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Atmospheric Scientists Use Bluewaters Supercomputer To Simulate Powerful 2011 Tornado [Video]

Leigh Orf and colleagues turned to the powerful Bluewaters supercomputer to simulate the El Reno tornado that destroyed properties and claimed lives in Oklahoma in 2011. Here's the video of the computer simulation.

SCIENCE March 18, 2017

Female Malaria Mosquitoes Have Secondary Set Of Odor Sensors Reveal Scientists

Female malaria causing mosquitoes have an extra odor sensor which is used by it to pick up human scents per a new study. This discovery may lead to advancement in the fight against malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases.

SCIENCE March 19, 2017

Endangered San Joaquin Kit Foxes Threatened By New Danger

A new disease named Sarcoptic mange has threatened the very existence of the San Joaquin kit foxes. The disease is caused by mite infection and in severe cases may be lethal, which has led to researchers investigating the problem.

SCIENCE March 18, 2017

Mars Human Colony Mission: Early Colonizers Could Take Heavy Psychological Toll

Colonization of Mars may soon become a reality, however, scientists wonder about the psychological toll on the first colonizers. Research is being conducted by NASA to find out the long-term effects of such isolation.

SCIENCE March 18, 2017

Proteins Protecting Water Bears From Dehydration May Hold Key To Drought-Tolerant Plants

Researchers have found how water bears can survive desiccation. Proteins that produce the bioglass protecting water bears from dehydration may lead to the development of crops that can withstand drought.

SCIENCE March 18, 2017

SpaceX Intends Bringing Internet To Space: How Realistic Are Elon Musk's Plans?

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk intends to bring Internet to space, allowing a possible form of communication between Mars and Earth. Musk has reportedly had several secret meetings with FCC to take forward his latest project.

SCIENCE March 18, 2017

February 2017 Second Warmest Winter In 140 Years

The month of February 2017 was the second warmest of all Februaries in almost 140 years, according to three independent analyses released this week. It ranked second to last year's February.

SCIENCE March 18, 2017

Study Says ‘Vernal Window’ Opening Earlier, Longer: Is Spring Getting Longer?

With spring’s first day around the corner, the early opening of the 'vernal window' is in focus. The window marks the transition from winter to the growing season and a new study says it spells a long spring.

SCIENCE March 18, 2017

Vaquita Porpoise Facing Survival Risk: Activists Call For Boycott Of Mexican Shrimp In The US

Conservationists have called for the boycott of Mexican shrimp in the United States to pressure Mexico to save the endangered vaquita porpoises. These animals often get entangled and die in gillnets used to catch shrimp for the U.S. market.

SCIENCE March 18, 2017

Young Solar System 300 Light-Years Away Shows Scientists How Planets Evolve

Astronomers studying a recently discovered planet gain new insight into how solar systems are formed. Unlike other planets, this one exists outside its debris disk.

SCIENCE March 18, 2017

Sudden Mount Etna Eruption Injures 10 BBC Crew Filming Report On Volcano

Ten BBC crew members' excitement over Mount Etna's recent activity turns into horror as the volcano erupts while they are filming. A BBC science correspondent shares the experience.

SCIENCE March 17, 2017

California Deserts Experiencing 'Super Bloom' Due To Wet Winter

The deserts of California have bloomed suddenly with wild flowers and tourists from all over the world are gathering to take a look. This bloom is said to be the result of a wet winter in the region.

SCIENCE March 18, 2017

Here's What Makes The Newly-Discovered Fluorescent Frog Glow

The recently discovered fluorescent South American Polka Doted tree frog has surprised scientists and they have finally found how it glows. The fluorescence is attributed to special molecules found in the frog's skin.

SCIENCE March 17, 2017

Climate Change Caused Mammal Dwarfing: Would Humans Shrink As Well?

A recent study has found that due to global warming or climate change, mammals shrank in size some 50 million years ago. The research further stated that even humans have the risk shruning due to climate change.

