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Two thirds of ice in the Alps will melt by 2100 due to climate change, scientists warn

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Emissions rising at their current rates will result in almost all of the glaciers in the Alps melting by the end of the century.

A recent study has found that half of the ice in the 4,000 Alpine mountain glaciers will have disappeared by 2050 due to a combination of rising temperatures and past pollution.

Even if carbon emissions dropped all the way to zero by 2050, researchers still think it would be too late to save the glaciers and estimate that two-thirds of the ice will still have melted by 2100.

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Losing the glaciers would negatively impact nature, farming, hydroelectricity and tourism in the area.

Glaciologist Daniel Farinotti was part of the team who conducted the research.

He said: “Glaciers in the European Alps and their recent evolution are some of the clearest indicators of the ongoing changes in climate.

ETH Zurich in Switzerland senior researcher Matthias Huss said: “In the pessimistic case, the Alps will be mostly ice-free by 2100, with only isolated ice patches remaining at high elevation, representing 5% or less of the present-day ice volume.”

The glacier research was published in the journal The Cryospher and details how computer models were combined with real-world data to predict the fate of the glaciers.

Glaciers across the World are thought to be losing 369 billion tons of snow and ice each year.

All this melting ice is contributing to rising sea levels.

Cutting back on fossil-fuel burning, deforestation and other polluting activities could help to minimize the melting and its subsequent devastating impact.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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Oldest ice on Earth may be hiding 1.5 miles beneath Antarctica

European scientists looking for some of the oldest ice on the planet have homed in on a particular spot in Antarctica, where they will drill more than 1.5 miles (2.7 kilometers) below the surface of the ice.

Over the next five years, the “Beyond EPICA-Oldest Ice” mission will work at a remote location known as “Little Dome C” to start drilling for ice up to 1.5 million years old, the team announced today (April 9) at the meeting of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, Austria.

“Ice cores are unique for geosciences because they are an archive of the paleo-atmosphere,” said Beyond EPICA’s coordinator Olaf Eisen of the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany. [Antarctica: The Ice-Covered Bottom of the World (Photos)]

From analyzing gas bubbles, molecules and particles trapped in thin layers of ancient ice, scientists can reconstruct carbon dioxide levels, temperature data and other climate indicators over a long period of time. A major goal of this project will be to understand why the cycle of Earth’s ice ages changed in the distant past.

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The expedition will build on a past mission, EPICA (the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica), which took place from 1996 to 2004 at the Concordia research station, jointly operated by France and Italy. The EPICA researchers were able to obtain an ice core with an 800,000-year record of climate data. During this period, the climate flipped from glacial to interglacial periods on a 100,000-year cycle.

The EPICA core, however, “doesn’t cover the time between 900,000 and 1.2 million years ago, where we had a transition in the climate system,” Eisen told reporters during a press conference.

Prior to 1.2 million years ago, Earth’s ice ages are believed to have been alternating on a quicker, 40,000-year cycle. Scientists don’t know what happened during the following transition period in the climate system that caused the glacial periods to get longer and colder. The Beyond EPICA researchers hope to find some answers in the ice from Little Dome C as well as data that will help them build climate forecasts for the future.

Over the last three years, the researchers surveyed the region around Concordia as well as the region around Dome Fuji for a potential drill site that would be likely to have 1.5-million-year-old ice.

About 2 miles (3.2 km) above sea level, Little Dome C is about 18 miles (30 km) from Concordia station — or a 2-hour snowmobile ride. The average temperature at the drill site is minus 66 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 54.5 degrees Celsius), and the team will work only the two months during the Antarctic summer, camped out in shipping containers.

The area around Little Dome C is also very dry and hardly sees precipitation, which is good for the goal of the project.

“The smaller the accumulation rate of snow every year, the more years you have in each meter,” said project scientist Catherine Ritz, of France’s Institute for Geosciences and Environmental Research (IGE).

Having more layers packed in tightly is important because, closer to the bedrock, ice can melt due to the heat from beneath the surface of Earth. Melting at the bottom is the reason the previous EPICA ice core only had layers back to 800,000 years.

