All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘mercury’

Mercury Is Shrinking; NASA Makes Startling Revelation

Mercury, considered the smallest planet in the entire solar system, is said to be shrinking to an even smaller size. The findings were published in the Nature Geoscience and research shows that Mercury now has a diameter of more or less 3,032 miles, which is 8.6 miles smaller than its diameter 4 billion years ago. In the 1970s, scientists have …

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60 Possibly New Species Found in Suriname Rainforest

Scientists with the nonprofit research and advocacy organization Conservation International recently braved intense river rapids in Suriname’s rainforest, locating 60 animals that may be undocumented species, including six frogs and eleven fish. Spokesman Trond Larsen said the Arlington, Virginia-based group cataloged wildlife and studied freshwater resources, during a three-week trek in southeast Suriname, near its border with Brazil. The team’s …

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Autism Not Linked to Mercury Exposure, Shows Study

Vaccines have already been eliminated as a cause of autism, but prenatal mercury exposure has still been suspected as a cause of the condition. Expecting mothers have been warned away from eating fish during pregnancy over fears of developmental problems. A new study this week calls into question the mercury-autism connection, showing no link between mercury exposure and autism-like behaviors. …

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Water Ice on Mercury Confirmed by NASA’s MESSENGER

The hypothesis that Mercury has abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its shadowed polar craters appears to have been confirmed. NASA announced today that new measurements from its Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft provide “compelling support” for the water ice theory. The space craft measured the excess hydrogen at Mercury’s north pole, the …

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John Glenn School Live-Tweets Friendship 7 Mission On 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago today, astronaut John Glenn made history by boarding a Mercury space capsule and becoming the first American to orbit the earth. The Friendship 7 made three orbits around the earth in a little less than five hours and was moving at speeds around 17,000 miles per hour (top that, Doc Brown). As if that wasn’t a fever-inducing …

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