According to scientists, June 30 is Asteroid Day and the anniversary of the Tunguska event where Earth was struck with a powerful asteroid.
The asteroid landed in Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Russia on 1908. The asteroid impact would have been deadly, but fortunately, it hit 1,000 square miles of Siberian forest. The asteroid was reportedly so powerful that people who dwelled 40 miles away from the place of impact were flung from their chairs and porches.
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Speaking out against Ken Ham's Ark Encounter theme park that will open to the public next week, Bill Nye, known as "The Science Guy," has argued that there is no way dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time.
Nye shared his thoughts about the large-scale project in an interview with The New York Times earlier this week, where he said: "Humans and ancient dinosaurs did not live at the same time. It's completely unreasonable."
"We're going to raise a generation of kids who are scientifically illiterate," he added. more >>
Should a doctor be allowed to end a patient's life by painless means if the patient requests it? In the 1940s and 1950s, most Americans thought the practice should be illegal, but now 69 percent say it should be legal, according to a new study.
As many as 69 percent in the U.S. say physicians should be allowed to end patients' lives by painless means, and 51 percent say they would consider ending their own lives if they personally had a disease that could not be cured and they were living in severe pain, a new Values and Beliefs poll by Gallup found.
"When a person has a disease that cannot be cured, do you think doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient's life by some painless means if the patient and his or her family request it?" Gallup asked this question on telephone interviews conducted May 4-8, with a random sample of 1,025 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. more >>
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a tadpole galaxy near Milky Way. The star birth event is considered to be rare and astronomers noted that the Kiso 5639 dwarf galaxy was near enough to be observed.
In a press release, Hubble released images of the tadpole galaxy with its bright head and long tail clustered with millions of stars. Tadpole galaxies are supposedly rare as they only commonly occur in the early universe or before the modern time. more >>
The leaders of the Orthodox Christian churches from around the world called for the protection of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and warned against "negative consequences" of scientific progress as they ended a historic meeting on the Greek island of Crete, which was boycott by the Russian church.
"The Orthodox Church is particularly concerned about the situation facing Christians and other persecuted ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East," the church leaders said in a joint-statement Sunday, according to ekathimerini.com.
"In particular, it addresses an appeal to governments in that region to protect the Christian populations – Orthodox, Ancient Eastern and other Christians – who have survived in the cradle of Christianity," the leaders said of the Holy and Great Council, the Orthodox church council's first such gathering in a millennium. more >>
The latest image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveals a canyon that is much longer and deeper than Earth's Grand Canyon. Known by its unofficial name Argo Chasma, it is estimated to be 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) deep, and 185 miles (300 kilometers) long. In contrast, the Grand Canyon in Arizona seems measly, measuring at 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) deep and 277 miles (433 kilometers) long.
Argo Chasma may have also broken the record for the tallest cliff face in the solar system. The pictures reveal certain places in the canyon where sheer cliffs appear to be 5.5 miles deep. The previous record holder is also found in a moon. Called Verona Rupes, this canyon is located in Miranda, Uranus' moon. more >>