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Researchers revive weird microbes after freeing them from ancient ‘cave crystals’

Researchers revive weird microbes after freeing them from ancient cave crystals

Microbes found stowed inside giant crystals in caves in Chihuahua, Mexico, may have survived there for tens of thousands of years. The extraordinary micro-organisms were found trapped in crystal in a volcanically heated Mexican cave system where temperatures reach 60C (140F). Some of them are believed to have been there for 60,000 years and were shut off from light or ... Read More »

Winston Churchill’s essay on aliens discovered, Report

Winston Churchill's essay on aliens discovered

A newly unearthed essay by Winston Churchill reveals he was open to the possibility of life on other planets. The worldwide media was exercised over the surfacing of what was alleged to be an unpublished Churchill article, held by the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, in which our author contemplates the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The Museum, which received ... Read More »

Printable Solar Panels on the Horizon, says new research

Printable Solar Panels on the Horizon, says new research

A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning ... Read More »

17 Minor Planets Named by NameExoWorlds Contest Winners

17 Minor Planets Named by NameExoWorlds Contest Winners

In 2015, the IAU organised the NameExoWorlds contest, which provided the first opportunity for the public to submit names for exoplanets and their stars. As a result, the names of 19 ExoWorlds (14 stars and 31 exoplanets orbiting them) were chosen by public vote, and accepted by the IAU. These names became the official designations of the exoplanets and stars. ... Read More »

Researchers say dwarf planet Ceres has organic compounds, may be able to host life

Researchers say dwarf planet Ceres has organic compounds, may be able to host life

Researchers say they have found organic compounds on the dwarf planet Ceres, boosting the tiny world’s attractiveness in the hunt for extraterrestrial life. A study, published in Science by planetary scientists in Italy and the US, “opens the possibility that primitive life could have developed on Ceres itself”, writes the European Space Agency’s Michael Kueppers in an accompanying Perspectives piece. ... Read More »

Howe Sound showing recovery, Vancouver Aquarium report finds

Howe Sound showing recovery, Vancouver Aquarium report finds

After being deemed one of the most polluted areas of Howe Sound, aquatic life has started to return to the waters around the old Britannia Mine site. But despite ongoing remediation efforts at the site, metals continue to leach from unknown sources. The Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute (CORI) said pollutants from the old Britannia Mine still linger in ... Read More »

Fisheries minister to announce protection for Northern BC glass sponge reefs

Fisheries minister to announce protection for Northern BC glass sponge reefs

Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced the establishment of the new Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area to safeguard the globally unique and important aquatic environment that provides key habitats for marine wildlife. The Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area is located between Haida Gwaii and the mainland ... Read More »

Snow to largely disappear from Alps by 2100, says new study

Snow to largely disappear from Alps by 2100, says new research

The Alps may lose 70 percent of snow cover by the end of the 21st century if humanity does not control global warming, says new research. The new study, by researchers based at the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) and at the CRYOS Laboratory at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Switzerland, shows that the Alps could lose as ... Read More »

Geologists discover ‘Zealandia’ – a hidden continent off the coast of Australia

Geologists discover 'Zealandia' - a hidden continent off the coast of Australia

Earth has a concealed continent called ‘Zealandia’ hidden in the Pacific Ocean and attached to New Zealand, according to newly published research. Satellite maps indicate the “continent” covers an area of nearly two million square miles – about two-thirds the size of Australia, says the BBC. Scientists first detected signs of a mystery land mass in the 1990s and gave ... Read More »

Enceladus: Cassini Cracks the Case of the Icy Moon (Watch)

Enceladus: Cassini Cracks the Case of the Icy Moon (Video)

How a puzzling sensor reading transformed NASA’s Cassini Saturn mission and created a new target in the search for habitable worlds beyond Earth. On Feb. 17, 2005, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was making the first-ever close pass over Saturn’s moon Enceladus as it worked through its detailed survey of the planet’s icy satellites. Exciting, to be sure, just for the thrill ... Read More »

Water Safety Statement Issued – Quinte Conservation

Water Safety Statement Issued - Quinte Conservation

Temperatures across the Quinte Conservation watershed for the weekend and into next week are forecast to be above normal. Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “These mild temperatures will further degrade local ice conditions in the Quinte Conservation watershed and we are urging members of the public to be extremely cautious around local waterways. Ice that was safe earlier may ... Read More »