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Manatees Downlisted From Endangered To Threatened, Conservationists Cry Foul

Manatees were on the list of endangered species for decades. However, these creatures have now been reclassified as threatened, which could hamper conservation efforts, according to environmental groups.

SCIENCE April 2, 2017

Scientists Identify Super Potato Variety That Can Grow And Withstand Extreme Conditions In Mars

Scientists simulated what it's like in Mars to identify the the potatoes that can withstand extreme conditions on the red planet, such as freezing temperatures and high carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. What variety emerged as the best?

SCIENCE March 31, 2017

NASA Astronaut Breaks Record For Most Spacewalks By A Woman

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the record of most spacewalks by a woman, logging in 53 hours and 22 minutes. The title was previously held by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams.

SCIENCE March 31, 2017

Eyeballs Grafted On Tails: Blind Tadpoles Get The Most Unusual Eye Transplant

What do blind tadpoles and migraine drugs have in common? Both were part of a creative experimental transplant that proved eyes can fully function when grafted on tails, by connecting directly to the central nervous system.

SCIENCE March 31, 2017

SpaceX Successfully Launches Satellite With Its First Recycled Rocket

SpaceX launched the recycled Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on March 30. Before the historic launch, SpaceX renovated and tested the 15-foot booster along with its nine engines.

SCIENCE March 31, 2017

Employees Of The Department Of Energy Have Been Allegedly Told Not To Mention The Phrase 'Climate Change'

Are the employees of an office in the Department of Energy banned from using climate change-related words? A spokesperson from the department has denied the allegations, but employees are still walking on eggshells.

SCIENCE April 1, 2017

Newly Named Tyrannosaur Species' Facial Reconstruction Gives A Closer Look At A T-Rex's Face

A newly named tyrannosaur species, the Daspletosaurus horneri, has its face reconstructed with the help of a finely preserved 75-million-year-old fossil. Its crocodilian features show the closes possible look at a T-rex’s face.

SCIENCE April 1, 2017

NASA's MAVEN: Mars Atmosphere Lost To Space. Solar Wind Did It.

Mars is not what it used to be. The Red Planet may have all the elements that could nurture life but something catastrophic happened and transformed it into an uninhabitable place under the sun, according to a new study.

SCIENCE March 31, 2017

'Sixth Sense' May Have Helped Tyrannosaur Dinosaurs To Hunt Their Prey

The T-rex and other tyrannosaur dinosaurs may have hunted their prey using a "sixth sense." These prehistoric animals have hypersensitive snout that can detect slight changes in the environment.

SCIENCE March 30, 2017

Sex-Shifting Parasitic Fish Chooses Gender Depending On Growth Rate, Study Says

A new study found sea lampreys become male or female depending on how nutrient-rich their environment is. Researchers believe this information can help keep in check this parasitic predatory fish, a threat to the North American Great Lakes.

SCIENCE March 30, 2017

Ancient Tracks Show Diversity Of Australia's Dinosaurs During Cretaceous Period

The world's most diverse collection of dinosaur tracks and the biggest dinosaur footprint were found by researchers in Australia. What do these reveal about the prehistoric dinosaurs?

SCIENCE March 30, 2017

NASA’s $1 Billion Juno Mission Starts Unraveling Jupiter’s Secrets With Breathtaking New Images

The breathtaking new images from Juno spacecraft reveal the richness and depth of Jupiter's ancient and mysterious past that would either confirm or debunk the theories about the planet's origin and composition.

SCIENCE March 30, 2017

Why Is SpaceX's Next Rocket Launch A Huge Deal?

Elon Musk's rocket company will attempt to relaunch and recover a first stage booster that was already fired off in 2016. Should the operation succeed, flying into space would become significantly cheaper.

SCIENCE March 29, 2017

Tasmanian Tiger Sightings Prompt Scientists To Search For Extinct Marsupial In Australia

The Tasmanian tiger, or the thylacine, is believed to be extinct but recent plausible sightings of the carnivorous marsupial prompts scientists to conduct a survey. How do eyewitnesses describe the creature in potential sightings?

