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NASA To Send Solar Probe To The Sun In 2018

NASA is set to launch the Solar Probe Plus mission in 2018. The spacecraft will get within 4 million miles from the sun to gather crucial data about solar activities that can impact life on Earth.

Space

Russian Progress 66 Cargo Ship Arrives At ISS With 3 Tons Of Supplies

Russian cargo ship Progress 66 has successfully reached orbiting space laboratory ISS on Feb. 24. The unmanned spacecraft is delivering 3 tons of supplies to the crew of Expedition 50.

Space

Crew In SLS Mega Rocket Flight: NASA Weighing Risks

In view of the interest expressed by the Trump administration for an early manned flight, NASA is examining the option of adding astronauts to the maiden flight of Space Launch System rocket, whose unmanned flight is set for late 2018.

Space

The Prodigal Planet: 5 Interesting Things You Need To Know About Pluto

If NASA’s proposal pushes through, Pluto could be a planet again. Check out five of the most interesting facts about this most-debated-about dwarf planet.

Space

Ghosts Don’t Exist, Otherwise LHC Particle Accelerator Would Have Gotten Them

Famous British physicist Brian Cox has ruled out the existence of paranormal beings like ghosts. In a podcast, he said ghosts must exist as a form of energy, and as such the Large Hadron Collider would have detected them.

Energy

World's Only Sample Of Metallic Hydrogen Disappears In Lab

Last month, Harvard researchers reported creating metallic hydrogen, the 'holy grail of high-pressure physics.' Now, the only known sample in the world has disappeared in the laboratory.

Material Science

James Webb Space Telescope To Help Reveal Potential Life On TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanets

The James Webb Space Telescope, which will be launched next year, can help reveal the presence of alien life on the exoplanets of the TRAPPIST-1 star system. The space observatory will gather clues from the components of the planets' atmospheres.

Space February 25, 2017

Scientists To Launch SPECULOOS In Search For Planets Orbiting 1,000 Dwarf Stars

Scientists scramble to launch more planet-hunting projects following the discovery of the seven-planet system in the ultra-cool dwarf star named TRAPPIST-1. The team of scientists behind TRAPPIST-1 will launch SPECULOOS while NASA will have TESS mission next year.

Space February 25, 2017

Ring Of Fire Solar Eclipse, All You Need To Know About The Celestial Event On Feb. 26

NASA confirmed that on Feb. 26, people in the U.S. will be able to view a rare cosmic event. On that day, a solar eclipse will take place which the scientists are calling the 'Ring Of Fire'.

Space February 25, 2017

Van Gogh, Pissarro, Seurat Used Ancient Painting Techniques, 38000-Year-Old Limestone Blocks Reveal

Famous painters like Georges Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh and many others used engraving techniques of around 38,000 years old. The study was conducted by Randall White and his team at France's Vézère Valley.

Ancient February 25, 2017

50,000 New Seeds Deposited To Arctic 'Doomsday' Vault To Safeguard Against War, Natural Disasters

The world’s largest seed bank receives a deposit of over 50,000 seeds. Return deposits from the seed vault in Beirut proves the Arctic ‘doomsday’ vault’s effectiveness.

Earth/Environment February 25, 2017

Coral Bleaching: Is The Paris Climate Deal Enough To Prevent Damage In Great Barrier Reef?

Coral bleaching continues to damage recovering coral reefs around the globe. Experts say the Paris Agreement may not quite be enough to solve the problem.

Earth/Environment February 25, 2017

Ancient Human Skulls Found In Brazil Gives New Insights On Migration Patterns In Americas

A study of ancient skulls found in Brazil reveals that human migration occurred in Americas through two waves of human population. It discloses that people came from Asia, across the Bering Strait to North America before settling in South America.

Ancient February 25, 2017

Antarctic Glacier Crack Is Getting Bigger, About To Bid Adieu To Antarctica

The Larsen C iceberg may break off from Antarctica and make way to the ocean within months. If this happens, there will be a massive rise in the sea level, posing serious threats.

Earth/Environment February 25, 2017

Uranium Extraction From Seawater: Stanford Researchers Make Progress, More Clean Energy Coming

Stanford researchers have made progress in the extraction of uranium from seawater. Considering the abundance of seawater, it will help countries to produce nuclear power as a carbon-free energy in the future when fossil fuels move out.

