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NASA: Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars

NASA: Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars

NASA is allowing you to send your name to Mars on a microchip on board the InSight mission. When it lands on Mars in November of 2018, NASA’s InSight lander will be carrying several science instruments — along with hundreds of thousands of names from members of the public. In 2015, nearly 827,000 people signed up to add their names ... Read More »

Indonesian Man survives fight with 23ft python (Photo)

Indonesian Man survives fight with 23ft python (Photo)

An Indonesian man is recovering in hospital after trying to capture a 26ft python with a sack. Robert Nababan, a security guard known locally as a snake catcher, encountered the reptile as he was riding home from work on his motorcycle from a palm oil plantation in Riau province. Although there were two other people trying to cross the same ... Read More »

Methane made lakes on Mars, says new research

Methane made lakes on Mars, says new research

Mars may have stayed warm enough for liquid water during its drying time thanks to bursting methane bubbles. According to scientists at the University of Chicago, their simulation suggests such a scenario could have possibly released enough of the potent greenhouse gas to keep Mars warmer for a tad longer before it succumbed to its inevitable barren state we all ... Read More »

Canadarm2 gets a new hand (Details)

Canadarm2 gets a new hand (Details)

Canadarm2 will be getting a new “hand” during a spacewalk scheduled for October 5, 2017. After 16 years of tireless work on board the International Space Station (ISS), one of Canadarm2’s Latching End Effectors (LEEs) will be replaced as a result of normal wear and tear. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and NASA have decided to replace the LEE to ... Read More »

Researchers get to grips with a new Jurassic crocodile

Researchers get to grips with a new Jurassic crocodile

British waters are reassuringly free of deadly reptiles today – but 163 million years ago a sea crocodile dubbed the ‘Melksham monster’ lurked on our shores. The new species was a 10-foot-long animal that lived in the warm, shallow seas that covered much of what is now Europe. Powerful jaws and big, serrated teeth allowed it to feed on large ... Read More »

New Laser technique to detect explosives, says new research

New Laser technique to detect explosives, says new research

University of Michigan researchers have developed a new laser-based spectroscopic method for identifying potentially dangerous gasses. The method, which relies on the combination of two spectroscopic techniques, could be used to more quickly and accurately identify explosives and other dangerous substances. This method could be used in systems placed in airports, for the environmental monitoring of pollutants or even in ... Read More »

Researchers Underestimated How Bad Cow Farts Are

Researchers Underestimated How Bad Cow Farts Are

Researchers have underestimated just how much livestock feces and gas have contributed to global warming, a new study contends. Scientists from the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) found that global livestock methane (CH4) emissions for 2011 are 11% higher than the estimates based on guidelines provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2006. This encompasses an ... Read More »

Some sharks and rays live twice as long as we thought, finds new research

Sharks and rays live a lot longer than we thought, says new research

Sharks and rays are among the most intensely studied marine wildlife. For some reason, though, we seem to have vastly underestimated their lifespan. According to an Australian researcher from James Cook University, some sharks and rays can live twice as long as previously estimated. Scientists  looked at 53 different populations of sharks and rays that scientists had already intensely studied. ... Read More »

Picture: ESA unveils last surprise from Rosetta

Photo: ESA unveils last surprise from Rosetta

Researchers analysing the final telemetry sent by Rosetta immediately before it shut down on the surface of the comet last year have reconstructed one last image of its touchdown site. After more than 12 years in space, and two years following Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as they orbited the Sun, Rosetta’s historic mission concluded on 30 September with the spacecraft descending onto ... Read More »

Meteorites may have helped seed life on Earth, finds new research

Meteorites may have helped seed life on Earth, says new research

The environment needed for life to be kickstarted on Earth may have been created by meteorites splashing into ponds of water, say scientists at McMaster University and the Max Planck Institute in Germany. Their calculations suggest that wet and dry cycles bonded basic molecular building blocks in the ponds’ nutrient-rich broth into self-replicating RNA molecules that constituted the first genetic ... Read More »

Scientists Find Signs of Life in 4 Billion-Year-Old Rocks (Research)

Scientists Find Signs of Life in 4 Billion-Year-Old Rocks

Life on Earth really did begin around 4 billion years ago – increasing the chances it could be abundant throughout the universe, according to new research. Graphite found in sedimentary rocks in Labrador revealed that the geochemical signature came from the decomposition of living organisms, researchers from the University of Tokyo said. The substance – a form of carbon used ... Read More »