Ancient tropical forest found in Svalbard

Ancient tropical forest found in Svalbard

Not one or two, but a tropical forest has been unearthed in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. The forest having 12-foot tall tress dated back 380 million years old. Scientists spotted that the tree stumps are still in absolute right condition.

Study researchers said that this forest can help explain climatic shifts happened in earth’s history. As per the researchers, the forest is one of the oldest one on earth. They also think that the forest has contributed to dramatic drop in atmospheric CO2 levels in that time.

Newly spotted icy cloud on Titan composed of smog-like compounds

Newly spotted icy cloud on Titan composed of smog-like compounds

An interesting discovery has been made by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. A huge icy cloud has been spotted by the spacecraft at the south of Saturn’s moon Titan. For the first time, such a cloud known to be part of a cloud system known as the south polar vortex has been seen there.

After coming to know about the icy cloud, scientists are of the view that winter in the southern hemisphere of Titan will be colder than they have considered before. Carrie Anderson, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, thinks that the newly spotted feature is a brand new one.

Small Dead Galaxy is Full of Dark Matter

Small Dead Galaxy is Full of Dark Matter

Small galaxy Triangulum II, which is present about three million light-years from earth in the constellation Triangulum, is on the edge of the Milky Way. The tiny galaxy contains just 1,000 stars compared with 100 billion stars of the Milky Way. Astronomers said the galaxy is dead, but it has dark matter, which make it an interesting spot to study.

New Images released by NASA show What a Day on Pluto Looks like

New Images released by NASA show What a Day on Pluto Looks like

In July this year, NASA’s spacecraft New Horizons zipped past Pluto at a speed over 30,000 miles per hour. During the mission, the spacecraft captured many close-up pictures of the dwarf planet, which are showing features of the planet. Now NASA used some pictures of every side of Pluto to create view of a full rotation.

Roundworm found to increase female fertility

Certain species of roundworm found to increase female fertility

Have you ever heard that getting infected with a species of parasitic worm may increase women fertility? If not, it is true. A research paper published in the journal Science has found the same after studying Tsimane women of Bolivia known to enjoy high fertility rates.

As per study researchers, a Tsimane woman can have 10 children in her lifetime. But there are some who are more fertile than others. Researchers from University of California collected information of almost 1,000 women for more than nine years.

Did Astronaut Scott Kelly post a Picture of UFO?

Did Astronaut Scott Kelly post a Picture of UFO?

If you follow NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on online social networking service Twitter, you know that he often tweets stunning pictures of earth from International Space Station (ISS). A recent posted picture has space enthusiasts talking about more than just earth’s amazing view.

SpaceX receives approval to take NASA Astronauts to ISS

SpaceX receives approval to take NASA Astronauts to ISS

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has placed its first mission order to take crews to the International Space Station (ISS). According to reports, Elon Musk's SpaceX commercial space program has received approval to take NASA astronauts to the space station. The order is the second in a series of four guaranteed orders NASA has planned under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract.

Orion spacecraft to get silver coating

Orion spacecraft to get silver coating

As a part of the EM-1 project, Orion is to get silver coating. Scientists working in the project decided that an extra coating would make the Orion journey back to earth a better one. The project is scheduled to be launched in 2018.

The spacecraft will receive a silver thermal control coating and its insulation will also get a nice finishing. The silver pain forms to be part of the new thermal shielding technology, which as per scientists will play an important role in the spacecraft’s journey through space.

Neil deGrasse Tyson replies question on any difference in having sex in space

Neil deGrasse Tyson replies question on any difference in having sex in space

In a video posted this week, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson answered a fan’s question about sex in space. To it, Tyson had a bit humorous reply along with science mixed in it. He said space travellers interested in sexual activity should not forget to get some leather straps along.

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NASA Upgrades Orion Thermal Protection System for Future manned Missions to Deep Space

NASA Upgrades Orion Thermal Protection System for Future manned Missions to Deep Space

NASA is shielding its Orion spacecraft that is aimed to carry humans to deep-space through the 'harshest set of conditions yet'. The deep-space spacecraft is being shielded with a new silver heat shield to protect it from electric charges during the almost 40, 000 kph return velocities from the vicinity of the Moon. The space agency reported that its latest mission is to enhance the overall system of the spacecraft in advance to make it capable of bearing harsh conditions.

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