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HindustanTimes Thu,28 Aug 2014

Life and Universe

Global fires after asteroid impact probably caused K-Pg extinction

About 66 million years ago a mountain-sized asteroid hit what is now the Yucatan in Mexico at exactly the time of the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) mass extinction.

Earth's moon and asteroids have more in common

NASA and international researchers have discovered that Earth's moon and large asteroids roaming our solar system have more in common than previously thought.

Extinct lizard rediscovered after 135 years

Geckoella Jeyporensis or Jeyporeground gecko, an enigmatic lizard from the Eastern Ghats which was considered extinct, has been rediscovered after 135 years, according to naturalists at the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) in Mumbai.

Apollo moon rocket engines recovered from seafloor

A private expedition led by the founder of Amazon.com has successfully raised two massive Apollo Saturn V rocket F-1 engines, which launched astronauts to the moon more than 40 years ago, from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

US sends new satellite into space to monitor missile launches

An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday to put a second upgraded missile-warning satellite into orbit.

Spring equinox today

Science enthusiasts will measure the shortest shadow at Wednesday noon on the equinox day, when the Sun shines directly overhead as viewed from the Earth, making the night and day equally long.

10pc of Greenland’s glaciers contribute to sea-level rise

Scientists have looked at glaciers which behave independently from the ice sheet, despite having some physical connection to it, and those which are not connected at all to help them improve the predictions of the future contribution of Greenland’s ice to sea-level rise.

NASA’s Swift satellite helps discover youngest-known supernova remnants

NASA’s Swift satellite has uncovered the previously unknown remains of a shattered star while performing an extensive X-ray survey of our galaxy’s central regions.

Lunar impacts created seas of molten rock on Moon

Molten rock may have been presenton the Moon's surface more recently and for longer periods than previously thought, a new study has found, which may help determine the exact age of the Earth's natural satellite.

3rd closest star system to Sun discovered

Scientists have discovered two new stars that are said to be the third-closest star system to the Sun.  The duo is the closest star system discovered since 1916. The discovery was made by Kevin Luhman, an associate professor of...

Earth warmer today than in the past 11,300 years

Using data obtained from 73 ice and sediment core monitoring sites around the world, scientists have reconstructed Earth's temperature history back to the end of the last Ice Age.

Russian scientists may have found new life under Antarctic ice

Russian scientists believe they have discovered new life forms sealed off for millions of years in a subglacial lake deep under the Antarctic ice, the RIA news agency reported on Thursday.

Bizarre contest that allows winners to travel to space

As part of an incredibly bizarre contest, 22 lucky winners from around the world will get a chance to travel to outer space in 2014.

Higgs boson last missing piece in cosmic blueprint, nothing more

Scientists' hopes that last summer's triumphant trapping of the particle that shaped the post-Big Bang universe would quickly open the way into exotic new realms of physics like string theory and new dimensions have faded this past week.

Comet to make close flyby of Mars in October 2014

A recently discovered Comet will make a very close approach to Mars in October 2014, NASA scientists have revealed.
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