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Apollo 11 Moon Dust Bag Accidentally Sold For $995 Fetches $1.8 Million In Auction

Perfectly scheduled on the Apollo 11 mission's 48th anniversary, Sotheby's' Space Exploration Auction garnered a total of $3.8 million in earnings. The star of the auction was the Apollo 11 moon dust bag, which was sold for $1.8 million.

SCIENCE July 20, 2017

Genetics Unlocks Mystery Of Why Dogs Are Friendly

Why are dogs friendly? Researchers look for clues in common underlying genetics between dogs and humans to potentially explain dogs’ hyper-social behavior toward people.

SCIENCE July 20, 2017

Here’s How 9-Year-Old Boy Finds Million-Year-Old Fossil In New Mexico

During a family hike, then 9-year-old Jude Sparks stumbled on an Ice Age fossil by accident: a stegomastodon skull. Learn about how the family helped identify the ancient remains, now excavated and being studied.

SCIENCE July 20, 2017

SpaceX Is Rethinking How It Will Get To Mars, But Elon Musk Still Wants A Lunar City

SpaceX's Elon Musk has said his company is having to rethink the landing systems for their Dragon spacecraft. Mars isn't out of the question, but first, he wants a base on the moon.

SCIENCE July 19, 2017

How Much Plastic Has Humanity Produced? More Than 8.3 Billion Metric Tons

Humanity has literally produced more than a ton of plastic for every person alive today. On top of that, the majority of those end up in landfills or polluting the environment.

SCIENCE July 20, 2017

New Study Indicates That Humans Lived Alongside Australia's Megafauna

A recently discovered collection of relics has revealed that people settled in Australia 20,000 years before they did in Europe. It was also discovered that humans lived alongside Australia's megafauna.

SCIENCE July 20, 2017

Congressman Asks NASA Scientists About Ancient Mars Civilization

Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher asked the panel of space experts at a House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hearing if there was a Mars civilization thousands of years ago. A NASA scientists answered the questions.

SCIENCE July 18, 2017

Astronomers Solve Mystery Of Strange Signals From Red Dwarf Star Ross 128

After further observations, astronomers have identified the source of the strange signals from a red dwarf star detected by the Arecibo observatory. The Weird! signal is not from aliens.

SCIENCE July 22, 2017

Bobcat Attacks Man And Dog In Arizona, Tests Positive For Rabies

What to do when a bobcat attacks? Here's the question Steve Verschoor from Arizona ultimately answered for himself when he helped out a man and his dog struggling with a bobcat attack last weekend.

SCIENCE July 18, 2017

Detailed Pluto Flyover Reveals Gorgeous Mountain Ranges, Icy Plains [Videos]

The July 2015 Pluto flyby of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent back to Earth the first close-up images of the dwarf planet and its moon Charon. Now, NASA has released new flyover videos to enhance the celestial experience.

SCIENCE July 18, 2017

New Formula Can Predict Top Speed Of Animals Including Dinosaurs

Using a new math formula, researchers were able to predict the top speed of different animals including extinct prehistoric creatures such as dinosaurs. Which one was faster, the T. rex or the velociraptor?

SCIENCE July 18, 2017

NASA Communication Satellite Damaged Weeks Before Atlas V Launch

The antenna of NASA's TDRS-M communication satellite was damaged while it was being packed for launch. The accident may cause changes in the timeline of the mission set for launch on Aug. 3.

SCIENCE July 17, 2017

Astronomers Detect Mysterious Signals From Red Dwarf Star 11 Light-Years Away From Planet Earth

Scientists using the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico detected an almost periodic signal coming from the small and dim star Ross 128 located 11 light-years away. Are these radio emissions signals from intelligent alien life?

SCIENCE July 17, 2017

Elon Musk Urges Governors To Regulate AI Before 'It's Too Late,' Says It's The 'Biggest Risk We Face'

Attending the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Rhode Island, Elon Musk has warned governors about the dangers of artificial intelligence or AI, saying that 'it's the biggest risk we face as a civilization.'

SCIENCE July 17, 2017

Potentially Harmful Algal Bloom Expected In Western Lake Erie This Summer

The NOAA predicts a large algal bloom in Western Lake Erie in the summer months. The public is advised that drinking water could be contaminated.

SCIENCE July 16, 2017

Preliminary Necropsy Results Of Right Whales Found In Gulf Of St. Lawrence Uncover Evidence Of Ship Collision

Scientists performing necropsy on the Seven Right Whale carcasses found in June reveal preliminary results. Evidence of ship collisions discovered but other causes not ruled out.

SCIENCE July 16, 2017

Ravens Have Planning Capabilities: Here Are Other Animals With Incredible Abilities

Researchers found that ravens' planning ability parallels that of great apes and human children. Other animals also have amazing abilities that are both impressive and adorable.

