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Alien Planets Without Oxygen Could Still Be Home To Extraterrestrial Life

Scientists should not quickly rule out planets without oxygen in the quest for alien life. Researchers said these no-oxygen worlds could in fact be filled with microbial life.

Science July 12, 2018

Gravitational Waves From Black Hole-Neutron Star Collision May Yield Most Accurate Hubble Constant Yet

How fast is the universe expanding? Scientists proposed that the answer to this question could be found in gravitational waves rippling through space-time from a rare astronomical collision.

Science July 12, 2018

Ghost Dunes On Mars May Be Best Chance Of Finding Alien Life

A new study revealed the discovery of about 800 ghost dunes on Mars, which may be the best chance of finding signs of alien life. The ghost dunes are the negative spaces that were left behind by ancient sand dunes.

Science July 12, 2018

Scientists Think NASA Caused A Mars ‘Proof Of Life’ Anomaly 40 Years Ago

Scientists proposed that NASA may have initially found life on Mars 40 years ago. The spacecraft used for the mission, however, may have accidentally evaporated the organic materials that would have been the first evidence of a Martian life.

Science July 12, 2018

Out Of Fuel And Nearing End Of Mission, What’s Next For Kepler Telescope?

Kepler space telescope will soon rest for good as it’s almost out of fuel and already forced into hibernation. What’s in store for the planet hunter with its remaining data and observation campaign?

Science July 11, 2018

Astronaut Snoopy Receives New Deep Space Mission From NASA

NASA and Peanuts Worldwide announced a new partnership that will see an updated Snoopy character. Fifty years ago, Snoopy helped celebrate the Apollo missions. Today, he might also be the face for the next lunar explorations.

Science July 11, 2018

Hottest Planet Ever Found Is Boiling Off Its Own Atmosphere

Scientists found that the hottest exoplanet known to man is losing 100,000 tons of its atmosphere to its host star. In 200 years, the super hot Jupiter will likely be stripped down to its rocky core, the scientists said.

Science July 11, 2018

Did Early Earth Collide With Dark Matter? 500 Million-Year-Old Minerals Could Hold Key To Ancient Encounter

Ancient minerals buried underground could bear scars of early collisions with dark matter. Minerals such as halite and zabuyelite could serve as natural dark matter detectors, scientists said.

Science July 11, 2018

Saturn Sings An Eerie Cosmic Tune To Enceladus: Here’s How To Listen To It

Scientists found that Saturn sends plasma waves similar to Earth’s auroras to Enceladus. They converted these waves into a sound that Earthlings can now listen to.

Science July 11, 2018

Israel To Launch First Moon Mission This Year

Israel will launch its first lunar mission in December. The spacecraft will land on the moon in February 2019. What are the objectives of this moon mission?

Science July 10, 2018

Investigation Points To China As Source Of Increased Levels Of Banned Ozone-Depleting Gas

At least 18 companies in China were found still using banned ozone-depleting gas called CFC-11. The investigation followed a study published recently, citing that the harmful gas might still be used somewhere in Eastern Asia.

Science July 10, 2018

Remnant Of ‘Fireball’ Meteor Recovered In Botswana

A second fragment of the small asteroid crash on June 2 was recovered in Botswana. Here are more details from the 2018 LA asteroid and the remnant left by its bright crash across the African sky.

Science July 10, 2018

Watch As Massive Iceberg Breaks Off From Greenland Glacier

Scientists recorded the moment where a four-mile long iceberg broke away from the Helheim Glacier in Greenland. All insights derived from the video would be significant to the study of climate change, the team said.

Science July 10, 2018

Russia Achieves Fastest Trip To Space In Less Than Four Hours

The Russian spacecraft Progress 70, also called the Progress MS-09, docked into the International Space Station in the quickest time that was never achieved before. The spacecraft will remain in orbit until January 2019.

Science July 10, 2018

Scientists Find Evidence Of Massive Freshwater Flood That Caused Abrupt Climate Change 13,000 Years Ago

A freshwater flood coming from Canada’s Mackenzie River flowed into the North Atlantic Ocean 13,000 years ago. This created extreme weather disturbances that abruptly caused a mini Ice Age.

