Day: August 20, 2019

Earth’s inner core is doing something weird

On September 27, 1971, a nuclear bomb exploded on Russia’s Novaya Zemlya islands. The powerful blast sent waves rippling so deep inside Earth they ricocheted off the inner core, pinging an array of hundreds of mechanical ears some 4,000 miles away in the Montana wilderness. Three years later, that array picked up a signal when…

The oldest stegosaur ever has been discovered in Morocco

By Katie Pavid First published 20 August 2019 A new species of stegosaurian dinosaur, Adratiklit boulahfa, has been described by researchers. It is the oldest definite stegosaur ever found. Its remains were uncovered in the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco, making Adratiklit the first stegosaur to be found in North Africa. It is likely to…

Measuring temperatures similar to those occurring in star collisions in the lab

Simulations of nuclear matter in collisions yielding extreme conditions of density and temperature. Credit: The HADES Collaboration. Collisions between neutron stars are fascinating cosmic events that lead to the formation of numerous chemical elements. Temperatures during these collisions are exponentially high, typically reaching up to hundreds of billions of degrees Celsius. The HADES collaboration, a…

Everything to know about Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon showcases the stunning geology of southern Utah, a red-rock wonderland created by wind, water, and snow. Among the nation’s most beloved (and photographed) parks, Bryce is a major draw for hiking, challenging rock climbing, and winter cross-country skiing trails. And the park is less than 40 miles as the crow flies from another…

Blade Runner actor Rutger Hauer dies at 75

Rutger Hauer died at his Dutch home following a short illness. (AFP pic)THE HAGUE: Hollywood actor Rutger Hauer, who became a global cult icon for his role as the scary yet thought-provoking humanoid android in the 1982 sci-fi classic “Blade Runner”, has died at the age of 75. Hauer’s non-profit HIV/AIDS charity, the Rutger Hauer…

Effects of El Niño and Antarctic Oscillation On Air Pollution

Topics covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Effects of El Niño and Antarctic Oscillation On Air Pollution What to study? For prelims and mains: Causes and effects of El Niño and Antarctic Oscillation on pollution levels. Context: Team of researchers affiliated with various institutions in China and the U.S. has discovered that…