Scientists Say Pair Of Ancient Hominin Skeletons Found In South Africa Are From Same Species

Malapa Hominin 1 (male) and Malapa Hominin 2 (female) were found to be from the same hominin species. After a decade of analysis, scientists concluded that the skeletons unearthed in South Africa were both Australopithecus sediba.


Japan Launches Mini-Satellite That Can Create Artificial Meteor Showers To Space

Japan's Epsilon rocket successfully lifted off for the fourth time from JAXA Uchinoura Space Center since its maiden voyage in 2013. Seven spacecraft are on board the booster, including a microsatellite that can create the first ever artificial meteor showers.


Russian Startup StartRocket Wants To Put Ads In Space By 2021

A Russian startup wants to put ads in space using tiny satellites with reflective sails. The ads would only be visible at night but could be seen from anywhere in the world.


Bodies Of Tardigrades, Crustaceans Found In Antarctica's Lake Mercer

Scientists with the SALSA project found tardigrades, crustaceans and a fungus or plant while exploring Mercer subglacial lake in Antarctica. How did these organisms get into the lake?


NASA's Hubble Spacecraft Back In Business After Camera Malfunction

The Hubble Space Telescope experienced another malfunction this month after its Wide Field Camera 3 automatically had shut down due to hardware issues. On Thursday, however, the instrument was already fully operational.


Viral 10-Year Challenge Sparks Wave Of Climate Change Posts On Social Media

The 10-year challenge showed how bad the rising temperature is impacting the environment around the world. Glaciers and ice sheets are melting because of global warming, threatening a rapid rise in sea level.


China's First Plants To Grow On Moon Die After Scientists Shut Down Power

China's first seedling in space sprouted but died soon after when scientists had to shut down power. Evidently, the temperature in the biosphere became extreme and erratic.


Scientists Report Spike In Asteroid Impacts: Is Earth Headed For Collision?

The frequency of asteroid impacts had increased between two to three times about 290 million years ago before dinosaurs emerged. Researchers noticed an uptick in asteroid strikes by studying impact craters on the moon and Earth.


Dinosaur Age Collision May Have Formed Saturn's Rings

Data gathered by the Cassini mission before it plunged into Saturn's atmosphere shed light on the age of the gas giant's rings. Researchers said these likely formed around the age of the dinosaurs.


Scientists Study Possible Rainfall On Saturnian Moon Titan

The summer season has officially started in the northern hemisphere of Titan. Scientists finally spotted the first evidence of methane rainfall along the north pole of the Saturnian moon.

Space January 17, 2019

Researchers Build Robot From Fossil To Learn How Extinct Herbivore Walked

Evolutionary biologists at the Humboldt University in Berlin built an OroBOT, a robot version of the Orobates pabsti that looks like a lizard. The new study will help scientists to better understand the evolution of locomotion.

Animals January 17, 2019

Citizen Science Project Wants To Clean New York Harbor With 1 Billion Oysters

A nonprofit organization is rehabilitating the New York Harbor using oysters, nature's water purifiers. The group works with restaurants and public schools to cultivate the oysters that will one day populate the New York coastline.

Earth/Environment January 17, 2019

Harvard Professor Avi Loeb Justifies Why Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua Is An Alien Probe

SETI researchers were not able to find signals that could indicate 'Oumuamua is an alien spacecraft. Harvard Professor Avi Loeb, however, said this does not rule out the idea the interstellar object is an alien probe.

Space January 17, 2019

Waves Get Bigger And More Powerful Because Of Climate Change

Wave power of the world's oceans has increased by 0.4 percent per year since 1948. Researchers of the new study said powerful waves are linked to rising ocean temperatures.

Earth/Environment January 16, 2019

CERN Reveals Plans For 100-Kilometer Future Circular Collider

Scientists at CERN proposed a new particle accelerator on Tuesday. The planned machine will be four times bigger than the Large Hadron Collider that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012.

January 16, 2019

China's Chang'e 4 Mission Sprouts First Plant On The Moon

After landing the first spacecraft on the dark side of the moon, China made another history by sprouting cotton seeds on the lunar surface. What is the objective of this biosphere experiment?