Science July 10, 2018

Human Genome Contains Genes Common To Hundreds Of Species

Researchers discovered that the human genome shares genes with at least 750 other species. This sharing of genes across species is actually common and has helped fuel evolution.

Science July 10, 2018

13 Billion-Year-Old Quasar Is Brightest Object Ever Seen In The Early Universe

Researchers discovered an extremely bright quasar dating back to 800 million years after the Big Bang. They said this is the brightest object yet discovered from the first billion years of the universe.

Science July 10, 2018

Hundreds Witness A Fireball Whooshing Across Central US

More than 200 reports about a fireball visible across the central United States were submitted to the American Meteor Society. Most of those who have reported seeing the fireball were people located in Iowa and Illinois.

Science July 10, 2018

Fossil In Argentina Suggests Giant Dinosaurs Evolved Earlier Than Previously Thought

Fossils of the creature called Ingentia prima, a species of sauropodomorph, suggest that dinosaurs grew in size 30 million years earlier than previously thought. What are the features of this prehistoric creature?

Science July 10, 2018

World’s Oldest Color Discovered In Rocks Deep Beneath Sahara Desert

A team of international scientists led by researchers from Australia found the oldest color in Earth’s geological record. The ancient pigment found in rocks beneath the Sahara desert could be ten times older than the T-rex.

Science July 9, 2018

Hawaii Bans Popular Sunscreens For Their Coral-Damaging Ingredients: Here’s What To Use Instead

Hawaii just banned sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate for their coral-damaging effects. Here are alternatives available, namely mineral sunscreens that can also be used on babies and toddlers.

Science July 10, 2018

Circus Elephant In Germany Falls Into Audience After Getting Pushed By Two Others

Circus elephant Tompteusen fell to the ground and into part of the audience in a show in Germany. The incident yet again incited calls to end the use of wild animals in the circus.

Science July 9, 2018

Elon Musk’s Kid-Size Submarine For Thai Cave Rescue Arriving In 17 Hours

In a series of tweets, Elon Musk showed the kid-size submarine his team of engineers built to help rescue the boys trapped in Thailand cave. On Sunday, he tweeted that the submarine is arriving in Thailand in about 17 hours.

Science July 9, 2018

Exploding Green Comet Illuminates Night Sky: Here Are The Best Times To See It From Earth

Astronomers discovered a bright green comet streaking through the northern hemisphere’s skies. The comet is currently surrounded by a dust cloud twice as big as Jupiter, making it easily visible to observers on Earth.

Science July 9, 2018

Chris Hadfield: We Could Have Traveled To Mars Decades Ago

Astronaut Chris Hadfield thinks we could have been able to go to Mars decades ago. Now, he’s excited for us to finally go to the Red Planet, but he also highlights the potential dangers that could happen along the way.

Science July 9, 2018

Ancient DNA Reveals Southeast Asians Are Direct Descendants Of At Least Four Prehistoric Populations

Modern-day Southeast Asians came from at least four ancient ancestors, according to a new study. Ancient DNA analysis showed ancestral diversity in this region is far greater than that of Europe.

Science July 9, 2018

Nitrogen Is In Liquid Metal Form Inside Earth’s Core

Researchers found that nitrogen inside the Earth’s core is in liquid metal form. Nitrogen, which makes up more than three-fourths of the atmosphere, often exists as a gas.

Science July 9, 2018

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Gets Cutting Edge Heat-Shield Before August Launch

NASA announced its final and full installation of a heat shield on its Parker Solar Probe that will fly its closest distance to the sun. The heat shield is called the Thermal Protection System.

Science July 8, 2018

NASA Switches On Laser Light Of Climate Science Satellites GRACE Follow-On

The US space agency has switched on the LRI aboard the GRACE Follow-On satellites. The mission, a collaboration between NASA and the German Research Center for Geosciences, was launched in May.

