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New Safety Guidelines to Reduce Danger of Minor Earthquakes

20 Jul 17

One of the issues created by hydraulic fracturing is minor earthquakes resulting in severe losses. Researchers have advised new set of safety guidelines to prevent minor earthquakes produced due to hydraulic fracturing.

Researcher Developer Dr Rachel Westwood, Research Fellow Mr Sam Toon, and Emeritus Professor Peter Styles from Keele's School of Geography, Geology and Environment along with Professor Nigel Cassidy who is working at Birmingham University have advised these new points of safety. They have published all the safety strategies for legislative bodies like Governments, environmental agencies, health and safety executives and local planning authorities.

Hydraulic fracturing near Blackpool, United Kingdom for shale gas caused two minor earthquakes in 2014. Dr. Westwood’s aim of this research was to analyze minimum horizontal distance where hydraulic fracturing should take place from pre-existing faults in order to minimize danger of earthquakes.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

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The Dust Devils and its Impact

25 Sep 17

The moving pillars of dust and sand that are known as “Dust Devils” are the specification of desert areas on the Earth and Mars too. A recent research has revealed that around two thirds of the fine particles lifted by these cyclones can remain suspended in the atmosphere and be carried around the globe frequently. This particular finding will have effect not only on the climate and weather of these two planets but it will certainly affect our health too. It is found that almost half of the dust lifted into the atmosphere of Mars each year comes from these so - called dust devils. The scientists have taken the samples of grains lifted by dust devils at different heights.

Dust devils have different strengths and dimensions; however, of a similar structure. These dust devils lift the grains of larger diameter from a certain height and with increases of height the grains’ diameters decreases. In the terrestrial dust devils the fine dust particles appear to stay in suspension. These small mineral aerosols can travel long distances on Earth and have an adverse impact on the climate and weather. They can also reach populated areas and affect air quality along with human health. Further research is going on to understand them more effectively.

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

By: Anita Aishvarya

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Few Unknown Life Facts of Children’s Best Friend- Mr. Bean

24 Sep 17

All the children out there, how many of you missed Mr. Bean’s episodes? We expect none of you! Mr. Bean is a British sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, and starring Atkinson as the title character.

Now there are so many hidden facts about Atkinson’s life that we are going to disclose for our readers. The veteran actor Atkinson originally received an EE master’s program at The Queen’s College Oxford in 1975. Before his masters, he had completed an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering (EE) at Newcastle University.

When Atkinson was working towards his degree he pursued acting on the side with a variety of clubs, such as the Oxford University Dramatic Society, the Oxford Revue, and the Experimental Theatre Club.

During the same time, the character of Mr. Beam was created. The purpose behind Mr. Bean’s Character was to show a “child in a grown man’s body”. This concept was based on similar brands of “physical humor” comedy portrayed by famous actors such as Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Jacques Tati (particularly the character of “Monsieur Hulot” portrayed by Tati).

Priyanka Negi

Content: www.todayifoundout.com

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Human V/S Robots at Workplace in Future

23 Sep 17

With rapid changes in technologies the machines are replacing men at workplace as they insure accuracy in work and saves time. A set of habitual behaviour, cognitions and emotional activities that evolve from biological and environmental factors is called personality. As robots are coming into use at various business and work places the fear of losing the job has started tingling into our minds.

However, a research has shown that, there is nothing to worry, as robots can't perform as humans when it’s the question to have complex social interactions.  We humans can also beat machines when it comes to complete the tasks that require creativity and a high level of complexity that is not usual. Humans perform better in complex situation due to their flexibility.

A research has shown that people with higher level of intelligence, maturity and extraversion and higher interests in arts and sciences are tended to be selected into less computerized job in coming future. It is stressed that the education system must be equipped to face upcoming changes in the labour market, and fortunately it’s changing.  There are many fields who will allow the number of tasks that machines can perform better than humans, that merely increasing educational levels won't be enough to keep up with job automation rather one should be extra intelligent to prove his worth.

Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

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Recording and Animating of Dreams Will Change Future

22 Sep 17

34th Annual Conference of the International Association was conducted in Anaheim, California. The conference was on the Study of Dreams. Inspiring researchers and clinicians who have worked on the field of dreams witnessed this conference.

Daniel Oldis who is a lucid dreaming author and Social Dreaming Advisor at DreamsCloud presented his project on “Animating Dreams and Future Dream Recording”. This project aimed to establish a way for capturing and simulating motor behavior in dreams. The presentation on this project consist a demonstration of an iPad avatar animation. It was created out from real data of a sleeping participant. They also thought that their set up will reflect the movements of the participant’s dreaming body.

A lot of research on dream subject was able to establish that body movements in dreams are connected with real signals in the muscles of the sleeping body. The signals are those that appear in the same muscles that are involved in the dream behavior.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: www.psychologytoday.com

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'Slow Motion' Earthquakes in New Zealand

21 Sep 17

An Earthquake is a natural phenomenon that occurs when sudden energy is released by earth. It typically causes great destruction, as a result of movements within the earth's crust or volcanic action. There is a kind of slow motion earthquake that occurs over days to weeks be considered to be able to bring great destruction, called a “Slow slip events.” A new study has revealed Kaikura earthquake with 7.8 magnitudes triggered a slow slip event on New Zealand's North Island. A few of the slow slip events occurred as far away as 300 miles from the earthquake. Kaikoura earthquake that hit the South Island of New Zealand in 2016 is considered the second largest quake that has ever been recorded with 7.8 magnitudes.

This type of fault is responsible for causing some of the world's most dangerous earthquakes. An area where a tectonic plate dives or "sub ducts" under an adjacent tectonic plate is termed as subduction zone. This type of fault causes some of the world's most powerful earthquakes, which occur when areas of built-up pressure between the tectonic plates fractures. Slow slip events resemble to earthquakes, as they involve more frequent than normal movement between two pieces of Earth's crust along a fault. Scientists are still trying to justify the relationships between slow slip events and earthquakes but it is clear that they are very powerful earthquakes.

Content Source: www.sciencedaily.com

By: Priyanka Negi

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