Tagged: geology

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New Mineral Discovery On Mars Forces Scientists To Reevaluate Its History

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, has detected significant amounts of a silica mineral called tridymite on the surface of Mars and the discovery has scientists stunned. This surprising find may now force scientists to rethink the volcanic history of Mars, as this new evidence suggests that the planet may have in fact once had explosive volcanoes that led to the presence of the mineral. NASA planetary scientist at Johnson and lead author of the paper, Richard Morris explains “On Earth, tridymite is formed at high temperatures in an explosive process called silicic volcanism. Mount St. Helens, the active volcano in Washington State,...

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Sinkholes May Take Texas Down

Two giant sinkholes are now approaching a dangerous size, and threatening the lives of their respective local residents. The west Texas towns of Kermit and Wink, are watching these massive sinkholes get even bigger, after major oil production stopped, leaving underground cavities that are causing the surface to collapse.   Wink Sink No. 1 and Wink Sink No. 2, as they are referred to as, have not only residents but scientists extremely concerned, leading geologists at Southern Methodist University to commission a satellite, to take overhead pictures using interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) to detect changes that aren’t visible at ground level. West...

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Scientists Now Show That Asteroids Carried Water To The Moon

Scientists have now proven that the water that was deposited on the moon came for asteroids, and not comets, as previously thought. Our moon was once thought to be completely devoid of water, as the Apollo missions failed to find any concrete evidence of water in lunar soil samples. Since then, spectrographic tests from India’s first expedition to the moon determined that lunar soil from within shadowy craters and polar regions contained molecules that could only be due to the presence of water. Now, a study published in Nature Communications, conducted by an international team of scientists, who analyzed data taken from...

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Did Tolkien Know Something We Didn’t?

The discovery of three tiny skeletons, unearthed in Flores, has scientists inquiring if “hobbits” may have once existed. Using a term first created for JRR Tolkien’s 1937 novel, when the first hobbits were found, some experts claimed they could be modern humans affected by microcephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads. However, if light of new data, researchers now believe these short, humanoid creatures may have evolved from an early ancestor of modern human, and shrank after becoming stranded on Indonesian island, where the remains were found and dated back some 700,000 years. Dr Gert van...

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Big News To Be Officially Announced In September By Elon Musk

Although many details still remain shrouded in mystery, CEO of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk has hinted that he will conducting a series of missions starting in 2018,  leading up to the first crewed mission to the Mars by 2024. In an on-stage interview at the Code Conference, Musk confirmed that he would announce his architecture for human missions to Mars in September at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. “The basic game plan is that we’re going to send a mission to Mars with every Mars opportunity from 2018 onwards,” Musk said. “The launches will...

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The Mapping Of Jupiter

Astronomers have now been able to observe the wavelengths of radio waves coming through Jupiter’s atmosphere, allowing them to gather enough detail to map the ammonia flows that lay beneath. A  team, led by astronomer Imke de Pater from the University of California, Berkeley are working with the Very Large Array, radio telescope located in New Mexico to penetrate roughly 60 miles into the planet’s atmosphere. Team member Robert Sault, from the University of Melbourne in Australia explained “Jupiter’s rotation once every 10 hours usually blurs radio maps, because these maps take many hours to observe, but we have developed...

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Man Claims To Have Uncovered A Fossilized Bigfoot Skull

A Utah man claims to have unearthed a skull, which he believes to be that of a Sasquatch. Bigfoot enthusiast Todd May, says he made his discovery while walking home through an area he often frequented, reportedly finding interesting fossils and rocks. May says “I looked around for about half an hour, then I saw it.” and concluded that the 75 pound formation belonged to either Bigfoot or one of its ancestors. However, Midwestern State University Assistant Geoscience Professor Jesse Carlucci refuted the claim after having seen the object himself, stating it is nothing more than a rock. Carlucci added...

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Dark Thirty Radio – June 7th, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio More Reports Of Mysterious Fireballs Sailing Across The Sky Dozens of new claims have been flooding in across the Midwest, all of which report seeing a  bright flash that fell from the sky and disappeared a couple hundred feet above the horizon. The American Meteor Society received 77 reports of a fireball seen over Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky. One witness claims “I saw a streak of white light followed by a burst of yellow/orange before the object disappeared,” while another stated “it looked like a white flash traveling down quickly and ended...

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Dark Thirty Radio – June 6th, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio Recently Uploaded Videos Show Two Separate Possessions A woman named Camela can be seen straining back and forth on a stretcher as she is being taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Camela’s eyes can be seen rolling into the back of her head, as a friend, speaking in Spanish tries to calm her, but the most terrifying moment coming as the woman replies in a hoarse voice, that stated “This girl doesn’t exist now. It doesn’t exist.” The demon spirit shakes Camela violently as friends desperately look on, helpless to aid her. No explanation as to...

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Archaeologists Scan Beneath The Great Pyramid Of Giza

Past decades have seen scientists underestimate the importance of investigating ancient sites, but now a team accompanied by Egypt’s famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass are testing a new subatomic scanners on the Great Pyramid of Giza, in hopes of unlocking answers to the 4,500 burial structure. For more than a decade Hawass held the position of antiquities minister but after a 2011 usurping, had downplayed the usefulness of scans on ancient sites, saying that they have never  found anything important. However, since the scanner was first set up at the site last year, thermal scanning has  identified a major anomaly in...

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Fireball Lights Up Arizona Sky

Reports have been pouring in to NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, as an extremely bright fireball lit the pre-dawn sky over much of Arizona. Eyewitness reports placed the object above the Tonto National Forest east of the town of Payson,  moving almost due south. Based on the latest data, the small asteroid was estimated at 5 feet in diameter, with a mass of  a few tons and a kinetic energy of approximately half a kiloton entering Earth’s atmosphere at an estimated 40,200 miles per hour. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office said “There are no reports of any damage...

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Dark Thirty Radio – June 3rd, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio Elon Musk Hopes We Are Living In A Virtual Reality When asked what the likelihood was that we are all living in a simulated matrix, founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk used video games as an analogy. “40 years ago we had Pong – two rectangles and a dot. That’s where we were. Now 40 years later  we have photo-realistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s  getting better every year.” Musk says he himself believes that “it would seem to follow that the odds that we’re in...