Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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Weather warnings being issued from Wednesday turned to reality in the UAE with rain and strong wind sending temperatures to freezing level. The National Center for Seismology and Meteorology reported the dip in temperature in Jebel Jais Mountain in Ras Al Khaimah to -2.2 degree Celsius. Visibility in some areas has...
Humankind is now just 2 and a half minutes from doomsday. That’s the somber conclusion of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a group of scientists who maintain the “Doomsday Clock,” a symbolic representation of humanity’s proximity to apocalyptic destruction. On Thursday, they moved the clock’s minute hand 30 seconds...
(NEWSER) – A brave new world in apples arrives in Midwestern grocery stores in February. The Canadian company Okanagan will begin selling "Arctic" apples that have been genetically modified to resist browning, reports the CBC. To show off the apples' talent, the Arctics will be sold pre-sliced in clear...
Emirates has introduced new sustainable blankets made from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles. The soft and warm blankets are made using ecoTHREAD patented technology and is now available in Economy Class on all long-haul Emirates flights. Each Emirates ecoTHREAD blanket is made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. With the...
(Reuters) - A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off from California on Saturday, returning the company to flight for the first time since a fiery launchpad explosion in September. The launch of the 230-foot (70-meter) rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:54 a.m. PST (1754 GMT) aimed to deliver 10...
In the spring of 1986, technicians performing maintenance on reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accidentally caused a chemical reaction that resulted in an explosive blaze. More than 50 site workers died. Approximately 120,000 people from neighboring communities were immediately evacuated. The fire burned for 10 days....
(NEWSER) – Thanks to improvements in technology, the following popular hand gestures are no longer advised in photos: waving, giving the thumbs up, and flashing the peace sign. Raising the double bird or a fist remain excellent options. Researchers at the National Institute of Informatics in Japan say that...
A major conservation group is urging environmental leaders to list cheetahs as an endangered species, warning that populations of the big cats have crashed dramatically across the African continent in just a few decades. Only 7,100 cheetahs, the world’s fastest land animal, are left in the wild, according to a...
(NEWSER) – In the future, we may be able to treat aging itself, rather than just the diseases that come with it, the Guardian reports. “Our study shows that aging may not have to proceed in one single direction," researcher Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte says. "With careful modulation, aging...
DUBAI// The first solar-powered abra in the Middle East has begun operations in the emirate. The Roads and Transport Authority says the boat can travel for six hours at a speed of four knots per hour (7.4 kilometres an hour). The abra is being used at Al Mamzar and was introduced...
The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has issued an alert about unstable weather conditions. In a tweet on Saturday, the Met authority warned of strong winds and very rough seas that could cause wave heights of up to 12 feet. Moreover, blowing dust or sand will reduce horizontal...
(NEWSER) – Why confront your fear in the hopes of overcoming it when scientists could just erase it from your brain? That's exactly what researchers say they may be able to do in a study published Monday in Nature Human Behavior. Currently, most treatments for phobias and PTSD involve...
Two mainland astronauts touched down safely on the grasslands of Ulanqab, in Inner Mongolia, on Friday, ending a month-long mission in China’s bigger quest to establish a permanent space station. Major General Jing Haipeng and Colonel Chen Dong spent 33 days aloft, setting a new benchmark for Chinese manned space...
The Long March CZ-5 heavy-lift rocket sitting on a launch pad at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in Hainan is China’s most powerful rocket ever, and also its most fragile. Scheduled to blast off on Thursday afternoon, according to computer calculations it will be China’s safest launch, and yet it...
Conservationists have warned that nature is facing a global "mass extinction" for the first time since the demise of the dinosaurs. It comes after figures show global wildlife populations are set to fall by more than two thirds on 1970 levels by the end of the decade. Assessment of 14,152 populations...
(NEWSER) – The International Space Station received its first shipment from Virginia in more than two years Sunday, reports the AP, following a sensational nighttime launch observed 250 miles up and down the East Coast. Orbital ATK's cargo ship pulled up at the space station bearing 5,000 pounds of...
Ohsumi is a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. "As a scientist, I’m extremely honored,” he said in an interview with Japanese broadcaster NHK. He said the “human body is always repeating the auto-decomposition process, or cannibalism, and there is a fine balance between formation and decomposition. That’s what...
A British man with HIV undergoing a pioneering treatment hopes to become the first in the world to be cured of the virus, it has been reported. Scientists treating the 44-year-old patient said he has shown "remarkable" progress under the therapy, designed to track down and destroy the virus in...
Toughie, the world's last Rabbs' fringe-limbed tree frog and a symbol of the extinction crisis, has died at his home in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The famed frog's age is unknown, but he's at least 12 years old, and likely older, because he was an adult when collected in 2005. Mark...
In honour of our continued love affair with good coffee we spoke to Lavazza Australia Espresso Specialist John Kozsik about what coffee lovers drink and what it says about them. Here is what he had to say: Cafe Latte Latte lovers are softer, more romantic hard workers. Generally nice people. They can...
European scientists have sent the Rosetta spacecraft on its final, one-way journey to the surface of a comet, after a historic 12-year mission to discover the secrets of the dusty, icy bodies. The Rosetta spacecraft has been chasing comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko across more than 6 billion kilometres (3.7 billion miles) of...
Radiology is a method of using imaging for diagnostic purposes and the treatment of illnesses. As established by NASA, this branch of medicine began in 1895 when Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen made the discovery of the X-ray. Since then, numerous advances in the field have been made, and the simple...
Come hell or high water, Elon Musk is set on sending humans to Mars. And on Tuesday, the billionaire business magnate and tech entrepreneur revealed to the world exactly how he plans to set up a colony on the red planet using Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX. Humans have...
Scientists say the world's first baby has been born using DNA from three parents in a technique hailed as "revolutionary". The controversial "three-parent" technique allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies. The baby, whose mother and father are Jordanian, was born in Mexico with the help of a...
The Sun reports the 400kg reptile was discovered by workers after they carried out a controlled explosion in the Cave of Altamira, in the northern state of Para. Video footage taken by one of the crew pans down the snake’s enormous body — which measures one metre in diameter. After making...
China plans to switch on the world’s largest radio telescope on Sunday as it focuses much of its growing scientific ambitions on unlocking the fundamentals of the universe. Along with other massive facilities that Beijing plans to build, the telescope, which as a diameter of 500 metres, could entice international...
There are many things these days that are so commonplace that we completely take them for granted. Because we either don’t see these things in action, or we use them so regularly, we often forget that they are inventions at all. In reality, they were once things that people...
The surgeon who claims he will perform the world's first head transplant next year has released a series of videos showing paralysed animals that have been 'healed' by his groundbreaking technique. The videos show a mouse, rat and a dog that are able to walk. Weeks earlier they had had their...
(NEWSER) – DNA testing has been the forensic scientist's workhorse for identification purposes, but it comes with major issues, reports the Los Angeles Times, and scientists now say they've got a possible substitute: hair proteins. Per a study published in PLoS One, these proteins are like replicas of a...
Dolphins are capable of “highly developed spoken language” which closely resembles human communication, scientists have suggested. While it has long been acknowledged dolphins are of high intelligence and can communicate within a larger pack, their ability to converse with each other individually has been less understood. But researchers at the...
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