Space January 16, 2019

Astronomers Find Unusual Quadruple Star System With Unique Planet Forming Disc

Scientists found a binary system in which a protoplanetary disk lined up in the stars' poles. According to researchers, this would see planets formed and eventually orbit in a right angle.

Space January 16, 2019

China Already Planning Next Moon Mission This Year, Mars In 2020

Shortly after the successful landing of the Chang'e-4 probe on the far side of the moon on Jan. 3, China will launch the second of four planned moon missions by year-end. Spacecraft Chang'e-5 will collect samples from the near side of the moon.

Space January 15, 2019

Scientists Figure Out How Supermassive Black Holes Get So Massive

A team of scientists observed a new way of feeding that might explain how supermassive black holes grow to become so big. In a new paper, they revealed that black holes feed on large amounts of gas around them.

Space January 15, 2019

Honey Bee Parasite Varroa Mites Do Not Feed On Bees' Blood

In a series of experiments, researchers found evidence that the varroa mites that attack honey bees do not have an appetite for hemolymph or bee blood. What do these parasites feed on?

Animals January 15, 2019

Biologists Identify New Groundwater Salamander Species In Central Texas Including 1 At Risk Of Extinction

The three newly identified groundwater salamander species are all endemic in Central Texas. These predators play an important role in maintaining the quality and quantity of fresh water that people in Texas depend on.

Animals January 14, 2019

Antarctica Is Shedding Its Ice Six Times Faster Than In The '80s

Antarctica is losing its ice at a much faster pace than 40 years ago, a study showed. it was found that East Antarctica, which was considered stable, has been shedding off 51 gigatons of ice a year.

Earth/Environment January 14, 2019

Scientists Use New Method To Find Electricity Generating Bacteria In Lab

Scientists at MIT developed a technique that can find which strain of bacteria can produce electricity in the most efficient manner. They hope that through the experiment, they can pave the way for the production of clean energy and biofuel.

Energy January 14, 2019

Scientists Want To Grow Beans In Space As Early As 2021

Space garden. The crew of the International Space Station will soon be eating fresh beans grown while in orbit. The experiment which will begin in 2021 will inform how food will be produced for long journeys across space.

Space January 14, 2019

WINE Spacecraft Can Propel Itself To Asteroids Using Steam Instead Of Fuel

A new type of spacecraft can extract water from planetary bodies and turn it into steam energy to propel the vehicle deeper into space. This project aims to reduce the costs related to building such technology in the future.

Space January 14, 2019

Russia's Spektr-R Space Telescope Stops Responding To Earth's Command

Russia’s only space radio telescope Spektr-R (RadioAstron) is not responding to commands from Earth, according to Roscosmos adviser Alexander Bloshenko. The warranty period of the telescope's active operation elapsed in 2014.

Space January 13, 2019

Footage Of Chinese Probe Chang'e-4's Landing On Far Side Of The Moon Released

China's space agency recently released the footage of the landing of Chang'e-4 on the far side of the moon. The video came just days after a panoramic photo of the site gave everyone a glimpse of the surrounding.

Space January 13, 2019

Researchers Build Light-Based 3d Printer That's 100 Times Faster Than Normal 3D Printers

A new method promises a faster, more efficient approach to 3D printing. By using two lights, researchers say that the new method can create complex shapes from vats of liquid resin.

January 13, 2019

Local Residents Of Rural Brazil Town Report 'Rain Of Spiders'

A man visiting his grandparents in Brazil woke up to hundreds of spiders floating in the sky one sunny morning. According to experts, the spiders built a giant cobweb above ground to catch mosquitos overnight.

Animals January 13, 2019

Nobel Laureate James Watson Stripped Of Several Honorary Titles

Dr. James Watson got into trouble once again after he had reiterated comments widely regarded as racist. The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, in which he once served as a president, severed ties with the DNA scientist.

January 12, 2019

Mysterious Shift In Earth's Magnetic Field Prompts Scientists To Fix World Magnetic Model That Guides Navigation

The updated version of the World Magnetic Model, which plays a key role in modern navigation, was supposed to be released on Jan. 15. This was postponed because of the ongoing government shutdown.

