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  • Moore’s Law: Life is Older than Earth Itself — “A Process that Began Billions of Years Before...

    09/25/2018 12:02:04 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 56 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 9/24/18
    Moore’s Law: Life is Older than Earth Itself — “A Process that Began Billions of Years Before the Formation of Our Solar System” Posted on Sep 24, 2018  As life has evolved, its complexity has increased exponentially, just like Moore’s law which states that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. The regression suggests that if life takes 10 billion years to evolve to the level of complexity associated with homo sapiens, then we may be among the first, if not the first, intelligent civilization in the Milky Way, negating Drakes Equation.Our Solar...
  • Earth Set For a BIG FREEZE, Sun 'Totally Void' Of Sun Spots For Majority Of 2018

    08/31/2018 6:34:33 AM PDT · by ZeroToHero · 111 replies
    NN ^ | 08/30/18 | Paul Whitehead
    Scientists now believe the earth is in for a big freeze due to the sun being totally void of sunspots for more than half of 2018. The sun has been completely free of sunspots for a total of 133 days this year, scientists are reporting.
  • Asteroid miners could use Earth’s atmosphere to catch space rocks

    08/29/2018 11:32:33 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    Science ^ | 8/29/18 | Joshua Rapp Learn
    Forget deflecting asteroids from hitting Earth—some engineers are drawing up a strategy to steer asteroids toward us, so our atmosphere can act as a giant catching mitt for resource-rich space rocks. What might sound like a crazy idea is actually quite business savvy, according to Minghu Tan, a Ph.D. student at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom who co-authored the new study. That’s because such near-Earth asteroids can host supplies, such as water and precious metals, that could support future human missions to space. But other scientists are skeptical that the concept will ever get off the ground....
  • 'Quadrillion' tons of diamonds discovered deep below Earth's surface

    07/18/2018 3:57:58 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 33 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/17/18 | Jennifer Earl
    (snip) --- A team of scientists made an enormous discovery when they recently uncovered a "quadrillion" tons of diamonds buried more than 100 miles below Earth's surface, according to a new study. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, the Carnegie Institution of Washington and several other universities used seismic devices to measure the speed of sound waves traveling through the Earth's crust. "Sound waves move at various speeds through the Earth, depending on the temperature, density, and composition of the rocks through which they travel," MIT explained in a news release. "Scientists have used this relationship between...
  • Days on Earth Are Getting Longer, Thanks to the Moon

    06/06/2018 11:11:59 AM PDT · by ETL · 61 replies
    Space.com ^ | June 5, 2018 | Samantha Mathewson, Space.com Contributor
    Days on Earth are getting longer as the moon slowly moves farther away from us, new research shows.  The moon is about 4.5 billion years old and resides some 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers) away from Earth, on average. However, due to tidal forces between our planet and the moon, the natural satellite slowly spirals away from Earth at a rate of about 1.5 inches (3.82 centimeters) per year, causing our planet to rotate more slowly around its axis.  Using a new statistical method called astrochronology, astronomers peered into Earth's deep geologic past and reconstructed the planet's history. This work revealed...
  • Jupiter and Venus Change Earth’s Orbit Every 405,000 Years

    05/10/2018 7:28:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 61 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 05/10/2018 | Matt Williams
    Over the course of the past 200 million years, our planet has experienced four major geological periods (the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous and Cenozoic) and one major ice age (the Pliocene-Quaternary glaciation), all of which had a drastic impact on plant and animal life, as well as effecting the course of species evolution. For decades, geologists have also understood that these changes are due in part to gradual shifts in the Earth’s orbit, which are caused by Venus and Jupiter, and repeat regularly every 405,000 years. But it was not until recently that a team of geologists and Earth scientists...
  • We are stewards of the planet. It is time we stepped to the plate.

