Tuesday 18th December 2018

    • Hastings dinosaur footprints exposed by cliff erosion Hastings-dinosaur-footprints-exposed-by-cliff-erosion1

      Dozens of well-preserved dinosaur footprints from at least 100 million years ago have been uncovered in East Sussex. At least seven different species were identified by University of Cambridge researchers during the past four winters following coastal erosion along the cliffs near Hastings. They range in size from less than 2cm to more than 60cm across, and are so well-preserved that even the skin, scales and claws are easily visible. There are more than 85 markings, all of which date from the early Cretaceous period.           A small theropod footprint The species include Iguanodon and...

    • New mission to explore bottom of Belize’s Great Blue Hole New-mission-to-explore-bottom-of-Belize's-Great-Blue-Hole

      Virgin billionaire Richard Branson joined a new mission to solve one of the most captivating mysteries of the ocean — what lies at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole in Belize? The Great Blue Hole in Belize is the largest sinkhole in the world — a giant cavern measuring 300 meters (984 feet) across and around 125 meters deep. In 1971, underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau put the Blue Hole on the map when he first explored its depths. Nearly half a century later, despite becoming a scuba hotspot, the Blue Hole’s exact features remain mostly unknown. But Cousteau’s...

    • Winter has come: Ice seen traveling on Yellow River Winter-has-come-Ice-seen-traveling-on-Yellow-River

            People living along the Yellow River in northern China now have a visual sense of the season turning to winter. Hundreds of ice pieces have been spotted on the river’s Inner Mongolia section. Named “ling” by the locals, the ice is not only a signal of winter, but regarded as a troublemaker. As the weather in northern China gets colder, the size of the ice will grow significantly, ending up stacked at some narrow parts of the waterway. The ice will act as a dam and cause the river to rise, leading to potential flooding of...

    • World Building of the Year awarded to innovative Singapore housing complex World-Building-of-the-Year-awarded-to-innovative-Singapore-housing-complex

          A housing complex for senior citizens has beaten off flashier competition to be named “World Building of the Year” at the World Architecture Festival (WAF), which concluded in Amsterdam on Friday. Considered one of the industry’s top accolades, the award went to Kampung Admiralty in Singapore for its integration of public facilities, community space and over 100 apartments for the elderly. It was chosen from hundreds of shortlisted projects, which included Russia’s World Cup stadium, the Qatar National Library and the UK’s recently redeveloped London Bridge station. Located in Singapore’s north, the mixed-used development is set across less than a hectare of space. In addition to...

    • Rare gold coins found in Israeli city of Caesarea Rare-gold-coins-found-in-Israeli-city-of-Caesarea

          A collection of gold coins believed to have been hidden 900 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists in the ancient Israeli port city of Caesarea. The rare cache was found – along with a single gold earring – in a bronze pot between stones in the side of a well. The hoard of 24 coins appears to have been hidden by someone who hoped to retrieve it, but never returned. Archaeologists say the owner may have died when the city’s inhabitants were massacred by a Crusader army in 1101. The discovery, which specialists have identified as...

    • NASA spacecraft meets with asteroid today NASA-spacecraft-meets-with-asteroid-today2

      NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and the asteroid Bennu have had a date planned for two years, and about noon ET today, they’ll finally get to meet face to face.   The mission — which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer — will be NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission. It launched in September 2016 and will spend two years up close and personal with Bennu. First images of the asteroid from the spacecraft’s perspective have appeared as it got closer and closer. Over the next year, OSIRIS-REx will survey the asteroid using five scientific instruments on board...

    • Russian spacecraft ready to fly to ISS after launch failure Russian-spacecraft-ready-to-fly-to-ISS-after-launch-failure

          A Russian Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with a Soyuz MS-11 manned spacecraft has been placed on a launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, TASS news agency reported Saturday. The spacecraft is scheduled to blast off for the International Space Station (ISS) at 14:31 Moscow time (1131 GMT) on December 3 and dock with the ISS at 20:36 Moscow time (1736 GMT) the same day, TASS said. This will be the first manned mission since the launch failure of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft on October 11 due to a carrier rocket malfunction. Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and...

    • Eight mummies discovered in Egypt Eight-mummies-discovered-in-Egypt

      Cue the “Indiana Jones” theme tune: there’s been another impressive archeological discovery in Egypt — and this time it’s mummies. Following on from the recent discovery of a 3,000-year-old mummified woman, Egyptian excavators have unearthed eight newly discovered ancient mummies inside limestone coffins. These sarcophagi, adorned with beautifully painted human forms, were uncovered in the southeastern area of King Amenemhat II’s pyramid in Dahshur Necropolis, near the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. They’ve been dated back to the Pharaonic period (from 32 BC to 332 BC). Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery on its Facebook page — with Mostafa Waziri,...

    • China green lights first underwater high-speed railway China-green-lights-first-underwater-high-speed-railway

        There’s no slowing China’s high-speed rail ambitions. Beijing has just green lighted a project to build the country’s first underwater bullet train route. The line will connect Ningbo, a port city south of Shanghai, to Zhoushan, an archipelago off the east coast. The proposed underwater tunnel will be a part of the 77-kilometer Yong-Zhou Railway plan(Yong is the nickname of Ningbo) to boost tourism and create a two-hour-commute zone within China’s Zhejiang Province. First mentioned in a government transportation plan in 2005, the feasibility study of the Yong-Zhou Railway plan was approved by Beijing in November. Within the 77...

    • Millions brave frigid cold to watch Thanksgiving parade in NYC Millions-brave-frigid-cold-watch-Thanksgiving- parade-NYC

          Despite frigid cold and strong winds, millions of people from New York and around the world lined the streets of Manhattan to watch the dazzling display of balloons and floats at the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. Many spectators, huddled under blankets and behind guardrails, waited for hours at the West 77th Street, or Central Park West, where the three-hour annual spectacle kicked off at 9 a.m. (1400 GMT).       “The Elf On The Shelf” balloon seen at the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, U.S.     The temperature dipped...