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  • Earth is spinning faster than it used to. Clocks might have to skip a second to keep up.

    04/16/2024 6:26:08 AM PDT · by MNDude · 111 replies
    Earth's changing spin is threatening to toy with our sense of time, clocks and computerized society in an unprecedented way — but only for a second. For the first time in history, world timekeepers may have to consider subtracting a second from our clocks in a few years because the planet is rotating a tad faster than it used to. Clocks may have to skip a second — called a "negative leap second" — around 2029, a study in the journal Nature said Wednesday.
  • Uranus is gassier than we thought! Planet is not completely packed with ice, scientists find

    04/12/2024 2:16:26 PM PDT · by algore · 37 replies
    Scientists have found methane deep within Uranus - revealing the blue planet is gassier than previously thought. Early experiments of Uranus found the planet is primarily made up of Helium and hydrogen with a touch of methane, but a new study said it considerably outstrips previous expectations. What's odd about the methane though, is it isn't in gas-form but is frozen or 'mushy,' - like a 7-eleven Slurpee - and is lodged in Uranus's core. Researchers at the Israel Institute of Technology and University of California Santa Cruz revealed that despite findings that said Uranus is made up entirely of...
  • Rare volcanic vortex rings puff out of Mount Etna

    04/07/2024 2:43:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    STORY: Volcanic vortex rings are natural, near-perfect circles of gas emitted from a volcano under specific conditions and scientists say Mount Etna emits more than any other volcano on earth. It is a relatively rare phenomenon caused by a constant release of vapours and gases. The gaseous mass ascends rapidly through the central part of the conduit, promoting the formation of rings by wrapping the gas upon itself in a vortex motion. Giuseppe Barbagallo, of the South Etna Alpine Guides Group, said the last time this happened at the Etna volcano was last December. The rings have led locals to...
  • Let's Talk About All the Ways People Didn't Die in That Massive Taiwan Earthquake

    04/04/2024 10:03:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/04/2024 | Stephen Green
    It was a terrible quake that struck near Hualien City, Taiwan, just as the workday was beginning on Wednesday. Details aren't yet complete but, so far, nine people have been reported killed, over a thousand more injured, and 152 trapped in damaged buildings, quarries, and other places. At 7.4 on Richter Scale, the Hualien shifter was three times more powerful and released 5.6 times more energy than the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that dropped part of San Francisco's elevated Embarcadaro freeway, killed 63 people, and injured 3,757 more. “It was pretty scary,” a visiting American told NBC News. “In all...
  • In First, Israeli Scientists Capture, Study a Supernova as It Explodes

    04/02/2024 9:33:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Israel21c ^ | March 31 | Naama Barak
    Days before one of the researchers’ wedding, a star explodes in a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.A team of Israeli scientists managed to capture and study a once-in-a-lifetime supernova using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, helping mankind better understand this magnificent event. Supernovas, or exploding stars, are phenomenons that occur in our galaxy about once every century, with the last observable explosion taking place hundreds of years ago. Supernovas can’t be predicted, and instead astrophysicists study their aftermath in a way reminiscent of space archaeology. But the researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science learned about the supernova as it was taking place on...
  • Interactions Between Orbits of Mars and Earth Drive Climate Change Patterns

    03/26/2024 4:12:09 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 32 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 25 Mar, 2024 | Leslie Eastman
    Mars-caused changes in Earth’s orbit impacts ocean currents and temperatures every 2.4 million years and is known as an “astronomical grand cycle.” Anyone with an inkling of knowledge of geologic history appreciates Earth’s climate is constantly changing. This change has many reasons, including solar cycles, volcanic activity, and asteroids. New research shows another potentially significant player in Earth’s climate change cycles: Mars, our neighboring planet. Geological evidence tracing back more than 65 million years and taken from hundreds of sites across the world suggests that deep-sea currents have repeatedly gone through periods of being either stronger or weaker. This happens...
  • NASA Says T Coronae Borealis Nova Set to Create a "New Star" in a Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

    03/20/2024 12:06:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    The Debrief ^ | MARCH 20, 2024 | TIM MCMILLAN
    In the coming months, the world is set to witness an extraordinary celestial event as a massive explosion in the T Coronae Borealis star system is poised to create a “new star” in the night sky. This rare astronomical event, expected to occur between now and September 2024, is not the birth of a star but rather an extraordinary nova outburst from T Coronae Borealis (T CrB), situated 3,000 light-years away in the constellation of Corona Borealis. NASA described the anticipated nova outburst as a “once-in-a-lifetime viewing opportunity” as T Coronae Borealis is predicted to become as bright as the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Portrait of NGC 1055