SCIENCE March 29, 2017

Missing Indonesian Man Found Inside A 20-Foot Reticulated Python

A young Indonesian farmer who had gone missing a day before fell victim to a reticulated python. West Sulawesi locals retrieved the man’s lifeless body from inside the enormous snake, discovered nearby his palm plantation.

SCIENCE March 29, 2017

Architects Want To Hang A Skyscraper From An Asteroid: Analemma Tower Plans Unveiled

Adding to the list of unique and wonderful skyscrapers is a new type of skyscraper - the Analemma Tower that will hang from an asteroid 30,000 miles above Earth. The skyscraper will be constructed on an orbital motion in Dubai.

SCIENCE March 29, 2017

Massive Magnetic Waves Over Earth's Surface Could Exist In Sun's Atmosphere Too

Scientists have found that the magnetic Rossby waves, which occur in the Earth’s atmosphere, exist in the Sun’s atmosphere as well. This may help scientists make correct predictions of solar storms and flares in the future.

SCIENCE March 29, 2017

Spiders Could Eat Every Person On Earth In Under A Year And Still Crave More

Since spiders were documented to munch on up to 800 million tons of prey each year, the entire human population on Earth, weighed at 300 million tons, would only be a snack for the hungry arachnids.

SCIENCE March 29, 2017

Even If Paris Climate Goals Are Met, More Frequent, Intense Heat Waves Will Hit World Cities: Study

Researchers have warned that large cities could face deadly heat waves even if global warming is halted at levels agreed in the Paris climate agreement.. What should be done beyond cutting carbon emissions?

SCIENCE March 29, 2017

Cats Love Human Company More Than Food: Here Are Signs Your Feline Pet Likes You

Cats may not be that antisocial at all. A study found that these felines prefer to be with humans than chowing down on food, but how do you know your pet kitten loves you?

SCIENCE March 29, 2017

Saturn Moon Titan Could Have Electric Sand

Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons, is one strange, sticky world, thanks to its electrically charged sand dunes. It is, in fact, one of the weirdest things there is in space.

SCIENCE March 29, 2017

More Than Half Of Southern California Beaches Could Be Gone By 2100: Why This Matters

A new study warned about the erosion of Southern California beaches by 2100. What do these findings say about the future of the iconic beaches and current rising sea levels brought on by climate change?

SCIENCE March 29, 2017

NASA Planning Lunar Orbit Gateway For Mars And Deep Space Missions

NASA is scripting big plans for deep space missions, including Mars, by dovetailing it with a lunar orbit gateway. The mini space station will support missions to Mars and other parts of the solar system including lunar surface.

SCIENCE March 29, 2017

Supermassive Black Holes Form Stars From Rapid Outflows Of Gases

A team of astronomers has discovered that supersized black holes do not only rip stars apart but also create them. The discovery could lead to better understanding how galaxies are formed.

SCIENCE March 29, 2017

LOOK: French Astronaut Takes Pals’ Wedding Rings To The International Space Station

European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet brought his friends’ wedding rings with him to the International Space Station. Now that’s out of this world.

SCIENCE March 29, 2017

Here’s A Cool Opportunity To Help Find The Elusive Planet Nine

Australian astronomers have released thousands of images for the public to help pinpoint the location of Planet Nine. The images were captured by the SkyMapper telescope and go by the thousands.

SCIENCE March 28, 2017

SpaceX Conducts Hot-Fire Test Ahead Of First Reusable Rocket's Historic Thursday Launch

SpaceX has test-fired its Falcon 9 rocket poised to make history on Thursday as a demonstration of Musk's reusable rocket technology. The Thursday launch will mark its fourth launch so far in 2017.

SCIENCE March 28, 2017

Not That Grumpy After All: Cats Love Your Company More Than You Know, Study Finds

A new study that tested cats’ sociability showed they prefer human social interactions even more than food. The research revealed our furry companions are seriously misunderstood and are in fact fonder of people than previously imagined.

SCIENCE March 28, 2017

Study Estimates Southern California Beach Erosion Due To Rising Sea Level

The iconic Southern California coastline of the United States may be in trouble according to researchers. A new study revealed that up to 67 percent of the Californian coastline could be eroded completely by 2100.

