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    Scientists from the Langley Research Center recently conducted a study on the effects of carbon dioxide on the Earth’s atmosphere. For the first time, hypotheses about the negative effects of CO2 can be seen directly. This work was supported by NASA TIME. The result showed that this greenhouse gas Cools and contracts the atmosphere. Note that the observations were mainly made at the level of two atmospheric layers (Mesosphere and Thermosphere) Still called MLT. At these levels, carbon dioxide re-transmits infrared radiation. This rejection Compresses the upper atmosphere This also leads to an increase in its traction. Martin Milinchak, a scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, was lead author of the study. The document was published in the journal Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Carbon dioxide compresses the atmosphere by radiation Scientists then observed a warming effect due to CO2 in some of the lower layers of the atmosphere. This gas It absorbs and reflects infrared radiation. At MLT, some radiation escapes inwardSpacethus favoring the cooling of the upper atmosphere. According to old theories, it decreases the temperature It also...
    A man with no legs and only one arm says he refuses to let his disability hold him back as he loves to 'prove people wrong'. Tim Mason, 25, says despite only having one limb, he can still run, cook, dance, walk his dog, and live life independently. He also ditched his prosthetics at a young age and said they held him back from being himself.  Tim Mason's birth mother was exposed to high amounts of radiation following the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, meaning he was born with only one working limb.   He was then put into an orphanage where it was thought that he would never be adopted. Tim Mason, 25, who has no legs and one arm says he refuses to let his disability hold him back as he loves to 'prove people wrong' He says despite only having one limb, he can still run, cook, dance, and walk his dog, and live life independently Tim Mason said he ditched his prosthetics at a young age and said they held him back from being himself Virginia Mason,...
    Where does cosmic radiation matter and light come from? Physicists have had ideas about this since the early 1960s and these ideas are not unrelated to black hole radiation. Some of the leads derived from quantum field theory in curved space-time have now been tested for cosmology with a Bose-Einstein capacitor in a laboratory on Earth. The theory of big bangbig bang The 21st is a solid record of openinge century But by the Big Bang theory, it means that the observable universe, not all that exists, was a much denser and hotter state without atoms and atoms. StarsStarsLet’s say 10 to 20 billion years ago. So our visible universe is only a part universeuniverse A day in infinite space and time collapsed gravitationally, like a star giving birth to a black hole, before jumping back into an expansion phase after reaching a finite but finite density. However, one may ask the question of its origin mattermatter And the light of cosmic radiation that we observe all around us. Developments in Quantum MechanicsQuantum Mechanics And in particular quantum field theory...
    A bubble of extremely hot gas detected by ALMA’s antennas This gas bubble, which caught the attention of astronomers, was detected by ALMA as a burst of X-rays from the heart of the galaxy. The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array, or ALMA, is a vast network of antennas installed on the Sajnador Plateau, more than 5000 meters above sea level in Chile. This inhospitable location, which rarely receives rain, is an ideal location for this type of astronomical study. The absence of moisture and water vapor in the atmosphere preserves valuable radiation at sub-millimeter wavelengths. Alma A far cry from classic binoculars. It is an instrument made up of an array of 66 antennas set up in the Chilean Andes and spaced up to 16 km apart. This instrument of unparalleled precision is designed to study the radiation produced by the coldest celestial bodies in the universe. It is radiation with a wavelength of the order of a millimeter that lies between infrared radiation and radio waves. A network of radio telescopes only in 2017 Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) begins...
    An announcement that the Department of Health and Human Services spent $290 million on a drug used to treat radiation sickness earlier this month raised eyebrows amid an uptick in nuclear threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin, though the department has been investing for years in medical countermeasures in event of a nuclear emergency. The latest purchase, Nplate, manufactured by U.S. drugmaker Amgen, is one of four drugs approved to treat radiation sickness that the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response has invested in, both by supporting the drug's development in preclinical research and by acquiring quantities to store since 2015. THE FIVE STATES THAT WILL HAVE ABORTION MEASURES ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER A spokesperson for the HHS said that the purchase of Nplate, which treats potentially life-threatening blood clotting from radiation exposure, was a part of these "long-standing, ongoing efforts" to stockpile medical countermeasures to prepare for the event of a radiological, nuclear, or other emergency, such as the explosion of a nuclear weapon or an occupational accident involving radiation. The spokesperson declined to say...
    The accident at reactor four of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 generated the largest release of radioactive material into the environment in human history. The impact of the acute exposure to high doses of radiation was severe for the environment and the human population. But more than three decades after the accident, Chernobyl has become one of the largest nature reserves in Europe. A diverse range of endangered species finds refuge there today, including bears, wolves, and lynxes. Radiation can damage the genetic material of living organisms and generate undesirable mutations. However, one of the most interesting research topics in Chernobyl is trying to detect if some species are actually adapting to live with radiation. As with other pollutants, radiation could be a very strong selective factor, favoring organisms with mechanisms that increase their survival in areas contaminated with radioactive substances.
