Researchers found the world's largest reserve of natural mercury hidden underneath Arctic permafrost. The discovery, however, comes with the warning that the toxic element may be released if the permafrost thaws due to climate change.
Earth/Environment February 7, 2018
BepiColombo is the European Space Agency’s first mission to explore Mercury. The collaborative mission between the ESA and JAXA aims to explore the planet’s inner workings, history, and origin.
Space July 9, 2017
Individuals who follow a gluten-free diet were found to have higher levels of arsenic and mercury in their urine and blood. These toxic metals are known to cause cancer and neurological conditions.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2017
According to a new study by Rutgers University, climate change and high precipitation would trigger runoff into oceans and pump huge levels of mercury into oceanic creatures including fish and zooplanktons and harm the whole food chain.
Earth/Environment January 29, 2017
A complete guide on star gazing shows everything needed to catch astronomical sights in 2017. It will also list the best constellations each planet will occupy during the year in broad details covering conjunctions, oppositions, and elongations.
Space January 5, 2017
Scientists have discovered a great valley on Mercury extending to the planet’s Rembrandt basin. The discovery was made with the help of images from NASA's Messenger spacecraft.
Space November 17, 2016
Mercury is no larger than the Earth’s moon and it’s still shrinking! Researchers came to this conclusion after discovering small fault scarps on the planet, which also shed light on Mercury’s active tectonic activity.
Space September 28, 2016
The infant super-Neptune K2-33b is the youngest fully formed planet found orbiting an alien star. The exoplanet is estimated to be only between 5 to 10 million years old.
Space June 21, 2016
Corals record historical events such as the Opium Wars and World War II. The key is their absorption of toxic metals, such as mercury, that are leached into their surroundings.
Earth/Environment June 5, 2016
NASA has released new digital models that show various aspects of Mercury. These include the amount of volcanic activity on the planet as well as its geological history. Data for these maps were gathered by the MESSENGER spacecraft.
Space May 10, 2016
Scientists and amateur astronomers alike watched the transit of Mercury - a slow passage of the planet across the solar disc - on May 9, a visual treat that won't take place again until 2019.
Space May 10, 2016
Mercury will pass in front of the Sun, as seen from Earth, on May 9. Here are some tips to view the event safely.
Space May 6, 2016
On May 9, Mercury will become visible to most of the globe as it directly passes between the Earth and the sun. The rare May transit of the planet occurs after every 13 to 33 years.
Space May 2, 2016
The lack of material in Mercury's orbit suggests a super-Earth may have once formed in the solar system. What happened to this primordial world?
Space April 17, 2016
Studying the planet Mercury is quite difficult because of its proximity to the sun, but MESSENGER's past mission has helped scientists find new data from the planet. One very puzzling aspect of the planet is its very dark surface.
Space March 8, 2016
EPA and the FDA urged women to eat up to three servings of fish per week during pregnancy. New study found consuming more than this recommended amount ups the unborn baby's obesity risk.
Life February 16, 2016
A new, affordable material was found to be capable of helping against mercury pollution and taking mercury out of water and soil. It was obtained from two industrial waste materials: sulphur and limonene, which is found primarily in orange peels.
Animals October 23, 2015
Concentrations of mercury and selenium have been found in several creatures living in the Grand Canyon, according to a new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Earth/Environment August 26, 2015
Scientists have found a way to eliminate water pollution caused by mercury dumped by industrial processes. The ocean cleaning agents function the same way real corals do, absorbing mercury, but are not prone to dying because they are made of synthetic materials that mimic real corals’ features.
Earth/Environment July 26, 2015
Mercury's weak but surviving magnetic field is nearly 4 billion years old, scientists say. It may be the oldest inside any planet in the inner solar system, they report.
Space May 9, 2015
Images and data from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft suggest that the strength of Mercury's magnetic field once rivaled that of the Earth's. Mercury and Earth are the only planets in the solar system that have magnetic fields produced by their liquid metal core.
