Great Barrier Reef comes alive in ‘magic’ spawning event

The Great Barrier Reef has “gave birth” to its annual coral spawn, creating a cacophony of color on the Australian landmark. (Gareth Phillips, Reef Teach) Estimated reading time: 3-4 minutes CAIRNS, Australia – The Great Barrier Reef has “gave birth” to its annual coral spawn, creating a cacophony of colors on the Australian landmark. Scientists … Read more

Stunning simulation shows stars get fragmented when they get too close to a black hole

We just got a little more insight into star death from a black hole. In a series of simulations, a team of astrophysicists has thrown a set of stars at a series of black holes and recorded what happens. It’s the first study of its kind, the scientists said, to combine Einstein’s general theory of … Read more

Making a less fragile diamond with fullerenes

Structural comparison: crystalline diamond (left) and paracrystalline diamond (right). On the right, units of carbon atoms arranged in a cubic shape are marked in turquoise, units of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal shape are marked in yellow. Irregular structures are marked in red. Credit: Hu Tang. A team of researchers from China, Germany and … Read more

430-foot asteroid expected to pass Earth on Monday – CBS Sacramento

According to NASA, a 430-foot asteroid called 1994 WR12 is expected to break through Earth’s orbital path early next week. NASA says we can expect the asteroid to be in the sky in California between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. Monday. READ MORE: El Dorado County Couple Opens First Cornhole Store in Northern California On November … Read more

430-foot asteroid expected to pass Earth on Monday – CBS Sacramento

According to NASA, a 430-foot asteroid called 1994 WR12 is expected to break through Earth’s orbital path early next week. NASA says we can expect the asteroid to be in the sky in California between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. Monday. READ MORE: El Dorado County Couple Opens First Cornhole Store in Northern California On November … Read more

Wildfires rose as grazing animals went extinct: study

TORONTO — Thousands of years ago, iconic ancient herbivores, such as the woolly mammoth, giant bison, and ancient horses, roamed the Earth and played an important role in the world’s grassland ecosystems. Now, a new study has found that the extinction of these animals may have contributed to an increase in grassland wildfires worldwide. The … Read more

Mammoth tusk found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California; Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute studies rare find

MOSS LANDING, California — Scientists have found evidence of ancient land dwellers at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute say they have discovered a Colombian mammoth tusk in the deep waters off the coast of California. Scientists estimate that the tusk is more than 100,000 years old. … Read more