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Mysterious glowing atmospheric light named as ‘Steve’

Mysterious glowing atmospheric light named as ‘Steve’

A team of researchers led by University of Calgary associate professor Eric Donovan has given a newly discovered atmospheric phenomenon - a mysterious glowing light - the name ‘Steve’.

Some of you might assume that the newly discovered phenomenon Steve is named after the theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg, but the Facebook group Alberta Aurora Chasers were actually inspired by a scene in the movie Over the Hedge, in which a character gives a hedge this name in order to make it seem less fearsome.

Antarctica has extensive network of lakes and rivers: Research

Antarctica has extensive network of lakes and rivers: researchers say

The revelation of an extensive network of lakes and rivers transporting liquid meltwater across Antarctica’s ice shelves has suggested that the frozen continent is a far more dynamic place than scientists previously thought.

A fresh analysis of decades of satellite imagery and aerial images has just revealed the existence of as many as 700 systems of connected pools and streams in the region.

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Cassini heading towards final close encounter with Titan

Cassini heading toward final close encounter with Titan

The U.S. space agency NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is on the path to make its final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan this weekend in a bid to provide scientists with detailed images of its surface.

Cassini’s closest approach to the moon Titan is scheduled for 11:08 p.m. PDT on 21st of April of 2:08 a.m. EDT on 22nd of April. The spacecraft will make a pass as close as 608 miles or 979 kilometers above the potentially habitable moon’s surface at a speed of around 13,000 mph.

Fungal infection threatens European salamanders: Study

A fungal infection threatens European salamanders: experts warn

A fungal infection that hit northern European countries many years ago behaves as a “perfect storm” and may end up wiping out almost all vulnerable species, experts have warned.

The lethal fungus, dubbed B. salamandrivorans (Bsal), left almost all fire salamanders dead in an outbreak occurred in The Netherlands in the year of 2014. Wild salamanders and newts in Germany and Belgium have also suffered outbreaks since then.

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Researchers untangle the mystery of why shoelaces untie

Researchers untangle the mystery of why shoelaces come untied

A new study has attempted to resolve the mysterious phenomenon by which neatly and securely tied shoelaces untie, particularly when the wearer walk fast or run.

Researcher Oliver O'Reilly said his shoelaces had been coming untied daily for more than four decades but he never thought much about it. But, around a decade back, when his daughter Anna was learning how to tie her shoes, he decided to find out why shoelaces get untied on their own.

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Researchers build prototype device capable of pulling water from the air

Researchers build prototype device capable of pulling water from the air

A team of researchers from MIT and UC Berkeley have built a prototype solar-powered device that can pull or extract fresh water from the air.

The “personalized water” harvester is a small, solar-powered device that requires just 20 to 30 per cent humidity to work. Prof. Omar Yaghi, one of the scientists involved in the project, envisions a future where such devices would make it possible for water to be supplied off-grid.

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Scientists attempting to peer into a black hole

Scientists attempting to peer into a black hole

Massive data collected by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is being sent to two supercomputers in the United States and Germany to help scientists determine if they have captured the very first image of a black hole.

The EHT is a highly ambitious project that links telescopes around Earth to create one planet-sized telescope. It is so efficient that it can count the stitches on a baseball from an altitude of 8,000 miles.

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Climate change can lead to higher flight turbulence in future: Research

Climate change to create future flight turbulence: researchers warn

Climate change is posing a variety of unexpected consequences, and one of them is turbulence in future flights, according to a new study.

The movement of so-called jet streams in Earth’s atmosphere is being affected by warming air in addition to higher concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2). As our planet’s climate keeps on getting warmer and warmer, scientists expect instances of turbulence to drastically increase in the future.

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Octopus can ignore own DNA information: Research

Octopuses can ignore their own DNA information: researchers find

A new study has suggested that octopuses along with their squid and cuttlefish cousins are much more intelligent than marine biologists give them credit for.

Octopuses have long been known for making remarkable escapes by squeezing into really small areas or unscrewing glass jars from the inside, but the study is really astonishing as it suggest that these creatures are able to ignore their DNA information and that they can readily modify the way they use their DNA.

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Cephalopods can readily change the way they use DNA: study

Cephalopods can readily change the way they use DNA: study

Cephalopods like octopuses, cuttlefish and nautiluses can readily change the way they use their DNA, a new study by an international team of researchers revealed.

Researchers from Israel’s Tel Aviv University and Woods Hole, Massachusetts-based Marine Biological Laboratory studied cephalopods and found that their stunning abilities might originate at the molecular level. Rather than making use of their genetic code as a blueprint to create the proteins they require to survive, they use it more like guidelines.

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