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Prominent Theoretical Physicist Shoucheng Zhang Passes Away At 55

A theoretical physicist from Stanford University passed away this month. He was best known for his work in quantum physics, particularly his predictions involving the Hall insulator and Majorana fermion.

Energy

Even ‘Certified’ Palm Oil Is Unsustainable: Study Reveals Misleading Claims On Eco-Friendly Practices

Deforestation rates have increased in the past decade amid the sustainability classification of major palm oil forests. Researchers urged the stakeholders to consider other alternatives to mitigate its negative effects on environment and people.

Earth/Environment

Gemstones Retrieved From Opal Field Turn Out To Be Dinosaur Fossils

Gemstone retrieved by Australian miners turned out to be the opal-filled fossils of a previously unknown dinosaur species. The creature's teeth and jaw size suggests the fossils belonged to a group of bipedal herbivores called ornithopod.

Animals December 9, 2018

Is ‘Oumuamua An Alien Spacecraft? SETI Finds No Artificial Signal From Interstellar Object

SETI scientists who were looking for signals that could prove the ‘Oumuamua incorporates some technology came up empty-handed. This isn't the first time researchers tried to eavesdrop on the interstellar rock for signals that could suggest of alien origin.

Space December 9, 2018

SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship Delivers Christmas Treats To Space Station: Here's What Astronauts Get This Holiday

SpaceX's cargo ship brought 5,600 pounds of equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. These include fresh fruits and holidays treats for astronauts who will celebrate Christmas and New Year onboard the ISS.

Space December 9, 2018

NASA Scientist Thinks Aliens May Not Be Carbon-Based And May Have Already Visited Our Planet

Have aliens visited Earth? A NASA scientist recommended that the scientific community reconsiders currently held assumptions about extraterrestrial life, including the idea that they are carbon-based and that they have never visited Earth.

Space

Scientists Find Remarkably Well-Preserved Fossil Of Ancient Sea Monster Ichthyosaur

The researchers found blubber, a layer of fat under the skin, on the fossilized remains of the ichthyosaur. They believe this finding revealed new details about the reptiles that lived 180 million years ago.

Animals December 8, 2018

NASA InSight Lander Sends Back Audio Of Martian Winds

NASA's InSight lander detected vibrations from the winds blowing on the surface of Mars. The U.S. space agency raised the pitch of the audio sampling to be perceptible by human ears.

Space December 8, 2018

Scientists Dig Up 5,000-Year-Old Remains Of Woman Who Died Of The Plague

Researchers revealed that the bones of a woman that died 5,000 years ago contain a strain of Yersinia pestis bacterium. It is the oldest strain of the plague identified in history.

Ancient December 7, 2018

CERN Shutting Down Large Hadron Collider For Maintenance And Major Upgrades

CERN Control Centre powered down its Large Hadron Collider earlier this week for two years of maintenance and improvements after completing two years of a successful run. The upgrade will help scientists to expand their understanding of fundamental physics.

Energy December 7, 2018

Scientists Find Similarities Between Modern Climate And 'Great Dying' 252 Million Years Ago

Scientists warned in a study that the world is recreating the same conditions that wiped out the majority of life on Earth 252 million years ago. Rising global temperatures and depleting oxygen in the ocean could cause the next mass extinction.

Earth/Environment December 7, 2018

China Preparing For Mission To Far Side Of The Moon

China's Chang'e 4 mission is scheduled for liftoff on Friday. The goal of the lander-rover duo is to explore the far side of the moon, specifically the oldest impact basin on the lunar surface.

Space December 7, 2018

Fluoride Used In Toothpaste Could Be Key To Longer Battery Life

The same fluoride used in toothpaste may be the future of batteries. Researchers discovered that fluoride-based batteries have a longer lifespan than lithium ions, but future work is needed to stabilize it for everyday use.

Material Science December 7, 2018

Scientists Discover How Geckos Walk On Water

How do geckos walk on water? Researchers found that it is actually a combination of the utilization of surface tension, and strategic movement of their bodies, legs, and tails.

