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Study: Sun Plays Role in Lightning Strikes

Posted June 2nd, 2014 at 7:31 pm (UTC+0)

Lightning is one of nature’s most spectacular and mysterious phenomena, yet there is much scientists still don’t know about it. British researchers have found evidence that high-energy particles, which are blown toward Earth on the solar wind, play a role in triggering lightning on Earth. These energized solar particles can travel from the sun at […]

New Dating System Could Reveal Secrets of Earth’s Ancient Climate

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 7:51 pm (UTC+0)

Scientists have a new tool in the quest to learn more about Earth’s ancient climate, including the mechanisms that plunged our planet into and out of ice ages. The new tool is a scientific technique called radiometric krypton dating, which recently allowed researchers to accurately determine the age of a 120,000-year-old Antarctic ice core sample. […]

Mars Mission Could Accelerate Alzheimer’s in Astronauts

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 8:23 pm (UTC+0)

Traveling into deep space could accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable form of dementia, according to a new report. The NASA-funded study assessed how cosmic radiation would impact the astronauts throughout their trip in deep space. The effect of cosmic radiation on the human body has been a  concern for the US space agency as […]