    A YOUNG mum had her life turned on its head after shock cervical cancer left her with lifechanging complications. Brooke Gold, 36 had always been vigilant when it came to pap smears - until a few delayed check-ups left her fighting for her life. 4Brooke's life was turned upside down when a shock cervical cancer diagnoses.Credit: Instagram/@beyakwe 4The young mum only decided to go and get seen when she started to experience spotting between her periodsCredit: Instagram/@beyakwe 4Brooke has always maintained a fit and healthy lifestyle, eats well and goes to the gym often.Credit: Instagram/@beyakwe The mum-of-one had put off some smears over the past five years due to a busy lifestyle and a fear of the result due to a family history of cancer. She only decided to go and get seen when she started to experience spotting between her periods. Tragically, the delayed smear revealed she had a four centimetre growth on her cervix and was was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in November 2020. If she had pushed back her check-up just...
    (CNN)"Breathtaking" images of a stellar nursery in the Orion Nebula taken by the James Webb Space Telescope are revealing intricate details about how stars and planetary systems form. The images, released Monday, shed light on an environment similar to our own solar system when it formed more than 4.5 billion years ago. Observing the Orion Nebula will help space scientists better understand what happened during the first million years of the Milky Way's planetary evolution, said Western University astrophysicist Els Peeters in a news release. "We are blown away by the breathtaking images of the Orion Nebula. We started this project in 2017, so we have been waiting more than five years to get these data," Peeters said. "These new observations allow us to better understand how massive stars transform the gas and dust cloud in which they are born," Peeters added. The inner region of the Orion Nebula as seen by the James Webb Space Telescope's NIRCam instrument.The hearts of stellar nurseries like the Orion Nebula are obscured by large amounts of stardust, making it impossible to study...
    You will also be interested [EN VIDÉO] Persistence, searching for life on Mars Perseverance, NASA has decided to name the rover it will send to Mars in the summer of 2020. The most anticipated rover by researchers. He was the first to collect rock samples brought back to Earth. Objective: To detect traces of microbial life. This is one The main missions of the Perseverance rover : Find traces of life in Martian soil rocks, or at least try to. Because these are not Fossils Companies you are looking for PersistenceBut Molecules, more or less complex, is synthesized by biological processes. rover curiosity He would have made sure and taken the first step Presence of organic molecules (mixtures of methane and carbon) on Mars. If persistence succeeds in finding more complex biomolecules, it means the planet may have experienced the beginnings of more basic organic life. An amazing opportunity! The problem of UV radiation The target was one of the next rover to join Mars: Rosalind Franklin. This new rover ESA and Roscosmos’ ExoMars program It carries a...
    By Bryn Nelson | CNN Imagine you’re eating dinner on a ceramic plate and drinking water from a plastic cup while sitting in a brick house — a seemingly ordinary scenario except that your plate, cup, and your home are all fashioned in part from recycled feces. Now imagine using your poop to propel a spaceship to and from Mars and shield you from cosmic radiation along the way. In my upcoming book, “Flush: The Remarkable Science of an Unlikely Treasure,” I describe how the misunderstood byproduct of our daily living is a vastly undervalued natural resource. Poop has power: as medicine, fertilizer, biomethane gas and reclaimed water, among other proven applications. But that’s just scratching the surface of our excremental potential; its biological, chemical and physical attributes have inspired even more wide-ranging and forward-looking brainstorming about what else we can create from our waste. A hidden asset for space exploration The extreme limits of space, in particular, have driven scientific innovation toward a more circular economy where nothing is wasted. That invention, in turn, has hinged upon a universal...
    (CNN)Imagine you're eating dinner on a ceramic plate and drinking water from a plastic cup while sitting in a brick house -- a seemingly ordinary scenario except that your plate, cup, and your home are all fashioned in part from recycled feces. Now imagine using your poop to propel a spaceship to and from Mars and shield you from cosmic radiation along the way.In my upcoming book, "Flush: The Remarkable Science of an Unlikely Treasure," I describe how the misunderstood byproduct of our daily living is a vastly undervalued natural resource. Poop has power: as medicine, fertilizer, biomethane gas and reclaimed water, among other proven applications. But that's just scratching the surface of our excremental potential; its biological, chemical and physical attributes have inspired even more wide-ranging and forward-looking brainstorming about what else we can create from our waste. A hidden asset for space explorationRead MoreThe extreme limits of space, in particular, have driven scientific innovation toward a more circular economy where nothing is wasted. That invention, in turn, has hinged upon a universal truth: everybody has to go...
    (CNN)What enemy did you fight in your nightmares as a kid? Mine had no shape, no voice, no smell or taste, but it could creep under my skin and erode me from the inside. Since the age of 10, when I stumbled upon a book about the consequences of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster, I had regular nightmares about radiation poisoning. My best friend and writing partner had to suffer through my renditions of those nightmares in prose and verse throughout our school years.Sasha Dovzhyk with her best friend Diliara Didenko in Zaporizhzhia, 2002.Growing up in Zaporizhzhia, the south eastern Ukrainian city some 50 kilometers (30 miles) away from the largest nuclear plant in Europe -- now the site of Russia's shelling and mounting fears of nuclear disaster -- we were no strangers to atomic anxiety. Afterall, the Chornobyl catastrophe, which had happened just two years before I was born, popped up regularly in the school curriculum. Textbooks aside, my aunt was among those Soviet citizens who marched unknowingly in central Kyiv during the May Day parade in 1986 while, some...