Animals December 7, 2018

'Eels In Noses': Young Seal Gets Eel Stuck In Its Nose

A seal was found with a spotted eel stuck inside its nose. Although researchers have only started seeing the 'eels in noses' phenomenon in recent years, they have already seen it three to four times.

Animals December 7, 2018

Baboon Lives Half A Year After Pig Heart Transplant

Is xenotransplantation the future? An experiment involving baboons was deemed a success when a baboon survived for a total of 195 days after it had received a pig heart transplant.

Animals December 6, 2018

Giant Salamander With Leopard Spots Found In Florida

Scientists were finally able to officially name and describe a creature that has long been the subject of rumors. The reticulated siren lives in muddy waters in Florida and Alabama.

Animals December 6, 2018

Greenland Ice Melt Has 'Gone Into Overdrive,' Say Scientists

Scientists said in a new report that the rate in which the second largest ice sheet in the world is shrinking is abnormal. In the past 20 or 30 years, the ice sheet is rapidly melting due to global warming.

Earth/Environment December 6, 2018

Video Shows ISS Robot CIMON Going Rogue At The International Space Station

CIMON initially answered Alexander Gerst's questions and followed his instructions. Later, however, the ISS robot refused to follow the astronaut's command and even asked Gerst to be nice.

Space December 5, 2018

New Scientific Model Describing 'Dark Fluid With Negative Mass' Could Make Up Most Of The Universe

A theory that could explain the continuous expansion of the universe has been published by an astrophysicist from Oxford University. Dr. Jamie Farnes believe that dark fluid of negative masses is the answer to some of astronomy's most enduring mysteries.

Space December 6, 2018

Climate Change? Sun-Dimming Spray May Help Cool Down The Planet

Harvard scientists experiment on a new way of reversing climate change by spraying small packets of calcium carbonate into the stratosphere. The effect will dim the skies, similar to what happens after a volcanic eruption.

Earth/Environment December 6, 2018

Russia Suspected Of Launching Secret Space Weapon Into Orbit

A rocket Russia launched on Nov. 30 was supposed to leave four objects in orbit. The U.S. military, however, noticed that the rocket left five orbital objects, one of which may have the ability to destroy satellites in orbit.

Space December 5, 2018

Google And MIT Researchers Unveil AI Concept That Could Create 3D Models With Realistic Textures And Lighting

An artificial intelligence system by Google and MIT was able to generate images that can pass off as photographs. The AI has created 3-dimensional objects complete with lighting and texture, making them look realistic.

Robotics December 5, 2018

Gravitational Waves Detected From Biggest Black Hole Collision Ever Observed

Scientists detected four black holes collision by re-analyzing data from the first two observing runs of Advanced LIGO. One of these mergers was so powerful it produced gravitational waves and resulted in the birth of a massive black hole.

Space December 5, 2018

Astronauts Aboard Soyuz Rocket Safely Reach ISS

The three new crew of the orbiting outpost lifted off without a hitch on Monday, Dec. 3, from Kazakhstan. The Soyuz capsule carrying the astronaut reached the ISS six hours later.

Space December 4, 2018

LOOK: Rescued Golden Possum Looks Like Pikachu

Has a veterinary clinic in Australia found the real Pikachu? A rescued common brushtail possum's golden color makes it look quite like the popular character from the 'Pokemon' series.

Animals December 4, 2018

WHO Considering Panel On Gene Editing Ethics

The World Health Organization expressed the need to regulate gene editing after a Chinese scientist had admitted to manipulating human embryo. A panel will be created to talk about the issue.

December 4, 2018

Scientists Count How Many Photons The Universe Has Produced Since The Big Bang

Scientists used data from the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope to indirectly measure photons that have been produced in the observable universe since its formation. They hope that the same method can be used to observe the Big Bang.

Space December 4, 2018

Rocosmos Says SpaceX Partly To Blame For The Space Agency's Problems

The Russian space agency submitted a report recently, highlighting the many issues it is currently facing, including the loss of revenue. NASA has been relying on the Soyuz program to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

Space December 3, 2018

High-Speed Particles Can Blast Straight Through Space Station Walls, Says Study

A team of scientists from MIT predicted how certain microparticles will affect the outer surface of the International Space Station in an event of an impact. They found that objects flying at certain speeds can melt a hole on the outpost.

