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Pitch Black Exoplanet: Hot Jupiter WASP-12b Reflects No Light

Albedo measurements of the exoplanet WASP-12b suggest that the hot Jupiter, located about 1,400 light years away, appears pitch black. What causes the gas giant to reflect no light?

SCIENCE September 15, 2017

Experts Name New Species Of Prehistoric Crocodile From Texas

Researchers describe a new species of a massive prehistoric dinosaur that was found in a prime fossil area in Texas. The Deltasuchus motherali was so large it could grow up to 20 feet.

SCIENCE September 15, 2017

WATCH: Biologist Shocks His Arm With Electric Eel For Science

A researcher found that electric eels can deliver a larger amount of electricity out of the water than in. He found out by allowing a juvenile eel electrocute his arm 10 times.

SCIENCE September 15, 2017

Shape-Shifting Bacteria: Behavior Of E.Coli Aboard ISS Could Pose Risk To Future Space Explorations

E.coli bacteria sent to the International Space Station were observed to change shape after being subjected with the antibiotic that kills them on Earth. What does this mean to future space explorations?

SCIENCE September 15, 2017

Coffee Could Become Less Available, More Expensive Because Of Climate Change

Coffee production may decline because of global warming. Climate change is predicted to drive out species of coffee-pollinating bees and reduce coffee-growing areas in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

SCIENCE September 13, 2017

The Sun Is Erupting Solar Flares Like Crazy: NASA Recorded Several X-Class Flares Over The Past Week

NASA has just recorded an X8.2 class solar flare on Sept. 10, just one of the many solar flares that occurred over the past week. Is a solar flare a cause of concern, though?

SCIENCE September 13, 2017

Goodbye, Cassini: NASA Spacecraft To End 20-Year Voyage By Crashing Into Saturn

NASA's Cassini is now on course to crash into Saturn on Sept. 15. The end of the 20-year mission of the spacecraft, which has explored Saturn for the past five months, has resulted in overflowing expressions of grief.

SCIENCE September 13, 2017

Water Reservoir On The Moon? Lunar Interior Could Be Hiding Significant Amount Of Water

Data from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument suggest that the moon may have a significant amount of water in its interior. A lunar water reservoir could make colonization of the moon much easier.

SCIENCE September 12, 2017

Unusual Space Rock Turns Out To Be 2 Comet-Like Asteroids Orbiting Each Other

The binary asteroid in the asteroid belt was initially thought of as a single object. It was eventually found to be two asteroids with comet-like features orbiting each other.

SCIENCE September 22, 2017

DNA Confirms Female Viking Warrior Buried In Sweden Grave

DNA tests offer the first evidence that female Viking warriors did exist. The Viking warrior buried in a Sweden grave was a high-ranking officer with knowledge of tactics and strategy.

SCIENCE September 11, 2017

Climate Change Threatens One Third Of All Parasites: Why This Is Bad

A third of all parasite species could be wiped out by the year 2070, according to researchers. Losing a significant amount of the species could spell bad news for the ecosystem.

SCIENCE September 10, 2017

Elon Musk Reveals SpaceX’s Full Spacesuit Design In A New Photo

Elon Musk has shared yet another photo of SpaceX’s spacesuit, this time showing the full-body design. The suit is what astronauts will wear when they travel from Earth to the International Space Station.

SCIENCE September 9, 2017

Monarch Butterfly Could Be At Risk Of Extinction

The number of migrating western monarch butterflies has dropped from millions to just approximately 300,000. Is it time for the monarch butterfly species to be listed under the Endangered Species Act?

SCIENCE September 8, 2017

Scientists Unravel Secret Of Stain In 800-Year Old Vatican Scroll

The complete story of Laurentius Loricatus is kept in an 800-year-old parchment that has incurred mysterious purple stains. Scientists have now identified the bacteria responsible for the damages.

SCIENCE September 8, 2017

Dwarf Planet Pluto Surface Features Get First Official Names

Pluto is getting the attention it deserves as the official names for 14 of its surface features were recently announced. Some of the dwarf planet's features were named after mythologies around the world.

SCIENCE September 8, 2017

Traces Of Boron On Mars Could Be Evidence Of Life

Scientists report the discovery of the presence of boron on the surface of Mars. As boron is a key ingredient in the creation of RNA, the presence of it on Mars may provide evidence of the planet's habitability.

