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NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Decides Which Martian Rocks To Study Without Human Input

The autonomous system dubbed AEGIS, which was installed on Mars Curiosity rover in 2015, helps the space robot make independent analysis of rocks on the Red Planet. This helps save mission controllers time and energy.

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Researchers Warn Of Possible Asteroid Impact That Could Devastate The Planet

The odds of the Earth getting hit by a large asteroid are relatively low, but what would happen if such an event did occur? Researchers have warned that, without protective measures in place, such an event could be devastating.

Space

Sending Humans To Mars Is Now NASA's Primary Mission, But First We'll Go Back To The Moon

NASA's plans for the future include a manned trip to Mars, but first, we'll need to return to the moon. Here's what NASA has planned for establishing bases on the moon and beyond.

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NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Finds Potential Earth Twin Among 10 Earth-Like Exoplanets

One of the 219 planetary candidates found by NASA's Kepler space telescope has characteristics similar to those of Earth. KOI 7711.01 is 30 percent larger than our planet and orbits a sun-like star.

Space June 21, 2017

Asteroid May Hit Earth Anytime: Here's How Scientists Prepare For A Potential Asteroid Impact

A scientist warned that planet Earth is vulnerable to an asteroid strike. What is currently being done to prevent or mitigate the effects of a potentially catastrophic asteroid impact?

Space

Deadly Heat Could Be Norm By 2100: How Societies Adapt To Killer Temperatures

Dangerous heat waves could affect up to three-fourths of the world's population in the future. Heat-related deaths and illness could also become common. How can societies adapt to potentially deadly temperatures?

Earth/Environment June 21, 2017

India’s Mars Orbiter Completes 1,000 Earth Days In Orbit

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has just completed 1,000 Earth days in orbit, with signs of continuing good health. ISRO has also started work with NASA on their joint mission called the NISAR satellite.

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Stephen Hawking Issues Call To Leave Planet Earth And Head To The Stars

At an arts and science festival, Stephen Hawking has issued a dire warning for humans: it's time to leave Earth and explore other worlds. The cofounder of Breakthrough Starshot calls for interstellar travel to preserve the species.

Space June 21, 2017

Elon Musk: Mars Colony Plan Critical In The Face Of The Apocalypse

Elon Musk's Mars colony is seen as the direction of humanity, given the possibility of the apocalype and the uncertainty of humans' future survival as a species. Learn about Mars as the focal point of humanity's doomsday preparations.

Space June 20, 2017

Ethiopian Coffee Farmers Are The Latest Victim Of Climate Change

Global warming is starting to affect the livelihood of millions of coffee farmers in Ethiopia. Data shows that the country could end up losing as much as 60 percent of its coffee growing regions if climate conditions don't improve soon.

Earth/Environment June 20, 2017

Earth Or Neptune Size? Kepler Telescope Data Divide Planets Into 2 Distinct Buckets

The Kepler space telescope has just revealed 10 new Earth-like planets. But apart from hunting for worlds that potentially harbor alien life, the mission is instrumental in the two distinct planet classifications.

Space June 20, 2017

Scorching Earth: Killer Heat Waves Are Occurring More Frequently, Study Shows

Deadly heat waves, while already killing people around the world, are set to become worse in the face of climate change. The findings of a new study paints a grim picture of fatalities from extreme heat.

Earth/Environment June 20, 2017

DNA Samples From Graves And Mummies Reveal Ancient Cats Had Striped Coats

DNA evidence suggests that ancient cats tend to sport striped coats. Illustrations in ancient Egyptian murals also depict striped cats. When did the blotched markings in these felines become common?

Animals June 20, 2017

NOAA Says 3-Year Global Coral Bleaching Event Is Ending, But It's Too Early To Celebrate

A massive bleaching event that damaged coral reefs across the globe now appears to be easing after three deadly years, NOAA revealed. However, an expert warns it's still too early to celebrate.

