Category: Science

The Greenhouse effect – explained

Without the greenhouse effect Earth would be an extremely cold, inhospitable place more like Mars. Most sunlight is able to pass through the Earth’s atmosphere and warm the planet’s surface. The warmed surface returns energy to the atmosphere in the…
Dung Beetle uses the Milky Way to Navigate

  “Even on clear moonless nights, many dung beetles still manage to orientate along straight paths” Considering that birds, seals and butterflies are known to rely on the stars to find their way around, the study authors noted that using…
What happens if we lost our moon ?

If the moon were dragged off and completely removed, there would be none of its mass left to tug gravitationally on the Earth. One of the effects would be that we could throw out tide tables for good. The ocean…
Did life exist BEFORE Earth?

Geneticists applied Moore’s law of computer power to life – and found it adds weight to the theory life originated away from Earth Results suggest life first appeared about 10 billion years ago, far older than the Earth’s projected age…
Giant camel fossil unearthed in the Arctic

Canadian researchers have discovered the first evidence of an extinct giant camel in the High Arctic. A 3.5 million-year-old fossil was unearthed on Ellesmere Island, the most northerly part of Canada, which faces the Arctic Ocean. The finding extends the…
Antarctic mission to find alien life

National Oceanography Centre’s Antarctic mission to find alien life called of, SCIENTISTS searching for undiscovered life forms in an ancient lake beneath the Antarctic have been forced to call off their mission. The team, which includes engineers from the National Oceanography…
Space Lunar elevator can be built

 A lift to the moon? seems crazy but liftport group claim it could be built with todays technology.     The firm, set up by an ex Nasa  engineer,  launched an online campaign to fund the first part of its …
Amazing Astronomy Photographer of the Year

The fourth annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has received a record number of entries. Back-garden amateurs and professional photographers alike have captured spectacular images such as huge eruptions shooting from the Sun’s surface, the dazzling green and red…