Author: Rony Mattar

Did the Dinosaurs ever exist in Lebanon?

In 2005, fossil hunters found a complete tooth near the southern city of Jezzine, which shed light on the theory that the Middle East was once covered with lush forests where giant reptiles roamed. Another incomplete tooth was discovered there in 1969. Read more at Did the Dinosaurs ever exist in...

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TONIGHT… a full moon, a lunar eclipse, and a green comet will light up the sky

Tonight there will be a trio of celestial treats: a full moon, a penumbral lunar eclipse, and a green-headed comet. Careful observers across parts of North America can watch a Full Snow Moon penumbral lunar eclipse. With a pair of binoculars or a small telescope, skywatchers can also catch a glimpse of a bright-green comet passing by Earth. The comet’s name is Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková which will make its closest approach to Earth TONIGHT! Even though the green comet has been visible for months, skywatchers will have the best view and it will also be the closest comet encounter in over 30...

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NASA Has Finally Built a Computer Chip To Survive on Venus

The average temperature on Venus is 864 degrees Fahrenheit (462 degrees Celsius). No computer can survive more than 127 minutes there, it’s like hell. But now, NASA Has Finally Built a Computer Chip To Survive on Venus. NASA researchers developed a new computer chip and tested it without any cooling or protective packaging in a high-pressure, high-temperature environment like the surface of Venus, and it worked. Scientists haven’t sent a lander to Venus since the Soviets flew three more crafts to Venus — Venera 14, Vega 1, and Vega 2 — making the last attempted landing on the planet in 1985. Philip...

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500-Year-Old Hidden Images Revealed in Mexican Manuscript

Thanks to sophisticated scanning technology that penetrated layers of chalk and plaster, storytelling images on a hidden manuscript from Mexico have been seen for the first time in 500 years. The Codex Selden, from the pre-colonial Mixtec town of Anute, is one of just five surviving codices from the area, now Oaxaca state in the south of the country. It was long suspected the Codex Selden, housed at Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries, was hiding another document beneath its superficial layer of plaster and chalk.   But using cutting-edge ‘hyperspectral’ imaging equipment, researchers have been able to view the older pictures...

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Have we just found Earth’s cousin?

Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima B, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar...

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