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Scientists Take A Peek At Earliest Massive Black Holes In The Universe

Researchers questioned a long-standing belief that the first supermassive black holes were formed due to powerful ultraviolet radiation. Through computer simulations, dark matter halos were a major factor in the creation of supermassive black holes during the early universe

Science January 24, 2019

SpaceX Starship Test Rocket Damaged By Strong Winds, Repair To Take Weeks

The nosecone of the prototype of SpaceX's Starship toppled over because of strong winds in Texas. The company's CEO, Elon Musk, said repair will take weeks and explained that the tanks at the bottom were not damaged.

Science January 23, 2019

NASA To Replace Crew Member On Boeing Starliner Flight Test

Astronaut E. Michael 'Mike' Fincke will join Nicole Aunapu Mann and Chris Ferguson onboard the Boeing CST-100 Starliner later this year. He replaced Eric Boe who was assigned to the mission in August last year.

Science January 23, 2019

Splitting Images Of Quasars Helps Researchers Understand Expansion Of The Universe

Researchers claimed that the redshift of split images of a quasar can help scientists produce a new estimate of the Hubble Constant. The new technique might help settle the debate on how fast the universe is expanding.

Science January 23, 2019

Forest Soil Affected By Fire Or Logging Can Take Almost A Century To Recover

Researchers have warned that logging and fire can cause serious damage to forest soil, which determine plant growth and survival. They hope that the findings could lead to long-term and sustainable care for forests.

Science January 23, 2019

ESA Wants To Start Drilling On Moon In Search Of Oxygen And Water

The European Space Agency signed a contract with ArianeGroup to begin studying and preparing for the plan to mine resources on the moon by 2025. The space agency hopes to collect oxygen, water, and fuel for future permanent lunar base and colony.

Science January 22, 2019

Researchers Devise Method To Measure Temperature Of Atoms During Supernovae

Researchers used data from S1987A to create a model that can help scientists measure the temperature of atoms during a supernova. The model improves the understanding of the physics behind the resulting shock process of the massive explosion.

Science January 22, 2019

Switching Street Lights Off At Midnight May Help Nocturnal Insect Pollinators

Light pollution can apparently also affect our food supply because it can affect the pollination of nocturnal insects such as moths. Here's a simple solution to help these pollinators.

Science January 22, 2019

Prehistoric Shark Galagadon Had Teeth Shaped Like Spaceships In 1980s Arcade Game 'Galaga'

The prehistoric freshwater shark was named Galagadon nordquistae because of the shape of its teeth. They looked like the spaceships in the 1980s video game 'Galaga.' The species lived alongside dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period.

Science January 21, 2019

Glaciers In North America Now Melting 4 Times Faster

New research found that the glaciers in North America are losing more ice on average in the past decade compared to the early 2000s. From 2010 to 2018, glaciers were losing 12.3 gigatons every year.

Science January 21, 2019

Research Team Wants To Send Drone To Saturnian Moon Titan

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University are hoping to send a probe to Titan by 2025. The Dragonfly mission will provide scientists with a unique opportunity to study prebiotics chemistry as well as examine the Saturnian moon's potential habitability.

Science January 21, 2019

Planet Nine Need Not Exist To Explain Strange Orbits In Outer Solar System

The hypothetical Planet Nine is popularly attributed to the strange movements of objects in the outer solar system. Researchers now say these strange orbits could be explained by the collective force of smaller objects.

Science January 21, 2019

Scientists Solve Mystery Behind Effectiveness Of Hagfish Slime

According to a new paper, scientists discovered how the hagfish is able to spew slime that can grow 10,000 times its original size. This self-defense mechanism can suffocate a predatory shark and work in under one second.

Science January 21, 2019

Scientists Create Monsters With Multiple Heads In Lab To Study How Hydra Regenerates With Only One Head

Researchers at the University of Geneva created creatures that sprouted multiple heads when they engineered hydras not to express the Sp5 gene. The study may pave way for a treatment that can target cancer cells.

Science January 20, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Identifies Human Ancestor Species That Was Likely A Hybrid Of Neanderthals And Denisovans

Deep learning algorithm identified the genome of a human ancestor that would have been a hybrid of the Neanderthals and Denisovans. This species is not known to modern science.

Science January 19, 2019

Scientists Develop Microrobot That Can One Day Bring Medicine Straight To Target Tissues

A team of researchers developed a microrobot that can one day revolutionize targeted drug delivery. The tiny elastic robots could ideally bring the medicine straight to the target area with ease.

Science January 19, 2019

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.

Science January 19, 2019

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.

Science January 19, 2019

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.

Science January 18, 2019

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?

Science January 18, 2019

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.

Science January 18, 2019

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.

Science January 18, 2019

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.

Science January 18, 2019

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.

Science January 18, 2019

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.

Science January 18, 2019

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.

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science 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?

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science 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?

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science 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.

Science January 13, 2019

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