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One particular facial expression transcends language barriers, find researchers

One particular facial expression transcends language barriers, find researchers

When you speak, your face says a lot more than you know. The facial expressions can be understood by many people and in most of the cases, the understanding is subtle and automatic. Ohio State University researchers have discovered a particular facial expression that transcends language barriers. They have named the universal expression the ‘not face’ because it punctuates negative sentiments in a way similar to the word ‘not’.

The combination of a furrowed brow, pressed lips, and a raised chin make the ‘not face’. They found that such an expression is given by people when they express a negation like ‘I do not agree’.

Jupiter’s latest collision with a comet or asteroid captured on camera

Jupiter’s latest collision with a comet or asteroid captured on camera

An asteroid or a comet has collided with the solar system’s largest planet Jupiter and the amazing event has been recorded by some intrepid star gazers. They have captured the planet’s latest collision on camera.

On March 17, amateur astronomer John McKeon was looking at the king of planets using telescope from Swords, Ireland, when he recorded the amazing time-lapse footage of something hitting Jupiter.

McKeon was capturing the transit of Jupiter's moons Io and Ganymede through an 11-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and his ASI120mm camera when something hit the planet.

In a YouTube video description, McKeon wrote, “The original purpose of the imaging session was to get this time-lapse, with a happy coincidence of the impact in the second, last capture of the night”.

New data changes dates Surrounding Mysterious history of Siberian Unicorn

New data changes dates Surrounding Mysterious history of Siberian Unicorn

A latest data has changed dates about the baffling history of the Siberian unicorn. The massive Elasmotherium sibiricum was dubbed ‘Siberian unicorn’, though it shared just a bit besides a famous horn having most pop-culture depictions of the legendary unicorn. But, the major surprise isn’t the aesthetics, but the timing.

Earlier, scientists believed that Siberian unicorn become extinct 350,000 years back, however the latest findings have suggested that the date could be required to be revised by hundreds of thousands of years.

Great Barrier Reef Witnesses Worst Coral Bleaching in History

Great Barrier Reef Witnesses Worst Coral Bleaching in History

Major regions of the Great Barrier Reef are currently experiencing the worst coral bleaching in history, revealed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority of Australia. Environmentalists have raised alarms about Great Barrier Reef in the past as well.

The northern region of over a thousand-miles long reef is witnessing massive bleaching, announced Terry Hughes, a professor at the James Cook University. This severe bleaching suggests that the conditions are serious for the reef, and harsh El Niño events are all set to initiate a bleaching event, the professor added.

Antarctic seabirds could recognize humans after they have met them a few times: study

Antarctic seabirds could recognize humans after they have met them a few times

South Korean researchers have conducted a study after they discovered some interesting signs that Antarctic seabirds may remember and recognize humans even after meeting them just a few times.

The Christian Science Monitor reported that it’s not strange for intelligent bird species to be able to remember interactions with humans. It is due to this reason that they can easily understand why they can recognize people. Known among the most intelligent bird species, crows are apt examples of creatures that will certainly recognize you from the time they have seen you.

NASA’s New Horizons finds Evidence of Former Nitrogen Lake on Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons finds Evidence of Former Nitrogen Lake on Pluto

The more we understand about dwarf planet Pluto, the more confusing it becomes. New set of data sent by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft revealed that the distant planet had lakes on its surface in the past. Before this, it was thought that Pluto only has an ocean under its frozen surface.

The data collected by the spacecraft during its flyby of Pluto last year in July also suggested that the planet in the Kuiper belt may have a nitrogen lake on its surface in future. NASA has released a new image confirming that there were liquid channels on the surface of Pluto millions or billions of years ago.

Volcanic eruption in Alaska leads to cancellation of 20 flights

Volcanic eruption in Alaska leads to cancellation of 20 flights

After 20,000 feet high ash plume created Monday by a volcanic eruption in Alaska, the local authorities raised alert level. The volcanic event led to the grounding of certain flights and curbs on travel by road to western and northern parts of the state. Strong winds pushed the ash cloud, which rose to 20,000 feet, into the heart of the state.