    (CNN)Artemis I will carry an unconventional crew when it's expected to lift off Saturday on a journey around the moon. Rather than astronauts, a mannequin named Commander Moonikin Campos will helm the Orion spacecraft, with two mannequin torsos called Helga and Zohar along for the ride. The Artemis program aims to land the first woman and the first person of color on the moon and eventually deliver astronauts to Mars. The inaugural mission will test out the new Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft and multiple components designed to make deep space travel safer for humans. Commander Moonikin Campos (right) and twin torsos Helga and Zohar will be the crew for Artemis I.Mannequins in a spacecraft with enviable views of the moon may sound like some sort of joke, but these three passengers will serve as canaries in the coal mine of space. Read MoreOrion will travel 40,000 miles (64,373 kilometers) beyond the moon, breaking the record set by Apollo 13, to go farther than any spacecraft intended to carry humans. This is far from low-Earth orbit, where the...
    (CNN)When NASA's Artemis I launches next week on a journey to the moon, no animals or people will be onboard, but it will still carry biology investigations to see how living things react to the deep space environment. The Orion spacecraft will carry items like yeast, algae, fungi and seeds rather than a traditional crew. The findings from these experiments are essential in helping to pave a path toward the safe return of humans to the moon and an eventual crewed landing on Mars through future Artemis missions. How to watch the Artemis I mission lift off to the moonThe Artemis team expects the inaugural mission to launch between 8:33 a.m. ET and 10:33 a.m. ET on Monday, August 29. After liftoff, the Orion spacecraft will set off on a 42-day journey, traveling farther beyond the moon than any spacecraft ever intended to carry humans has ventured, including the Apollo missions.Experiments traveling with Orion, both inside and outside of the spacecraft, will be exposed to the radiation of the deep space environment that exists beyond low-Earth orbit, where the International...
    And that's when her son Matt stepped in. During a family lunch one day in 2018, Matt, now 27, made an off-hand joke. "Why don't I grow out my hair to make a wig for you?" Matt asked his mom rhetorically. Though said in jest, the idea stuck, and soon Matt began planning to grow out his hair to gift to his mom. He couldn't begin the process immediately because he was still attending Brigham Young University, a school with a strict grooming code for men and women. However, the shutdown of 2020 meant that Matt would attend classes remotely, and he could begin letting his hair grow long. In March 2022, more than two years after he began growing it out, Matt's hair was finally 12 inches long, the minimum length for wig. The family then contacted Compassionate Care in California, a business which creates wigs using donated hair. The company hand-delivered Melanie the wig in June. After a team of stylists adjusted the hair to suit her, both Melanie and Matt say they couldn't be happier with...
    Astronomers have devised a new way to 'see' through the fog of the early universe so they can detect light from the very first stars and galaxies. Observing the birth of these objects has long been a goal of scientists because it will help explain how the universe evolved from the emptiness after the Big Bang to the complex cosmos we observe today, 13.8 billion years later. It is something the new James Webb Space Telescope is tasked with doing, as well as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). But while Webb looks at wavelengths in infrared, the Earth-based next-generation SKA telescope – due to be completed by the end of the decade – will study the early universe through radio waves. For current radio telescopes, the challenge is to detect the cosmological signal of stars through thick hydrogen clouds, which block the view because they absorb light really well. The distortion from other radio signals can also get in the way, which is considered to be one of the extreme challenges facing modern radio cosmology. For example, the distant galaxy signals astronomers are trying to...
    Robin Roberts is celebrating her longtime partner Amber Laign completing radiation treatment after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of last year.  The Good Morning America co-anchor, who beat both breast cancer and a rare bone marrow disorder, took to Instagram on Monday to share a heartwarming video of Laign, 47, ringing a bell to mark the end of her radiation treatment.  'Sweet Amber completing radiation, a very important phase of her treatment! We both thank you for all your well wishes and prayers,' Roberts, 61, wrote in the caption. Scroll down for video   Robin Roberts celebrated her longtime partner Amber Laign (pictured) completing radiation treatment on Monday amid her breast cancer battle  The Good Morning America co-anchor posted a video of her longtime partner ringing a bell to mark the end of radiation, 'a very important phase of her treatment' 'Proud of her and all fellow Thrivers for your grit and grace during a challenging time,' she added. 'This is indeed my #mondaymotivation.' In the video, Laign is holding onto the rope pull as she reads some inspiring words...
    UNSEEN Chernobyl photos have revealed the extent of the horrors inside the nuclear blast zone with babies born with heartbreaking birth defects and first-responders left to die alone in hospital wards. Harrowing new images show kids dying of leukaemia and rare cancers as loved ones watched on and babies born with whole lower bodies fused together like a fish tail. 10Unseen photos have revealed the extent of the horrors at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster siteCredit: HBO Max/Youtube 10Local hospitals reported young kids dying of rare cancersCredit: HBO Max/Youtube 10First responders - dubbed the 'liquidators' - died within hours of being exposed to the high levels of radiationCredit: HBO Max/Youtube Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes by James Jones chronicles the horrors of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster through newly-uncovered archival footage and in-person interviews. Among the most chilling revelations is the impact the disaster, which unfolded in the bustling Soviet working town of Pripyat on April 26, 1986, had on children and frontline emergency servicemen. One unearthed image shows a newborn baby in an incubator with green spots across its body. Another shows...
