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SE - Goats prefer happy people

The study, which provides the first evidence of how goats read human emotional expressions, implies that the ability of animals to perceive human facial cues is not limited to those with a long history of domestication as companions, such as dogs and horses . [Full Article...]

Hawaii braces for Category 4 Hurricane Lane

Hawaii braces for Category 4 Hurricane Lane The storm spun in the Pacific Ocean about 170 miles (280 km) southwest of Kailua-Kona and almost 20 inches (51 cm) of rain had fallen on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. Hurricanes rarely hit the Central Pacific region, due to currents and water conditions. He's picked up water, beer and food. Heads popped up as nearly every cell phone in the... [Full Article...]

Goats prefer happy faces, study finds

Goats prefer happy faces, study finds Goat (and sheep) specialist Susan Schoenian , at the University of Maryland Extension, has questions about the study. The researchers introduced photographs for the goats to view, McElligott said, then recorded their reactions. Especially if that friend is a goat . The research team now believes this study suggests that other domesticated animals are likely to show perception of emotional va... [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Lane damage assessment under way

Tropical Storm Lane damage assessment under way The storm caused damage, mostly on the Big Island, where rivers raged near Hilo and almost 40 people had to be rescued from homes. The flooding also forced evacuations and water rescues. Farther inland, some residents used their bodyboards to paddle through flooded areas. As the rains grew less focused, flood warnings were finally lifted. [Full Article...]

Earth, fire & water: NASA maps atmospheric aerosols in psychedelic image

Earth, fire & water: NASA maps atmospheric aerosols in psychedelic image Even if the air looks clear, it is almost certain that you will inhale millions of solid particles and liquid droplets. After viewing the raw data from these satellites, NASA then turned to its Goddard Earth Observing System Forward Processing model to process the data. [Full Article...]

Love-lorn dolphin’s antics prompt ban on beaches

Children in sailing schools were delighted when the dolphin would turn up and swim around their boats, and the creature sometimes lets swimmers grip its dorsal fin and go for a ride. The aquarium Oceanopolis told Le Parisien bathers should " never get too close to a marine mammal at full sexual maturity " and that a strike with a fin could be unsafe. [Full Article...]

California Ends Cash Bail, Bail Industry

California Ends Cash Bail, Bail Industry California will end the cash bail system in a sweeping reform for the state . In recent years, some US cities and states have moved away from the practice of setting bail for suspects awaiting trial, with critics of the bail system arguing that it unfairly jails defendants who can't pay bail and frees sometimes violent ones who can. [Full Article...]

Prominent CS:GO YouTuber, McSkillet, reportedly died in auto crash

Prominent CS:GO YouTuber, McSkillet, reportedly died in auto crash A popular "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" player reportedly died Thursday in the wrong-way crash that also claimed the lives of a mother and her 12-year-old daughter. Following the ban he had not uploaded a YouTube video in over five months, and reports suggest that his income had been hit. In a YouTube video late past year, Heitmann had showcased his black McLaren 650s sports vehicle - the... [Full Article...]

British satellite Aeolus sets off on mission to revolutionise weather forecasts

British satellite Aeolus sets off on mission to revolutionise weather forecasts The satellite will orbit Earth every 90 minutes, beaming data to a ground station on Norway's Arctic island of Svalbard from where they will be sent to the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading, England. The mission also aims to improve weather forecasting. Scientists now can not measure wind speeds in this region using traditional ground-based weather systems. [Full Article...]

Astronauts Play Cosmic Tennis Match to Kick off US Open

Astronauts Play Cosmic Tennis Match to Kick off US Open The match was attended by Andrew Feustel, Ricky Arnold, the Serine Augen-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst. Del Potro jokingly tweeted "Never thought I would get to coach someone to play a tennis match in Space!" For the first time in the history of the astronauts tried to play tennis in zero gravity. [Full Article...]

