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Jul 19, 2019
Scientists have warned that birds were attacking humans more frequently than ever before. Recently, many citizens across America started sharing their experiences of how a bird had attacked them, which led wildlife experts to explain this behavior took place when people came close to the birds' nests. Moreover, they explained the recent increase in attacks might be related to the fact that birds now have way less space to place their nests because of the current habitat loss crisis. Experts warn that people should be careful and stay clear of areas with nests.
Jul 19, 2019
Archaeologists in Israel recently found the remains of what they believe to be one of the first mosques ever. According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, the remains were found during the preparation of a new construction project in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert. Antiquities authorities claimed that the mosque dated to the 7th and 8th century, and that it was uncommon to find a house of prayer that old whose congregation was most likely only local farmers. Moreover, it was revealed that the remains belonged to an open-air mosque the size of a single-car garage and that it had a prayer niche facing south towards Mecca.
Jul 19, 2019
The world's most invasive species of mosquito has been almost entirely wiped out in China. Although scientists had attempted different methods to eradicate this mosquito in the past, they hadn't been able to pull it off. A couple of years ago they figured out a new method that sought to limit both male and female mosquitos's ability to reproduce. The method consisted on sterilizing the females with low level radiation and infecting the males with the Wolbachia bacteria, then both were released during the peak breeding seasons in 2016 and 2017. The results of the study showed that the method had worked so well, that almost all of the female mosquito population was gone.
Jul 19, 2019
Over the past decades, factors such as climate change and habitat loss have driven many species to extinction. Earlier this year, a report stated human activity and further climate related factors like rising temperatures and deforestation endangers animal habitat, and could lead to the world's sixth mass extinction. Now, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has released a red list saying that a third of all of the species that exist in the world are at risk. The most vulnerable ones are wedgefishes, giant guitarfishes, roloway monkeys, scaly-foot snails, Hungarian birch mice and 15 species of fungi.
Jul 19, 2019
A recent study revealed that a worrying amount of wildlife has migrated out of the country. Over the past few decades, many species across the UK have had to relocate. However, it wasn't until recently that researchers were able to record the number of many species involved in this forced migration process. Scientists finally revealed that since 2008, a total of 55 species had entered new regions in the search for suitable habitat. According to them, many of these animals spread towards the north with the intention of finding cooler homes.
Jul 19, 2019
Although the US was the first country in the world to have people on the moon, experts say that the American space company is falling behind nowadays. Back in the 1960s, the U.S was winning the space race to the moon while other countries have come nowhere near achieving the same thing. Nevertheless, experts recently revealed that America is not leading the space race anymore and that instead, the country was actually losing it. Experts explained that, in the last few decades, the US has spent unreasonable amounts of money on obsolete technology and outdated satellite structures which has allowed other countries like China and members of the EU to take the lead.
Jul 19, 2019
New details have been released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Although it has been three days since the anniversary, NASA revealed a new surprise for people that are interested in knowing how such an achievement unfolded with a 3D map. Thanks to the map that NASA has developed, users will be able to navigate different landing routes, spot craters and learn about the reflectors and the experimental equipment that was used on the Moon's surface. To find more information, enthusiasts must head to NASA's website.
Jul 19, 2019
One of the most challenging factors about taking humans to Mars is prolonged exposure to microgravity. Since astronauts would first have to make a stop on the moon to get to the Red Planet, numerous studies come up with methods for them to withstand such journey. John DeWitt, a biochemist working for NASA, explained that our body needs force to survive, which is why astronauts have to exercise and follow strict diets, emphasizing supplements are the key. A recent study revealed an antioxidant found in wine could help astronauts stay strong in Mars, so scientists believe this might be the solution to said issue.
Jul 19, 2019
Although the International Space Station orbits the Sun every 90 minutes, nobody had ever captured a photograph of it happening. The photographer that took the stunning image later explained that getting the timing right and having the necessary equipment during that exact moment was a difficult task. He revealed that the picture was actually a composition of two different images, one that focused on the ISS while it passed in front of the sun, and another one that was taken at the exact moment but captured the details of the sun's surface instead. Together, both images make a stunning photograph that was selected as the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Jul 19, 2019
One of the greatest solutions to combat the climate crisis has been electric cars but experts assure not many people actually use them. Now, a new study by the European Federation for Transport and Environment has revealed that car manufacturers are ready to commit to electrification once and for all, meaning that in the next couple of years, the amount of electric car models that would be available in the market is expected to triple. More options means that these cars will become more affordable, and that by 2021, more people will finally switch their diesel and petrol cars for a sustainable type of transportation.
Jul 18, 2019
After years of rising temperatures, several areas in the world are experiencing extreme heatwaves. Scientists recently revealed this was the hottest summer that the Arctic had ever gone through, and it seems like things will only get warmer for the time being now that a heatwave has hit the Earth's most northern human settlement. During this summer, temperatures had stayed around 15 degrees Celsius in this part of the world, but earlier this week, meteorologists revealed that because of the Arctic heatwave, temperatures had peaked up to a shocking 21 degrees. Scientists explained this rise in temperatures was worrying because the Arctic's average temperature in July was 5 degrees Celsius.
Jul 18, 2019
On Tuesday, Americans were eager to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and the government undoubtedly made citizens feel patriotic and proud while commemorating this achievement. One of the many events that were planned to celebrate this occasion was an incredible light show involving the iconic Washington Monument. Starting yesterday and finishing on Saturday, a projection will make the Washington Monument look like the Saturn V rocket for two hours every night. Moreover, on Friday and Saturday, the projection will be accompanied by a 17-minute light spectacle that will take viewers 50 years back in time to celebrate how Apollo 11 landed on the moon for the first time.
Jul 18, 2019
Scientists will start looking into a study that said that rising temperatures were caused by the Sun moving closer to the Earth. Although the research was done by scientists from four different British universities and the Astrophysical Observatory in Azerbaijan, many other experts are doubting its accuracy. The study claimed that a combination of cycles of solar activity, and the Sun getting closer to our planet are responsible for the rising global temperature up to 1 degree Celsius. However, scientists revealed that the theory used in this study contained some fundamental errors, which led to the journal that published it to admit that it had begun a process to revise the study.
Jul 18, 2019
After the birth of two new chicks, scientists celebrated the successful program that brought the California Cordon bird back from extinction. In the 1980s, this bird was about to disappeared from the face of the world due to multiple factors such as hunting, food and habitat reduction, which drove its numbers to just 22 of these animals. That same decade, scientists started a rewinding program in the hopes of saving this bird by placing the few remaining ones in a captive breeding program. Over the 1990s, the condors started being released into the wild once again, and since then, its population has recovered immensely, with the births of these two chicks marking the number 1,000 and 1,001.
Jul 18, 2019
NGOs are calling out a company called Southern Water after it covered up many mistakes that led to the destruction of the ecosystem. British law allows water companies across the UK to self-report accidents that could have resulted in further contamination to the environment. In a recent report by the Environment Agency, it was revealed that Southern Water was responsible for polluting waterways and covering it up so it wouldn't show in their reports. Although environmental groups sued, and the company received a fine of 37.7 million pounds, a regulator has reduced the amount to only 3 million. Now, NGOs are demanding that Southern Water should use the rest of the money to restore the damage.
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