    Climate change is causing more frequent and intense droughts, storm, heat waves, rising sea levels and melting glaciers and to stop this destruction, MIT researchers proposes 'Space Bubbles' to shield Earth from the sun's rays to combat the devastation. This geoengineering idea would feature inflatable bubbles, organized in a circular shape the size of Brazil, which would sit between the Earth and the sun, blocking radiation from hitting our planet. 'We believe that inflating thin-film spheres directly in space from a homogeneous molten material–such as silicon can provide the variation in thickness that refracts a broader wave spectrum and allows us to avoid the necessity of launching large structural film elements,' the team share in a press release. Although Space Bubbles could reduce the amount of radiation hitting Earth, those involved with the work stress the innovation is designed to supplement and not replace current efforts to combat climate change. Scroll down for video  MIT researchers proposes 'Space Bubbles' to shield Earth from the sun's rays to combat the devastation According to the team at MIT's Senseable City Lab, bubbles...
    The Sun is key to our survival but it can also wreak havoc on the technology we all depend on so heavily in modern times. One of the biggest threats are solar flares, which are huge explosions in the Sun's atmosphere that blast a mass of dangerous energy our way. 2Internet services are one of the many things that could be disruptedCredit: Alamy Fortunately, Earth's magnetic shield and atmosphere protects us from direct harm but if a major one hits it could affect many of the things we use on a daily basis. "They make a hydrogen bomb look like fireworks," Professor Huw Morgan from Aberystwyth University described solar flares. "When they explode they're pretty dangerous, they blast out a lot of hard radiation into space and of course even though we're quite some distance on Earth it can cause problems." For developed countries like the UK and US, detection kit is getting better all the time so we can prepare. But no one really knows how bad it could be until one actually happens. So what might be the...
    ELON Musk has big plans for humans to colonize Mars and has previously said he'd like one million people to be there by 2050. Living on the Red Planet will be difficult in itself but colonizing it could present other issues including the problem of having babies in space. 1Humans could face several difficulties if they want to produce on MarsCredit: Solar54 No one has ever gotten pregnant in space and even sex in space has never been officially recorded. The topic is something space agencies are looking to explore as long-distance space travel draws closer to being a reality. If humans are to one day live in space and colonize Mars, we'll need to work out how to reproduce there. So far, several issues with sex in space have been identified. Read more on spaceNEW CONNECTION Elon Musk celebrates SpaceX adding new satellites to orbit in nine minutesSPACE ROCKS Strange 'alien stone' found in Egypt may be evidence of ancient space explosion Low libido Astronauts have previously noted that their sexual libido suffered during space missions. The weightlessness of...
    Astronomers in Germany have spotted a fiery 'nova explosion' from a white dwarf for the very first time. Researchers observed the event, thanks to data from the joint German-Russian eROSITA X-ray telescope, which is stationed in space about 900,000 miles away. The X-ray flash – dubbed YZ Reticuli – completely overexposed the centre of eROSITA's detector, which records emitted photons.  White dwarfs are the incredibly dense remains of sun-sized stars after they exhaust their nuclear fuel, shrunk down to roughly the size of Earth.  Sometimes such dead stars flare back to life in a super hot explosion and produce a fireball of X-ray radiation.  These nova explosions occur from white dwarfs in a binary system – a system that consists of two stars that are gravitationally bound. Astronomers have spotted a fiery explosion on a white dwarf, called a nova explosion, for the very first time. Pictured is the researchers' recreation of the event, which occurred in 2020 Overexposed image picked up of the nova explosion event by the eROSITA X-ray telescope, which launched in 2019 The researchers have now been able...
    NASA will send artificial female bodies on a trip to the Moon to observe radiation risks. The US space agency would like to send real women to the Moon but it's thought the female body has a bigger risk of negative impacts from space radiation. 2The mannequins contain materials similar to human tissues and organsCredit: NASA/Lockheed Martin/DLR 2The two torsos will loop around the Moon on Artemis 1Credit: NASA/Lockheed Martin/DLR This is where mannequins Helga and Zohar come into play. The two torsos are made up of materials similar to the bones, soft tissues, and organs of a female adult human. Over 10,000 sensors and radiation detectors will be tracking the effects of space on these materials as Helgar and Zohar travel around the Moon. The plan is to send the two identical torsos to space on the Artemis 1 mission that will be testing out all the tech that should take humans to the Moon in a few years time. Read more on spaceROCKY HORROR Asteroid almost twice size of Empire State Building will make close approachSPACED OUT Inside...
    Russia is willing to use nuclear weapons to bring a catastrophic end to its invasion of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky warned tonight - as he urged the world to 'prepare' for the worst by stocking up on anti-radiation medicine and building air raid shelters.  The comedian-turned-war time leader made the doomsday warning during an interview with national media, before sharing the clip via his Telegram channel. He made a similar announcement on Friday, when he said it could not be ruled out that desperate Russian dictator Vladimir Putin would use tactical nukes, as his war against Ukraine continues to stall.   But the Russian strongman ramped up his offensive today, taking revenge on Ukraine for the downing of his Moskva warship by mercilessly shelling eight towns including Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv. It comes after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN in a recent interview that Moscow would use a nuclear weapon on Ukraine in the case of an 'existential threat', while Russian military doctrine includes the 'escalate to de-escalate' principle of launching a small nuke to regain the initiative in war.  Zelensky said tonight:...
