Antarctica Mystery --"Massive Hole Opens in Sea Ice the Size of Lake Superior"

 

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A mysterious, massive hole, as large as Lake Superior or the State of Maine, has recently been spotted in the winter sea ice cover around Antarctica. This opening, known as a polynya, is the largest observed in the Weddell Sea since the 1970s. At its largest extent, this winter's polynya had an area of open water close to 80,000 km. This marks the second year in a row in which the polynya has formed, although it was not as large last year.

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Six New Pulsars in Milky Way Found by China's New FAST Telescope (WATCH Video)

 

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Chinese scientists have discovered six new pulsar stars in the Milky Way, by using the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), the world's largest radio telescope. One of the pulsars is estimated to be 16,000 light years away, rotating at a speed of 1.83 seconds, while another is thought to be about 4,100 light years away, spinning at 0.59 of a second.

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LIGO/NASA --A Major Spacetime Discovery Will Be Revealed on Monday, October 16 (WATCH Video)

 

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"The gathering will begin with an overview of new findings from LIGO, Virgo and partners that span the globe," the National Science Foundation announcement reads, "followed by details from telescopes that work with the LIGO and Virgo collaborations to study extreme events in the cosmos."

 

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ESO Mystery To Be Unveiled Today --"European Southern Observatory Has Made a Revolutionary Discovery Never Seen Before in the Universe"

 

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According to an announcement from the ESO, scientists working at the observatory complex in Chile have witnessed an astronomical phenomenon that has never been seen before. The details of this discovery will be released next week  16 October 2017 at 16:00 CEST, at a press conference at  ESO Headquarters in Garching, Germany,.

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"What New Species Will Evolve After Earth's 6th Mass Extinction?" --Ancient Supercontinent of Pangaea Yields Clues

 

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Mass extinctions were followed by periods of low diversity in which certain new species dominated wide regions of the supercontinent Pangaea, reports a new study. The findings, published in Nature Communications, indicate that mass extinctions may have predictable consequences and provide insights into how biological communities may be expected to change in the future as a result of current high extinction rates.

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The Alien Observatory --"Taking the Search for Extraterrestrial Life to a New Level" (WATCH Video)

 

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Space scientists have unveiled a bold proposal for a giant new space-based telescope that would be far more powerful than today's observatories. Called the High Definition Space Telescope (HDST), the instrument is essentially a supersized Hubble Space Telescope, with 100 times its ability to detect faint starlight.

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"NASA's Forbidden Special Regions" --Searching for Life on Mars Before It's Too Late

 

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Current robotic missions to Mars that have not been appropriately cleaned and sterilized must steer clear of designated Special Regions to avoid introducing Earth-borne biological and organic contaminants. However, some experts claim that this strategy is hindering the discovery of martian life forms and ask if planetary protection policies governing Mars explorations should be relaxed in advance of human missions.

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Millennia-Long Pacific Northwest Volcanic Eruption Discovered --"4,000 Times the 1815 Mount Tambora Event"

 

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Scientists have determined that the Pacific Northwest was home to one of the Earth's largest known volcanic eruptions, a millennia-long spewing of sulfuric gas that blocked out the sun and cooled the planet. The researchers estimate that, over tens of thousands of years, the floods put out between 242 and 305 billion tons of sulfur dioxide. That's more than 4,000 times the output of the 1815 Mount Tambora eruption in present-day Indonesia (caldera above). That eruption blanketed the Earth in an aerosol veil, creating the "Year Without A Summer" and food shortages across the northern hemisphere.

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Emergent Gravity --"Dark Matter is a Mythical Beast, a Figment of Our Ignorance" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)

 

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Perhaps General Relativity can be modified to give a new theory  in which the motions of galaxies, and the structure of the universe, are correctly predicted, without the need for dark matter. Maybe even the accelerating expansion of the universe, another current conundrum of physics, can be explained in such a theory.' Perhaps dark matter is a mythical beast, a figment of our ignorance which will evaporate as we explore nature more thoroughly.

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The Alien Observatory --Planets Discovered Orbiting Neutron Stars: "Life Might Exist There as Hyper-Dense Microscopic Organisms Controlled by Nuclear Forces"

 

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Life could possibly evolve on a neutron star itself as "hyper-dense microscopic organisms controlled by nuclear forces with a metabolism faster than ordinary chemical-based life," suggests Lord Martin Rees, Britain's acclaimed Astronomer Royal and Cambridge University physicist.
“Even if simple life is common, it is a separate question whether it’s likely to evolve into anything we might recognize as intelligent or complex – and where this might happen.” Rees adds. But he warns: “If there’s advanced life elsewhere we must not be too anthropomorphic about it. It may be something that we would not recognize.”

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