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NASA’s Dawn Mission hints about Water Ice on Ceres

NASA’s Dawn Mission hints about Water Ice on Ceres

Ceres has been a mysterious dwarf world for astronomers since its discovery in 1801. It is believed that the dwarf planet has hidden water ice. Now, Dawn spacecraft of NASA found evidence showing Ceres has cold traps that may be hiding water ice since a long time.

The NASA mission has located permanently shadowed regions on the distant world in the asteroid belt. Using high-quality cameras, Dawn has identified some regions on northern hemisphere of Ceres that never light from the sun. Mission controllers believe it suggests that these regions are capable of trapping water ice.

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When goat gazes into your eyes, it may be issuing silent plea for help

When goat gazes into your eyes, it may be issuing silent plea for help

A goat may be pleading for help when itstares into your eyes. It is what has been suggested by a latest goat study, co-authored by Christian Nawroth, researcher of animal cognition at Queen Mary University of London. The study has appeared in Biology Letters.

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft maps ‘cold traps’ on Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft maps ‘cold traps’ on Ceres

U.S. space agency NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has mapped a number of shadowed regions and craters called “cold traps” on Ceres, providing a strong hint that the dwarf planet has enough deposits for possible accumulation of water ice.

So-called “cold traps” are permanently shadowed areas on Ceres where ice can likely accumulate over time. Many scientists, like guest investigator Norbert Schorghofer of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, believe that ice deposits exist in these cold traps.

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Neanderthals participated in Cannibalism: new research

Neanderthals participated in Cannibalism: new research

A new study conducted by Belgium researchers has made a shocking revelation that modern humans’ Neanderthal ancestors had an affinity for cannibalism.

An examination of 40,500-45,500 years old Neanderthal bones revealed obvious signs of cannibalism. The researchers found that the ancient Neanderthal bones were hammered open to reap the bone marrow within.

In addition, the bones exhibit marks created by primitive knives that were used to shear away flesh from the bone. The Neanderthal bones were discovered amidst animal bones that all bore similar marks.

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NASA celebrating Juno’s entry into Jupiter’s orbit

NASA celebrating Juno’s entry into Jupiter’s orbit

As the entire U.S. was celebrating its 240th birthday on July 4th, NASA scientists were celebrating a new milestone as their Juno spacecraft entered Jupiter’s trajectory and started orbiting the giant planet.

Juno will keep circling Jupiter for around 20 months to help scientists study the giant gaseous planet that has been fascinating stargazers since ancient times.

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Climate Change: Over Half of Antarctic’s Adélie Penguins will disappear by End of 21st Century

Climate Change: Over Half of Antarctic’s Adélie Penguins will disappear by End of 21st Century

Antarctic continent has been home to Adélie penguins since millions of years, but climate change may soon force the penguin species to leave the place. A new study has suggested that about one-third current Adélie colonies will disappear by 2060 if Antarctic ice continues to shrink.

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Future Cities May be Built of bones instead of pollution-causing Concrete, Steel

Future Cities May be Built of bones instead of pollution-causing Concrete, Steel

If a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge has its way, artificial bones and eggshells would replace pollution-causing concrete and steel as building material for the rapid expansion in urban areas. They claim it would be the most environment-friendly method to accommodate the growing population in cities.

The researchers claim that concrete and steel together account for about 10% of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions.

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Comet-scented perfume smells like ‘rotten eggs, cat urine and bitter almonds’

Comet-scented perfume smells like ‘rotten eggs, cat urine and bitter almonds’

Jacob Aron from New Scientist has reported that a new perfume has appealed to the space lover composed of the aromatic scents of a comet. Perfumologists from a British company ‘The Aroma Company’ specialized in what it dubs ‘scent marketing technology’ have made a perfume formed on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

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First Magnetar Found With Wind Nebula Around

First Magnetar Found With Wind Nebula Around

In a first of its kind discovery, astronomers have found a wind nebula surrounding a magnetar, which is an exceptional ultra-magnetic neutron star. Wind nebula is an enormous cloud comprising of high-energy particles. Magnetars are the most powerful magnets in the universe and this discovery offers an exclusive opportunity to understand the characteristics, environment and outbreak history of magnetars.

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NASA satellite makes first observation of single methane leak on Earth

NASA satellite makes first observation of single methane leak on Earth

Everyone talks about the dangers of increasing carbon dioxide in environment, but methane is a source of greenhouse gas posing greater level of danger to climate than CO2, but it is often neglected because of its less availability in the atmosphere.

There are sources that can contribute to increase in methane, leaving us fighting the battle with another greenhouse gas to sustain life on this planet. This will delight everybody to know that we already have a way to measure methane release available.

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