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  • 12 World Secrets That We Will Never Know The Truth About

    02/19/2018 6:14:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    Aunty Acid ^ | dunno | beats me
    If you’re a lover of a good mystery, then get a load of some of these amazing phenomena! Some people think we’re not meant to understand everything in the world and in the universe. Others think there’s a logical explanation for everything. We just think that there are some amazing mysteries in the world that are waiting to be solved. So take a look at some of these X-files, you’ll definitely be scratching your head. Maybe you’ll wonder how you never heard of them before… and maybe question, just who is keeping this so quiet? ... 9. Red glow over...
  • The Moon's equatorial bulge hints at Earth's early conditions

    02/15/2018 9:44:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Astronomy ^ | Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | Amber Jorgenson
    Over two centuries ago, Pierre-Simon Laplace, a French physicist and mathematician, noticed that the Moon's equatorial bulge is about 20 times larger than expected. Now, researchers are trying to find out why. Although the Moon looks quite spherical from the ground, it is flatter at its poles and wider at its equator, a trait known as an equatorial bulge. This characteristic is common; it's usually caused by an object's rotation around its axis. However, it's been noted that the Moon's bulge is about 20 times larger than it should be given its rotational rate of once per month... researchers at...
  • Neptune's Mysterious Storm is Dying, Possibly Smells Like Rotten Eggs

    02/15/2018 2:32:31 PM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    www.popularmechanics.com ^ | Feb 15, 2018 | By David Grossman
    Like Jupiter, Neptune has a giant spinning mystery. NASA's Hubble Telescope captured a time-lapse of the storm for the first time and found a surprising conclusion—it is shrinking. Officially called a "dark vortex," the Neptunian storm shares a few properties with Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS). Like the GRS, a dark vortex is moving in a anti-cyclonic direction that sweeps up material from the planet's icy atmosphere. “We have no evidence of how these vortices are formed or how fast they rotate,” said Agustín Sánchez-Lavega from the University of the Basque Country in Spain in a NASA press statement. “It...
  • No Volcanic Winter In East Africa From Ancient Toba (Super-Volcano) Eruption

    02/13/2018 10:06:52 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA—The massive Toba volcanic eruption on the island of Sumatra about 74,000 years ago did not cause a six-year-long "volcanic winter" in East Africa and thereby cause the human population in the region to plummet, according to new University of Arizona-led research. The new findings disagree with the Toba catastrophe hypothesis, which says the eruption and its aftermath caused drastic, multi-year cooling and severe ecological disruption in East Africa. "This is the first research that provides direct evidence for the effects of the Toba eruption on vegetation just before and just after the eruption," said lead author Chad...
  • Yellowstone ERUPTION: Supervolcano under 'STRAIN’ - experts find magma chamber pressure

    02/13/2018 7:32:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 112 replies
    www.express.co.uk ^ | UPDATED: 14:09, Tue, Feb 13, 2018 | By Sean Martin
    YELLOWSTONE is “under strain” according to a group of seismologists who are monitoring the potentially catastrophic volcano, prompting fears an eruption is imminent. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Yellowstone ERUPTION: Supervolcano under 'STRAIN’ - experts find magma chamber pressure ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A process known as deformation, where subsurface rocks subtly change shapes, is occurring beneath the surface of Yellowstone which alerts experts. Researchers state deformation occurs when there is a change in the amount of pressure in the magma chamber and experts are keeping an eye on the development. Seismologists from UNAVCO, a nonprofit university-governed consortium, are using “Global Positioning System, borehole tiltmeters, and borehole...
  • Interstellar object Oumuamua tumbling chaotically

    02/13/2018 7:02:10 AM PST · by Voption · 49 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | February 12, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    A new analysis of the data obtained when the interstellar object Oumuamua flew through the solar system in October 2016 suggests that it is tumbling in a chaotic manner, and that the surface is spotty....Dr Fraser explains: “Our modelling of this body suggests the tumbling will last for many billions of years to hundreds of billions of years before internal stresses cause it to rotate normally again."
  • Massive Flow on Mars

