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  • Aug- 2021 -
    17 August
    Science Mysteries

    Humans Linked to the Extinction of Bird Species Over the Past 50,000 Years

    Lead image: Bird species at the Zoological Garden. Credit: Tel Aviv University There are hardly any habitats on Earth that have not been affected by humans yet. As we modify and reshape the land around us, we also damage or even destroy natural habitat that is crucial for birds. The habitats we create instead, such as farms and cities, are more often than not poor substitutes for the habitats they supplant, supporting a lower diversity of bird species. Most people are familiar with the phrase, “Dead as a dodo.” They were flightless birds that were endemic to the island of Mauritius and…

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  • 16 August
    Climate Change

    Online Visualization Tool From NASA Provide a New Window on Rising Seas

    Lead image: Rising seas will exacerbate problems that coastal communities are already dealing with, including high-tide, or “nuisance,” floods. Inundated roadways like this one in Virginia are among the consequences of such floods. Credit: Aileen Devlin, Virginia Sea Grant, CC BY-ND 2.0 A new online visualization tool will enable anyone to see what sea levels will look like anywhere in the world in the decades to come. NASA’s Sea Level Change Team has created a sea level projection tool that makes extensive data on future sea level rise from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) easily accessible to the…

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  • 16 August

    Graphene Foam Developed by Researchers Helps Filter out Toxins From Drinking Water

    Lead image: A reusable 3D functionalized reduced graphene oxide foam (3D‐FrGOF) is used as an in situ electrolytic deposition electrode to extract uranium from contaminated water. Credit: Image courtesy of the researchers MIT-led research team fashions graphene foam into device that can extract uranium and other heavy metals from tap water. Billions of people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water, with UNICEF estimating that as of 2019, this life-threatening issue affecting as many as 1 in 3 people¹. Some kinds of water pollution, such as algal blooms and plastics that foul rivers, lakes, and marine environments, lie…

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  • 14 August

    Astronomers Spot Spectacular Concentric X-Ray Rings around Stellar-Mass Black Hole

    Lead image: V404 Cygni Rings (Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Wisc-Madison/S. Heinz et al.; Optical/IR: Pan-STARRS) Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory have detected a set of eight X-ray rings around a low-mass black hole in V404 Cygni, a binary system located about 7,800 light-years away in the constellation of Cygnus. These rings are created by light echoes, a phenomenon similar to echoes on Earth from sound waves bouncing off hard surfaces.   A spectacular set of rings around a black hole has been captured using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory. The X-ray images…

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  • 13 August
    Space - Asteroids

    NASA Calculations Show Asteroid Bennu has a chance of Crashing into Earth in the not too Distant Future

    Lead image: This mosaic of Bennu was created using observations made by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft that was in close proximity to the asteroid for over two years. Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona In a study released on August 11, 2021, NASA researchers used precision-tracking data from the agency’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft to better understand movements of the potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu through the year 2300, significantly reducing uncertainties related to its future orbit, and improving scientists’ ability to determine the total impact probability and predict orbits of other asteroids. The study, titled “Ephemeris and hazard…

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