    Russian troops who were stationed at Chernobyl are being treated for radiation sickness in Belarus, an employee at the Ukrainian state agency overseeing the exclusion zone has claimed.   Yaroslav Yemelianenko said yesterday that 'another batch of Russians' had been taken to the 'Belarusian Radiation Medicine Center in Gomel' for treatment.  It comes after the nuclear power plant's workers said Russian soldiers' lack of anti-radiation gear when they seized the Chernobyl site last month was 'suicidal'.  At least seven busloads of Russian soldiers had arrived at the Republican Scientific and Practical Centre for Radiation Medicine and Human Ecology in Gomel this week, according to a Belarusian news Telegram channel.  Yemelianenko said the Kremlin's men had fallen ill because they failed to follow 'rules for dealing' with the Chernobyl nuclear plant and the surrounding highly toxic zone known as the Red Forest. 'With minimal intelligence in command or soldiers, these consequences could have been avoided,' he said, adding that radiation protection is 'mandatory because radiation is physics – it works without regard to status or shoulder straps.'   Workers at the site this week...
    ATOMIC bombs have been deployed against humans just twice in human history–to devestating effects on the human body.  Here’s what happens in a nuclear strike and what it could do to your body. 1There are 1,389 active nuclear weapons accessible to the United States What happens to the human body in a nuclear strike? Nuclear weapons can cause instant or prolonged deaths to tens of thousands of civilians. The US Department of Energy estimates that nearly 40,000 people died in the 1945  Nagasaki bombing from being immediately incinerated by the blast, burned in the ensuing fires, overexposured to radiation or succumbed to injuries.  There are projections that estimate the death toll to be much higher, but even conservative guesses are shocking.  Let’s walk through a nuclear explosion and its effects on the human body from detonation to the onset of a radioactive wasteland. Read More in Nuclear WeaponsDEAD SCARY Terrifying "nuke map" reveals danger zone if nuclear bomb dropped on YOUR cityBLOWING UP How does a nuclear bomb work and can it be intercepted What happens in a nuclear explosion? ...
    EUROPE'S biggest nuclear power plant has been attacked by Russian forces in Ukraine. Eight days after Russia's invasion, troops fired on Zaporizhzhia, leading to fears that radiation rises could cause another Chernobyl disaster. 2Zaporizhzhia nuclear power is 350 miles from Ukraine's capital KyivCredit: Getty Where is the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant? Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is situated in south-eastern Ukraine, 350 miles from the capital Kyiv, on the banks of the Dnieper River. It is about 124 miles from the contested Donbas region. Russian forces attacked the plant in the early hours of Friday, March 4. 2022, causing a fire at the nuclear facility. Ukrainians formed a human barricade in front of the plant to prevent Russian troops seizing it. This comes over a week after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, with Putin's forces storming the Chernobyl reactor.  In a video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy branded Russia’s attack on the Zaporizhzhia power plant “nuclear terror” and accused Moscow of aiming to “repeat” the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. 2 He said: “No country other than...
    Radiation levels at Chernobyl nuclear power plant have increased after Russian troops seized the area yesterday, Ukraine's nuclear agency warned on Friday. Russian forces took control of the defunct plant in a 'fierce' battle on Thursday, with the condition of its nuclear storage facilities said to be 'unknown' at the time.  Their capture of the plant sparked fears of a radiation leak that could cause a nuclear fallout in Europe, last seen when the reactor exploded in 1986.  Russian officials denied higher radiation levels had been recorded.  Radiation levels at Chernobyl nuclear power plant have increased after Russian troops seized the area yesterday (pictured), Ukraine's nuclear agency warned on Friday Pictured: Russian armoured vehicles park on roads near the Chernobyl plant, amid fears that damage to the facility could cause a radiation leak that would blanket Europe with fallout
    Photo by Adam Griffel of Bexels Astronomers have studied the atmosphere of one of the most intense extraterrestrials ever discovered and found similarities with Earth. Although completely unlivable, the WASP-189b spacecraft was the first to be able by astronomers to analyze atmospheric layers, each with its own chemical composition. “In the past, astronomers have tried to understand the extraterrestrial atmosphere as a uniform layer, but our results show that even the atmospheres of high-radiation planets have complex, three-dimensional structures,” said astronomer Jens. According to Hoeijmaker, University of Lund, Sweden Scientific warning. There should be no such planets WASP-189b is part of an enigmatic orbit called Jupiter Hot. These extreme worlds are gas giants like Jupiter, but in very close orbit to their stars, lasting a maximum of 10 days a year. Thus, it becomes clear that the surface temperature burns. In addition, astronomers do not even understand why they exist. According to current models of planetary formation, gas giants cannot form at such a short distance from their stars because gravity, radiation, and strong stellar gases do...
    The head of the Chernobyl power plant who was sent to a labour camp for ten years for his part in the nuclear disaster has died at the age of 85. Viktor Bryukhanov was the manager of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, northern Ukraine, when an explosion at reactor four spewed radiation over the region, including parts of Belarus and Europe, in April 1986. The blast, which emitted more than 400 times the amount of radiation into the atmosphere than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, occurred during a safety test and saw Soviet authorities take 36 hours to launch a full-scale evacuation.  At least 31 workers died in the days after the accident, although the long-term impact of the radiation was harder to quantify - and at least 350,000 people were evacuated out of the area in the months following the disaster.  In the aftermath of the disaster, Bryukhanov was made a scapegoat and he and five other defendants were sentenced to 10 years hard labour at a penal colony in Donetsk in was described as 'one of...
