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UN: Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate

Friday, 23 March 2018

Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate, according to four new United Nations scientific reports that provide the most comprehensive and localized look at the state of biodiversity. Scientists meeting in Colombia issued four regional reports Friday on how well animal and plants are doing in the Americas; Europe and Central Asia; Africa; and the Asia-Pacific area. Their conclusion after three years of study : Nowhere is doing well. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy ...

1.5 million penguins discovered on remote Antarctic islands

Friday, 2 March 2018

A thriving hotspot of some 1.5 million Adelie penguins has been discovered on the remote Danger Islands in the east Antarctic, surprised scientists announced Friday. Just 160 kilometres (100 miles) away in the west Antarctic, the same species is in decline due to sea ice melt blamed on global warming, they said. The first complete census revealed that the Danger Islands host more than 750,000 breeding pairs of Adelie penguins, more than the rest of the Antarctic Peninsula region combined, the ...

Saudi scientists transform earth’s infrared energy into electricity

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Scientists of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia have been able to transform the infrared energy emitted from the earth, which is heated by the sun, into electricity, according to the university's website. Scientists used a mechanical tunnel methodology to extract electricity from the infrared radiation. Most of the sunlight that reaches the earth is absorbed by the seas, oceans and the atmosphere. As a result, earth receives a large amount of infrared ...

Study: Quarter of Earth’s land will become significantly drier

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

More than a quarter of Earth’s land surface will become “significantly” drier even if humanity manages to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius, the goal espoused in the Paris Agreement, scientists said on Monday. But if we contain average warming to 1.5 C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), this will be limited to about a tenth -- sparing two-thirds of the land projected to parch under 2 C, they concluded in a study published in Nature Climate Change. At 1.5 C, parts of southern ...

Record-breaking NASA astronaut coming back to Earth

Sunday, 3 September 2017

A record-shattering NASA astronaut is set to return to Earth on Saturday, finishing a 288-day mission that put her over the top as the American who has spent the most cumulative amount of time in space.Peggy Whitson, 57, is also the oldest female astronaut in the history of space exploration, was the first female International Space Station commander, and holds the record for number of spacewalks by a woman.The biochemist is completing a mission at the International Space Station that began in ...

Asteroid to shave past earth inside moon orbit

Thursday, 10 August 2017

An asteroid the size of a house will shave past Earth at a distance of some 44,000 kilometers (27,300 miles) in October, inside the Moon’s orbit, astronomers said Thursday. The space rock will zoom by at an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the Moon -- far enough to just miss our geostationary satellites orbiting at about 36,000 kilometers, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). “It will not hit the Earth,” said Detlef Koschny of ESA’s “Near Earth ...

‘Are we alone?’ NASA finds 10 Earth-like planets boosting the chances for life

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Astronomers on Monday added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond the solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting the chances for life.Scientists found the planet candidates in a final batch of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope observations of 200,000 sample stars in the constellation Cygnus.The candidates include 10 newly discovered rocky worlds that are properly distanced from their parent stars for water, if it exists, to pool on their ...

Massive asteroid nicknamed ‘The Rock’ to make closest pass to Earth in 400 years

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

An asteroid more than a quarter mile (400 meters) wide will pass close to Earth on Wednesday, zooming by at a distance of just over a million miles (1.8 million km), but with no chance of impact, according to Nasa scientists. Smaller asteroids routinely make closer passes to Earth, but 2014 J025, discovered in May 2014, will be the largest asteroid to come this close to the planet since 2004, flying by at only about 4.6 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon, 1.1 million miles (1.8 ...

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19

Friday, 14 April 2017

An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers.“Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this size,” NASA said in a statement.Dubbed 2014-JO25 and roughly 650 meters (2,000 feet) across, the asteroid will come within 1.8 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) of Earth, less than five times the ...

Multinational crew leave space station and head back to Earth

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The trio made a parachute landing in Kazakhstan, wrapping up a four-month mission that included the first use of a DNA sequences in space

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