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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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73,000 Years Ago Massive Tsunami Can Happen Again

Evidence that a volcano making approximately 2.8 km in height on Fogo Island once collapsed following eruption, thereby unleashing a giant tsunami, has recently been documented in a paper published in the journal Science Advances. If it really happened, it only happened in the distant past, around 73,000 years ago. However, the researchers mention the possibility

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One Extra Second On Tuesday, June 30 2015!

Tomorrow (Tuesday, 30.06.15) will be a longer day: one extra second longer. According to NASA scientists, one more second, called the leap second, will be added to the normal 86,400 seconds. A day lasts 86,400 seconds, as per the scientific standardisation of time called “Coordinated Universal Time”, or UTC, and also known as “atomic time”.

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Humans Will Soon Go Extinct According To This New Study

A new study has voiced out one of the worst fears of humanity: humans are allegedly now at risk of being eliminated completely. According to a group of biologists, vertebrates are currently going extinct more than ever before – the fastest rate of disappearance since the dinosaurs were wiped out. Humans might be next. The

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Earth Fact: Humans Would Go Extinct Without Microbes

Life without microorganisms would probably be hell – a new study published in PLOS Biology entertains the idea and explains the repercussions. The aim was to “promote discussion about the value of microbial services supporting life on this planet”.  Scientists Jack Gilbert and Josh Neufeld set out to explore the possibilities in a microbe-free world, and

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Antarctica’s Blood Fall | What is it really?

Astonishing findings have been revealed in the journal Nature Communications as to a spectacular discovery in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys, one of the world’s harshest deserts. What is apparently uninhabitable a land actually has life thriving in its midst: the valleys’ underground lakes might be habitat for microorganisms. Dry valleys of Antarctica. NASA Images. The McMurdo

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Google Searching For Loch Ness Monster

Has Google spotted the Loch Ness Monster, Nessie, yet?! It is said to have captured images of the lake, and from underneath it, said to be “from the perspective of Nessie“. Those eager to prove the alleged existence of the creature can start looking for it via Google! Loch Ness is a large freshwater lake in

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