    The catastrophic Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 caused an estimated 250,000 people to evacuate their homes, but scientists have determined certain wildlife species in the area are thriving, suggesting people could eventually return to the region, according to a new study. Researchers at Colorado State University, the University of Georgia and Fukushima University's Institute of Environmental Radioactivity have found that multiple generations of wild boar and rat snakes have not suffered from any significant adverse health effects. Multiple generations of animals have been exposed to radiation levels above the threshold for human occupancy, but have suffered no ill effects.  That may be due to the fact that cesium-134, one of the major radioactive materials released during the accident, saw its levels decrease by almost 90 percent.  The researchers looked at biomarkers of DNA damage and stress to determine that the boar and snakes were thriving in the area.    Scientists have determined certain wildlife species in the area of the catastrophic Fukushima nuclear disaster are thriving, suggesting people could eventually return to the region, according to a new study The catastrophic...
    Getting out in the sun can boost your libido, according to a new study, that found more exposure to sunlight releases higher levels of sexual hormones.  Researchers at Tel Aviv University exposed 32 adults to different levels of ultraviolet radiation from sunlight, while quizzing them about how horny they were feeling.   When they were asked to avoid sunlight for two days, then sunbathe for 25 minutes, both the male and female volunteers were more sexually excited, they found They also discovered that UV exposure boosted levels of sexual hormones, and also increased testosterone levels in the men, making them more aggressive.  In the future this new discovery may lead to practical applications, such as UVB treatments for sexual hormone disorders, the team explained.  But they warned that a lot of research is required before any treatment can be designed, and said people should be careful about too much exposure to the sun. Getting out in the sun can boost your libido, according to a new study, that found more exposure to sunlight releases higher levels of sexual hormones. Stock...
    A single-celled yellow slime called 'Blob' is set to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) where astronauts will study how it learns and adapts despite being brainless. Blob is scheduled to launch on August 10 aboard Northrop Grumman's 16th NASA commercial resupply mission.  European Space Agency's (ESA) Thomas Pesquet will conduct several experiments with the slime mold with a focus on studying how microgravity and radiation affect it. One of the studies will see how Blob behaves in a microgravity environment without food and the other with, which it will be given oat flakes. Similar experiments will be conducted on Earth by primary, middle and high school students, which will be compared to a time-lapse video from space to observe differences in Blob's speed, shape and growth. Scroll down for video  A single-celled yellow slime, called 'Blob,' is set to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) where astronauts will study how it learns and adapts despite being brainless The mold, or Physarum polcephalum, has become highly interesting to the scientific community due to its ability...
    Stochastic effects occur at low radiation doses in which the cell does not die, but damage and changes occur, especially in the genetic material (DNA). The probability of their occurrence, not their severity, increases with the radiation dose received. The severity of its effects also depends on factors such as the type of cell that has been affected and the mechanism of the offending agent. The onset is late and can be somatic or hereditary in nature. It is somatic when the cell has been transformed after irradiation and the effect will be evident in the irradiated individual. It is hereditary if the modified cell is geminal, in which case it will not be revealed in the exposed individual but in progeny. The main known somatic effect is the development of cancer. In the series it is the case of two protagonists: the scientist Valeri Legásov and the politician Boris Shcherbina. For deterministic effects to appear, the doses must be high, with the consequent death of a substantial number of cells. In this case, there are threshold doses: the...
    A novel observation made in a supermassive black hole in the center of a galaxy 800 million light years away has allowed a better understanding of how radiation works in black holes, in addition to confirming again the equations that Albert Einstein exposed in his Theory of General Relativity written over a hundred years ago. This is the first time that an ‘echo’ of light has been observed behind a black hole. As their widely studied definition dictates, these objects are so massive that not even light can escape their extreme gravity, which bends the space-time fabric around them. Now a new observation published in the July 28 issue of the journal Nature has managed to capture the ‘echo’ of light bouncing off a black hole. Specifically, it is X-rays, very energetic light. In an explanatory video, the doctor in particle physics and scientific popularizer Javier Santaolalla explains the discovery: “Black holes are surrounded by a disk of matter that is permanently falling inside them, the so-called ‘accretion disk’. This disk can be formed by an interstellar gas...
    This article was medically reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine.  Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. If the UV index is high, it's crucial you wear sunscreen, seek shade, and cover up in protective clothing. ShotPrime/Getty Images The UV index scale rates how intense the sun's UV rays are on a scale of 0 to 11+.  The lower the UV index scale, the less likely your skin will burn when exposed to the sun.  The higher the UV index scale, the more likely your skin will burn and become damaged.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Radiation from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause lasting damage to your skin. In fact, UV rays are the leading...
    Microwaves have become a necessity in our home and our kitchen. They exist in practically every house, whether to boil water, heat milk, cook our favorite pizza or reheat food that has run cold. These devices, as their name suggests, work on the principle of microwave waves that propagate through food or liquid. The waves vibrate the water molecules inside the food and heat them from the inside out, unlike the conventional ovens that we used traditionally. Remember that the microwave never modifies the chemical composition of food, it only heats it. Any microwave oven can leak radiation and the reasons can be many. Direct exposure to high levels of microwave radiation can cause health problems due to intense heat, such as burns and also cataracts. While most microwave oven leaks are too small to produce such significant health hazards, any microwave that looks damaged or is more than 10 years old could be dangerous, not because of the leaks, but because the microwave, by As with food, it could overheat us and cause burns. This is the real danger...
