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SpaceX Wins NASA's Anti-Asteroid DART Contract

DART will be the first-ever NASA mission to deflect an asteroid from space by using a kinetic impactor. SpaceX charged NASA $69 million, a cheaper price compared to most space contracts.

Science April 13, 2019

Climate Change Is Turning Parts Of The Arctic Brown

Extreme weather events in the Arctic are leaving a trail of vulnerable plants. Known as the Arctic browning, this phenomenon may affect the survival of the region in the midst of climate change.

Science April 12, 2019

Lockheed Martin Has A Plan To Bring Astronauts Back To The Moon By 2024

Lockheed Martin has unveiled the reimagined lunar lander that will carry astronauts to the surface of the Moon. The new design was in response to NASA's accelerated timeline to return to the lunar surface by 2024.

Science April 13, 2019

Farmers And Weedkiller Companies Losing Battle Against Weeds

The growing resistance of pigweed to every herbicide currently available in the market is causing serious concern among scientists and farmers. Last summer, scientists found pigweed that can survive 2,4-D and dicamba.

Science April 13, 2019

Scientists Need Help Naming The Largest Unnamed Minor Planet In The Solar System

Scientists announced a campaign to give 2007 OR10, a dwarf planet, a proper name. The public can vote between three preselected names associated with mythological figures from April 9 to May 10, 2019.

Science April 13, 2019

NASA Twin Study Shows Humans Can Withstand Long Space Missions

Results of the landmark study featuring astronaut twins Mark and Scott Kelly revealed that the human body can survive long-duration space missions. Scott Kelly's health remained stable even after almost a year in space.

Science April 12, 2019

Mount Everest May Have Shrunk As A Result Of 2015 Nepal Earthquake

Did the Mount Everest really shrink after the deadly earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015? To find the answer, a team of climbers prepares to scale the planet’s most famous summit.

Science April 12, 2019

Chinese Experiment Creates Super Monkeys With Human Brain Genes

Gene-hacked monkeys that had human brain genes in their genomes appeared to be smarter than their unaltered peers. However, the scientific community raised ethical questions on the use of transgenic monkeys for experiments.

Science April 12, 2019

DNA Shows The Denisovans Have At Least 3 Distinct Branches

A new study shows that ancient humans' evolutionary history is complex than previously believed. Scientists discover that there are multiple groups of Denisovans that existed separately from each other.

Science April 12, 2019

Here's Why Scientists Did Not Take Image Of Sagittarius A*, Black Hole At The Heart Of Milky Way

There's a perfectly good black hole in the center of the Milky Way: Sagittarius A*. So why take a photo of an object 54 million light-years away?

Science April 13, 2019

California's Earthquake Hiatus A Statistical Fluke?

The Hayward, San Jacinto, and San Andreas fault lines in California have had no massive earthquakes over the past 100 years. However, experts warn that the three major rifts are long overdue for another big shake.

Science April 12, 2019

Albino Lizard Is World's First Gene-Edited Reptile

A group of scientists has created the first gene-edited reptiles in four albino lizards. Before now, reptiles have been rather ignored when it comes to developmental genetics.

Science April 11, 2019

Israeli Spacecraft Beresheet Crashes Into The Moon, Fails To Make History

Israel failed to make history as the first nation to send a privately funded spacecraft to the moon. The robotic vehicle Beresheet crashed into the lunar surface instead of making a soft landing.

Science April 11, 2019

Scientists Observe Cloud Phenomenon Fast Negative Breakdown For The First Time: Here's Why It's Important

A new study found that air could be moving in a bidirectional motion, both upward and downward, before initiating a lightning flash. Scientists wanted to determine what fraction of a fast negative breakdown would be enough to produce lightning.

Science April 12, 2019

Stargazing During The Age Of T-Rex And Other Dinosaurs? This Is How It Would Have Looked Like

Chicago's Field Musuem has teamed up with the Adler Planetarium to create video projections of the Cretaceous starfield. Visitors can now have an idea of what the prehistoric sky might have looked like millions of years ago.

