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Atmospheric rivers wreak havoc around the globe: research

Atmospheric rivers wreak havoc around the globe: research

Massive “atmospheric rivers” are responsible for nearly 75 per cent of all extreme winds and rainfalls on the world’s coasts, and roughly 50 per cent of the extreme wind gusts recorded in the past two decades, a new research revealed.

The strange phenomenon of atmospheric rivers can be described as narrow corridors of heavily concentrated moisture suspended in Earth’s atmosphere, which contain up to 15 times more water than the amount of water flowing through the gigantic Mississippi River.

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British scientists may be allowed to conduct experiments in space

British scientists may be allowed to conduct experiments in space

The UK government is mulling a plan to allow scientists to fly into space to conduct zero gravity experiments and find cures for deadly superbugs like MRSA and Salmonella.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said in a statement that the Spaceflight Bill would enable scientists to carry out experiments in zero gravity in a bid to develop vaccines and antibiotics to fight back certain deadly superbugs.

The bill aims to allow British scientists to use commercial flights from the nation’s space ports for experiments in Earth’s orbit starting in 2020.

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Submerged land mass should be classified as 8th continent: geologists say

Submerged land mass should be classified as 8th continent: geologists say

Geologists have identified an underwater continent in the massive Pacific Ocean and they hope it will now appear on world maps as the eighth continent, the GSA Today reported.

The newly proposed continent, which has been named Zealandia, is roughly 1.74 million square miles in size and it is 94 per cent underwater. However, some of its highest points are above the ocean surface in the form of New Zealand, New Caledonia, Campbell Plateau and Lord Howe Rise.

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Hidden continent Zealandia discovered underwater

Hidden continent Zealandia discovered underwater

A new study claims that Earth has eight continents but the eighth is hidden under water in the Pacific Ocean, with only small bits, including New Zealand and New Caledonia, being above sea level.

According to geologists, the eighth continent, dubbed Zealandia, lies beneath the waves in the Pacific Ocean. Only a few specks of land, including for New Zealand, Campbell Plateau and Lord Howe Rise, are above sea surface.

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Scientists’ effort clone woolly mammoth raises ethical questions

Scientists’ effort clone woolly mammoth raises ethical questions

Using the controversial gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9, a team of Harvard scientists are trying to coax woolly mammoth-like traits out of ordinary elephant cells. However, the effort to clone a woolly mammoth has raised ethical questions.

The ethical questions range from the risk of impregnating existing elephants with an experimental hybrid embryo to the ability to bring back an extinct species.

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Winston Churchill was open to the possibility of aliens

Winston Churchill was open to the possibility of aliens

A recently discovered essay written by Winston Churchill has revealed that the late British statesman was open to the possibility of alien life on other planets.

In 1939, Churchill wrote a popular science article, in which he mused about the possibility of some kind of extra-terrestrial life on some other planets.

The eleven-page typed draft was reportedly intended for a newspaper. The essay was updated in the 1950s but it never appeared in any newspaper. In early 1980s, it was passed to a U.S. museum, where it remained until it was rediscovered last year.

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Sea ice in Antarctica shrinks to record low

Sea ice in Antarctica shrinks to record low

Antarctica sea ice has shrunk to the smallest annual extent since the U.S. National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) started keeping record in 1979, preliminary satellite data revealed on Tuesday.

Ice floating around the Antarctica continent typically melts to its lowest level for the year near February’s end, which summer in the southern hemisphere. With the start of the autumn chill, level of ice grows again.

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Bizarre squid’s mismatched eyes help it survive in deep-sea, dark habitat

Bizarre squid’s mismatched eyes help it survive in deep-sea, dark habitat

Bizarre deep-sea squid Histioteuthis heteropsis’ mismatched eyes help the marine creature survive in its cold and dark habitat, according to a new research.

Deep-sea dweller Histioteuthis heteropsis has been puzzling biologists since it was discovered more than a century ago because its bulging left eye is big and yellow, whereas its right eye is significantly smaller and clear.

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SpaceX successfully test-fires rocket engines at historic 39A pad

SpaceX successfully test-fires rocket engines at historic 39A pad

Elon Musk-led SpaceX successfully test-fired a Falcon 9 rocket’s first-stage engines at the Kennedy Space Center’s historic pad 39A on Sunday, attaining a critical milestone on the path to a planned launch of a International Space Station (ISS) resupply mission.

The Falcon 9 rocket was moved from the space firm’s processing hangar at the base of the pad 39A using a massive transporter before dawn on Friday. Then, it was erected to the vertical launch position as part of preparations for the “hot fire” test.

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New Zealand rescuers refloat 100 stranded whales; another 300 die

New Zealand rescuers refloat 100 stranded whales; another 300 die

While volunteers in New Zealand managed to save the lives of around 100 stranded pilot whales on Friday, hundreds of others died, authorities confirmed.

Andrew Lamason, who manages Golden Bay Operations of the Department of Conservation, told reporters that as many as 300 pilot whales died on Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island.

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