Tag: Mercury

Melting Of Arctic Ice Releasing Hazardous Toxins Into Atmosphere

The thawing permafrost can bring back ancient diseases, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and dump mercury and nuclear waste that can seep into the food chain. Scientists predicted that up to 70 percent of permafrost could thaw by 2100.

Earth/Environment June 18, 2019

New Research Shows Mercury Could Have Solid Metal Core Just Like Earth

NASA scientists revealed that like Earth, Mercury has a liquid outer core and a solid inner core. The team used data from the previous MESSENGER mission to figure out the secrets underneath the smallest planet in the solar system.

Space April 20, 2019

New Calculations Reveal Venus Is Not The Closest Planet To Earth

Scientists found that contrary to popular belief, the Earth's closest neighbor is not Venus. The formula used to measure distances between planets were not as accurate as people thought it was.

Space March 16, 2019

Astronomers Find Dust Ring Floating Around Mercury's Orbit

A pair of solar scientists found Mercury's dust ring while searching for the dust-free region around the sun. The study could aid scientists to understand how planets formed in the solar system billions of years ago.

Space March 13, 2019

Startup Wants To Use Mercury In New Propulsion Systems

A company has reportedly been developing new propulsion systems that will use mercury. While NASA has experimented with mercury in the past, there have been concerns over exposing people to the toxic chemical.

Space November 22, 2018

BepiColombo Takes First Selfie As It Starts Long Journey To Mercury

The BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module took a photo from its first day in its seven-year journey to Mercury. The spacecraft was launched on Friday night and is expected to arrive at its destination by 2025.

Space October 22, 2018

MRI Scans May Cause Mercury Poisoning From Dental Fillings

A new study discovered that high-powered MRI scans may cause the mercury in dental fillings to leak, leading to mercury poisoning. Should people with metal dental fillings consult their dentist on a possible replacement?

Public Health June 27, 2018

Mathematical Study Shows Mercury’s Crust Is Thinner And Denser Than Previously Thought

Mercury’s crust is found to be thinner and denser than previously thought. It is also interesting that Mercury’s core is larger than its mantle and crust, although scientists have not reconciled theories to prove its cause.

Space April 30, 2018

Newly Discovered Earth-Sized Metallic Exoplanet Is Just As Dense As Mercury

A new exoplanet has been discovered that could shed some light on the formation of Mercury. What scientists found was that it was just as dense as Mercury and is the size of Earth.

Space March 28, 2018

World's Largest Mercury Reserve Found Underneath Arctic Permafrost, And Climate Change Will Release It All

Researchers found the world's largest reserve of natural mercury hidden underneath Arctic permafrost. The discovery, however, comes with the warning that the toxic element may be released if the permafrost thaws due to climate change.

Earth/Environment February 7, 2018

ESA's BepiColombo Mission To Explore Mysteries Of Mercury

BepiColombo is the European Space Agency’s first mission to explore Mercury. The collaborative mission between the ESA and JAXA aims to explore the planet’s inner workings, history, and origin.

Space July 9, 2017

Gluten-Free Food Linked To Increased Exposure To Toxic Metals Like Mercury And Arsenic

Individuals who follow a gluten-free diet were found to have higher levels of arsenic and mercury in their urine and blood. These toxic metals are known to cause cancer and neurological conditions.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2017

Climate Change Brings New Threat To Oceans: Toxic Mercury Levels Could Rise If Land Runoff Increases

According to a new study by Rutgers University, climate change and high precipitation would trigger runoff into oceans and pump huge levels of mercury into oceanic creatures including fish and zooplanktons and harm the whole food chain.

Earth/Environment January 29, 2017

Skywatching In 2017: Here’s When To Look Up To Catch The Planets

A complete guide on star gazing shows everything needed to catch astronomical sights in 2017. It will also list the best constellations each planet will occupy during the year in broad details covering conjunctions, oppositions, and elongations.

Space January 5, 2017

Scientists Uncover 'Great Valley' On Mercury: First Evidence Of Planetary Contraction?

