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Fossil stored in Smithsonian Collection is Beast from Moby-Dick

Fossil stored in Smithsonian Collection is Beast from Moby-Dick

Researchers have found a new species of carnivorous whale which is similar to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. A new study has suggested that the 14- to 15-million-year old remains were misidentified earlier.

Researchers examined the whale’s fossil history and found that the family was once filled with variety of whales of various sizes and shapes. Now, the researchers have added a new sperm whale species to array Albicetus oxymycterus.

Researchers Preparing To Develop New Lie-Detecting Software

Researchers Preparing To Develop New Lie-Detecting Software

A team of researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) said it is working to develop unique software that can detect lie by considering a speaker’s gestures and words.

The researchers said they are building the software based on real-world data and for that they studying the videos from high-stakes court cases. The software, so far, has shown 75% of accuracy in identifying who was being deceptive as compared with humans’ scores of just above 50%, said study researchers.

Thin Haze in Occator Crater on Ceres Can Be an Indicator of Presence of Frozen Water

Thin Haze in Occator Crater on Ceres Can Be an Indicator of Presence of Frozen Water

Ceres and its bright spots have baffled scientists since they were first discovered, now researchers through two new studies have found some news details about these bright spots that are found all over the dwarf planet’s surface.

In one of the study scientists claim that the bright spots on the surface of Ceres is a kind of salt. The second study shows the detection of ammonia-rich-clays on Ceres.

According to researchers when the sun shines into the Occator crater on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres, a thin haze appears above its brightest spot.

Japanese Akatsuki trying to make Second Attempt to enter Venus Orbit

Japanese Akatsuki trying to make Second Attempt to enter Venus Orbit

Do you love reading science stories related to universe and solar system? If yes, then you will definitely gain some interest while reading the below news. In 2010, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched The Venus Climate Orbiter ‘Akatsuki’ with the intention to gain insight into planet’s weather and surface conditions. But, the spacecraft failed to enter into the orbit of Venus due to trouble in its engine. Since then, the spacecraft remained in a heliocentric orbit, some 134 million kilometers from Venus, conducting scientific studies on solar winds.

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Insights into Mysterious Bright Spots on Ceres

Insights into Mysterious Bright Spots on Ceres

Bright spots found on the dwarf planet Ceres’ surface have baffled scientists since they have been spotted. Now researchers after studying the data sent back home by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft have got some insights into the mysteries of the dwarf world.

In one of the studies, scientists call this bright spots as a kind of salt on the dwarf planet’s surface. The second study shows the presence of ammonia-rich clays on Ceres.

KIC 8462852 Doesn’t Have Aliens, it’s Just a Star: SETI

KIC 8462852 Doesn’t Have Aliens, it’s Just a Star: SETI

The star KIC 8462852 grabbed attention in October this year when mysterious signals from the stellar body suggested that there could be a gigantic artificial structure drifting in front of the star. Now, astronomers have come up with a conclusion that the star shows no sign of life.

KIC 8462852's inconsistent dimming was baffling astronomers from a long time. Some of them think the anomalous star may have an extraterrestrial civilization. To observe the possibilities, they hunted for brief laser pulses from the stellar body, but found nothing, as per a report of SETI.

Researchers Find New Genus of Ancient Sperm Whale

Researchers Find New Genus of Ancient Sperm Whale

Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution said a monstrous whale that could chew up a ship and destroy the vessels lived around 15 million years ago. The recent find was made after the study of a fossil.

Alex Boersma, lead author of the new research published in the open access journal PLoS One, said in a statement that modern day whales have teeth in their lower jaw; this is because their main food source is squids.

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