    More On: noise Black woman fined $385 for talking loudly on the phone says race was motive Shock to the heart: Traffic, airplane noise reportedly a ‘silent killer’ ‘Noisy’ frogs to be evicted from ‘historic’ pond, French judge rules COVID-19 lockdown has brought Earth’s vibrations to a halt: study Every week, Chuck Niday makes the rounds in Pocahontas County in search of rogue radio frequencies. This 13,000-square-mile area in West Virginia is home to Green Bank Observatory — and known for being “the quietest town in America.” The observatory boasts the largest steerable radio telescopes in the world, used to measure invisible energy waves raining down on Earth, but in order to do its job, it requires complete electromagnetic silence.  Since it opened in 1958, the observatory has discovered black holes, radiation belts and gravitational waves. Sitting in a valley, the surrounding mountains offer a natural barrier against the outside world’s noise. But cutting off outside noise isn’t enough. When it first was built, the federal government also established the surrounding county as a National Radio Quiet Zone —...
    Global temperatures will be double UN climate targets due to clouds reflecting less solar radiation and enhancing the greenhouse effect, a new study warns.  Satellite observations of clouds, and their linked temperature, humidly and wind conditions, led experts from Imperial College London to make their dire prediction. The researchers said the results mean the climate is unlikely to warm below the UN 3.6F target by 2100, and is more likely to increase by 5.4F as a global average.  Pre-industrial CO2 levels were around 280 parts per million (ppm), but current levels are approaching 420 ppm, and could approach double the pre-industrial amount by mid-century if significant emissions cuts are not made, the researchers warned. There is a greater than 97 per cent chance that clouds will amplify global heating, by both reflecting less solar radiation and enhancing the greenhouse effect, they found. This will result in a doubling CO2 concentrations, further increasing temperatures and leading to more extreme weather events such as floods, fires and heatwaves.  Global temperatures will be double UN climate targets due to clouds reflecting less solar...
    Following news of a Johnson & Johnson voluntary recall on several aerosol sunscreen products containing a harmful substance called Benzene, a top expert in dermatology is advising use of creams, lotions and sticks instead. "Sunscreen is safe and effective at protecting against a well established and known carcinogen, UV radiation," Dr. Adam Friedman, professor and chair of dermatology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences told Fox News.  HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN OVER MELANOMA AS SUMMER HEATS UP: HOW TO PREVENT DEADLY SKIN CANCER According to the American Cancer Society, opting for a sunscreen with "broad spectrum" protection, SPF 30 or higher and reapplication at least every 2 hours can help prevent the harmful effects from UV radiation like skin cancer, premature aging and sunburn. Additional preventive measures include wearing protective clothing, a hat, sunglasses and seeking shade between peak hours like 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Every day is a sun protection day," Friedman said. Stay mindful of certain areas on the body more sensitive to UV radiation, like the delicate skin around the eyes, back of the...
    Japan's catastrophic Fukushima disaster in 2011 has resulted in a unique species of boar-pig, a new study reveals. Researchers investigating the effects of the nuclear disaster on animals in the area report that radiation has had no adverse effects on their genetics. However, wild boars (Sus scrofa leucomystax) have proliferated in the area, after being left to roam freely from the lack of humans.  The boars have bred with domestic pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus) that escaped from nearby properties after farmers had to flee, creating a new hybrid species.  Rare spotted wild boar observed inside the evacuated area of Fukushima, Japan, indicative of the 'introgression' - the transfer of genetic information from one species to another - with domestic pigs WILDLIFE IS 'FLOURISHING' AT FUKUSHIMA  Images from remotely-operated cameras indicate wildlife is flourishing in Fukushima's exclusion zone. Wildlife ecologist James Beasley of the University of Georgia and colleagues used a network of 106 remote cameras to capture images of the wildlife in the area over a four-month period.  They more than 20 species in areas around the reactor, including wild boar,...
    The idea of babies being born in space might sound more like the work of science fiction. But it could soon become a reality after a study found freeze-dried mouse sperm remained viable after being on the International Space Station (ISS) for almost six years. Not only did radiation not affect the sperm's DNA or its ability to produce healthy 'space pups', scientists estimate it could actually be preserved in space for more than 200 years without damage. Scroll down for video  Discovery: A study by researchers in Japan found that freeze-dried mouse sperm remained viable after being on the International Space Station (ISS) for almost six years 'Space pups: The radiation did not affect the sperm's DNA or its ability to produce healthy mice offspring. The sperm were injected into fresh ovary cells back on Earth (pictured) HOW DOES RADIATION AFFECT SPERM IN SPACE?  To test whether radiation irreparably damages sperm, a study dispatched samples of freeze-dried mouse sperm to be stored on the International Space Station for almost six years. The sperm samples were preserved in...
