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Wildfire Blocking Yellowstone Entrance

Source: Phys.org

Firefighters chopped down trees and searched for hotspots on steep hillsides Sunday as they battled a wildfire that has blocked an entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

Wildfire managers said their top priority is clearing a highway that leads to Yellowstone and protecting campgrounds, buildings and archaeological sites. They also are making sure there are no flare-ups or falling trees that could cause injuries or death.Strong winds blew down several trees Saturday, blocking some roadways. Travelers have been warned to be cautious on roads around the park that remain open.

The fire that began last month in neighboring Grand Teton National Park is blocking Yellowstone's south entrance, near the resort town of Jackson. Yellowstone also has entrance stations near Cody and in Montana.

Read more: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-wildfire-blocking-yellowstone-entrance-smolders.html
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Sun Aug 28, 2016, 04:46 PM (4 replies)

Matson Orders Two ConRo Ships for Hawai'i


Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a subsidiary of container shipper Matson, Inc., has signed a contract with U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO to build two new combination container and roll-on/roll-off (Con-Ro) vessels for its Hawaii fleet at a contract price of $511 million for both vessels with deliveries scheduled for the end of 2019 and mid-year 2020.

Matson is calling these vessels the Kanaloa Class in honor of the ocean deity revered in the native Hawaiian culture and will name each of the new vessels after predecessor ships from its 134-year history. The first vessel will be named Lurline, the sixth Matson vessel to carry that name, while the second vessel will be its fifth named Matsonia.

“This vessel order underscores Matson's long-standing commitment to serve Hawaii with the largest, most reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly fleet for the long-term,” said Matt Cox, president and CEO. “The Kanaloa Class ships will be built specifically to meet Hawaii's freight demands while reducing our environmental impact and improving our efficiency for decades to come.”
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Fri Aug 26, 2016, 01:17 PM (3 replies)

NASA's Juno to soar closest to Jupiter this Saturday

Source: NASA - Phys.org

This Saturday at 5:51 a.m. PDT, (8:51 a.m. EDT, 12:51 UTC) NASA's Juno spacecraft will get closer to the cloud tops of Jupiter than at any other time during its prime mission. At the moment of closest approach, Juno will be about 2,500 miles (4,200 kilometers) above Jupiter's swirling clouds and traveling at 130,000 mph (208,000 kilometers per hour) with respect to the planet. There are 35 more close flybys of Jupiter scheduled during its prime mission (scheduled to end in February of 2018). The Aug. 27 flyby will be the first time Juno will have its entire suite of science instruments activated and looking at the giant planet as the spacecraft zooms past.

"This is the first time we will be close to Jupiter since we entered orbit on July 4," said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. "Back then we turned all our instruments off to focus on the rocket burn to get Juno into orbit around Jupiter. Since then, we have checked Juno from stem to stern and back again. We still have more testing to do, but we are confident that everything is working great, so for this upcoming flyby Juno's eyes and ears, our science instruments, will all be open."
"This is our first opportunity to really take a close-up look at the king of our solar system and begin to figure out how he works," Bolton said.

Read more: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-nasa-juno-soar-closest-jupiter.html
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Fri Aug 26, 2016, 12:51 PM (6 replies)

Submarine Collides off Washington Coast


The ballistic-missile submarine USS Louisiana and a Navy offshore support vessel collided while conducting routine operations in the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the coast of Washington state.
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Mon Aug 22, 2016, 05:26 PM (11 replies)

Popular Yellowstone River closes after thousands of fish die


Montana wildlife officials indefinitely closed a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways Friday, barring all fishing, rafting and other activities to prevent the spread of a parasite believed to have killed tens of thousands of fish.

Fishing guides and rafting operators who run businesses along the river said the move could be catastrophic to the area's sizable outdoor industry, which depends heavily on the busy summer season.
The closure could last for months if river conditions don't improve and fish keep dying, according to officials from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. It extends to hundreds of miles of waterways that feed into the Yellowstone, including the Boulder, Shields and Stillwater rivers.
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Sun Aug 21, 2016, 02:33 PM (0 replies)

Russia Ramps Up Its Military Presence In The Arctic


UPI reports that Russia, long seen as an aggressive and unpredictable bear in international politics, has stepped up its military activities in the region – including large-scale exercises, an extensive modernization program and the reconstruction of infrastructure.

Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Sun Aug 21, 2016, 02:17 PM (3 replies)

Breaking: Giant Mosquito lights the Olympic Flame!

Zika, Zika, Zika, Zika!
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Fri Aug 5, 2016, 07:32 PM (1 replies)

Mike Pence Argued In An Op-Ed That Disney’s “Mulan” Was Liberal Propaganda

Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Mon Jul 18, 2016, 12:17 PM (7 replies)

Pipeline spews crude in California but none reaches beach (Update)

Source: Phys.org

An underground pipeline spewed thousands of gallons of crude oil Thursday near the Southern California coast but the foul-smelling goo was contained in a lengthy stretch of ravine and never reached nearby beaches.

About 29,000 gallons of oil spilled and flowed at least a quarter-mile in the canyon near Ventura, fire authorities said.
Resident Kirk Atwater said he called 911 after smelling and hearing the flowing crude. "We started getting this horrendous smell and I knew right away what it was," he said.

Atwater, 56, said he went up the canyon on his motor scooter and found the oil gushing from an above-ground box that he surmised covers equipment. "It was just pouring out like water coming out of a fire hydrant," he said.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-06-california-pipeline-gallons-crude-oil.html#jCp

Read more: http://phys.org/news/2016-06-california-pipeline-gallons-crude-oil.html
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Thu Jun 23, 2016, 07:43 PM (7 replies)
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