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Feb 19, 2019
During an excavation in the Jinju Formation in South Korea, scientists found ten new spider fossils from the Mesozoic era. The research team was surprised by the findings because spiders don't fossilize as easily as bones or other skeletons, so this was already a unique discovery. Later, the researchers were even more impressed when, during the analysis of the sample, they saw that the spider's eyes still reflected light. This rare event was caused by the type of dark rock where they were found which maintained the eye structure so well-preserved, allowing scientists to evidence their functions even after millions of years.
Feb 19, 2019
Nowadays, the belief that the Earth is flat is gaining a lot of followers and conspiracy theorists around the world. According to a survey during a flat earth conference, most followers said that they were influenced by videos on YouTube that show evidence of this theory, and some analysts believe that the algorithm used by the website might favor this videos over others by continuously recommending them to people who watch videos about conspiracy theories in different areas. Experts believe that the site shouldn't encourage this type of content because even though it isn't harmful, it spreads misinformation among users.
Feb 19, 2019
By 2025, China could test a solar power station in space, which will harness solar power more efficiently because it will be orbiting above any terrestrial weather condition that might interfere with capturing the solar energy, and it will be able to send clean energy to Earth, making China a frontrunner in renewable energy and space technology. The developers are planning to include solar arrays in space to capture the sunlight and beam the electricity down to Earth to a specific laser-like machine. The country expects to launch a more powerful facility with a greater capacity by 2050.
Feb 19, 2019
Queensland has suffered from devastating weeks of rain, which has made massive waves of sediment and polluted water reach the ocean, and now it's threatening the Great Barrier Reef. The flooding has reached more than 35 miles into the Coral Sea, and now it's heading towards the reef, which could be catastrophic to coral and seagrass, which is already facing other dangers like the bleaching events. The flooding has caused damage to thousands of homes, the death of millions of cattle, and at least three casualties.
Feb 18, 2019
Due to the current climate crisis, politicians are pushing to integrate clean energy, which will create a higher demand for unusual materials that are used to produce this energy. Clean energy requires materials that are easily found and commercialized in mass (like silicon for panels), but it also requires chemicals and products from industries that do not have the necessary infrastructure for mass production. Also, some materials need to be extracted from the Earth, and higher demands of those materials mean more mining, which will have an environmental impact. However, scientist claim the benefits of renewable energy will outweigh the costs.
Feb 18, 2019
Scientists in the UK have launched a satellite to examine methods to remove and clear part of the 8,000 tons of junk that have been left in space after 60 years of research and space flights. This waste is becoming a threat to operational satellites that are vital for everyday communication and services. The RemoveDebris satellite integrates technology for tests, from a net to a harpoon to capture the junk. The spacecraft also has another tool that will throw the waste to the atmosphere to be incinerated, which will be tested in the following weeks.
Feb 18, 2019
Prof Appolinaire Djikeng is developing a new study that could help poor communities in Africa. He aims to create gene-edited cows, pigs, chicken, and other farm animals that can be resistant to diseases, epidemics, and heat, through traditional breeding. The gene editing also will lead to healthier and more productive livestock, which could relieve poverty in vulnerable communities. The results will be dedicated to people with small farms with two or three animals, and it's not intended to be used in industries.
Feb 18, 2019
Chang'e-4 landed on the far side of the moon on January 3, in an area never explored before. The site where it landed was a crater recently named by The International Astronomical Union as "Statio Tianhe." Statio means "post" in Latin and Tianhe is the Chinese name for the Milky Way sky river. Besides the landing area, the union also named four more craters that have been explored by the lander and the rover Yutu2: Zhinyu, Hegu, and Tianjin that come from Chinese constellations. The inspiration for most of the names come from a folk tale called "The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl."
Feb 18, 2019
On March 2017, a South Korean tank named Stellar Daisy sank while transporting iron ore from Brazil to China, taking the life of 22 crew members, as only two were rescued. An exploration company recently located the tank in the ocean floor, and they will start using remote-controlled autonomous underwater vehicles to collect evidence from the tragedy with 3D-imaging technology and to recover the data recorder to take it into account for further developments. The team claims that deep-sea search is very complicated and there's no guarantee of success.
Feb 18, 2019
On Monday evening, Sirus, the most shining star in the night sky, will experience an occultation, meaning that another space object will block its light to the Earth. The object responsible for the disappearance of the star will be an asteroid known as Jurgenstock, and it will be blocking the star at around 10:30 pm, but it will last less than a second. However, experts are asking all the astronomy enthusiast that are planning to see the event to send the information so they can improve their understandings on the position of the star and the asteroid.
Feb 18, 2019
Recently, NASA confirmed that the Red Planet rover Opportunity had run out of battery, and it wouldn't wake up anymore, so many people are wondering about what will happen to the "dead body." Usually, planetary crafts are made with organic fibers, and plastic gets quickly shredded by solar radiation. However, Mars robots are made of tougher materials. Experts claim that if scientists visit the place where the robot lays, it will be dusty but still standing. They also believe that after billions of years, Opportunity will be an underground fossil, but there are higher chances of a meteorite hitting the craft and smash it before that happens.
Feb 18, 2019
On Friday, thousands of school children decided to walk out of school and go on strike as part of a campaign to protest and demand the government to take action to solve the crisis of climate change. Around 15,000 children and teenagers were part of the protests held around the world, with more emphasis in the UK, Belgium, Germany, and Sweden. The action was part of a movement known as Schools 4 Climate Action, whose key demands are: the declaration of a climate emergency, outreach and public awareness, the ecological crisis within the national curriculum, and lowering of legal voting age to 16. Activists announced another nationwide protest on March 15.
Feb 18, 2019
The annual Energy Outlook published by BP reported a surprising study claiming the Plastic ban could backfire and turn into another crisis. According to the company, the shift from plastic to paper, glass, or other materials, will limit the demand for oil, and it will increase the production of these materials, which will lead to a higher cost of energy and carbon emissions, since glass production takes about 80% more energy than plastic, and the transportation of heavier materials will require more vehicles to transport, and more burning fuels. The counter arguments explain glass can be reused dozens of times, and it's infinitely recyclable, and they claim heavy materials are not the only alternative for plastic.
Feb 15, 2019
The Flinders River in Australia is experiencing one of the biggest floods of the century with floodwater coming from the Gulf of Carpentaria, which has created a mega-river that expanded 60 kilometers wide in only two weeks. The flood has caused farmers to lose half a million cattle that didn't have time to get on dry land. Experts believe that the extreme amount of water will flow to the gulf and the river will shrink back to its regular size in about a week. The government will send clean-up crews and water supplies to flooded communities to help the surviving cattle that is trapped and take dead animals out of the river.
Feb 15, 2019
After analyzing some satellite images from the previously-dormant Agung volcano in Bali, scientists discovered that it could be connected to its nearest volcano named Mount Batur, which is located 18 km away. The researchers showed evidence of an underground link between the two volcanos; they found an underground bubble that is believed to connect both volcanoes. This information is valuable to understand the activity between both of them to improve the way they predict future eruptions, earthquakes, and even ground deformation.
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