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Jun 26, 2019
NASA recently launched a $280-million program to evaluate solar winds and the Earth's response to them. The sun generates a high number of solar particles (solar wind), which later creates a dynamic system of radiation called space weather. For years, NASA has tried to understand how space weather works since this phenomenon has led to profound consequences to astronauts' safety, radio communications, GPS signals, and utility grids on the ground. NASA revealed there will be two spacecraft that will study the phenomenon and are set to launch in August 2022.
Jun 26, 2019
Scientists have recorded for the first time Orcas gently kissing and biting each other's tongue. In a new study that took place in Loro Parque Zoo in Spain, researchers were able to film a never-before-seen behavior in this species. In the video, two Orcas can be seen touching and biting tongues, which could be a type of reconciliation after resolving a fight; according to experts, making up after fighting is particularly important for highly social whales. Scientists explained further research into this behavior could help make captive whales' lives better
Jun 26, 2019
Paleontologists have found a 10,000-year-old factory in Siberia where weapons were made out of shards of mammoth tusks. This summer, a team of researchers discovered the mammoth remains preserved in permafrost on Kotelny Island in New Siberia. Afterward, specialists from the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia examined the fossils and found evidence of man's handiwork in the tusks. Moreover, the scientists revealed that the carved shards of ivory had sharp edges that must have been useful for butchering and killing. Researchers explained that since in the Pleistocene Era this island was connected to the Siberian mainland, mammoths were commonly hunted to make weapons.
Jun 26, 2019
Learning how to play instruments in school increases a student's chances of succeeding in other subjects. Parents should stop thinking that learning how to play instruments could distract their kids from doing well in school because a recent study from the University of British Columbia found otherwise. After analyzing over 100,000 students, researchers found that the ones who mastered instruments were one year ahead of their peers. Moreover, scientists explained this was due to the transferable skills that students obtain when working out how to play an instrument, which later boosts their performance in subjects like arithmetic, biology, chemistry, and physics.
Jun 26, 2019
Scientists say plasticrust pollution on rocks on the island of Madeira is growing. In 2016, a group of researchers from the Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre was on an expedition at the Portuguese island of Madeira when they found the mysterious pollutant on some rocks. During 2017 and 2018, scientists revisited the island many times to study this phenomenon, and after sampling the stones, they discovered that plasticrust had grown by almost 10%. Further tests revealed that this new pollutant was formed out of polyethylene, one of the most commonly used plastics and that it'll probably be found in other regions of the world soon.
Jun 26, 2019
Builders accidentally stumbled upon the remains of a 68-million-year-old triceratops. A few weeks ago, workers were surprised when they found a collection of bones buried in the ground at a building site in a suburban area in Denver. When the fossils were taken to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, experts confirmed that the partial skeleton was comprised of a limb bone and several ribs. Moreover, scientists explained that discoveries of triceratops remains were common because Colorado was a hotbed for fossils.
Jun 26, 2019
Five eastern black rhinos from Europe have been transported to Rwanda's Akagera National Park. Since there are only 5,000 rhinos left in Africa, some of these animals are usually born and bred in European zoos where they live in captivity to protect them from poachers. Now, five of these rhinos are being transported to Rwanda where they will finally be introduced into the wild. Scientists explained that they would be studying how this species adapts to their new surroundings in the first few weeks, and they hope the rhinos would have a positive impact to the ecosystem.
Jun 26, 2019
Saving coastal cities could end up costing over $400 billion in the next two decades. In a recent report, researchers at the Center for Climate Integrity used sophisticated modeling and data to predict how fast sea levels will rise and what could be done to prevent coastal cities from disappearing. After months of research, the study revealed that an enormous and expensive effort would have to be made to avoid such a catastrophe. In the next 20 years, the American government will have to spend $416 billion to build 50,000 kilometers of ocean-bound walls and barriers to save most coastal communities, and although this is the best solution for this problem, engineers and climatologists warn it could bring consequences.
Jun 26, 2019
NASA's Curiosity Rover has discovered the most significant concentration of methane that has ever been found in the Red Planet. Since 2012, the Curiosity rover has been responsible for many important discoveries on Mars, one of them was last year when it found 5.8ppb of methane in the air. Now, scientists have announced that Curiosity recently discovered an even higher concentration of methane measuring 21 ppb. However, NASA explained that regrettably, their craft wasn't able to determine if the methane source was biological or geological but that they will continue working on trying to figure this out.
Jun 26, 2019
Scientists have found a new freshwater aquifer below the Atlantic that could fill one billion Olympic sized pools. Since the 1970s, oil companies started drilling the sea floor and finding pockets of freshwater, but nobody had figured out until now, how much water these pockets contained. When a team of researchers from Columbia University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution started analyzing the sea floor off the U.S northeast coast, a new aquifer was discovered. After scientists conducted further studies, they revealed the aquifer lies about 600 meters below the ocean and contains over 700 trillion gallons of water.
Jun 25, 2019
Scientists have captured footage of a 12-foot-long giant squid swimming in the deepest part of the ocean off the New Orleans' coast. For centuries, many have wondered which creatures could lie in the bottom of our oceans, and in 2006, a team of researchers was able to capture the first ever footage of a giant squid. Since then, scientists have only managed to record this animal twice again: six years after and last week. The people behind the new footage is a team of scientists working with NOAA's Journey into Midnight expedition. Moreover, the team estimated that what they spotted was a juvenile giant squid, measuring at least 10-12 feet long.
Jun 25, 2019
An unusual white light can be seen floating above the ground in a recent photo captured by NASA's Curiosity rover. In 2012, the Curiosity craft landed on Mars, and since then, it has roamed the planet to analyze the surface. Since arriving in Mars, Curiosity has spotted this mysterious source of light twice already, the first time was in 2015, and the second time happened just now. Although NASA has disclosed that the spot of light could be a reflection from the sun or even a sign of cosmic rays, the agency can't convince skeptics who have taken the opportunity to say the bright speck is a UFO.
Jun 25, 2019
Engineers have finished developing a robotic lionfish with fake blood. Researchers at two American universities were trying to figure out how to tackle an energy problem in robots, and one of the solutions they came up with was to build a robotic fish that mimicked a human's vascular system. The team of experts revealed the artificial vascular system they created was successfully distributing battery fluid to power the body of the robotic fish. They added this discovery could help increase energy density, autonomy, efficiency, and multifunctionality in future robot designs.
Jun 25, 2019
Scientists recently found several creatures that were once thought to be extinct at the Lost City in Honduras. The government of Honduras wanted to identify which animals could be found in the never-before-explored Mosquita rainforest, so, along with a group of scientists from the Conservation International's Rapid Assessment Program, they search for rare species. Now that the expedition has come to an end, researchers have revealed their discoveries, which includes the tiger beetle that had supposedly already gone extinct. During the mission, scientists were also able to record over 200 species of butterflies and moths, 57 amphibians and reptiles, 30 bats and a variety of plants, mammals, fishes, and insects.
Jun 25, 2019
When this retired couple moved into their new house in Devon, UK, they didn't know they would find a mammoth tooth. Last November, Stephen and Stella Huyshe-Shires had just moved into their new cottage when they unearthed a weird shaped object near a broken flower pot in their garden. For months, the couple kept the object without knowing what it indeed was, and they didn't realize it until they went to a museum and saw an exhibition of mammoth teeth. Although scientists determined the fossilized tooth weighed 5.5 kilograms, they couldn't figure out how it ended up in the garden in the first place.
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