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Carbon capture could be climate change solution, or a waste of time

Carbon capture could be climate change solution, or a waste of time

Science
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy announced $ 110 million in federal funding for research and development of carbon capture and storage projects. According to DOE, carbon capture and storage technologies, or CCS, are "increasingly becoming widely accepted as a viable option" for coal- or gas-fired power plants to reduce their emissions. Carbon capture technologies promise to scrub CO2 from the flumes and exhaust pipes of coal and gas plants. The captured carbon can be permanently buried underground or sold for other uses like making fertilizers or boosting oil extraction. The technologies have been tested on small scales, but high costs have prevented wide-scale adoption. While subsidy-free wind and solar power now offer the cheape...
Scientists capture video of a giant squid in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists capture video of a giant squid in Gulf of Mexico

Science
June 21 (UPI) -- Scientists on a NOAA research expedition have once again captured video footage of a giant squid. The elusive cephalopod was filmed by Medusa, the stealth camera system designed to observe deep-sea creatures without disturbing them. Researchers baited the Medusa camera with a glowing jellyfish-like pattern to attract deep-sea predators like the giant squid. The bait worked. In the video footage, the giant squid can be seen swimming toward the camera, its arms and tentacles preparing for attack. The feat marks the second time the Medusa camera has been used to document a giant squid. The elusive species was filmed near Japan in 2013. Big...or maybe we should say "giant" news! A few days ago, we posted about how Journey into Midnight expedition team was hunting for giant ...
Climate change: UK carbon capture project begins

Climate change: UK carbon capture project begins

Science
The giant Drax power station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, has become the first in Europe to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from wood-burning.Drax burns seven million tonnes of wood chips each year to drive generators to make electricity. The firm has now begun a pilot project to capture one tonne a day of CO2 from its wood combustion.The technology effectively turns climate change into reverse on a tiny scale, but it’s controversial.How does it reverse climate change?When a forest grows, the trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use it to make their wood.If you burn that wood, the process doesn’t emit any extra CO2 into the atmosphere - because the trees removed it from the air in the first place. It&rs...
Scientists capture first image of newborn planet

Scientists capture first image of newborn planet

Technology
Astronomers have captured the first confirmed image of a newborn planet, forming around a young dwarf star 370 light years away. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany snapped the spectacular picture of a planet forming around the star PDS 70 from the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile.Operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the telescope has one of the most sophisticated planet-hunting instruments in existence, known as SPHERE.Known in full as Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch, SPHERE made the first robust detection of a newborn planet by measuring the different wavelengths of light through its atmosphere.The images that the team captured show the planet as a bright point beside the black filter covering the star a...
Rare brown bear dies in Italy capture operation

Rare brown bear dies in Italy capture operation

Science
A national park in central Italy is investigating the death of a rare brown bear during an operation to capture it. Biologists at the park in the Apennine mountains had trapped the animal to fit him with a radio collar so they could track his movements. But the male Marsican bear began to struggle to breathe as he was being sedated and died shortly afterwards, despite efforts to revive him. Wildlife officials have described the loss of the animal as "very serious". "This is a subspecies in danger of extinction that now counts only 50 individuals or little more," said WWF Italia, as it called for a review of capture procedures.You may also be interested in:The bear was captured in a tube trap on Wednesday night, as part of an authorised operation at the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise nature rese...