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10,000-Year-Old Urine Reveals How Humans Switched From Hunters To Herders

Researchers analyzed urine salt taken from Aşıklı Höyük in Turkey. Increase in the abundance of these salts show when humans switched from primarily hunting and gathering to herding animals.

Science April 18, 2019

Experiment Restores Some Function In Dead Pig Brains 4 Hours After The Animals Died

Pig brains showed signs of cellular function hours after its owners died. The scientists were surprised, as the experiment challenged the notion that brain death is irreversible.

Science April 17, 2019

Who Is Christina Koch? NASA Astronaut To Break Record For Longest Spaceflight For A Woman

NASA astronaut Christina Koch is scheduled to stay on the ISS for 328 consecutive days. This will allow her to set the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, surpassing Peggy Whitson's 288-day stint in space.

Science April 17, 2019

Great White Sharks Often Fear Killer Whales, Says Study

A new study found that great white sharks, no matter how tough they seem, cower in the presence of killer whales. Researchers revealed that whenever a killer whale shows up, great white sharks leave hunting grounds.

Science April 18, 2019

April's Full Pink Moon To Rise On Friday

April's full moon earned the moniker 'Pink Moon' not because it causes a rosy hue in the sky, but because it signals the appearance of pink spring flowers. The best time to catch the full moon will be at dawn.

Science April 17, 2019

Astronaut Pioneer Owen Garriott Passes Away At 88

Owen Garriott, a spaceflight pioneer who spent a total of 70 days in outer space, passed away in his home in Huntsville, Alabama this week. Fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Scott Kelly, and Pat Forrester paid tribute to the American hero.

Science April 17, 2019

French Firefighting Robot Colossus Helped Save Burning Notre Dame Cathedral

Thanks to 400 brave firefighters and a powerful firefighting robot called Colossus, much of the Notre Dame Cathedral was saved after the fire. What are the specifications of the Colossus robot?

Science April 17, 2019

Third Planet In Kepler-47 Confirmed As Largest Exoplanet In Circumbinary Star System

Scientists from the San Diego State University have identified the third planet in the Kepler-47 star system. This third planet has also been identified as the largest exoplanet in this particular circumbinary star system.

Science April 17, 2019

Liquid Blood Extracted From 42,000-Year-Old Prehistoric Lena Horse

The blood of the male foal, which scientists believe belonged to the now-extinct Lena horse species was preserved in liquid state for 42,000 years. The creature also has intact hair on the legs, head, and parts of the body.

Science April 17, 2019

First Interstellar Meteor May Have Struck Earth Without Anyone Knowing

Scientists discover the first known interstellar object that collided with Earth. A meteor that slammed into the planet's atmosphere in 2014 is now found to have origins in another star system.

Science April 17, 2019

Bones Of Ancient Human Sacrifice Victims Found By Workers Laying Water Pipes

British researchers have uncovered 3,000-year-old human skeletons at a dig site in Oxfordshire. The remains are believed to be from people who became human sacrifices.

Science April 17, 2019

Human Face Evolved Because Of Diet, Social Structure

Scientists found that changes to diet and social structure over time influenced how the human face evolved. The past contributed a lot to how humans look like in modern times.

Science April 16, 2019

Warming Of North Atlantic Affecting Jet Stream

A team of scientists discovered that the North Atlantic Warming Hole is a major factor in the changes in storm tracks and weather patterns. A tug-of-war exists presently between impacts of the arctic and impacts of the tropics.

Science April 16, 2019

Study Says Some Forms Of Filial Cannibalism In Animals Could Be Sign Of Parental Care

A new study found that offspring abandonment and filial cannibalism are both major factors in adaptation for survival among animals. A mathematical model was used to prove the theory.

Science April 23, 2019

Meteorites Slamming Into Moon Can Expose Water Hidden Underground

A new study revealed the moon may be losing a lot of water every time meteorites strike. These findings can impact lunar explorations and desire for human colonization in the future.

Science April 17, 2019

Scientists Say Numerical Weather Forecasting Is Nearing Its Limits

Today, the weather forecast provides prediction to up to nine or 10 days. However, researchers proved that there is a limit to numerical weather prediction and it is almost within grasp.

