Mystery 8th-century cosmic blast captured in trees

Jun 08, 2012 by

In the late eighth century, Earth was hit by a mystery blast of cosmic rays, according to a Japanese study that found a relic of the powerful event in cedar trees.Analysis of two ancient trees found a surge in carbon-14 – a carbon isotope that derives from cosmic radiation – which occurred just in AD [...]

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Solar flare created a mysterious ‘pulse’ on Earth – seemed to ‘answer’ sun’s blast

Jun 04, 2012 by

Neutron monitors all round the world lit up in response to the blast for the first time in six years, despite the fact it was an M-Class, or moderate, flare, say University of New Hampshire scientists. See it on, via Mindscape

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Top 10 New Species: Spongebob Squarepants ‘Shroom, Sneezing Monkey and a Worm From Hell

May 29, 2012 by

It’s time once again to celebrate all the weird and wonderful creatures scientists have found on Earth in the past year. Arizona State University compiles an annual list of the top 10 new species found in the last 12 months, and shares the list on May 23, Carl Linnaeus’ birthday. The father of classification would [...]

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Planet X lurking at the Edge of our Solar System ?

May 29, 2012

The evidence for ‘Planet X’ – the mysterious hypothesised planet on the edge of our solar system – has taken a new turn thanks to the mathematics of a noted astronomer.   Rodney Gomes, an astronomer at the National Observatory of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, says the irregular orbits of small icy bodies beyond [...]

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The Encyclopedia of Life

May 16, 2012

The EOL, a collaboration by the foremost authorities in biology, is a massive database that tracks every organism on Earth. Four years ago, the Smithsonian Institution, the Field Museum of Natural History, Harvard University, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Biodiversity Heritage Library joined together to create a comprehensive collection of data [...]

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Scientists: Mars ‘egg’ proof of life?

May 14, 2012

SCIENTISTS claim the globule found inside the rock fallen to Earth is evidence of living organisms on the Red Planet because it contains carbon and oxygen… See it on, via Mindscape

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How Do Homing Pigeons Find Their Way Home? The Mystery Thickens

Apr 16, 2012

Homing pigeons are well known for their extraordinary sense of direction, but how exactly do they navigate their way home using the Earth’s magnetic field? See it on, via Mindscape

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New Shocking Discovery Challenges The Origin Of Earth

Apr 04, 2012

Where did our planet come from? We already know that our Sun does not originate from M 67.A new surprising discovery is now forcing scientists to re-evaluate the origin of Earth.For a century, scientists have assumed that the Earth has same chemical make-up as the sun. But this belief has been challenged by scientists at [...]

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Organics probably formed easily in early solar system

Apr 04, 2012

Complex organic compounds, including many important to life on Earth, were readily produced under conditions that likely prevailed in the primordial solar system. See it on, via Mindscape

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Trees May Play Role in Electrifying the Atmosphere

Mar 23, 2012

Plants have long been known as the lungs of the Earth, but a new finding has found they may also play a role in electrifying the atmosphere.   Scientists have long-suspected an association between trees and electricity but researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) think they may have finally discovered the link.   They [...]

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