dead zone, gulf of mexico News Science 

The Gulf of Mexico’s ‘ Dead Zone ’ could double in size this year

An oxygen-poor area in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to grow as runoff from American farms drastically increase the levels of Nitrogen in the water. Usually only about 13,700 square kilometres (5,300 square miles), Louisiana State University predicts the dead zone could stretch to almost 26,000 square kilometres (10,000 square miles). Federal agencies have tried to downplay the number,... Read More
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Juno Spacecraft takes detailed photos of Jupiter’s Big Red Spot

NASA’s Juno mission has taken some new breathtaking pictures of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The JunoCam mounted on the satellite took some detailed photos of one of the gas giant’s major features. All the photos were then compiled by several citizen scientists, who were then able to put forward enhanced-color imagery of the spot. These images have taken the space... Read More
e-cigarette, cigarettes, smoking, vaping News Science 

Despite health uncertainties, e-cigarettes continue to surge in popularity

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are a handheld electronic smoking device meant to replicate the feeling of smoking a real cigarette. These e-cigarettes work by heating a liquid to generate an aerosol, or vapor, that the user inhales – which is why it is commonly referred to as ‘vaping’. The liquids used can have different flavors, and usually contain... Read More
LHC xicc++ cern News Science 

CERN Physicists discover a brand new particle

Physicists working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN as it is more commonly known, have discovered a new kind of heavy particle. The particle, named Xi-cc++ (pronounced Ksi-CC plus-plus) was discovered during ongoing experiments involving the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). You may remember the LHC being responsible for several other discoveries and scientific advancements in the past... Read More
fire, human Science 

Despite controlling it for millions of years, fire continues to support humankind.

The control of fire by early humans was a pivoting moment in human evolutionary history. By controlling fire our ancestors were able to provide warmth, protection and a way to cook food on a much more impressive scale than previously available. Once they were able to create fire, it allowed them to venture into the night, explore caves and enabled... Read More
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NASA’s new planetary defence system faces field trials

NASA has announced that its first-ever asteroid deflection mission has progressed to the next design phase. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, is as the name suggests, an asteroid deflection technique that is set to become a world-first planetary defence system. Using revolutionary technology known as kinetic impaction, the DART will strike asteroids in order to shift its orbit. Read More
volcanic erruption, yellowstone super volcano News Science 

With Yellowstone National Park showing signs of activity, what could we expect a super-volcano eruption to look like?

Yellowstone National Park, one of the stars of the world-ending disaster movie ‘2012’, has experienced an unprecedented series of small earthquakes, 464 in fact, which has had many people worried about that it could lead to the super volcano to explode. Thankfully, scientists don’t believe that these small quakes are anything to worry about, noting they’ve happened in smaller swarms... Read More

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