“The most exciting information we will be looking at will be squeezed in the deepest part of the core,” Carlo Barbante, of the University of Venice, told reporters. “Most probably, the ice as old as 800,000 years to 1.5 million years will be squeezed in the last 200 to 300 meters of ice.”

It will likely take the Beyond EPICA team years to reach those ancient layers of ice as they remove 13-foot-long (4 meter), 4 -inch-wide (10 centimeters) tubes of ice at a time. That also means the most important results of the project won’t come out until at least 2025.

The European Union-funded project is estimated to cost about €30 million euros ($33.8 million), according to the BBC.

Original article on Live Science.

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Fossilized remains of 430 million-year-old ‘sea monster’ found

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The fossilized remains of a 430 million-year-old sea creature that had tentacles longer than its body have been found in Herefordshire, Britain.

Given the name Sollasina cthulhu, due to its resemblance to the fictional Cthulhu sea beast thought of by American author H.P. Lovecraft, the creature was significantly smaller than the fictional monster, but perhaps just as scary to other sea creatures alive at the time.

“Although the fossil is just 3 [centimers] wide, its many long tentacles would have made it appear quite monstrous to other small sea creatures alive at the time,” a press release describing the find reads. “It is thought that these tentacles, or ‘tube feet’, were used to capture food and crawl over the seafloor.”

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Sollasina cthulhu was a type of sea cucumber and its 45 tentacles likely helped it walk along the seafloor, researchers noted. They were also able to look at it in 3-D, which gave researchers a deeper look into the creature’s soft tissue.

“Using physical–optical tomography and computer reconstruction, we visualize the internal anatomy of S. cthulhu in three dimensions, revealing inner soft tissues that we interpret as the ring canal, a key part of the water vascular system that was previously unknown in fossil echinozoans,” researchers wrote in the study’s abstract.

The study’s co-author, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, was surprised it was a sea cucumber, originally thinking it might be a closer relative to sea urchins.

“We carried out a number of analyses to work out whether Sollasina was more closely related to sea cucumbers or sea urchins,” Dr. Thompson said in the release. “To our surprise, the results suggest it was an ancient sea cucumber. This helps us understand the changes that occurred during the early evolution of the group, which ultimately gave rise to the slug-like forms we see today.”

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The research was published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Mummified birds, mice found in ancient Egyptian tomb

A recently unearthed tomb from Ancient Egypt contained several mummified animals, including birds, mice and dogs, researchers said.

The tomb, built for a man known as Tutu and his wife, Ta-Shirit-Iziz, was recently excavated by archaeologists, according to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

“The location of this tomb and its entrance was found [in October 2018] during the arrest of a gang while attempting to dig in the area outside the archaeological hill of the Aldi area,” the Ministry said according to a translated version of the post.

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“Immediately after the … investigation, the ministry of Antiquities received the site and the archaeological and scientific excavations began through an Egyptian Archaeological Mission Headed by Dr. Mostafa Minister of the Secretary-General of the high council of Antiquities. The works of the [group] have found … human remains and a group of birds and animals.”

The Ministry added that the tomb, which contains two rooms, is in “good condition” and contains a number of inscriptions and “bright colors where photos on the side of its entrance are a scene of the god Anubis.” There are also pictures of the god Osiris, the Egyptian god of the afterlife.

In total, there are approximately 50 mummified animals, Live Science reported.

The tomb itself is located near the Nile in Akhmim, Egypt, approximately 280 miles south of Cairo. It dates to the early Ptolemaic period, Reuters reported.

“It shows images of the owner of the burial room, Tutu, giving and receiving gifts before different gods and goddesses,” Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in comments obtained by the news outlet.

In addition to the mummified animals, researchers found two clay jars that contained the remains of a woman between the age of 35 and 50 and a young boy, between the ages of 12 and 14, Reuters added.

