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Hot water under the ‘doomsday glacier’ threatens to melt faster than we predicted

A confluence of hot water threatens to topple the pillars themselves, keeping the ‘Doomsday Glacier’ afloat. The first measurements ever made under the icy tongue of Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier have now revealed a previously underestimated flow of warm water from the east. This influx of heat mixes with other waters beneath the glacier and intervenes in several critical ‘stick points’, …

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NASA delays Ingenuity helicopters’ historic first flight to Mars

An artist’s concept of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter taking off. NASA / JPL-Caltech It looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer to see a helicopter fly around Mars. NASA has decided to push back Ingenuity Mars helicoptersFirst experimental flight due to a safety warning during a high-speed centrifuge test of Ingenuity’s rotors, the space agency said on Saturday. …

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Scientists are discovering the “doomsday glacier” more unstable than ever

Hot water puts the glacier in danger of completely collapsing. Sentenced doomsday glaciers Researchers studied the waters beneath the Thwaites Glacier (also known as the “Doomsday Glacier”) and discovered that the ice shelf is melting faster than previously thought. Scientists used an unprocessed submarine known as the “Ran” to explore the underside of the glacier in western Antarctica. according to …

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NASA delays Ingenuity helicopters’ historic first flight to Mars

An artist’s concept of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter taking off. NASA / JPL-Caltech It looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer to see a helicopter fly around Mars. NASA has decided to push back Ingenuity Mars helicoptersFirst experimental flight due to a safety warning during a high-speed centrifuge test of Ingenuity’s rotors, the space agency said on Saturday. …

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Are you confused by scientific jargon? Also researchers

Polje, nappe, vuggy, psammite. Some scholars studying caves may not catch a glimpse, but for the rest of us, these terms may just as well be ancient Greek. Specialized terminology is not unique to the ivory tower – just ask a baker about torture or an arborist about e.g. Shovel blades. But it is pervasive in academia, and now a …

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microbes discovered deep underground remain largely unchanged since 175 million years ago

New research has identified what are probably the smallest living fossils to date – a group of microbes that feed on radioactive decay. Abandoned tin mine in Vredehoek, Cape Horn, South Africa. Image credits jbdodane / Flickr. The team, led by the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, an independent, non-profit oceanographic research institute, reports that microbes have been frozen, evolutionarily …

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A magnitude 3.3 earthquake shook southern central Texas

SMILEY, Texas – An earthquake shook parts of south central Texas early Saturday. An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.3 occurred around noon. 00.50 in Smiley, a community of about 700 in Gonzales County. No injuries were reported. Smiley is about 160 miles west of Houston. The Texas Tribune reports west of Texas has seen a dramatic increase in earthquakes …

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NASA rarely detects ‘double quasars’ in the old corner of the universe

What burns brighter than a quasar – the hungry, supermassive black holes to overshadow entire galaxies as they greedily eat everything within reach? How about a “double quasar?” In a new study, astronomers used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to look 10 billion years into the cosmic past, where they discovered two giant quasars on the verge of colliding. These hungry …

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