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The Genes Behind Human Skin Colour

S u m m a r y : New genes coding for human skin colour have been discovered by a team of geneticists studying a variety of African groups. The findings are published in the journal Science. Broad Diversity in Skin Colour Skin colour elicits many different kind of emotions and responses throughout the different

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Earth, Originally, Had A Solid Shell

New research suggests that plate tectonics, the driving force of earthquakes and volcanoes, began at a later period in Earth’s history, and not at the very formation of the planet. The findings are published in Nature. Plate tectonics represent a key feature of our modern Earth: it constitutes a theory that describes the movements of huge

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New Continent Zealandia Discovered Under New Zealand

A mysterious continent lies beneath New Zealand, says a group of geologists. The findings are published in the latest edition of The Geological Society of America (GSA) Today. However, its designation as a continent is reminiscent of the battle of categorising Pluto as a planet: is Zealandia really a continent, and if it is, who will officially classify

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Asteroid Causing Dinosaur Extinction Might Explain Life Formation on Earth

New findings pertaining to the asteroid impact that allegedly caused the extinction of dinosaurs might help us better understand how life started on Earth. The paper is published in the journal Science. We have new data to potentially explain how the dinosaur-killing event occurred, and as a result, how more important events like the start

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Cockroach Milk Used As Protein Supplement!

Cockroach milk might be the next big thing! Scientists of a new paper mention a particular type of cockroach that can pump out “milk” in the form of protein crystals to feed its young. This might be more nutritious than cow’s milk, and thus, of potential benefit to us. The findings are published in IUCrJ,

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Threat of a Massive Earthquake Is Looming Under Bangladesh

Bangladesh might be under the threat of a massive earthquake building up under its land. A team of scientists have made an appraisal of the possibility of the disaster, and concluded that it could affect around 140 million people in the region. Their paper is published in the journal Nature Geoscience. The subduction zone The

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Biodegradable Plastics Are Not So Biodegradable, Says UN Report

Biodegradable plastics are not as green as they were previously thought to be, according to a report of the United Nations, entitled “MARINE PLASTIC DEBRIS AND MICROPLASTICS”. The new report of the UN says that the rate at which biodegradable plastics break down is extremely slow. Some of them need very high temperatures to actually

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Trapped Rainwater Can Trigger Earthquakes

Rain, the means of life on earth, can also fuel chaos – this is an undeniable fact humans have come to accept. A new study shows that the bitter aspect of rain is even more threatening than we would allow ourselves to think: water sent down from above can also promote intense earthquakes. The paper

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Sea Level Rising: The Fastest Rate in 3,000 Years

Rise in sea level is but one of the repercussions of global warming. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science puts into perspective the rocketing rate at which this is happening in recent decades. Our planet’s ocean levels have changed over time even before global warming became an alarming situation —

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The next species to control Earth after humans disappear is not what you expect

Nothing in this world is permanent. This golden rule necessitates that human beings will, one day, die out, completely erased from the surface of the Earth. What will happen then? Will there be another species to call themselves the dominator of our planet? A lecturer from the University of Sterling, Luc Bussiere, makes an exposé

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Origin of Our Earth’s Oceans Is Not A Comet, Says New Study

Ever wondered as to the origin of the water we have on Earth? A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Hawaii suggests that water was present at the formation of our planet, and that our oceans did not necessarily come later from external sources such as comets. The paper is published in Science.

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