    02/12/2018 10:23:27 AM PST · by Voption · 19 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | February 12, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    Cool image time! The image on the right, cropped to post here, comes from a Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image that shows a massive relatively recent and dark slope streak that emanates out from a single point on the surface.
  • Two Asteroids Make Close Flybys of Earth

    02/08/2018 9:39:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    The two asteroids are called 2018 CB and 2018 CC, and they were both discovered February 4 through an automated telescope search called the Catalina Sky Survey, according to NASA's Minor Planet Center. The Catalina telescopes belong to just one of many observatories worldwide that regularly scan the sky to track and search for space rocks, also known as asteroids. While the majority of asteroids in Earth's solar system orbit in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, asteroid flybys of Earth happen several times a year. The last known close asteroid flyby was on Sunday (Feb. 4). The flybys...
  • In Ancient Mass Graves, Archaeologists Find Child Slaves of Biblical Egypt

    02/05/2018 9:24:05 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 9, 2017 | Amanda Borschel-Dan
    Archaeologist Mary Shepperson, who previously dug with the Amarna Project, reported in The Guardian this week on the discovery of "the simple desert graves of the ordinary Egyptians who lived and worked in Akhenaten's city and never got to leave." "They paint a picture of poverty, hard work, poor diet, ill-health, frequent injury and relatively early death," ... "As we started to get the first skeletons out of the ground it was immediately clear that the burials were even simpler than at the South Tombs Cemetery, with almost no grave goods provided for the dead and only rough matting used...
  • 12,800 Years Ago, Earth Was Struck by a Disintegrating Comet, Setting Off Global Firestorms

    02/03/2018 4:13:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 71 replies
    Universe Today ^ | Feb 3, 2018 | Matt Williams
    ....[A]t this time – roughly 12,800 years ago, according to a new study from the University of Kansas – that a comet struck our planet and triggered massive wildfires. This impact also triggered a short glacial period that temporarily reversed the previous period of warming, which had a drastic affect on wildlife and human development. ... ...[T]he team combined data from ice core, forest, pollen and other geochemical and isotopic markers obtained from more than 170 different sites across the world. Based on this data, the team concluded that roughly 12,800 years ago, a global disaster was triggered when a...
  • Debunking the debunkers; recognizing Israel’s history

    01/29/2018 5:42:36 AM PST · by CondorFlight · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Jan 28, 2018 | Randolph Parrish
    Vice President Pence did something unthinkable in Jerusalem last week: he referenced the bible in support of Israel’s right to exist. “The Jewish people held fast to a promise through all the ages, written so long ago, that ‘even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens,’ from there He would gather and bring you back to the land which your fathers possessed.” Few politicians today, and probably not any in Western Europe, would express themselves in similar terms. Moderns can reverence Marx, Lenin, and Marcuse with impunity, but not Moses. But as Orwell stated,...
  • Large meteorite impacts drove plate-tectonic processes on the early Earth

    10/12/2017 1:03:40 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 15 replies
    Psys.org ^ | 9/26/17 | C. O’Neill
    An international study led by researchers at Macquarie University has uncovered the ways in which giant meteorite impacts may have helped to kick-start our planet's global tectonic processes and magnetic field. The study, being published in the premier journal Nature Geoscience, explores the effect of meteorite bombardment, in geodynamic simulations of the early Earth. Our results indicate that giant meteorite impacts in the past could have triggered events where the solid outer section of the Earth sinks into the deeper mantle at ocean trenches – a process known as subduction. This would have effectively recycled large portions of the Earth's...
  • Ethiopia could be sitting on one of world's great untapped gold deposits

    01/24/2018 9:10:50 AM PST · by Red Badger · 73 replies
    phys.org ^ | January 24, 2018 | by Liam Bullock, The Conversation
    To the west of Ethiopia near the Sudanese border lies a place called the Asosa zone. This may be the location of the oldest gold mine in the world. Dating back some 6,000 years, it provided a key source of gold to the ancient Egyptian empire, whose great wealth was famous throughout the known world. It may even have supplied the Queen of Sheba with her lavish gifts of gold when she visited King Solomon of Israel almost 3,000 years ago. The excitement in this part of the world is more about the future, however. Some local inhabitants already make...
  • Here’s Something Strange, the Afterglow From Last Year’s Kilonova is Continuing to Brighten

