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Comet 45P set to appear on New Year’s Eve

Comet 45P set to appear on New Year’s Eve

A rare comet, dubbed Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova, is set to appear somewhere near the crescent moon on the eve of the New Year, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced.

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is set to appear as people will be welcoming 2017 on Saturday, Dec. 31. However, it will not be visible to the naked eye.

Dr. David Reitzel, of Calif.-based Griffith Observatory, said the comet will be visible to users of strong binoculars or telescope. Interested people should point their instruments to the west just after sunset on Saturday to see the comet.

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Study blames climate change for 2016’s super warm Arctic winter

Study blames climate change for 2016’s super warm Arctic winter

While skeptics like Donald Trump aren’t ready to accept the existence of climate change, a new study suggested that 2016’s super warm Arctic winter would have been ‘extremely unlikely’ without climate change.

Trump has repeatedly called manmade global warming and the resultant climate change a “hoax’ crafted by China. But, scientists around the globe continue to blame increase use of fossil fuels in addition to other human activities for the problem.

Cheetahs quickly nearing extinction: study warns

Cheetahs quickly nearing extinction: study warns

Cheetahs should be classified as “endangered” on an official watch list of threatened species worldwide as the fastest animal on land is quickly moving toward extinction, a new study suggested.

A team of experts led cheetah expert Dr. Sarah Durant, of the Zoological Society of London, only 7,100 cheetahs are left in the wild across Africa and in a small area of Iran due to human encroachment that has pushed the animal out of 91 per cent of its natural habitat.

Cassini spacecraft preparing for its planned death plunge into Saturn

Cassini spacecraft preparing for its planned death plunge into Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will soon stop transmitting information back to Earth as it is preparing to embark on its final mission -- a death plunge through the gap that separates Saturn’s rings from the planet.

Launched by the American space agency in 1997, Cassini maneuvered through the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, before entering the Saturn system in 2004. It provided a lot of vital information on Titan – Saturn’s biggest moon.

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Pioneering astrophysicist Vera Rubin passes away

Pioneering astrophysicist Vera Rubin passes away

Vera Rubin, a pioneering astrophysicist who discovered evidence of dark matter, passed away Sunday night at the age of 88, her son confirmed on Monday.

Geoscientist Dr. Allan Rubin, a professor at Princeton University, said his mother died of natural causes. Rubin, a Philadelphia native, had been residing in the Princeton area.

Matthew Scott, president of the prestigious Carnegie Institution, said, “Vera Rubin was a national treasure as an accomplished astronomer and a wonderful role model for young scientists. We are very saddened by this loss.”

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Weird dinosaurs lost all their teeth and grew beaks as they aged: paleontologists say

Weird dinosaurs lost all their teeth and grew beaks as they aged: paleontologists say

A dinosaur species related to the T. rex started out life with a full set of pointy teeth but grew up to lose them all and get a beak instead, according to a new research.

A team of researchers led by George Washington University’s paleontology PhD candidate Josef Stiegler analyzed 19 dinosaur skeletons unearthed in China’s Gobi desert. They were surprised to find that fossils of young members of the Limusaurus inextricabilis species had jaws with chompers, while adults had beaks.

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LOGO’s discovery of gravitational waves named biggest scientific breakthrough of 2016

LOGO’s discovery of gravitational waves named biggest scientific breakthrough of 2016

The discovery of gravitational waves by LIGO scientists earlier this year was certainly one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs made in 2016, and the widely-acclaimed journal Science also acknowledged it.

Scientist at LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory), which is consisted of two detectors, one each in Hanford and Livingston, detected gravitational waves created by two black holes smashing together 1.3 billion light-years away from Earth.

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Climate scientist Piers Sellers dies at 61

Climate scientist Piers Sellers dies at 61

Piers Sellers, a renowned British-born climate scientist who gained U.S. citizenship to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, passed away on Dec. 23rd in Houston. He was 61.

Dr. Sellers had been diagnosed with Stage-4 pancreatic cancer in October last year. He made his diagnosis public though a N.Y. Times column in January this year. He wrote that he remained devoted to continuing his climate research until his death, despite the devastating disease.

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Modest dinosaur species lost all teeth as it hit adulthood: researchers find

Modest dinosaur species lost all teeth as it hit adulthood: researchers find

A modest dinosaur species that scampered across northwestern China millions of years ago would lose their all of their pointy teeth by the time they were 3 years old and live the rest of their lives as toothless beasts, a new study suggested.

The ostrich-like modest dinosaurs dubbed Limusaurus inextricabilis across northwestern China nearly 160 million years ago. Researchers estimated that L. inextricabilis as babies would likely be an omnivore or carnivore, but once they lost their pointy chompers, they transitioned to be herbivores.

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Italy’s super-volcano Campi Flegrei may erupt soon: scientists warn

Italy’s super-volcano Campi Flegrei may erupt soon: scientists warn

The Campi Flegrei, one of the world’s most treacherous super-volcanoes, is increasing showing signs of restlessness and reawakening under the Italian city of Naples.

Scientists have warned that the Campi Flegrei volcano may be approaching a critical pressure point where an eruption becomes essential. It would be the first time in nearly 500 years when it would erupt.

They also estimated that the volcano is nearing a threshold beyond which increasing magma could trigger the release of molten rocks and gases at ten times the usual rate.

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