Elon Musk Buys Twitter For 44 Billion Dollars

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Elon Musk buys Twitter and looks to change the landscape of social media

Elon Musk Buys Twitter For 44 Billion Dollars
Elon Musk

After announcing his intention to buy Twitter, Elon Musk has been on the lookout for an opportunity to take over the company. In fact, the company put in place a defense’ against a hostile takeover. But this didn’t stop Musk from announcing his funding. After meeting with Twitter shareholders privately and delivering video calls to all of them, Musk had begun negotiations with the company.

New York City Oil and Gas Ban For New Homes

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New York City oil and gas ban considered as city council is poised to enact this for new construction

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The New York City oil and gas ban will require all buildings under seven stories to use electric heat and hot water instead. While there will be an exception for projects that are approved or that have an affordable housing regulatory agreement, the gas ban will have a significant impact on the industry. And, if the ban is passed, New Yorkers living in new homes may not be affected.

Arguments side claims reasons to oppose the plan. The gas industry is wary of the trends in energy consumption. Some state lawmakers have criticized the measure, while state leaders have praised its benefits. The Real Estate Board of New York and National Grid appear to have opposed the ban. The city potentially considering delaying the ban for three years for larger buildings, in order to ensure that the laws don’t have a negative impact on the construction industry.

New Coral Reef Restoration Technology Plans to Reverse Climate Change Damage

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The news that there is a new coral reef restoration technology in the works has people all a cheer. The thought of having a beautiful natural structure back on the earth is wonderful. But, you need to ask yourself if it will be effective. Restoration of the sea floor can be very complicated and not all boats are capable of sailing through it. Many other issues need to be resolved before this new coral reef system can be put into use.

If the reef was created with just the standard deep-sea trawls then it would take many years to restore it to its original state. The average depth of the sea takes about 700 meters or more. That means it would be taking several reef cities a few decades to bring the water back down to the same level as before the climate change. That means the deep-sea trawls won’t be able to save the coral reefs and the fish populations will start to die off.

That means it is going to have to come from the shore and that means bringing in all the world experts that have worked on previous restoration projects. If you are going to rely on a piece of equipment developed for other applications, then it is going to fail you miserably. It is doubtful if any of these new coral reef restoration technology plans will work. They don’t really seem to have the ability to withstand changing sea temperatures and storms. Not to mention the amount of energy that they would need to generate.

New Species Discovered in China Could Be New Human Species

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homo erectus bones
homo erectus bones (Click here for original source image)

A cranium discovered at the base of a well on a river in northeast China for over 80 years might belong to a previously unknown species of hominid that modern scientists call “Dragon man.” The find is the first addition to the human species’ family tree and represents an anatomically diverse group of archaic humanoids that lived along the coastal margins of Asia and New Zealand. Across the world, paleoartists are putting a new twist on an old motif-the origin of humanity. New fossils and molecular analyses suggest these archaic beings may also have been browsed by sharks. If so, this discovery pushes back the time of human evolution by several tens of thousands of years.

Dr. Mike Wellman of the Natural History Museum in London, UK, and his colleagues announced the discovery in June at the meeting of the American Association for the Study of Cancer. They dated the cranium to about two hundred thousand years ago, and based on its shape and structure, they tentatively concluded it belonged to a species called H. erectus. The discovery was reported in the journal Nature and Scientific Research online, and Wellman is hoping for a firm conclusion by next summer. The scientific research leader, Dr. Robert Sayyard of France’s University Hospital in Caen, thinks there is enough evidence to justify calling the cranium a member of the species H. erectus. Other experts, however, are less confident in declaring it so.

Plastic Pollution in China – Is China Starting to Tackle Plastic Pollution?

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china starting to tackle plastic pollution
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China starts tackling plastic pollution in the sea. It has been doing so for quite some time, but it seems to be taking the world by storm. After watching the United States and Europe take the lead in environmental efforts, China is scrambling to catch up. With over 1.3 billion people breathing in the trash every day, they are beginning to look at the damage plastic is doing not only to the environment but also to their health.

The problem with most types of plastic is that they break down into smaller particles as time goes on. They are then able to escape into the air and eventually into the water. This can cause a number of problems. Ocean debris, largely plastic pieces, is one. Ocean plastics act like sand in the wind, coating beaches and interfering with marine life.

Plastic pollution is an issue in many parts of the world. One challenge is to keep the environment safe from the degradation caused by plastics. China is trying to do this. There have been efforts to implement a national recycling program in the country. They are working to improve recycling rates, and have developed new ways to reuse products. China wants to develop its own national recycling program to compete with the rest of the world.