You may have seen the pictures.
It’s night-time in an impossibly exotic location. Waves are breaking on the beach. The water is sparkling with electric blue lights.
The internet loves an image of a magical-looking bioluminescent bay. You may also have seen travel bloggers bemoaning the real event as not quite living up the hype.
Even if the latter is true, bioluminescence (in this case usually caused by planktonic organisms called dinoflagellates) is a pretty amazing natural phenomenon.
Read Article: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170818-five-amazing-things-that-happen-in-the-ocean-at-night
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Scientists taking on the deep questions of whether cats are liquid or solid, how holding a crocodile influences gambling and whether playing the didgeridoo can help cure snoring were honored Thursday at the Ig Nobel Prize spoof awards.
Read Article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-ignobel/liquid-cats-crocodile-bets-and-didgeridoos-win-ig-nobel-science-prizes-idUSKCN1BP37X
This is a snapshot of a computer simulation of two (relatively small) planets colliding with each other. The colours show how the rock of the impacting body (dark grey, in centre of impact area) accretes to the target body (rock; light grey), while some of the rock in the impact area is molten (yellow to white) or vaporized (red).
Credit: Philip J. Carter
Analysing a mixture of earth samples and meteorites, scientists have shed new light on the sequence of events that led to the creation of the planets Earth and Mars.
Read Article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170927133629.htm
A new study has found that songs from around the world tend to share features, including a strong rhythm, that enable coordination in social situations and encourage group bonding.
Read Article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150629162221.htm
The countdown is on for Aug. 21, when a total solar eclipse will arc across the continental United States for the first time in decades.
Here’s everything you need to know about this rare and striking astronomical event that you won’t want to miss.
What is it?
A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, lasting for up to about three hours from beginning to end, according to NASA. The lunar shadow will darken the sky, temperatures will drop and bright stars will appear at a time that is normally broad daylight.
Read Article: http://abcnews.go.com/US/total-solar-eclipse-2017-upcoming-celestial-event/story?id=48859509
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