Top Science Stories Of The Week

Posted: Apr 2 2016, 3:41pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Top Science Stories of the Week
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Something Just Smashed into Jupiter 

Jupiter got smacked by a mysterious large object last month and fortunately the moment of impact was captured by two strangers who were a thousand of miles away from each other. 

Both amateur astronomers were looking at the planet through telescopes and managed to film what appears to a fiery collision between a mystery object and the planet. Their videos show that something mysterious may be a comet or asteroid crashed into the right side of the gas giant. With that impact, a strange light spot was emerged which lasted not more than one second.

Hobbits Died Out Earlier than Thought 

The ancient lineage of tiny humans nicknamed “Hobbits” may have gone extinct earlier than thought, according to a new research.

Hobbits stood just three feet tall and lived in the forests of Indonesia. It was long thought that these miniature extinct human relatives coexisted with modern humans for tens of thousands of years. But remains discovered in a cave of Flores Island suggest that hobbits died out soon before or after modern humans arrived on the island and it happened around 50,000 years ago not between 13,000 and 11,000 years ago as initially claimed. 

305 Million Years old Arachnid Holds Clues to the Origin of Spiders 

Researchers have recently analyzed a 305 million years old arachnid fossil that was not quite a spider but very close to being one. 

The weird creature used to live in the part what is now eastern France and was first discovered in 1980s. Due to lack of modern technology, the fossil could not be analyzed at that time and was put under the drawer of national museum.

Now thanks to latest technology and 3D scans, researchers were able to examine the fossil of the spider and compared it with the modern counterparts. The unique species went extinct over the years but its cousins continued to evolve into modern spider.

Scientists Identify the colors of 10 Million Years Old Snake

Researchers have recently unearthed a 10 million years old snake and tracked the true colors of the snake while it was alive.

Usually, it is difficult to identify the color of a fossilized animal since pigments could not survive over the years. But this time around researchers analyzed the cells where pigments lie to determine the colors of the snake. Different kinds of cells are specified to a certain pigment. Therefore, they can help reveal the color pattern on a snake’s body.

Astronomers Stunned to Find a Planet with Three Suns

Researchers have found a weird planet with triple star system. It means that the planet has three suns in its system, one is very large around which a star revolves and is almost forty times as bright as the our own Sun. There are two relatively small stars located close to the main star. The pair of star is much dimmer due to its distance and is not brighter than our Moon.

Planets with triple star system are extremely rare and the newfound planet is only the fourth known planet of such kind.

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