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Mountain’s internal tectonic plate shifts due to climate change, researchers

WASHINGTON: A strong relationship exists between global and local climate change and a mountain’s internal tectonic plate shifts and topographic changes, researchers have found. Researchers led by geologist Eva Enkelmann from University of Cincinnati in US found that the way a mountain range moves and behaves topographically can also change and create its local climate by redirecting wind and precipitation. ... Read More »

NASA released comprehensive pictures of asteroid 2015 TB145

WASHINGTON: NASA has released comprehensive pictures of the asteroid 2015 TB145 that flew past Earth at a secure space on Halloween. Based on computations, asteroid 2015 TB145 is spherical in shape and about 2,000 feet (600 meters) in diameter. When the radar pictures were shot, the asteroid was about 430,000 miles and at a space between 440,000 miles (kilometers) (kilometers) ... Read More »

Shipbuilders are looking to attract more business due to loss

LONDON: In what could prove as a great bargaining opportunity for many ship owners, there seems to be a solid trend towards lower newbuilding prices, as shipbuilders are looking to attract more business. According to the latest weekly report from shipbroker Allied Shipbroking, “the softening price trend continues as the bulk of shipbuilders report sub par quarterly earnings. The difficulties ... Read More »

US archaeologists uncovered skeleton of an ancient warrior from Greece

LONDON: US archaeologists in Greece have uncovered the skeleton of an ancient warrior that has lain undisturbed for more than 3,500 years along with a huge hoard of treasure, the Greek culture ministry announced on Monday. The treasure is “the most important to have been discovered in 65 years” in continental Greece, the ministry said. The wooden coffin of the ... Read More »

Researchers discover crocodiles sleep with one eye open ‘to keep watch for prey’

HONG KONG : Researchers discover saltwater crocodiles sleep with one eye open to keep a watch for prey and potential threats Scientists have discovered that crocodiles can sleep with one eye open, in a ploy that allows them to doze while watching for prey. A study by researchers in Australia and Germany found the predators are able to practice “unilateral ... Read More »

Species of wasp never recorded in Kent

HONG KONG: A species of wasp never recorded before in the UK has been discovered at a nature reserve in Kent. The parasitic wasp, a Lymantrichneumon disparis, was caught in a chance sweep of a butterfly net at the Royal Society for the Protection of Bird’s (RSPB) Broadwater Warren reserve, near Tunbridge Wells. Tony Davis, of the Butterfly Conservation, was ... Read More »

Mass extinctions caused by comets & asteroids, new study

MEXICO: Mass extinctions occurring over the past 260 million years were likely caused by comet and asteroid showers, according to a new study. For more than 30 years, scientists have argued about a controversial hypothesis relating to periodic mass extinctions and impact craters – caused by comet and asteroid showers – on Earth. Michael Rampino, a New York University geologist, ... Read More »

NASA unveils mosaics of Pluto

LONDON: NASA has unveiled mosaics of Pluto and its largest moon Charon that capture the global response to the space agency’s #PlutoTime social media campaign. Since its June launch, the Pluto Time widget has received more than 339,000 visits and almost 7,000 image submissions from across the globe. Now, thousands of these submissions have been assembled into three mosaics of ... Read More »

Researchers found orbiting white dwarf some 570 light years away from Earth

LONDON: That’s no moon! At least not anymore. A white dwarf that scientists are playfully comparing to The Death Star — a spacecraft in the Star Wars franchise capable of planetary destruction — has been caught in the act of chewing up a small, rocky world. This real-life Death Star is actually a dead star. White dwarfs are the dense, ... Read More »

Life on Earth existed 300m years earlier than thought

PERTH: Evidence that life on Earth existed 300 million years earlier than thought was found by geochemists of UCLA. The discovery indicates that life appeared on Earth shortly after the planet formed 4.54 billion years ago —not 4.1 billion years ago as commonly believed. Scientists analyzed more than 10,000 zircons, formed from molten rocks and magma from Australia. Zircons are ... Read More »