Named Pavlof Volcano, it is one of Alaska’s most active volcanoes, which erupted about 4 p.m. Sunday in the 8,261-foot mountain. The site is some 625 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Alaska Peninsula, the finger of land that sticks out from mainland Alaska toward the Aleutian Islands. Geologists say Pavlof falls in the category of open-system volcano.

Hot Jupiter HD 80606b puzzles Astronomers with its Highly Eccentric Orbit

Hot Jupiter HD 80606b puzzles Astronomers with its Highly Eccentric Orbit

An eccentric ‘hot Jupiter’, exoplanet HD 80606b, is orbiting very close to its host star, like a comet. When the exoplanet comes close to its star, its temperature rises and reaches an extreme level, found a team of researchers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.

While orbiting the star, HD 80606 follows an oblong route instead of a circular path. The hot Jupiter goes away from its host star for more than 111 days. After that, in less than one day, it comes very close to the host star before moving back again. When it comes closer to its host star, the exoplanet gets huge amount of energy from the star. The planet’s side that faces the star while approaching it becomes very hot. Temperature of that side reaches about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, as per the researchers.

JAXA no more in Touch with X-ray Astronomy Satellite Hitomi

JAXA no more in Touch with X-ray Astronomy Satellite Hitomi

Last month, Japanese space agency JAXA launched an X-ray astronomical satellite into space in an attempt to understand the high-energy universe in gamma rays and X-rays. The satellite, Hitomi, also known as ASTRO-H and New X-ray Telescope, is no more in contact with mission controllers on earth.

JAXA officials announced on Saturday that the agency officials are trying to understand what happened to the astronomy telescope. “Communication with the X-ray Astronomy Satellite "Hitomi" (ASTRO-H), launched on February 17, 2016 (JST), failed from the start of its operation originally scheduled at 16:40, Saturday March 26 (JST)”, said the agency in a statement.

The satellite’s current state is unknown, but the team is working to find the cause of communication failure, said JAXA.

NASA: Ice covering the Arctic is at near record lows this year

Facebook apologizes for accidentally sending Safety Check notifications to wrong

The social networking website Facebook has come up with an apology for sending Safety Check notifications related to Sunday’s Lahore, Pakistan suicide bombing to the users in living in other areas, by mistake. The social networking website has sent notifications to people in the United States and United Kingdom among many other areas. The destructive bombing in Lahore, Pakistan took more than 69 lives and injured hundreds.

Users who received SMS notification were specifically worried and confused as the test asked the question, ‘Have you been affected by the explosion?’ but didn’t mention where the explosion had happened.

NASA Plans Research Projects across Globe

NASA Plans Research Projects across Globe

NASA has planned eight major projects that will be undertaken over a period of coming six months. The research projects will range from Greenland ice sheet to the coral reefs of the South Pacific. The purpose of this scientific investigations campaign is to understand the extent to which the Earth is changing and how humans are affecting this change.

"Combining the long-term global view from space with detailed measurements from field experiments is a powerful way of deciphering what's happening in our world," said the Director of NASA's Earth Science Division, Michael Freilich.

Japanese space agency lost control over a newly launched satellite

Japanese space agency lost control over a newly launched satellite

The Japanese Space agency launched a satellite called Hitomi on February 17, with an aim to study black holes and other space mysteries. The satellite with X-ray telescopes could no longer be accessed by scientists since Saturday afternoon. The scientists are trying to figure out what had led to network failure.

Brain makes you either critical or empathetic and sometimes both

Brain makes you either critical or empathetic and sometimes both

Two mindsets have been dominating the world since centuries back. One group encompasses those who are religious minded, while another consists believers of science. A new study claimed that the difference in both groups arises due to dominance of one part of the brain, which forms their perception and belief.

There are two parts of brain; one is responsible for analytical thinking, whereas other give birth to empathetic thoughts. Researchers from the Case Western Reserve University and Babson University studied both parts and how they respond to supernatural beliefs. The researchers did eight experiments on 159 to 527 adults. The participants were judged for their empathetic and critical response.

