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Tutankhamen’s tomb, InSight mission and volcanic plume

Scientific news from November 4, 2022:

In Archaeology: Tutankhamun’s Tomb: Discovery of the century was made in Egypt 100 years ago.

  • 100 years ago Howard Carter discovered the existence of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.
  • The pharaoh of the New Kingdom, who died at the age of 19, was found buried among a dazzling hoard of jewels and jewels.
  • Three coffins were found among this treasure, including one made of pure gold.

In Study: On Mars, the InSight mission is living its last weeks.

  • Since 2019, NASA’s InSight mission has been carefully studying the slightest tremors of the planet Mars, thanks to a French-designed seismometer.
  • This mission will end in the coming weeks due to dust buildup on InSight’s solar panels.
  • Because of this buildup, the ability of solar panels to provide electricity has fallen by more than 80% since the summer of 2022.

In geology: The highest volcanic plume has reached the mesosphere.

  • New data confirms that the eruption of the underwater volcano Hunga Tong in January 2022 was one of the most powerful ever observed.
  • The power of the eruption is estimated at 5 to 30 megatons, the amount of energy released more than the atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1945.
  • Oxford researchers have shown that the height of the ash plume has reached a record mesosphere.

Online: Twitter will start a wave of layoffs, employees are suing.

  • Twitter employees received a dismissal email from a company recently acquired by Elon Musk.
  • The process aims to save Bluebird a billion dollars “to put Twitter on the right track.”
  • Employees of the company have been immersed in uncertainty for several days.

In archeo and paleo: the history of the settlement of Madagascar is gradually revealed.

  • The project aims to better understand the settlement and evolution of the landscapes of Madagascar.
  • For more than 10 years, scientists have traveled around the island, studying the cultural customs and the language spoken in the villages.
  • The findings show that Malagasy come from two different populations.

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