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Near-Earth Asteroid Will Safely Fly Past The Planet On April 19: NASA

A relatively large asteroid is slated to pass by the Earth on April 19. NASA officials stated that the asteroid, dubbed 2014 JO25, will fly roughly 1.1 million miles away from the planet

SCIENCE April 8, 2017

Event Horizon Telescope May Help Solve Black Hole Information Paradox

Einstein's theory of relativity predicts that all information that crosses the event horizon will be lost, but quantum mechanics states information can never be lost. How can the Event Horizon Telescope help solve the black hole information paradox?

SCIENCE April 8, 2017

Citizen Scientists Find 4-Planet Solar System In Only 48 Hours

A computer animation of the newly discovered planetary system shows the four exoplanets sit much closer to their star than Mercury to our sun. Part of the Exoplanet Explorers project, this discovery could provide new insights into planet formation.

SCIENCE April 8, 2017

Jupiter At Opposition: Here’s Why The Giant Planet Shines Brighter And Bigger This Friday Night

New photos from the Hubble Space Telescope reveal breathtaking views of Jupiter. They come in days before Jupiter at opposition, or where the planet forms a straight line with Earth and the sun.

SCIENCE April 7, 2017

Octopuses And Squids Can Rewrite Their Own Genes: How Is This Possible?

The California two-spot octopus is among the smart cephalopods that can edit their RNA codes to adapt to the environment. Just like other species of squids and cuttlefish, this octopus uses gene editing to change neural functions.

SCIENCE April 7, 2017

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Now Halfway Between Pluto And Target Remote Asteroid

The New Horizons spacecraft has reached the halfway point between Pluto and its target Kuiper Belt object, 2014 MU69. What's in store for the probe known for its historic Pluto flyby last year?

SCIENCE April 7, 2017

Study Says Climate Change Significantly Increases Probability For Clear-Air Turbulence, Should Passengers Worry?

A new study finds a significant increase in prevalence of wintertime transatlantic clear-air turbulence across varying strength categories. Should passengers worry about the dangers of clear-air turbulence?

SCIENCE April 8, 2017

Atmosphere Of Hot Steam Detected Around Earth-Like Planet GJ 1132b

Astronomers have detected for the first time an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet. Super-Earth GJ 1132b, which revolves around a very low-mass star, is potentially a water world with atmosphere of hot steam.

SCIENCE April 6, 2017

Goodbye, Cassini: Here’s Why NASA Decided To Kill The Saturn Probe

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will begin it's last journey on April 22 with an encounter with Titan. Then it will be slingshot into Saturn’s atmosphere and will meet its demise in September as it burns up in the atmosphere, ending the mission.

SCIENCE April 7, 2017

Jeff Bezos To Sell $1 Billion Of Amazon Stock A Year To Fund Space Plans

Jeff Bezos made public his plans with Blue Origin on the 33rd Space Symposium. While the investments are currently consistent, the entrepreneur hopes to make profit off his childhood dream one day.

SCIENCE April 6, 2017

SpaceX Saving Significant Costs By Reusing Falcon 9 Rockets

SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell mentioned at a conference that the company saved tons of money by reusing a Falcon 9 rocket. The refurbished Falcon 9 rocket was used to lift-off a SES-10 satellite onto the Earth’s orbit.

SCIENCE April 6, 2017

Ancient Humans Practiced Cannibalism Not Just For Hunger Or Nutrition: Study

A calorie-counting guide for cannibals shows that human calories, compared with those of bigger animals, are likely not worth the trouble. So why did humans in the Paleolithic period practice cannibalism after all?

SCIENCE April 6, 2017

Event Horizon Telescope Turns On To Take Picture Of Supermassive Black Hole

The Event Horizon Telescope teams started turning on the device in a bid to capture the region of the Sagittarius A* black hole. This would be the first time that a picture of a black hole will be captured.

SCIENCE April 6, 2017

NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Will Spend 3 Extra Months In Space

NASA and Roscosmos signed an agreement under which astronaut Peggy Whitson will stay back in the ISS for three more months. The spacewoman welcomed this decision and said that she loves being up there.

SCIENCE April 7, 2017

Bedbugs Have Been Bugging Humans For Thousands Of Years, Study Finds

A cave in Oregon has been detected with fossils of common bed bug’s ancestors. According to a study, the specimens dug up at Paisley represent the oldest insects from the Cimex genus and are older by 5,100 to 11,000 years.

SCIENCE April 5, 2017

Microgravity Research: Scientists Recruit Volunteers To Lie In Bed For 2 Months

If you’re vacationing in Toulouse and enticed by the prospect of getting paid to spend 60 days in bed, check out the latest MEDES experiment. The institute is studying weightlessness conditions in the International Space Station.

SCIENCE April 5, 2017

Ancient Geological Brexit Opened Dover Strait: Why Should You Care About Brexit 1.0?

Brexit 1.0 took place thousands of years ago with the geological separation of Britain from Europe. Learn the significance behind this ancient event, including how Britain could still be connected to the continent today had the catastrophic event not happened.

SCIENCE April 5, 2017

NASA Prepares To Bid Adieu To Cassini Spacecraft Orbiting Saturn

NASA is poised to bid adieu to the Cassini mission in April. The 20-year old Cassini spacecraft has orbited Saturn for the last 13 years.

SCIENCE April 6, 2017

International Space Station: Russia May Extend Partnership, Reveals Roscosmos

Russia could extend its partnership with the United States, Japan, Canada, and Europe for the ISS. Roscosmos previously stated that it would support the ISS mission until 2024.

