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Quadrillion tons of diamonds found deep in Earth Quadrillion tons of diamonds found deep in Earth
- July 18, 2018

There's just one, tiny, catch: the treasure trove is buried 100 miles down, deeper than any drill has ever penetrated, according to MIT researchers . That's exactly what researchers from MIT have accomplished with the help of seismic waves flowing through the Earth. "We can't get at them, but still, there is much more diamond there than we have ever thought before", said Faul, clarifying there's about 1,000 times more diamonds in the world than initially predicted. (more...)
SpaceX is one step closer to launching astronauts into space SpaceX is one step closer to launching astronauts into space
- July 18, 2018

Since NASA finished the U.S. space shuttle program in 2011, they have relied on rockets from the Russian space agency to take USA astronauts to the ISS. Rather, that investigation predicts the "normal" accreditation date to be in December 2019 for Boeing and on January 2020 for SpaceX. Both the vehicles are expected to get ready by 2019, but this not an issue. (more...)
Researchers discover a dozen new moons of Jupiter Researchers discover a dozen new moons of Jupiter
- July 18, 2018

But why are scientists just now finding these moons? The team first glimpsed the moons in March last year from the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, but needed more than a year to confirm that the bodies were locked in orbit around the gas giant. (more...)
Under the continental plates are 1000 trillion tons of diamonds Under the continental plates are 1000 trillion tons of diamonds
- July 17, 2018

Unfortunately for diamond hunters, the minerals are buried more than 160km (100 miles) beneath the Earth's surface - far deeper than any human drills have ever reached. Cratons are stable parts in the crust and mantle of the Earth that are usually less dense and colder than the parts surrounding them. Next, Faul and others, who in the past have measured sound speeds through many different types of minerals in the laboratory, used this knowledge to assemble virtual rocks, made from various ... (more...)
Astronomers Discover 12 New Moons Around Jupiter
- July 17, 2018

More than 400 years after Galileo Galilei discovered the first of Jupiter's moons, astronomers have found a dozen more - including one they've dubbed "oddball" - orbiting the planet. "What these other objects were has been a mystery". They quickly hit the jackpot - 12 new moons appeared in the images. Two of the newly discovered satellites orbit with a group that are in between the outer group and the Galilean moons. (more...)
Ten new moons-including one 'oddball'-discovered around Jupiter
- July 17, 2018

During their survey in March 2017, the astronomers realized that Jupiter had moved into their field of view. Several telescopes were used to confirm the finds, including the 6.5-meter Magellan telescope at Carnegie's Las Campanas Observatory in Chile; the 4-meter Discovery Channel Telescope at Lowell Observatory Arizona (thanks to Audrey Thirouin, Nick Moskovitz and Maxime Devogele); the 8-meter Subaru Telescope and the Univserity of Hawaii 2.2 meter telescope (thanks to Dave Tholen and Dora ... (more...)
Scientists discover 'quadrillion tons of diamond' beneath Earth's surface
- July 17, 2018

Because we can't just go look at the 100-miles-deep cratons ourselves (the deepest hole we've ever dug didn't even get a tenth of the way), the researchers built a virtual mantle using a computer algorithm and played around with different compositions until they found one that matched up with what they were observing. (more...)
Kenya: Black Rhinos Die After Relocation to National Park in Kenya Kenya: Black Rhinos Die After Relocation to National Park in Kenya
- July 17, 2018

The surviving translocated rhinos are also "being provided with fresh water in temporary water pans as we await the full postmortem examination report and further forensic investigations", the ministry said. According to the International Union for Conservation and Nature, black rhinos are classified as critically endangered, meaning they still face a high risk of extinction in the wild. (more...)
WeWork bans meals with meat as a work expense WeWork bans meals with meat as a work expense
- July 16, 2018

He indicated that the company would work with employees who have specialized dietary needs for medical or religious purposes. WeWork has locations in 22 countries and a total of 75 cities, including 24 in the U.S. And Southwest Airlines Co., in a bid to reduce allergy risk, said this week peanuts will no longer be available on flights starting August 1. WeWork's co-founder Miguel McKelvey wrote the ban is meant to reduce the company's carbon footprint, Business Insider reports . (more...)
Severe thunderstorm watch issued Severe thunderstorm watch issued
- July 16, 2018

To beat the heat, Environment Canada is recommending Calgarians consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day, spend time in cool indoor areas and drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic or non-caffeinated drinks to stay hydrated. (more...)
Astronomers stunned by rare DOUBLE asteroid — NASA asteroid WARNING Astronomers stunned by rare DOUBLE asteroid — NASA asteroid WARNING
- July 16, 2018

Most of the binary systems that have been witnessed consist of two objects of wildly different sizes. Equal-mass binaries like 2017 YE5 are much rarer. However, the angle of the rotating system made it hard for scientists to see if the two objects were actually separated. Eventually, both the objects rotated to expose a different distinction between them. (more...)
World’s biggest radio telescope launched in South Africa World’s biggest radio telescope launched in South Africa
- July 16, 2018

Photographing the centre of the galaxy is a hard task, largely because earth's view is obstructed by clouds of gas and dust from the Sagittarius constellation - commonly referred to as "the Teapot". "This is the eyes, with the MeerKAT being the ears as a radio telescope". "The telescope will be the largest of its own kind in the world with image resolution quality exceeding the Hubble Space Telescope by a factor of 50 times", David Mabuza, South Africa's deputy president, said on Friday. (more...)
INTERNATIONAL - Huge iceberg threatens Greenland village
- July 16, 2018

