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Our solar system filled with plasma, ionised gas

MEXICO: Our solar system is filled with plasma, or ionised gas, originating from the Sun as a result of the solar wind and other more violent solar eruptions, such as solar flares,” study co-author Chloë Pugh, of the University of Warwick’s Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics, said in a press release. Led by the University of Warwick, the research ... Read More »

Scientists uncovered rare fossil of horned dinosaur

LONDON: Scientists have uncovered the rare fossil of a dog-sized horned dinosaur in eastern North America that roamed the Earth up to 100 million years ago. The fossil, identified by Dr Nick Longrich from the University of Bath in UK, provides evidence of an east-west divide in North American dinosaur evolution. During the Late Cretaceous period, 66-100 million years ago, ... Read More »

NASA releases stunning photos of Pluto

HONG KONG: NASA released new photos from New Horizons’ Pluto flyby on Friday in all their stunning clarity and detail. The images were taken with the onboard telescopic Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) about 15 minutes before the spacecraft’s closest approach on July 14, according to the space agency. The new high-resolution images give the closest look at Pluto’s diverse ... Read More »

British astronaut to run marathon in space

LONDON: A British astronaut will attempt to run a digital version of the London Marathon in space, as part of his 173-day mission to the International Space Station. Tim Peake will run on a treadmill as the ISS orbits the earth, at the same time as more than 37,000 people run in the race on the ground in London. To ... Read More »

Migratory birds at risk in their journeys, study

LONDON: Many migratory birds could face extinction risks from loss of habitat on their long-distance flight paths, unless greater international protection efforts are initiated, researchers are warning. Poorly-coordinated efforts at conservation on a global scale have left around 90 percent of the world’s migratory birds inadequately protected, they say. “More than half of migratory bird species travelling the world’s main ... Read More »

Pluto is ready for close up

HONG KONG: Pluto is ready for its close up.NASA released new photos from New Horizons’ Pluto flyby on Friday in all their stunning clarity and detail. The images were taken with the onboard telescopic Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) about 15 minutes before the spacecraft’s closest approach on July 14, according to the space agency. The new high-resolution images give ... Read More »

Tasmanian govt provides $50,000 to develop business case for new King Island

HONG KONG: The Tasmanian Government has provided a $50,000 grant to develop a business case for a new King Island multispecies abattoir. King Island beef producer and brand champion Roger Clemons said it was now more important to get a reliable shipping service. JBS closed its King Island meatworks in 2012 and now kills cattle from King Island at its ... Read More »

Baltimore and Wallenius ports signed on new 30-year contract

HONG KONG: The Port of Baltimore and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics signed on Thursday a new 30-year contract, extending a deal with the key automobile and cargo shipper responsible for nearly a third of the cars moving through the port. The new contract expiring in 2045 takes the place of a 20-year deal signed in 2001. Port and state leaders believe ... Read More »

Roy Hill believes to targeting its 1st shipment

MEXICO: Gina Rinehart’s much anticipated first shipment from the Roy Hill iron ore project is facing a new round of delays with the company deferring today’s planned departure from Port Hedland. Roy Hill had planned a mid-morning ceremony to mark the first-ore-on-ship (FOOS). The FOOS milestone has been used as a high-profile end-of-project construction celebration by JUPilbara iron ore miners ... Read More »

Parliament approves160 million euros loan for Takoradi Port works

LONDON: Parliament last Tuesday ratified an agreement between the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) on one hand and the KBC Bank NV, Belfius Bank SA/NV, Deutsche Bank AG (London Branch ) and BNP Paribas Fortis NV/SA for 160 million euros to finance the additional civil and dredging works at Takoradi Port. The House also approved a loan agreement between ... Read More »

China’s national development strategy to grow

SHANGHAI: Shanghai International Port Group is on the hunt for investment opportunities in Europe as it looks to China’s national development strategy to grow in what it says are some very challenging years ahead for global shipping. “We won the contract to build and operate the port in Haifa. This is just the beginning. We are interested in ports in ... Read More »

A quater bird species at risk in British

MEXICO: The latest Birds of Conservation Concern assessment found that 67 of the UK’s 244 birds are now under threat, with well-known species including the curlew, puffin and nightingale joining others already on the red list such as turtle doves, cuckoos and starlings. Migratory species of birds make major contributions to resource fluxes, biomass transfer, nutrient transport, predator-prey interactions, and ... Read More »

Scientists found largest site of dinosaur fossils in Scotland

CANADA: Recently, scientists found the largest site of dinosaur fossils in Scotland — the Isle of Skye — and it contains Middle Jurassic footprints and handprints, with the biggest measuring up to about 28 inches (70 centimeters) in diameter. Study lead author Dr. Steve Brusatte from the University of Edinburgh said the site is one of the most amazing discoveries ever ... Read More »

Researchers create diamond at room temperature

PARIS: A team of scientists from North Carolina State University, however, have developed a revolutionary process to create diamond-like structures even in a laboratory setting. Ina study featured in the Journal of Applied Physics, Prof. Jay Narayan and his colleagues at NC State produced a new state of solid carbon known as Q-carbon that is unique from diamond and graphite. ... Read More »

Earth has lost 1/3 of arable land in past 40 years, study

MEXICO: A new study conducted by the University of Sheffield’s Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures reports some rather alarming fact about how much arable soil we’re losing to bad farming practices, erosion, and pollution, just as global demand for food is growing rapidly. The researchers have found that over the past four decades, nearly 33% of the world’s arable land ... Read More »

Sun superflares may disrupt life on Earth

WASHINGTON: Astronomers have seen for the first time how solar flares act as powerful accelerators flinging radiation and particles deep into space at close to the speed of light in a matter of seconds. The new observations, reported in the journal Science, will help scientists predict space weather events that can cause power blackouts, disrupt communications systems, and damage spacecraft. ... Read More »

Researcher creates 3rd type of carbon

HONG KONG: Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a third type of carbon — one that is harder than diamonds and can glow when exposed to electric fields. People often say that diamonds, which are the hardest type of carbon on the planet, are a girl’s best friend. While the latter might be true, the former is certainly ... Read More »

More than 17,000 marine species unprotected, study

EUROPE: A new study says that more than 17,000 marine species worldwide remain largely unprotected, with the U.S. among the bottom in supporting formal marine protected areas (MPAs) that could safeguard marine biodiversity. The study, which is the first comprehensive assessment of protected areas coverage on marine life, appears in the international journal Scientific Reports. Authors include scientists from University ... Read More »

Grasslands can recover naturally from too much atmospheric nitrogen, research

HONG KONG: A long term study conducted by managers of The Park Grass experiment at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, UK, shows, according to a team of researchers from Germany and the U.K., that under certain conditions, grasslands are able to recover naturally from overexposure to atmospheric nitrogen. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes the condition ... Read More »

Scientists create touchable holograms

TOKYO: Leave it to the Japanese to take technology up a notch: their scientists have recently created touchable holograms, or three dimensional virtual objects that can be sensed by the human hand. Japanese researchers developed a “Fairy Lights” system that can fire high-frequency laser pulses traveling at a millionth of a billionth of a second, made possible through femtosecond laser ... Read More »