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Orcas Spew An Array Of Bacteria When They Exhale, And Human Waste May Be To Blame

New research has found that orcas or killer whales breath out good bacteria, pathogenic ones such as salmonella, and fungi when they exhale. Human waste contaminating the environment may be to blame.

Animals

Southern Lights Delight At Antarctica: First Chartered Flight Flies Through Aurora Australis

The first ever chartered flight through Southern Lights from New Zealand to the Antarctic Circle has returned with 134 passengers. The eight-hour flight was organized by Otago Museum Director and astronomer Ian Griffin who is planning more.

Space

Earth Hour 2017: Is Turning Off Your Lights For An Hour Really Helping The Environment?

Earth Hour on March 25, Saturday, at 8:30 p.m. will have city skylines going dark after the lights are off. More than 7,000 cities in 170 countries will join the event for promoting awareness on energy efficiency and climate change.

Earth/Environment March 25, 2017

Elon Musk, SpaceX Set To Re-Launch Used Falcon 9 Rocket Next Week

The refurbished SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket gets a second shot in space. What does this mean for the future of space exploration, and can this finally make Elon Musk’s dream of space tourism come true?

Space March 25, 2017

SpaceX’s Elon Musk: Trump’s New NASA Bill ‘Does Nothing For Mars Mission’

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk is not too pleased about President Donald Trump’s recently signed NASA bill, despite it making human exploration to Mars a law. Here’s why.

Space

Couple Donates $12 Million Insect Collection For University Research, A Transformative Gift For The Research Facility

Entomologist couple donates their collection of over 1 million weevils and planthoppers to Arizona State University. The generous donation that could help research efforts is said to be worth $12 million.

Animals

Google Street View Maps Methane Leaks In US Cities: Here's Why It's Important

The mission of Google Street View cars backed by state-of-the-art sensors and analyzers is a significant one in informing Americans of potential leaks, allowing preventive steps. Methane leaks are a huge environmental hazard.

Earth/Environment

Deadly Fungus Discovered In Texas Exposes Bat Populations To White-Nose Syndrome

A deadly fungus was found on three species of hibernating bats in six different Texas counties. Although biologists confirm none of the animals have contracted the white-nose syndrome thus far, all efforts are made to minimize the threat.

Animals March 25, 2017

Watch 2 ISS Astronauts Take A 6.5-Hour Spacewalk To Prepare The Station For Upgrades

NASA live streams Expedition 50 astronauts as they take a spacewalk to prepare the ISS outpost for a new docking ring and apply new upgrades.

Space March 24, 2017

British School Kid Corrects NASA Data Figures For The ISS

A British boy from Sheffield was in one of the physics class when he noted a negative value for energy recordings on the ISS. He emailed NASA about the mistake, becoming famous in the process.

Space March 25, 2017

NASA Scientists Probe Devastating Peru Rainfall That Caused Worst Flooding In Decades

Nonstop, high-volume rainfall left Peru submerged. Flash floods and mudslides had many people either lost, dead, or displaced. What could have caused such a deadly disaster?

Earth/Environment March 24, 2017

Largest Artificial Sun Could Be Key To New Method Of Producing Renewable Energy

Hydrogen can be a source of clean and renewable energy. The world's largest artificial sun, the Synlight, could pave the way for a new method of extracting hydrogen fuel.

Energy March 24, 2017

Researchers Scour Urban Methane Leaks Via Google Street View Cars

A set of specially equipped Google Street View cars have roamed the streets to detect methane leaks from natural gas pipelines. According to results, some urban locations may have more leaking pipelines than thought.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2017

NASA Found Monster Black Hole Kicked Out Of Galactic Core

NASA's Hubble Telescope has detected a monster black hole hurtling away from the central hub of its parent galaxy. It is the first supermassive black hole discovered to have been evicted from its home.

Space March 24, 2017

Solar Panel Production Made Easy With New Photovoltaic Ink

Adding a fresh leg up to technologies seeking to replace silicon in solar panels, a photovoltaic perovskite ink has been created which dries up in a minute at 100°C on any surface, paving for cost-effective mass production.

Energy March 24, 2017

Scientists: Halve World's Carbon Dioxide Emissions Each Decade Starting 2020 To Combat Warming

Oslo scientists are pushing for a 'carbon law' policy to cut by half the world's carbon dioxide emissions for every decade starting 2020 in order to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2017

New Zealand's Kaikoura Earthquake Suggests Higher Chances Of 'Big One' Occurring In 30 Years

The Kaikoura earthquake that struck New Zealand defies long-held assumptions about individual faults and size of potential quakes. The phenomenon also increases the likelihood of the powerful Big One occurring in California in three decades.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2017

German Scientists Test 'World's Largest Artificial Sun,' Hoping To Make Hydrogen And Climate-Friendly Fuel

Scientists at the German Aerospace Center flipped the switch on the 'world's largest artificial sun,' called the 'Synlight' experiment. Synlight heralds a new era of experiments to produce climate-friendly fuel.

