Earth

The Three R(s) Apply to Foundations, Too

November 5, 2014 / No Comments

It seems a bit odd to think of a building foundation as helping the planet – or at least not doing as much harm as traditional foundations. How different can they be, one foundation to another. Well, certainly there are several very different foundation styles that include different materials used, whether or not you have a basement and what the final ...

European Space Observatory Finds New X-Rays; A Galaxy With Two Black Holes Discovered

April 24, 2014 / No Comments

In a rare unexpected chance, XMM-Newton, the European space observatory, has discovered two huge black holes in a galaxy that’s now known to be 2 billion light years away from earth. The news comes from a paper that’s expected to be a part of Astrophysical Journal’s May 10 issue. The European space observatory is known to check at fixed points for while ...

New Theory Explains The Origin Of Earth’s Tectonic Plates

April 9, 2014 / No Comments

While there are plenty of mysteries out there in deep space, many puzzling conundrums still stump us right here on earth. The phenomenon of the ‘tectonic plates’ is one such question which has eluded geologists for centuries. But we might finally be getting closer to the answer as a latest computer model developed by Bercovici and Yanick Ricard of University ...

Microbes, Not Volcanoes, Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction!

April 2, 2014 / No Comments

Seems like big things do indeed come in small packages! For decades now scientists were more or less convinced that the great mass extinction that occurred towards the end of the Permian period was caused most likely by volcanic activity. But a team led by MIT geophysics professor Daniel Rothman has finally found conclusive evidence thanks to sediments in China that point ...

Video: Chile 8.2 magnitude earthquake triggers tsunami warnings; five dead

April 2, 2014 / No Comments

A major quake of 8.2 magnitude struck off the coast of northern Chile at 20:46 local time (23:46 GMT) on April 2, 2014. The quake has killed at least five people thus far, aside from triggering tsunami alert and small landslides. The aftershocks and minor earthquakes continue to haunt the entire country. According to recent reports, more than 10 aftershocks and quakes have hit ...

Over 3,500 Years Old Copper Age Skeleton Found In Odisha

March 30, 2014 / No Comments

A recent finding from Utkal University anthropology experts is a skeleton that is presumed to be over 3,500 years old.   The skeleton is the second find at the Copper Age site in Banga, which is around 25 km from Odisha capital Bhubaneswar. According to the experts of Utkal University, the skeleton is of a woman of age 30-35 years and belongs to ...

Millions Switch Off And Dim Lights To Mark Earth Hour 2014

March 30, 2014 / No Comments

Millions of people switched off their lights at 8.30 pm local time across many countries around the world on March 29, Saturday, to mark the annual Earth Hour of WWF. This is the eighth year, and the event has got response from numerous countries and people in the world, who have supported Earth Hour for environmental issues. In line with the event ...

Lava Carved Stone Furniture to Decorate Your Space

August 24, 2012 / No Comments

Most of us see lava as a dangerously beautiful thing to admire. We love and admire the coal-red beauty of it, but fear to approach it. But, it may not be the case for all. Raimonds Cirulis of Maffam Freeform takes a different approach in this. Maffam Freeform, a Latvian design company, sees that intriguing collection of furniture created out of ...

Tyson Show Incurs PETA Wrath

March 8, 2011 / 1 Comment

Mike Tyson’s new reality series “Taking on Tyson”, which premiered on Animal Planet may have won him good fanfare, but he is getting brickbats too. Well, the second mentioned reaction is from PETA. It has been learnt that the animal rights organization is not that impressed with the show.

How valuable is the Earth? Priciest at 5 Quadrillion Dollars!

March 4, 2011 / No Comments

Here comes an astrophysicist with a price tag for our home planet. Greg Laughlin, assistant astronomy and astrophysics professor from the University of California, Santa Cruz, has developed a special formula for determining how much the heavenly bodies in the universe are worth. According to this calculation valuing the planets, Earth has become the priciest one in the whole solar ...