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Experiencing Aurora Australis 'alters' passengers' lives!

Experiencing Aurora Australis 'alters' passengers' lives!

Following a huge explosion of magnetic field and plasma from the Sun's corona, Tasmania's skyline has been aglow in recent days - with vivid purple and green lights illuminating the horizon.

A few passengers, aboard the first commercial flight to witness the Aurora Australis, landed in New Zealand and the 130 star-struck passengers have taken to social media to share their experience.

The duration of the flight was eight-hours and it took off from the South Island on Thursday, flying to a latitude of 62 degrees south to view of the aurora.

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A new species of terrestrial crab found in Hong Kong

A new species of terrestrial crab found in Hong Kong

What the CRAB!

The scientists have found a new species of terrestrial crab, climbing trees on the eastern coast of Hong Kong.

The species is described in the open access journal ZooKeys.

All specimens spotted during the survey have been collected at a height of approximately 1.5 - 1.8 m, walking on the bark of the branches at ebbing and low tides.

The characteristics of the newly found species are squarish predominantly dark brown carapace, very long legs and orange chelipeds.

Restoring Pluto's planetary identity in crisis

Restoring Pluto's planetary identity in crisis

A decade after Pluto was ousted from the planet lineup, a supporter of the now dwarf planet is fighting to restore its title.

Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: Regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet.

So, he said, is Europa, commonly known as a moon of Jupiter, and so is the Earth's moon, and so are more than 100 other celestial bodies in our solar system that are denied this status under the prevailing definition of "planet."

Now, a `greener` way to make vanilla flavouring

Now, a `greener` way to make vanilla flavouring

Today, over 95 percent of vanilla flavouring used in foods, from cereal to ice cream, is not natural and the production of the synthetic one is taking a toll on the environment.

The process of making it synthetically creates a stream of wastewater that requires treatment before it can be released into surface waters.

Now, the researchers have come up with a new "greener" way to make vanillin, the primary flavour compound in vanilla.

NASA's Van Allen Probes uncovers 'relativistic' electrons

NASA's Van Allen Probes uncovers 'relativistic' electrons

Earth's radiation belts, two doughnut-shaped regions of charged particles encircling our planet,were discovered more than 50 years ago, but their behaviour is still not completely understood.

Now, new observations from NASA's Van Allen Probes mission show that the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are not present as much of the time as previously thought.

The results show that there typically isn't as much radiation in the inner belt as previously assumed, which is good news for spacecraft flying in the region.

More eco-friendly fabric softeners come closer to reality

More eco-friendly fabric softeners come closer to reality

Good news for those who want to continue using fabric softeners but are afraid of risking the environment as a recent study has paved the way for the "greener" products.

In the 1960s, the introduction of fabric softeners transformed rough, scratchy clothes into softer, more comfortable garments. But recently, the products' popularity has dipped in part due to millennials' concern for their potential environmental impact, according to recent news reports.

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Did you know spiders eat 800 million tonnes of prey every year?

Did you know spiders eat 800 million tonnes of prey every year?

A study shows that global spider population - with a weight of around 25 million tonnes - wipes out an estimated 400-800 million tonnes of prey every year, thus making an essential contribution to maintain the ecological balance of nature.

According to Zoologists at the University of Basel in Switzerland and Lund University in Sweden, more than 90 percent of the prey is insects and springtails (Collembola) and furthermore, large tropical spiders occasionally prey on small vertebrates - frogs, lizards, snakes, fish, birds and bats - or feed on plants.

World's oldest plant fossil discovered in India

World's oldest plant fossil discovered in India

A team of researchers has discovered fossils of 1.6 billion-year-old probable red algae in India, indicating that advanced multicellular life evolved on earth much earlier than previously thought.

The study, appeared in the open access journal PLOS Biology, found two kinds of fossils resembling red algae - first type is thread-like, the other one consists of fleshy colonies - in uniquely well-preserved sedimentary rocks at Chitrakoot in Central India.

Google uses Artificial Intelligence to diagnose breast cancer

Google uses Artificial Intelligence to diagnose breast cancer

US tech giant Google has announced that using artificial intelligence to identify breast cancer has borne fruitful results.

Google used a flavour of Artificial Intelligence called deep learning to analyse thousands of slides of cancer cells provided by a Dutch university.

According to CNN, deep learning is where computers are taught to recognise patterns in huge data sets. It's very useful for visual tasks, such as looking at a breast cancer biopsy.

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