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Strange interstellar object ‘Oumuamua is tiny and very reflective

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Strange interstellar object 'Oumuamua is tiny and very reflective

After no small mystery, we’re beginning to know more about more about ‘Oumuamua, the very first known interstellar object which was known to visit the Solar System. A latest study indicates that the object cannot be that large, for one thing. As the Spitzer Space Telescope’s infrared detection was not able to catch the cigar-shaped entity, which makes it relatively very small. It’s likely less than 2,600 feet at its longest. It also can not have a diameter more than 1,440 feet, and that figure could well be as small as 320 feet.

The research also found something really unusual: it’s a lot reflective, potentially up to 10 times more than Solar System comets. Just what caused it to be like this is not yet certain. It may be possible that ‘Oumuamua lost quite a lot of its surface dirt and dust as soon as it passed across the Sun, which (mixed with gas from the object itself) left it covered in reflective ice as well as snow. This is known to happen with local comets, although not always to this degree.

There’s one big problem with the verifying details: it may possibly be too late. The object is now known to be roughly as far from the Sun as is Saturn, which puts it quite far away for study by the present space telescopes. Whatever its exact nature might be, we may have to wait for a long time for getting more answers — if we get any at all.

Michelle has been a part of the journey ever since Bigtime Daily started. As a strong learner and passionate writer, she contributes her editing skills for the news agency. She also jots down intellectual pieces from categories such as science and health.

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Fossil of plant-eating reptile discovered in New Mexico

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The earliest example of a reptile that eats plant has been discovered in the fossil record in southern New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science told.

The museum announced this week, saying that the unique structure of the jaws, teeth and skull of the sail-backed reptile clearly shows that it was an herbivore. Not only that, but it also indicated that such specialized plant-eating wasn’t earlier known in reptiles older than approximately 200 million years.

The fossil bones were found by Ethan Schuth near Alamogordo while he was on a class field trip to University of Oklahoma geology in 2013. The bones were known to be part of a well preserved but incomplete skeleton.

Field crews spent almost a year for collecting the bones from the site and a lot more time was spent to remove the hard sandstone which surrounds the fossils so that the research could ensue.

Paleontology curator Spencer Lucas along with his team from the museum determined that the bones were almost 300 million years old, which means that the reptile lived during the early Permian Period, or over 50 million years before the dinosaurs started originating.

Lucas and research associate Matt Celeskey have been able to identify the skeleton as belonging to an absolutely new genus and species that they named as Gordodon kraineri. The world ‘Gordodon’ is derived from the Spanish word gordo, which means fat, and the Greek word ‘odon’, or tooth, as the species had quite large pointed teeth at the tips of its jaws.

The species name kraineri actually honors Karl Krainer, who is an Austrian geologist who is known to contribute to knowledge about the Permian period in New Mexico.

“Gordodon actually rewrites the books by pushing back our understanding of the evolution of such specialized herbivory by almost 100 million years,” Lucas told in a statement that was issued on Wednesday.

Gordodon was known to be about 5 feet long and weighed approximately 75 pounds. It was believed to be a selective feeder that was dependent on high-nutrient plants because of the advanced structure of its teeth, skull and jaws.

Experts at the museum say that other early herbivorous reptiles were not known to be selective, chomping on any plants that they came across. They say that Gordodon had some of the same specializations that were found in modern animals such as deer and goats.

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Brazilian dirt piles as massive as Great Britain resulted from termite tunnels: proves latest study

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Brazilian dirt piles as massive as Great Britain resulted from termite tunnels, proves latest study

Right when the pyramids in Egypt were being constructed, there was another massive project underway but in a whole other section of the globe. Just like pyramids, this project resulted in a site that is currently visible from outer space.

However, this particular project in Brazil had no help from pulleys, ramps, or for that matter any manpower. This complex structure formed with 200 million massive mounds made up dirt covers about the size capable of covering Great Britain. But the weird revelation about this structure is the fact that it was created by an insect species. Yes, it was the termites that were responsible for this unique creation.

These mounds shaped in the form of cones reach a height of 10 feet going to a width of 30 feet. Each of these mounds is spaced at a distance of 60 feet from each other. Scientists dated the oldest of these mounds to be 3,820 years old. This makes them just about the same age as the termite mounds discovered in Africa.

An artwork by the species named Syntermes dirus, these mounds resulted by an excavation to create tunnels under the ground that helped the termites reach their meals comprised of the dead leaves that fell to the forest floor once every year.

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NASA to launch safety review at SpaceX following news of Elon Musk smoking pot

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NASA to launch safety review at SpaceX following news of Elon Musk smoking pot

When NASA associated with Boeing and Spacex in order to fly the astronauts to ISS, the companies most probably expected that the government based space agency would always monitor the activities. However, what actually happened is the fact that NASA actually prompted a probe following the podcast with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

After it was revealed that Musk smoked pot with the podcast host Joe Rogan, NASA is now conducting a proper safety review for both the companies. While NASA refrained from confirming whether this sudden check had any association with Musk’s unprofessional behavior, the spokesperson for the company mentioned that this is just to ensure that the companies adhere to the workplace safety requirements as listed by NASA. This also includes a drug-free work environment to ensure zero compromise in terms of safety.

While NASA’s reaction to Musk’s recreational activity might seem a bit exaggerated reaction, it’s not the first company to do so. According to reports, the Air Force took a peak at Musk’s behavior. They stated that the use of weed or any similar illegal drugs is actually prohibited for anyone that holds a security clearance from the government. Musk’s appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast dated 6th September.

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