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Change in ocean and freshwater environment causing health hazards

Submitted by Maralyn45 on 24 February, 2011 - 11:41pm

In a conference, on Feb. 19, by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, climate experts concluded that U.S. would face grave climate change related health threats, 30 years from now.
In a NOAA news release, Juli Trtanj, director of NOAA’s Oceans and Human Health Initiative, explained that grasping the impact of climate-change at local level, involving county beach managers and water quality safety officers, had been a herculean task.
But all three studies would facilitate managers to tackle both real and expected changes in their towns for the safety of “citizens, seafood and economy”, added Trtanj.
Harmful red tides or algal bloom season
Researchers at the NOAA and the University of Washington fear longer red tides, by the end of the 21st century.


Astronomers discover 50 billion planets in Milky Way galaxy?

Submitted by Maralyn45 on 24 February, 2011 - 11:39pm

Out of the total 50 billion planets, around 500 million are assumed to be placed in a key zone near their specific stars, which can also prove to be favorable for the sustenance of life.

Revelation was made by the American Association

This disclosure was made by the researchers at the annual meeting of the American Association, for the Advancement of Science.
The scientists revealed that the estimate was made after examining a small portion of the sky, with the help of Kepler.
On the basis of that, the researchers inferred about the number of planets which could be present in the galaxy.
In an announcement made by NASA in the beginning of this month, it informed about the discovery of 1,235 planet candidates by the researchers, out of which 68 planets were found to be similar to the size of the Earth.
These 68 planets are assumed to revolve around more than 156,000 stars.


Amazon to add 5,000 videos, television serials for online streaming

Submitted by Maralyn45 on 24 February, 2011 - 11:37pm

The icing on the cake is that the newly-added streaming content would be available for free, to the $79 per year Amazon Prime program holders.
The Seattle-based online store made the announcement on Wednesday.
It would be available in the same video-on-demand format and would be accessible on all devices, including personal computers, tablets, Blu-ray players and Web-media, having the Amazon VOD application installed.

Limited content

“But the selection of free videos offered to Prime subscribers, who pay $79 a year for free two-day shipping, is far narrower than what's available for rent or purchase through Amazon's older program,” informed a technologist.
1,669 ‘Prime Eligible’ movies and 484 serials were listed as newly-added by the Amazon Prime website, which is very limited to its rental content, which includes 34,862 movies and 6,248 television serials.