Shiraz Hasan

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Humans changed a life-giving nutrient into a deadly pollutant

Nitrogen is absolutely crucial to life — an indispensable ingredient of DNA, proteins and essentially all living tissue — yet it also can choke the life out of aquatic ecosystems, destroy trees and sicken people when it shows up in excess at the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the wrong form. …

Science | The Guardian

Science<p>European Space Agency’s seven-year, €1bn mission will investigate the effects of the sun on satellite technology<p>Gene therapists have developed a stem cell implant that could help overcome addiction and prevent overdoses<p>New Zealand has ruled the practice illegal after mounting public pressure …

European Space Agency

Istanbul, Turkey at night, historic vital crossroads, clear as can be. http://t.co/hUBxT2xLlr

Most distant galaxy in the universe discovered

"We wanted to figure out how galaxies evolve," said Steven Finkelstein, lead author and astronomer at the University of Texas.<p>"One way to do that is …

Exoplanets, orphans of the universe

Now scientists have found the youngest and lightest rogue that formed a mere 12 million years ago – a relative infant by solar standards.<p>Untethered …

Curiosity Rover Makes Big Water Discovery in Mars Dirt, a 'Wow Moment'

Future Mars explorers may be able to get all the water they need out of the red dirt beneath their boots, a new study suggests.<p>NASA's Mars rover …

How Did the Pakistan Earthquake Create a Mud Island?

A mud volcano is thought to be behind new landmass.<p><b>On Tuesday, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck a remote part of western Pakistan, killing more than 260 people and displacing hundreds of thousands. It also triggered formation of a new island off the coast, which has quickly become a global</b> …

Microsoft's Surface 2: New tablet, same problems

What's the definition of insanity? Trying the same thing several times and expecting a different outcome. While we wouldn't suggest that Microsoft's finest minds are in need of urgent medical care, it does seem as if the company's executives have failed to heed the lessons doled out this summer. …

The Moon Is 100 Million Years Younger Than Thought

The moon is quite a bit younger than scientists had previously believed, new research suggests.<p>The leading theory of how the moon formed holds that …

For Voyager 1, New Discoveries Await in Interstellar Space

NASA's Voyager 1 probe won't rest on its laurels after becoming the first manmade object ever to reach interstellar space.<p>Voyager 1 arrived in …

Life may have started on Mars, not Earth

''This form of molybdenum couldn't have been available on Earth at the time life first began, because 3 billion years ago the surface of the Earth …

Scientists bone up on Neanderthal theory

New evidence suggests Neanderthals invented specialised bone tools to smooth and prepare animal hides – implements still used by leathersmiths today …

Photo Tips From Santa Fe

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>I just returned from one of National Geographic’s photo workshops in Santa Fe, and wanted to share a few tips I think could help all photographers, amateur and professional alike.<p>Spending a week with longtime National Geographic photographer, Joe McNally, who led the …

Blast from the past: Solving the Tunguska mystery

Video: Caught on dashboard camera<p>IT’S just after 7 on a quiet Tuesday morning in June 1908 when a dazzling fireball streaks across the Siberian sky. …

Quest for intelligent life

Sometimes people engage tongue before brain is in gear. Here are some examples of astronomical faux pas I heard 10 years ago in August 2003, when …

'Fatberg' the size of a double-decker bus pulled from London sewer, averting disaster

A 15-tonne ball of congealed food fat, dubbed Britain's biggest ever "fatberg", has been dredged up from a London sewer.<p>It took 10 days to remove the …