SCIENCE September 8, 2017

Black Hole Candidate 100,000 Times More Massive Than Sun Found Near Center Of Milky Way

A potential intermediate-mass black hole, or IMBH, lurks behind gas clouds near the center of the Milky Way. Observations made using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array suggest its mass is about 100,000 times that of the sun.

SCIENCE September 6, 2017

Ancient Volcanic Eruptions In Antarctica Sparked Rapid Climate Change At The End Of Ice Age

The ancient eruptions of the stratovolcano Mount Takahe released high levels of chlorine and fluorine. How did these likely trigger the sudden and widespread climate change that occurred at the end of the ice age?

SCIENCE September 5, 2017

What Will Spark World War 3? Elon Musk Thinks Artificial Intelligence Will, And Here’s Why

Elon Musk has grown more fearful of artificial intelligence thanks to Vladimir Putin, who said the nation with the most advanced AI will rule the world. Musk now thinks AI can start World War 3.

SCIENCE September 5, 2017

Amazon Faces Lawsuit Over Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses

A couple claimed to have suffered headaches and eye problems after using the eclipse glasses manufactured by American Paper Optics and sold by Amazon. The lawsuit claims the plaintiffs did not receive the recall notice.

SCIENCE September 5, 2017

'Ghost' Lobster Caught By Fisherman From Ocean Off Maine

Maine lobsterman Alex Todd caught a translucent white lobster in a trap. Experts said that the weird-looking crustacean is not an albino. It has a genetic condition called Leucism.

SCIENCE September 4, 2017

5.7-Million-Year-Old Human-Like Footprints From Greece Challenge Human Evolution Timeline

A new study describes the discovery of strikingly human-like 5.7-million-year-old footprints in Greece. Could this be evidence of early humans in Greece or of an unknown human-like primate species?

SCIENCE September 3, 2017

High Concentrations Of Antidepressants Found In Fish Brains In Great Lakes Region

The brains of multiple fish species in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario were found to have high concentrations of antidepressants. Waste water treatment plants currently do not test for traces of such drugs.

SCIENCE September 2, 2017

Royal Diet: How Honeybee Diet Determines Development Of Queen Bees And Worker Bees

Researchers found that the early diet of honeybees can determine which bee will become the queen of the colony. Do plants have anything to do with this?

SCIENCE September 2, 2017

Skeleton From Cave In Mexico Could Be Oldest Human Remains In Americas

Excellently preserved skeletal remains were found by divers in an underwater cave in the Yucatan Peninsula. Despite difficulties in carbon dating, they found that the remains are likely 11,300 to 13,000 years old.

SCIENCE September 1, 2017

Almost 400 New Species Found In Amazon Rainforest But Deforestation Threatens Discovery Of More

Latest WWF report shows the highest rate of species discovery yet in the Amazon rainforest. Though 381 new species were recently discovered, more are threatened due to deforestation and other large-scale projects in the rainforest.

SCIENCE September 1, 2017

Coral Reef Fish Can Adapt To Fluctuating Carbon Dioxide Levels: Study

Researchers found that coral reef fish are actually more resilient to fluctuating carbon dioxide levels in the ocean. However, the discovered resilience still has a limit.

SCIENCE September 1, 2017

Alien-Hunting Project Detects 15 Repeating Radio Signals From Dwarf Galaxy

Breakthrough Listen scientists detected 15 new fast radio bursts from the dwarf galaxy FRB 121102. What makes this new set of pulses stand out from other FRBs earlier observed?

SCIENCE August 31, 2017

Largest Ichthyosaurus In Fossil Record Was Pregnant At Death

The Ichthyosaurus somersetensis specimen was found in the mid-1990s. Analysis revealed it was pregnant with the third known embryo for Ichthyosaurus when it died in the Early Jurassic period.

SCIENCE August 29, 2017

Zebrafish Willingly Work To Get Opioid Doses: Study

Researchers experimented on zebrafish to observe the science of drug addiction and withdrawal. The addicted fish voluntarily worked harder to gain access and self-administer opioids.

