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Protective magnetic field helped life begin on Earth

Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:37
Washington: Not just water and oxygen, life thrived on early Earth thanks to another necessary ingredient: the presence of a protective magnetic field.A new study of the young, Sun-like star Kappa Ceti has found that magnetic field plays a key…

Global warming redistributed world's water resources

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 14:24
New York: Rising temperatures worldwide are changing not only weather systems, but -- just as importantly -- the distribution of water around the globe, thereby affecting the availability of potable water, says a new study."This study shows how climate change…

Why nights are getting more rapidly warmer than days

Saturday, 12 March 2016 15:44
London: Researchers have discovered why more rapid warming at night compared to the day, which has been seen around the globe in recent decades, is likely to continue.Observations from the last 50 years have shown that the nights have been…

Giant 'bite mark' appears on Pluto's surface

Saturday, 12 March 2016 12:17
Washington: Far in the western hemisphere, scientists on NASA’s New Horizons mission have discovered what looks like a giant “bite mark” on Pluto’s surface.The team suspect it may be caused by a process known as sublimation - the transition of…

80 young galaxies from early universe discovered

Friday, 11 March 2016 16:36
Tokyo: Using the Subaru Telescope in Japan, an international team of researchers has discovered 80 young galaxies that existed in the early universe about 1.2 billion years after the Big Bang.The team made detailed analyses of imaging data of these…

When a comet flyby wreaked havoc around Mars

Friday, 11 March 2016 16:33
Washington: When a historic comet struck Mars in October 2014, NASA switched off its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft and other Mars orbiters to protect sensitive equipment aboard them from possible harm.But a few instruments, including MAVEN's magnetometer,…

Scientists record mysterious infrared light from space

Friday, 11 March 2016 12:19
Tokyo: In a first, researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope have detected the faintest and mysterious infrared light ever from space.By accumulating millimetre-waves from faint objects like this throughout the universe, the team determined that such objects…

How dark matter satellites trigger massive star birth

Thursday, 10 March 2016 14:33
New York: Using computer simulations, astronomers from the University of California-Riverside have presented a novel analysis of computer simulations, based on theoretical models to explain massive star formation observed in dwarf galaxies.The researchers found that during a dark matter satellite's…

NASA's new Mars exploration mission set for May 2018 launch

Thursday, 10 March 2016 11:03
Washington: Future Mars exploration has got a date, finally. NASA's new InSight mission -- set to study the deep interior of Red Planet -- is targeting a new launch window that begins on May 5, 2018, with a Mars landing…

Dust particles on Earth may have come from stellar explosions

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 11:54
Washington: Microscopic dust particles found in meteoritic material on the Earth may be particles that were likely formed in stellar explosions that occurred long before the creation of the Sun, researchers report.The team from Michigan State University (MSU) is investigating…