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June 19 2015

Extroverts are less likely to adopt green lifestyles, study suggests


New research in the UK has looked into whether certain personality types are more environmentally conscious than others, and has found evidence that extroverts are less likely to make ‘green’ lifestyle choices, such as switching off lights and taking their own bags to the supermarket.

The small study looked at the habits of people aged over 50, and is one of the first to suggest that people’s personalities influence how environmentally friendly they are. Out of all the personality traits, openness was the most positively associated with sustainable choices.

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June 19 2015

Origin of Mysterious 'Cannon Earthquakes' in Red Sea Found


Mysterious earthquakes that sound like cannon blasts have been puzzling people for decades, and now their origin has been traced way back to a giant block of volcanic rock hundreds of millions of years old, researchers say.


Related: Fluid Injection's Role in Man-Made Earthquakes Revealed

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June 19 2015

Germany turns military bases into rare-bird nature reserves


Germany agreed Thursday to turn more than 60 former military bases into nature preserves, with the aim of creating vast new green oases and sanctuaries for rare species of birds.

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said an ongoing overhaul of the German armed forces had made it possible to set aside more than 31,000 hectares (76,600 acres) of forests, marshes, meadows and moors.

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June 18 2015

400,000-year-old dental tartar provides earliest evidence of manmade pollution


Most dentists recommend a proper teeth cleaning every six months to prevent, among other things, the implacable buildup of calculus or tartar -- hardened dental plaque. Routine calculus buildup can only be removed through the use of ultrasonic tools or dental hand instruments. But what of 400,000-year-old dental tartar?

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June 18 2015

Can you save the rainforest and still profit? Research team finds a way


What do a bar of soap, packaged cookies, and mascara all have in common? The answer might surprise you. In fact, you might have even used the ingredient to power your trip to the supermarket.

They’re all made with palm oil.

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June 18 2015

Researchers discover first sensor of Earth's magnetic field in an animal


A team of scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin has identified the first sensor of the Earth's magnetic field in an animal, finding in the brain of a tiny worm a big clue to a long-held mystery about how animals' internal compasses work.

Animals as diverse as migrating geese, sea turtles and wolves are known to navigate using the Earth's magnetic field. But until now, no one has pinpointed quite how they do it. The sensor, found in worms called C. elegans, is a microscopic structure at the end of a neuron that other animals probably share, given similarities in brain structure across species.

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June 18 2015

Building the face of a criminal from DNA


The face of a killer constructed from DNA left at the scene of a crime: it sounds like science fiction. But revealing the face of a criminal based on their genes may be closer than we think.

Today scientists are using genetic markers from DNA to build up a picture of an offender's face, a process known as molecular photo fitting.

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June 18 2015

Philae comet lander wakes up, says European Space Agency


The European Space Agency (Esa) says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth.

Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet, was dropped on to the surface of Comet 67P by its mothership, Rosetta, last November.

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June 18 2015

Black holes are not ruthless killers, but instead benign hologram generators


Are black holes the ruthless killers we've made them out to be? Samir Mathur says no. According to the professor of physics at The Ohio State University, the recently proposed idea that black holes have "firewalls" that destroy all they touch has a loophole.

In a paper posted online to the arXiv preprint server, Mathur takes issue with the firewall theory, and proves mathematically that black holes are not necessarily arbiters of doom.

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June 18 2015

The Moon has a big, weirdly shaped dust cloud on its surface


While traipsing about the Moon during the Apollo 15 and 17 missions, NASA astronauts noticed an unexplained "horizon glow" on the lunar surface just before sunrise. The sight led them to suspect that a dust cloud might be percolating miles above them — but no further evidence has been found to validate this idea. The explanation for it remained a mystery.


Alt: Study shows Moon engulfed in permanent, lopsided dust cloud

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June 18 2015

Scientists leave isolation dome after eight months simulating life on Mars


Six scientists who were living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.

The crew stepped outside the dome 2,400m (8,000ft) up the slopes of Mauna Loa to feel fresh air on their skin on Saturday. It was the first time they left without donning a space suit.

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June 18 2015

The Early Mars --"Warm High Seas, or a Cold, Icy Planet?"


The high seas of Mars may never have existed, according to a new study that looks at two opposite climate scenarios of early Mars and suggests that a cold and icy planet billions of years ago better explains water drainage and erosion features seen on the planet today.

For decades, researchers have debated the climate history of Mars and how the planet's early climate led to the many water-carved channels seen today. The idea that 3 to 4 billion years ago Mars was once warm, wet and Earth-like with a northern sea -- conditions that could have led to life -- is generally more popular than that of a frigid, icy planet where water is locked in ice most of the time and life would be hard put to evolve.

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June 18 2015

Methane discovered in Martian meteorites: A sign of life?


Methane, a potential sign of primitive life, has been found in meteorites from Mars, adding weight to the idea that life could live off methane on the Red Planet, researchers say.

This discovery is not evidence that life exists, or has ever existed, on Mars, the researchers cautioned. Still, methane "is an ingredient that could potentially support microbial activity in the Red Planet," study lead author Nigel Blamey, a geochemist at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, told Space.com.

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June 18 2015

Wait, How Did These Chunks Of Glass End Up In A Crater On Mars?


Mars is a strange place, whether we’re talking the seemingly nature-defying behavior of its liquids or just the tendency of even the most ordinary rock to have a secret life. But this latest look into one of its craters shows something odd even by Martian standards: There’s glass in there — and lots of it.

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June 18 2015

Will NASA mission find a salty ocean on Europa?


Scientists believe Jupiter’s moon Europa may have a global ocean beneath an outer shell of ice—an ocean that could be hospitable to life. NASA is expected to launch a mission to Europa in the 2020s. On May 26, 2015, the agency announced the nine scientific instruments that will be onboard.

William McKinnon, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, is on the science team for two of the selected instruments: an ice-penetrating radar, and the most sensitive mass spectrometer ever flown in space. He discussed the mission with university writer Diana Lutz.

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June 18 2015

Dual asteroid strike hints at chaos in the inner solar system


SOMETIME between the demise of the dinosaurs and the rise of primates, Earth suffered a one-two punch from two unrelated asteroids. The double whammy could signify chaos in the inner solar system, triggering a cascade of events that perhaps plunged Earth into the recent ice age.

The impacts that made the Popigai crater in Siberia and the Chesapeake Bay crater on the US East Coast were two of the largest asteroid strikes since the one that killed the dinosaurs, so big that their dust left thin layers of debris all over the globe.

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June 18 2015

Astronomers spot first-generation stars, made from big bang


A team of astronomers has found the best evidence yet for the very first generation of stars, ones made only from ingredients provided directly by the big bang. Made of essentially only hydrogen and helium, these so-called population III stars are predicted to be enormous in size and to live fast and die young. Until recently, many astronomers had thought they would never be able to see such stars, because they would have all burned and died in the universe’s early history—too far for us to see. But using new instruments on the world’s top telescopes, the team found a uniquely bright galaxy that seems to bear all the hallmarks of containing population III stars.

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