The Mariana Trench Mystery

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Marianas Trench is fast becoming a name and location everyone know about but this time it’s in the news because of a different purpose.

whirlpool
whirlpool (click here for original source image)

With a depth of almost nine hundred feet this is the deepest oceanic trench in the world.

It was believed to be an ocean bed that was later uplifted due to plate movements when the Earth quaked. Scientists were not able to figure out at first why this deep oceanic layer of the planet had suddenly stopped drying up, but now they know. It is believed the sudden drop was caused by the eruption of Mt. volcano, which has an active underground fault line.

With the eruption of the Mariana Trench became a sanctuary for some rare marine species like few reef dwellers and a variety of sponges. This protected zone has since been shrinking due to the increasing amount of sediment. Part of the shrinking is caused by global warming and increased ocean acidity. The shrinking is also causing the Mariana Trench to produce more black corals. These unique creatures were last seen in the depths of the Mexican Pacific Ocean, but now they are found in the total darkness of the Mariana Trench.

There is another interesting thing about the Mariana Trench Mystery.

Why Does Something Keep erupting in Space?

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It seems that something keeps exploding in space and scientists have no idea what it is.

big bang explosion
big bang explosion (click here for original source image)

The latest theories suggest that it may be an asteroid. There are a number of collisions that take place between these massive space rocks. Many of these collisions can cause huge amounts of damage to satellites or landing crafts which we rely on for communication, navigation, and safety.

Another theory suggests that something keeps exploding in space because the Earth is being bombarded with space rock debris. This debris travels through the atmosphere until it reaches its final destination. There it is often heated by solar radiation and weathering before it plows into our atmosphere. One such plume has been found recently. NASA scientists have spent the last several months studying this object. They have found that it has come from outer space and is likely to be very common, especially near planets in our own solar system.

Are You Wondering What Are Theoretical Black Holes That Erase Your Past?

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Theory predicts that after such a massive event as a black hole’s formation, it could collapse into an Einstein ring, or mini-star, which will completely erase any evidence of its presence.

black hole in the universe
black hole in the universe (click here for original source image)

A recent article in Nature called “Theory black holes that erase their past and your future” by astrophysicist Konstantin Batygin discusses evidence that such giant space storms may be the cause of extra large-scale explosions in our galaxy. Such explosions are a natural phenomenon and they do tend to result in a “big Bang” that wipes out everything nearby. This is the theory behind why “planets” tend to form and leave elliptical orbit patterns.

When such an event happens on a very large scale, it can literally erase all of the previous information that was sent into space along with it, including your DNA.

People may have always wondered what kind of “erasure” such as that would be necessary to erase your memory. If we had a way to take a look at the black hole interior using telescopes, would we see rings or “solar flares?”

Surely there must be something that can send “information” into space in the form of radio waves, right?

And if there’s such a thing as “gravitational waves” (which are caused by ripples in spacetime), shouldn’t we be able to send messages into space and erase what’s been erased already?

New Dinosaur Species Discovered in Greenland

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A group of new dinosaur species has been discovered in Greenland.

sunset in greenland
sunset in greenland (click here for original source image)

The announcement of the discovery was made at a meeting held by the Royal Society of Chemistry in London. This was the first time that scientists have reported on a new dinosaur species from this region in more than a century. The announcement comes just months after the discovery of another dinosaur species from the same area. This one is thought to be the most complete fossils from this area in half a century.

One of the greatest hopes for finding new dinosaurs in remote areas of the Earth come from paleontologists. Many years ago paleontologists were able to discover some dinosaur tracks from these remote areas, but they were very difficult to read and weren’t too well formed. With the recent technological advances though, it is now possible to look over these new tracks with the use of high tech equipment. These tools help provide better details about what the tracks are composed of.

Can Single Protein Can Switch Some Ants From A Worker To A Queen?

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Single proteins may have a role in the control of Ants.

ant queen observed
ant queen observed (click here for original source image)

In fact, scientists have recently discovered that certain types of single proteins have a chemical switch that controls whether an Ant is a worker or a queen. The chemical, which is called a transcription switch, works like a gatekeeper. If the concentration of the hormone that controls the worker caste is high enough, the ants are workers and if it’s low enough, they are queens.

This was discovered by entomologists working in the fields of plant sciences. It was found that when the concentration of this hormone was higher, the queen lay more eggs. Apparently, her offspring also had a higher rate of survival. Thus, if the worker caste had a higher concentration of this hormone, it meant that the colony could reproduce more. And that, in turn, meant that the Ants in the colony had more time to make more babies to share the workload.

But, how does this single protein switch some ants from a worker to a queen?