Month: June 2018

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Astronomers found the asteroid – now labeled ZLAF9B2 – Saturday morning, hours before closest approach. Trajectory models, observer reports and a video all suggest the 10-16 feet (3 to 5 meters) in diameter space rock struck Earth’s atmosphere over South Africa on Saturday at 27,738 miles per hour (44,640 km per hour). A small asteroid
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The world’s biggest diamond company, De Beers, recently announced it would start selling synthetic diamond gemstones for the first time in its 130-year history. Artificial diamonds have been manufactured since the 1950s but De Beers has long resisted moving into the synthetic market. The company now believes that technology is efficient enough to produce large
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Eighteen-year-old student Ryan Chester won US$400,000 back in 2015 for this video explaining Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, as part of the inaugural Breakthrough Junior Challenge – an international competition that aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and science communicators.   And it’s not hard to see why. If you heard the words,
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Giant cracks won’t stop fissuring the ground of Kenya in recent weeks. The last geological anomaly opened up right in the slopes of Elgeyo escarpment, where thousands of people now live in fear of being evacuated or being swallowed by the very unstable and moving ground. Here a story: Nicholas Kipruto Rotich assesses the damage
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The document, dated 1922, was the physicist’s first published piece as a Nobel laureate. According to RR Auction, of Boston, USA, the item is “the most spectacular Einstein manuscript we have ever offered”. Robert Livingston, RR’s executive vice-president, said: “With important content and a significant date within the context of Einstein’s career, this is a
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For the past two years, scientists from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have surveyed the Pacific Northwest near-shore region mapping sites where underwater bubble streams signify methane gas is being released from the seafloor. But it is not yet clear whether the methane presents an opportunity for a new source of
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Whenever you see blood outside your body, it looks red. Why? Human blood is red because of the protein hemoglobin, which contains a red-colored compound called heme that’s crucial for carrying oxygen through your bloodstream.   Heme contains an iron atom which binds to oxygen; it’s this molecule that transports oxygen from your lungs to
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Tropical Storm Alberto has left a trail of deadly destruction across parts of the US with Virginia and North Carolina ravaged by landslides and floods and dams now perilously close to rupturing. Remnants of Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, are now pushing into Canada after heavy rains drenched the
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Brussels has warned the UK will be forced to quit the project post-Brexit sparking anger in both Whitehall and the country’s scientific community. But some experts were suggesting kicking out British innovation could ground the £8.5billion – which relies on ground stations in Britain’s Falkland Islands and Ascension Island. Express.co.uk found British companies backing the
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The summer of 2018 in the northern hemisphere will officially begin on June 21 with June Solstice at 09:54 UTC. On this day, Earth’s North Pole will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44 degrees north
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The out-of-this-world trip “outside our solar system” is presented by NASA’s new virtual Exoplanet Travel Bureau. The Exoplanet Travel Bureau is an interactive and explorable 360 degree visualisation tool of Kepler’s exoplanet discoveries. Hopeful astronauts can now pay a visit to Trappist-1e, Kepler-16b, Kepler-186f, PSO J318.5-22, “Super Earth” HD 40307g and 51 Pegasi b without