    05/07/2018 9:28:53 AM PDT · by John Conlin · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/7/2018 | John Conlin
    I live along the Front Range of Colorado and I frequently hike in the foothills with my trusty dog. It is a common experience to look east onto the plains and on the horizon be able to clearly discern the curve of the earth. For those who have never had this experience, it can be quite an epiphany. Right there before your eyes you can actually see the curve of the globe of this wonderful place we call home.
  • Scientists Propose An Asteroid Nuke Mission To Save Earth From Potential Destruction

    03/21/2018 10:47:49 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 3/13/18 | Evan Gough
    Some might say it’s paranoid to think about an asteroid hitting Earth and wiping us out. But the history of life on Earth shows at least 5 major extinctions. And at least one of them, about 65 million years ago, was caused by an asteroid. Preparing for an asteroid strike, or rather preparing to prevent one, is rational thinking at its finest. Especially now that we can see all the Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) out there. The chances of any single asteroid striking Earth may be small, but collectively, with over 15,000 NEAs catalogued by NASA, it may be only...
  • Geno Smith: I May Be With Kyrie Irving on 'This Whole Flat Earth vs. Globe Thing'

    02/26/2018 10:51:19 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | Ryan Wilson
    The former Jets and Giants quarterback wants to know whether you think the Earth is roundA short time after Geno Smith retweeted this Saturday from televangelist Joel Osteen -- "Your time is too valuable, your destiny is too great, your assignment too important to get baited into battles that don't matter." -- the former Jets and Giants quarterback posed this question: Geno âś” @GenoSmith3 I been studying this whole flat earth vs globe thing... and I think I may be with Kyrie on this... b4 you judge do some HW but what do you guys think? 9:23 AM - Feb...
  • Is a massive tremor on the way? Ring of Fire activity returns (trunc)

    02/14/2018 5:17:36 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 18 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 2/13/2018 | By Harry Pettit and Cecile Borkhataria For Mailonline
    A flurry of earthquakes has hit Earth's Pacific plate over the past week, renewing fears a massive tremor is on the way after four disasters jolted the region in January. Quakes have hit near Japan, Guam and Taiwan around the planet's so-called 'Ring of Fire', a horseshoe-shaped zone that is a hotbed for tectonic and volcanic activity. Some have suggested the frequency and proximity of the tremors are signs of a bigger earthquake to come. Experts have claimed events around the Ring of Fire are rarely linked and that in most cases adjacent disasters are a coincidence.
  • Earth’s Poles Show Signs Of FLIPPING: Wide Grid Failures Imminent (Flips Every 200K-300K Years)

    02/01/2018 7:21:32 AM PST · by blam · 55 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1-31-2018
    Scientists from the University of Colorado in Boulder are sounding the alarm that the Earth’s magnetic poles are showing signs of reversing. Although the pole reversal, in and of itself, isn’t unprecedented, the solar winds that would take out the power grid and make parts of the globe uninhabitable could cause widespread disasters. The Earth has a fierce molten core that generates a magnetic field capable of defending our planet against devastating solar winds. This magnetic field is vital to life on Earth and has weakened by 15 percent over the last 200 years. This protective field acts as a...
  • Oldest fossils ever found show life on Earth began before 3.5 billion years ago

    12/19/2017 3:14:12 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 54 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 18 Dec 17 | University of Wisconsin-Madison Researchers
    Researchers at UCLA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have confirmed that microscopic fossils discovered in a nearly 3.5 billion-year-old piece of rock in Western Australia are the oldest fossils ever found and indeed the earliest direct evidence of life on Earth. An example of one of the microfossils discovered in a sample of rock recovered from the Apex Chert, a rock formation in western Australia that is among the oldest and best-preserved rock deposits in the world. The fossils were first described in 1993 but a 2017 study published by UCLA and UW-Madison scientists used sophisticated chemical analysis to confirm...
  • Interest in the ‘Flat Earth’ conspiracy theory is skyrocketing

    12/15/2017 12:30:37 PM PST · by Gamecock · 63 replies
    The Sun ^ | December 13, 2017 | Patrick Knox
    Support for the Flat Earth movement has been exploding in popularity, with millions believing NASA is trying to dupe us about the shape of our planet. Google Trends data reveals searches for “flat earth” in the past two years have tripled, with a 90 percent surge in interest in the cranky conspiracy theory. High-profile celebrity endorsements have helped grow a community of people who reject “globehead” thinking and insist that the world is in fact flat. Those coming out about their belief include NBA player Kyrie Irving, who said in a podcast that he believed the Earth is not the...
  • The Earth is making a weird noise, and researchers have no idea why