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Two mummies, of a woman and child, are on display at the newly discovered burial site, the Tomb of Tutu, at al-Dayabat, Sohag, Egypt April 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany 

Ancient Egypt continues to be a source of fascination for researchers, as more artifacts are uncovered. On Sunday, archaeologists uncovered the 2,500-year-old remains of a powerful ancient Egyptian high priest, broadcast live on the Discovery Channel.

Last month, experts announced the discovery of dozens of mummies in ancient desert burial chambers. Archaeologists also recently explained the strange brown spots on some of the paintings in King Tutankhamun’s tomb.

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Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. (Credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration)

In January, archaeologists announced the discovery of ancient tombs in the Nile Delta north of Cairo. In a separate project, two ancient tombs dating back to the Roman period were uncovered in Egypt’s Western Desert.

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NASA launches student rocket challenge

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landing on the moon, it added drones and rovers to its annual student launch competition.

Nearly three dozen student teams from colleges, universities, high schools and some middle schools from around the country flocked to Huntsville, Ala., the location of the Marshall Space Flight Center, so their rockets could take flight. The gathering during the first weekend of April was the culmination of a months-long process of designing, analyzing, building and testing rockets to live up to NASA’s standard for a safe takeoff.

“It takes about 8 months,” Katie Wallace, NASA’s Student Launch Manager, said as she explained the rigorous process teams have to go through before they can even make it to the launch pad during the competition. “They have schematics. They have computer simulations to verify their predictions and then they have to go out in the field to test their predictions. It’s very detailed.”

The UMass Rocket Team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst was among the teams to qualify and make the long trek down to Huntsville. The team of 14 had a good idea of how difficult it was just to make it to that point because they almost didn’t. The Rocket Team’s rocket went ballistic during a test launch in Vermont – days before the team was to report back to NASA to show that they had a successful full-scale rocket launch in February.

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“The entire rocket crashed into the ground at around 520 miles an hour,” explained Amelia Bruno, co-team lead of the UMass Rocket Team. “The rocket was completely destroyed.”

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UMass Rocket Team recovers pieces from its failed rocket launch a week before having to report results back to NASA. (UMass Rocket Team)

One of the rocket’s parachutes had failed to deploy properly, which made it nearly impossible for the rocket to slowdown once its secondary parachute deployed about 500 ft. above the ground.

With a week left for UMass to get a successful report back to NASA to qualify for Student Launch, the Rocket Team decided it wasn’t going to give up on months of work and fundraising because of one major setback.

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“It was a very emotional day,” Bruno said as she recalls watching three weeks of construction smash to smithereens when it hit a bed of ice. “It was a pretty big shock, but almost immediately we knew we needed to stay in this competition. So we turned around and said ‘OK, we’ll need to order a new airframe. We can overnight that from California before we get home. We need to order a new nose cone. We need to find new altimeters to record our flight data.’”

Within 24 hours, the team had dropped an additional $1,600 out of its $10,000 budget on the necessary parts for a new rocket they were going to attempt to build in less than a week’s time.

The rocket failure happened on a Sunday and by Wednesday the team was constructing a new one. Team members worked around the clock.

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“We built the rocket in three days and successfully flew it,” Bruno said. “We crashed our rocket on Sunday and launched our brand new rocket that next Saturday to remain in this competition.”

By launch day, Ted Cochron, former president of the National Association of Rocketry, said he was amazed with what he was seeing from all the teams in attendance, particularly the speed at which the teams are developing and building full-scale rockets.

“They’re doing things that, when I was in college, we would have done in our second or third year,” he said. “They’re doing it basically in one year. Inventing things practically from scratch.”

As the UMass Rocket Team prepared its rocket for liftoff, the team had to troubleshoot some overheating issues with its payload system that was tasked with releasing the Rocket Team’s 3-D printed drone prior to it flying to a NASA specified landing pad. But after all the team had been through leading up to launch day, that seemed like a small fix.

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UMass Rocket Team feverishly works to troubleshoot overheating issues with its payload system ahead of its rocket launch. (Fox News/Charles Watson)

Not long after, the team’s new rocket was set up on the launch pad. The countdown was winding down.

