Tag Archives: Earth

2014 likely to end as the hottest year ever as Lima climate talks end

The earthlings will be heading for the hottest year on record although last month was only the seventh warmest November since 1880, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has said. The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces during November tied with 2008 as the seventh highest for the month, at 0.65 degrees Celcius above the ...

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Giant Asteroid Heading for Earth Not a Threat, Says NASA

The claim by Russian scientists that a massive asteroid attack would threaten the earth in the near future is not really a threat to Earth, said NASA in a statement. As per the recent news reports, a Russian researcher discovered a 400-metre space rock named Asteroid 2014 UR116 coming towards the Earth. However, as per reports from IANS, space.com reported ...

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Curiosity Now Finds Large Lake Bed on Mars, What it Means?

NASA’s Rover Curiosity discovery of Mars’ Mount Sharp with sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years, provides new evidence of the existence of a huge lake, once brimming with water and may be life, in the Gale Crater at Mount Sharp, said researchers. The discovery, led by a team that has Indian-American Ashwin Vasavada ...

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Impact of Small Space Rocks Wiped Out Primitive Earth’s Atmosphere

An international team of researchers has discovered that a relentless blitz of small space rocks may have bombarded Earth around the time the moon was formed, kicking up clouds of gas with enough force to permanently eject small portions of the atmosphere into space. The researchers calculated that tens of thousands of such small impacts could have efficiently jettisoned Earth’s ...

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European Satellite Used Laser Beam to Send Image to Earth

An image taken by a satellite has been sent to Earth using a new technology, laser beam, for the first time, which paved the way for instant streaming of satellite images to Earth. The image of Berlin taken by the Sentinel-1A satellite, was beamed to another satellite called Alphasat almost 36,000 km away and then beamed back to earth over ...

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NASA Develops Instrument to Investigate Atmospheric Aerosols

A new instrument called the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) is developed by NASA in order to investigate the composition of clouds and tiny airborne particles like dust, smoke and other atmospheric aerosols. The instrument is all set to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) this month that will explore new technologies that could also be used in future ...

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Warning! Nitrogen Pollution a Great Threat to Ocean

A study warns that the industrial and agricultural processes done by human beings can have significant impacts on the upper ocean nitrogen cycle. Human-induced changes to Earth’s carbon cycle – for example, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification – have been observed for decades. To dig further, David Karl, professor of oceanography at the University of Hawaii teamed up ...

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Carbon Sheds New Light on Origin of Life

New findings may lead to key to the origin of life as it revealed long unknown details about carbon, deep beneath the Earth’s surface by suggesting ways that the carbon might have influenced the history of life on the planet. “It is a very exciting possibility that deep fluids beneath the Earth’s surface might transport building blocks for life into ...

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NASA’s ‘New Horizons’ Gets Set to Wake up for Pluto Encounter

NASA’s Pluto-bound probe New Horizons spacecraft comes out of hibernation for the last time next month in preparation for a six-month encounter, including a first-ever close flyby of the mysterious dwarf planet on July 14, 2015. Next month’s wake-up call was pre-programmed into New Horizons’ on-board computer in August, commanding it come out of hibernation Dec 6. Work on the ...

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Earth to Experience Darkness for 6 Days Sourced to NASA Turns Hoax

A news item on satirical website that read “NASA Confirms Earth Will Experience 6 Days of Total Darkness in December” turned into a big hoax, though the story was going viral on social networking websites Twitter and Facebook. The story sourced to fake NASA tweet originated in website Huzlers.com, which was also known for its past hoax stories such as ...

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How Life Originated on Earth: Virtual experiment Helps Scientists to Create Life?

In a virtual computer experiment, researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have discovered information strings with peculiar properties that can reveal how the life originated on the Earth. “In our virtual molecular laboratory, information strings began to replicate quickly and efficiently as expected. We saw that the system quickly developed an equal number of short and long information strings ...

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NASA Orbiters Set for Close Encounter with Comet Near Mars

A comet called C/2013 A1 or Siding Spring will pass within about 139,500 kms of Mars Sunday, NASA said in a statement. The distance is less than one-tenth that of any known comet flyby of Earth. "This is a cosmic science gift that could potentially keep on giving, and the agency’s diverse science missions will be in full receive mode," ...

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NASA Space Telescope finds fewer near-earth asteroids than expected

New observations by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, show there are significantly fewer near-Earth asteroids in the mid-size range than previously thought. The findings also indicate NASA has found more than 90 percent of the largest near-Earth asteroids, meeting a goal agreed to with Congress in 1998. Astronomers now estimate there are roughly 19,500 — not 35,000 — ...

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NASA’s Messenger Spacecraft reveals flood volcanism similar to Earth on Mercury

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, which has orbited Mercury,  sent some new photos and information about the planet Mercury. The data shows widespread flood volcanism similar to Earth, clearer views of Mercury’s surface, the first measurements of its elemental composition, and details about charged particles near the planet. MESSENGER, or the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft, conducted 15 laps ...

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