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The Earth is spinning faster than at any time in the past 50 years

[Daily Mail] Year 2021 is set to fly by, prompting scientists to call for the addition of a ‘negative leap second’  Atomic clocks accurately record how long every day is at millisecond level Since invention in 1970s the days have been slightly longer than 24 hours  But since mid-2020 the Earth’s spin has accelerated and is now, on average, […]

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Could a Tree Help Find a Decaying Corpse Nearby?

[Wired, Getty Images] On a “body farm,” researchers are exploring whether the nutrients from human cadavers can change the look of plants, which authorities might use to locate missing persons. SINCE 1980, THE University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center has plumbed the depths of the most macabre of sciences: the decomposition of human bodies. Known colloquially as the […]

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Breakthrough in Artificial Photosynthesis Lets Scientists Store The Sun’s Energy as Fuel

[Science Alert, iStock] Plants have a seemingly effortless skill – turning sunlight into energy – and scientists have been working to artificially emulate this photosynthesis process. The ultimate benefits for renewable energy could be huge – and a new approach based on ‘photosheets’ could be the most promising attempt we’ve seen so far. New Artificial Photosynthesis Breakthrough Uses Gold […]

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Hot ocean waters along East Coast are drawing in ‘weird’ fish and supercharging hurricanes

[The Washington Post] Warm waters are a major concern with Hurricane Isaias forecast to ride up the Eastern Seaboard. Vacationing on Nantucket in early July, Terrence Boylan cast his line in to the strangely warm surf. The creature he reeled in left the veteran angler baffled. It was a skinny, 4-foot-long fish with a needlelike […]

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Magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattles Southern California – and its rich and famous

[USA TODAY] Every year, there are about 500,000 earthquakes – 100,000 of which can be felt on the Earth’s surface. But how do earthquakes work? We explain. At least two small temblors rocked an area near Los Angeles early Thursday, shaking residents out of their sleep but drawing no initial reports of damage or injury. A preliminary […]

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There Are At Least 36 Intelligent Alien Civilizations In Our Galaxy, Say Scientists

[Forbes] It’s the oldest and the greatest cosmic question of all: is there anybody out there? For years all we’ve had is the Drake Equation to help us understand the question, but no indication of an answer. Now a group of scientists at the University of Nottingham think they’ve come up with a new “cosmic evolution”-based calculation […]

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Scientists detect unexpected widespread structures near Earth’s core

[Phys.org] University of Maryland geophysicists analyzed thousands of recordings of seismic waves, sound waves traveling through the Earth, to identify echoes from the boundary between Earth’s molten core and the solid mantle layer above it. The echoes revealed more widespread, heterogenous structures—areas of unusually dense, hot rock—at the core-mantle boundary than previously known. Scientists are […]

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Trump Given False Credit For Bush- And Obama-Era Space Program

[Forbes, Getty Images] Today the Space X Dragon “Endeavour” launched. It was the first time since 2011 that the U.S. had launched humans into space. The Commercial Crew Development Program was started during the George W. Bush administration, and was expanded through the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, approved by Congress and signed by President Obama. Jim Bridenstine, the Administrator of NASA, […]

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The Mysterious Anomaly Weakening Earth’s Magnetic Field Seems to Be Splitting

[ScienceAlert] New satellite data from the European Space Agency (ESA) reveal that the mysterious anomaly weakening Earth’s magnetic field continues to evolve, with the most recent observations showing we could soon be dealing with more than one of these strange phenomena. The South Atlantic Anomaly is a vast expanse of reduced magnetic intensity in Earth’s magnetic field, extending all […]

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