Energy February 25, 2017

Neanderthal DNA Still Affects Your Health And Looks Today

Neanderthals are believed to have died out 40,000 years ago. Yet through their Neanderthal DNA, they still have a say in the health and appearance of modern humans, reminds a new study.

Ancient February 25, 2017

EM-1 Could Be Next Apollo 8 As NASA Mulls Sending Astronauts Around Moon On Untested Rocket

NASA's Exploration Mission 1 could involve two astronauts flying in an Orion capsule around the moon similar to the 1968 Apollo 8 flight. A safety panel, however, said compelling reasons should justify the risk to human life.

Space February 25, 2017

Scientists Find Better Cleanup Methods For Nuclear Waste

A study was performed by scientists to figure out how the nuclear waste compound technitium-99 can be disposed of safely. Their research may have indicated a possible way.

Energy February 25, 2017

Hubble Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of Supernova 1987A With Spectacular Images

Hubble is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the discovery of Supernova 1987A, a blazing stellar explosion that provided insights into the nature of supernovas. NASA released spectacular images and time-lapse videos that display the supernova’s structure.

Space February 25, 2017

TRAPPIST-1 And Its 7 Earth-Sized Planets: Videos, Images, And Everything You Need To Know

Say hello to TRAPPIST-1, a star that's a lot younger than our sun, and the seven planets revolving around it. Here's how scientists discovered them using the Spitzer telescope, and check out what life could be like on these exoplanets.

Space February 24, 2017

How 50 Reefs Project Plans To Preserve Decline Of World's Coral Beach

A new global initiative, called 50 Reefs Project has been announced at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali. The project aims at protecting world’s coral reefs from extinction which are expected to disappear by 2050.

Earth/Environment February 24, 2017

How And When Did Early Humans Migrate To New World? Big Data Has The Answer

New linguistic analysis, employing computational methods, confirms the waves of migration to America. The early populations who inhabited America had extremely diverse languages.

Ancient February 24, 2017

'Quake Mystic' Who Predicted Japan Earthquake Issues 'Major Earthquake Warning,' Planetary Alignments To Blame?

Frank Hoogerbeets, the self-proclaimed earthquake predictor has forecasted that the planet will experience massive earthquakes from Feb. 24 to March 8. Hoogerbeets makes these predictions based on the planetary alignment of the Earth with other planets.

Earth/Environment February 24, 2017

300 Climate Skeptics Urge Trump To Withdraw US From UN

Global warming initiatives may be in peril as a group of 300 climate change skeptics urge President Trump to withdraw from UN's climate change agency. It is not yet clear, however, where Trump is finally heading.

Earth/Environment February 24, 2017

How Much Water Is Locked Up In World's Mountain Snow? NASA Wants To Know

The NASA-led SnowEx campaign aims to find the best snow-measuring techniques to determine how much water is locked in the world's mountain snow. The goal is to overcome the obstacles in measuring the amount of water locked up in snow.

Space February 24, 2017

Bumblebees Demonstrate Impressive Brain Power Through Soccer

Bumblebees are capable of scoring a goal and advanced learning, according to a new study from researchers in London. This can aid them in developing new behaviors amid ecological pressure.

Animals February 24, 2017

Great Barrier Reef Deaths: Life Jacket Made Compulsory For Snorkelers

Recurring tourist deaths in Great Barrier Reef have led the authorities clamping new security safeguards on reef tourists. As a result, life jackets will be mandatory for reef snorkeling even as coral bleaching and coral death rates are rising.

Earth/Environment February 24, 2017

Pineapple Express Responsible For Heavy Rainfall In California, NASA Reveals

NASA has hinted that the massive rainfall occurring in California may be due to Pineapple Express storms. The fact was stated after GPM analyzed rainfall estimate images from IMERG over a period of nine days.

Earth/Environment February 24, 2017

Dragon Capsule Docks With Space Station After 24-Hour Delay

Following a 24-hour delay, SpaceX's Dragon capsule has successfully delivered more than 2,000 kilograms of supply and equipment to the International Space Station on Feb. 24. Engineers quickly fixed an issue with the capsule's GPS system.

Space February 23, 2017

NASA Fermi Telescope Detects Dark Matter In Andromeda Galaxy

The Fermi telescope of NASA has detected Gamma-ray signals at the Andromeda galaxy indicating dark matter. The high-energy gamma-rays are produced by cosmic rays when they move at high speed and collide with gas clouds and starlight.

