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Yay! Simultaneous Solar Flares Create Beautiful Auroras But No Disruptions

By Meera Dolasia on September 15, 2014
Yay! Simultaneous Solar Flares Create Beautiful Auroras But No Disruptions

Last week, scientists waited in anticipation for two massive solar flares that were scheduled to hit the earth's magnetic field on September 11th and 12th, respectively. While the outbursts were not expected to be as powerful as the ones experienced in 2012, it was the back-to-back occurrence that had experts concerned about the damage they could cause to our satellites, electric grids and GPS systems.

Scientists Use GPS To Solve The Mystery of Death Valley's 'Rolling Stones'

By Meera Dolasia on September 13, 2014
Scientists Use GPS To Solve The Mystery of Death Valley's 'Rolling Stones'

Death Valley National Park in California's Mojave Desert is known for many things - Its extreme temperatures, varied altitude that ranges from 282ft. below sea level to 11,000ft. above, beautiful rugged terrain and most of all, 'rolling' or 'dancing' stones. The phenomenon whereby large boulders, some weighing as much as 500 lbs, move several hundred yards in a straight line or zigzag patterns, has confounded experts for years.

Massive Underground 'Ocean' Probably The Source Of Our Surface Seas

By Allegra Staples on September 5, 2014
Massive Underground 'Ocean' Probably The Source Of Our Surface Seas

Scientists have long suspected that there is water trapped deep inside the Earth's interior. However, they had never been able to verify it. Hence geologists had no choice but to adopt the theory that the water in our oceans was deposited by icy comets hitting the forming planet. Now thanks to evidence uncovered by Associate Professor Steven Jacobsen of Northwestern University and seismologist Brandon Schmandt from the University of New Mexico, there is finally proof that our oceans may have emerged from a massive reserve that lies 400 miles beneath the Earth's crust.

Italian Adventurer Alex Bellini Plans To Live On An Iceberg Until . . . It Melts!

By Meera Dolasia on September 4, 2014
Italian Adventurer Alex Bellini Plans To Live On An Iceberg Until . . . It Melts!

Though most people believe that climate change is real and likely to result in some catastrophic events if allowed to continue unabated, very few are ready to make the lifestyle changes needed to turn things around. That's why Italian adventurer Alex Bellini has come up with the radical idea of living atop an iceberg, until it melts. He believes that witnessing something this dramatic may be the key to convincing more people to take action.

Video Of The Week - Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Earth

By Meera Dolasia on September 1, 2014
Video Of The Week - Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Earth

While most people are curious about how Earth was formed and more importantly, how it transformed into this habitable paradise, very few, have the patience to pore over complicated science books to find out. Now, thanks to this amazing video created by Germany's Kurzgesagt, our beautiful planet's entire history can be mastered in about seven minutes!

Can Giant Walls Deter The Formation Of Destructive Tornadoes?

By Allegra Staples on August 12, 2014
Can Giant Walls Deter The Formation Of Destructive Tornadoes?

Tornados in the Midwestern and Southern United States have always been a troubling yet fascinating phenomenon - just think of Dorothy's whirlwind adventure in the Wizard of Oz! Occurring predominantly in the area east of the Rocky Mountains dubbed 'Tornado Alley', they form during severe thunderstorms called supercells that occur when cold dry polar air comes in contact with warm moist tropical air.

Mystery Lake In Tunisian Desert Causes Both Joy And Concern

By Meera Dolasia on August 10, 2014
Mystery Lake In Tunisian Desert Causes Both Joy And Concern

In early July, shepherds walking across the Tunisian desert, stumbled upon an unusual sight - a beautiful blue lake that had mysteriously appeared in the midst of the parched land. While nobody knows for sure how the 60-foot deep stretch of water that spans over two acres was formed, there are a few theories.

Zhengzhou City's Plans To Build Nature Park Turn Into A Sandy Mess

By June Liu on June 2, 2014
Zhengzhou City's Plans To Build Nature Park Turn Into A Sandy Mess

The plan had been to create a beautiful nature park complete with a large artificial lake on the outskirts of the city of  Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province in north-central China. However thanks to a cruel trick played by nature, what the officials have ended up with, is an unsalvageable sandy mess!

Guess What? Our Sun Has A Sibling!

By Meera Dolasia on May 14, 2014
Guess What? Our Sun Has A Sibling!

A team of scientists led by University of Texas, Austin, astronomer Ivan Ramirez have identified a star that they believe is one of many siblings our sun has floating around the Universe. Formed 4.5 billion years ago from the same large interstellar cloud that gave birth to our sun, it is 15% larger and lies 110 light-years away in the constellation Hercules. Though not visible with the unaided eye, HD 162826 that lies close to bright star Vega, can be easily viewed with low-power binoculars.

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