SCIENCE August 26, 2017

SpaceX Rocket Launches Taiwan's Earth-Observation Satellite From California

SpaceX successfully launches FORMOSAT-5 satellite aboard its Falcon9 rocket on Aug. 24. Taiwan’s satellite will observe the Earth’s terrain and atmosphere for natural disaster management.

SCIENCE August 26, 2017

US, Canada To Team Up To Find Out What Is Killing Whales

The NOAA and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are teaming up to investigate the deaths of 13 North Atlantic right whales this year. The agencies aim to investigate the 'unusual mortality event' and to look for possible solutions.

SCIENCE August 26, 2017

Planet Uranus Could Be Full Of Giant Diamonds

Scientists mimicked the intense atmospheric conditions of Uranus to simulate how the ice giant could form diamond rain. The laboratory experiments successfully created tiny gems.

SCIENCE August 25, 2017

Human Waste May Be Transformed Into Plastic And Nutrients In Long Space Journeys

Researchers have found a way to recycle biological waste for extended space travel. Astronauts can use their urine and breath to make 3D printer polymers.

SCIENCE August 25, 2017

Ancient Babylon Tablet Holds World's Oldest Trigonometry Table

The Babylonian clay tablet called Plimpton 322 has now been revealed as an ancient trigonometric table. Although it is over 3,000 years old, its mathematical merits still have prospects for improving the modern world.

SCIENCE August 25, 2017

Elon Musk Unveils The Official SpaceX Spacesuit That’s Seemingly Inspired By Sci-Fi

SpaceX is scheduled to send astronauts to the International Space Station sometime in the near future. Elon Musk has shared a photo of what they’re going to wear.

SCIENCE August 24, 2017

What Should You Do With Your Solar Eclipse Glasses? Here Are A Few Do's And Don'ts

With the the phenomenon having come and gone, many are wondering what to do with their solar eclipse glasses. Here are a few do's and don'ts for the special eyewear.

SCIENCE August 22, 2017

Topeka Zoo Gorilla Tiffany Dies Of Ovarian Cancer After Constipation Surgery

Forty-nine-year-old Tiffany the Gorilla of Topeka Zoo in Kansas was euthanized after veterinarians discovered she has ovarian cancer that has spread. The lowland gorilla underwent a colon surgery prior to her death.

SCIENCE August 21, 2017

Large Near-Earth Asteroid To Safely Zoom Past The Planet On Sept. 1

NASA has confirmed that a large asteroid will have a safe flyby in September. Asteroid Florence is the largest near-Earth object to fly at a relatively close range.

SCIENCE August 19, 2017

How Did The First Animals Appear On Earth? Algae Blooms May Have The Answer

How did the first animals appeared on Earth and paved the way for the existence of complex life and humans? Algae blooms that followed the melting of snowball Earth may hold the answer.

SCIENCE August 17, 2017

‘Frankenstein Dinosaur’ Emerges As Missing Link In Dino Evolution

The Chilesaurus dinosaur, dubbed the Frankenstein dinosaur, is considered the missing piece of the puzzle of dinosaur evolution. Learn how it establishes the link between plant-eating dinos and carnivorous ones.

SCIENCE August 17, 2017

Goldfish Get Drunk On Themselves To Survive Frozen Waters

Survival of the fittest means getting drunk in frozen waters for goldfish. Researchers discovered that goldfish produce alcohol from their cells to survive in low-oxygen waters.

SCIENCE August 12, 2017

Asteroid Expected To Skim Past Earth In October

The European Space Agency has confirmed that asteroid 2012 TC4 will fly between Earth and the moon in October. The asteroid will not hit the planet.

SCIENCE August 12, 2017

Pilot Whale Released Back To Sea After Rehabilitation At SeaWorld

A pilot whale affectionately called Gale was returned to the sea after five weeks of rehabilitation in SeaWorld Orlando. Bringing her back to her natural habitat was achieved with the help of SeaWorld Orlando, NOAA, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

SCIENCE August 12, 2017

Fossil Discovered In China Hints Oldest Winged Mammal From Jurassic Period

The discovery of 160-year-old fossils in China shows the existence of early mammals during the Jurassic era. Their long arms, skin membrane, and joints suggest that the long-extinct creatures were capable of flight.

SCIENCE August 12, 2017

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