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'Quadrillion tons of diamond' may be buried 100 miles under Earth's surface

'Quadrillion tons of diamond' may be buried 100 miles under Earth's surface Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other universities studied sound waves that rumble through Earth's surface after a natural disaster or explosion, called seismic data, to uncover the type of rocks concealed beneath. [Full Article...]

Trump administration proposes stripping some endangered species protections

Trump administration proposes stripping some endangered species protections Wildlife advocates and Democrats are anxious the proposed changes would accelerate extinction rates. The proposal would not affect species already listed as threatened - or critical habitats set aside for them - such as Western desert tortoises struggling to survive in the Southern California desert as temperatures rise and nutritious foliage diminishes. [Full Article...]

99-Million-Year-Old Snake Hatchling Found Encased in Burmese Amber | Paleontology

99-Million-Year-Old Snake Hatchling Found Encased in Burmese Amber | Paleontology Researchers also believe they found a piece of skin from an adult snake in a separate piece. According to a study on the amber, researchers compared the fossil's bone structure to existing snake bone data, helping to determine where it should be slotted into the evolutionary record. [Full Article...]

New ‘thorny head’ dinosaur discovered in Utah

New ‘thorny head’ dinosaur discovered in Utah The bony spiky dinosaur made its public debut Thursday at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City and was announced in the open-access scientific journal PeerJ . Other North American ankylosaurids, like Ankylosaurus , Euoplocephalus , and Ziapelta , featured smooth bony armor on their skulls. The spot where the fossil was found remains within the monument's boundaries, though area... [Full Article...]

ESO Very Large Telescope gets adaptive optics for sharper images

ESO Very Large Telescope gets adaptive optics for sharper images The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope , using the MUSE instrument and a new adaptive optics system captured this stunning view of Neptune in a demonstration of unparalled ground-based resolution. GALACSI confers a form of adaptive optics on this unit, which corrects for atmospheric disturbance as it affects the telescope. The adaptive optics system relies on four bright l... [Full Article...]

Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin launches spacecraft higher than ever

Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin launches spacecraft higher than ever Another reflown payload was an electromagnetic field experiment from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, previous versions of which went on the sixth and seventh test flights of the vehicle. "This, combined with the data from the first flight, should provide an extensive set of parameters of the test environment". Perched on top of the vehicle is a capsule for crew members, which t... [Full Article...]

Welcome to Meghalayan: Geologists formally classify current era as distinct age

The collapse of the earliest civilizations about 4,200 years ago was caused by huge droughts and drastic global cooling that lasted two hard centuries for peoples from the Egypt to modern-day China. "Agriculture-based societies developed in several regions after the end of the last Ice Age , before a 200-year climatic event affected agricultural societies, forcing the collapse of civilizations an... [Full Article...]

Galileo Would Be Stunned: Jupiter Now Has 79 Moons

Galileo Would Be Stunned: Jupiter Now Has 79 Moons According to Gizmodo , two of them had already been announced by the team in 2017, when the world found out that Jupiter had 69 moons. Galileo discovered the first four of Jupiter's moons, all huge, in 1610. Sheppard says more searching should turn up more moons - maybe a hundred or more of the really small ones. It now has the largest amount of known moons around a planet in the solar sy... [Full Article...]

Quadrillion tons of diamond hidden in the Earth's interior

Quadrillion tons of diamond hidden in the Earth's interior The quadrillions of tons of diamond are buried in the "cratonic roots" of the earth's continents, and they are unfortunately inaccessible due to the fact that they're located around 100 miles underground. Then we have to say, There is a problem. The sound velocity in diamond is more than twice as fast as the other minerals. " Diamond in many ways is special ", said Faul. [Full Article...]

Blue Origin successfully tests escape system in latest New Shepard launch

Blue Origin successfully tests escape system in latest New Shepard launch If successful, the demonstration is expected to move the company a step closer to flying people - first its own employees, then paying passengers - on trips to space lasting several minutes, offering the experience of weightlessness and spectacular views. [Full Article...]