    03/15/2024 12:14:16 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 12 replies
    NASA ^ | 15 Mar, 2024 | Image Credit & Copyright: Dave Doctor
    Explanation: Big, beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 1055 is a dominant member of a small galaxy group a mere 60 million light-years away toward the aquatically intimidating constellation Cetus. Seen edge-on, the island universe spans over 100,000 light-years, a little larger than our own Milky Way galaxy. The colorful, spiky stars decorating this cosmic portrait of NGC 1055 are in the foreground, well within the Milky Way. But the telltale pinkish star forming regions are scattered through winding dust lanes along the distant galaxy's thin disk. With a smattering of even more distant background galaxies, the deep image also reveals a...
  • Up to 200 earthquakes PER HOUR are detected off the coast of Washington - signaling an underwater volcano eruption

    03/13/2024 5:59:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/13/24 | Peter Hess
    Scientists have detected a 'great swarm' of earthquakes off the coast of Washington clocking as many as 200 in a single hour during one day. Geologists at the University of Washington said the quakes could lead to the Juan de Ruca Ridge erupting within a few weeks or years - but the effects are believed to be mild and not likely impact anyone on land. The underwater volcano sits more than 16,000 feet below the Pacific Ocean and about 150 miles off the coast of Washington. With more than a thousand tiny quakes detected in one day, this is the...
  • A 3,300-year-old tablet found at Büklükale from Hittite Empire describes catastrophic invasion of four cities

    03/13/2024 3:47:20 PM PDT · by Cronos · 37 replies
    Arkeonews ^ | 11 March 2024
    Archaeologists have unearthed a 3,300-year-old clay tablet depicting a catastrophic foreign invasion of the Hittite Empire in Büklükale, about 100 km from Turkey’s capital Ankara. A translation of the tablet’s cuneiform text indicates that the invasion occurred during a Hittite civil war, presumably in an attempt to support one of the fighting factions. Previously, only broken clay tablets had been found in the excavations at Büklükale, but this one is in almost perfect condition. Based on the typology and distribution of the collected pottery shards, Büklükale is thought to be a single-period city belonging to the Hittite Empire Period and...
  • Zero chance of potential city-killer asteroid 'Apophis' smashing into Earth in 2029, new study confirms

    03/08/2024 9:43:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Live Science ^ | published 1 day ago | Harry Baker
    Computer simulations reveal that the close flyby of Apophis, the "God of Chaos" asteroid, in 2029 still poses no risk to Earth, even when a worrying, previously unrecognized factor is taken into account. There is almost zero chance that the infamous city-killer asteroid "Apophis" will hit Earth when it zips closely past our planet in 2029 — even when a previously unconsidered factor is taken into account, a new study shows. Apophis is a peanut-shaped space rock spanning around 1,100 feet (340 meters) across that was left behind by the formation of the solar system around 4.6 billion years ago....
  • How the world will end: Terrifying graphic reveals the gruesome fate of every planet when the Sun dies

    03/02/2024 5:08:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/02/24 | Wiliam Hunter
    From the AI apocalypse to a full-blown nuclear war, it seems that there is an almost endless list of things that might cause the end of the world. But, if those terrifying fates gest us, there is one doomsday event that Earth can't avoid. A terrifying graphic reveals how the Sun will grow into a vast 'red giant' star, becoming so large that it will be the end of the solar system as we know it. Although this might seem utterly petrifying, you don't need to start worrying just yet. Dr Edward Bloomer, senior astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich, said:...
  • Startup sparks fury for shipping 100,000-year-old Arctic ice to chill cocktails in Dubai

    03/01/2024 2:51:18 PM PST · by billorites · 72 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 1, 2024 | Snejana Farberov
    Greenland start-up is being accused of doing titanic damage to the environment by shipping ice from glaciers over 100,000 years old to be used in cocktails served at high-priced bars in Dubai. Arctic Ice, which started this year, touts its product as the “oldest and purest” ice in the world as it is harvested from icebergs in Greenland — a distance of more than 4,730 miles from the Middle Eastern megalopolis. Though the makers say they hope to highlight global warming’s effects on ice sheets with the their business model — and even stop sea levels from rising — the...
  • New Research Sheds Light on Moon’s Mysterious Seismic Activity

