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Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight, July 28-29, 2014

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks tonight and with a new moon phase on July 26, they should be pretty easy to spot in the dark night sky. The best place for viewing the Delta Aquarid meteor shower is in the lower latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere and the entire Southern Hemisphere. Look towards the southeast at around midnight local time for the best chance to catch the meteors. The meteor... 

Tropical Depression Forms in Atlantic Ocean, Expected to Weaken by Thursday

The National Hurricane Center reported as of 11 a.m. ET Tuesday, a tropical depression continues to spin in the Atlantic Ocean. The tropical depression had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It was moving to the west at 17 mph and was located about 910 miles east of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. Senior Hurricane Specialist Michael Brennan said in a message, “Satellite data indicate that... 

Scientists Create a Mutant Worm to Help Learn About Treating Alcoholism

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have created a mutant worm that does not get intoxicated by alcohol, which could result to new drugs to treat the symptoms of people going through alcohol withdrawal. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience today, relates how the researchers were able to alter a common human alcohol target — a molecular channel that binds alcohol in the... 

Sand Based Lithium Ion Batteries, Cheap and Outperform Standard Batteries by 3x

Researchers have created a lithium ion battery that can outperform the current industry standard by three times by using sand. The idea came six months ago as Zachary Favors was relaxing on the beach after surfing in San Clemente, California when he picked up some sand, took a close look at it and saw it was made up primarily of quartz, or silicon dioxide. He researched different areas around the... 

Kendall Jones Facebook Pictures of African Animal Hunting Sparks Outrage

Kendall Jones, a cheerleader from Texas has caused an uproar on Facebook after she posted pictures of animals she hunted and killed during a trip to Africa. The 19-year old shared several photos of her posing next to dead or tranquilized lions, antelope, leopards, hippos and zebras during a recent hunting excursion. Kendall Jones, from Cleburne, Texas, has been uploading these controversial pictures... 

Climate Change Could be to Blame for Smaller Salamanders

Scientists suggest climate change could be the reason salamanders in the Appalachian Mountains are getting smaller. In a study earlier this year in the journal Global Change Biology, researchers compared museum specimens of salamanders collected in the course of a half-century beginning in 1957 with those measured at the same sites in 2011 and 2012. They measured almost 9,500 adult salamanders and... 

7.9 Magnitude Earthquake in Alaska Triggers Tsunami Warnings, but Quickly Cancelled

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck Monday about 15 miles from Little Sitkin Island, Alaska. The earthquake had a depth of 71 miles, according to seismologists. The Alaska earthquake set off a tsunami warning, but it generated only a small wave. The earthquake occurred about 12:53 p.m. local time with officials sending out the initial tsunami warnings for coastal areas from Nikolski to Attu,... 

Migaloo, the White Whale Spotted in Australia

Whale-cruise operators in Port Stephens, Australia were alerted by local residents that Migaloo, the white whale had been spotted at Birubi Point, then Boat Harbour. Migaloo, meaning “White Fella,” captured the world’s attention because it is such a rare sight. It is an “extremely rare albino whale,” reports Fox News and it was seen for the first time this year off the... 

Spiders Prey on Fish Everywhere Except Antarctica

New scientific research shows that spiders not only enjoy bugs, but there are at least two dozen spider species that eat freshwater fish. Remarkably, the fish they catch may be even bigger than the spiders themselves, especially in the case of spiders that can swim, say researchers documenting the spiders. Typically, the fish spiders catch are between two to six centimeters in length, more than double... 

Rare Red Wolf Born in Captivity Could Help Restore Endangered Species

A rare red wolf was born in captivity at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Kentucky on May 2, 2014. This female pup could one day help restore the red wolf endangered species. The new female pup is just now emerging from her den and stretching her legs followed by two very attentive parents. She will remain with her parents for at least 18 months and then be transferred to a zoo or... 
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