SCIENCE April 5, 2017

Sunlight-Bottling Bionic Leaf Can Create Fertilizer And Boost Food Supply

Harvard researchers may have found a way to end world hunger through their bionic leaf, which produces cheap fertilizer potent enough to make crops grow 1.5 times bigger. Read on to see how the invention works!

SCIENCE April 5, 2017

Europe's First Cave Fish Found By Spelunker In Germany

Spelunker Joachim Kreiselmaier accidentally found Europe's first known cave fish while exploring the Danube-Aach cave system in Germany. What are the characteristics of the newly discovered species?

SCIENCE April 5, 2017

Ancient 'Geological Brexit': How Britain Separated From Europe Thousands Of Years Ago

Ancient Britain was geologically connected to Europe until the Dover-Calais land bridge was destroyed. Researchers revealed how this happened in a two-stage event called Brexit 1.0.

SCIENCE April 4, 2017

Rescuers Trying To Find Gray Whale Entangled In Metal Frame Off Southern California Coast

Rescuers are on the lookout for a gray whale in Southern California. The whale has been spotted entangled in some sort of metal frame, which is estimated to be a part of some fishing gear.

SCIENCE April 4, 2017

Clean Water In An Instant? Graphene Sieve Converts Seawater Into Drinking Water

Researchers have found a new way to filter the salt in seawater through a process that uses graphene. Should this technology be produced on a large scale, it would help address the scarcity of drinking water.

SCIENCE April 4, 2017

Here's How NASA Plans To Explore Mars With Unmanned Drones

NASA is on course to develop a new drone for Martian research and exploration. The unmanned drone, dubbed Mars Electric Flyer, will fly in the Martian atmosphere for in-depth exploration of the planet.

SCIENCE April 4, 2017

Astronomers Confirm Mysterious Radio Bursts Come From Outer Space

A new study discovered three new Fast Radio Bursts, which were captured by Molonglo radio telescope, located in Australia. The huge focal length of the radio telescope enabled it to search for maximum FRBs.

SCIENCE April 4, 2017

Citizen Astronomers Spot 4 Potential Planet Nine Candidates

In a citizen science project using images from the SkyMapper telescope, researchers from the Australian National University have identified four likely Planet Nine candidates. Will one of these objects end the elusive search?

SCIENCE April 4, 2017

Researchers Discover Art And Jewelry Dating Back To Last Ice Age

Archaeologists discovered an array of jewelry and art objects from a cave in Sulawesi, Indonesia. The artifacts date back 30,000 years ago and reportedly belong to the last ice age.

SCIENCE April 4, 2017

Time-Lapse Photos Of Thinning Glaciers Show Grim Picture Of Climate Change [Video]

A new set of time-lapse photos show that climate change is already affecting the Antarctic ice sheet and others around the world. Here's a look at the world's melting glaciers.

SCIENCE April 4, 2017

Earth Could Reach Warming State Unseen In The Last 420 Million Years, Study Warns

If humanity burns through all available fossil fuels, our planet risks an even more escalated global warming rate and could reach temperatures from the times dinosaurs walked the Earth. Fossilized plants show atmospheric C02 levels are rapidly approaching the Triassic.

SCIENCE April 6, 2017

Groundbreaking Graphene-Based Electrode Can Boost Solar Power Storage

The new plant-inspired graphene electrode employs the fractal design of fern leaves to store solar energy at an improved capacity, 3,000 percent bigger than previously available. This prototype paves the way for flexible thin film solar technology.

SCIENCE April 4, 2017

April The Giraffe Still Very Much Pregnant, Fans Remain On Anxious ‘Watch And Wait’

The impending labor of a giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in New York has become a matter of global excitement and suspense. Millions of people are waiting to see the climactic moments of the giraffe’s labor that has missed predicted days.

SCIENCE April 4, 2017

Amid Looming Budget Cuts, Earth Science Program Won’t Face Major Hitch: NASA

Despite a projected 5 percent budget cut, agency officials remain optimistic that the NASA Earth science program will proceed as planned, without any major disruption. Earth sciences is business as usual, they say.

SCIENCE April 3, 2017

Why Did It Take A Century For April Fools’ Comet To Be Identified?

Comet 41P has a complicated history. Until its identity was clearly established, the April Fools’ comet was initially mislabeled, then lost and eventually rediscovered in 1951.

SCIENCE April 3, 2017

Tasmanian Tiger May Still Exist: Here Are Some Supposedly Extinct Animals Found Alive

If scientists find evidence that the supposedly extinct Tasmanian tiger still thrives in Australia, it is not the first time that species thought to be extinct are found alive. Here are some of them.

SCIENCE April 3, 2017

Australia Ravaged By Flood After Cyclone Debbie Hits Multiple States

Torrential rain hit Queensland and New South Wales in Australia in the wake of ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie. The Rockhampton flooding to come is expected to be its worst in decades.

SCIENCE April 3, 2017

Neil deGrasse Tyson Won’t Fly SpaceX To Mars Until Elon Musk's Mom Completes Roundtrip Journey First

Would Neil deGrasse Tyson, who lauded reusable rocket technology, consider going to planet Mars via SpaceX? Yes, if Elon Musk decides to get his mom safely to Mars and back on Earth.

SCIENCE April 3, 2017

Melting Sea Ice Boosting Life In Arctic Waters?

A new study conducted at the University of Southern Denmark revealed that melting sea ice is boosting microscopic life in Arctic waters. The study observed the growth of algae in the Arctic waters following the warm weather.

SCIENCE April 3, 2017

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