the past thirteen years, Cassini…

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Humans Originated From Various Regions in Africa

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reddit WhatsAppThe journal of Trends in Ecology and Evolution has recently claimed that our ancestors did not originate from one specific region in Africa. Originally, scholars believed that our species evolved from a singular population in Africa around 300,000 years. Instead, Trends in Ecology and Evolution has stated that Homo sapiens derive from various regions throughout the continent, meaning that our species was culturally and physically diverse from the very beginning. This new research was conducted by a team which included Eleanor Scerri, leading archaeologist at the University…

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