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Here's How Moon Express Plans To Build Lunar Outpost, Harvest Lunar Rocks Using Robots

Florida-based private company Moon Express is seeking to deploy robotic landers in a planned series of missions to the moon. Here are details on its projected lunar outpost and moon mining initiatives.

SCIENCE July 13, 2017

Plants Can Turn Caterpillars Into Cannibals: How Induced Pest Cannibalism Benefits Plants

Plants can turn leaf-munching pests like caterpillars into cannibals that feast on each other by releasing a special chemical. Here's how plant-induced caterpillar cannibalism can benefit tomato plants.

SCIENCE July 13, 2017

Moon Express Wants To Deliver Goods To The Moon And Beyond

Moon Express is closer than ever to winning Google's $20 million prize, but the company's ambitions go much further. It plans to be among the first companies to provide commercial transportation to the moon.

SCIENCE July 13, 2017

A68 Iceberg: Massive Chunk Of Ice Breaks Off From Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

The Larsen C ice shelf, the fourth largest in Antarctica, finally broke off producing the iceberg A68 that now floats in the Weddell Sea. Will this cause sea level rise?

SCIENCE July 12, 2017

Fungus In Space Can Make Astronauts Sick, NASA-Led Team Warns

NASA has warned that fungus in space could serve as an enemy of astronauts in the Mars mission or other forms of space exploration. Certain fungi types could colonize the human body and lead to infection.

SCIENCE July 12, 2017

How Are Fire Ants Able To Build Amazing Towers For Escape?

A new study sheds insight on how ant towers are built: fire ants form Eiffel-like structures without a leader or coordinated efforts. The findings hold potential applications in robotics technology, such as in search-and-rescue operations.

SCIENCE July 12, 2017

First Earth-Orbit Teleportation: China Teleports Object To Space Through Quantum Entanglement

Scientists from China made historic achievement with the first ever teleportation of an object from Earth to space. The experiment involved pairs of photons, Micius satellite, and quantum entanglement.

SCIENCE July 11, 2017

This Spider Looks Like Something Out Of Our Nightmares And It Pumps Blood Via Its Guts

Sea spiders are strange creatures, but the way they circulate blood is even stranger. It turns out that they do so via guts in their legs.

SCIENCE July 11, 2017

Sixth Mass Extinction Underway: Scientists Warn Earth Is Facing Biological Annihilation Of Species

A sixth mass extinction event is already happening and it is worse than researchers previously believed. What are its impacts on humans and what makes it different from the previous mass extinctions?

SCIENCE July 11, 2017

China Simulates Life On The Moon With 200-Day Test Of Self-Sustaining Space Station

How is it like to live on the moon or another world beyond Earth for an extended period of time? China will soon find out as it begins the 200-day experiment of a self-sustaining ecosystem at the Lunar Palace-1.

SCIENCE July 11, 2017

Study Shows That Tomatoes Can Turn Herbivores Into Cannibals

A new study has found that tomatoes and other plants can induce cannibalism in insects. When the food is bad enough, some creatures, such as caterpillars, will eat their own.

SCIENCE July 11, 2017

NASA's Juno Probe Will Get Its First Look At Jupiter's Planet-Sized Storm

We know very little about Jupiter's planet-sized storm, but that may change soon. NASA's Juno probe will get its first look at Jupiter's Great Red Spot

SCIENCE July 11, 2017

NASA Sign On Orion Spacecraft Says 'Do Not Touch,' But VP Mike Pence Still Does Anyway

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence touches the Orion spacecraft’s titanium forward bay cover with his full palm despite a sign that read 'Critical Space Flight Hardware DO NOT TOUCH.' Learn what happens next and how the internet reacts.

SCIENCE July 10, 2017

Here’s How To Witness The Total Solar Eclipse While Inside Your House

There are alternate ways to watch total solar eclipse 2017 if one is not inside the path of totality or not keen on joining the thick crowds outside. Here are some, including live eclipse broadcast from NASA.

SCIENCE July 10, 2017

NASA's Hubble Telescope Captures Fireworks Image Of Stars That Formed Just After The Big Bang

Gravitational lensing and new computational methods helped NASA's Hubble Space Telescope capture sharper images of a galaxy that formed 2.7 billion years after the Big Bang. The images revealed two dozen clumps of newborn stars.

