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Nova Scotia’s mysterious marine deaths, Researchers stumped

Nova Scotia's mysterious marine deaths, Researchers stumped

The carcasses of thousands of sea creatures have mysteriously washed up on the western coast of Nova Scotia. Normally, you’d expect a particular sickness to affect only one species of marine life, retired veterinary pathologist Ted Leighton told the CBC. Whatever this is, it seems almost indiscriminate. “What we know is that around one spot a large number of species ... Read More »

NASA might build an ‘ice home’ on Mars

NASA might build an ice home on Mars

As NASA prepares to one day send astronauts to Mars, such missions come with a host of engineering and habitability problems, to say the least. Now, the nation’s space-exploration agency has a potential engineering solution that relies on an unexpected building material: ice. Researchers and experts at NASA’s Langley Research Center have came up with a novel, efficient solution that ... Read More »

NASA satellite spots northern lights’ dazzling image “Watch”

NASA satellite spots northern lights' dazzling image (Watch)

The northern lights put on a festive show over northern Canada just before Christmas, and a NASA satellite captured a stunning infrared image of the spectacular display. With the “day-night band” (DNB) of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this view of the aurora borealis on December 22, 2016. The northern lights stretched across ... Read More »

Cheetah sprinting to extinction, wildlife experts warn

Cheetah sprinting to extinction, wildlife experts warn

Cheetahs, the fastest animal in the world, are on the brink of extinction according a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Just 7,100 cheetahs remain across the globe as the species continues to face a range of threats largely caused by humans The research noted that Asiatic cheetahs have been especially screwed, with one ... Read More »

NASA’s giant laser is used to study phytoplankton

NASA's giant laser is used to study phytoplankton

Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization or CALIOP is a giant laser in the sky. No, it won’t eradicate humankind, but it helps us see and understand our oceans better. “CALIOP was a game changer in our thinking about ocean remote sensing from space,” said Chris Hostetler, a research scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center. “We were able to study the ... Read More »

Scientists discover more than 133 new species in ‘2016’

Scientists discover more than 133 new species in 2016

Every year, researchers discover thousands of new species. Scientists at the The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco have added 133 to the family tree this year. The new species include one bee fly, 43 ants, 36 beetles, one sand wasp, four spiders, six plants, 23 fishes, one eel, one shark, seven nudibranchs, five fossil urchins (and one fossil ... Read More »

Signals from space aliens? Scientists detect mysterious radio bursts

Signals from space aliens? Six new blasts of radio energy are detected

Scientists have reported a new wave of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) from deep space. These mysterious radio signals have baffled and intrigued astronomers, including some who speculate that they are the work of an extraterrestrial intelligence. A team led by Paul Scholz of McGill University has found six more FRBs coming from the same region of space as FRB 121102. ... Read More »