Space February 23, 2017

NASA Developing New Material For Stronger Vehicles And Mars Habitats

NASA has approved the formation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes to develop carbon nanotube-based materials for making Mars habitats and transit vehicles which will be highly durable yet lightweight for long-term crew based missions.

Space February 23, 2017

Columbia Goes On Tour: 11 Fast Facts On Apollo 11 Command Module

The Apollo 11 command module Columbia will leave the National Air and Space Museum and go on a four-city tour for the first time in almost 50 years. Learn 11 fast facts on this piece of lunar landing mission history.

Space February 23, 2017

Rivers In The Sky: Atmospheric Rivers Can Wreak Widespread Calamities

Atmospheric rivers can wreak widespread calamities that will prove to be costly because of the hazards it can bring to lives and properties. More than 10 rivers are expected this winter, according to the National Weather Service.

Earth/Environment February 23, 2017

Great American Total Solar Eclipse On Aug 21: NASA Plans Broad Study

The total solar eclipse in the United States on Aug 21. will be as significant as the first total eclipse since 1979. It will happen when the moon comes in front of the sun and blocks the solar disc.

Space February 23, 2017

Saving Sea Ice From Global Warming: $500 Billion Geoengineering Project Is On

The $500 billion geoengineering project to save the Arctic is seen to restore the ice level of the polar region to where it was two decades ago. Beyond the massive cost, the project is feared to have adverse effects on the food chain.

Earth/Environment February 23, 2017

Navigation Software Glitch Postpones SpaceX Dragon Capsule Cargo Delivery To ISS

SpaceX postponed its Dragon capsule cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station because of a navigation software glitch, NASA said on Feb. 22. The mission will resume on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Space February 23, 2017

Ancient Chaco Canyon Society May Have Been Dominated By Maternal Dynasties

Power in ancient Chaco Canyon society may have been passed down from women to women, based on genetic data, a new study revealed. A burial site at the heart of Chaco Canyon provided clues that point to a matrilineal society.

Ancient February 23, 2017

Astronomers May Soon Capture First Actual Image Of A Black Hole

Using the Event Horizon Telescope, astronomers may soon capture an actual image of the Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. What does a black hole look like?

Space February 23, 2017

Discovery Of 7 Earth-Like Planets Near Dwarf Star Boosts Search For Alien Life

The characteristics and proximity of the seven exoplanets to their host star TRAPPIST-1 raise possibility for finding extraterrestrial life. What could hint the presence of life in these newly discovered planets?

Space February 22, 2017

Pond Warming Enhances Climate Change By Driving Out Carbon Dioxide: Study

A new study has unveiled the serious threat posed by warming ponds in accentuating climate change. It says when ponds are warmed, they reduce the stored carbon dioxide and triggers huge emissions of methane gas which traps heat.

Earth/Environment February 22, 2017

Caught On Video: Coyote Follows Doctor Into His South Carolina Office

Surveillance video has caught a coyote following a doctor in his workplace in South Carolina. The doctor has come out of it unscathed, but are coyote attacks and appearance in an urban area fairly common?

Animals February 22, 2017

New Frog Species Found In India Can Sit Comfortably On A Coin Or Thumbnail

Seven new miniature species of frogs belonging to the genus Nyctibatrachus have been discovered in India. Some of them are so tiny they can sit atop a coin or thumbnail, the team that discovered them at Western Ghats has revealed.

Animals February 22, 2017

Russian Cargo Ship Successfully Takes Off To ISS From Baikonur Cosmodrome

A Soyuz space craft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by the Roscosmos. This unmanned cargo ship Progress MS-05 will carry supplies for astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Space February 22, 2017

Disney Living Room Prototype: Charge Your Smartphone, Fans And More Wirelessly

Disney Research has created a prototype of a living room which houses a technology that provides wireless charging. It is capable of delivering wireless power to smartphones, fans and other devices present inside the room.

Energy February 22, 2017

Iron Isotopes In Planets Key To Formation Of Solar System

For a deeper understanding of the formation of the solar system, the ratio variations of the iron isotopes in different planets including Earth need to be probed, according to a study. The study looked into why iron isotopic ratios vary and the role that nickel plays in planet core formation.

Space February 22, 2017

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