Earth/Environment January 12, 2019

Researchers Get To The Bottom Of Easter Island Mystery

A new study found that the locations of the megalithic platforms or ahu at Eastern Island in Chile are tied to the community's basic needs for survival. Whenever there are giant statues in an area, there are massive amounts of freshwater.

Ancient January 11, 2019

Elon Musk Shows Off Fully Assembled SpaceX Starship

SpaceX has finished assembling a test hopper, an experimental spaceship that looks like the Starship. The test hopper will not be launched to orbit but will instead will be propelled 16,400-feet up in the sky.

Space January 12, 2019

Alien Life May Exist On Newly Discovered Barnard's Star Planet, According To Astronomers

The exoplanet called Barnard b is a frigid planet with a surface temperature of nearly -275 degrees Fahrenheit. A group of astronomers, however, thinks the icy world could still allow life to evolve depending on its size.

Space January 11, 2019

Termites Help Protect Rainforests During Droughts, Study Finds

Are termites all bad for trees and rain forests? Researchers of a new study found that termites actually protected a patch of land during the 2015 and 2016 drought in Borneo.

Earth/Environment January 10, 2019

Spring Migration Causes 2 Billion Birds To Cross Gulf Of Mexico, Says Study

A new study found that an average of 2.1 billion birds migrates through the Gulf of Mexico each spring. The findings also revealed that the highest activity, with 26,000 birds per kilometer, occurs along the western coast of Texas.

Animals January 10, 2019

Aging Hubble Spacecraft's Wide Field Camera Down For The Count

NASA confirmed that Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope is currently offline due to a malfunction. Teams are hard at work troubleshooting the glitch, saying that a system reboot might be needed to fix the error.

Space January 10, 2019

Weather Forecasters Predict 'Weak' El Niño But It Hasn't Arrived Yet

The water of the Pacific Ocean is warming, but the atmosphere has not shifted to form an El Niño. Weather experts said that the weather phenomenon could trigger increased rainfall in parts of the United States that are experiencing drought.

Earth/Environment January 11, 2019

Death Of Star Helps Scientists Analyze Black Hole Event Horizon

Researchers used an X-ray signal from a star being ripped apart to study a supermassive black hole. Researchers claim that this is the first time that tidal disruption flare to estimate the speed in which a black hole spins.

Space January 10, 2019

Researchers Investigate Why Milky Way-Sized Galaxy Is Missing Neighbors

Scientists used a ground-based telescope to observe the M 94 galaxy about 16 million light-years away from the Milky Way. The study found M 94 only has two satellite galaxies which question the current model on the formation of galaxies.

Space January 10, 2019

CHIME Telescope Detects Second Repeating Fast Radio Bursts From Deep Space

Astronomers have detected the second sample of repeating fast radio bursts, suggesting there could be more out there. The discovery was made using the CHIME Telescope in British Columbia.

Space January 9, 2019

Blue Pigment In A Medieval Nun's Teeth Sheds Light On Women's Role In Manuscript Writing

Researchers discovered a blue pigment that was believed to be grounded from lapis lazuli in a medieval nun's teeth. The findings shed light on how women were part of religious text writing.

Ancient January 10, 2019

Stars Like The Sun Become Giant Crystal Ball When They Die

The sun will collapse into a white dwarf when it dies. Data from ESA’s Gaia spacecraft show that white dwarfs eventually solidify into a crystal ball. How does this cosmic crystallization work?

Space January 9, 2019

Scientists Find New Way Of Looking For Galactic Mergers

Scientists created a computer program that can effectively spot subtle signs of galactic merging. This could lead to the discovery of hundreds or even thousands of missing merging galaxies that scientists would otherwise miss.

Space January 10, 2019

CT Scan Reveals Ancient Sea Monster Skull Discovered 60 Years Ago Have Fake 'Bones'

Digital reconstruction of a 200-million-year old skull of an ichthyosaur found in 1955 revealed more fake materials than expected. One of the fake bones was so expertly modeled researchers only realized it was a fake because of the scans.

Animals January 8, 2019

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