Laziness is an effective survival skill, evolutionary biologists find

Laziness is an effective survival skill, evolutionary biologists find The researchers think their work could have important implications for forecasting which species may be facing extinction in the face of impending climate change . "In terms of energy uptake, new species develop-or the abundance of those still around increases-to take up the slack, as other species go extinct". [Full Article...]

Ancient ‘Frisbee’ turtle had no shell

Ancient ‘Frisbee’ turtle had no shell Discovered turtle (a new kind Eorhynchochelys sinensis ), as scholars have noted, reached a length of over 180 centimeters, had a odd, disc-shaped body and a long tail and lived probably in shallow water. Due to their complicated evolution, it's been hard for researchers to pin down whether turtle ancestors could be included in the same group of reptiles as lizards and snakes, known as diapsids. [Full Article...]

Contact Lenses Not Biodegradable, Fragments Found in Water

Contact Lenses Not Biodegradable, Fragments Found in Water Lab member Charlie Rolsky, a PhD student, told the conference: "We began looking into the United States market and conducted a survey of 139 people". Varun Kelkar, one of the study authors from ASU, said: " We found that there were noticeable changes in the bonds of the contact lenses after long-term treatment with the plant's microbes ". [Full Article...]

Scientists thought 'Steve' was a new aurora. Turns out it isn't.

Scientists thought 'Steve' was a new aurora. Turns out it isn't. However, it is a completely unknown phenomenon for the scientists. In contrast, STEVE occurs only a few times a year, even in the tropics. Sarah Lewin at Space.com reports that skywatchers at first believed the lights were proton arcs . [Full Article...]

Trump Eases Coal-Pollution Curbs in Unwinding More Obama Rules

Trump Eases Coal-Pollution Curbs in Unwinding More Obama Rules The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed relaxing pollution standards for power plants nationwide, a move that could slow the decline of United States carbon emissions and lead to hundreds more premature deaths and thousands of asthma attacks and missed school days. [Full Article...]

Hurricane Lane strengthens to category 5 as it heads for Hawaii

Hurricane Lane strengthens to category 5 as it heads for Hawaii Lane's maximum sustained winds are almost 160 mph, the National Weather Service said , which will slowly weaken over the next 48 hours. Lane is expected to weaken slowly through Friday, but it still is forecast "to remain a risky hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands", the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center says. [Full Article...]

Scientists explained the origin of the mysterious light streaks in the sky

Scientists explained the origin of the mysterious light streaks in the sky A new study , however, has determined that this is not the case; according to the researchers, STEVE is the result of different atmospheric processes, making it an entirely distinct phenomenon. In [the] new study, researchers analyzed a STEVE event in March 2008 to see whether it was produced in a similar manner as the aurora, which happens when showers of charged particles rain down into Earth's... [Full Article...]

Hurricane Lane strengthens to Cat 5 as it heads toward Hawaii: NHC

Hurricane Lane strengthens to Cat 5 as it heads toward Hawaii: NHC The hurricane is about 500 miles (804 kilometres) southeast of Honolulu . Should hurricane-force winds materialize, it would result in "considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings", severe damage to mobile homes, "many large trees snapped or uprooted", "impassable" roads and power outages, the National Weather Service said. [Full Article...]

Manafort guilty of 8 counts in bank fraud trial

Manafort guilty of 8 counts in bank fraud trial The jury delivered the note to Judge T.S. Ellis III on Tuesday afternoon, following a note delivered earlier in the day, which read: "If we can not come to a consensus on any count, what does it mean for the final verdict". Manafort patted a couple of his lawyers on the shoulder and acknowledged his wife Kathleen, sitting in the front row, with a wink. Manafort, 69, led the Trump campaign in the... [Full Article...]

Hurricane watch posted as Lane approaches

Which other Hawaiian islands are at risk? After smashing into the Big Island, the storm is expected to head north over the islands of Maui, Lanai and Moloka'i which were all under hurricane and flash flood watches. Hawaii County Civil Defence Agency today announced several road and park closures. Ige said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has also been proactive in placing food and wat... [Full Article...]


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