“Five, four, three, two, one.”

Without hesitation, the team’s rocket took off a few thousand feet into the sky, before finally coming back down for a delicate landing this time around. Much to the delight of UMass.

“It went well,” Bruno said with a big smile on her face. “It didn’t go ballistic.”

All the successes and failures of the day could certainly turn out to be a help for NASA as the agency forges ahead with orders from the Trump Administration to put an American on the moon by 2024.

“This gives us some basic research,” Wallace said. “We get to see some innovation and creativity that might help us at NASA.”

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Jupiter’s poles shown heating up in incredible NASA images

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No, that’s not a far-away alien world you’re looking at. That’s an infrared image of Jupiter and its poles, courtesy of NASA.

NASA’s JPL has released images of the gas giant showing the impact that solar winds are having on the planet’s poles, which are causing a hotter atmosphere than previously thought.

“The solar wind impact at Jupiter is an extreme example of space weather,” said NASA JPL’s James Sinclair, who led new research published April 8 in Nature Astronomy, in a statement. “We’re seeing the solar wind having an effect deeper than is normally seen.”

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Similar to the auroras on Earth’s poles (the aurora borealis and aurora australis), energy particles from the Sun interact with the heat in the gases of the atmosphere on Jupiter. But it’s the level of activity and how deep it is going, extending into the stratosphere, that is surprising scientists.

“What is startling about the results is that we were able to associate for the first time the variations in solar wind and the response in the stratosphere — and that the response to these variations is so quick for such a large area,” said JPL’s Glenn Orton, co-author and part of the observing team, in the statement.

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Sensitive to Jupiter’s stratospheric temperatures, these infrared images were recorded by the Cooled Mid-Infrared Camera and Spectrograph (COMICS) at the Subaru Telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Areas that are more yellow and red indicate the hotter regions. (Credit: NAOJ and NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The researchers found that a day after the solar wind hit the planet, the chemistry in its atmosphere changed and the temperature rose. The scientists used the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii and recorded the images using the telescope’s Cooled Mid-Infrared Camera and Spectograph.

The researchers hope to understand how the solar winds from the Sun impact other planets environments, as well as our own.

“Such heating and chemical reactions may tell us something about other planets with harsh environments, and even early Earth,” said Yasumasa Kasaba in the statement.

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The hunt for alien life starts in Earth’s most extreme places

Microbiologist Jill Mikucki went to Antarctica last year on a special mission: She was looking for signs of what life on other planets and moons might look like. Her work is part of an effort to understand the origins of life—not just in our world, but in the solar system—by examining the organisms that thrive in Earth’s most extreme environments.

In a salty, ferrous glacial waterfall known as Blood Falls, her team previously discovered a new strain of bacteria adapted to survive in brutally cold temperatures. The landscape looks almost Martian.

By studying the chemistry, physical properties and biology of Antarctica’s icy ecosystems, scientists are hoping they’ll not only discover what makes life at extremes tick, but also determine where to look—and what to look for—when they send satellites and robots to explore other potentially habitable planets and moons. Antarctica’s ice-covered coastal regions and frozen lakes, for instance, mimic the geology that planetary scientists expect to encounter in the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, which have ice-shelled salty oceans.

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The ISS is chock-full of bacteria and fungi: study

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It turns out astronauts aren’t alone on the International Space Station.

A new study reported by Gizmodo found that a “diverse population of bacteria and fungi” populate the ISS based on 14 months of research.

The results, published in the Microbiome Journal, conclude that “intact/viable bacteria and fungi found on surfaces in closed space systems” have been effectively cataloged for the first time, which could be used to create safer and cleaner conditions for future space missions, including those to Mars.

Additionally, the findings might be vital in the understanding of “confined built environments” on our own planet, such as medical and pharmaceutical clean rooms, according to the study.

For the experiment, eight different locations aboard the ISS were tested over three flight sample sessions in an effort to determine which microorganisms can populate in a closed space.

