Pluto system officially gets mythological names

Pluto system officially gets mythological names

Dwarf planet Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld, who is known as Hades in Greek mythology and is in charge of judging the dead, sounding like hell.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU), which oversees the naming of all celestial bodies, has now made the dwarf planet’s spooky status official by approving underworld, mythology and scientist-themed names for Pluto System.

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Researchers identify new species of ancient marine worm

Researchers identify new species of ancient marine worm

A fresh analysis of specimens stored at the Royal Ontario Museum for more than 20 years helped researchers identify a new species of ancient marine worm, according to a new study.

The specimens were collected by Canadian scientist Derek Armstrong from a remote corner of northern Ontario in 1994. These specimens were part of 400-million-year-old rocks, in which a team of researchers from the Royal Ontario Museum, University of Bristol, and Lund University of Sweden discovered jaws from the Polychaeta.

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California may be due for another catastrophic episode soon: researchers warn

California may be due for another catastrophic episode soon: researchers warn

California has suffered dozens of massive, disastrous floods in its recorded history. In a 2013 article, climate scientists Lynn Ingram and Michael Dettinger wrote that a massive flood have swept through the Golden State nearly every 200 years in the past 2,000 years.

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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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