    12/08/2017 8:04:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    yahoo ^ | Mike Wehner
    The sound which the planet produces is a low, steady, unceasing hum. Scientists have been attempting to record and explain the odd noise as far back as the late 1950s, with little concrete data to suggest its source. Now, new research published in Geophysical Research Letters is attempting to explain why it happens, and scientists think it might have something to do with the ocean. ... This newest study is the first to actually record the sound from deep beneath the ocean’s waves. By recording ambient sound within the ocean and then using robust noise cancelling techniques to strip away...
  • Scientists capture mysterious hum from deep inside the Earth - but no one knows what it is

    12/08/2017 4:01:30 PM PST · by Signalman · 126 replies
    Mirror ^ | 12/8/2017 | Sophie Curtis
    Scientists have captured a mysterious hum coming from deep inside the Earth, but they are still no closer to working out what it is. It has long been known that the Earth constantly generates a low-frequency vibrational signal. The first attempt to detect this hum was made in 1959, but it wasn't until 1998 that scientists finally proved its existence. Since then, there have been hundreds of attempts to record the Earth's hum, but they have all been made using seismometers on land.
  • How do you prove that Earth is older than 10,000 years?

    12/02/2017 12:19:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Backreaction ^ | Sabine Hossenfelder
    Planet Earth formed around 4.5 billion years ago. The first primitive forms of life appeared about 4 billion years ago. Natural selection did the rest, giving rise to species increasingly better adapted to their environment. Evidence, as they say, is overwhelming. Or is it? Imagine planet Earth began its existence a mere 10,000 years ago, with all fossil records in place and carbon-14 well into decaying. From there on, however, evolution proceeded as scientists tell us. How’d you prove this story wrong? You can’t. I know it hurts. But hang on there, band aid follows below. You can’t prove this...
  • Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows

    11/21/2017 3:31:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 48 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 18 November 2017 | Robin McKie
    Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows Scientists say number of severe quakes is likely to rise strongly next year because of a periodic slowing of the Earth’s rotation Scientists have warned there could be a big increase in numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world next year. They believe variations in the speed of Earth’s rotation could trigger intense seismic activity, particularly in heavily populated tropical regions. Although such fluctuations in rotation are small – changing the length of the day by a millisecond – they could still be implicated in the release of vast...
  • Deadly earthquakes could hit a billion people next year because of Earth's slowing rotation

    11/20/2017 7:59:14 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 122 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | Nov 20, 2017 | By Phoebe Weston For Mailonline
    - Slight fluctuations will release mammoth amounts of underground energy - Next year we could have at least 20 serious earthquakes, scientists warn - The most intense ones are expected to occur in tropical regionsSwarms of devastating earthquakes are set to arrive next year due to the slowing of Earth's rotation, scientists claim. Experts warn we 'had it easy this year' with just six severe earthquakes. Next year we could have at least 20 serious earthquakes, and the most intense ones are expected to occur in tropical regions, home to around one billion people. Tiny changes in the speed...
  • Ancient Geomagnetic Spike Challenges Understanding of Earth's Interior

    11/09/2017 8:55:11 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 9 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | 9 Nov, 2017 | Christopher Davies
    The Earth’s magnetic field, generated some 3,000km below our feet in the liquid iron core, threads through the whole planet and far into space – protecting life and satellites from harmful radiation from the sun. But this shielding effect is far from constant, as the field strength varies significantly in both space and time. This “geomagnetic spike” offers a potentially profound new insight into the dynamics and evolution of Earth’s hidden interior that is now starting to be uncovered. So what are geomagnetic spikes and what are the prospects and implications of another one coming along? The geomagnetic spike of...
  • Humans on Earth Will Perish in 600 Years, Stephen Hawking Warns

    11/07/2017 12:09:19 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 121 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | Nov 7, 2017 | Staff
    According to Hawking, our planet will become overcrowded, and increased energy consumption will turn Earth into a ball of fire because of the rising population and exponential consumption. But he seems to have a solution. Physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the human race will cease to exist on Earth after humans turn it into a giant fireball by 2600 year. To escape from the catastrophe, humans must "boldly go where no one has gone before," Hawking declared during his video appearance at the Tencent WE Summit in Beijing, as quoted by the New York Post. The physicist appealed to...