Google celebrates astronomer Georges Lemaitre s birth anniversary

The Belgian Priest was a multi-talented man, as he was also an astronomer and a physics professor at the University of Leuven. However, two years later , Einstein accepted the calculations to be correct. Lemaitre first became popular after publishing his report, which stated that the universe was in a constant state of expansion. After Lemaitre had delivered his lecture and theory to a gr... [Full Article...]

10 more moons discovered around Jupiter, one is an oddball

10 more moons discovered around Jupiter, one is an oddball This happens every time we push observations to the limits, looking for faint, small beasties, and these new moons don't disappoint. The survey looked for objects one kilometre and larger, so there is a chance that there are other, smaller "moonlets" in orbit around the giant Jupiter. [Full Article...]

Environment Canada Issues Heat Warnings for Parts of NL

Environment Canada Issues Heat Warnings for Parts of NL In addition to the severe thunderstorm watch , Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex are still under a heat warning . The BC Wildfire Service raised the fire danger rating for the Lake Cowichan area to "extreme" on Monday. Cooler temperatures are expected later this week when the humidity dissipates. Some slightly cooler weather is in store beginning mid-week as an upper level trough moves into the... [Full Article...]

White House, officials clash over Putin's probe offer

On Tuesday, however, Trump backtracked and claimed that he had misspoken - that he had, in fact, meant to say that he did believe that Russian Federation had interfered in the election. That again would undercut the assessment of his administration's own intelligence officials, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats . [Full Article...]

Adidas to Only Use Recycled Materials in Products by 2024

Adidas to Only Use Recycled Materials in Products by 2024 This goes beyond the company's iconic shoes, as the pledge would affect the company's use of polyester. The move by the sports apparel company would reduce its use of plastics by about 40 tons yearly. Starbucks plans to eliminate plastic straws from its stores, and McDonald's is trialing a similar program in the United Kingdom and Ireland. " Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have ... [Full Article...]

Watch Blue Origin's high-altitude abort test during latest rocket launch

The vehicle's propulsion module boosted the crew capsule on a standard trajectory. On Wednesday's flight, Blue Origin says it will push the New Shepard rocket to its limits with a high-altitude escape motor test. Another payload offered an unusual synergy with another part of Blue Origin. As it continues to progress toward human flights, Blue Origin will perform another potentially unsafe ... [Full Article...]

The UK's first spaceport will be in Scotland

The UK's first spaceport will be in Scotland The UK Space Agency is to give Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) £2.5 million towards developing the site in the A'Mhoine Peninsula. Furthermore, the United Kingdom government announced a £2 million development fund to build more spaceports at sites in Prestwick in Ayrshire, Campbeltown in Argyll and Bute and Llanbedr, Gwynedd, Wales. [Full Article...]

Astronomers Find a Staggering 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter

Astronomers Find a Staggering 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter After verification, they are being reported today by the International Astronomical Union, based in Paris. "Jupiter just happened to be in the sky near the search fields where we were looking for extremely distant solar system objects", Sheppard explained. [Full Article...]

Astronomers accidentally discovered 12 more moons of Jupiter, including an 'oddball'

At the time, the researchers were searching for a theorized massive planet far beyond Pluto , known as Planet X or Planet Nine , which is thought to be tugging on the orbits of distant solar system objects. "The question is, are there more Valetudos, weird objects that have these different orbits", Sheppard said. The researchers targeted objects moving with Jupiter in the foreground, which rev... [Full Article...]

Heat warning issued for coastal BC, including Richmond

Heat warning issued for coastal BC, including Richmond The advisories warned that the affected areas could see storms capable of producing "strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain". Residents are reminded to stay indoors when there is a severe thunderstorm in the area. The national weather agency has issued a sweeping severe thunderstorm watch for London, Middlesex, Sarnia-Lambton, Oxford, Elgin, Huron-Perth and Chatham-Kent. [Full Article...]


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