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Gecko Feet Inspire Robotic Gripper That Can Eliminate Space Debris: Other Ways NASA Can Use Gecko-Inspired Technology

A gecko-inspired robotic gripper can help NASA get rid of space junk. Astronauts at the International Space Station also have potential uses for technologies that are based on the feet of geckos.

SCIENCE June 29, 2017

Climate Change Threatens Biodiversity Of Ice-Free Antarctica: Study

As the Antarctic continues to thaw, its ice-free zones continue to grow. A new research shows what could happen to Antarctica’s biodiversity should the melting trend endure.

SCIENCE June 30, 2017

Controversial Pesticide Linked To Decline In Honeybee Health: Study

Neonicotinoid exposure near corn fields shows detrimental effects on honeybee colonies. Realistic lasting exposures to the pesticide show a higher mortality rate and increased queenlessness.

SCIENCE June 29, 2017

Asian Space Race Heats Up As Japan Unveils Plan To Put A Man On The Moon

The Asian space race is heating up as Japan has announced its plans to put a man on the moon. It's only the latest move in a new 21st-century space race.

SCIENCE July 1, 2017

Orca Failed Pregnancies Linked To Scarce Food Due To Salmon Shortage

Food shortage has been linked to the high rate of failed pregnancies in killer whales. The findings highlight the importance of restoring the population of the Chinook salmon to save the endangered orcas.

SCIENCE June 29, 2017

Biologists Probe 'Unprecedented' Loss, Mysterious Death Of Endangered Right Whales

Six dead right whales appeared in the waters of Canada. No reason for the deaths or any apparent clue has been provided, and biologists deemed them a huge loss for the endangered species.

SCIENCE June 29, 2017

Asteroid Day: How Scientists Are Preparing For The Next Big Impact

On Asteroid Day, scientists draw attention to possibilities of near-Earth objects (NEO) striking home. When is the next big asteroid impact likely to take place, and what's the magnitude of damage to be expected?

SCIENCE June 29, 2017

Boaty McBoatface Returns From Inaugural Mission In The Deep Ocean

The controversial submarine Boaty McBoatface has returned from its maiden voyage in the deep ocean. It comes back packed with 'unprecedented data' on one of Earth's deepest ocean regions to help scientists understand climate change better.

SCIENCE June 29, 2017

Robot Gripper With Adhesives Inspired By Geckos May Help Clean Up Space Junk

Space debris that orbit Earth pose threats to satellites and even to astronauts stationed at the ISS. A robot gripper with adhesive inspired by the feet of the geckos may offer solution to the space junk problem.

SCIENCE June 28, 2017

The Ticking Clock Of Climate Change: How Long Do We Have To Address The Issue?

Climate change is a serious problem that threatens everyone, and time may be running out. A new article argues that we have about three years before we are forced to take drastic measures.

SCIENCE June 29, 2017

SpaceX Shoots For Third Falcon 9 Launch In Barely 2 Weeks

Blasting off from the Kennedy Space Center of NASA in Florida this Sunday, July 2, the third Falcon 9 rocket mission will carry an Intelsat communications satellite to space. Here are the details on this SpaceX launch.

SCIENCE June 28, 2017

Scientists Confirm Existence Of Orbiting Supermassive Black Holes

Using radio telescopes, scientists have seen what appeared to be one of two supermassive black holes orbiting around the other in radio galaxy 0402+379. Read more about this fascinating discovery in the exploration of the universe.

SCIENCE June 28, 2017

Greenland Ice Melt Is Major Source Of Rising Sea Levels: Study

Melting of ice sheets and glaciers in Greenland is a major source in the increase of rising sea levels worldwide, a new study revealed. Scientists believe such findings act as a warning for coastal cities threatened by flooding.

SCIENCE June 27, 2017

2 Million Free Eclipse Glasses To Be Distributed To US Skywatchers

Public libraries will be distributing more than 2 million pairs of free eclipse glasses for the Great American Eclipse that will sweep over the nation on Aug. 21. Get the details on this initiative and how to get solar viewing glasses for yourself.

SCIENCE June 27, 2017

Planet 9 Out, Planet 10 In? What We Know About The Planet Potentially Hiding At Solar System’s Edge

New observations offer evidence that a Planet 10 may be hiding closer to home based on its effects on Kuiper Belt objects. How does this affect the search for Planet 9 and other worlds in the outer solar system?

SCIENCE June 27, 2017

Russia Conducts Unusually Secret Soyuz Rocket Launch: What Is It For?

The Soyuz 2-1v rocket of Russia has launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia, but with no official details on its payload. It's more likely a geodetic satellite, according to reports.

SCIENCE June 26, 2017

'Too Big To Fail': Great Barrier Reef Worth $42 Billion, Economists Say

The Great Barrier Reef is valued at a huge AU $56 billion (or US $42 billion). Read more findings from the report from Deloitte Access Economics about Great Barrier Reef and Australian economy links.

