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NASA’s Europa mission enters next development phase

NASA's Europa mission enters next development phase

A NASA mission that will send a probe to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa recently passed a critical stage on its long journey to the Jovian system. Europa is one of a handful of locations in the solar system that scientists think could host an environment fit for life. Beneath an ice layer about 10 to 15 miles (15-25 kilometers) thick, ... Read More »

Skulls Found in China Could Belong to a New Human Species

Skulls Found in China Could Belong to a New Human Species

Ancient skull fragments found in central China have characteristics like their Neanderthal cousins from halfway across the world, but also have some modern human variations, according to a new paper published this week in Science. The two species definitely mated, but there are some big differences between them, from Neanderthals’ big brows and squat figures to their distinctive DNA. Now, ... Read More »

Researchers May Have Discovered Why The Wooly Mammoth Died Out

Researchers May Have Discovered Why The Wooly Mammoth Died Out

The woolly mammoth was not so furry when it died out… growing a weird, semi transparent satin coat. New study suggests the mammoth also had a poor sense of smell – and sex life – just before being wiped out after suffering a “genomic meltdown”. Writing in the journal PLOS Genetics, bioinformatics and genomics professor Rebekah Rogers, formerly of the ... Read More »

NASA releases key software for free public access (Video)

NASA releases key software for free public access (Video)

NASA has released its 2017 and 2018 catalog of software for public. The software includes several products for several applications. The software catalog is free as anyone can download and use the tools. The software is being made available through the NASA Technology Transfer Program (motto, “Bringing NASA Technology Down to Earth”). The available codes are listed in the NASA ... Read More »

Oklahoma’s earthquake threat now equals California’s because of ‘man-made temblors’

Oklahoma's earthquake threat now equals California's because of man-made temblors, Report

Oklahoma considered at ‘significant potential’ for damaging earthquakes. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has released its annual earthquake hazards map for the contiguous US, and somewhat surprisingly, the likelihood of you – an American – experiencing a significant seismic event in 2017 is actually slightly lower than it was last year. That is, of course, unless you like in ... Read More »

Crocodile shark spotted on Devon beach for the first time (Photo)

Crocodile shark spotted on Devon beach for the first time (Photo)

A crocodile shark, a marine creature normally found in deep tropical waters, has been discovered washed up on a beach in Devon, England. Steven Greenfields, who discovered the carcass, is quoted by the Plymouth Herald as saying, “We regularly visit this beach and have never seen anything like this before. My whole family was stunned as the animal had really ... Read More »

Stars regularly ripped apart by black holes in colliding galaxies, says new research

Stars regularly ripped apart by black holes in colliding galaxies, says new research

Scientists based at the University of Sheffield have found evidence that stars are ripped apart by supermassive black holes 100 times more often than previously thought. Until now, such stellar cannibalism – known as Tidal Distruption Events, or TDEs – had only been found in surveys which observed many thousands of galaxies, leading astronomers to believe they were exceptionally rare: ... Read More »

Climate Change: Antarctica sets new record high temperature

Climate Change: Antarctica sets new record high temperature

A new record high temperature for Antarctica was set on March 24, 2015, and just recently confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed Argentina’s Esperanza base recorded a record-high of 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit on March 24, 2015, beating out the previous record-high of 59 at Vanda Station on Jan. 5, 1974. “Verification of maximum and ... Read More »