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NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter On 'Precautionary Standby Mode': What's The Problem?

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting Mars for 12 years, was placed on a 'precautionary standby mode.' What does this status mean, and is the spacecraft in danger of being lost in space forever?

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Deep-Sea Dumbo Octopus Hatchlings Look And Act Like Adults

A video showing an octopus hatchling emerged. This mysterious deep-sea creature has elephant-like ears that looks like the fictional character Dumbo, even scientists are baffled.

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Where Is Starman And His Tesla Roadster Right This Very Moment? Here’s How To Track Them

An engineer has created a website to keep track of where Starman and his Tesla Roadster is going. He even says they could return to Earth after several decades.

Science February 19, 2018

'Make Pluto A Planet Again,' 6-Year-Old Girl Tells NASA

A six-year-old girl from Ireland wrote to NASA, asking the space agency to 'make Pluto a planet again.' The little astronaut wannabe is now the most adorable member of the contingent pushing to give Pluto back its planetary status.

Science February 19, 2018

Successful SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Opens Up More Asteroid Mining Opportunities

The successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket may have opened up more asteroid mining opportunities, according to an astrophysics researcher. Will the venture soon prove to be possible, or will it remain a concept for many more years?

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SpaceX Pushes Back Starlink Satellite Launch To Feb. 21 For Further Testing

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch, which will blast Starlink broadband satellites and a radar-imaging satellite called Paz into space, has been delayed. From Feb. 18, the launch has been pushed to Feb. 21.

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NASA Opportunity Rover Hits 5000-Days Milestone On Mars Soil

NASA's Opportunity Rover was only set for a 90-day Martian exploration. Days turned into months and years and now, Opportunity has set another milestone for reaching 5,000 sols on the Red Planet.

Science February 19, 2018

Israeli Scientists Complete Mars Habitat Mission In Negev Desert

Six Israeli scientists lived in confined quarters in the Negev desert, conducted experiments, and ate food from capsules for four days. What are the objectives of this D-Mars experiment?

Science February 18, 2018

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Will Disappear In 10 Years

The Great Red Spot on Jupiter will evaporate and die in the next 10 to 20 years. The GRS is actually a superstorm, which has been going on for the past 400 years.

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Supermassive Black Holes Are Growing Faster Than Their Host Galaxies

A new study has shown that the supermassive black holes present in massive galaxies are growing faster than their host. Earlier, researchers believed that the growth rate of black holes and their host galaxies were in tandem with each other.

Science February 18, 2018

Scientists Discover What Causes The Pulsating Northern Lights

An international team of researchers directly observed what causes the pulsating aurorae. Although scientists knew about the process leading to the Northern Lights, they haven't known what causes them, until now.

Science February 17, 2018

SpaceX Starlink Network Of Satellites To Beam Superfast Internet From Space

The FCC initially approved Elon Musk's latest endeavor to blanket the Earth with a network of satellites called 'Constellation.' These satellites in low-Earth orbit will beam superfast internet to bridge America's internet divide.

Science February 17, 2018

Cuttlefish Unmasked: Secrets Behind The Cephalopod's 3D Camouflage Skills Revealed

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have unmasked some of the cuttlefish's camouflage secrets. Even with the researchers' new findings, there are still more to learn about the cephalopod.

Science February 17, 2018

Humanity Is Pretty Chill About Alien Life, Likely To React Positively To Discovery Than Panic: Study

Researchers found that humans are likely to react positively toward the discovery of alien life instead of panicking and causing mass hysteria. Perhaps humans take comfort in the knowledge of not being alone in the universe.

Science February 17, 2018

NASA To Return Mars Meteorite To Red Planet In 2020 Rover Mission

NASA and JPL are going to return the SaU008 Martian meteorite back to its home planet via a rover that’ll fly to Mars in 2020. It’s also being used to calibrate a highly sophisticated tool called SHERLOC.

