Amazon rainforest fires are probably human-lit, say, environmentalists

amazon rainforest fires

The fires in Amazon rainforest is raging and humans likely are the reason behind it. As per environmental researchers and organizations, the wildfires raging in the rainforest were caused due to loggers and cattle ranchers. The sole reason for this is to chop off the rainforest and use the land in support of Brazil’s pro-business … Read more

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Kennewick and Richland

West Nile Virus

West Nile virus has been detected for the first time this year in a mosquito sample in Kennewick and Richland, informed the Benton County Mosquito Control District on Thursday. The district said that the samples of mosquitoes collected from Kennewick’s Rancho Reata region tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. On the other hand, another … Read more

3 million gallons of ‘untreated sewage’ spill into Puget Sound after power outage, prompting beach closures

3 million gallons of 'untreated sewage' spill into Puget Sound after power outage, prompting beach closures

Officials are investigating after failures at sewage treatment plants in Seattle have led to the spill of an estimated 3 million gallons of untreated sewage into Puget Sound. The Department of Ecology confirmed that a combination of “power disruptions” and the failure of the backup pumping systems at the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in … Read more

Red wine’s resveratrol could help Mars explorers stay strong

Red wine's resveratrol could help Mars explorers stay strong

Mars is about 9 months from Earth with today’s tech, NASA reckons. As the new space race hurtles forward, Harvard researchers are asking: how do we make sure the winners can still stand when they reach the finish line? Their study shows that resveratrol substantially preserves muscle mass and strength in rats exposed to the wasting effects of … Read more

German-Russian X-ray telescope takes off to study the dark universe

German-Russian X-ray telescope takes off to study the dark universe

A long-awaited German-Russian telescope to survey the X-ray sky in unprecedented detail was successfully launched from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome on 13 July. The Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma (Spektr-RG) mission is designed to detect 100 000 galactic clusters allowing astrophysicists to constrain the properties of dark matter and dark energy, and hence test models of the expansion of the … Read more