Earth/Environment June 19, 2017

From Ancient Egypt To Your Bedroom, New Research Sheds Light On The Domestic Cat

Cats now occupy nearly every corner of the globe, but where did they come from? A new study lends insight into the origins of the domestic cat.

Animals June 19, 2017

NASA Discovers 10 New Planets That Could Support Life Including Earth's 'Cousin'

Are we alone in the universe? NASA's latest findings reveal 10 new planets which may be capable of supporting life.

Space June 19, 2017

Peanut Worm, Faceless Fish, And More: Strange Sea Creatures Surprise Australian Scientists

A team from Museums Victoria in Australia has just come back from its month-long deep sea expedition. Its surprise to the public: a range of strange underwater creatures that include the peanut worm, blob fish, and many more.

Animals June 19, 2017

China To Send 4 More Probes Into Space Before Year 2021

China's first X-ray space telescope was launched into space last week. The country will send four more major probes before 2021 in an effort to develop space science.

Space June 18, 2017

Here's Why NASA Will Shoot Colorful Clouds Across The Sky On Father's Day

On Father’s Day, NASA will be performing a colorful light show visible across the East coast. The light show will help scientists visibly track how clouds move in Earth’s ionosphere.

Space June 18, 2017

Martian Crater Named After Lunar Module That Carried Apollo 16 Moon Mission Astronauts

The young Martian crater that Opportunity rover passed by in April has been named after the Apollo 16 mission. Discover the interesting connections between the two.

Space June 17, 2017

Orbital ATK Test-Fires Rocket Motor For NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

Orbital ATK has test-fired a rocket motor that's part of the Orion spacecraft's Launch Abort System. This will hurl the crew capsule back to safety once something goes wrong with the primary rocket.

Space June 17, 2017

Michael Phelps vs Shark Is All Hype Because Here's How Fast A Great White Shark Is

As part of Discovery Channel’s 'Shark Week' series, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps is set to race against a great white shark. Early signs, however, suggest Phelps is destined to lose.

Animals June 17, 2017

How Quantum Mechanics Is Chinese Scientists’ Answer To Cybersecurity Attacks

A team of Chinese scientists has successfully beat the record for quantum entanglement. But what are the applications of quantum mechanics in addressing cybersecurity attacks as well as information sharing systems?

Energy June 16, 2017

China Launches X-Ray Telescope: Here's What It Will Search In The Space

China launched its first-ever satellite telescope aboard a March-4B rocket on June 15. The satellite will look for black hole activity, as well as neutron stars and pulsars.

Space June 17, 2017

China Quantum Satellite Beams Entangled Photons From Space

A team from the University of Science and Technology of China has successfully beamed entangled photons from the Micius satellite to two separate locations without losing its state of entanglement. This achievement illustrates the possibility of future quantum communications.

Space June 16, 2017

Maine Jogger Kills Rabid Raccoon With Bare Hands After It Attacked Her

A Maine woman who was out jogging near her home was bitten and attacked by a rabid raccoon, but she fought back in a struggle. Here is how the entire thing ensued.

Animals June 16, 2017

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Details Plans To Create Self-Sustaining City On Mars

Elon Musk shares his plans on how to make humans a multi-planetary species. If things go according to his plans, he believes that a Mars colonization could begin within a 10-year time frame.

Space June 16, 2017

All Stars Including The Solar System's Sun Likely Born With Twin

New analysis strengthens the "born together" hypothesis, which posits that stars are born with companions. Models even back up the idea that the solar system’s sun has a twin.

Space June 16, 2017

Can Scientists Predict Volcanic Eruptions? Volcanic Crystals Offer New View Of Magma

Volcanic crystals acquired from the debris around New Zealand’s Mount Tarawera may help scientists better predict volcanic eruptions, a new study revealed. This may help determine which volcanoes are at most risk from erupting.