SCIENCE March 19, 2017

Ancient Horse Shrank To Size Of Cat Because Of Global Warming: How Climate Change Affects Plants And Animals

Arenahippus, an early horse the size of a dog, shrank to the size of a cat as a result of global warming more than 50 million years ago. How does climate change affect modern-day plants and animals?

SCIENCE March 17, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse To Cross US First Time In 99 Years

Come August, the United States will be witnessing its first total solar eclipse in 99 years. The eclipse will be visible completely in some parts of the country and partially in other regions on August 21.

SCIENCE March 17, 2017

Hydrocarbon Lakes On Titan May Occasionally Erupt With Nitrogen Bubbles

Hydrocarbon lakes on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, may erupt on occassion, ejecting nitrogen bubbles in the process. A study funded by NASA has focused on how the phenomenon may occur and also its consequences.

SCIENCE March 17, 2017

Hungry Spiders Eating 800 Million Tons Of Insects Per Year Are Nature's Free Pest Control

The spiders, which consume around 800 million tons of insects per year, are nature's free pest control. They are not alone, however. Many other beneficial insects also exist to prevent the overpopulation of harmful insects in the environment.

SCIENCE March 17, 2017

Saturn's Moon Enceladus 'Tiger Stripes' Show Its Giant Ocean May Hold Alien Life

A new study has found that the southern polar region of Saturn’s ice-covered moon Enceladus is much warmer than expected. The study also states that the subsurface ocean may closer to the surface than earlier thought to be.

SCIENCE March 17, 2017

Here’s The Astounding Way Water Bears Survive Dehydration

Water bears can endure being dried up for up to a decade or even longer. A new study finds that they maintain special genes encoding for disordered proteins to help them survive extreme desiccation or near 100 percent water loss.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

Cooler Ocean Needed To Save Great Barrier Reef From Coral Bleaching

Cooler ocean is needed to save Australia's Great Barrier Reef from coral bleaching, says a new study. Other measures to protect the coral reefs can only do so much, but ultimately, the need is even more urgent for a global action to address global warming.

SCIENCE March 17, 2017

Czech Zoo Set To Dehorn 18 Rhinos After Paris Poaching Attack

The Dvur Kralove zoo in the Czech Republic has announced plans to dehorn some rhinos to ensure their safety from poachers. But can dehorning really stop poachers?

SCIENCE March 17, 2017

Trump May Hike US Energy Budget To Handle Nuclear Waste

Amidst budget cuts for climate and science, the Trump administration may give the Energy Department a hike. The budget increase will be for handling the country's nuclear stockpile and restart the controversial Yucca Mountain storage facility for nuclear waste.

SCIENCE March 17, 2017

These Missions Are On The Losing End In Trump’s NASA Budget

A document containing Trump’s 2018 budget proposal is now out. NASA's earth sciences program, the Office of Education, and the ARM mission are just some on the chopping board.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

WATCH: Stunning Footage Of Australian Coastline Colored Bright Blue By ‘Sea Sparkle’

Amazing snapshots of iridescent algae casting a blue light on the waters near Tasmanian shores took social media by storm this week. Photographer Leanne Marshall captured exquisite images near Rocky Cape National Park.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

Massive Algae Bloom In Arabian Sea Linked To Climate Change, Threatens Local Ecosystems

Mexico-sized harmful algal blooms are striking the Gulf of Oman and other parts of the world at a greater rate due to climate change. How do they affect local marine ecosystems?

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

Climate Scientists Warn More ‘Airpocalypses’ For China Amid Melting Polar Ice Caps

Experts warn of more 'airpocalypses' to happen in China amid the melting of polar ice caps as climate change worsens. A study calls for more urgent actions not only for the reduction of air pollution but also of greenhouse gas emissions.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

Biofuels Can Reduce Aircraft Particle Emissions And Contrails: NASA Study

A study by NASA that analyzed aircraft contrails has found the use of biofuels can slash aircraft emission by 70 percent and curtail contrails. The results of the ACCESS project may spur the wider use of biofuels in aviation.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

Intriguing Behavior: Humpbacks Form Enigmatic 'Whale Wave' On BC Coast

Humpback whales were seen moving in a mysterious wave pattern near the Kitimat fjord. Researchers believe this unusual behavior has a lot to do with their social interactions.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Rocket Carrying EchoStar 23 Satellite