SCIENCE March 28, 2017

Should NASA Outsource SLS Rocket Production To The Private Sector? New Report Says Yes

To control the escalating overhead costs of the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft program, should NASA pass on the construction to private firms? A new report thinks so, delving on the agency's ambitious rocket program.

SCIENCE March 28, 2017

Fruit-Filled Diet Responsible For Bigger Brain In Primates: Study

A new study has found that fruit consuming primates have bigger brains than other species. However, previous studies asserted that not only the diet, but complex social structures also helped create bigger brains in the primates.

SCIENCE March 28, 2017

Mice Infested Hunter-Gatherer Settlements Before Dawn Of Agriculture, Ancient Teeth Suggest

Mice have been living alongside hunter-gatherers 3,000 years before humans learned how to farm. What attracted the rodents to go to human settlements?

SCIENCE March 28, 2017

Climate Change-Influenced Jet Stream Linked To Heavy Flooding, Extreme Weather Events

Climate change could be altering the jet stream in a way that results in extreme weather events such as heavy flooding and droughts. Find out how it largely affects the jet stream's movement.

SCIENCE March 27, 2017

World's Biggest Dinosaur Footprint Left By Sauropod In Australia's Jurassic Park

The amazing finding belongs to an entire collection of dinosaur tracks discovered in the Dampier Peninsula. The gigantic footprint was left behind by a sauropod from the Early Cretaceous.

SCIENCE March 28, 2017

Particle Bonanza: CERN Discovers Five Subatomic Particles

CERN scientists discovered five subatomic particles, which were excited states of Omega-c-zero, a baryon particle comprising two quarks and a charm quark. The excited states were carrying more energy than the standard particle of Omega-c-zero.

SCIENCE March 28, 2017

Astronomers Discover Brown Dwarf Star With Purest Composition, Highest Mass Ever

A newly discovered brown dwarf has astounded researchers through its sheer mass and pristine composition. The celestial body is 90 times bigger than Jupiter and 250 times structurally purer than the sun.

SCIENCE March 28, 2017

NASA Develops ‘Sensory Skin’ To Detect Damage Outside Spacecraft In Real Time

A new invention by NASA scientists acts like a 'sensory skin' and picks up signs of damage to spacecraft interior in real time. Learn more about the Flexible Damage Detection System currently in development.

SCIENCE March 27, 2017

Gravitational Wave Pushes Supermassive Black Hole Away From Center Of Host Galaxy

Kicking out a supermassive black hole away from the center of a home galaxy requires energy equivalent to 100 million supernovas simultaneously exploding. This is how a gravitational wave helped expel a black hole from its galactic home.

SCIENCE March 27, 2017

Meet Vantablack: The Blackest Material Known To Science

The blackest ever material Vantablack, invented by British researchers in 2014, has now got a spray version. It will paint physical objects and absorb 99.8 percent of light. In the original form, Vantablack is no paint but a special coating developed from an amalgam of carbon nanotubes measuring 20 nanometers each.

SCIENCE March 28, 2017

Loss Of Arctic Sea Ice Endangers Entire Ecosystem, Up To The Great Beluga Whale

Belugas depend on fish that feed primarily on zooplankton, which in turn relies on sea ice algae to thrive. The dwindling arctic ice means a shortage of phytoplankton, and thus a lack of food for the beluga, among other creatures.

SCIENCE March 27, 2017

NASA Creates Mixed Reality Replica Of ISS For Training Astronauts

NASA and Unreal Gaming have struck a deal, which includes creating a mixed reality version of the International Space Station. NASA will deploy the mixed reality replica of the ISS to provide training to astronauts.

SCIENCE March 27, 2017

NASA Gives Nod For 10 SmallSat Missions To Study Solar System: What Are Their Goals?

NASA has approved to launch 10 small satellite missions to explore the solar system. SmallSats have proven their utility for cutting edge science allowing easy deployment from larger spacecraft to carry out targeted investigations in the inner solar system.

SCIENCE March 28, 2017

Livestock Grazing May Boost Declining Sage Grouse Population

A study says the effect of livestock grazing on the sage grouse population is determined by the amount of grazing and when it occurs. The findings could be a tool for land managers in assessing the impact of grazing.

SCIENCE March 27, 2017

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