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Near-Earth asteroid removed from risk list
10th December 2018 cosmosmagazine.com | Earth, Space, Tech

European Space Agency cancels 2026 collision risk – leaving just 794 possibilities.

Hot ocean water blamed for ancient mass extinction
10th December 2018 canoe.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

While humans aren’t warming the Earth anywhere close to as much as what happened naturally 250 million years ago, “this puts our future into the category of contenders for true catastrophe.”

An Oxford Scientist May Have Solved the Mystery of Dark Matter
5th December 2018 futurism.com | Earth, Space

The research suggests that dark matter and energy can both be explained if they’re treated as a “negative mass fluid.”

Mesmerizing video shows what would happen if an asteroid crashed into Earth’s oceans
5th December 2018 mashable.com | Earth, Space

America’s National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has posted a new video illustrating what could happen if an asteroid crashed into one of our oceans, and it’s fascinating.

Giant 700-Foot-Wide Asteroid In Trajectory With Earth In 2023
27th November 2018 | valuewalk.com | Earth, Space, Tech

According to a NASA report, the asteroid has the potential of colliding with earth on 62 different impact trajectories, from between 2023 and 2117.

Huge crater discovered in Greenland – here’s how the impact may have wiped out the mammoths
26th November 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

If it is really true that the Greenland crater was created 12,000 years ago or more, it could explain a mysterious feature called the Younger Dryas event.

Vanilla’s First-Known Use Came 2,500 Years Earlier and Half a World From Where We Thought
22nd November 2018 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Residue found in a jug in Israel shows vanilla was likely produced and traded from South Asia, millennia before it was cultivated in Mexico.

An exploding meteor may have wiped out ancient Dead Sea communities
22nd November 2018 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

A superheated blast from the skies obliterated cities and farming settlements north of the Dead Sea around 3,700 years ago, preliminary findings suggest.

Native Americans Reveal Their Secrets To Preventing Forest Fires And More
21st November 2018 | forbes.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

By gradually clearing away flammable material on the ground, Native Americans’ deliberate fires may have prevented large forest fires like those we see today.

Termites have been building hundreds of millions of huge mounds for 4,000 years – and now scientists know why
21st November 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Weird

‘Biological wonder’ of 200 million mounds saw soil equivalent to 4,000 great pyramids of Giza excavated by insects.

Greenland impact crater could help explain disappearance of woolly mammoths, early humans
16th November 2018 | news.com.au | Ancient, Earth, Space

A scarily large meteorite crater has just been discovered in Greenland. It hit the world with the force of 700,000,000 nuclear bombs.

Impact crater 19 miles wide found beneath Greenland glacier
15th November 2018 | theguardian.com | Earth, Space

The enormous bowl-shaped dent appears to be the result of a mile-wide iron meteorite slamming into the island at a speed of 12 miles per second as recently as 12,000 years ago.

A large impact crater beneath Hiawatha Glacier in northwest Greenland
15th November 2018 advances.sciencemag.org | Ancient, Earth, Space

Geochemical analysis of this sediment indicates that the impactor was a fractionated iron asteroid, which must have been more than a kilometer wide to produce the identified crater.

Mysterious three-mile wide ‘star map dating back 150,0000 YEARS’ found in Hawaii
7th November 2018 | dailystar.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A HUGE drawing has been discovered carved into the ground of Hawaiian wasteland, which some believe could be an ancient star map.

Fern plant infusion keeps the doctor away in Medieval Europe
5th November 2018 | eurekalert.org | Earth, Humans

The remains of a medieval skeleton has shown the first physical evidence that a fern plant could have been used for medicinal purposes in cases such as alopecia, dandruff and kidney stones.

A Deadly, Fast-Spreading Form of Super-Ice Could Be Killing Off Alien Life-Forms
5th November 2018 | livescience.com | Earth, Space, Weird

It forms at speeds of more than 1,000 mph (1,600 km/h), it lies deep beneath our feet, it could destroy hopes for alien life, and — finally — scientists understand how it works.

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