Scientists have discovered a great valley on Mercury extending to the planet’s Rembrandt basin. The discovery was made with the help of images from NASA's Messenger spacecraft.

Space November 17, 2016

Mercury Is Tectonically Active Like Earth And Still Shrinking

Mercury is no larger than the Earth’s moon and it’s still shrinking! Researchers came to this conclusion after discovering small fault scarps on the planet, which also shed light on Mercury’s active tectonic activity.

Space September 28, 2016

Kepler Finds Youngest Planet Around Alien Star: Neptune-Size K2-33b Exoplanet Is Only 10 Million Years Old

The infant super-Neptune K2-33b is the youngest fully formed planet found orbiting an alien star. The exoplanet is estimated to be only between 5 to 10 million years old.

Space June 21, 2016

Ocean's Corals Keep Records Of World War II, Other Events In Human History

Corals record historical events such as the Opium Wars and World War II. The key is their absorption of toxic metals, such as mercury, that are leached into their surroundings.

Earth/Environment June 5, 2016

NASA's New Mercury Maps Offers Textured View Of Planet's Landscape

NASA has released new digital models that show various aspects of Mercury. These include the amount of volcanic activity on the planet as well as its geological history. Data for these maps were gathered by the MESSENGER spacecraft.

Space May 10, 2016

Transit Of Mercury: Planet Appears Like Black Dot As It Crosses The Sun

Scientists and amateur astronomers alike watched the transit of Mercury - a slow passage of the planet across the solar disc - on May 9, a visual treat that won't take place again until 2019.

Space May 10, 2016

Amateur Astronomer's Guide To Mercury Transit Happening May 9

Mercury will pass in front of the Sun, as seen from Earth, on May 9. Here are some tips to view the event safely.

Space May 6, 2016

Cosmic Affair: How To Watch Rare Mercury Transit On May 9

On May 9, Mercury will become visible to most of the globe as it directly passes between the Earth and the sun. The rare May transit of the planet occurs after every 13 to 33 years.

Space May 2, 2016

Sun Devoured Young Super-Earth During Formation Of Solar System

The lack of material in Mercury's orbit suggests a super-Earth may have once formed in the solar system. What happened to this primordial world?

Space April 17, 2016

Scientists Finally Know Why Planet Mercury Is So Dark

Studying the planet Mercury is quite difficult because of its proximity to the sun, but MESSENGER's past mission has helped scientists find new data from the planet. One very puzzling aspect of the planet is its very dark surface.

Space March 8, 2016

Eating Too Much Fish During Pregnancy Ups Child's Obesity Risk: Study

EPA and the FDA urged women to eat up to three servings of fish per week during pregnancy. New study found consuming more than this recommended amount ups the unborn baby's obesity risk.

Life February 16, 2016

Citrus Fruit Could Be Answer To Water Pollution: Orange Peel Can Suck Up Mercury In The Ocean

A new, affordable material was found to be capable of helping against mercury pollution and taking mercury out of water and soil. It was obtained from two industrial waste materials: sulphur and limonene, which is found primarily in orange peels.

Animals October 23, 2015

High Levels Of Mercury Detected In Grand Canyon Wildlife

Concentrations of mercury and selenium have been found in several creatures living in the Grand Canyon, according to a new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Earth/Environment August 26, 2015

Synthetic Corals Can One Day Help Clean Oceans Of Industrial Pollution

Scientists have found a way to eliminate water pollution caused by mercury dumped by industrial processes. The ocean cleaning agents function the same way real corals do, absorbing mercury, but are not prone to dying because they are made of synthetic materials that mimic real corals’ features.

Earth/Environment July 26, 2015

Messenger Data Suggests Mercury's Magnetic Field Is Super Old And Was Once Super Strong

Mercury's weak but surviving magnetic field is nearly 4 billion years old, scientists say. It may be the oldest inside any planet in the inner solar system, they report.

Space May 9, 2015

Mercury's Magnetic Field May Have Once Been As Strong As Earth's: Why It Matters

Images and data from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft suggest that the strength of Mercury's magnetic field once rivaled that of the Earth's. Mercury and Earth are the only planets in the solar system that have magnetic fields produced by their liquid metal core.

