The landslide that caused a major mudslide in Oso, Washington in March 2014 has been termed as the deadliest landslide in the history of United States. However, a new research has indicated that the landslides in the region could be a recurring phenomenon. The study published in the journal Geology has suggested that the region might have witnessed a massive landslide nearly 500 years ago.
Researchers have created a new metal by infusing magnesium with ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles. The infusion resulted in the formation of a high-strength super metal which is extremely light in weight. The metal was developed in the labs of Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The researchers were able to create this metal by using an innovative way to disperse and stabilize nanoparticles in molten metal.
A newly-discovered shark species with jet black skin and a faint glow is a stealth master. The shark has rightly given the common name ‘Ninja Lanternshark’. It belongs to the Pacific Ocean, living off the coast of Central America in deep waters from 2,742 feet to 4,734 feet, or 836 to 1443 meters.
A team of scientists have detailed the new found shark in a study carried by the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. One of the scientists in the team said that the animal owes its different name to Vicky Vásquez’s young cousins.
A fungus that has been discovered recently is killing a tree that’s very important for Hawaii’s water supply, endangered native birds and Hawaiian cultural traditions such as hula. The disease known as rapid ohia death has affected ohia lehua trees in hundreds, thousands on the Big Island.
It has reportedly affected 50% of the ohia trees throughout 6,000 acres of forest as of last year, but since then it’s believed to have spread more. So far, it’s been discovered mainly in Puna, but also in Kona and Kau. It hasn’t been found anywhere else worldwide.
A NASA spacecraft has just sent back photos of the dwarf planet Ceres to home, captured from closest-ever vantage point. The pictures have given scientists a more in depth view of the cratered world's terrain than earlier.
NASA's Dawn probe has captured the latest pictures of Ceres' southern hemisphere from an orbit that brought it nearly 240 miles from the surface of the dwarf planet. It is roughly 10 miles closer as compared to the International Space Station (ISS) is to our planet Earth in its average orbit.
There are two species on Earth that uses hook-shaped tools: New Caledonian crows and humans. Now, for the first ever, the birds have been caught on camera while using them.
There are crows across the world, but the crows on New Caledonia, which is a forested island in the South Pacific, are well known for their ability of making and using tools. In other things, they fashion sticks into sharp poking instruments, using them to ‘fish’ for wood-boring larvae that hide in tree trunks or dead wood.
Google-owned robotics company Boston Dynamics has released a holiday video on Tuesday that features a team of its Spot robotic dogs pulling a sleigh stepping delicately on a snowless ground. Boston Dynamics envisions to have robots of all shapes and sizes that may drive cars, check customers into a hotel room and assisting the US military.
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have successfully produced Plutonium-238, the isotope which American space agency NASA was running out to fuel its Mars rovers. The success of project to create Plutonium-238 is considered as a major milestone by chemists and space technology experts. ORNL team has produced 50 grams of plutonium-238 and it will be helpful in future deep space missions.
The Beijing government has withdrawn its red alert over high pollution, despite a cloud of dangerous mist over Beijing for the fifth consecutive day. Though the warning has been eased as the government expects the smog to alleviate in the latter half of December 23, Beijing continued to experience further increase in smog on the day. The air contained 327 micrograms per cubic meter of PM2.5, which is the tiniest particle causing sever health risks. The data was collected at Tiananmen Square at 10 a.m.
NASA and the National Science Foundation jointly carried out a study, which shows that the temperatures of lakes across the globe are rising rapidly due to climate change. The study reveals that an average increase in the temperature of lakes in each decade is 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit. The rise in temperature will eventually aggravate algae blooms in the lakes.
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