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  • New great ape species identified in Indonesia

    November 2, 2017 4:00 PM 11416

    Scientists who have been puzzling for years over the genetic "peculiarity" of a tiny population of orangutans in Sumatra have finally concluded that they are a new species to science. The apes in question were only reported to exist after an expedition into the remote mountain forests there in 1997. The species has been named the Tapanuli orangutan - a third

  • New Orangutan Species Identified in Indonesian Rain Forest

    November 2, 2017 4:00 PM 4296

    Orangutans are an endangered species, with populations in some areas critically endangered. The new species, Pongo tapanuliensis, or the Tapanuli orangutan, was described as living only in an area of forest about 425 square miles in size. The team researching the Tapanuli orangutan contends that it’s the most endangered of all surviving great apes, with only about

  • Cosmic rays reveal mysterious void in Egypt's Great Pyramid

    November 2, 2017 2:15 PM 3905

    High above Egypt and everywhere else, cosmic rays bombard the atmosphere. The rays consist mostly of hydrogen nuclei, but they finish their interstellar journey with a bang, splitting into a shower of smaller elementary particles when they hit the sky. Negatively charged particles called muons wink into existence and out again within millionths of a second

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 ends mission on a 'toasty' note, catches fire on landing

    November 1, 2017 1:01 PM 460

    As the fire from the rocket's base began to enter the frame, the feed was momentarily cut-off, but came on again, showing the rocket standing on the ship with its bottom part still on fire. New Delhi: On Monday, California-based space firm SpaceX launched a commercial communications satellite for South Korea – the KoreaSat 5A – and then landed the rocket

  • Mystery of the 'monster' planet half the size of the sun astronomers say should not exist

    October 31, 2017 6:10 PM 183

    A 'monster' planet, which should in theory not exist, has been discovered orbiting a faint dwarf star far, far away, surprised astronomers have revealed. The existence of the gassy giant challenges long-standing theories that such a big planet - about the size of Jupiter - cannot be formed around a star so small. Artist's impression of the planet NGTS-

  • Scientists can't explain a 'worrying' rise in methane levels

    October 31, 2017 1:09 PM 193

    New figures show atmospheric pollution levels are surging. The WMO's report also points to a mysterious rise in the levels of methane in the atmosphere, which were also higher than the 10-year average. Speaking to BBC News, Professor Euan Nisbet from Royal Holloway University of London said this was not expected in the Paris Agreement. "We do not understand

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches South Korean satellite

    October 30, 2017 8:01 PM 211

    Keeping up a blistering launch pace, SpaceX fired off another Falcon 9 rocket Monday, boosting a powerful South Korean communications satellite into orbit in the rocket-builder's third flight this month and its 16th so far this year. In an increasingly familiar sight, the rocket's first stage flew itself back to a pinpoint landing on the droneship "Of Course

  • NASA's spooky space playlist for Halloween

    October 30, 2017 8:49 AM 185

    NASA has put together a soundtrack of "howling planet and whistling helium" that could easily be the background score for a horror movie. The literally unearthly tracks are result of scientists converting radio emissions captured by spacecraft instruments into sound waves, also called "data sonification". “Scientists sometimes translate radio signals

  • Australia's Queensland calls election in test for populist Hanson

    October 30, 2017 2:28 AM 193

    The Australian state of Queensland, home to the Great Barrier Reef, has called a snap election that is set to test support for both the populist party of Pauline Hanson and an environmentally sensitive Indian coal mine project. Campaigning began Monday in the state, a major tourist destination, after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk of the Labor Party set down a poll date of November

  • UAEU project aims to uncover Mars mysteries

    October 29, 2017 11:24 AM 213

    ABU DHABI - Three Emirati students are being trained to support the UAE’s goal of unlocking the secrets to Mars, via a United Arab Emirates University, UAEU, project designed to provide greater insight into the Red Planet. The UAE Space Agency plans to send a probe, 'Al Amal' or 'Hope’, to the Earth’s neighbouring planet, with the aim of reaching Mars orbit