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
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
The ocean was cooler than previously thought when life first appeared on Earth, according to two researchers who analysed rocks from South Africa. The paper is published in the journal Sciences Advances. Following the analysis of rocks, a pair of researchers, Maarten de Wit and Harald Furnes, concluded that the temperature of the ocean at
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 —
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
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.
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
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”.
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
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
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
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