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Delmarva fox squirrel removed from endangered speciesllist

WASHINGTON: Federal officials say that the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel population has recovered and is not at risk of extinction anymore. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is scheduled to remove the animal from the list of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act in December. The squirrels were included in the list of endangered species in 1967 ... Read More »

Rare sea turtle found at Hall’s Harbour

MEXICO: The rare turtle, hailing from the Gulf of Mexico, was found at Hall’s Harbour. Dubbed Eric, the Kemp’s ridley seaturtle was turned over to the care of Dr. Chris Harvey-Clark, a veterinarian and founding member of the Canadian Sea Turtle Network (CSTN). According to a blog post written by Kathleen Martin, executive director of the CSTN, and shared Nov. ... Read More »

China plans to launch Dark Matter Satellite in mid-December

BEIJING: China is planning to launch its Dark Matter Particle Explorer Satellite, developed to study dark matter and high-energy particles in space, in mid-December after it left Shanghai today for the launch centre in the country’s northwest Gansu Province. Developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) Satellite left Shanghai with its carrier Long March ... Read More »

First ever weather forecast for planet outside our solar system

LONDON: A recent investigation into the conditions on exoplanet HD 189733b, located 63 light-years away in the constellation Vulpecula, has identified winds tearing around it at speeds of over 8,690 km/h (5,400 mph). That’s more than 2 km per second, which is 20 times the fastest winds ever recorded on Earth, 3.5 times the fastest winds recorded in the Solar ... Read More »

Bees struggle to produce honey as lack of rain takes toll

LONDON: The drought that has affected farmers throughout most of Queensland is also hurting beekeepers and reducing honey production. Honey producers rely heavily on rainfall, as it boosts the growth of flowers that bees use to make honey and, secondly, as bees need drinking water. Knobel Honey owner Jo Knobel, based in Clermont, Central Queensland, said the lack of rain ... Read More »

Chinese researcher develops stealth material that can hide jets, ships from radar

HONG KONG: Chinese researchers have developed a special material capable of making stealth jets and ships harder to detect using anti-stealth radar. The development of the technology shows China catching up in an area of defense traditionally dominated by the United States. The material, known as active frequency selecting surface, or AFSS, is covered with a substance used in printed ... Read More »

Just 4 northern white rhino are left in the world, survey

MALI: The San Diego Zoo is setting aside $2 million a year in efforts to prevent the extinction of the northern white rhino. To date, there are only four northern white rhinos alive, and one of them, a female named Nola, is housed by the zoo. One male and two females are at the Ol Pejeta Sanctuary in Kenya. The ... Read More »

Scientists record 5,400 mph winds on faraway planet

PARIS: A team of scientists from the University of Warwick discovered extremely strong winds of 5400 miles per hour to be moving in the atmosphere of a planet outside the solar system. The discovery is the first time that a weather system of an exoplanet has been directly mapped and measured, researchers said. In a report issued in the Astrophysical ... Read More »

Ancient volcanic rocks shed light on origins of Earth’s water

MEXICO: The Earth is made up of two-thirds water, but where does it all come from? The exact origin of water continues to baffle the scientific community. Was it present when the planet formed or was it carried to the planet by meteorites? Led by cosmochemist Dr. Lydia Hallis, researchers from the University of Hawaii (UH) were successful in putting ... Read More »

Researchers discovered 1st gamma-ray pulsar outside the Milky Way

CANADA: Exciting news for space lovers and exploration seekers: researchers have discovered the first gamma-ray pulsar outside the Milky Way – and it sets the record of being the most luminous known gamma-ray pulsar to date. Imaged by NASA’s Fermi gamma-ray Space Telescope, the pulsar lies in the Tarantula Nebula’s outskirts in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small satellite galaxy ... Read More »

Geologists discovered ice volcanoes on frozen Pluto

LONDON: Geologists discovered the feature on the informally named Wright Mons while sifting through new images downloaded from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. They combined images of Pluto’s surface to produce 3D maps showing two mountains, Wright Mons and Piccard Mons, which appear to be ice volcanoes, each more than 160 kilometres wide and four kilometres high. Unlike volcanoes on Earth ... Read More »

Scientists expose new stealth material breakthrough

BEIJING: Stealth technology is one of the biggest advantages any military could wield, and now China is looking to out-gun other nations in the field after scientists unveiled a breakthrough that could effectively create invisible fighter jets and warships. The research, led by Chinese scientist Wenhua Xu, suggests the newly-developed material could surpass the stealth capabilities of Lockheed Martin’s F-35, ... Read More »

Astronomers detected heavy wind, approximately 5400 mph on exoplanet

MEXICO: In a recent discovery, astronomers claim that they have detected heavy wind, approximately 5400mph on exoplanet. They discovered winds of over 5,400 miles per hour on a planet outside of Earth’s solar system. In a recent discovery, astronomers claim that they have detected heavy wind, approximately 5400mph on exoplanet. They discovered winds of over 5,400 miles per hour on ... Read More »

MSU discovers 79m years old duckbilled dinosaur species

LONDON: MSU professor has recently discovered a 79 million years old species of duckbilled dinosaur which possibly could fill the revolutionary gap. A recently discovery by an adjunct professor at Montana State University fills an evolutionary gap, according to a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE. As per researchers, the new species of dinosaurs shows the evolutionary transition from ... Read More »

Researchers spotted most luminous gamma-ray pulsar beyond our galaxy

LONDON: Researchers have spotted the most luminous gamma-ray pulsar ever found — and the rapidly spinning, ultradense stellar core is also the first pulsar of its kind ever seen outside the Milky Way. A group analyzing data from the orbiting Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope’s Large Area Telescope discovered the extraordinary object in an area bursting with star activity: the Tarantula ... Read More »

Astronomers found oldest stars near Milky Way centre

SYDNEY: Astronomers have discovered what they believe to be the oldest stars ever seen, dating from before the Milky Way Galaxy formed, when the universe was just 300 million years old. The nine stars, found near the centre of the Milky Way, are surprisingly pure but contain material from an even earlier star, which died in an enormous explosion called ... Read More »

India plans to launch 2 telecommunication satellites in 2016, 2017

CHENNAI: India will send two telecommunication satellites – GSAT-17 and GSAT-18 – on Ariane 5 rocket of European space agency Aerospace, the space agency said on Wednesday. In a statement, Arianespace said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has selected it to launch GSAT-17 and GSAT-18 telecommunication satellites on Ariane 5 rockets from French Guiana in 2016 and 2017. “Weighing approximately ... Read More »

Red planet’s moon phobos is slowly falling apart

CANADA: The long, shallow grooves lining the surface of Phobos are likely early signs of the structural failure that will ultimately destroy this moon of Mars. Orbiting a mere 6,000 km above the surface of Mars, Phobos is closer to its planet than any other moon in the solar system. Mars’ gravity is drawing in Phobos, the larger of its ... Read More »

NASA’s Cassini discovered giant ice cloud on Titan

WASHINGTON: Cassini’s camera had already imaged an impressive cloud hovering over Titan’s south pole at an altitude of about 300 kilometres. However, that cloud, first seen in 2012, turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg. A much more massive ice cloud system has now been found lower in the stratosphere, peaking at an altitude of about 200 ... Read More »

Scientists capture image of glowing debris ring 1st time

MEXICO: For the first time ever, scientists have managed to capture an image of a glowing debris ring that was formed due to an asteroid being completely ripped apart by a dead star. The ring has an eerie dark red glow because the gases released during collisions between debris particles are lit up by ultraviolet radiation emitted by the star. ... Read More »