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Milky Way has up to 3 times more star-forming material than thought, survey

LONDON: The Milky Way has up to three times more star-forming material than previously thought, according to a new survey using Australia’s Mopra radio telescope. The surprising discovery, reported in the Astrophysical Journal, has implications for how much longer our galaxy will keep making new stars. “We thought the Milky Way would continue making stars at its present rate for ... Read More »

Strong winds shift vast amounts of Antarctica’s snow into the sea

HONG KONG: A new study shows that strong winds are shifting vast amounts of Antarctica’s snow into the sea or the atmosphere. In a new study, climate scientists have found that strong winds are stripping snow off the ice of Antarctica, potentially threatening to speed up sea level rise. Indrani Das, a research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at ... Read More »

NASA astronaut takes amazing images of Australia from space

WASHINGTON: These photos of Australia are out of this world — and it’s the incredible view NASA astronaut Scott Kelly can see of our land from space. Kelly, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, has revealed the latest photos he has taken of the Earth’s surface. The pictures contain incredible vistas of colour which could be mistaken for ... Read More »

Researchers extracted DNA from 4,500 years old skull wich solves migration mystery

MEXICO: DNA extracted from the skull of a man buried facedown 4,500 years ago in the Ethiopian highlands is again forcing scientists to rethink how populations poured into the Horn of Africa. The DNA, which was preserved in Ethiopia’s cold Mota Cave, provided for the first sequencing of an ancient human genome from Africa. Instead of having to work back ... Read More »

Fishes are better athlete than men, study claims

NEW YORK: Fishes are better athlete than men and any other species living on the Earth due to better oxygen delivery mechanism. An athlete should deliver oxygen throughout the body effectively and and fishes are best at it, giving them edge over other athletes, say scientists. Lead researcher Jodie Rummer from the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral ... Read More »

10-year digital brain project releases 1st results

MIAMI: An ambitious project led by researchers in Switzerland to digitally map the brain released its first results, showing a complex view of how the brain is wired. This so-called “first draft” of the computerized reconstruction of a young rat’s neocortex contains over 31,000 neurons, 55 layers of cells and 207 different neuron subtypes, according to the study published in ... Read More »

Scientists discovered hog-nosed rat

PERTH: Scientists have discovered a previously unknown mammal, the hog-nosed rat, with features that have not been seen by scientists before. Hyorhinomys stuempkei is a species of mammal previously undocumented in any scientific collection. The rodent was found by a team of scientists from Museum Victoria, Louisiana State University and the Dutch Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense in a remote, mountainous area ... Read More »

Flowing water on red planet

LONDON: Last week NASA sent out acryptic press release about solving a “major” mystery on Mars, which it announced Monday at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Beyond that the space agency provided little information. So what is the “Mars mystery” NASA has solved? Flowing water on the red planet. This is indeed a major discovery. Where there’s water, there may be life. ... Read More »

Water reserves found on Moon

EUROPE: Water reserves found on the Moon are the result of asteroids acting as “delivery vehicles” and not of falling ice comets as was previously thought, a new study using computer simulation has found. Scientists have discovered that a large asteroid can deliver more water to the lunar surface than the cumulative fall of comets over a billion year period. ... Read More »

World’s 1st scale model of solar system created in Nevada desert

LONDON: We know that the solar system is big but most of us are unaware about how big it is. There is a lot that we still don’t know about the solar system but what we do know is that it is massive and so are the things inside it. The world’s first scale model of the solar system is ... Read More »

Supermoon will begin to dim slightly on September 27

WASHINGTON: Don’t fret if work, plans or bad weather prevented you from seeing the supermoon earlier this year. It’s returning on September 27, and it promises to be bigger and better, according to astronomers. The supermoon will begin to dim slightly at 8:11 p.m. EDT on Sept. 27 (0011 GMT on Sept. 28), NASA officials said. The total eclipse will ... Read More »

Russian scientist warns methane explosions danger to Siberian cities

WASHINGTON: Scientists in Siberia are closely monitoring a mysterious rising mound as a spate of fresh craters prompt warnings of spontaneous explosions in the permafrost landscape. A new expedition by Russia’s Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics has set up seismic monitors and surveillance equipment on the remote Yamal Peninsula in Siberia. They’ve discovered a mound of soil-covered ice, ... Read More »

World’s 1st scale model of solar system created in Nevada desert

LONDON: We know that the solar system is big but most of us are unaware about how big it is. There is a lot that we still don’t know about the solar system but what we do know is that it is massive and so are the things inside it. The world’s first scale model of the solar system is ... Read More »

More than 3m people die each year because of air pollution

WASHINGTON: More than 3 million people die each year because of air pollution, and industrial nations have it the worst, because farming is an important factor in smog and soot deaths. Calculated the most accurate estimates to date, researchers from Saudi Arabia, Germany, Cyprus, and Harvard University have collaborated on a project that sought to determine what caused air pollution. ... Read More »

Scientists advance hypotheses on possible space changes after supermassive black holes collision

HONG KONG: After discovering the closest pair of twin black holes, scientists advance hypotheses on possible space changes after supermassive black holes collision. The imminent event could shake the entire universe and cause the complete vanish of the galaxy. Scientists began making suppositions when they first noticed that two supermassive black holes in the Virgo constellation have grown very close ... Read More »

Two supermassive black holes about to smash together in constellation Virgo

LONDON: Two supermassive black holes may be about to smash together in the constellation Virgo. Scientists have taken a look at the phenomenon and found that the pair of closely orbiting black holes is causing a rhythmic flash of light coming from the quasar PG 1302-102. Earlier this year, astronomers discovered the black holes set on a collision course that ... Read More »

Liquid Ocean hides beneath icy crust of Enceladus

HARROW: NASA scientists said that the liquid ocean hiding beneath the icy crust of Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn, covers the whole moon. The discovery of the ocean, which was based on an analysis of seven years’ worth of data gathered by the Cassini mission, holds implications that life could possibly evolve and might have already done so ... Read More »

30,000-year-old giant virus discovered depth of Siberian permafrost

NEW YORK: A 30,000-year-old giant virus discovered deep in the Siberian permafrost is still functional and capable of infecting its host, researchers have found. However, the new virus is not a threat to humans; it infected single-celled amoebas during the Upper Paleolithic, or late Stone Age. Dubbed Mollivirus sibericum, the virus was found in a soil sample about 98 feet ... Read More »

30,000 years old giant virus unearth from Arctic ice

LONDON: It sounds like the premise of a post-apocalyptic TV series: careless oil drilling unleashes an ancient virus sleeping in Arctic ice, starting a global epidemic. The new discovery of a 30,000-year-old virus in Siberia won’t herald such destruction, but scientists are more worried about what they haven’t found yet. The 30,000-year-old Mollivirus sibericum doesn’t pose a threat to humans, ... Read More »

Southern Ocean become large sink of massive greenhouse gases, study

WASHINGTON: A new study found that the Southern Ocean has become a large sink of massive greenhouse gases after it was previously known to have wane down its carbon contents during the early 2000s. According to the researchers, it has been housing 1.2 billion tons of carbon since 2011, putting risks on marine life and environment. Previous studies have found ... Read More »