Earth & Space

Confronting Deforestation: A World Hanging in the Balance [article and video]

Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
Confronting Deforestation: A World Hanging in the Balance [article and video]

(WakingTimes) Deforestation is one of the greatest threats to our planet today. As certain industries and communities have grown, they have cut down acres upon acres of forests that provide life-giving oxygen, absorb and hold carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, and house countless animal and plant species. Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest over the last […]

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Speculates on Finding Life on Europa [video]

Posted by on October 1, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Neil deGrasse Tyson Speculates on Finding Life on Europa [video]

  How easy would it be to drill through the icy surface of Europa to the ancient oceans below, and could we find life there? Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, host of StarTalk Radio and director of the Hayden Planetarium, answers this Cosmic Query from a fan in this Behind the Scenes video. With comic co-host […]

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Confirmed: Mars Was Once Covered In Hip-Deep Flowing Water

Posted by on September 30, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
Confirmed: Mars Was Once Covered In Hip-Deep Flowing Water

Jennifer Welsh (Business Insider) The Curiosity rover’s science team has come to a consensus: There was once a large amount of flowing water in Gale Crater. They can’t say when, or for how long, but based on the types, shapes and sizes of rocks they’ve been seeing, they can say, finally, there was flowing water […]

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$100 Billion Dollar International Space Station Saved By A $3 Toothbrush [video]

Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Earth & Space, Technology with 0 Comments
$100 Billion Dollar International Space Station Saved By A $3 Toothbrush [video]

A $3 dollar toothbrush was used to save something worth over a $100 billion dollars  – the International Space Station. Last week the ISS had an issue with a main bus switching unit and the astronauts used a toothbrush to help fix the problem. RT’s Meghan Lopez has the details.

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New Blockbuster Paper Finds Man-made CO2 Is NOT The Driver Of Global Warming!

Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Earth & Space, Nature with 0 Comments
New Blockbuster Paper Finds Man-made CO2 Is NOT The Driver Of Global Warming!

Global warming due to CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions is a HOAX. A new blockbuster paper finds man-made CO2 is NOT the driver of global warming. The paper finds the “overall global temperature change sequence of events appears to be from: (1) the ocean surface to (2) the land surface to (3) the lower troposphere – “in other words, the opposite of claims by global warming alarmists that CO2 in the atmosphere drives land and ocean temperatures.

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Watch Out For A Blue Moon On August 31, 2012 [video]

Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
Watch Out For A Blue Moon On August 31, 2012 [video]

When somebody says “once in a blue moon” you know what they mean: rare, seldom, even absurd.  According to modern folklore, whenever there are two full moons in a calendar month, the second one is blue.  There was a full moon on August 1, and a second full moon is coming on August 31. Will […]

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The Universe Is Smooth, Not A Fractal At Large Scales, Say Astronomers

Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
The Universe Is Smooth, Not A Fractal At Large Scales, Say Astronomers

A new paper confirms a conventional picture of the universe, one that is smooth and homogeneous at very large scales, losing its fractal structure when we zoom out far enough. The finding means that astronomers are justified in measuring average quantities over large spatial volumes — there’s no hidden lumpiness messing up the math. This is good news, since a fractal structure at large scales would mean that “Einstein’s equations are being wrongly applied, and our understanding of things like dark energy could be deeply flawed,” says the paper’s lead author, Morag Scrimgeour

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Humanity Responds to ‘Alien’ Wow Signal 35 Years Later, Beams Stephen Colbert Into Space

Posted by on August 19, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Humanity Responds to ‘Alien’ Wow Signal 35 Years Later, Beams Stephen Colbert Into Space

By SPACE.com Staff     (SPACE.com) Just in case any aliens out there in the universe are listening, more than 10,000 Twitter messages, plus videos from celebrities such as comedian Stephen Colbert, have been beamed into space as a big “Hello!” from Earth. The messages are intended as a response to what’s called the Wow! signal, an […]

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How Healthy Are Earth’s Oceans?

Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
How Healthy Are Earth’s Oceans?

(LiveScience) “The global score of 60 is a strong message that we are not managing our use of the oceans in an optimal way,” study researcher Bud Ris, president and CEO of the New England Aquarium said in a statement. “There is a lot of opportunity for improvement, and we hope the Index will make that point abundantly clear.”

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Gamma Rays from Galactic Center Could be Evidence of Dark Matter

Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 1 Comment
Gamma Rays from Galactic Center Could be Evidence of Dark Matter

(Eurekalert) Gamma-ray photons seen emanating from the center of the Milky Way galaxy are consistent with the intriguing possibility that dark-matter particles are annihilating each other in space, according to research submitted by UC Irvine astrophysicists to the American Physical Society journal Physical Review D.

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How To View the Perseid Meteor Shower (Best of 2012) On Aug 11-13 [video]

Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
How To View the Perseid Meteor Shower (Best of 2012) On Aug 11-13 [video]

On the nights of August 11-13, the best meteor shower of the year, the Perseid meteor shower, will fill predawn skies with hundreds of shooting stars. That’s just for starters. This year’s display is extra special because the brightest planets in the solar system are lining up right in the middle of the display. Here’s how you can view the celestial show…

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Stunning Map Reveals World’s Earthquakes Since 1898

Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Stunning Map Reveals World’s Earthquakes Since 1898

If you’ve ever wondered where — and why — earthquakes happen the most, look no further than a new map, which plots more than a century’s worth of nearly every recorded earthquake strong enough to at least rattle the bookshelves. The map shows earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater since 1898; each is marked in a lightning-bug hue that glows brighter with increasing magnitude. The overall effect is both beautiful and arresting, revealing the silhouettes of Earth’s tectonic boundaries in stark, luminous swarms of color.

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First Images from Curiosity Rover on Mars

Posted by on August 6, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
First Images from Curiosity Rover on Mars

(Wired) These are the first images taken by NASA’s rover Curiosity after landing in Gale Crater on Mars, shot with the rover’s Hazcam cameras. The image on the left shows one of the rover’s wheels. When it first showed up on the screen in JPL’s mission control, someone could be heard shouting “It’s the wheel, it’s the wheel!” The image on the right shows rocks, dust, and the rover’s shadow on the surface of Mars.

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Astrophysicist Aleksey Filippenko: ‘Scientists Understand Only 4% Of the Universe’ [video]

Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Astrophysicist Aleksey Filippenko: ‘Scientists Understand Only 4% Of the Universe’ [video]

Despite all the scientific breakthroughs and Nobel Prizes for discoveries, scientists seem to be no nearer to a possible answer to the big question – why did the universe appear? ­RT sat down to talk to Aleksey Filippenko, an American astrophysicist and professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, CA. Filippenko was the […]

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Widespread Effects on Food Prices Due to Severe U.S. Drought

Widespread Effects on Food Prices Due to Severe U.S. Drought

(By Katie Spoden | Nourishing the Planet) On Tuesday, the New York Times published an article describing the far-reaching consequences of the severe drought on food prices in the United States. The article summarizes the economic consequences of the drought due to the largely damaged corn and soybean crop in the Midwest. The U.S. Drought Monitor recently declared […]

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