Posts Tagged ‘discovery’

Oldest human footprints in North America identified -10,500-year-old footprints smash record

// January 12th, 2014 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

In 1961, during a highway construction project in northeastern Mexico, less than 200 miles from the Texas border, a pair of tracks, one left and one right, were uncovered in the Chihuahuan Desert. The tracks were excavated and taken to a local museum (Saltillo’s Museo del Desierto) for study. Now, over 50 years later, researchers […]

Astronomers may have found the impossible – a star within a star

// January 10th, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Seemingly impossible, the idea of a nested star has been proposed before – it’s just nobody has ever found an example of the cosmic oddity. That may be about to change though. Scientists are keeping the name of the star a secret right now – at least until their peers can validate their findings – […]

For first time in history, dinosaur fossils found in Saudi Arabia

// January 9th, 2014 // No Comments » // General Science News

For the first time in history, confirmed dinosaur fossils have been found in Saudi Arabia. Rare in the Arabian Peninsula, the finding of the 72-million-year-old tail-bones of the plant-eating titanosaur and a fossilized teeth of a sharp-toothed theropod were discovered in the Adaffa formation, a pile of sandstone and conglomerates deposited during the Late Cretaceous […]

So that’s where all the water went! Delaware-size underground water reservoir discovered in drought-stricken Kenya.

// September 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Scientists have found a vast underground water reservoir in one of Kenya’s driest regions that they say could allow the drought-stricken country to meet its water needs for at least the next 70 years. The massive water reservoir, located 1,082 feet underground, was found in the desert of Kenya’s Turkana region. Named the Lotikipi Basin […]

Researchers discover “Carbyne” – stronger than steel, grapheme, and diamond

// August 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Researchers from Rice University have calculated a new form of carbon supermaterial, named Carbyyne, that is stronger than steel, grapheme, and even diamonds. The new form of carbon promises more strength and stiffness than any other known material. The new material is constructed from a chain of carbon atoms linked either by alternate triple and […]

Significant submerged archaeological site discovered off the Alikanas beach on northeast Zakynthos in Greece

// June 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

A submerged archaeological site has been discovered, with extensive sunken architectural remains, by an Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities team, located at a depth of 2-6 meters off the Alikanas beach on northeast Zakynthos island in the Ionian Sea island. The team had been surveying the area since the May 13, 2013. The site covers around […]

World’s oldest flowing water found in Canada 1.5 miles underground – scientists testing for life

// May 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Canadian and British scientists announced last week that they have discovered the world’s oldest flowing water deep under an Ontario copper and zinc mine in Canada. The scientists recovered the water through boreholes drilled underneath the mine. The cache of water was discovered 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) underground and is believed to date from 1.5 […]

New largest prime number found – 17 million digits would fill 28 novel-length books

// February 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

It was announced yesterday that a new prime number, the largest to date, has been discovered by Dr. Curtis Cooper, a professor at the University of Central Missouri. The new prime number, which is also the 48th Mersenne prime (an extremely rare prime that is a prime number that can be written in the form […]

Uh oh, the size of a proton may be significantly smaller than originally believed

// January 25th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

A team of scientists at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have upset the current body of literature on quantum electrodynamics by proving that the size of a proton is actually much smaller than originally believed. Their measurements indicated the proton’s radius measures a mere 0.84fm.

NASA announces new evidence for water ice at Mercury’s poles

// November 30th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Scientist have long speculated that ice existed on the planet Mercury. Radio waves bounced off the planet decades ago indicated many bright spots on the planet’s surface. Scientist were reluctant to conclude that the white areas were ice though. The white reflection could have been silicate, sulfur, or other highly-reflective substances. Today, a new analysis […]

Scientists discover planet 13 times larger than Jupiter – may be bridge between planet and star

// November 20th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Kappa Andromedae b (or ‘Kappa And b,’ for short) is 170 light-years away and orbits its sun, which is a mere 30 million years old (compared to Earth’s 5 billion year old sun), about 1.8 times farther than Neptune’s orbit. It glows red due to radiation from the heat that’s left over from its formation. […]

The impossible: first ever quadruple planetary star system discovered – by amateur astronomers

// October 17th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Two volunteer amateur astronomers have confirmed the existence of a Neptune-like planet that has four suns, making it the first quadruple planetary star system ever discovered and a real-life version of Tatooine from “Star Wars”. The planet is a gas giant located 5,000 light years from Earth and orbits one pair of the stars which […]

Scientists discover new planet orbiting our nearest neighboring star – Alpha Centauri B

// October 17th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Astronomers have discovered a new planet, about the size of Earth, orbiting Alpha Centauri B, a nearby sun-like star roughly 4 light years away. The new planet orbits its parent star about 10 times closer than Mercury so temperatures might be more than 2,240 degrees Fahrenheit. Still, scientists are hopeful that more planets will be […]

Researchers discover planet that is twice Earth’s size and made of granite and diamonds

// October 12th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Researchers from Yale University have found a rocky planet, about 40 light years away from Earth, that is roughly twice the size of Earth and made primarily of granite and diamonds. With a surface temperature of approximately 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit, mining the diamonds is going to be a tough.

Researchers find means to boil water without producing bubbles

// September 19th, 2012 // No Comments » // General Science News

Researchers have discovered a way to boil water without producing any bubbles. To do so, they manipulated what has been known for a long, long time by using the right kind of texture and chemistry to prevent bubbling during boiling.

New species of monkey found in remote forest looks like a (ugly) man

// September 15th, 2012 // No Comments » // General Science News

In a rare find, scientists identified a new species of monkey found in the remote forests of Congo – the lesula. It has been nearly three decades since scientists identified a new monkey species. The lesula was known to local hunters, they just never thought to mention it to anyone else.