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2019 Australia election: Vote count under way in eastern states

2019 Australia election: Vote count under way in eastern states

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Voting in Australia's closely-fought general election has closed in the country's eastern states, where counting is now under way.Early exit polls suggest a victory for the opposition Labor party, although polling in Western Australia continues until 1800 local (1000 GMT).A win for Labor would make its leader Bill Shorten the next PM, succeeding centre-right Liberal Scott Morrison.Australia has mandatory voting and a record 16.4 million enrolled voters.Live updates: Australia heads to the pollsBoth leaders were out early at polling booths on Saturday, in a last-ditch pitch for votes.Shortly after polls in the east shut, a Nine-Galaxy poll showed Labor beating the incumbent Liberal coalition 52-48, with a parliamentary majority. T...
New research links fracking to small earthquakes in the central, eastern U.S.

New research links fracking to small earthquakes in the central, eastern U.S.

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April 26 (UPI) -- Scientists have uncovered more evidence linking fracking to earthquakes, this time in the central and eastern United States. At the 2019 Seismological Society of America meeting, held this week in Seattle, researchers detailed the connection between hydraulic fracturing wells and some 600 earthquakes in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas. Previous studies have detailed the link between oil and gas operations and earthquakes in Oklahoma, Canada and China. But these studies have mostly focused on the connection between wastewater disposal and seismic activity. Hydraulic fracturing involves the injection of high-pressure fluids deep into rock, most commonly shale, in order to trigger the release of oil and gas trapped between the rock layers. Often, wast...
Genomic analysis details eastern gorilla's declining genetic health

Genomic analysis details eastern gorilla's declining genetic health

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Dec. 27 (UPI) -- New analysis of the critically endangered Grauer's gorilla's genome suggests the species' health is suffering from a loss of genetic diversity. Scientists sequenced the genomes of several eastern gorilla specimens collected a century ago and compared the results to the genomes of modern Grauer's gorillas. The results, published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, showed Grauer's gorillas have accumulated harmful mutations as they have lost genetic diversity. "We found that the genetic diversity in Grauer's gorilla has declined significantly in just a few generations," Tom van der Valk, a doctoral student at Uppsala University in Sweden, said in a news release. Over the last several decades, poaching and habitat losses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have led ...
NASA satellite spots Eastern Europe's orange snow

NASA satellite spots Eastern Europe's orange snow

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March 27 (UPI) -- It looks like a giant creamsicle melted across the mountains of Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.As evidenced by new NASA images, shared online this week, waves of wind-blown Saharan dust have turned the snowy peaks of Eastern Europe orange.Over the last week, dust storms in North Africa have kicked Saharan sands into the air and carried them across the Mediterranean. As they're carried by the cross-continental winds, the dust mixes with rain and snow before being dropped on Eastern Europe.The phenomenon, which happens once every few years, has made for some stunning photography, both on the ground and from space.Images captured by NASA's Aqua satellite show the orange peaks from a vantage of 436 miles.Let's block ads! (Why?) Science News - UPI.com
Syria conflict: Putin orders Eastern Ghouta 'humanitarian pause'

Syria conflict: Putin orders Eastern Ghouta 'humanitarian pause'

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRussia's President Vladimir Putin has ordered a daily five-hour pause in the Syrian government's assault on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area.It will start on Tuesday, and include the creation of a "humanitarian corridor" to allow civilians to leave.The rebel enclave near Damascus, where 393,000 civilians are trapped, has been under intense bombardment by government forces with Russian support.More than 560 people have been killed in eight days, a monitoring group says. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu made the announcement about the "humanitarian pause", saying it would run from 09:00 until 14:00 local time (07:00-12:00 GMT) daily. In a further statement, the ministry said the Syrian Red Crescent would help set up the corridor and people ...