Submitted by Luis Georg on Thu, 11/17/2016 - 15:51
Pluto’s iconic feature “icy heart” may have been responsible for causing the dwarf planet to tilt to its current orientation, a new study suggested.
After conducting an analysis of data about cracks and faults on the surface of Pluto, NASA scientists concluded that the 600-mile-wide area of frozen plains, dubbed Sputnik Planitia, gained so much mass over time that it caused the dwarf planet to roll over the eons.
Submitted by Diana Bretting on Thu, 11/17/2016 - 15:51
The number of children with a rare neurological syndrome called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is on the rise in Washington, a spokesperson for the state Department of Health confirmed on Tuesday.
Three new possible AFM cases have recently been reported in Tacoma, Seattle and Spokane. Earlier this month, at least eight kids in five counties across the state were diagnosed with the same rare neurological condition.
All the reported AFM cases are being investigated by experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 11/13/2016 - 15:51
A new study by a team of Berlin-based researchers has revealed that rats love to be tickled and they not only "giggle" but also have joyful jumping behavior.
When the researchers gave rats a 10-second tickle with a gloved hand, they found the rats enjoying an animal version of laughter. The rats not only enjoyed being tickled but also ran towards the gloved hand to be tickled again.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sat, 11/12/2016 - 07:57
Seabirds eat floating trash like plastic bags and wrappers, many times with deadly consequences. But why these birds find plastic debris so appetizing has long been a brainteaser for marine biologists.
Now, a new study has suggested that seabirds mistakenly eat plastic floating in the ocean because it smells like food. A team of biologists from UC Davis have discovered the chemical clue to why seabirds eat plastic.
Submitted by Diana Bretting on Fri, 11/11/2016 - 15:55
Measles continue to kill hundreds of children every day even as mass vaccination campaigns have slashed the number of deaths from the disease by 79 per cent worldwide since 2000, a U.N.-backed report revealed.
As per the report, measles vaccination campaigns saved nearly 20.3 million young lives from 2000 to 2015. But the progress has been uneven, and nearly 400 children are still dying from measles every day.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Thu, 11/10/2016 - 11:55
American space agency NASA’s next Mars rover, which is slated to be launched in 2020, will not only hunt for signs of an alien life on the Red Planet but also collect rock samples that might be brought back to Earth for analysis.
Kenneth Farley, a member of the Mars 2020 rover project at Pasadena-based California Institute of Technology, said that the motivating aspect of the upcoming mission would be astrobiology - to look for bio-signatures of life.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:51
Elephant poachers are hard at work in Africa and killings of the giant animals are continuing at an alarming pace, a new research revealed.
The sobering reality came into light after a team of researchers examined multiple seized shipments of elephant tusks and found that a big majority of those tusks came from African elephants that were killed within last three years.
Elephants are being killed just for their tusks/ivory. The sale as well as purchase of good made of ivory is illegal, but black markets exist across the globe.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Mon, 11/07/2016 - 07:46
Using a Chile-based powerful high-resolution telescope, a team of astronomers has captured a collision between two stellar galaxies that produced a dazzling star formation resembling a pair of eyelids.
Collision of two galaxies containing billions of stars is a cataclysmically violent event. The eye-shaped structure came into existence when a “tsunami” of cosmic gas and stars crashed through the disk of a spiral galaxy dubbed IC 2163 when it grazed past another galaxy called NGC 2207.