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NASA’s Planetary Science Division submits report on Europa lander concept

NASA’s Planetary Science Division submits report on Europa lander concept

NASA’s Planetary Science Division has finally submitted its report on the potential science value of landing a space probe on the surface of Europa – Jupiter’s icy, ocean-filled moon.

The U.S. space agency convened a 21-member team of scientists for assessing the science value and engineering design of a Europa lander mission in the future. The Science Definition Team (SDT) deliberated to describe a feasible and worthy set of science objectives as well as measurements for the Europa lander mission concept, and submitted its report on 7th of February.

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Scientists discover ancient undersea landslide in Australia

Scientists discover ancient undersea landslide in Australia

An international team of scientists have discovered evidence of a massive ancient undersea landslide close to Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

The Gloria Knolls Slide, which could also have triggered a tsunami, occurred nearly 300,000 years ago. It was 32 cubic kilometers in volume, or nearly thirty times the size of Uluru, a rock landmark in central part of Australia.

The researchers discovered the ancient landslide while conducting 3-dimentional mapping of the Queensland Trough’s ancient reefs. The Queensland Trough is a big basin adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.

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London exhibition charts 500 years of evolution of robots

London exhibition charts 500 years of evolution of robots

A soon-to-be opened exhibition in London will chart five hundred years of evolution of robots and organizers believe that that it will force people to think about how robots and autonomous technologies can enhance their lives.

Ben Russell, who charted the evolution of robots for the exhibit titled “Robots,” said robotic machines have been with humans for centuries as they can help a lot in making lives better.

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New study further complicates mystery of water on Mars

New study further complicates mystery of water on Mars

Further complicating the mystery of water on Mars, a new study by NASA scientists revealed that early atmosphere of the Red Planet likely didn’t contain sufficient carbon dioxide (CO2) to keep the planet warm enough for liquid water to last.

Mars is now cold and dry, but scientists have plenty of evidence suggesting that its surface was once covered with oceans, rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. Space probes captured some dark, narrow lines on the surface of Mars that indicated that liquid water could once be running down some of its slopes.

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Microbial life may be prevalent on Mars: study

Microbial life may be prevalent on Mars: study

Scientists have long been struggling to determine whether or not Mars ever supported any kind of life. Now, a new study has indicated that life on the Red Planet might not only be present but also be prevalent.

The new study, conducted by Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute astrobiologist Janice Bishop, suggested that alien life in the form of living organisms could very present as close to Mars probes as the nearest rock.

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Scientists plan to march against Trump’s anti-science views

Scientists plan to march against Trump’s anti-science views

Thousands of scientists will take to the streets on April 22nd to rally against the Trump administration’s alleged moves to suppress evidence-based research on climate change.

A Washington-based nonprofit, dubbed the Earth Day Network, has confirmed that they were organizing a rally against Trump’s history of anti-science. The rally will take place in the national capital on 22nd of April, which is celebrated every year as Earth Day.

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Scientists to mark Earth Day with a protest march in Washington

Scientists to mark Earth Day with a protest march in Washington

American scientists will mark the Earth Day on 22nd of April by staging a march in Washington in protest to U.S. President Donald Trump’s stance on global warming and the resultant climate change.

President Trump has long been a vocal skeptic of manmade global warming and climate change. He as well as many members of his administration has repeatedly indicated that they don’t believe in the idea that Earth’s increasing temperatures are due to human activities. The new administration is also trying to do away with science that found evidence of climate change.

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Lava stream from Hawaii’s Big Island continues to splash into ocean

Lava stream from Hawaii’s Big Island continues to splash into ocean

A stream of molten lava continued to explosively shoot out of a volcano and splash into the Pacific Ocean below on Hawaii’s Big Island on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

In a newly-released statement, the USGS said a “firehose” of molten lava continued to splash into the Pacific Ocean below the cliff and explode upon impact. The federal agency also explained that a firehose is caused when a stream of lava converges into a single huge spout.

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New citizen science project launched to prevent archaeological looting

New citizen science project launched to prevent archaeological looting

A newly launched citizen science project allows anyone to remotely analyze images of ancient archaeological sites captured from space, and discover their hidden secrets as well as protect them from looting and damage.

The new platform, dubbed GlobalXplorer, provides users with satellite pictures of Earth’s surface. Sarah Parcak, a space archaeologist from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said his project would enable anyone with Internet connection to analyze and keep an eye on archeological sites.

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NASA telescope identifies farthest gamma-ray blazars

NASA telescope identifies farthest gamma-ray blazars

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has announced that one of its most powerful space telescopes has spotted the farthest gamma-ray blazars, a sort of galaxy whose intense emissions are powered by monster black holes.

The monster black holes spurting jets of gamma-ray radiation towards earth have been spotted farther away than ever before. Light from the distant object started travelling to us when the universe was just 1.4 billion years old, nearly 10 per cent of its current age.

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