Big asteroid is hurtling toward Earth

MIAMI: A big asteroid is hurtling toward Earth and will shave past our planet on Halloween, but astronomers say there’s no need to be spooked — it’s definitely not on a collision course. Early estimates put its size of the asteroid — called 2015 TB145 — at about 1,542 feet in diameter, according to the astronomy website Earth and Sky. ... Read More »

Huge asteroid to nearly miss Earth on Halloween, NASA reveals

NEW YORK: Talk about a scare. NASA revealed that a giant asteroid is heading our way at high speeds on Halloween. However, there is no need to panic, as the asteroid will nearly miss the Earth by about 310,000 miles — which is a large distance away — and will actually pass closer to the moon at only 180,000 miles ... Read More »

Scientists warn comet shower caused by sun could endanger Earth

WASHINGTON: Earth could be in danger as the sun’s journey through the galaxy dislodges comets and sends them flying between the planets, research suggests. Scientists have identified a 26 million-year cycle of meteor impacts that coincides with the timing of mass extinctions over the past 260 million years. The doomsday events are linked to the motion of the sun and ... Read More »

Solar storms can directly disrupt communication and power networks of planet

EUROPE: Our technology-dependent society is facing a dangerous threat from the solar storms or geomagnetic storms. According to scientists, solar storms can directly disrupt the communication and power networks of the planet. They added that such disturbances have occurred in the past. Once, the Colaba observatory in India found the biggest, most powerful solar storm ever recorded that led to ... Read More »

Scientists developed method for uncovering invisible fingerprints which glow under UV light

LONDON: Fingerprinting powders are still the go-to tool for investigators, both real and fictional. However, instead of oils, some fingerprints only leave a residue of amino acids and other compounds that fingerprinting powder doesn’t adhere to very well. A new technique developed at Australia’s CSIRO not only reveals fingerprints in cases where dusting won’t, but makes them glow under UV ... Read More »

Where did dogs 1st arrive on the scene?

NEW YORK: Where did dogs first arrive on the scene? Scientists have long debated that question, and now a study of doggie DNA from around the world is pointing to Central Asia. Man’s best friend may have evolved somewhere near what is now Nepal and Mongolia, researchers say. Previous studies have suggested southern China, the Middle East, Siberia and Europe ... Read More »

SeaPort Airlines to begin 1st daily service in years from Sea-Tac airport to Moses Lake

MEXICO: SeaPort Airlines in March will begin the first daily service in years from Sea-Tac airport to Moses Lake and Port Angeles, the Port of Seattle said Tuesday. Flights to both destinations will use 9-passenger Cessna turboprop aircraft. There will be three round-trip flights to Moses Lake and five to Port Angeles on weekdays, with a reduced schedule on weekends. ... Read More »

German company sign agreement with Iceland on new transpolar port

BERLIN: The German company Bremenports has concluded an agreement with Icelandic authorities and the Icelandic engineering company Elfa on a feasibility study of a large, deep-water harbor to facilitate international Arctic shipping and petroleum activity. The harbor is planned to be located in Finnafjörður on the North-eastern point of Iceland. Preparations for construction have started, Robert Howe, Managing Director of ... Read More »

Asteroid to approach the Earth within 304,471 miles on Oct. 31

LONDON: An asteroid is expected to fly by Earth this Halloween.The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a document posted online that the asteroid will approach the Earth within 304,471 miles on Oct. 31. The space agency discovered the asteroid Oct. 10 and described it as an “extremely rare eccentric.” NASA indicated that it hopes to obtain images. “The ... Read More »

Life on Earth began 3.8b years ago, study

HARROW: A team of geochemists from University of California, Los Angeles published a report today that contests the widely-held belief that life on this planet began 3.8 billion years ago. The study, published in the journal PNAS, instead argues that life began 300 million years earlier. Life may have been here for 4.1 billion years — that’s older than the ... Read More »