    A catastrophic drop in atmospheric ozone levels around the tropics some 75,000 years ago caused a bottleneck in the human population, a study concluded. Ozone levels fell by half as a result of the eruption of the Toba supervolcano in Sumatra, experts from Germany's Max Planck Institute for Chemistry found. One of the Earth's largest-ever explosions, Toba is believed to have erupted some 5,097 square miles of material and triggered a 6–10 year 'volcanic winter'. Lake Toba — a 436 square mile body of water — has formed to fill the cauldron-like hollow, or 'caldera', left behind by the vast explosion. The cooling from the volcanic winter would have had various knock-on effects including cooler oceans, longer El Niño events, crop failures and disease. But by blocking out the sun and thus preventing protective ozone formation, ultraviolet radiation would have harmed humans more in the tropics, the team said. According to past studies, the human population is believed to have fallen to just some 10,000–30,000 individuals in the wake of the Toba eruption. A catastrophic drop in atmospheric ozone levels around the tropics 60,000–100,000 years...
    It’s been ten years since the devastating 9.0 magnitude Tōhoku earthquake and its subsequent 46 foot-tall tsunami killed more than 18,000 people, obliterated entire towns, and crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Japan’s eastern coast. As the incident unfolded in March, 2011, the stricken power plant released massive amounts of cesium-137 into the surrounding environment (roughly 80 percent of the material running into the Pacific ocean) and continued to pour out around 30 gigabecquerel of cesium-137 and strontium-90 for the next two years. And, as of 2018, around 2 gigabecquerel of radioactive pollution still manages to escape the site daily. Now, as a decommissioning project that is expected to take a generation to complete enters its second decade, Japan’s government announced a controversial decision regarding the site’s continued cleanup. The government reportedly has approved a plan to dump more than a million tons (~250 million gallons) of seawater treated with the Advanced Liquid Processing System which has been stored at the Fukushima site into surrounding Japanese waters. This water has been stored in a series of 1,000 submerged...
    On this date 35 years ago, the world’s first nuclear disaster befell Chernobyl and the now-ghost town of Pripyat. Over three decades later, Fox Nation's 'Destination: Chernobyl' revisits the site, story, and secrets of the catastrophic event that changed the world. At 1:23 am on April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant - located in the Soviet Republic of Ukraine and considered to have been the pride of the Soviet Union - began what was supposed to be a routine safety test.What happened in the next 36 seconds would provide a haunting view of the future. The cooling system in one of the plant’s four reactors failed, resulting in two explosions --- just two seconds apart. The outcome was considered tantamount to a nuclear earthquake, and the equivalent of 500 Hiroshima bombs. The destruction was, and would continue to be, immeasurable. "No one in the world knew the horrors that were about to unfold," remarked journalist and Fox News contributor Judith Miller, who visited the site of Chernobyl for the making of the Fox Nation special. "What we saw at Chernobyl still haunts me, just as the accident...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Tomorrow marks 35 years since the Chernobyl disaster, the worst nuclear disaster in history. 31 plant workers and firemen died in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, mostly from acute radiation sickness. Thousands more later succumbed to the radiation-related illnesses like cancer. The disaster also cost hundreds of billions of dollars in damage. Belarusians in Western PA plan to mark the somber occasion today at Point State Park. They will honor the lives lost from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
    Approximately 21 lives have been lost since the first man climbed into a rocket and jetted off into space 60 years ago, but as space agencies prepare for the first human mission to Mars many are sure the death toll is sure to rise. Astronauts heading to the Red Planet will spent at least seven months inside a capsule on a path never taken by humans and if they survive the journey to the Red Planet, they will then endure the harsh environment the Martian world. When a crew member dies, it would take months or years before the body is returned to Earth, raising one question: what happens to a person's body who dies in space? Experts have suggested a number of ways to dispose the body, including 'jettison' it into the dark abyss or burying the person on Mars – but the remains would first need to be burned to not contaminate the surface. However, a worst case scenario has been presented where the space fairing heroes run out of food and the only thing edible is the...
    Jakarta, Cellular.IT – While the root OS occasionally gets new features and improvements, it is rumored that the root OS has some interesting features. Ware OS, one of Google’s smartwatch operating systems, was recently announced to be developing a new feature. Quoted by Goto5Google, it is said to be an attempt to present a useful feature for detecting the code of ultraviolet (UV) rays. As is well known, UV rays are light produced by the sun. It is therefore predicted that the presence of this UV light coding feature will be useful for measuring the ambient temperature in the environment and predicting the effects on its users. This means the user can also check the UV code, which ranges from O to +11, on top of the weather app showing current conditions and temperatures. The UV index is an international standard for measuring the intensity of ultraviolet radiation generated by sunlight. Starting today, Ware OS smartwatches will be able to inform users of UV radiation at their location at any time. Apparently, the UV code increases the risk of harm...
    Uranus is called ‘the weirdest planet' in the Solar System due its sideway rotation and not having a true surface, but a new discovery adds even more mystery to the strange ice giant. Astronomers detected X-rays coming from Uranus for the first time that is mostly reflections from the sun, but some of the signal is being emitted from the planet itself. The team suggest the rings surrounding the planet are producing the X-rays, similar to that of Saturn, or could come from auroras as they do on Jupiter. Determining the sources of the X-rays from Uranus could help astronomers better understand how more exotic objects in space, such as growing black holes and neutron stars, emit X-rays. Scroll down for video  Astronomers detected X-rays coming from Uranus for the first time that is mostly reflections from the sun, but some of the signal is being emitted from the planet itself X-ray emissions in our Solar System are a common observation. The light has been detected from comets, Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter, and several of Jupiter's moons,...
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