SCIENCE July 9, 2017

Giant Iceberg That Broke Off From Larsen C Ice Shelf In Antarctica Fuels Climate Change Debate

Delaware-sized iceberg finally parts from Larsen C, but experts are divided over the cause of calving. Some scientists claim climate change is not the cause.

SCIENCE July 14, 2017

Milky Way Galaxy Could Be Home Of 100 Billion Failed Stars

Astronomers believe that our galaxy could contain more brown dwarf stars than previously estimated. Star clusters outside the solar system reveal failed stars hidden in plain sight.

SCIENCE July 9, 2017

Great Barrier Reef Avoids UNESCO's 'In Danger' Status: Is This A Good Thing?

Australia’s heavily bleached world heritage site is not ‘In Danger’ but is the status really a big win? Here are the pros and cons of UNESCO’s decision.

SCIENCE July 9, 2017

ESA's BepiColombo Mission To Explore Mysteries Of Mercury

BepiColombo is the European Space Agency’s first mission to explore Mercury. The collaborative mission between the ESA and JAXA aims to explore the planet’s inner workings, history, and origin.

SCIENCE July 9, 2017

Google's New Startup Dandelion To Heat Homes Using Geothermal Energy

Google's newest sibling from parent Alphabet Inc. aims to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and homes. Dandelion offers heating and cooling systems that use geothermal energy.

SCIENCE July 8, 2017

Fastest Stars In Milky Way Are Galactic Fugitives That May Reveal Secrets Of Dark Matter And Our Galaxy

Hypervelocity stars in the Milky Way are likely fugitives from a neighboring galaxy. These fast-moving objects have traveled great distances they may unveil secrets of dark matter and the Sagittarius A black hole.

SCIENCE July 7, 2017

CERN's Large Hadron Collider Detects New Particle Heavier Than A Proton

CERN physicists announce the unambiguous detection of long-theorized baryon particle. The Large Hadron Collider observes a particle containing two charm quarks and one up quark.

SCIENCE July 7, 2017

Martian Soil Too Toxic To Support Life On Mars

Researchers found evidence of toxicity in Martian soil. Although perchlorates are quite harmless in normal temperatures, exposure to high temperatures makes it a killer of organic material.

SCIENCE July 7, 2017

Why Did UNESCO Decide Against ‘In Danger’ Status For Great Barrier Reef?

UNESCO has voted leaving the Great Barrier Reef off its 'in danger' list despite its recent destruction from mass coral bleaching. Who wins and loses in this decision on the embattled world heritage site?

SCIENCE July 6, 2017

Photo Of Louisville Zoo Visitor Sharing Videos With Gorilla Has Gone Viral

A photo of a woman seemingly showing videos to a gorilla at a zoo has become viral on the internet. Jelani, a gorilla at the Louisville Zoo, has become popular for his apparent love for watching videos on visitors' phones.

SCIENCE July 6, 2017

Delaware-Sized Iceberg Is Now Ready To Break Off Antarctica

Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf could see a massive part of it breaking off in the coming days. Learn what scientists know so far about the Delaware-sized iceberg that's heading its own way.

SCIENCE July 6, 2017

Climate Change Study Dampens Hope That Carbon Emissions Will Not Drive Global Temperature To Dangerous Level

Global warming at its current level is already blamed for the spread of diseases, war, and ecological changes. A new climate change study suggests that global temperature may even increase by up to 6 degrees, far more than previously estimated.

SCIENCE July 6, 2017

Scientists Test Space Rover On Europe's Most Active Volcano

Space rover deployed by the German Aerospace Center on Mount Etna tests equipment and measures seismic activity in hypothetical mission simulations for future space exploration on the moon and Mars.

SCIENCE July 6, 2017

Neanderthal DNA Points To Proof Of Little-Known Ancient Human Migration

Neanderthal DNA from a femur offers scientists proof that a small human group left Africa and disappeared long before the ancient human migration that spearheaded modern human population. Learn more about the new piece of the puzzle.

SCIENCE July 5, 2017

This Prehistoric Giant Crocodile Had T-Rex-Sized Teeth

Scientists have discovered the remains of a massive crocodile-like creature with T-rex-sized teeth in Madagascar. The new discovery may help uncover the mystery behind the 74-million-year-long gap in the evolutionary history of crocodiles.

