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First evidence that soot from polluted air is reaching placenta — ScienceDaily

Evidence of tiny particles of carbon, typically created by burning fossil fuels, has been found in placentas for the first time, in new research presented today (Sunday) at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. Previous research has indicated links between pregnant mothers’ exposure to air pollution and premature birth, low birth weight, infant mortality and […]

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Real-word driving produces up to 16 times more emissions, causing 2,700 premature deaths across the EU — ScienceDaily

In September 2015, the German automaker Volkswagen was found to have illegally cheated federal emissions tests in the United States, by intentionally programming emissions control devices to turn on only during laboratory testing. The devices enabled more than 11 million passenger vehicles to meet U.S. emissions standards in the laboratory despite producing emissions up to […]

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Search warrant debunks theories about New Mexico solar observatory’s closure

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —  A federal search warrant released Wednesday revealed a solar observatory located the mountains of New Mexico that mysteriously closed for 11 days had been shut down as part of an FBI investigation of a janitor suspected of using the facility’s wireless internet service to send and receive child pornography. The Sunspot Solar Observatory re-opened […]

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Green space near home during childhood linked to fewer respiratory problems in adulthood — ScienceDaily

Children who have access to green spaces close to their homes have fewer respiratory problems, such as asthma and wheezing, in adulthood, according to new research presented today (Wednesday) at the European Respiratory Society International Congress [1]. In contrast, children who are exposed to air pollution are more likely to experience respiratory problems as young […]

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SpaceX moon announcement: Yusaku Maezawa, Japanese entrepreneur, will become first commercial passenger on BFR rocket launch to circle the moon

A Japanese art collector and billionaire fashion entrepreneur is paying SpaceX an undisclosed but “significant” amount to charter a flight around the moon as early as 2023 aboard the company’s planned BFR rocket, a mission that will include a half-dozen other invited artists for what would be the first privately funded moon mission. “Ever since […]

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Trees reveal the evolution of environmental pollution — ScienceDaily

In an article published in the journal Environmental Pollution, Brazilian researchers showed that tree species Tipuana tipu have been successfully employed as a marker of atmospheric pollution by heavy metal and other chemical compounds in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest metropolis. This Bolivia-native species commonly known as tipuana tree is ubiquitous in the city. Researchers at […]

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