Science April 16, 2019

TESS Mission Finally Discovers Its First Earth-Sized Exoplanet

The TESS mission is now considered a "bridge to the future," according to astronomers. After its first discovery, it will continue to search for more exoplanets outside the solar system.

Science April 23, 2019

Biomedical Engineers Want To Create 'Hairpins' To Improve Accuracy Of CRISPR

Researchers developed a new method in which the guide RNA is extended to it folds onto itself and create an unbreakable lock. Only the correct DNA sequence can unlock the guide RNA, reducing the risk of off-target activity.

Science April 17, 2019

NASA Grants Elon Musk's SpaceX $69 Million Contract To Fly Spacecraft Into Asteroid: What's The Objective Of DART Mission?

SpaceX was recently awarded a $69 million US space agency contract to fly spacecraft into asteroids. What is the main objective of NASA’s DART mission?

Science April 16, 2019

SpaceX Falcon Booster Lost At Sea After Bout With Bad Weather

SpaceX confirmed that its recovery team failed to retrieve the Falcon Heavy's central core booster used in last week's flight. The company blamed bad weather and rough ocean conditions for the loss.

Science April 16, 2019

Let It Snow! This Clever New Device Creates Electricity Out Of Snowfall

Forget solar panels, on snowy days, one can simply create electricity from snowfall. A team of researchers from UCLA figure out how to make a cheap, clever device that can generate charge from practically nothing.

Science April 16, 2019

Volcanoes Likely Caused Earth's Biggest Mass Extinction, The Great Dying

The Great Dying killed off 95 percent of marine and terrestrial life 252 million years ago. Mercury found in ancient rock offers persuasive evidence volcanic eruptions are behind the biggest mass extinction that occurred on Earth.

Science April 16, 2019

Microplastics Contaminate Remote Mountains Because Winds Are Blowing Them Everywhere

Winds can carry tiny plastic particles to seemingly remote and pristine regions such as the Pyrenees mountains in southern France. Microplastic particles floating on the wind in the Pyrenees came from plastic bags, plastic films, and packaging materials.

Science April 15, 2019

Comet Fragment Found Inside Meteorite May Offer Clues To Formation And Evolution Of Solar System

The ancient building blocks of a comet has been found sealed inside a pristine meteorite billions of years old. A peek into the early solar system, this fragment contains many clues about cosmic history.

Science April 16, 2019

Saturn’s Moon Titan Has Eerie Lakes On Its Surface Just Like Earth

However, Titan's 300-foot lakes are filled not with water, but liquid methane. The Cassini mission reveals more about the only other place in the solar system with liquid on the surface.

Science April 15, 2019

Wormhole Can Exist But Not Useful For Space Travel, Harvard Physicist Daniel Jafferis Says

A Harvard researcher believes traveling across the universe using wormholes is theoretically possible. However, the idea might not actually be the shortcut through space that many sci-fi writers had hoped for.

Science April 16, 2019

Sun Spitting Out Giant 'Lava Lamp-like' Blobs 500 Times Bigger Than The Earth

By studying decades-old data, NASA discovered unusual but consistent patterns in the Sun. The center of the solar system emits lava like-lamp blobs that can be as much as 500 times larger than Earth.

Science April 15, 2019

How to Make The Most Out Of April's Lyrid Meteor Shower

Scientists said that the peak of the Lyrid shower this year will take place during the early hours of April 23. Observers must view the shower somewhere with no light pollution.

Science April 17, 2019

Only Known Female Of World's Rarest Turtle Species Died In China Zoo

The 90-year-old Yangtze giant softshell turtle died in Suzhou zoo in southern China after an attempt to artificially inseminate her. She was the last known female member of the species.

Science April 15, 2019

Scientists May Have Found A New 'Super-Earth' In Star System Nearest To Our Own

Proxima c was detected while scientists were reviewing data sets that revealed Proxima b in 2016. Scientists said that the super-Earth completes an orbit around its star Proxima Centauri within 1,900 days.

