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Earth energy budget diagram, with incoming and outgoing radiation (Values are shown in W/m^2). Satellite instruments (CERES) measure the reflected solar, and emitted infrared radiation fluxes. The energy balance determines Earth’s climate. Let’s play pretend for a moment. Pretend, if you can, that you’ve never heard about the idea of global warming before. Pretend you’ve never
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Ancient city of Yaxchilan hidden in the jungle in the borderland of Mexico and GuatemalaGetty “With just one profound discovery, mankind’s entire story could change,” so said Megan Fox in the Travel Channel’s latest archaeology-themed television show, Legends of the Lost. This statement presents an excellent example of the two-sided conundrum facing attempts to bring
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A SpaceX rocket carrying a US military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Sunday, marking the space transportation company’s first national security space mission for the United States. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying a roughly $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,500 crores) GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp lifted off from Cape Canaveral
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Did the world wake up to climate change in 2018? Or are we falling deeper into ignorance about the environmental changes happening all around us? The increasingly severe effects of the rise in global temperature are being felt everywhere on the planet through extreme weather events and natural disasters, serving as a wake-up call to
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The must-read brain books of 2018 featured perception, emotion, hormones, psychedelics, culture, time, technology, addiction, and the biological roots of consciousness. The eight books on this list all reveal important, timely insights about who we are, what we do and why we do it. This is part one of a two-part list; the second installment
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Is it true that babies dream but can’t dream about themselves? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Fabian van den Berg, Neuroscientist, on Quora: Peering into the minds of babies is very difficult, especially when it comes
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India will send a three-member team into space for up to a week when it launches its first manned mission expected in 2022, the government announced Friday.  Indian ministers approved a budget of $1.4 billion (roughly Rs. 9,700 crores) to provide technology and infrastructure for the programme, according to a government statement. It said the
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How are our oceans doing? If you’ve been reading the headlines, 2018 has been a bit rough regarding wildlife and environmental news. The effects of climate change were impossible to ignore, marine national monuments were put on the chopping block, the National Ocean Policy was rescinded… must we go on? We look at some of
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An Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis)Getty In a move that drew widespread condemnation, Japan has announced that it plans to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling. Conservationists reacted with alarm. The IWC was established in the 1980s after the populations of many whale species had declined precipitously, with the aim of
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NASA is likely to continue flying its astronauts on the Russian Soyuz vehicle even after US commercial crew vehicles arrive, media report said. However, nothing has been signed officially yet, an agency spokesperson said. “Bill Gerstenmaier and senior NASA leadership have stated their intention to have US crewmembers on Soyuz vehicles after 2019 and (to
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Climate change has been on everyone’s tongue lately, with many wondering how this phenomenon is changing our animals. Australian scientists have discovered one way it is altering the behavior of one of our oceanic predators: sharks. According to the study published in the Symmetry magazine, our warming oceans are causing the Port Jackson shark (Heterodontus
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Here is an electron micrograph of the respiratory syncytial virus. (Photo By BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images)Getty A “p” can indeed make a difference. While you may in some situations request an RSVP, you really shouldn’t ask for RSV. That’s because RSVP stands for répondez s’il vous plaît and RSV, on the other hand, stands for respiratory syncytial virus. If someone
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IBM researchers have developed a first-of-a-kind “fingernail sensor” prototype that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to monitor and analyse human health as well as disease progression. The wearable, wireless device continuously measures how a person’s fingernail bends and moves, which is a key indicator of grip strength. Although skin-based sensors can help capture things
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Hubble’s advanced camera for surveys identified a number of ultra-distant galaxy clusters, allowing us to probe whether dark energy is a cosmological constant or not. These ultra-distant clusters display star-formation rates far greater than the clusters we observe today. Despite how wondrous this image is, it
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The future of connectivity depends on a big idea: unlaunched constellations of inexpensive satellites. SpaceX got one step closer to that dream on Nov. 16. That’s when the Federal Communications Commission granted approval for the launch of 7,518 satellites. Elon Musk muses that he founded SpaceX to make a small fortune. The punchline is that he started
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A mother and baby orangutan holding hands and snugglingGetty The animal kingdom never ceases to amaze, delight and occasionally horrify us. Evolution, it should be abundantly clear, is almost endlessly inventive. Here are some of the most bizarre and awesome zoological discoveries of 2018. I’m not even going to pretend that this list is definitive.
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Workplaces are supposed to be productive. Being productive is not a straightforward concept. In simplest terms, being productive is defined as the rate of output per input unit. However, in a workplace, this cannot be so accurately measured particularly when it comes to human performance. Depending on the kind of organization, there are several other factors
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Antique painting illustration: Return of Columbus and appearance at court. At the time of Columbus’ voyages to the Americas, Spain was expelling or killing Jews who did not convert to Catholicism. photo credit: GettyGetty The people living in Latin American countries today are genetically diverse, deriving ancestry from many sources including the Indigenous first peoples
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When it comes to climate change, the storm is already here. Are you ready?CC0 Creative Commons Ah yes, the climate change denier. I won’t beat around the bush here: they’re wrong. If we are to weigh our beliefs on the preponderance of the evidence, as we should when it comes to matters of science, then
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FILE PHOTO: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch a U.S. Air Force navigation satellite, sits on Launch Complex 40 after the launch was postponed after an abort procedure was triggered by the onboard flight computer, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Nesius/File Photo (Reuters) – A SpaceX rocket carrying a
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