NASA: Saturn's largest moon Titan's tallest peak is 10,948 feet high

NASA: Saturn's largest moon Titan's tallest peak is 10,948 feet high

NASA's Cassini mission scientists have identified the highest peak on Titan, largest moon of planet Saturn. The tallest peak on Titan is 10,948 feet high, the research team said.

They have also discovered that all of the highest peaks on Titan are roughly 10,000 feet in elevation. The study has revealed surfaces in-depth using pictures and other data from Cassini's radar instrument.

Stephen Wall, deputy lead of the Cassini radar team at NASA, said that the point discovered by them isn’t just the highest point they have found on Titan so far, but they also think that it’s the highest point they would ever find there. Most of the tallest mountains on Titan are apparently near to the equator.

Sun is capable of producing monstrous eruptions or 'superflares'

Sun is capable of producing monstrous eruptions or 'superflares'

According to scientists, the Sun can generate monstrous eruptions or 'superflares', capable of breaking down not just radio communication and power supplies, but can also have a bad impact on the ability of our planet to support life.

Solar eruptions often hit Earth. The eruptions are packed with energetic particles that are thrown out by the Sun into space. However, in the times when Sun hurls out massive amounts of hot plasma at the time of huge solar eruptions, it could have serious consequences.

Blind Cavefish That Walks can Reveal about Evolution of Life on Earth

Blind Cavefish That Walks can Reveal about Evolution of Life on Earth

Like early creatures that walked out of the sea, a blind cavefish can climb rocks and waterfalls. Researchers from the New Jersey Institute of Technology discovered that the fish in Thailand has a unique feature that allows it to crawl in a way not seen in other fish species.

The researchers believe the rare fish, Cryptotora thamicola, may reveal how critters made the switch from living and swimming in water to walk on terrain. The finding has offered clues showing that the species may have evolved millions of years ago, as per the researchers.

It is need of the hour to conserve Monarch in Missouri

It is need of the hour to conserve Monarch in Missouri

In the recent times, Monarch Butterfly population has improved. Monarch population is still facing threat but the risk is not high and there are chances of strong recovery, with efforts from locals and authorities. Recently, some scientists while scrutinizing the data on monarch butterflies revealed that there are more monarchs wintering in Mexico than thought before. However, Brice Semmens, Assistant Professor at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, asserted that the species is still in grave danger.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donates $100 million for Bioscience Research

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donates $100 million for Bioscience Research

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, also a philanthropist, recently donated $100 million to Stanford University and Tufts University for carrying out bioscience research. The Billionaire Allen’s donation will help both universities and individual scientists to research and make innovation and discovery in areas such as tissue regeneration, gene editing and antibiotic resistance.

The university will develop new research facilities for bioscience research in following 10 years by using the donated money. The donation is part of Allen’s commitment to the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a new Seattle-based organization. Allen believes that bioscience research is very important aspect of human life and is relevant to understand complex biological system.

William Shakespeare’s skull is probably missing from his tomb, Archaeologists reveal

William Shakespeare’s skull is probably missing from his tomb, Archaeologists

Archaeologists disclosed this week that the skull of William Shakespeare is probably missing from his tomb at Holy Trinity church in Stratford-on-Avon.

The news has come a month prior to the 400th death anniversary of Shakespeare. The discovery has provided credibility to a legend that the skull was stolen by grave robbers in 1794.

It has also given him something in common with other prominent leaders, writers and artists: even after death people can’t keep their hands off him.

Some years back, Benito Mussolini’s granddaughter told the police that someone has been selling parts of the brain of fascist Italian dictator on eBay. In no time, the auction site removed the listing because users can’t sell body parts on the site.

Sun could produce a potentially devastating superflare

Sun could produce a potentially devastating superflare

Researchers at the University of Warwick have analyzed an enormous flare dubbed as ‘superflare’ generated by star KIC9655129 in Milky Way Galaxy. Post-analysis, they said that a similar solar flare can be produced by our sun as well. The massive energy emitting superflare observed from star KIC9655129 is roughly 1,500 light years away.

The star KIC9655129 and our sun are quite similar. The researchers noted that sun can produce a solar flare of comparable intensity. But, the research team mentioned that the chances of such an event are very rare.




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