Space May 9, 2015

Mercury's Magnetic Field Four Billion Years Old, Messenger Spacecraft Reveals

Mercury's magnetic field formed nearly 4 billion years ago. This latest discovery is among the last findings relayed from the Messenger spacecraft before it crashed into the planet.

Space May 8, 2015

Remembering Messenger - An Obituary For A Remarkable Spacecraft

The Messenger spacecraft has collided with Mercury after more than a decade in space. What discoveries did this long-lived observatory make about Mercury?

Space May 2, 2015

Here's The Last Thing NASA Messenger Probe Saw Before It Crashed Into Mercury

The Messenger spacecraft returned one last image before crashing into Mercury on April 30. What does it show?

Space May 1, 2015

Drama In Space: NASA's Messenger Spacecraft Will Crash Into Mercury At 8,750 mph Thursday

The Messenger spacecraft orbiting Mercury will end its mission on Thursday, April 30. The spacecraft will collide with the surface of Mercury at a speed of 8,750 miles per hour.

Space April 30, 2015

Spacecraft Snaps Dramatic Images Of Mercury Before A Smashing End

Just days before crashing into Mercury, the Messenger spacecraft has snapped 'psychedelic' photos of the planet. The space probe has been studying the planet since entering its orbit in 2011.

Space April 28, 2015

Young Earth Chomped Mercury-Like Protoplanet Resulting In Magnetic Field And, Possibly, Life

Researchers have a new origin story for the Earth, this time saying the planet in its youth ate another planet like Mercury, resulting in the layers and the magnetic field our world possesses today.

Space April 17, 2015

Messenger Spacecraft To Collide With Mercury On April 30

The Messenger spacecraft will collide with the planet Mercury on April 30. What have we learned from this historic mission?

Space April 16, 2015

Mercury Painted Black By 'Invisible Paint': Here's What Happened

Mercury is far darker than traditional planetary models would suggest. Now, a team of astronomers thinks they know why that may be.

Space March 30, 2015

MESSENGER Data Reveals Secrets Of Mercury's Surface We Never Knew Before

Thanks to data obtained by NASA's MESSENGER mission, researchers recently put together new global scale maps of Mercury's surface composition and unveiled new details about the planet's overall chemical composition.

Space March 13, 2015

NFI Hits Back Against 'Misreporting' On Tuna Mercury Levels

The National Fisheries Institute released a statement to clear up what it calls misleading reports about yellowfin tuna and mercury levels, maintaining the fish is safe for consumption.

Earth/Environment February 5, 2015

February To Be A Great Month For Sky Watchers

Amateur astronomers have a lot to look forward to in February, including dazzling displays from several planets. This is what is coming up!

Space February 4, 2015

Mercury Levels In Hawaiian Yellowfin Tuna Rising At Nearly 4 Percent Per Year: Ditch The Sushi?

The concentration of mercury found in the Hawaiian yellowfin tuna has increased by at least 3.8 percent per year. Researchers sounded the alarm, saying that the toxic substance in fish is increasing all the time.

Earth/Environment February 3, 2015

New Sensor Can Detect and Monitor Levels of Mercury in the Atmosphere

Scientists have developed a sensor that can detect and monitor mercury levels in the atmosphere. The sensor is quicker than existing mercury measuring instruments.

Earth/Environment February 3, 2015

Benefits of Eating Fish During Pregnancy May Outweigh Mercury Risk for Fetus

Pregnant women tend to avoid eating fish because of mercury contamination but researchers found evidence that fatty acids in fish does not just help with brain development. They can also counteract the potential toxic effects of mercury.

Life January 23, 2015

NASA Messenger Orbiter Spots Craters on Mercury: Here's Your Chance to Name Few of Them

NASA's MESSENGER orbit will run out of fuel by March 2015. To commemorate the success of the mission, scientists have launched a competition that gives ordinary people the chance to name five craters in Mercury. Here are the rules.

Space December 16, 2014

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