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Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

Trump to scrap NASA climate researchDonald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said.

Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century.

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Wildfire in South Carolina expands to rural areas

Pinnacle fire in SCOfficials said a wildfire in South Carolina has expanded to rural areas, while other southeast states work to contain fires spread across the region.

The South Carolina Forestry Commission said that while the Pinnacle Mountain fire expanded to rural areas, it does not pose an immediate threat to structures or local residents.

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Off The Coast Of Japan

earthquake off Japan coastAn earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 hit northern Japan on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, generating a tsunami that hit the nation’s northern Pacific coast.

The earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, was centered off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles) and struck at 5:59 a.m. (2059 GMT) the agency said.

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This Jewelry Is Made From Bombs Dropped During America’s ‘Secret War’

America's secret war in laosThese earrings were made from bombs.

Their components came from Laos, where an estimated 80 million undetonated explosives lie strewn across the countryside. The failed devices are remnants of America’s “secret war,” carried out in Laos from 1964 to 1973.

Today, workers in the southeast Asian nation continue the painstaking effort of locating, detonating and disposing of these dangerous munitions. At their current pace, it will take decades to clear the country of unexploded ordnance.

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Breakthrough may pave way for safer radioactive waste cleanup

ssafer waste clean-upScientists in England have developed a new technique for sniffing out and removing radioactive cesium and strontium isotopes from nuclear reactor components.

The latest breakthrough involved the examination of a concrete core from a cooling pond at a former nuclear power station in Ayrshire, England.

Scientists analyzed the core, which was coated and painted, and found the strontium isotopes had bonded with titanium oxide molecules found in the paint's white pigment.

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China Tells Trump That Climate Change Is No Hoax It Invented

China to Trump: Not a hoaxTo President-elect Donald Trump’s assertion that climate change is a hoax “created by and for the Chinese,” China offers this: Wrong!

As Bloomberg reports, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said Wednesday that it was Republican U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush ― not the Chinese ― who started the conversation about global warming.

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Charlotte, N.C., raises air quality alert level due to wildfires

NC firesWildfires in western North Carolina have prompted state environmental officials to raise the air quality alert level in the Charlotte region to Code Red, which means air is considered unhealthy for everyone.

"Older adults, children, active people, and those with heart or lung disease may experience more serious health effects," the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality warned Tuesday. "Everyone may experience health effects. Limit prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors."

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