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Fastest-Spinning Particles: Nanoparticles That Spin A Billion Times Per Second To Test Limits Of Physics

Two teams of researchers were able to create nanoparticles that spin around each other in record frequencies of a billion times per second. This creates the fastest mechanical rotation in history.

Energy

NASA’s Solar Probe To Launch This Summer: Here’s Why It Won’t Perish In The Heat Of The Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe was designed to withstand the extreme heat and temperatures of the sun. The spacecraft is set to go into orbit in the summer of 2018 and provide unprecedented detail about the corona of the sun.

Space

Egypt Opens Mysterious Giant Sarcophagus: Here’s What’s Inside

Three skeletons and stinky sewage water. This was what experts discovered inside the massive black sarcophagus unearthed in Alexandria, Egypt earlier this month after opening it amid warnings of an ancient curse.

Ancient

Powerful New Electron Microscope Now Allows Scientists To View Individual Electrons

Physicists developed a new technology that allows them to look at individual electrons. The Electron Microscope Pixel Array Detector can be retrofitted into an electron microscope to achieve record-breaking resolutions.

Material Science

New Armored Dinosaur Species Discovered In Utah Named 'Thorny Head'

A new armored dinosaur species discovered in Utah has been named Akainacephalus johnsoni, with its first name meaning 'thorny head.' The ankylosaurid further confirms that there were at least two immigration events that happened in the late Cretaceous period.

Ancient

Meghalayan Age: The Earth Is Now In Holocene Epoch's Third Stage

The Meghalayan age is the youngest stage in the Holocene Epoch, which started after the last ice age. What makes the Meghalayan unique from other intervals of the Geologic Time Scale?

Earth/Environment July 19, 2018

Very Large Telescope In Chile Captures Remarkably Sharp Images Of Neptune

ESO's ground-based Very Large Telescope in Chile captured a remarkably sharp and more detailed image of the planet Neptune. Scientists used laser tomography to correct distortions caused by the Earth's atmosphere.

Space July 19, 2018

Scientists Discover How To Stabilize Plasma In Fusion Reactors

Experts were able to simulate the mechanism that stabilizes plasma in fusion reactors. This development could take humankind one step closer to a clean, unlimited source of fusion energy.

Energy July 19, 2018

Giant Iceberg Looming Over Greenland Village Spotted By ESA Satellites From Space

ESA's Sentinel-2A satellites captured image of a massive iceberg that drifted close to Innaarsuit in Greenland. The iceberg weighs about 10 million tonnes and threatened to generate large waves that can wash away parts of the remote village.

Earth/Environment July 18, 2018

Scientists Spot Star Devouring A Planet For The First Time

Astronomers observed a young star swallowing a planet or two into its rotating disk. The star belongs to the Taurus-Auriga constellation and is just 450 light-years away from Earth.

Space July 19, 2018

Scientists Discover Oldest Baby Snake Fossil In Amber: Here's Why It's So Important

A baby snake fossil has been found preserved in amber from the Kachin region of Myanmar. The discovery is important because it revealed that snakes may have moved to forests from coastal regions earlier than previously thought, among other things.

Ancient July 19, 2018

Dry Spell Causes 5,000-Year-Old Mysterious Massive Henge To Appear From Out Of Nowhere In Ireland

A dry spell, a drone, and a bit of luck. That is what photographer Anthony Murphy used to discover a massive henge-type monument dating back to the late Neolithic period in northeastern Ireland.

Ancient July 18, 2018

Humble Seaweed Floats Thousands Of Miles To Reach Antarctica’s Icy Shores

Researchers found rafts of kelp that drifted to the shores of Antarctica from 12,000 miles away. The humble seaweed’s journey is the first proof that Antarctica is not so isolated after all.

Earth/Environment July 18, 2018

The Best Times And Places To Watch The Longest Total Lunar Eclipse Of The 21st Century Next Week

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is about to happen next week. Here are the best times and places to view this once-in-a-lifetime event from Earth.

Space July 18, 2018

Jupiter Moons Now Up To 79 After 10 More Confirmed, Including 1 That May Collide With Others

A team of astronomers discovered 12 new Jupiter moons in March 2017, and the remaining 10 have just been confirmed to bring the total Jupiter moon count to 79. However, one of the new moons, Valetudo, is different.