SpaceX has successfully launched the EchoStar 23 Satellite atop the Falcon 9 rocket, after a two-day delay due to bad weather. The launch took place on March 14 at 2:00 am EDT.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

NASA Budget Focuses On Mars Missions: Earth Science, Education Funding Cut

President Donald Trump has proposed a hefty $19.1 million funding for NASA for 2018. President Trump wants the space agency to concentrate more on Mars missions rather than Earth-science and educational programs.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

Ancient Skull Found In Portugal Cave May Shed Light On Ancestry Of Neanderthals

A 400,000-year-old skull belonging to an archaic member of the genus Homo was found in the Aroeira cave in Portugal. It has some features of Neanderthals and may hold clue to the ancestry of modern humans's closest extinct relative.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

Suit Up: Russia Recruits Cosmonauts In Space Race To The Moon

Russia’s space agency has announced a recruitment drive for budding cosmonauts, expected to be part of the country's manned moon mission. Russia remains in the race against the United States and China, eyeing a moon landing by 2031.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

Buzz Aldrin Explains Why He Thinks Elon Musk's Mars Mission Has A Problem

Elon Musk's proposed Mars colonization mission may have a few basic problems per former astronaut Buzz Aldrin. He is of the belief that Musk is focusing more on the travel rather than how humans will adapt and survive once on Mars.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

Humpback Whales Gathering In Groups: Researchers Try To Find Why

Scientists have been perplexed with the strange behavior which has been witnessed among humpback whales. Researchers are trying to determine why large groups of these whales have been gathering near the South African coast to feed.

SCIENCE March 17, 2017

Dark Matter Was Minor Ingredient Of Galaxies In Early Universe

Using instruments of the Very Large Telescope in Chile, astronomers found evidence that dark matter played a minor role in early galaxies. What were their observations?

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

Mammal Dwarfing: Animals May Shrink As Earth Heats Up

Mammals could shrink in the future under global warming, a new study warns. University of New Hampshire researcher Abigail D’Ambrosia investigates mammal dwarfing through fossilized teeth and jaw fragments.

SCIENCE March 15, 2017

Large Sections Of Great Barrier Reef In Australia Now Dead: Here Are The Potential Consequences

Banning fishing and reducing pollution did not prevent severe coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef. What could happen when more sections of Australia's reef experience massive coral die-offs?

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

NASA’s Van Allen Probe Finds Fewer Superfast Electrons In Earth’s Inner Radiation Belt

There is good news to flying spacecraft, as NASA’s Van Allen probe found that the inner radiation belt of Earth has only a few super electrons or relativistic electrons, implying that radiation levels are relatively lower than expected.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

Newly Discovered Planet System Trappist-1 Was Named After A Famous Beer Brand

TRAPPIST-1, with its seven Earth-like exoplanets, had been exciting all. Its name alone carries quite an appeal, as it is named after a popular beer brand in Belgium, the homeland of the scientists who discovered the planetary system.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

Unusual Sighting: Humpbacks Prove Not So Solitary And Display Peculiar Hunting Strategy

Humpback whales have been seen gathering in large numbers to feed in the waters of Benguela. This behavior is highly unusual and suggests these creatures are not as solitary as once thought.

SCIENCE March 16, 2017

This Event Turned Earth Into A Massive Snowball Some 700 Million Years Ago

Continual volcanic eruptions are pinpointed for 'snowball Earth' some 700 million years ago. Harvard researchers explain how this phenomenon came to be and caused pole-to-pole glaciation on the planet.

SCIENCE March 15, 2017

Cruise Ship Destroys Indonesian Coral Reef: How Sea Vessels Damage Marine Life And Ecosystems

A UK cruise ship's destruction of pristine coral reefs on Raja Ampat in Indonesia calls for action that goes beyond compensation. It reminds of the need to develop ways to prevent massive destruction of coral reefs by similar incidents in the future.

SCIENCE March 15, 2017

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