    01/23/2018 9:22:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 01/2202018 | Matt Williams
    X-ray observations are consistent with radiowave data reported last month by another team of scientists, who also indicated that it was continuing to brighten during the three months since the collision. During this same period, X-ray and optical observatories were unable to monitor GW170817/GRB because it was too close to the Sun at the time. However, once this period ended, Chandra was able to gather data again, which was consistent with these other observations. As John Ruan explained: “When the source emerged from that blind spot in the sky in early December, our Chandra team jumped at the chance to...
  • 1.7-Billion-Year-Old Chunk of North America Found Sticking to Australia

    01/22/2018 10:10:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    Geologists matching rocks from opposite sides of the globe have found that part of Australia was once attached to North America 1.7 billion years ago. Researchers from Curtin University in Australia examinedrocks from the Georgetown region of northern Queensland. The rocks — sandstone sedimentary rocks that formed in a shallow sea — had signatures that were unknownin Australia but strongly resembled rocks that can be seen in present-day Canada. The researchers, who described their findings online Jan. 17 in the journal Geology, concluded that the Georgetown area broke away from North America 1.7 billion years ago. Then, 100 million years...
  • Worst-case global warming scenarios not credible: study

    01/21/2018 10:48:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Earth’s surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study released Wednesday which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions. A revised calculation of how greenhouse gases drive up the planet’s temperature reduces the range of possible end-of-century outcomes by more than half, researchers said in the report, published in the journal Nature. “Our study all but rules out very low and very high climate sensitivities,” said lead author Peter Cox, a professor at the University of Exeter. How effectively the world slashes CO2 and methane emissions, improves energy efficiency,...
  • Distant Galaxies Challenge Our Understanding of Star Formation

    01/22/2018 3:50:38 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 20 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | 22 Jan, 2018 | Marie Martig
    The most massive galaxies in our neighbourhood formed their stars billions of years ago, early in the history of the universe. At the present day, they produce very few new stars. Astronomers have long believed that is because they contain very little gas – a key ingredient necessary to produce stars. But our new study, published in Nature Astronomy, is now challenging this long held view. Through probing the extreme environments of faraway massive galaxies, we can learn not only about their evolution and the history of the universe, but most importantly about the fundamental processes regulating the formation of...
  • CNN reporter: Shutdown risks asteroid strike!

    01/21/2018 5:25:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    January 21, 2018 CNN reporter: Shutdown risks asteroid strike! By Rick Moran A CNN reporter claims that because of the shutdown, NASA won't be able to track an incoming asteroid which will make its closest approach to earth on February 4th. We are all going to die because...Trump! CNN reporter Tom Foreman made the sensational claim when discussing what government services have been suspended because of the shutdown. Here's a partial transcript: FOREMAN: "Roughly 1.9 million government workers would be considered essential and stay on the job. Air traffic controllers, security officers, food inspectors, prison guards, Social Security checks would...
  • Physicists Have Created an Artificial Gamma Ray Burst in the Lab

    01/20/2018 9:28:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    [T]he study of GRBs have been complicated by two major issues. On the one hand, GRBs are very short lived, lasting for only seconds at a time. Second, all detected events have occurred in distant galaxies, some of which were billions of light-years away. Nevertheless, there are a few theories as to what could account for them, ranging from the formation of black holes and collisions between neutron stars to extra-terrestrial communications. ... With the assistance of their collaborators in the US, France, the UK and Sweden, the team from Queen’s University Belfast relied on the Gemini laser, located at...
  • Researchers Probe Origin of Superpowerful Radio Blasts from Space

    01/10/2018 4:21:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 10, 2018 01:00pm ET | Charles Q. Choi, Contributor |
    New work probes the extraterrestrial source of incredibly powerful explosions of radio waves, investigating why that spot is the only known location to repeatedly burst with these blasts.  These repeating bursts may come from a dense stellar core called a neutron star near an extraordinarily powerful magnetic field, such as one near a massive black hole, the study finds. Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are intense pulses of radio waves lasting just milliseconds that can give off more energy in a fraction of a second than the sun does in hours, days or weeks. FRBs were discovered only in 2007,...