Science April 15, 2019

California May Soon Ban Little Shampoo Bottles Used In Hotel Bathrooms

A new bill in California that is meant to prohibit the use of small plastic soap and shampoo bottles in hotels and other lodging establishments is now in the works. Lawmakers hope this move will lead to lower plastic waste in the state.

Science April 15, 2019

Discovery Of Homo Luzonensis In Philippine Cave Suggests Many Human Species Lived Side By Side In The Past

Early humans lived in a world much different from modern Earth. With the new human species discovered in the Philippines, scientists are more convinced than ever that the human evolutionary tree is much messier than previously believed.

Science April 15, 2019

Disney Movie 'Frozen' Inspires Discovery Of New Property Of Supercooled Water

A scientist in New York was inspired by Disney's 'Frozen' and several YouTube videos to discover a cool new property of supercooled water. This discovery could have implications for detecting nuclear weapons and more.

Science April 15, 2019

Stratolaunch, World's Largest Plane By Wingspan, Flies For The First Time

Stratolaunch has successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft. This highlights the company’s position as a contender in the market for air-launching small satellites.

Science April 15, 2019

Giant Flightless Bird Attacks And Kills Its Owner In Florida

Authorities said 75-year-old Marvin Hajos appears to be in the vicinity of the cassowary when he fell and was attacked by the animal. The bird is currently secured on a private property.

Science April 14, 2019

Video Shows How Mice React To Microgravity While Aboard International Space Station

NASA proved that its Rodent Habitat provides the capability to conduct significant long-duration biological research studies on the ISS. Rodents deployed for the space experiment even learned to defy microgravity.

Science April 14, 2019

Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales Experiencing Mini 'Baby Boom'

Are the rare and endangered North Atlantic Right Whales experiencing a mini baby boom? This season, researchers have been spotting several mother-calf pairs in Cape Cod.

Science April 14, 2019

After Beresheet's Crash, SpaceIL Set To Build And Launch Second Moon Lander

The dream is still on for Israel's SpaceIL. After Beresheet's crash on the moon, the team is already prepared to make a second attempt at landing on the moon.

Science April 14, 2019

Continents And Islands Smashing Into One Another Can Trigger Ice Ages Says Study

Ice Age periods are triggered whenever land masses and volcanoes collide every few millennia. It's the Earth's natural carbon sequestration system, the planet's way of balancing the carbon dioxide found in the atmosphere.

Science April 14, 2019

Technical Glitch Caused Israel's Beresheet Spacecraft To Crash On The Moon

Israel falls short of landing the Beresheet spacecraft on the moon, coming close to making a soft landing before its sudden crash on the surface. What caused the crash?

Science April 13, 2019

Oil-Eating Bacteria Found In Mariana Trench Could Be Key To Removing Ocean Pollutants

A new group of bacteria discovered in the Mariana Trench has shown an ability to consume hydrocarbons in ocean water. Hydrocarbons are compounds often included in industrial products such as natural gas and petroleum.

Science April 13, 2019

Zebrafish Study Reveals Sexual Rivalry Improves Sperm Quality

A new study highlights the value of competition among males, revealing that the rivalry improves sperm quality in zebrafish. Unfortunately, it has its downsides, and the offspring may suffer.

Science April 13, 2019

Meet Black Hole Powehi, The Embellished Dark Source Of Unending Creation

M87*, the first black hole to be photographed, now has a nickname. The cosmic object was named Powehi, which also means 'adorned fathomless dark creation,' in the Hawaiian language.

Science April 14, 2019

First Life Forms On Earth May Have Emerged From Primitive Ponds, Not Oceans

Scientists found new evidence that the earliest life on Earth could have formed in shallow waters and not in oceans as previously thought. The study also indicated that nitrogenous oxides played a role as life-catalyzers.

Science April 13, 2019

Nuclear Fallout From Chernobyl, Fukushima Disasters Stored In Melting Glaciers Are Ticking Time Bomb

Scientists have found that some glaciers have accumulated certain amounts of nuclear fallout from various disasters in the past. These contaminants could be released into the environment once the glaciers melt because of climate change.

Science April 12, 2019

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