Science February 16, 2018

The Bornean Orangutan Population Was Halved From 1999 To 2015: Can The Critically Endangered Species Bounce Back?

A team of researchers calculated that the Bornean orangutan population dropped by about 148,500 from 1999 to 2015. Will the critically endangered species bounce back from the decline, or will it go extinct soon?

Science February 17, 2018

Mysterious Neptune Storm That Smells Like Rotten Eggs Is Dying, And Nobody Knows Why

A mysterious storm in Neptune that is the size of China and believed to smell like rotten eggs is dying. The reason for this is unknown, along with any other details about the dark vortex.

Science February 18, 2018

Scientists Created New Form Of Light With Potential Use In Quantum Computing

In experiments, researchers created a new form of photon that can attract or entangle each other just like atom-size lightsabers. The new photonic matter is also slower than normal light.

Science February 16, 2018

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster And Its Mannequin Passenger Starman Could Survive Millions Of Years In Space

Elon Musk's Red Tesla Roadster and its passenger Starman will have close encounters with Earth over the next 3 million years. It has 6 percent odds of crashing into the planet over this period.

Science February 17, 2018

Solar Storm Headed Towards Earth Expected To Reach Planet Today, Feb. 16

The sun reportedly unleashed a solar flare on Sunday, Feb. 11, causing a solar storm. The Earth is expected to be affected by the storm today, Feb. 16.

Science February 16, 2018

Andromeda Galaxy Is The Same Size As Milky Way

What the human kind knew about the Andromeda Galaxy may change again. A new discovery suggested that the neighboring galaxy is just about the same size of the Milky Way and not two or three times bigger as previously assumed.

Science February 15, 2018

Partial Eclipse To Happen This Week: How To Watch It

Sky watchers get ready for another celestial event this week. A partial solar eclipse will be visible on Thursday in parts of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, and Antarctica.

Science February 14, 2018

Former Iran Military Leader Claims The West Used Lizards For Espionage

A former military officer in Iran has claimed that lizard skin can detect 'atomic waves' and was used for espionage by enemies. The comments came shortly after Kavous Seyed Emami, a wildlife environmentalist, died in prison in Iran.

Science February 15, 2018

Robots Can Produce Handwritten Notes In Case You Can’t Be Bothered

Robots can now hold a pen to make handwritten notes for more personal notes. In case penmanship is a difficult issue to get over, robots are able to write those notes.

Science February 15, 2018

Mining For Cryptocurrency Is Interfering With The Search For Alien Life

Researchers are struggling to get the right computing power due to cryptocurrency mining. The lack of power is hindering further research into alien life.

Science February 14, 2018

NASA May Send Submarine To Explore Saturn's Moon Titan

The US space agency is planning to send a submarine to Titan, which is Saturn's largest moon. The submarine is going to explore the satellite's vast liquid ocean.

Science February 14, 2018

US Approves Budget For Supersonic Airplane That Can Cut TransAtlantic Flights Into 3 Hours

Dubbed as 'Son of Concorde,' a new experimental airplane developed by NASA got budget approval from the U.S. government. This supersonic plane can travel from New York to London in three hours and initial flights are targeted by 2021.

Science February 14, 2018

Christie's To Auction Meteorite That Produced Sonic Boom Over Michigan

Last month a fireball had broken apart over Michigan, pieces of which fell on Lake Zukey. Auction house Christie's is now going to auction the well-preserved Michigan meteorite, which was collected by a resident.

Science February 14, 2018

Bed Bugs Found To Poop Chemical Making Humans Sick

Suffering from allergic reactions like a runny nose or skin rash? A new study involving bed bug poop suggests the culprit may be living right in your bedroom.

Science February 14, 2018

This Is How Cockroaches Survive After Ramming Head First Into Concrete Walls

Cockroaches are among the fastest in the insect world. However, its speed is not the only reason why it could survive collisions without getting injured.