SCIENCE June 26, 2017

SpaceX's Second Falcon 9 Rocket Landing A Success: Blasts Into Space, Returns Within 48 Hours

SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a second Falcon 9 rocket just two days after a previous launch, which was also successful. SpaceX’s success in reusing rockets bodes significant things for aerospace engineering and space travel.

SCIENCE June 25, 2017

Elon Musk Details Vision Of City On Planet Mars With 1 Million Human Inhabitants: Is This Feasible?

A city with a million human inhabitants could be built on Red Planet as early as 40 years from now, Elon Musk said. What are some of the current challenges to building a human colony on Mars?

SCIENCE June 25, 2017

SeaWorld Probed Over Statements Made Regarding The Impacts Of 'Blackfish'

SeaWorld filing reveals that it is being subpoenaed by two federal government offices regarding certain statements that it made. The company’s struggles began after the documentary ‘Blackfish.’

SCIENCE June 25, 2017

SpaceX Launches Bulgaria's First Communications Satellite Into Orbit

SpaceX launched Bulgarias's first communications satellite using a previously flown Falcon 9 booster. BulgariaSat-1 will provide television and data-communications services during its 15-year mission.

SCIENCE June 24, 2017

Bird's Wings May Determine The Shape Of Eggs

The flight ability of a bird and the size of its wings both determine the shape of the eggs hatched, a new study revealed. Researchers measured thousands of bird eggs from different species and created a model to identify them.

SCIENCE June 23, 2017

Planet 10? There May Be Another Planet Hiding Beyond Neptune

Planet Nine may not exist, but that doesn't mean there are only eight planets in our solar system. The orbit of certain celestial bodies suggests there might be a smaller planet at the edge of our solar system.

SCIENCE June 24, 2017

Astronomer Jerry Nelson, Builder Of Advanced Telescopes, Dies At 73

Astronomer Jerry Nelson's design has changed telescopes forever, as seen in the James Webb Space Telescope being constructed at present. Nelson has died at age 73 after a long fruitful career.

SCIENCE June 23, 2017

NASA Orders Closeout Of Asteroid Redirect Mission Due To Lack Of Financial Support

NASA confirms that its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) program has officially been scrapped due to the budget reshuffle. What this means for the projects and scientists connected to the program?

SCIENCE June 24, 2017

Watching The Great American Eclipse Can Cause Blindness: Where To Buy Solar Eclipse Glasses To Protect The Eyes

Many are excited about the Great American Eclipse that will happen on Aug. 21. To enjoy the phenomenon better, its best to be prepared with the proper solar eclipse glasses.

SCIENCE June 24, 2017

Kuiper Belt Tilt Suggests Planet 10 Could Be Lurking At The Edge Of The Solar System

Scientists from the University of Arizona found evidence of a planetary mass object possibly the size of Mars in the outskirts of the Kuiper Belt. Could this be a hidden member of our solar system?

SCIENCE June 24, 2017

Feds Remove Endangered Species Protection For Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

After four decades of protection, Yellowstone grizzly bears will no longer be listed under endangered species in the United States, the federal government announced. Several wildlife advocates spoke out against the decision.

SCIENCE June 22, 2017

Hacker Group Anonymous Claims NASA On Verge Of Making Alien Life Announcement

A YouTube video believed to come from the hacker group Anonymous claimed that NASA may soon announce the existence of alien life. Do scientists support the idea that intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations really exist?

SCIENCE June 26, 2017

Jelly-Like Tropical Sea Creatures Invade Pacific Coastal Waters

Pyrosomes, also known as sea pickles, are commonly found in tropical waters, but swarms of them started to show up off the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada. What’s behind the population explosion of these strange-looking creatures?

SCIENCE June 29, 2017

Russia To Launch CubeSat Satellite Set To Be The Brightest Artificial Object In The Night Sky

The Mayak CubeSat satellite is set to become one of the brightest artificial objects in the night sky once it gets into orbit and unfurls its pyramid-shaped solar reflector. What are the objectives of the crowdfunded space project?

SCIENCE June 30, 2017

Airline Charters Flight To Give Passengers Best View Of The Great American Eclipse

An airline will give select astronomy enthusiasts and guests the first and possibly the best views of the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Two seats for the charter flight will also be given away.

SCIENCE June 29, 2017

Egyptian Mummy's Wooden Toe Is One Of Oldest Prosthetics Found

A 3,000-year-old toe prosthesis found in an Egyptian tomb is made of wood and has lifelike appearance. What does the ancient wooden toe reveal about its user?

SCIENCE June 23, 2017

Forget The Moon, We May Be Going To Neptune Or Uranus

NASA is currently planning a mission to Mars, but they're looking beyond that. One mission takes a spacecraft to the ice giants Neptune or Uranus.

SCIENCE June 23, 2017

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.

SCIENCE June 22, 2017

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.

SCIENCE June 21, 2017

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.

SCIENCE June 22, 2017

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.

SCIENCE 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?

SCIENCE June 22, 2017

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?

SCIENCE 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.

SCIENCE June 21, 2017

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.

SCIENCE 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.

SCIENCE 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.

SCIENCE 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.

SCIENCE June 20, 2017

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