Earth/Environment June 15, 2017

Scientists Report Massive Melt Occurred In Antarctica Affecting An Area Larger Than Texas

Scientists report that a massive melt event in Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf affected an area larger than Texas. Researchers warn that unless climate change is addressed, it could lead to the end of the ice shelves.

Earth/Environment June 16, 2017

Want To Cut Your Electric Bill? This Solar Paint Could Do The Trick

Do you want to save the planet and your bank account? A team of Australian researchers has developed a new solar paint that could help provide clean and affordable energy for all.

Energy June 15, 2017

NASA To Share Research Opportunities On ISS In The Portland Area

NASA will share future research opportunities aboard the International Space Station with Portland area residents. Officials from the space agency will visit different sites to educate the general populace about the scientific studies aboard the ISS.

Space June 15, 2017

Where Did These Turquoise Swirls In The Black Sea Come From?

Bosphorus Strait, dividing Europe and Asia in Turkish city Istanbul, has suddenly become home to milky turqoise swirls. Scientists say there's no need to worry, as it's the byproduct of phytoplankton bloom.

Earth/Environment June 15, 2017

Cassini Sends Rare Image Of Saturn's Moon Iapetus

NASA released a new image of Saturn’s moon Iapetus, which it dubbed a 'cosmic puzzle.' The rare image of Iapetus showed Saturn’s natural satellite sporting a two-toned surface.

Space June 15, 2017

Fossil Analysis Reveals That Giant Flying Turkey Once Lived In Australia

A new study revealed that giant flying turkeys once existed in Australia. These creatures were one of the five giant megapode birds that were discovered while examining fossilized remains of these extinct species.

Animals June 15, 2017

Building 428 New Hydroelectric Dams May Cause Major Damage In Brazilian Amazon

An extensive dam construction project in the Amazon river basin may threaten to damage the river’s biodiversity and disrupt regional climate, a team of scientists warned. The dam project includes building 428 new hydroelectric dams in the region.

Earth/Environment June 15, 2017

Saturn's Rings Won't Look Like This For 15 Years: Here's How To See Them

Tonight, Saturn will be at its most bright and visible point in the night's sky, but that's not the only reason to break out the telescopes. Saturn's rings will be striking a pose that won't be seen again for 15 years.

Space June 15, 2017

After Being Hunted For A Century, America's Gray Seals Are Making A Comeback

After being hunted to the brink of extinction, New England's seal population is making a comeback. Current estimates put the population in the tens of thousands.

Animals June 15, 2017

Did The Sun Have A Twin? Scientists Say Yes And It May Have Wiped Out The Dinosaurs

Latest study has led researchers to believe that all stars are born with twins. In the sun's case, Nemesis, as it is called, may have been responsible for the end of the dinosaurs.

Space June 14, 2017

World's First Two-Headed Porpoise Found Off The Coast Of Netherlands

A two-headed porpoise has been discovered off the coast of the Netherlands. This represents the world's first discovery of such a specimen.

Animals June 14, 2017

Russia Launches Progress MS-06 Cargo Ship To International Space Station

Roscosmos launched the Progress MS-06 for a two-day flight to the International Space Station, where it will dock until December this year. What did the cargo ship carry to the laboratory in orbit?

Space June 14, 2017

Can Plastic Made From Sugar And Carbon Dioxide Replace The Ones Made From Toxic Materials?

Scientists discovered a way to create plastic from carbon dioxide and sugar, which they claimed was biodegradable. Normal plastic production processes involve BPA and phosgene use, both of which are toxic substances.

Earth/Environment June 15, 2017

Evidence Points To Jupiter Being The Oldest Planet In The Solar System

What is the oldest planet in the solar system? New evidence suggests Jupiter is older than previously thought and predates other planets.

Space June 14, 2017

Jupiter Adds Two More Moons To Its Collection: Here's What We Know

Jupiter has more moons than any other planet in the solar system, and we keep finding more. Scientists have discovered two more moons in orbit around the gas giant.

Space June 13, 2017

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