Ancient explosion of ocean life wasn’t triggered by space rock bombardment: study

Ancient explosion of ocean life wasn’t triggered by space rock bombardment: study

Explosion of ocean life nearly 471 million years ago, known as the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE), wasn’t triggered by a meteorite bombardment of Earth, an international team of researchers found in a new study.

Challenging the widely-accepted theory, the new study by researchers from Sweden and Denmark suggested that the ancient ocean creature expansion started roughly 2 million years before the space rock bombardment.

Debris created by prehistoric space collision still falling on Earth

Debris created by prehistoric space collision still falling on Earth

A Connecticut-sized space rock’s collision with another object millions of years ago sent shrapnel raining down on Earth; and even today, they make up the biggest group of meteorites that land on our planet.

That 466-miillion-year-old collision, which is considered to be the biggest cataclysm to occur in our celestial neighborhood in nearly 3 billion years, broke the large space rocks into millions of pieces. Those pieces continued to slam into one another, creating more debris.

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SpaceX to launch disposable rocket

SpaceX to launch disposable rocket

Following its successful return to flight on Jan. 14, Elon Musk-led SpaceX is now preparing to its next launch from a new launch pad at Cape Canaveral on or around January 30. It will loft a heavy communications satellite to geostationary orbit.

Musk revealed that the new launch mission to loft the EchoStar 23 communications satellite to the orbit will take place from a new pad at Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral.

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U.S. Air Force’s missile-detection satellite successfully put in orbit

U.S. Air Force’s missile-detection satellite successfully put in orbit

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully put the U.S. Air Force’s Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Satellite (SBIRS Geo-3) in high orbit, on its way to a surveillance post more than 22,000 miles above Earth’s surface.

The Atlas V rocket took off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:42 p.m. ET on Friday, and dropped off the missile detection and early warning satellite in orbit 44 minutes later.

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NASA video allows viewers to make virtual landing on Pluto

NASA video allows viewers to make virtual landing on Pluto

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has released a video depicting what a landing on the distant dwarf planet of Pluto would look like.

The renowned space agency created the video using more than one hundred images taken by its New Horizons spacecraft six weeks of its approach and close flyby the dwarf planet in summer 2015.

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New study suggests what causes mysterious fairy circles in Namib Desert

New study suggests what causes mysterious fairy circles in Namib Desert

The Namib Desert’s fairy circles, mysterious bare soil spots can be seen dotting the grasslands across 1,500 miles of the desert, are really well-coordinated as well as intelligent in design. These circles are also known for cropping up suddenly.

Scientists have long been struggling to determine what natural process causes these fairy circles, as factors like meteorite impact and huge raindrops have already been ruled out.

Primates facing extinction: researchers warn

Primates facing extinction: researchers warn

The future for primates like gorillas and chimps looks extremely gloomy unless humans make substantial shifts in their current behavior, according to a new research.

The new researcher revealed that nearly 60 per cent of the 504 species of primates are facing extinction. Three-quarters of the mankind’s closest biological relatives have suffered decline populations over the past few decades.

Mysterious gravity wave spotted in atmosphere of Venus

Mysterious gravity wave spotted in atmosphere of Venus

Scientists became baffled after a Japanese spacecraft spotted a huge gravity wave in the upper atmosphere of Venus, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

The discovery of the 10,000-kilometer or 6,214-mile gravity wave on Venus’s upper atmosphere baffled scientists because it’s staying so still even above the planet’s surface. Clouds in Venus’ that region typically move at a sped of around 100 meters per second, but this cloud is stationary compared to the rotation of the planet.

Video of ‘Mr. Humpback’ alligator goes viral

Video of ‘Mr. Humpback’ alligator goes viral

A short video of a gigantic alligator strolling across a grassy trail at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland has drawn worldwide gasps.

The 30-second video was shot by Kim Joiner on Sunday at the county environmental reserve, which is quite popular among nature lovers who visit the reserve to see birds and other wildlife. The wild creature seen in the footage is a 12-foot-long bull alligator nicknamed “Mr. Humpback” by visitors.

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Opposition stalls end of protections for Yellowstone grizzly

Opposition stalls end of protections for Yellowstone grizzly

Opposition from dozens of American Indian tribes and wildlife conservation groups is discouraging federal officials from going ahead with their plans to end protections for hundreds of grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) had planned to finalize their decision to lift protections for nearly 700 grizzly bears by the end of 2016, but FWS Assistant Regional Director Michael Thabault recently announced that said it could take the agency at least six more months to finalize its decision.

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