    02/27/2024 4:20:19 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    The Moon’s contraction causes fault scarps and moonquakes in the south pole, posing risks for lunar outposts. Findings from a recently published paper led by Smithsonian senior scientist emeritus Thomas R. Watters reveal evidence that the south polar region of Earth’s moon has experienced the effects of the shrinking moon. Global contraction of the moon has caused young lobate thrust fault scarps near and within some regions NASA has proposed for the crewed Artemis III moon landing. The paper, “Tectonics and Seismicity of the Lunar South Polar Region,” published recently in the Planetary Science Journal, associates one of the most...
  • The ‘Doomsday Glacier’ is rapidly melting. Scientists now have evidence for when it started and why

    02/27/2024 9:21:39 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 52 replies
    Channel 3000 News/CNN ^ | February 27, 2024 | CNN Staff
    Scientists have looked back in time to reconstruct the past life of Antarctica’s “Doomsday Glacier” — nicknamed because its collapse could cause catastrophic sea level rise. They have discovered it started retreating rapidly in the 1940s, according to a new study that provides an alarming insight into future melting. The Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is the world’s widest and roughly the size of Florida. Scientists knew it had been losing ice at an accelerating rate since the 1970s, but because satellite data only goes back a few decades, they didn’t know exactly when significant melting began. Now there is...
  • Yale University To Reinstate Standardized Test Requirement For Admissions

    02/22/2024 5:39:28 AM PST · by JSM_Liberty · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb 22, 2024,08:04am EST | Michael T. Nietzel
    Yale University will once again require standardized testing for students applying for admission in the fall of 2025. The decision, announced today, ends the test-optional undergraduate admissions process that had been in place at Yale since the pandemic. According to the announcement, the past four years of test-optional admissions had given Yale what it described as “an invaluable opportunity to think deeply about testing policy and to generate new data and analyses. With testing availability now fully restored for prospective applicants around the world, we have reevaluated our policy with the benefit of fresh insights.” Yale is describing its new...
  • Water molecules detected on the surface of asteroids for the first time

    02/19/2024 9:00:00 PM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    Accuweather - Space ^ | Feb 19, 2024 8:15 AM CST | By Ashley Strickland
    Astronomers have detected water molecules on the surface of asteroids for the first time, a surprising find given that the space rocks were thought to be “completely dry.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Water molecules have been detected on the surface of asteroids for the first time, proving that these remnants from the formation of our solar system aren’t just dried-up space rocks. Astronomers believe that the impact of asteroids crashing into our planet may have helped deliver water and other elements to early Earth, so finding evidence of water on asteroids could support that theory, according to a new study. The data was...
  • Can astronomers use radar to spot a cataclysmic asteroid?

    02/18/2024 5:07:40 PM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Space Daily ^ | Feb 18, 2024 | by Clarence Oxford
    NEO 2003 SD220 on screen. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How can humans protect the Earth from "devastating asteroid and comet impacts?" According to the National Academies and their 2023-2032 Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey, ground based astronomical radar systems will have a "unique role" to play in planetary defense. There is currently only one system in the world concentrating on these efforts, NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar, part of the Deep Space Network (DSN). However, a new instrument concept from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) called the next generation RADAR (ngRADAR) system will use the National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope...
  • Surprising Changes in Neptune’s Temperatures Detected by Astronomers

    02/17/2024 5:03:03 PM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    Scitech Daily ^ | APRIL 19, 2022 | By EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY (ESO)
    Over a 17-year period, an international team of astronomers monitored Neptune’s atmospheric temperatures. They discovered that Neptune’s global temperatures dropped unexpectedly, followed by a dramatic warming at its south pole. Credit: ESO/M. Roman ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Using ground-based telescopes, including the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT), an international team of astronomers track Neptune’s atmospheric temperatures over a 17-year period. They found a surprising drop in Neptune’s global temperatures followed by a dramatic warming at its south pole. “This change was unexpected,” says Michael Roman, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Leicester, UK, and lead author of the...
  • Massive Stone Wall Built More Than 10,000 Years Ago Found Hidden Beneath the Baltic Sea

    02/13/2024 1:51:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 65 replies
    The Debrief ^ | February 13, 2024 | Christopher Plain
    Researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Warnemünde report the discovery of an ancient, 10,000-year-old massive stone wall that has remained submerged beneath the Baltic Sea for millennia.At nearly a kilometer in length, the Stone Age megastructure hidden beneath the waters of the Bay of Mecklenburg in Germany is not only one of the oldest man-made hunting structures in Europe but likely one of the oldest pieces of construction in the entire world."It was likely constructed by hunter–gatherer groups more than 10000 y ago and ultimately drowned during the Littorina transgression at 8500 y B.P.," the researchers...