Space May 9, 2015
Mercury's magnetic field formed nearly 4 billion years ago. This latest discovery is among the last findings relayed from the Messenger spacecraft before it crashed into the planet.
Space May 8, 2015
The Messenger spacecraft has collided with Mercury after more than a decade in space. What discoveries did this long-lived observatory make about Mercury?
Space May 2, 2015
The Messenger spacecraft returned one last image before crashing into Mercury on April 30. What does it show?
Space May 1, 2015
The Messenger spacecraft orbiting Mercury will end its mission on Thursday, April 30. The spacecraft will collide with the surface of Mercury at a speed of 8,750 miles per hour.
Space April 30, 2015
Just days before crashing into Mercury, the Messenger spacecraft has snapped 'psychedelic' photos of the planet. The space probe has been studying the planet since entering its orbit in 2011.
Space April 28, 2015
Researchers have a new origin story for the Earth, this time saying the planet in its youth ate another planet like Mercury, resulting in the layers and the magnetic field our world possesses today.
Space April 17, 2015
The Messenger spacecraft will collide with the planet Mercury on April 30. What have we learned from this historic mission?
Space April 16, 2015
Mercury is far darker than traditional planetary models would suggest. Now, a team of astronomers thinks they know why that may be.
Space March 30, 2015
Thanks to data obtained by NASA's MESSENGER mission, researchers recently put together new global scale maps of Mercury's surface composition and unveiled new details about the planet's overall chemical composition.
Space March 13, 2015
The National Fisheries Institute released a statement to clear up what it calls misleading reports about yellowfin tuna and mercury levels, maintaining the fish is safe for consumption.
Earth/Environment February 5, 2015
Amateur astronomers have a lot to look forward to in February, including dazzling displays from several planets. This is what is coming up!
Space February 4, 2015
The concentration of mercury found in the Hawaiian yellowfin tuna has increased by at least 3.8 percent per year. Researchers sounded the alarm, saying that the toxic substance in fish is increasing all the time.
Earth/Environment February 3, 2015
Scientists have developed a sensor that can detect and monitor mercury levels in the atmosphere. The sensor is quicker than existing mercury measuring instruments.
Earth/Environment February 3, 2015
Pregnant women tend to avoid eating fish because of mercury contamination but researchers found evidence that fatty acids in fish does not just help with brain development. They can also counteract the potential toxic effects of mercury.
Life January 23, 2015
NASA's MESSENGER orbit will run out of fuel by March 2015. To commemorate the success of the mission, scientists have launched a competition that gives ordinary people the chance to name five craters in Mercury. Here are the rules.
Space December 16, 2014
NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has taken the first ever photos of water ice on Mercury. These photos could help us understand how water came to the rest of the solar system.
Geek October 16, 2014
Consumer Reports and the FDA disagree on whether or not pregnant women should eat tuna - are you in danger from consuming seafood?
Life August 21, 2014
Mercury levels from pollution and other human activities in ocean waters are escalating to an alarming rate. Scientists explain why this should be a cause for worry.
Earth/Environment August 9, 2014
Mercury is becoming more common in oceans, according to a new study, but are human activities to blame for the pollution?
Earth/Environment August 8, 2014
Study yields first direct calculations of mercury pollution in the world's oceans. Levels show huge increases since start of the Industrial Revolution.
Earth/Environment August 7, 2014
Cosmic collisions reason why Mercury is a 'freak' among solar system's rocky planets, scientists say. Planet has more iron than it should, they explain.
Space July 8, 2014
It's the planets' turn to dance in the heavens, as four of them come together in a string of planetary bonanza, offering a bejeweled evening panorama like no other.
Space May 14, 2014
Using the latest data from NASA's Messenger, scientists have discovered that Mercury is shrinking. Recent measurements have shown that the planet as shrunk by as much as nine miles.
Space March 17, 2014