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Easter Island Artifacts were General Purpose Tools, Not Weapons

Easter Island Artifacts were General Purpose Tools, Not Weapons

An eye-opener study has proved ancient Easter Island theory wrong and claimed to solve what happened to the archipelago’s civilization. Evidence found by study researchers suggests that blood battles were not behind the demolition of ancient civilization.

A team of researchers from Binghamton University conducted analysis on hundreds of artifacts found on the shores of the island and found that the triangular object were actually general purpose tools. As per an ancient theory, Easter Island civilization experienced warfare over food and land that led to destruction.

Classification of earth’s rarest minerals to unveil vital information on our planet’s construction

Classification of earth’s rarest minerals to unveil vital information on our planet’s construction

Researchers have classified 2,500 minerals by their rare characteristics and depending on the limited number of places they are available on the planet. As per the research published in the journal American Mineralogist, none of the minerals in the list is found at more than five locations.

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Scientists say when moon is directly overhead, less rain falls

Scientists say when moon is directly overhead, less rain falls

The University of Washington (UW) scientists have recently found that when the moon is directly overhead, less rain falls.

Tsubasa Kohyama, UW doctoral student in atmospheric sciences, suspected that there could be a link between atmospheric waves and oscillating air pressure. To verify his suspicions, Kohyama and his atmospheric sciences professor John Wallace started studying years of data.

Study explains How Underwater Volcanoes Ended 'Snowball Earth' and Triggered Life

Study explains How Underwater Volcanoes Ended 'Snowball Earth' and Triggered Life

More than 700 million years ago, earth was in ‘Snowball Earth’ phase, during which most part of the planet was covered by ice. What ended that phase and gave rise to life? A new study has suggested that ancient erupting underwater volcanoes altered earth’s oceans and kick started animal life on the planet.

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Space Junk: Here is How Humans Polluting Space since 1957

Space Junk: Here is How Humans Polluting Space since 1957

The amount of manmade space junk orbiting earth could one day pose threat to our future space programs. Over the last about six decades, space area around earth saw dramatic increase in the population of space debris, shows a new interactive animation.

Cassini completes Close Flyby of Saturn's Active Moon Enceladus

Cassini completes Close Flyby of Saturn's Active Moon Enceladus

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has finally completed its close flyby of Saturn’s active moon Enceladus. The craft has even started to send the images and data it captured during its last close flyby.

Earl Maize, Cassini project manager at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), said that the final flyby of Enceladus gives feelings of both sadness and triumph. “While we're sad to have the close flybys behind us, we've placed the capstone on an incredible decade of investigating one of the most intriguing bodies in the solar system”, Maize added.

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Europe’s Mount Etna and Nicaragua’s Momotombo Erupted This Week

Europe’s Mount Etna and Nicaragua’s Momotombo Erupted This Week

Two major volcanic eruptions were reported this week. The first one is of Europe’s Mount Etna, the second and the most spectacular was Nicaragua’s Momotombo that erupted after being inactive for almost 110 years.

Italy’s National Institute of Public Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) said in a statement that the eruption of Mount Etna was short, but they said it was the most violent and powerful eruption of the past two decades.

Earth’s magnetic poles aren’t about to switch places: study

Earth’s magnetic poles aren’t about to switch places: study

The intensity of Earth’s magnetic field has declined a bit over the past few million years but magnetic poles are not about to switch places, according to a new study published in the most recent edition of Science World Report.

According to Science World Report, found that the polarity of the field will not change in the near future as had been previously suspected, despite notable decline in magnetic field’s intensity.

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Don’t Worry about Earth’s Magnetic Field, It won’t Flip Soon

Don’t Worry about Earth’s Magnetic Field, It won’t Flip Soon

Researchers have outlined in a new study that earth’s magnetic field will not flip its polarity any time soon. A catastrophic flip of the magnetic poles will not happen at least for 1,000 years, the study indicated.

A research in past suggested that weakness in intensity of planet’s geomagnetic field was observed. This weakness could mean that our home planet’s magnetic poles could flip in near future, as per the previous research. It also indicated that the geomagnetic field’s strength has been fading from last 200 years.

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Almost-Complete Skeleton of Young Dinosaur to Fetch Up To Half A Million Pounds

Almost-Complete Skeleton of Young Dinosaur to Fetch Up To Half A Million Pounds

Fossils of an exceptionally rare dinosaur is expected to fetch up to half a million pounds during an auction. The skeleton is almost complete and belongs to a young dinosaur and is believed to be the most complete juvenile of Allosaurus discovered so far.

The fossils of the rare juvenile Allosaurus are on display at Summer Place Auctions in Billingshurst, west Sussex, which will be sold in their Evolution Auction.

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