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And Jan Woerner, the director of the European Space Agency, has said he too is “very excited” at the possibilities offered by forthcoming missions. A team of scientists led by Jen Eigenbrode, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland, conducted a study of samples gathered by Curiosity since it landed on
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The volcanic unrest continues around the world with eruptions at Anak-Krakatau and Sinabung in Indonesia, Shinmoedake in Japan, Telica in Nicaragua and Kilauea in Hawaii in the last 2 days. These new eruptions follow those reported in my previous volcanic update of 5 days ago. A new phase of activity has started at Anak-Krakatau in
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More than 150 tremors have hit Vancouver Island in the last 24 hours, and seismologists are monitoring the situation to see if it turns into an Episodic Tremor and Slip event. These events add pressure to the locked Cascadia Subduction Zone fault. More than 150 tremors have hit Vancouver Island in the last 24 hours,
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When Tropical Cyclone Mekunu rumbled over Oman in May, it dumped torrential rainfall on the city of Salalah. Now, a new satellite image reveals the extent of unloaded rainfall in the nearby desert of Rub’ al-Khali, the world’s largest sand desert and (normally) one of the driest places on Earth. It is full of lakes!
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Some of the most enigmatic human-made objects from Europe’s late Stone Age – intricately carved balls of stone, each about the size of a baseball – continue to baffle archaeologists more than 200 years after they were first discovered. Three-dimensional models of Neolithic carved stone balls — some of the most enigmatic objects from Europe’s
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Dan Hooper, a scientist at the US Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, suggested extraterrestrials could store and collect stars through technology knows as Dyson Spheres. Dyson spheres are theoretical structures capable of confining a star to syphon its vast stores of energy. In a pre-publication research paper, Dr Hooper theorised alien species use Dyson spheres to
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The dinosaurs of Jurassic World might be pure science-fiction and CGI magic but palaeontologists in northern Germany are finding evidence real-world prehistoric monsters. A team of geoscientists in Lower Saxony discovered a giant footprint of an ancient predator in the Muenchehagen Dino-park in Rehburg-Loccum. The 50cm (19.6 inch) footprint fossil is believed to belong to
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Washington-based Agni Energy, spearheaded by 25-year-old Demitri Hopkins, says its ‘beam-target’ blueprint will focus and control the elements required to achieve nuclear fusion more efficiently than previous designs – with a company spokesman hailing it as “a paradigm shift in power”. The Sun, like other stars, is a natural fusion reactor, and efforts to replicate
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The retired Canadian astronaut who charmed the world with his David Bowie covers sung aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is sceptical about humans reaching Mars. Speaking about the possibility of astronauts setting foot on the dusty planet, the Mr Hadfield said neither of the three big rocket companies have the technology needed to accomplish