Massive ice crack in Antarctica forces British researchers to flee

Massive ice crack in Antarctica forces British researchers to flee

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has confirmed that its Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica will be closed for several months as a large crack in the ice shelf has come within a few miles of the station.

The Halley VI Research Station is located on Brunt Ice Shelf (a floating ice shelf) jutting to the Weddell Sea. Researchers have detected multiple cracks in the ice shelf and one of those cracks has reached within four miles of the facility.

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Massive ice crack in Antarctica forces British researchers to flee

Massive ice crack in Antarctica forces British researchers to flee

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has confirmed that its Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica will be closed for several months as a large crack in the ice shelf has come within a few miles of the station.

The Halley VI Research Station is located on Brunt Ice Shelf (a floating ice shelf) jutting to the Weddell Sea. Researchers have detected multiple cracks in the ice shelf and one of those cracks has reached within four miles of the facility.

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Getting flu shots too early may be undermining efficacy of US’ vaccination program

Getting flu shots too early may be undermining efficacy of US’ vaccination program

Vaccinating people too early may actually be undermining the efficacy of the United States' flu vaccination program as a flu shot may wear off if a person gets it too early, various studies suggested.

It is not uncommon to see "flu shot signs" as early as late July or early August when temperatures are still in the 80s. But, studies from the U. S. and Europe have discovered that the flu shots' efficiency steadily declines in the months after vaccination.

Parents concerned over ‘Sophie the Giraffe’ mold issue

Parents concerned over ‘Sophie the Giraffe’ mold issue

As many parents are wondering how to protect their babies form "Sophie the Giraffe," the manufacturer of the popular teething toy has claimed that its products are entirely safe to be used by kids.

Parents became concerned about the health of their babies after reports surfaced that mold has been found hidden inside the toy. The reports delivered quite a shock to many unsuspecting parents.

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Eugene Cernan’s footprints are still alive on Moon

Eugene Cernan’s footprints are still alive on Moon

Former NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan may be gone, but his footprints are still alive on the Moon. Some images captured by the U.S. space agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft show that the Apollo 17 Commander’s footprints are still present there.

The footprints were left there in December 1972, when Cernan his crewmate Harrison Schmitt landed and walked on the Moon’s surface. The LRO images reveal that the snaking footprints of the two astronauts as well as the Apollo 17 tire tracks left in the lunar dirt haven’t faded away over the decades.

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Eating red chilli peppers leads to longer life: researchers say

Eating red chilli peppers leads to longer life: researchers say

Regular consumption of hot red chilli peppers leads to longer life and significantly reduces rate of mortality, University of Vermont researchers found in a new study.

Researchers Mustafa Chopan and Benjamin Littenberg found in the study that consumption of hot red chilli peppers leads to a 13 per cent decline in total mortality.

They found a strong link between eating spicy peppers and a reduced risk of heart disease or stroke. In addition, the spicy fruit can prevent obesity, boosts blood flow and then alters consumers’ gut bacteria.

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Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft captures gravity wave on Venus

Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft captures gravity wave on Venus

Not long after entering Venus’ orbit in December 2015, Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft has captured a really weird atmospheric phenomenon, a gravity wave, in the planet’s upper cloud layer.

Gravity waves are common phenomenon, and their effects are often seen on the clouds and oceans. These waves are caused when an atmosphere or body of water is disturbed. As gravity tries to restore equilibrium, it overshoots and causes a wave effect.

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Consumption of red chilli peppers leads to longer life: study

Consumption of red chilli peppers leads to longer life: study

Those who regularly consume hot red chilli peppers enjoy longer lives as this spicy fruit significantly reduces rate of mortality, primarily in heart disease-related deaths, a new study suggested.

A team of researchers at University of Vermony’s Larner College of Medicine found that regular consumption of hot red chilli peppers was linked with a 13 per cent decrease in total mortality, mainly in deaths because of heart disease or stroke.

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Launch of Japan’s mini rocket SS-520 ends in failure

Launch of Japan’s mini rocket SS-520 ends in failure

Japan’s space efforts suffered a major setback on Sunday when the launch of its miniature SS-520 rocket, which was designed to put a microsatellite into Earth’s orbit, ended in failure.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed that the SS-520 rocket lifted off successfully at 8:33 a.m. local time and it was on a normal flight path. But ignition of the rocket’s second stage was cancelled by ground controllers after it stopped sending telemetry data.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket returns to flight

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket returns to flight

After a gap of several months, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster returned to flight on Saturday, Jan. 10th, and successfully launched 10 satellites into Earth’s orbit.

SpaceX announced that a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 12:54 p.m. EST (1754 GMT) from a launch pad at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, just a few hundred meters from the scenic coastline of the state.

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