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Christie administration gives New Jersey’s dirtiest coal-burning power plant two more years

STATE — Under an administrative consent order signed with the state Department of Environmental Protection, the B.L. England power plant, which some view as one of the dirtiest coal units in the state, is not shutting down as soon as expected.…

New Horizons spacecraft just a year away from Pluto

NASA’s unprecedented mission to Pluto has now begun counting down the final year of its almost decade-long, three-billion-mile journey. The New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission launched an unmanned spacecraft to Pluto in January 2006. This week, mission engineers tested its systems, nudged the small…

FCC extends Net Neutrality comment time

A flood of comments about net neutrality crashed the Federal Communications Commission’s commenting site on Tuesday, the original deadline for public comments on the controversial Internet proposal. But the tech problems are buying those who want to weigh in some…

Still Not Guilty

Citigroup Pays $7 Billion to Settle Sub-Prime Mortgage Crimes by Dominic Rushe Citigroup agreed to pay $7 billion on Monday to settle a federal investigation into the toxic mortgage products the bank sold in the run-up to the financial crisis.…

Earth’s climate change measured from space

NASA this month successfully launched the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), its first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth’s climate. OCO-2 will be collecting space-based global measurements of atmospheric CO2 with…

Space experts to discuss the search for life beyond Earth

NASA Television will air a panel discussion of leading science and engineering experts on Monday, July 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT, who will describe the scientific and technological road map that will lead to the discovery of potentially…

5,000 consecutive days of humans on International Space Station

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station reach an exciting milestone of learning how humans adapt to living in space, as July 12 marks 5,000 days since the Expedition One crew of Bill Shepard, Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko arrived at the International…

Summer of Super Moons

by Dr. Tony Phillips In June of last year, a full Moon made headlines. The news media called it a “supermoon” because it was 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2013. Around the world, people went…

Pallone concerned about seismic testing off New Jersey coast

STATE — A proposal submitted by Columbia and other universities, including Rutgers, seeking permission from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to conduct marine seismic surveys 15 miles off the coast of Barnegat this summer, purportedly to study climate change, is being challenged by environmental groups and lawmakers…