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Periodic comet to streak through night sky on Dec. 31

Periodic comet to streak through night sky on Dec. 31

A periodic comet will be streaking through the night sky as Earthlings will be bidding farewell to 2016 and saying hello to the New Year, American space agency NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said.

The 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is set to appear near the Moon on Dec. 31, as people will be welcoming 2017. However, it will be difficult to see this comet with naked eyes as it is not a particularly bright comet.

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Wisconsin DNR says climate change ‘debatable’

Wisconsin DNR says climate change ‘debatable’

Earth’s climate has changed throughout the centuries and the reason for the changing climate is a matter of debate, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ altered text from an agency webpage on the Great Lakes.

Wisconsin DNR made the controversial changes to the text on December 21st, striking out previous sentences that had attributed global warming and the resultant climate change to human activities and increasing levels of CO2.

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Scientists to add ‘leap second’ to universal clock on Dec. 31

Scientists to add ‘leap second’ to universal clock on Dec. 31

The year 2016 will last a little longer as scientists are going to add an additional “leap second” to the universal clock as an adjustment to keep time in sync with Earth’s rotation relative to the Sun.

Earth is quite massive, but it still “brakes” due to ocean tides. The braking action of ocean tides decelerates the planet. Scientists have estimated that Earth decelerates 2 milliseconds per day per century, which results in slowing of our planet’s rotation as compared with atomic clocks.

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Researchers create nanometer-scale wires using diamondoids

Researchers create nanometer-scale wires using diamondoids

A team of researchers from Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory claimed to have created the thinnest possible electrical wires using the smallest possible bits of diamond called diamondoids.

The nanometer-scale wires created using diamondoids are merely three atoms wide, and the researchers are confident that such wires can be used for a wide range of applications, including fabrics that generate electricity and superconducting materials capable of conducting electricity without any loss.

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Christmas Bird Count continues

Christmas Bird Count continues

Thousands of volunteer birders are watching, identifying and recording birds as part of Christmas Bird Count that started on Dec. 14th and will run through Jan. 5th across North America.

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China successfully tests EmDrive technology

China successfully tests EmDrive technologys

China has successfully tested the potentially revolutionary spacecraft technology EMDrive in its labs, Dr. Chen Yue, the Director of Commercial Satellite Technology for the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), announced.

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Weird dinosaur species had teeth only in childhood: paleontologists discover

Weird dinosaur species had teeth only in childhood: paleontologists discover

A team of paleontologists claimed to have found a new dinosaur species that had pointy teeth in their childhood but had no teeth as adults.

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One of Earth’s most dangerous supervolcanoes ready to erupt again

One of Earth’s most dangerous supervolcanoes ready to erupt again

A massive supervolcano in Italy is approaching the critical degassing pressure (CGP) stage and it may erupt anytime in the near future, scientists reported in the journal Nature Communications.

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Greater Mekong reaffirms its designation as biological treasure trove

Greater Mekong reaffirms its designation as biological treasure trove

The Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia, which encompasses Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, reaffirmed its designation as a biological treasure trove last year, when biologists discovered 163 new species in the region.

With an intention to draw attention to the new species as well as potential threats of development and illegal wildlife trading, the World Wide Fund (WWF) reported the new species in its latest report.

Ultra-rare “Ghost Shark” caught on camera for the first time

Ultra-rare “Ghost Shark” caught on camera for the first time

Marine wildlife researchers recently released video of an ultra-rare and freaky species of shark that had not previously been captured on camera.

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