A process that takes more than one trillion years, the age of the universe has been measured by researchers. The researchers used an instrument that is built to search for black matter (the most elusive particle that's known to man!). An international team from the XENON Collaboration made public their observation of the radioactive decay of a substance that is called xenon-124, a form of an isotope, of the element xenon - a colorless, dense but odorless noble gas that’s found in trace on the Earth’s atmosphere. Read more.
Scientists recently found one billion-year-old fungi in Canada, changing the way we view evolution and the timing of plants and animals here on Earth. The fossilized specimen was collected in Canada’s Arctic by an international team and later identified to be the oldest fungi ever found, sitting somewhere between 900 million and 1 billion years old. The research changes how we view eukaryotes colonizing the land. Read more.
New measurements may explain isotope ratio differences between ice in comets and water in oceans.
A class of comets that behave in a way that contradicts the equations that best describe them could hold the key to the origin of Earth’s water, researchers suggest. Read more.
The tropical blue skies over the southern Pacific Ocean were enveloped by towering mushroom clouds lingering over the Marshall Islands in 1954 as the United States continued its testing of nuclear weapons.
The United States conducted 67 nuclear weapon tests from 1946 to 1958 on the pristine Marshall Islands. The most powerful test was the “Bravo” hydrogen bomb in 1954, which was about 1,000 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. The extensive nuclear bomb testing blanketed the islands in radioactive ash, covering it in the fine, white, powder-like substance. Children, unaware of what the radioactive ash was, played in the “snow” and ate it according to the Atomic Heritage Foundation. Read more.
Think of the most radioactive landscapes on the planet, and the names Chernobyl and Fukushima may come to mind.
Yet research suggests that parts of the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific, where the United States conducted 67 nuclear tests during the Cold War, should be added to the list. In a peer-reviewed study, Columbia University researchers report that soil on four isles of the Marshall Islands contains concentrations of nuclear isotopes that greatly exceed those found near the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plants. On one isle, those levels are reported to be 1,000 times higher. Read more.