SCIENCE July 5, 2017

Fastest-Moving Stars In The Milky Way May Have Been From Neighboring Galaxies

So-called hypervelocity stars may have been blasted off the front of the so-called Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a new study has proposed. Learn more about these stars moving so rapidly that they can escape the Milky Way galaxy.

SCIENCE July 5, 2017

Asteroid Extinction Event That Wiped Out Dinosaurs Cleared Way For Diversification Of Frogs

The mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs helped the frogs to explosively evolve new species. How did the K–Pg extinction event caused by an asteroid impact benefited the amphibians?

SCIENCE July 5, 2017

Seawater Strengthens Roman Concrete To Survive For 2,000 Years: Study

Concrete sea walls built by ancient Romans can withstand constant pounding from ocean waves for thousands of years. The key lies in aluminum tobermorite in the lost Roman concrete recipes, according to researchers.

SCIENCE July 4, 2017

NASA Moves Forward With First Asteroid Deflection Mission

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), NASA's impact spacecraft, entered its preliminary design phase. DART will collide with Didymos B to provide scientists with important information about kinetic impact as an asteroid mitigation strategy.

SCIENCE July 5, 2017

Huge Concrete Pyramids Sunk In Gulf Of Mexico For Artificial Reef

Fifty concrete pyramids have been sunk as part of an initiative to build an artificial reef in Texas. The reef off the South Texas coast will lend insight on how to increase fish habitat.

SCIENCE July 3, 2017

For Stephen Hawking, Trump’s Climate Stance Could Push Earth Over The Brink

Stephen Hawking has warned that Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the landmark Paris climate change agreement could result in irreversible climate change. Learn more from the scientist's exclusive interview with BBC.

SCIENCE July 3, 2017

NASA Supercomputer Simulations May Help Reduce Damage Caused By Asteroid Impacts

NASA researchers used the Pleiades supercomputer to simulate asteroid impacts that may possibly happen on planet Earth. The work may help mitigate the damage that can be caused by deadly asteroid strikes.

SCIENCE July 1, 2017

Orca Low Pregnancy Rates Largely Blamed On Scarce Food: What Can Be Done To Save The Endangered Killer Whales?

A recent study found that a major reason for orca pregnancy failure is food shortage. What are the other things that contribute to the dwindling orca population?

SCIENCE July 1, 2017

Larsen C Ice Shelf Break Could Occur Within "Hours, Days, or Weeks"

The Larsen C ice shelf is closer than ever to splintering. When it does, it could form one of the largest icebergs ever.

SCIENCE June 30, 2017

Which U.S. States Will Be Most Affected By Climate Change?

How hard will your state be hit by climate change? A new study argues that those in the South will have things much harder than their northern counterparts.

SCIENCE June 30, 2017

NASA Denies Conspiracy Theory About Kidnapped Children Working As Mars Colony Slaves

The latest conspiracy theory about Mars is that there is a colony there where kidnapped children work as slaves. The claims were made by a former CIA case officer on the radio talk show Infowars hosted by Alex Jones.

SCIENCE June 30, 2017

Woolly Mammoth Resurrection Project: Paypal Founder Peter Thiel Funds Effort To Bring Back Extinct Ice Age Animal

Paypal founder Peter Thiel gave a fund of $100,000 to a Harvard genomic professor who is working to resurrect the extinct woolly mammoth. Why do some scientists want to bring back the Ice Age animal?

SCIENCE June 30, 2017

NASA Rocket Forms Dazzling Red And Blue-Green Clouds In The Sky

After several delays, the mid-Atlantic coast’s early morning sky was filled with luminescent artificial clouds Thursday, June 29, as a NASA sounding rocket launched. Learn more about the dazzling display and what the experiment is for.

SCIENCE June 30, 2017

Modified Human Skulls Discovered In Turkey Provide Evidence Of ‘Skull Cult’

Researchers from the German Archaeological Institute unearthed hundreds of human skull fragments in an ancient temple in Turkey. Stone carvings suggest evidence of a skull cult.

SCIENCE June 30, 2017

Popular Pesticide More Harmful To Bees In Some Places But Not In Others: Study

A three-country study showed opposing effects of neonicotinoid pesticides in bee colonies. The more positive results in the German bee colonies could have been caused by the diversity of the bees’ food sources.

SCIENCE June 30, 2017

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