Space July 19, 2018

Internet Infrastructure Faces Threat From Rising Sea Levels Linked To Climate Change

Rising sea levels linked to climate change could submerge internet infrastructure as early as within 15 years. Infrastructure in three U.S. cities was found to be the most vulnerable.

Earth/Environment July 17, 2018

World's Most Endangered Sea Turtle Washes Up On Alabama Beach Entangled In Beach Chair

A Kemp's Ridley turtle was found dead in an Alabama beach. The sea turtle appears to have been strangled in the string of a beach chair that bears the logo of the University of Alabama.

Animals July 17, 2018

Lava Bomb Injures 23 People Aboard A Hawaii Boat

The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii continues to rage. This time, when its lava hit the water, it caused an explosion that sent a lava bomb flying to a nearby boat, injuring nearly two dozen sightseers.

Earth/Environment July 17, 2018

DNA Tests Confirm Romanovs’ Remains 100 Years After Brutal Assassination

Russian investigators announced that the remains of the last of the Romanovs have been authenticated by DNA tests. The latest results came on the 100th anniversary of the brutal killing of the imperial family.

Ancient July 17, 2018

Neutrinos Spotted By IceCube Particle Detector Comply With Einstein’s Theory Of Relativity

Einstein’s relativity theory just passed one of its most rigorous tests yet. Scientists found that even neutrinos detected by the IceCube particle detector in Antarctica follow the laws of the universe suggested by Einstein.

Space July 17, 2018

Ancient Stone Toolmakers Came To North America Far Earlier Than Clovis People

Who were the first humans to arrive in North America thousands of years ago? Certainly not the Clovis people, as new research sheds light on stone toolmakers that lived in Texas 16,000 years ago.

Ancient July 17, 2018

Diamonds Are Not So Rare, If You Look Deep Inside Earth

Diamonds are not as rare as previously thought when taking a look at the entire geological picture of the planet. Scientists have discovered over a quadrillion tons of diamonds hidden deep inside the Earth.

Earth/Environment July 17, 2018

Scientists Debunk Blood Of Jesus Found On The Shroud Of Turin

A new study suggested the bloodstains on the Shroud of Turin were faked. Through a technique used in forensic, the researchers behind the study simulated the actual body position from where the bloodstains could have trickled down onto the fabric.

Ancient July 16, 2018

Archaeologists Find 2,500-Year-Old Workshop For Making Mummies In Egypt

Experts found a mummification workshop where ancient Egyptians used to mummify the dead. They also uncovered a rare silver mask inlayed with gemstones fully preserved from the seventh century BC.

Ancient July 16, 2018

Last NASA Cape Canaveral Launch Towers Demolished: Watch The Destruction Unfold

Launch Complex 17, the last two NASA launch towers at Cape Canaveral, were demolished after 62 years of service. High-profile NASA missions that were launched from the site include the Pioneer probes and the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity.

Space July 16, 2018

Ancient Iceman Otzi's Last Meal Includes Toxic Fern Bracken

Otzi the Iceman's last meal include wild fat and meat, as well as whole wheat seeds. Researchers also found toxic fern called bracken in his stomach. Why did the ancient hunter ingest the plant?

Ancient July 15, 2018

NASA Juno Spacecraft May Have Found Hidden Volcano In Jupiter Moon Io

The NASA Juno spacecraft may have spotted a hidden volcano on Io, one of the dozens of moons of Jupiter. NASA is expecting more clues on the previously undiscovered heat source from the space probe's next flyby.

Space July 15, 2018

Earth's Neighboring Exoplanet Ross 128 B Has Perfect Conditions To Support Life: Study

By studying the host star of Ross 128 b, researchers determined the exoplanet is a rocky world with temperate. This means that it potentially has liquid water on the surface.

Space July 15, 2018

A Farmer Unearthed A Rare Fossil Of Elephant Ancestor But Hid It From the Public

When a farmer found the fossil of an ancient elephant species near the Pyrenees mountains, he kept it to himself over fear of amateur fossil hunters invading his privacy. Years later, he finally hands it over to experts.

Ancient July 15, 2018

Eight Endangered Black Rhinos Die In Relocation Attempt In Kenya

Eight critically endangered black rhinos have died following a translocation attempt. The deaths are unprecedented as such efforts have been done in past years with little mortality.