Icebergs are not an unusual scene near the community. A huge iceberg has floated very near to a village in western Greenland, which lead to the suddenly restricted emigration of the villagers from the places near to danger, in order to prevent any uneventful happening in case the iceberg ruptures resulting in producing a wave that can marsh the homes along. (more...)
NASA Juno spots volcano on Jupiter moon Io | Global Edition NASA Juno spots volcano on Jupiter moon Io | Global Edition
- July 16, 2018

This image of Jupiters southern hemisphere was captured by NASAs Juno spacecraft on the outbound leg of a close flyby of the gas-giant planet. "We don't rule out the movement or modification of previously discovered hotspots, but it's hard to imagine a person who can travel so far and still be considered the same feature", Mura added. (more...)
Ghost particles from outer space: Scientists discover distant source of neutrinos Ghost particles from outer space: Scientists discover distant source of neutrinos
- July 16, 2018

Measuring cosmic neutrinos against those created closer to home is, she told BBC News, "like trying to count fireflies in the middle of a firework display". The NASA X-ray satellites Swift and NuSTAR also registered the eruption of the blazar , and the gamma-ray telescopes H.E.S.S., HAWC and VERITAS as well as the gamma-ray and X-ray satellites AGILE, belonging to the Italian Space Agency ASI, and Integral, belonging to the European Space Agency ESA , all took part in the follow-up ... (more...)
Starbucks bans plastic straws, winds up using more plastic Starbucks bans plastic straws, winds up using more plastic
- July 15, 2018

That's the equivalent to a garbage truck dumping plastic into the ocean every minute. According to Starbucks , the new lids are easily recyclable and therefore a lot more environmentally friendly than the billion straws the chain annually uses. (more...)
Pastor: July 27 eclipse is sign of Apocalypse Pastor: July 27 eclipse is sign of Apocalypse
- July 15, 2018

While there are numerous superstitions associated with eclipses, the ominous date for this eclipse (Friday the 13th is considered unlucky and is associated with horror in Western superstition) is creating a lot of buzz online. To help prevent side effects, during the time of eclipse, Shiv Chalisa should be read, the needy should donate food and basil leaves should be eaten.Scientific and astronomers recommend that seeing a solar eclipse through the naked eye is risky and it can also damage ... (more...)
Blood Moon Viewing - July 27th 2018
- July 15, 2018

For which this eclipse will hardly be visible to people all over the world. The kicker? If you want to see it, you're going to have to be in the very southern tip of Australia , New Zealand, the southern Pacific Ocean, or the coast of Antarctica . (more...)
NASA needs backup plan as US crew launches slip NASA needs backup plan as US crew launches slip
- July 15, 2018

It now pays the Russian government $82 million per seat, but that contract is ending. That schedule leaves little wiggle room for any additional delays, according to the GAO, and securing additional seats on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft could take years. (more...)
Asteroid That Came Near Earth Was Really Two Objects Orbiting Each Other Asteroid That Came Near Earth Was Really Two Objects Orbiting Each Other
- July 15, 2018

That's the realization that struck astronomers in June after they set out to study a near-Earth asteroid called 2017 YE5, which NASA today (July 12) announced is actually two asteroids, a pair of objects orbiting each other. On June 24, the scientists teamed up with researchers at the Green Bank Observatory (GBO) in West Virginia, US, and used the two observatories together in a bi-static radar configuration (in which Arecibo transmits the radar signal and Green Bank receives the return ... (more...)
Jaguar escapes from New Orleans zoo, kills 6 animals Jaguar escapes from New Orleans zoo, kills 6 animals
- July 15, 2018

Zoo officials said Valero, a 3-year-old male jaguar, escaped his habitat and was spotted by zoo personnel around 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, according to The Times-Picayune . The zoo is a safe place to be, there's no fear at all as far as the visitors. The zoo is closed Saturday and will reopen Sunday, according to the paper. (more...)
NASA sees 'spiders' crawling across Mars landscape NASA sees 'spiders' crawling across Mars landscape
- July 14, 2018

As the carbon dioxide gas expands, the mounting pressure eventually cracks through the surface, creating the veiny "spider" formations on Mars, which are formally known as "araneiform topography". The dark spots in the image, meanwhile, are formed by dust deposited around vents where the Carbon dioxide erupts. The results are the spider-like features captured by the Reconnaissance Orbiter. (more...)
Greenhouse Gas Emissions On The Decline In California Greenhouse Gas Emissions On The Decline In California
- July 14, 2018

The achievement is roughly equal to taking 12 million cars off the road or saving 6 billion gallons of gasoline a year. "This is great news for the health of Californians, the state's environment and its economy, even as we face the failure of our national leadership to address climate change". (more...)
'High-energy neutrinos' give scientists new understanding of universe 'High-energy neutrinos' give scientists new understanding of universe
- July 14, 2018

This blazar is situated in the night sky just off the left shoulder of the constellation Orion and is about four billion light years from Earth . "The evidence for the observation of the first known source of high-energy neutrinos and cosmic rays is compelling", said Francis Halzen, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of physics and the lead scientist for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory . (more...)
Ireland Expected To Become World's First Country To Divest From Fossil Fuels
- July 14, 2018

The fund, worth around US$10.4 billion, has an exposure of nearly US$400 million (300 million euro) to the fossil fuel industry, which it will have to eliminate after the upper house-the Seanad-passes the legislation, which will probably take place in September. (more...)