Here are the best stories of the week.
March 2022 was the hottest march in India’s recorded history: IMD
March 2022 was the hottest March in India’s 122-year-old recorded history since record keeping began in 1901! Due to higher than normal mercury levels and successive heat waves in most parts of the country, the average high for the past month jumped to 33.1 ºC, surpassing the previous all-time high recorded in March 2010, at 33. .09ºC. More details here.
April 2022 forecast: North and West-Central India will experience hotter days; Above-average rainfall likely in southern states
For most Indians, the month of April is associated with the start of summer vacation. But in addition to the fun element, this holiday also brings scorching summer heat. In fact, a similar situation seems to be predicted for India this month, as indicated by the latest monthly forecasts published by IMD. Read the forecast here.
Environmental impacts of war: Ukraine’s radioactive trees, ammonia-laden air, starving animals, etc.
The Russian-Ukrainian conflict has left the region reeling from a major global humanitarian crisis. From the threats of radiation and dangerous chemicals to the depletion of natural resources, Ukraine’s precious ecosystems are all facing it. For some of the latest news on how the conflict is wreaking havoc in the region and around the world, click here.
Dense, heavy bones helped Spinosaurus – the monster from Jurassic Park III – Hunt underwater, study finds
While Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park III showed the main antagonistic monster to be a skilled swimmer and predator, the reptilian character was largely based on assumptions devised by paleontologists around the world. Now, a new study has revealed that this dinosaur, named Spinosaurus, could hunt underwater thanks to its dense bones. Full story here.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards release never-before-seen photos to launch the 2022 edition of the competition
To celebrate the start of this year’s edition of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards – a competition that focuses on the lighter side of life while simultaneously promoting wildlife conservation – its organizers have released hilarious, never-before-seen images of the contest 2021! Discover them here.
Residents of Delhi’s Ghazipur gasp as toxic fumes from landfill fires engulf the area (PHOTOS)
A fire broke out at the Ghazipur dump site in East Delhi on Monday, March 28, 2022, and the vicious fumes resulting from the inferno eventually blanketed the area. To read more about the incident and see photos of the burning landfill, click here.
This is Earendel: the Hubble telescope spots the most distant star ever seen, located 12.9 billion light-years away!
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has successfully spotted the most distant single star ever seen! This celestial object, which existed within the estimated first billion years of the universe’s birth, is so far away that its light took 12.9 billion years to reach Earth! Read all about it here.
Watch the Sky: From Meteor Showers to Planetary Conjunctions – The Best Sky Events to Catch in April 2022
If you can tolerate the scorching temperatures, there’s a silver lining to the April summer days, especially if you’re a stargazer: beautiful, clear skies. They offer an impeccable chance to cherish the beauty of our cosmic neighborhood, and this month of April holds great astronomical events, from meteor showers to planetary conjunctions. Check out the full list here.
Pee to Fuel: Wastewater-to-Space Thruster System on Mars Offers Hope to Decarbonize Earth’s Atmosphere
On the unforgiving terrain of Mars, where risks are abundant and basic resources like water are scarce, every drop counts for survival. And it looks like the European Space Agency (ESA) has taken this at face value, as they plan to use every last drop of astronaut junk and turn it into something valuable! Learn more here.
Jeff Koons will send his sculptures to the Moon; The designs will become the first ‘allowed’ works of art on the lunar surface
In a bid to celebrate humanity’s accomplishments within and beyond our own planet, world-renowned sculptor Jeff Koons will send his sculptures to the Moon later this year! In doing so, they will become the first works of art allowed to be placed on the lunar surface. More details here.
Is Pluto alive? Scientists detect two massive ice volcanoes on dwarf planet suggesting recent interior activity
In recent years, planetary scientists have discovered mysterious events in the environment of Pluto. With the help of detailed images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, astronomers have detected hints of recently active giant ice volcanoes on the surface of the distant and isolated dwarf world, which has everyone wondering if the dwarf planet is alive! Keep reading here.
Cosmic Milestone: Total Number of Confirmed Exoplanets – Worlds Beyond the Solar System – Exceeds 5,000
Astronomers discovered the very first exoplanet in the early 1990s. Since then, in just a few decades, the number has grown exponentially, from tens to hundreds to thousands. This month, in a major milestone, NASA put its stamp on at least 5,000 confirmed planets outside our solar system! Full story here.
Antarctica witnesses freak heatwaves as March temperatures soar 30C above normal; Here’s why!
Antarctica, one of the coldest places on earth, has seen an increase in anomalous summer warming in recent years. As recently as last month, parts of the White Continent reported monstrous heat waves, with temperatures reaching 30C above normal. To understand how and why this happens, read here.
Sci-simplified: Amazon is approaching the tipping point, confirms a study! Will the world’s largest rainforest collapse?
Amazon, the largest rainforest in the world, has been hammered by immense destruction. The impact is so detrimental that the rainforest has gradually lost its ability to return to its natural state after any shock, such as droughts and forest fires. And now a new study has projected that the world’s largest rainforest could be approaching a tipping point. More information here.
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