Aug. 25, 2017

67: Diamonds Rain on Neptune and Uranus

67: Diamonds Rain on Neptune and Uranus

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* Diamonds rain on Neptune and Uranus Scientists have created diamond rain during experiments mimicking the conditions deep inside the giant ice planets Uranus and Neptune. The findings represent the first time diamond rain was created in the laboratory under the sorts of extreme pressures and conditions likely to occur inside the solar systems ice giants. 

*Large, distant comets more common than previously thought A new study has warned that there are far more long period comets out there than previously thought. The findings are based on observations by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer or WISE spacecraft. 

*Impact winter from the dinosaur killing asteroid could have thrust Earth into two years of darkness A new study claims the tremendous amounts of soot lofted into the air from global wildfires following the asteroid impact which wiped out all the non-avian dinosaurs together with 75 percent of all other life on Earth 66 million years ago, would have plunged the planet into darkness for nearly two years. The findings indicate the fires and ejected debris from the impact would have shut down photosynthesis, as well as drastically cooling the planet, dramatically changing the climate and further contributing to the mass extinction that marked the end of the age of dinosaurs. 

*Japan launches new navigation satellite The Japanese Aerospace eXploration Agency JAXA has successfully launched an H-IIA rocket carrying a new Japanese Navigation system satellite. The H-IIA F35 mission blasted off under clear blue skies from the Tanegashima Space Centre south of Tokyo carrying the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System spacecraft – the MICHIBIKI 3 -- into geostationary transfer orbit. 

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Warnings that the melting Greenland ice sheet could accelerate the rise sea levels more than expected. 

USB connections more vulnerable to information leakage than previously thought. 

The majestic female statue at an archaeological site, challenging sciences understanding of the role of women in the ancient world. 

Warnings that even a small reduction in childhood measles vaccinations will produce a disproportionately large increase in measles cases Skeptics guide to vaccinations and the anti-vaxers’ lobby. 

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