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Six Cosmic Catastrophes That Could Wipe Out Life On Earth

Six Cosmic Catastrophes That Could Wipe Out Life On Earth

Photo Credit: ESO via Flickr Guest Author Daniel Brown, Nottingham Trent University If you ask yourself what the biggest threat to human existence is you’d probably think of nuclear war, global warming or a large-scale pandemic disease. But assuming we can overcome such challenges, are we really safe? Living on our blue little planet seems safe until

Look Up! Your Guide To Some Of The Best Meteor Showers For 2017

Photo Credit: Jeff Smallwood via Flickr Guest Author Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland and Tanya Hill, Museum Victoria After a disappointing 2016, when most of the annual major meteor showers were washed out by moonlight, 2017 looks far more promising. Of the big three, the Quadrantids in January and Geminids in December are both visible in

60,000 antelopes die in 4 days

Planet Earth II: Why More Than 200,000 Saiga Antelopes Died In Just Days

Photo Credit: Wikipedia Guest Author EJ Milner-Gulland, University of Oxford; Eric Morgan, University of Bristol, and Richard Kock, Royal Veterinary College On the remote steppes of central Kazakhstan, a truly extraordinary – and tragic – event unfolded in May 2015. Female saigas gathered in huge numbers to give birth on the open plain over a period of

Beautiful Green ‘Airglow’ Spotted By Aurora Hunters – But What Is It?

Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory Nathan Case, Lancaster University Amateur astronomers and aurora hunters alike have been reporting a green glow across the UK sky. Easily confused with the aurora borealis, or northern lights, the sightings were of another phenomena called “airglow”. Airglow is the natural “glowing” of the Earth’s atmosphere. It happens all the

Meet Savannasaurus, Australia’s Newest Titanosaur

Image credit: Travis Tischler/Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History Guest Author Phil Bell, University of New England The outback region around Winton in central Queensland is arguably Australia’s ground zero for giant dinosaur fossils. Here, graziers occasionally stumble across petrified bones on their paddocks, amid the stubbly grass and cow dung. These bones appear like

How Science Is Giving Voice To Mummies Such As Ötzi The Iceman

How Science Is Giving Voice To Mummies Such As Ötzi The Iceman

Image credit: Simon Claessen via Flickr Guest Author Anna Barney, University of Southampton Researchers recently managed to recreate the voice of 5,300-year-old Ötzi the iceman by recreating his vocal tract. The technology is promising and could be used to digitally produce the voices of other mummified remains. But how does it work and what else could it be

Which Is The World’s Deadliest Spider, Really?

Image credit: Dick Culbert Guest Author Rick Vetter, University of California, Riverside It seems Ebola and terrorism may have lost their scare factor. That is because journalists have once again turned to arachnophobia. “Brazilian Wandering spider found under a bunch of bananas in Waitrose home delivery,” said one newspaper recently. Every few months, almost like clockwork,