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Racist commentary leads to stripping of honors from DNA pioneer James Watson

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Racist commentary leads to stripping of honors from DNA pioneer James Watson

The Nobel Prize winner scientist based in America was recently stripped of all his titles by the laboratory where he worked. This stripping of honors occurred after this co-discoverer of DNA repeated some racist comments as a part of some documentary.

James Watson, the scientist who discovered Double-Helix DNA structure along with Francis Crick during 1950s mentioned during a film by PBS that the genome structure causes a difference with regards to intelligence among the black and white people during IQ tests.

The commentary provided by this 90-year-old was labeled as “Reprehensible” by officials at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CHSL) located at the Long Island of New York. This is where Watson was director starting 1968 till 1993. The laboratory also said that it rejects these reckless and unsubstantiated personal opinions expressed by Dr. James D. Watson. The officials also mentioned that nothing mentioned in these statements were ever supported by science.

The laboratory also condemns any misuse of scientific domain in order to justify a prejudice. Watson previously mentioned that the scientific community for years has been gloomy about the genetic intelligence of people from Africa. This is because our social norms state that their intelligence ranks at the same level as the people that have white skin. However, all such claims were dismissed by the laboratory stating no presence of evidence.

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Formation of dark Vortex on Neptune captured for the very first time

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Formation of dark Vortex on Neptune captured for the very first time

In the previous years, the sixth dark vortex on planet Neptune was discovered by the astronomers. After several years, now scientists are able to dig further into these ephemeral features of the weather that is leading to the formation of a swirling storm.

Earlier this year, the scientists announced the formation of Dark vortex on Neptune and the surface of Uranus being invaded by a dramatic white cap. The Outer Planet Atmosphere Legacy made the discovery of these astounding phenomena on the ice giants possible. The researchers have started to dig further to know about the origin of these dark spots that are formed on the planet. They are also trying to figure out the frequency of their appearance and the longevity of their presence on the surface of the planet.

The Hubble data collection detected the formation of this Dark vortex on the planet during the autumn of 2018. After the Voyager 2 flyby storm that took place on the planet in the year 1989, this is going to be the largest storm invading Neptune. This is the sixth dark spot appearing on the planet out of which two were discovered by NASA and the remaining four by Hubble.

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Ice melting in Antarctica is resulting in rapid growth of the sea level

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Ice melting in Antarctica is resulting in rapid growth of the sea level

With each passing year, the ice cap and glaciers are melting and flowing off into the water of the ocean resulting in rapid growth in the sea level.

Oliver Kruess pilot of a cruise ship in the regions of Antarctica says that the tourism to Antarctica is more attracted to see the ice-filled glaciers and the amusing shapes of the icebergs and less piqued to see the seals, penguins or the whales.

Although the ice that is melting from the ice-caps is being restored through snowfall, the ice that melts from the surface cannot be ceased in any manner. The increase of water level in the oceans and the seas are the outcome of continuous melting of the ice from the surface of the glaciers.

The rise in the sea level is sending threatening signs to the low-lying areas in the coastal territories. Now NASA is planning to launch a new satellite to monitor the changing of the glacier heights of Antarctica instead of those antique ice measuring flights. Still, the chances of introduction of this updated technology to monitor the climatic changes remains a question as the United States is ruled a skeptic who believes the changes taking place in the surrounding climate is a total absurdity.

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Unique Solar Storm Promises to Wipe Us All Out

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Unique Solar Storm Promises to Wipe Us All Out

A solar storm that took place around 2700 years ago didn’t cause much damage to the people living on Earth, then. But today, the scenario seems to have altered completely; the solar storm will have a heavy impact on the industrial and technological world. This will affect the communication and navigation methods to a large extent. Experts say that the solar storm that took place in 660BC was the strongest of all the astronomical activities that have ever occurred.

The solar storm that is about to come is not only going to affect the communication and navigation systems but also the commercial aircraft operations and space technologies will be damaged too. When scientists studied the 100,000 years old ice of Greenland, evidence of radioactive isotopes were discovered standing proofs for the solar storm that took place 2700 years ago.

The solar storms that took place in recent years at Quebec in Canada in the year 1989 and in 2003 in Malmo, Sweden affected the high-tech society severely. The solar storms constitute of particles with high influx energy that are unleashed from the surface of the heavenly bodies. These particles when coinciding with the geomagnetic field of the Earth a solar storm is experienced.

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