Science April 11, 2019

Cats Know Their Names, But They Just Love To Ignore You

Researchers from Japan performed experiments to once and for all find out whether cats can discern their names from other human words. The study confirmed that some cats respond when they hear their owners call their names.

Science April 12, 2019

Cherokee Cave Markings In Alabama Cave Document Old Games, Rituals, And Health Conditions

Historical Cherokee writings inside Manitou Cave in Alabama were written backward to appease the spirits of the cave. The ancient script also recorded a game of stickball.

Science April 12, 2019

Brewing Storm: Thousands Of Amazon Employees Urge Jeff Bezos To Take Aggressive Action On Climate Change

Amazon workers' petition to address climate change is the largest environmental campaign made by tech workers to date. Over 4,200 employees participated in the campaign.

Science April 11, 2019

Unfavorable Upper Level Winds Forces SpaceX To Call Off Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket in the world, has hit a snag on their first ever commercial launch. Due to unfavorable wind conditions, the company called off the launch and postponed it to the next day.

Science April 11, 2019

Who Is Katie Bouman And Why You Should Thank Her For The First-Ever Picture Of A Black Hole?

Katie Bouman developed the algorithm that sorted through tons of astronomical data and created the first-ever image of a black hole. The 29-year-old computer scientist started working on the algorithm three years ago as a graduate student at MIT.

Science April 11, 2019

Here's The First Image Of A Black Hole: How Did Scientists Capture It And Why You Should Care

Check out the first photo of a black hole in history. It is a feat that opens up new doors to the study of astronomy so that humanity can look farther and see more precisely into the cosmos.

Science April 11, 2019

Tiny Human Species Discovered In The Philippines Could Change History

Strange new humans have been discovered in the islands of the Philippines, exhibiting traits from both ancient ape-like species and modern humans. This groundbreaking discovery challenges many widely held notions about human evolution.

Science April 11, 2019

NASA To Install OCO-3 CO2 Monitoring Observatory On International Space Station

The OCO-3 Monitoring Observatory will launch no later than April 25 this year. It will be mounted on the International Space Station for three years.

Science April 13, 2019

Scientists Find Remains Of 430-Million-Year-Old Tentacled Monster Sea Cucumber

A 3D rendering of a newly discovered fossil showed that sea cucumbers evolved from a 430-million-year-old sea monster. An internal ring was also discovered in the extinct creature.

Science April 11, 2019

Curiosity Rover Drills Into Martian Clay Hoping To Analyze Rock Powder

After more than six years, Curiosity Rover has successfully drilled a hole into a clay unit in Gale Crater. The sample can help provide more information on the minerals on the planet and whether they can help sustain life.

Science April 11, 2019

Love The Dragons In 'Game Of Thrones'? The Sound They're Making Is Based On Mating Calls Of Giant Tortoises

Want to hear the mating moans of giant tortoises? Tune in to 'Game of Thrones' because Drogon's soft purrs to Danaerys are actually inspired by the sounds tortoises make while having sex.

Science April 10, 2019

Say Hello To KIC 10544976, A Star System With A Giant Exoplanet That Dwarfs Jupiter

Astronomers spot an exoplanet nearly 13 times the size of Jupiter. It also marks the first time a planet has ever been found orbiting a binary star system in which one star is already dead.

Science April 11, 2019

You Are What You Eat: Neanderthals, Woolly Mammoths Apparently Shared Genetic Traits

Scientists discover that two completely different species can evolve and develop the same genetic characteristics. In a landmark study, Neanderthals and woolly mammoths are found to be very similar to each other.

Science April 10, 2019

Scientists Build Quantum Superposition Machine Prototype: What Is It In English?

Scientists created a powerful quantum device that can generate multiple possible futures in superposition, marking a groundbreaking achievement for quantum physics. Here’s what this means.

Science April 10, 2019

Poetic Justice? Rhino Poacher In South Africa Killed By Elephants, Eaten By Lions

Elephants and lions teamed up to bring justice to their rhino friend. A poacher was found dead in a national park in South Africa, with very little bodily remains, suggesting he was killed and eaten afterward.

