Month: April 2018

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It all started with a “rancid stench”. Then the authorities were called. “You cannot imagine. It was so awful,” Soary Randrianjafizanaka, the regional head of Madagascar’s environmental agency, told National Geographic.   A two-story home in the city of Toliara, Madagascar had been filled to the brim with 10,976 critically endangered radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata).
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For the first time, scientists have managed to show quantum entanglement – which Einstein famously described as “spooky action at a distance” – happening between macroscopic objects, a major step forward in our understanding of quantum physics.   Quantum entanglement links particles in a way that they instantly affect each other, even over vast distances. On the
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New activity/unrest was reported for 8 volcanoes between April 18 and 24, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Kirishimayama, Kyushu (Japan) | Langila, New Britain (Papua New Guinea) | Maly Semyachik, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Nevados de Chillan, Chile | Sinabung,
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Researchers said the galactic mega-merger observed 12.4 billion light-years away from Earth happened 1.4 billion years after the Big Bang. Astronomers call the object a galactic protocluster, a precursor to the type of enormous galaxy clusters that are the largest-known objects in today’s universe. A protocluster as massive as the one observed, which scientists call
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A new study accepted for publication in AGU’s Geophysical Research Letters claims average winter wave heights and extreme storms along the Atlantic coast of Western Europe have been rising for almost seven decades. Scientists used 69‐year (1948 – 2017) numerical weather and wave hindcast to investigate the interannual variability and trend of winter wave height
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Researchers have found evidence of a hot magma mantle plume underneath Yellowstone National Park’s supervolcano hotspot. Some scientists argue the plume is providing the heat for Yellowstone and its hot springs. The plume reaches from the Earth’s core-mantle boundary to the base of Yellowstone’s crust. Depth cross section through the Earth, form the surface to
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Afghanistan faces the threat of serious drought this year after recording the lowest snowfall and rain in years over the 2017/18 winter, officials said on April 23, 2018. At least 22 of 34 provinces are already suffering badly. In a statement released by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reads: “the extremely dry
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The RAND corporation, a not-for-profit security thinktank in the United States, believes significant advances in machines could lead to intelligent robots encouraging world leaders to launch their nuclear arsenal through “mistake or malice”. All out war was prevented during the Cold War because of “mutually assured destruction” – if one side launched a nuclear bomb,
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Vanuatu’s Gaua volcano continues in major unrest state and the Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) reports. Observations and satellite data obtained from March to April 2018 confirm that the activity consists of ongoing volcanic steam cloud which may content volcanic gases. Gas will continue to be smelt while approaching
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Late-season Tropical Cyclone “Fakir” hit Réunion Island, a French department in the Indian Ocean, early Tuesday, April 24, 2018 as the latest storm in the season on record. Fakir formed at 12:00 UTC on April 23, 2018 as the 7th named storm of the 2017/18 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season. The season started on November 15, 2017 and will officially
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Ornithologists have classified the Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise as its own species after recognizing differences in two similar-looking kinds of the birds. These birds-of-paradise are famous for evolving super-black feathers that absorb nearly all light, and their haunting courtship dances (see video below). But now scientists have discovered there are actually two species.   For years,
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Watch out for snakes, spiders and fire ants: Rising temperatures are opening up new ground to venomous creatures, including your own backyard. Rising temperatures are opening new territories for venomous creatures. Picture by Tigerhawkvok via Wikipedia Common By 2050, rising temperatures will be the fastest growing threat to biodiversity in the Americas, and by 2100
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Dr Vladimir Airapetian made his comments after the NASA probe was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral last Wednesday, with a mission to scan the sky for exoplanets, meaning planets existing outside our own solar system. The launch came days after a NASA symposium entitled Environments of Terrestrial Planets Under the Young Sun: Seeds of Biomolecules,