Top Science Stories This Week

Posted: Nov 12 2016, 12:45pm CST | by , Updated: Nov 12 2016, 12:51pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

Top Science Stories This Week
An artist's impression of the Tongtianlong, or Mud Dragon. Credit:Zhao Chuang
 

The Lost Nuke’ may have been Found off Canadian Coast

A Canadian professional diver claims to find a long-lost nuclear bomb. The diver was diving deep in the waters off Pitt Island when he came across a massive mysterious object. It was possibly the nuclear bomb nicknamed ‘The Lost Nuke’ that was on board American aircraft B-36 bomber. The aircraft alongside the weapon crashed in British Columbia in February 1950. Since then, the bomb was never discovered.

Canada’s Department of National Defense, however, suggests that it could be the dummy nuclear bomb that was jettisoned by the crew after the sudden drop of actual Lost Nuke. 

Mud Dragon Dinosaur Discovered in China

Scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur in southern China. Nicknamed Mud Dragon, the bird-like dinosaur species flourished about 66 to 72 million years ago, just before the mass extinction. The discovery can provide important clues on the period when an asteroid hit the Earth and wiped out the dinosaur species. 

The mud dragon belongs to the family of feathered dinosaurs called oviraptorosaurs and was about the size of a large sheep. The fossil was discovered at a school construction site near Ganzhou and could possibly be destroyed due to the use of explosives. However, the remains are safe and remarkably well preserved and represent probably the last group of dinosaurs before the asteroid impact 66 million years ago.

NASA to Launch Swarms of Satellites for Observing Earth

NASA is planning to launch a set of six small satellites in the next few months. The tiny satellites will orbit near the Earth and provide a fresh look at the changes in our planet.

These satellites can be as tiny as a loaf of bread and weigh anywhere from few to 400 pounds. They will not only offer new observational data about Earth but also provide an opportunity to test new technologies in space.

Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division in Washington says. “NASA is expanding small satellite technologies and using low-cost, small satellites, miniaturized instruments, and robust constellations to advance Earth science and provide societal benefit through applications.”

Thousands of Perfectly Round Snowballs Appear on Siberian Beach

Siberia has now become a fitting place to enjoy winters as thousands of huge, perfectly round-shaped snowballs are piled up around one of its beach.

Residents of a small village near Arctic Circle have first noticed the large icy blobs on late October and ever since these icy balls have stretched to 11 miles across the beach. The snowballs vary in sizes ranging from a tennis ball to an object that is 3 feet across. 

The snowballs are the result of a rare, natural process, where wind accumulate the bits of slush and ice around the beach and forms them into spheres. 

Scientists will Map Yellowstone’s Mysterious Geyser Old Faithful Plumbing

What is causing Yellowstone’s Old Faithful geyser to spew boiling water?

That’s a question researchers are trying to answer as they will map out the plumbing system inside the Earth’s crust around famous hydrothermal feature at Yellowstone National Park.

Throughout the November, researchers will conduct several flights over the park with a giant electromagnetic device hanging from the helicopter. The device is like an X-ray machine that will determine where and how hot water flows beneath the surface.

Discovered in 1870, Old Faithful geyser erupts every 35 to 120 minutes a day and can spit hot water up to 180 feet in the air. 

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