Animals July 14, 2018

South Africa's MeerKAT Radio Telescope Captures Region Surrounding Milky Way Galaxy's Central Black Hole

South Africa launched the MeerKAT, which will form part of the larger Square Kilometer Array. The radio telescope already started to make science operation, capturing the region surrounding the Milky Way's central black hole.

Space July 14, 2018

NASA Captures Images Of Crawling 'Spiders' On Mars

NASA's MRO spacecraft has captured a landscape on planet Mars that features what look like crawling spiders. Scientists call this araneiform terrain. How does it form on the Red Planet?

Space July 13, 2018

Earthquake Destroys Pyramid, Then Unveils Ancient Temple For Aztec Rain God

A deadly earthquake in September destroyed a pyramid in the Mexican state of Morelos. The unfortunate event nevertheless revealed another wonder that was hidden from the rest of the world after about the 1200AD.

Ancient July 13, 2018

Icelandic Whalers Possibly Killed Endangered Blue Whale, Say It Was A Hybrid

Did Icelandic whalers kill a blue whale or a hybrid blue/fin whale? Photographs from the current whaling season suggest the whalers might have killed a protected species.

Animals July 13, 2018

NASA Discovers Two Asteroids Hours After They Slipped Past Earth

Two asteroids safely skimmed past Earth this weekend. They were detected hours after their flyby. Why do astronomers detect near-Earth objects only after the space rocks are already close to our planet?

Space July 12, 2018

California Hits 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Goals In 2016 Way Ahead Of Schedule

California law mandates that the state's greenhouse gas emissions return to 1990 levels by 2020. The California Air Resources Board revealed emission have dropped to 429.4 million metric tons in 2016 from 431 million metric tons in 1990.

Earth/Environment July 12, 2018

‘Ghost Particle’ Found In Antarctica Has Traveled Billions Of Light-Years Through Universe

On Sept. 22, 2017, a ghostly particle traveled across the universe, passed through all cosmic bodies, and reached Antarctica intact. The ghost particle became significant in answering more than a century-old mystery.

Space July 13, 2018

Embodying Einstein Can Make You Smarter, New VR Study Shows

In a study, subjects who experienced Einstein's body as their own through virtual embodiment scored better on cognitive tests. They were also less likely to have an implicit bias against the elderly.

July 12, 2018

Elon Musk Vows To Fund Fixing Of Contaminated Flint Water

Elon Musk pledged to provide funding to fix houses in Flint with contaminated water. A spokesperson for the Flint Mayor said that the city is replacing the pipes and all costs are covered.

Earth/Environment July 12, 2018

Delays In NASA Commercial Crew Program Impede Astronaut Launches To ISS: Report

Delays in NASA’s commercial crew program could impede the planned astronaut launches to the ISS from American soil, a new GAO report warned. The agency urged NASA to have a contingency plan to ensure U.S. access to the ISS.

Space July 12, 2018

Supermoon Solar Eclipse On Friday The 13th Is ‘Bad Luck’ For Most People

There will be a supermoon on Friday the 13th, the first time since 1974. The day would make most people feel that they are unlucky but not because of any superstitious belief.

Space July 12, 2018

Rat Infestation In Oceanic Islands Deprives Coral Reefs Of Nutrients From Bird Poop

Birds in rat-free islands in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean average 1,243 per hectare. The ratio is just two in rat-infested islands. Here's how the decimation of seabirds by rodents affects the health of nearby coral reefs.

Earth/Environment July 12, 2018

Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ Etched Into Ancient Clay Tablet Unearthed In Olympia

The Greek culture ministry announced that archaeologists have found an ancient clay tablet containing 13 lines from Homer’s ‘The Odyssey.’ This is the oldest known fragment of the epic poem found in its homeland.

Ancient July 12, 2018

Alien Planets Without Oxygen Could Still Be Home To Extraterrestrial Life

Scientists should not quickly rule out planets without oxygen in the quest for alien life. Researchers said these no-oxygen worlds could in fact be filled with microbial life.

Space July 12, 2018

Gravitational Waves From Black Hole-Neutron Star Collision May Yield Most Accurate Hubble Constant Yet

How fast is the universe expanding? Scientists proposed that the answer to this question could be found in gravitational waves rippling through space-time from a rare astronomical collision.

Space July 12, 2018

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