SCIENCE July 16, 2017

Here Are The Close-Up Images Of Jupiter's Great Red Spot Thanks To JunoCam And Citizen Scientists

JunoCam has sent in close-up images of Jupiter's most iconic feature, the Great Red Spot. Citizen scientists were quick to take the opportunity to process and enhance the photos.

SCIENCE July 16, 2017

Maryam Mirzakhani, The First Woman To Win Mathematics' Fields Medal, Dies At 40

Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the Fields Medal, has died at the age of 40. She is survived by her husband and daughter.

SCIENCE July 16, 2017

NASA Does Not Have Money For Mars Manned Mission: US Space Agency May Send Humans To Another Destination

NASA admits that it does not have enough funds to send people to Mars by the 2030s. The agency could focus on its planned lunar outpost instead.

SCIENCE July 15, 2017

NOAA Suspends Whale Rescue Efforts After Rescuer's Death

The NOAA has announced their suspension of whale disentanglement efforts as a result of the accidental death of a veteran rescuer. The decision was made to review their current emergency response protocols.

SCIENCE July 14, 2017

Indestructible Tardigrades: Water Bears Can Survive The Apocalypse

Researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Harvard explore the astrophysical events that could kill tardigrades and sterilize the Earth. What they found was a resilience of life on Earth thanks to tardigrades.

SCIENCE July 15, 2017

NASA Admits Its Budget Can't Afford To Send Humans To Planet Mars

NASA's chief of human spaceflight, William Gerstenmaier, said that the space agency's current budget cannot afford the cost required for a manned mission to Mars. How much does it cost to send humans to the Red Planet?

SCIENCE July 14, 2017

NASA Captures Sunspot That’s Larger Than Earth: What Are Sunspots And How Do They Form?

What is a sunspot and where does it come from? Learn from this report how sunspots form and the role of magnetic fields of the sun in this fascinating process long studied by scientists.

SCIENCE July 14, 2017

Squirrels Remember How To Solve Problems For Up To 2 Years

Squirrels exhibit effective problem solving behavior when facing obstacles similar to challenges they have already solved. A study suggests that they remember and learn from past mistakes.

SCIENCE July 14, 2017

London Natural History Museum Unveils 'Hope' The Blue Whale As Its Newest Attraction

The London National History Museum has unveiled 'Hope' the blue whale as the new centerpiece for its atrium. It will replace the much-loved 'Dippy' the dinosaur, which had been on display in the museum for more than 100 years.

SCIENCE July 14, 2017

Smart Birds: Ravens Can Plan Ahead Just Like Humans

Researchers find ravens to have planning capabilities similar to apes and human children. Thie birds were found to use this unique capability for tool usage and bartering.

SCIENCE July 15, 2017

Neil Armstrong Moon Dust Bag To Be Sold At Auction For Up To $4 Million

The bag which Neil Armstrong used to bring home lunar samples from the Apollo 11 mission will be auctioned off on the mission's anniversary. The moon dust bag is just one of 180 space exploration items to be auctioned off.

SCIENCE July 14, 2017

Saliva Protein Suggests Ancient Human 'Ghost' Species Interbred With Ancestors Of Modern-Day Sub-Saharan African People

The ancestors of people who now live in Sub-Saharan Africa interbred with a 'ghost' species of hominin, analysis of the saliva protein MUC7 revealed. What is this 'ghost' ancient human species?

SCIENCE July 22, 2017

New Giant Sunfish Species 'Hoodwinker' First To Be Discovered After More Than 100 Years

The newly named Hoodwinker Sunfish (Mola tecta) has evaded scientists for centuries. How was it discovered and what makes it different from the Mola mola and Mola ramsayi sunfish species?

SCIENCE July 24, 2017

The Smallest Star Ever Found Might Have Earth-Like Planets

Researchers have discovered the smallest star ever found in the universe. More interestingly, it may harbor Earth-like planets that might be capable of sustaining life.

SCIENCE July 16, 2017

NASA Discovers Sunspot That Has A Core Larger Than The Earth

NASA has discovered a massive sunspot that is larger than the Earth itself. While not dangerous, sunspots can cause solar flares which could damage satellites.

SCIENCE July 13, 2017

Canadian Fisherman Killed By Whale Moments After Freeing It From Net

A fisherman in Canada was killed by a North Atlantic right whale that he had just helped rescue from entanglement. The man's fellow rescuers said he was struck just as the creature was about to swim away from them.

SCIENCE July 13, 2017

Scientists Code GIF Image Into DNA Of Bacteria: Here's How They Did It

Harvard researchers have successfully encoded a five-frame GIF into the DNA of living E. coli bacteria. The new method could lead to a more stable, long-term data storage than silicon memory.

SCIENCE July 13, 2017

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

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