Posted by: kirstieann | September 29, 2012

New feature: Daily News Clips

I’m back! Okay, I’m going to try to be better about being active on here again. Currently working on the Hill, part of my daily tasks at work are collecting news clips. So, whenever possible, I’m going pull some of those clips and post up some of the news I found the most interesting. A lot of them will be focused on Energy Resources and the Environment, but many will also be military, politics, and other stories of interest.

So, here are today’s:
Rare albino whale puts on a show off Australian coast
“The albino humpback has been nicknamed “Migaloo” by researchers who track his movements.
Albino whales are rare and Migaloo is the only documented all-white humpback adult, according to Peter Harrison, director of marine ecology research at Southern Cross University in Australia.
Migaloo was first seen in 1991 when he was a juvenile, Harrison says, and researchers believe he is now in his 20s.”

Great white sharks off West Coast to be considered for endangered listing
The federal government will examine whether to protect the West Coast population of great white sharks under the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. Four environmental groups had filed petitions with the NOAA Fisheries Service this summer to list the West Coast population on the grounds that accidental catches, illegal fishing and the accumulation of contaminants threaten the iconic species. Research studies suggest that as few as 350 great white sharks could be swimming off the coasts of the United States and Mexico.

Obama cites national security to block Chinese purchase of wind farm
President Barack Obama on Friday barred a Chinese-held company from owning or building four wind projects that security officials called uncomfortably close to a Navy facility in Oregon — acting little more than a month before an election in which he and Mitt Romney have traded accusations of going soft on China.
It was the first time in 22 years that a U.S. president has blocked such a foreign business deal, The Associated Press said.

Panetta orders DoD-wide review of early training
A day after the conviction of a fifth ex-military training instructor in a high-profile sex scandal that has ensnared more than a dozen MTIs at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a sweeping review of all boot camps and entry-level training programs across the military to tackle the frequency of sexual assaults.

Service Members Sue Defense Secretary Over Alleged Military Rapes
Nineteen former and current U.S. military service members sued Leon Panetta and former secretaries of defense Friday alleging civil-rights violations—stemming from sexual assault accusations they say were not taken seriously by the military. Jesse Ellison reports.

The Weird Story of Why Helium Prices are Going Through the Roof
Back in the 1920s, the U.S. government thought blimps might be the next big thing in warfare. So the government started producing helium. And they created the Federal Helium Reserve, a vast store of helium that sits underground in the Texas panhandle.
The great blimp war never came to pass, but the reserve persisted. Now, the government is in the process of selling off the most of that helium and winding down the reserve. Weirdly, selling off all that helium has actually led to a big rise in the price of the gas.
This is a bigger deal than it might seem. Besides playing an essential role at birthday parties, helium is used to make cell phones, computers, plasma TVs — anything with a chip.

NASA’s Curiosity Finds Water Once Flowed on Mars
NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, has snapped photos of rocky outcroppings that jut out from the alien soil, and scientists say they look like the remnants of an ancient stream bed where water once flowed on the surface of the red planet.

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