Science February 14, 2018

Termite-Hunting Matabele Ants Treat Wounded Comrades By Licking Them

The sub-Saharan Matabele ants rescue their wounded mates in the battlefield, bring them back to their nests, and take turns to lick the wounded legs. Does this behavior help save lives?

Science February 14, 2018

Where In The Galaxy Is Elon Musk's Roadster Now? Here's An Update

Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster is out there in space, and today is the last Earth is going to see it. The car and its passenger, the SpaceX Starman, will sink into deep space today on board the Falcon Heavy.

Science February 14, 2018

Boston Dynamics' Spotmini Robot Can Now Open Doors

Boston Dynamics' robots are advancing at a rapid pace as the Spotmini can now open doors. A reality in which we become like the world of 'Terminator' is getting closer.

Science February 13, 2018

Trump's New NASA Budget Could Cancel Important Telescope Project That Can Solve Dark Matter Mystery

The new budget for the fiscal year 2019 for NASA was released on Monday, Feb 12. It could be detrimental for the WFIRST project that aims to study dark energy.

Science February 13, 2018

Melting Ice In Greenland And Antarctica Causing Sea Levels To Rise Twice As Much Than Predicted

Researchers gathered 25 years of satellite data and observed that sea levels will increase by almost two feet at the end of the century. They say the accelerating sea level rise is due to ocean warming and melting ice sheets.

Science February 13, 2018

Oumuamua Interstellar Asteroid Tumbles Through Space For Billions Of Years After Collision With Mystery Object

The Oumuamua asteroid has spinning chaotically through space after colliding with an object that threw it out of its system. It will continue to spin chaotically for many billions of years before it will rotate normally again.

Science February 12, 2018

Antarctica Expedition To Explore Underwater Ecosystem Hidden For 120,000 Years

Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey are headed to the remote Larsen C ice shelf to study a marine ecosystem that was once hidden and where organisms used to thrive without sunlight. What do researchers want to find out?

Science February 13, 2018

SpaceX To Launch Test Internet Satellites Aboard Falcon 9 Rocket

Elon Musk’s SpaceX company is launching two test internet satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday, Feb. 17. What makes these satellites different from those currently at geostationary orbit?

Science February 13, 2018

Lions In South Africa Eat Suspected Poacher Leaving Only Head

A suspected poacher in South Africa was eaten by the lions that he was trying to hunt. Body parts of the poacher were found around the area.

Science February 13, 2018

Trump Administration Wants To Turn Over The International Space Station To The Private Sector

The Trump administration is reportedly planning to turn over the International Space Station to the private sector after the White House cuts funding by 2025. Will this move really push through?

Science February 12, 2018

The Sun Will Be Cooler By 2050: Will This End Climate Change?

Due to a phenomenon called Grand Minimum, the sun will be unusually cooler by the mid-century. Global temperatures are expected to drop but will this end global warming?

Science February 11, 2018

NASA, International Team Of Scientists Conduct Snow Studies At The 2018 Winter Olympics

NASA scientists and their colleagues from 19 countries are also at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea to observe snow. What are the objectives of their work?

Science February 10, 2018

This Electronic Skin Can Help Amputees Sense Temperature And Pressure On Their Prosthetic Limbs

The e-skin mimics some of the properties of real human skin. It can measure pressure, temperature, humidity, and airflow, which can help improve the prosthetic limbs used by amputees.

Science February 10, 2018

Falcon Heavy A Hoax? Flat Earthers Imply Recent SpaceX Launch Was Faked

The Flat Earth Society does not directly say that the launch was faked, but many flat earthers are pretty peeved with the latest launch. The society warns the public to 'exercise caution' when it comes to the internet.

Science February 10, 2018

What's Next For SpaceX After Falcon Heavy's First Successful Launch?

After launching the world’s most powerful rocket, what other tricks does SpaceX have up its sleeve? Well, Falcon Heavy was just a start, as the company has been building something even bigger in preparation for Mars.

Science February 12, 2018

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