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2014-04-17 16:21:51

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE: WCN) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.115 per share on the Company's common stock. The dividend will be paid on May 15, 2014, to stockholders of record on the close of business on May 1, 2014. The Board intends to review the quarterly dividend each October, with a long-term objective of increasing the amount of the dividend. Waste...

2014-04-17 16:21:11

Edmonton BMW offers energy-efficient solutions for those hoping to make a difference EDMONTON, Alberta, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Although a spotlight on conserving Mother Earth is typically only shone once annually on Earth Day, an Edmonton dealership is encouraging families to stretch the trend year-round with the purchase of a hybrid vehicle. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140417/76014) Earth Day is April 22, and although there are a variety of ways to...

2014-04-17 16:21:08

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO While planets...

Selfie From Mars Opportunity Rover
2014-04-17 14:58:31

Guy Webster, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory In its sixth Martian winter, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity now has cleaner solar arrays than in any Martian winter since its first on the Red Planet, in 2005. Cleaning effects of wind events in March boosted the amount of electricity available for the rover's work. A new self-portrait from Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam), showing the cleaned arrays, is online at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA18079...

Astronomers Using Kepler Telescope Discover First Earth-Sized Exoplanet Within The Habitable Zone
2014-04-17 15:09:39

[ Watch the Video: Kepler Discovers First Earth-Sized Exoplanet In Habitable Zone ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A potential game changer in the hunt for life outside our neighborhood has just been discovered about 493 light years away. Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have found a rocky planet that is similar in size to Earth and is within the “habitable zone” of the star it orbits. The discovery of this planet, called Kepler-186f,...

Skin Care Company Proposes Making The Moon Brighter To Solve Global Energy Crisis
2014-04-17 14:21:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Are you trying to unleash an evil scheme at night, but darkness is getting in the way? Why not just BRIGHTEN THE MOON!?!?! (Cue evil laughter) No, that’s not the premise for the next James Bond movie. It’s a new proposal (albeit one that should perhaps not be taken too seriously) by Swedish skin care company Foreo. “Imagine a world where the days last longer and the nights are brighter,” a blog post from the company’s...

Large Decrease In Green Turtle Catch Rates: Study
2014-04-17 14:13:47

Wildlife Conservation Society A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua's legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida. During the research period, conservation scientists estimated that more than 170,000 green turtles were killed between 1991 and 2011, with catch rates...

Scientists Describe Two New Species Of Yellow-shouldered Bats
2014-04-17 13:35:01

Pensoft Publishers Lying forgotten in museum collections two new species of yellow-shouldered bats have been unearthed by scientists at the American Museum of New York and The Field Museum of Natural History and described in the open access journal ZooKeys. These two new additions to the genus Sturnira are part of a recent discovery of three bats hidden away in collections around the world, the third one still waiting to be officially announced. Up until recently the genus Sturnira was...

2014-04-17 12:30:17

The #LastSelfie Campaign Calls on People to Act Using Social Media NEW YORK, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Grey Group ad agencies, 41?29! in Turkey and Uncle Grey in Denmark, have launched a new campaign to raise awareness about endangered and threatened species. The species in focus are tigers, rhinos, orangutans, pandas and polar bears, which could become threatened as the icecaps in the Arctic melt at a high speed. In order to reach young...

2014-04-17 12:26:27

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New Jersey residents who were surveyed four months after Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast of the United States in October 2012 expressed strong support for government policies to reduce the likelihood of severe damage from future hurricanes, according to a study involving 875 residents. Researchers also found, however, that only a small fraction of those surveyed--about one in five--were willing to contribute to a fund to...


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Palaeovespa
2014-04-18 16:08:43

Palaeovespa is a genus of wasps that holds seven species, all of which are extinct. Two of the species were discovered in Baltic amber deposits from Europe dating back to the middle Eocene era, while the other five were found in Florissant Formation amber from the Priabonian stage era in Colorado in the United States. This genus, and four of its species, was first described in 1906 by Dr. Theodore Cockerell in the Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Cockerell described all but one...

Stream Bluet, Enallagma exsulans
2014-04-18 15:58:11

The stream bluet (Enallagma exsulans) is a species of damselfly that can be found in North America. Its range includes four areas of Canada including Nova Scotia and Ontario, three states in Mexico including Hidalgo, and thirty-four states in the United States including Alabama, Indiana, and New York. This species prefers to reside near flowing rivers and streams, unlike many other damselflies, and is often found in areas with abundant water-willow. It is most active during the summer months...

Negros Fruit Dove, Ptilinopus arcanus
2014-04-18 14:10:41

The Negros Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus arcanus) is a species of bird belonging to the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It is native to the island of Negros located in the Philippines. This fruit dove is known from a single female specimen collected from the slopes of Mount Kanloan within the northern portion of the island. While it was found at a high elevation, it is suspected that the species originally resided in the lowland dipterocarp forests and was driven to higher elevations due to...

Mauritius Blue Pigeon, Alectroenas nitidissima
2014-04-18 12:27:42

The Mauritius Blue Pigeon (Alectroenas nitidissima) is an extinct species of blue pigeon previously native to the Mascarene island of Mauritius located in the Indian Ocean eastwards of Madagascar. It has two extinct relatives from the Mascarenes and three living ones from other islands. It is the type species of the genus of blue pigeons, Alectroenas. It had white colored hackles around the head, neck, and breast and blue colored feathers on the body, and it was red on the tail and the...

Newton’s Parakeet, Psittacula exsul
2014-04-18 12:25:06

Newton’s Parakeet or the Rodrigues Parakeet (Psittacula exsul) is an extinct species of parrot that was native to the Mascarene island of Rodrigues located in the western Indian Ocean. It was closely related to the Alexandrine Parrot of the same genus and was likely descended from it. It diverged from related species in several of its features, signifying that it had most likely been isolated on Rodrigues for a long period of time. It was roughly 16 inches in length, about the size of a...

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