Monthly Archives: December 2009

Global warming isn’t the only reason why Antarctic ice shelves are falling apart

Slow tsunami-like waves are rolling into the waters off Antarctica. Generated by storms churning as near as the Patagonia coast and as far away as the Gulf of Alaska, these waves jostle the continent’s giant floating ice shelves.According to a … Continue reading

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Proplyds in the Orion Nebula

A collection of 30 never-before-released images of embryonic planetary systems in the Orion Nebula are the highlight of the longest single Hubble Space Telescope project ever dedicated to the topic of star and planet formation. Also known as proplyds, or … Continue reading

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Chavez seeks to rename Venezuela’s Angel Falls

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has called for the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls, to be given back its indigenous name. The falls, which drop nearly 1km (0.6 miles) from a flat-topped mountain in the south of Venezuela, are currently named … Continue reading

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Climate Change:Record-breaking snow across the US Record-breaking snow across the US

Over the past few weeks the United States has been pounded by a number of big snow storms. A week ago Washington DC received 18 inches of snow, setting a number of records.Oklahoma City hit a record with 14 inches … Continue reading

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Ecosystem is Moving

Earth’s various ecosystems, with all their plants and animals, will need to shift about a quarter-mile per year on average to keep pace with global climate change, scientists said in a study.How well particular species can survive rising worldwide temperatures … Continue reading

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Track Santa on Google Earth

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Herschel Space Telescope Uncovers Sources of Cosmic Infrared Background

A weak cosmic infrared radiation field that reaches Earth from all directions contains not yet deciphered messages about the evolution of galaxies. Using first observations with the PACS Instrument on board ESA’s Herschel Space Telescope, scientists from the Max Planck … Continue reading

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A newly discovered Palmer’s oak (Quercus palmeri) that researchers estimate is over 13,000 years old, making it one of the oldest plants on Earth.Researchers, led by Michael May of the University of California, Davis, found the tree a decade ago … Continue reading

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US Geological Survey Study of Oceanic Circulation

USGS released an important study of the deep ocean’s temperature variability and circulation system .According t this study the deep ocean is apparently affected more by surface warming than previously thought, and this understanding allows for more accurate predictions of … Continue reading

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Indian state to deploy GPS to curb road accidents

In an effort to reduce the number of road accidents in the hill state, primarily due to “human error”, an Indian state government (Himachal Pradesh) is contemplating to install GPS in state-run and private buses. Read Here

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Global Warming Likely to Be Amplified by Slow Changes to Earth Systems

The kinds of increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide taking place today could have a significantly larger effect on global temperatures than previously thought, according to a new study led by Yale University geologists. read it here

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Colliding Auroras Produce an Explosion of Light

A network of cameras deployed around the Arctic in support of NASA’s THEMIS mission has made a startling discovery about the Northern Lights. Sometimes, vast curtains of aurora borealis collide, producing spectacular outbursts of light. Movies of the phenomenon were … Continue reading

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Black Carbon and Himalayan Warming

A new modeling study from NASA confirms that when tiny air pollution particles we commonly call soot — also known as black carbon — travel along wind currents from densely populated south Asian cities and accumulate over a climate hotspot … Continue reading

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Stromatolite :The Original Producers of Oxygen and Oldest Fossils encoding the mysteries of Deep Time

Stromatolites are considered the most intriguing fossils that are our window  into deep time on earth, the emergence of life, and the eventual evolving of the beautiful life forms from Cambrian to modern time. In broad terms, stromatolites are fossil … Continue reading

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China gets first laser based mobile mapping system

3D Laser Mapping has delivered StreetMapper, the first laser based mobile mapping system to China. StreetMapper 360 is a joint development between 3D Laser Mapping and German guidance and navigation specialist IGI, has been specifically designed for the rapid 3D … Continue reading

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Icy Moons of Saturn and Jupiter May Have Conditions Needed for Life

Scientists once thought that life could originate only within a solar system’s “habitable zone,” where a planet would be neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist on its surface. But according to planetary scientist Francis Nimmo, … Continue reading

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When a bird is in danger, who does it call?

The answer depends on the bird and the location of any potential predators, according to a study published in the journalProceedings of the Royal Society .For some species, the alarm call goes out to neighboring birds, or conspecifics, to alert … Continue reading

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Kashmir University gets membership of Sentinel Asia System

Kashmir University (KU) has been granted membership of the Sentinel Asia System (SAS) for operating the space based technology and Web-GIS technology for disaster management in the Himalayan region.After Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Kashmir University is the second organisation … Continue reading

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Starving Polar Bears Turn to Cannibalism

As a desperate measure Polar Bears are beginning to cannibalize each other as global warming destroys its hunting grounds. Polar bears usually subsist on seals, which they hunt from a platform of sea ice. But the melting of sea ice … Continue reading

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Super-Massive Black Holes Observed at the Center of Galaxies

An international team of scientists has observed four super-massive black holes at the center of galaxies, which may provide new information on how these central black hole systems operate.Their findings are published in December’s first issue of the journal Astronomy … Continue reading

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Delhi launches SDI portal

Delhi Spatial Data Infrastructure portal that provides detailed information on the capital’s overground and underground utilities has been launched on 27 November 2009.The underground utilities comprising water, sewer, telephones, power lines etc have been mapped for the first time using … Continue reading

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The Future of Energy Storage: Printable, Moldable Batteries Made From Paper

Simply coating a sheet of paper with ink made of carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires makes a highly conductive storage device, said Yi Cui, assistant professor of materials science and engineering.Scientists have made batteries and supercapacitors with little more than … Continue reading

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Balancing Protein Intake, Not Cutting Calories, May Be Key to Long Life

Getting the correct balance of proteins in our diet may be more important for healthy ageing than reducing calories, new research funded by the Wellcome Trust and Research into Ageing suggests. read it here in detail

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Hawaiian Hot Spot

For geologists Hawai has long been a puzzle. Plate tectonic theory readily explains the existence of volcanoes at boundaries where plates split apart or collide, but mid-plate volcanoes such as those that built the Hawaiian island chain have been harder … Continue reading

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Greening of Sahara Desert Triggered Early Human Migrations out of Africa

A team of scientists from the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and the University of Bremen (Germany) has determined that a major change in the climate of the Sahara and Sahel region of North Africa facilitated early human … Continue reading

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