Energy March 23, 2017

This Graphene-Powered Electronic Skin Could Give Future Prosthetic Limbs The Sense Of Touch

Researchers have created a prototype of a graphene-powered electronic prosthetic limb. The new technology would mimic the sense of touch, while also running on solar energy.

Material Science March 23, 2017

WMO 2016 Report: These Extreme Climate Events Are Hitting Parts Of The Planet

A new report from the World Meteorological Organization warns that the current climate is bringing Earth into 'truly uncharted territory.' Here are the extreme climate events that hit parts of Earth in 2016.

Earth/Environment March 23, 2017

Here’s How Growing Almonds Spells Trouble For Honey Bees

Fungicides commonly used in almond orchards can harm honey bees, the tree nut’s very own key pollinator. Learn how the fungicide iprodione is wreaking havoc on this bee population.

Animals March 23, 2017

NASA Shifts Focus To Mars Mission: What Will Happen To The International Space Station Beyond 2024?

As NASA shifts its focus on being able to send humans to Mars by the 2030s, the future of the International Space Station is now being discussed. What will happen to the ISS beyond 2024?

Space March 23, 2017

Arctic Sea Ice Plummets To Record New Low For Winter

The sea ice level in the Arctic has hit a record low. At the winter peak in early March, it has come down to an ice area of 5.57 million square miles, less than the 35,000 square miles recorded in 2015.

Earth/Environment March 23, 2017

New Dinosaur Origin Theory Claims First Ones Emerged 15 Million Years Earlier, In What Is Now UK

A new study redraws the two major branches of the dinosaur family tree. The proposal suggested that the first dinosaurs emerged 15 million years earlier than believed, in the northern part of the planet that is now the United Kingdom.

Ancient March 23, 2017

WMO 2016 Report: Current Climate Change Brings Earth Into Uncharted Territory

The new World Meteorological Organization report confirmed that Earth had the warmest temperature in 2016. The rising temperature is bringing the world into an uncharted territory with changes that come with climate change.

Earth/Environment March 22, 2017

Earth Hour 2017: What To Expect And How To Get Involved

Earth Hour 2017 is the annual campaign's 11th edition and will be held on March 25 at 8:30 p.m. local time. Here is the lineup of events as well as criticism to the yearly campaign to curb climate change.

Earth/Environment March 22, 2017

Researchers Reconstruct The Face Of Man Who Died In 13th Century

Researchers used human remains to reconstruct the face of a man who lived nearly 700 years ago. The reconstruction was done digitally and provided vital clues about the facial structure and lifestyle of people of the era.

Ancient March 23, 2017

'Tree On A Chip' Device Mimics Hydraulics Of Plants: Huge Step For Robotics?

The 'tree-on-a-chip' developed by MIT engineers is a microfluidic device that mimics the pumping in trees without any moving parts or external pumps. It is part of the efforts of scientists to create hydraulic robotics on a nano scale.

Material Science March 22, 2017

Dead Zones May Pose Further Threat To World’s Coral Reefs

Hypoxia in oceans, or low oxygen levels, can create large dead zones that snuff out marine life and threaten coral reefs worldwide. Learn how dead zones affect coral reefs worldwide, even in tropical regions.

Earth/Environment March 22, 2017

NASA Testing Origami-Inspired Robot Scout For Exploring Mars

NASA started testing a robot scout device which was inspired from origami. This device is well equipped with latest technologies and could play a pivotal role in the next expedition to Mars.

Space March 23, 2017

Rusty-Patched Bumblebee Joins List Of Endangered Species: Why Is It Disappearing?

The U.S. wildlife officials announced the addition of the rusty-patched bumblebee in the endangered species list. This was the first bee that has been added to the list as the existence of the species is threatened.

Animals March 23, 2017

Trump Signs NASA Bill Authorizing $19.5 Billion Funding: Crewed Mars Mission Plan In Pipeline

For the first time in seven years, NASA has received its own bill. On March 21, President Donald Trump signed a bill which authorized funding of $19.5 billion to NASA, with the goal of sending humans to Mars by 2030s.

Space March 23, 2017

Rosetta Captures Landslide On Comet 67P For First Time Ever

Rosetta, the spacecraft meant to study the comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko, captured a landslide on the comet. The images captured were the first ever evidence of landslides occurring on a comet surface.

Space March 22, 2017

Fossil Remains Of 430-Million-Year-Old Crustacean Named After Sir David Attenborough

A 430-million-year-old crustacean’s fossil remains have been named to honor the famous British naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The fossil remains may help shed light on the history of the crustacean family.

Ancient March 23, 2017

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