Friday, September 16, 2011

Satellite Falling Faster TPT

Huge Defunct Satellite Falling to Earth Faster Than Expected, NASA Says

FTA: NASA spokeswoman Beth Dickey confirmed with earlier today that the reason UARS is expected to fall early in its re-entry window is because of the sharp uptick in solar activity. Solar effects from the sun can create an extra drag on satellites in space because they can heat the Earth's atmosphere, causing it to expand, agency officials have said

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Human Evolution slower TPT

An investigation into genetic changes in two generations of families has found humans are evolving slower than previously thought.

"The mutation rate is extremely variable from individual to individual or (...) some people have mechanisms that reduce the likelihood of mutations," concluded Awadalla.

This variability could prompt a rethink on predicting the risk of inherited disease, caused by flawed genes bequeathed by one or both parents.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Japanese Nuclear Damage: Multiple TPT in this story

Damage at Japanese Nuclear Plants

One of the reactor cores at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant has been damaged more severely than originally thought, officials said Thursday, ...

...the water level in the core of Unit 1 at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is much lower than previously thought,...
...pointing to a greater-than-expected leak in the chamber.

...The low level of water indicates that the core of Unit 1 had a bigger breach than expected, ...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Forests Absorb Carbon more TPT

American forests can absorb up to 40 percent of the nation's fossil fuel carbon emissions -- much more than previously thought.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth responds to CO2 faster TPT

"Earth Recovered from Prehistoric Global Warming Faster Than Previously Thought"

'Recovered' is a loaded term. Some people like warm weather. The Ice Ages were a difficult time.

FTA: When faced with high levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and rising temperatures 56 million years ago, Earth increased its ability to pull carbon from the air. This led to a recovery that was quicker than anticipated by many models of the carbon cycle...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Proton and Antiproton DTE

the products of the collision between a proton and its antimatter partner, the antiproton, were different than expected.

"This is huge — an unexpected discovery which could completely transform high-energy physics, and cosmology as well, as the two fields are joined at the hip," astrophysicist Michael S. Turner, director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at The University of Chicago, wrote in an email to LiveScience. "But there is one big IF — if it holds up and is not explained by standard model physics."

and of course, the 'more research is needed' statement:

"...a lot more work has to be done before this can be accepted as a fact."

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Alien life ..more in common with earth life TPT

We are not alone in the universe
-- and alien life forms may have a lot more in common with life on Earth than we had previously thought.

Read more:

FTA: “Maybe life was seeded on earth -- it developed on comets for example, and just landed here when these things were hitting the very early Earth,” Shostak speculated. “It would suggest, well, life didn’t really begin on the Earth, it began as the solar system was forming.”

Hesitancy to believe new claims is something common and necessary to the field of science,

Sunday, February 6, 2011

East Polynesia colonized more recently TPT

East Polynesia colonized faster and more recently than previously thought

FT Abstract: We show that previously supported longer chronologies have relied upon radiocarbon-dated materials with large sources of error, making them unsuitable for precise dating of recent events

FTA: Polynesian ancestors settled in Samoa around 800 B.C., then much later moved to colonize the region in two distinct phases—earliest in the central Society Islands between A.D. 1025 and 1120, four centuries later than previously assumed. Then, between 70 and 265 years later, dispersal continued in one major ‘pulse’ to all remaining islands including New Zealand, Hawai`i and Easter Island (Rapa Nui) between A.D. 1190 and 1290. The timing and sequence of this remarkable event has been highly debated and poorly resolved, precluding the understanding of cultural and ecological change that followed.