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Conclusion of new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources draft report is wrong, environmentalists contend

Conclusion of new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources draft report is wrong, environmentalists contend

An environmental advocacy group has contended that a new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) draft report has wrongly suggested that sand mining operations don't generate fine dust particles and mustn’t affect human health.

Last week, the DNR came up with a potential update to its 2012 sand mining study for public comment. The analysis was based on the latest scientific and socioeconomic data regarding sand mining in Wisconsin. The agency used the analysis to tell about the policy discussions and decisions.

Death of Australia’s other great reef a bad sign for world’s kelp forests

Death of Australia’s other great reef a bad sign for world’s kelp forests

In April, alarms were sounded worldwide when marine scientists came to know that over 90% of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef in the world, had bleached. Along with the scientific community, the Australian government, and also President Obama have asked for actions to save one of the great natural wonders of the Earth.

But at the same time, the death of the nation’s other reef, the 1,400-mile Great Southern Reef, remained unnoticed.

Water clouds found in icy body beyond our solar system

Water clouds found in icy body beyond our solar system

Astronomers have discovered water clouds outside the solar system, for the first time. The clouds of water have been found on a brown dwarf called WISE 0855, located 7.2 light years from earth.

The brown dwarf is the considered to be the coldest known object outside of the solar system and is quite similar to Jupiter. Researchers said that the object has very low temperature and that makes it the first object after earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn to have water clouds.

Neanderthals ate human flesh, suggest bones found at site in Belgium

Neanderthals ate human flesh, suggest bones found at site in Belgium

Researchers have discovered many bone fragments at site in Belgium that belonged to a time some 40,000 years ago. It is believed that between 40,500 and 45,500, Neanderthals lived in place that is today known as Belgium. The bones found belonged to both humans and animals. Certain marks on bones suggested that Neanderthals were engaged in cannibalism.

Over a dozen shark species swim in South Carolina waters that shore-based fisherman might hook into

Over a dozen shark species swim in South Carolina waters that shore-based fisherman might hook into

During summer, toss a line into the water off a beach in the southeast and most probably the first thing that will come to sample your bait would have sharp teeth and sandpaper-tough skin. And in case you manage to hook a shark and bring it to shore, a crowd will surely gather soon.

Exoplanet HD 131399Ab noticed with Rare and Strange Three Star System

Exoplanet HD 131399Ab noticed with Rare and Strange Three Star System

Astronomers have so far discovered many planets in the observable universe, most of which are not earth-like. Now, they have spotted a planet about 340 light-years away from us orbiting a trio of stars at once.

The strange planet has been named ‘HD 131399Ab’. It is present in the constellation Centaurus, and all of its stars are visible in the dark sky. In the scenario, the trio of stars has been called ‘star A’, ‘star B’ and ‘star C’.

NASA showcases 'Cold Traps' On Ceres With Information Collection by Dawn Mission

NASA showcases 'Cold Traps' On Ceres With Information Collection by Dawn Mission

Ceres has some permanently shadowed areas, which don’t receive direct sunlight. These regions are cold enough to trap water ice for a long time, announced Dawn mission controllers at NASA. The discovery hints that these regions on the dwarf planet may have ice deposits today, they added.

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