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German Researchers Test Artificial Sun in Effort to Make Climate-Friendly Fuel

German Researchers Test Artificial Sun in Effort to Make Climate-Friendly Fuel

Researchers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are testing a novel way to generate hydrogen, a potential green energy source, by using a massive array of lights normally found in movie theaters. This experiment involving the world’s “largest artificial sun” is taking place in Jülich, a town located 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of Cologne, and it was designed by ... Read More »

Ancient shrimp fossil Named in Honor of Sir David Attenborough

Ancient shrimp fossil Named in Honor of Sir David Attenborough

The team, from the University of Leicester, Imperial College London and the universities of Oxford and Yale, have named the ancient crustacean Cascolus ravitis, in honour of Sir David Attenborough who is celebrating turning 90 this year. The name ‘Cascolus’ is derived from the Old English source for the surname Attenborough. The researchers discovered Cascolus ravitis in Herefordshire in the ... Read More »

NASA: The Curiosity Mars rover’s wheels are starting to break

NASA: The Curiosity Mars rover's wheels are starting to break

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is experiencing wearing and breaking in its wheel treads. The space agency just announced last Tuesday the first two breaks in its wheel treads, as it spotted the breaks during the routine check of the wheels. A routine check of the aluminum wheels on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has found two small breaks on the rover’s ... Read More »

Scientists say parrots join each other in laughter

Scientists say parrots join each other in laughter

A playful parrot has an infectious laugh that influences the behaviour of its feathered friends, researchers have discovered. Study by a team led by Raoul Schwing of the Messerli Research Institute in Austria and published in the journal Current Biology reveals that in its vocal repertoire the kea has a “play call” – a sound that both announces its own ... Read More »

Climate change: Global temperatures hit record high in 2016

Climate change: Global temperatures hit record high in 2016

History was made on the weather front in 2016 when it became the warmest year on record. Multiple climate-related records were broken last year, according to the annual climate statement of the UN’s weather agency, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). According to the WMO’s new report, 2016 – the same year world leaders signed the historic Paris Agreement on climate ... Read More »

Mars colonisation: SpaceX thinks Arcadia could be heavenly for a Mars landing

Mars colonisation: SpaceX thinks Arcadia could be heavenly for a Mars landing

SpaceX’s current favorite place to land on Mars is reportedly Arcadia Planitia, which combines flat terrain, potential deposits of water ice and an equatorial region well-suited for solar power. Paul Wooster, from SpaceX, revealed one area on Mars with a flat surface and close proximity to ice that looks particularly promising to support human life. Experts are also looking for ... Read More »

NASA Selects New Research Teams To Study The Solar System

NASA Selects New Research Teams To Study The Solar System

In an effort to advance basic and applied research for lunar and planetary science, and advance human exploration of the solar system through scientific discovery, NASA created the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute or SSERVI. The institute fosters collaborations with science and exploration communities, which enables cross-disciplinary partnerships with research institutions, both domestic and abroad. NASA has selected four ... Read More »

Honey Nut Cheerios’ BuzzBee missing from iconic cereal box for important cause

Honey Nut Cheerios’ BuzzBee missing from iconic cereal box for important cause

Shoppers might notice something unusual about the boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios on grocery store shelves this spring. BuzzBee, the brand’s iconic spokesbee, is missing, and there’s a very important reason why. Buzz disappeared from boxes because there’s something serious going on with the world’s pollinators. Pollinators are critical to our environment. More than two thirds of the crops used ... Read More »

Earth’s Original Crust Found in Canadian Shield

Earth's Original Crust Found in Canadian Shield

Analysis of rock samples harvested from the Canadian Shield suggests the samples contain components of Earth’s crust that existed more than 4.2 billion year ago. The chunks of ancient crust were found embedded in granite that dates back 2.7 billion years near Hudson Bay. Per Live Science, the researchers analyzed the granite for chemical signals of a “parent rock,” precursor ... Read More »

US Delta IV rocket launches powerful military satellite (Watch)

US Delta IV rocket launches powerful military satellite (Video)

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Saturday to deliver a communications satellite into orbit. The rocket, which is carrying a military communications satellite, was scheduled to lift off at 7:45 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 37. The launch was delayed until 8:18 p.m. due to a technical issue. WGS satellites help ... Read More »