Eagle-Eyed NASA Mars Probe Celebrates 10 Years at Red Planet – Space.com

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech A NASA Mars spacecraft celebrates a major milestone today — a decade circling the Red Planet. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) arrived at the Red Planet on March 10, 2006 and has done yeoman’s work in the decade since. MRO images Mars in unprecedented detail, and its observations […]

Bats in China Are Resistant to White-Nose Syndrome Fungus – Discovery News

Bats in China are resistant to the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, a condition that has decimated bat populations in North America for a decade. In a study just published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) sampled bats across five hibernation locations in […]

Climate Change Caused Ichthyosaurs to Go Extinct – The Utah People’s Post

Climate Change Caused Ichthyosaurs to Go Extinct – The Utah People’s Post

Imagine that prolonged climate change eventually makes all the dolphins disappear from the world’s oceans. Unlikely – and shocking – as that may be, it actually happened in the past to another group of marine creatures: the ichthyosaurs. During the dinosaur era, these “fish-reptiles” were a predominant group of marine predators, with some of the […]

DNA uncovers mystery migration to the Americas – BBC News

DNA uncovers mystery migration to the Americas – BBC News

Modern day native people in Brazil have traces of Australasian, DNA raising new questions about how and when the first Americans arrived. Two separate genetic analyses have found evidence for a surprising genetic link between the native populations of the Americas and Oceania. The DNA of some native Amazonians shows significant similarity to indigenous inhabitants […]

NASA spots another impressive mountain range on Pluto – Washington Post

The western edge of Pluto’s “heart” as seen on July 14 by New Horizons. (NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI) The latest intriguing feature spotted on Pluto is a new mountain range — one with peaks as tall as the Appalachian Mountains on Earth. The new range, shown in the image above, joins one discovered earlier that’s comparable in height to […]

This computer is better at recognising terrible drawings than you are – TechRadar

Computer vision experts from Queen Mary University of London have developed software that’s already better than humans at recognising what hand-drawn sketches are supposed to represent. The program, known as Sketch-a-Net, is a ‘deep neural network’, meaning it emulates how the human brain processes inputs. It gathers data from both the shape of the object […]

Top NASA scientist says catastrophic sea level rise is inevitable – News Quench

When James Hansen, NASA’s former lead climate scientist, has something to say about the effects of climate change, people tend to listen up. According to a report from Slate, Hansen, along with 16 other coauthors, has concluded in a new study that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will likely melt 10 times faster than previous […]

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