Science April 9, 2019

Earth Is Losing 390 Billion Tons Of Ice And Snow Per Year, A New Study Suggests

Climate change has taken a new grave turn, a recent study suggests. According to scientists, sea levels are rising, and glaciers are shrinking every year.

Science April 10, 2019

Scientists Unravel The Secret To Pyroclastic Flow Speed

Scientists figured out why pyroclastic flow cheat friction and move rapidly. The findings could help scientists and the authorities to predict the movement of the heated volcanic materials and save the communities in its path.

Science April 10, 2019

Researchers Discover Glimmering Mirror-Like Pools In The Pacific Ocean

Shimmering pools of minerals left scientists in awe at the Gulf of California as they explored the hydrothermal vent ecosystem. The incredible phenomenon is only one of the many discoveries of the expedition.

Science April 9, 2019

LOOK: Researchers Capture 17-Foot-Long Python Carrying 73 Eggs In The Florida Everglades

Snake hunters have captured the largest-ever Burmese python in the Florida Everglades as part of the efforts to eradicate the non-native species in the area. Burmese pythons threaten the native creatures that live in the marshy grasslands.

Science April 9, 2019

Elements Can Be Solid And Liquid At The Same Time In Sponge-Like State: Study

Matter is no longer limited to solid, liquid, and gas. Scientists discover a new state in which certain elements can exist as both solid and liquid simultaneously.

Science April 9, 2019

Japan Wants To Build Moon Base Using Robots

Together with three schools and a construction company, the Japanese space agency plans to construct a moon base using robots. To know the possibility, they are already performing simulations on Earth.

Science April 9, 2019

Researchers Come Up With Quieter Toilet-Flushing Mechanism For Airplanes

Researchers from the Brigham Young University have successfully made a prototype of an airline toilet that is much quieter than normal airplane commodes. The design will soon be available to the public.

Science April 9, 2019

Hubble Telescope Finds Mysterious 'Gateway' At Center Of Galaxy

Some believe that Hubble has spotted the gates of heaven at the core of a nearby galaxy known as Messier 51. In 1992, the space telescope captured an 'X' structure that marks the location of a black hole.

Science April 8, 2019

NASA Astronauts James Buchli, Janet Kavandi Inducted To Hall Of Fame

James F. Buchli and Dr. Janet Kavandi received the ultimate honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame Astronauts. They joined the ranks of nearly 100 most distinguished astronauts.

Science April 8, 2019

Scientists Find Organic Matter In Meteorite From Mars

Researchers from Hungary recently studied the Martian meteorite that fell on Antarctica. What they discovered is intriguing and suggesting that life on other planets can be possible.

Science April 10, 2019

Mummified Cats And Mice Found In 2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Tomb

A beautiful and colorful tomb discovered in Sohag has mummified animals that include cats, mice, and falcons. The mummified cat in the burial site reinforces the idea that the ancient Egyptians loved felines.

Science April 8, 2019

UN Unveils Futuristic Floating City That Could Survive Real-Life Waterworld

A few decades ago, the concept of a floating city would be seen as complete fiction. Now, it's unveiled as a potential solution for humanity's survival.

Science April 8, 2019

Strange 'Alien' Lights From NASA Aurora Experiment Looks Out Of This World

NASA's AZURE mission launched on Friday, creating a spectacular light show in the sky over northern Norway. The experiment is part of a larger effort to study the region of the atmosphere where particles from Earth and outer space interact.

Science April 8, 2019

ISS Contaminated With Fungi And Bacteria That May Harm Astronauts, Damage Spacecraft

Microbes found on the surfaces of the space station are known to cause diseases on Earth. Some are also associated with microbial induced corrosion and may affect structural stability of the ISS.

Science April 8, 2019

Self-Driving Spacecraft May Protect Planet Earth From Asteroid Collisions

Self-driving cars are old news as self-driving spacecraft emerges. ESA is building an autonomous spacecraft called Hera as part of a planetary defense mission to binary asteroid system Didymos.

Science April 9, 2019

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