Space December 3, 2018

NASA OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft To Start Studying Bennu Asteroid After Reaching Goal

NASA will provide a live broadcast of OSIRIS-REx's arrival at Bennu, a near-Earth asteroid. The probe will survey the space rock and collect samples from its surface before it voyages back to Earth.

Space December 3, 2018

Elysium Space To Send Cremated Remains Of 100 People Into Space

Memorial spaceflight company Elysium Space will send the ashes of 100 individuals into space aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Monday. How much does this kind of space funeral service cost?

Space December 3, 2018

Black Holes Are Not Shaped Like Donuts And Actually Resemble Water Fountains

Computer simulations and observations using the ALMA observatory challenge the idea that matter that builds up around black holes forms a donut-like structure. The presumed donut shape of black holes actually resembles water fountain in a city park.

Space December 2, 2018

51 Pilot Whales Die In Third New Zealand Mass Stranding In A Week

In just a week, over 200 whales have died in three mass strandings in New Zealand. Some of them had to be euthanized as there were no more chances of successfully saving them.

Animals December 3, 2018

USSR Moon Rocks Sells For $855,000 At New York Auction

The USSR space rocks sold at a Sotheby's Space Exploration auction in New York fetched $855,000. It was first sold in 1993 when it was purchased for over $440,000.

Space December 1, 2018

Curiosity Rover Finds Shiny Object In Martian Soil

NASA's Curiosity found a shiny rock that scientists believe is a meteorite. The team behind the Mars rover wanted to take a closer look at the mysterious object to figure out what it is.

Space December 4, 2018

Stone Tools Found In Algeria Could Rewrite Existing Theories On Human Origins

Researchers revealed that East Africa might not be the cradle of humanity after ancient stone tools were found in Algeria. Instead, hominins and their tools independently evolved all over Africa.

Ancient December 1, 2018

Scientists Probe Last Moments Of Dying Star In Astonishing Detail

A team of international researchers used data from Kepler and ground-based telescopes to observe the first stages of a dying star. Astronomers hope that SN 2018oh can be used to redefine the rate of the expansion of the universe.

Space December 1, 2018

Puppy Unearths 13,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Tooth In Family Backyard

The dog named Scout was paying close attention to something that looked like a rock in the backyard. It turned out that the object was part of a tooth of an extinct woolly mammoth.

Animals November 30, 2018

Russia's Roscosmos Announces Plans To Build Moon Colony By 2040

Roscosmos spoke about plans of landing on the moon and building a lunar base by 2040. The project will have three steps, beginning with the creation of an orbiting lunar module.

Space November 30, 2018

NASA Bars SpaceX CEO Elon Musk From Smoking Pot In Public

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine revealed that he spoke to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and agreed that the tech executive will never smoke pot on camera again. This was in response to the workplace culture and safety review of SpaceX.

Space November 30, 2018

Jumping Spider Moms Nurse Their Babies With 'Spider Milk': Study

Lactation is typically attributed to mammals, but do spiders nurse their young, too? Researchers found that mothers of a jumping spider species actually nurse their young with 'spider milk' long after they hatch.

Animals November 29, 2018

Scientist Responsible For 'CRISPR' Babies Speaks Out And Defends Research

The scientist who claimed to have made the first genetically edited baby has defended the procedure at a conference in Hong Kong. In his speech, he said that he is proud of what he has done.

November 29, 2018

Search Company Claims To Have Found Lost City Of Atlantis

Another team had yet again claimed that they finally found where the lost city of Atlantis once stood. The search company behind this latest expedition said the fictional city was near the coast of in Spain.

Ancient November 29, 2018

Researchers Build Super Accurate Atomic Clocks That Can Spot Spacetime Deformations

Physicists have created a pair of atomic clocks that are so precise and accurate, they would only lose a second if they lasted the age of the universe. The clocks might also be able to detect dark matter.

Space November 29, 2018

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