To find this, surface wipes from each room were treated with propidium monoazide (PMA), a chemical compound that helps determine the DNA of the bacteria present in the microbiome. Other wipes were left untreated.

Many of the organisms detected were seen as harmful to astronauts because they contain properties that resist antibiotics.

Some of these bacteria include Acinetobacter, Sphingomonas and Bacillus — and fungi such as Aspergillus, Cryptococcus, and Rhodotorula.

Unsurprisingly, astronauts were to blame for some of the bacteria and fungal cultures on the ISS.

An abundance of human-associated organisms discovered include Staphylococcaceae — which originate in the skin and in the nasal passage — and Enterobacteriaceae, which comes from the gastrointestinal tract.

Prior to this study, many of the bacterial cultures on the ISS were largely unknown — most could not be determined by traditional methods such as petri dish growth.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

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SEE IT: Large meteor explodes over industrial Russian town

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A meteor exploded while traveling over the skies of a Russian province on Saturday, creating a sound that some residents compared to a plane crash.

The remarkable event was captured on car dashcams in Krasnoyarsk, an industrial town in Siberia.

“I panicked as it sounded and looked like a plane on fire, I got really scared of the noise and shine it created,” said one woman who was cited by the Siberian Times.

From multiple angles, the meteor is seen flying across the sky, leaving a bright orange trail. According to the Times, the meteor split apart then disappeared east of the city.

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Meteors that explode in mid-air are known as “bolides,” according to ScienceAlert. The meteors tend to break apart as a result of high air pressure, the report said.

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Saturday marked the third major meteor or meteorite event in four months, the Siberian Times reported.

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A century after Lusitania was sunk by a U-boat, an unusual item from the doomed liner emerges

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In May 1915, the British ocean liner Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat, resulting in the loss of more than 1,100 lives, The attack on the civilian vessel sent shockwaves around the world.

Now, almost 104 years after the deadly torpedo attack, an extremely rare hardtack ship’s biscuit from one of the ship’s lifeboats is up for auction in the U.K. Made from flour, salt and water, cracker-like hardtack biscuits are designed to be long-lasting, and have historically been a feature of long sea voyages and military campaigns.

The biscuit will be auctioned by Henry Aldridge and Son on April 27. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told Fox News that the biscuit comes with a letter written by a British soldier in the Royal Engineers explaining how he obtained the unusual item.

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The soldier got the biscuit from one of Lusitania’s lifeboats when the liner’s survivors reached Queenstown (now called Cobh) in Ireland.

“I suppose these biscuits are put in the lifeboats to feed the people aboard her, in case they are a great distance from land or being adrift for many days,” the soldier wrote. “In these boats at Queenstown they found brooches, rings, watches & chains belonging to the survivors. There are also a great many life belts that the survivors wore. I have been in the boats and they hold something like fifty persons.”

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The hardtack biscuit was recovered from one of Lusitania’s lifeboats. (Henry Aldridge and Son)

“It is believed that there are only two such biscuits in existence,” Aldridge told Fox News, via email, adding that the other biscuit is on display at an Irish museum.

The biscuit has a pre-sale estimate of $3,920 to $6,533.

Lusitania was traveling from New York to Liverpool when she was sunk by U-boat U-20 off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915. Some 1,198 of the ship’s almost 2,000 passengers and crew died in the attack. More than 100 Americans lost their lives when Lusitania sank and the incident is cited as a contributory factor in America’s decision to abandon its position of neutrality and join World War I in 1917.

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File photo – The first page of the Daily Mirror of May 8, 1915 with the news of the sinking of the English steamship Lusitania. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Germany said that it had warned ships not to enter the war zone around Britain and also cited the fact that Lusitania was carrying 173 tons of war munitions to Britain as justification for the attack, according to History.com.

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The hardtack ship’s biscuit and the letter describing its discovery. (Henry Aldridge and Son)

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Queenstown was also the last port of call for Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage. The ill-fated liner picked up passengers in the Irish port just two days before she sank after striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912.

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