Science 

Oceans on alien worlds may form when the air explodes in flames

Could alien oceans come from fire in the sky?Bob Smith/NGS/Getty By Leah Crane The right combination of gases could put exoplanets through an explosive sea change. Hydrogen and oxygen in an atmosphere can ignite and leave behind water, a reaction that could dump oceans onto a planet’s surface. John Lee Grenfell at the German Aerospace Centre in Berlin and his colleagues calculated how oxygen could build up in a planet’s atmosphere and combine with hydrogen to create water. They found that at high enough temperatures, the combination could combust or…

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Science 

Solar eclipse 2018: When is the next solar eclipse?

Earlier this year, star-gazers were dazzled by the incredible Super Blood Blood Moon that graced our skies as a total lunar eclipsed combined with a blue moon and a blood moon for a rare celestial treat. Unfortunately throughout 2018 only partial eclipses will occur, but astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich believe they are a “remarkable” event regardless. Royal Observatory Greenwich explained: “An eclipse can be due either to a dark body coming between us and a light emitter, so that we can no longer see the source, or it…

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Science 

Turbulence: Adequate scaling thanks to surface roughness

Turbulence in oceans, in the atmosphere or in industry, is billions of times stronger than in lab experiments. Simply upscaling the lab results is not an option. Theoretically, however, there is a regime of turbulence in which scaling laws apply. Researchers have succeeded in reaching this ‘asymptotic ultimate regime’ of turbulence, by introducing roughness at the surface at which turbulent liquid flows.

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The Chicxulub Asteroid Impact that Killed the Dinosaurs Also Created Ocean Eruptions on the Other Side of the World

Sometimes it feels like the sky is falling and the oceans are boiling, but when you start to get stressed out, remember the dinosaurs had it worse than you do: A new paper in Science Advances adds another apocalypse scenario to the nightmare that unfolded at the end of the Cretaceous period. About 66 million years ago, the infamous Chicxulub asteroid struck off what’s now the coast of Mexico, vaporizing huge amounts of plant life and causing a global winter—wave goodbye to your favorite T. rex. More bad news: The giant magma tanks known as the Deccan…

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Space 

A changing Earth science decadal for a changing Earth

This article originally appeared in the Jan. 29, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. The Earth, and particularly its climate, is changing. Earth science, therefore, is also changing. And, with those changes, come revisions on not just the missions needed to carry out the science, but how they should be selected. That is the theme of “Thriving on Our Changing Planet,” the Earth sciences decadal survey released by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine on Jan. 5. The report, outlining scientific priorities for the next decade and ways to…

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Lifestyle 

The Mercy: The lonely, tragic death at sea of a disgraced ‘sailor’

GETTY British yachtsman Donald Crowhurst is pictured aboard Teignmouth Electron Little more than fibreglass and plywood remain of the Teignmouth Electron, which since 1988 has remained on the south-western end of the island where it has succumbed to a succession of hurricanes and unforgiving elements. Its name has worn away and someone has spray painted Dream Boat on the hull. British tourists Tony and Jane Day, who now live in San Francisco, saw the wreck while on a sailing holiday. “You could still see parts of the galley and what…

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Entertainment 

Pokemon Go news: Exciting new Niantic UPDATE is perfect if you have THESE medals

Pokemon Go fans can unlock a host of new items from the in-game clothing store. Niantic has added new Pokemon Go clothing items that can only be purchased once you’ve earned the required medals. This includes new Fisherman costumes, new Battle Girl outfits and Jogger gear. “Proud of your Magikarp-catching skills?” reads a Niantic tweet. “With every Fisherman medal you achieve, a familiar Fisherman avatar item will be available for you to purchase in-game. Good luck – and don’t get splashed!” A follow-up tweet adds: “Trainers, show off your fighting spirit!…

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Science 

Alien life which breathes CYANIDE? NASA Saturn discovery re-writes biology books

After confirming the existence in Titan’s atmosphere of vinyl cyanide, NASA is trying to recreate the conditions in a lab to prove life could exist on the moon of Saturn. On Earth, cell membranes are made up of molecular chains that combine phosphorus-oxygen heads and carbon-chain tails that bind to each other and allow them to survive in water, where they thrive on H2O. Titan’s oceans however are made up of methane, so any cells in the water would have to be made up of nitrogen, hydrogen and carbon. Previous…

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Entertainment 

Nintendo Switch fans NOT HAPPY with NEW Pokemon Go Gen 3 reveal

Nintendo Switch fans are not happy with the new Gen 3 Pokemon Go trailer. The latest Pokemon Go Gen 3 trailer takes its cue from nature documentaries like Planet Earth. Narrated by Stephen Fry, the Pokemon Go trailer showcases Pokemon in their real-world habitats. “The video features some of the newest creatures debuting in Pokemon Go, that include cute cheerleader pair Plusle and Minun in a forest along with Mawile and the Bug and Flying-type Pokemon Masquerain,” reads a Pokemon Company statement. “In the oceans, a huge underwater Wailord makes…

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