Determining the age of moon rocks


Researchers have devised a new technique using which they can successfully determine the age of moon rocks and possibly fill a gap in planetary evolution and help answer questions about water and life in solar system. Researchers say that their new technique dubbed laser ablation resonance ionization mass spectrometry can alleviate the need for sophisticated sample … [Read more...]

No health hazards from cosmic rays, study says


A new study has refuted claims that cosmic rays could cause congenital birth defects on Earth, stating that they do not pose any health hazards. Previous studies have pegged "solar particle events" -- spikes in cosmic rays from the sun, which are known to hamper communications or bring down electric power grids -- as possible source of congenital birth defects on Earth. … [Read more...]

2014 was indeed Earth’s hottest year on record


Did you feel the heat last year? Did you feel that 2014 was a rather hot one compared to 2013 or any previous year in memory? Well it seem that you are not the only one who is thinking this as a new report has pegged 2014 as the hottest year on record. A report, based on contributions from 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world, claims that the unusually high … [Read more...]

Genes are helping fish to cope with warming oceans

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Researchers have finally solved the puzzle of what is helping some fish to survive the changing conditions of oceans - specifically the increase in ocean temperatures. Researchers at James Cook University in Queensland have found that higher levels of certain stress and immune genes are the reason why fish can cope with warming temperature in water over the … [Read more...]