Science July 9, 2018

Drunken Seagulls Found Lurching On Beaches: What Happens When Birds Consume Alcohol?

The number of drunken seagulls brought to an animal charity in the United Kingdom increased in the past two weeks. Authorities suspected that the birds might have consumed alcohol from the waste products of local breweries.

Science July 7, 2018

NASA Places Kepler In Hibernation Mode As Space Telescope Is Running Out Of Fuel

NASA has placed Kepler Space Telescope in hibernation safe mode after the mission team was notified that the spacecraft's fuel is running very low. Kepler is set to wake up in August for the Deep Space Network time.

Science July 7, 2018

Hawaii First State To Ban Sunscreens With Coral Reef-Harming Ingredients

Some groups praise Hawaii's move to ban sunscreens with coral reef-harming chemicals while others criticize it. There are still other ways to protect the skin from UV rays even without such products.

Science July 7, 2018

Plants, Fresh Produce Arrive At The International Space Station

The latest cargo resupply mission dropped off fresh veggies and other plant experiments at the International Space Station. The Veggie experiment is NASA’s bid to have fresh produce grown and enjoyed in space.

Science July 7, 2018

MIT’s ‘Blind’ Cheetah 3 Robot Now Ready To Explore Dangerous Territories

MIT engineers announced the latest improvement in the design of the Cheetah 3 robot. It now has a ‘blind locomotion’ ability that makes it capable of exploring dangerous territories even at zero visibility.

Science July 6, 2018

Global Warming May Actually Be Twice As Hot As Climate Models Projected

Global warming may bring about the heat that’s twice as bad as what climate models project. In this scenario, polar ice caps could collapse and the desert could become green – effects that are underestimated in current forecasts.

Science July 6, 2018

New Breed Of Wasp With Exceptionally Large Stinger Discovered In The Amazon

Scientists discovered a new breed of wasp in the Amazonian rainforest that have exceptionally long stinger. The stinger is used not only to inject venom to the enemy but also to lay eggs.

Science July 7, 2018

Heat Wave Sweeps Across Northern Hemisphere, Some People Are Already Dying

Experts reported persistent heat wave that is sweeping across several regions in the Northern Hemisphere. Early this month, many cities had already broken their highest recorded temperatures in the past decades.

Science July 6, 2018

Bacteria Can Survive The Frigid, Harsh Environment Of Mars

Researchers found that hardy microbes found in Earth’s Arctic regions could possibly survive the extreme Martian climate. The findings raise expectations for the survivability of bacteria in other worlds.

Science July 7, 2018

NASA Opportunity Rover Still Silent Under Massive Mars Dust Storm

The Opportunity rover has not sent a photo back to Earth since June 10, as a massive dust storm enveloped Mars. NASA is confident that the rover will survive the ordeal, as it hibernates to ride out the storm.

Science July 6, 2018

Jupiter’s Moons Are Leaving Strange Marks On The Giant Planet’s Aurora

Scientists found peculiar swirls and spots left on Jupiter’s auroras by two of its moons. The experts said they still do not know what causes the moons to leave these trails behind.

Science July 6, 2018

There Are 121 Giant Planets In The Milky Way With Moons That Could Harbor Alien Life

Scientists identified more than a hundred exoplanets three times larger than Earth that could have moons that are home to alien life. They said expanding the quest for ET to include moons could yield better finds.

Science July 6, 2018

Genes Of Pure American Dog Breeds Survived Merely As Tumors After European Breeds Took Over

A study found that the very first American dogs were mostly wiped out by the European breeds brought by the colonizers. What was left of these ancient American dogs was a gene that survived as a cancer tumor among dogs.

Science July 6, 2018

Rhino Poachers Believed To Be Eaten By Lions At Nature Reserve In South Africa

The human remains discovered at a South African nature reserve are believed to be the bodies of poachers who attempted to kill rhinos. Rhino poaching for horns remains to be a major wildlife issue in South Africa.

Science July 6, 2018

Spiders Fly Using Silk Balloons, And Earth's Electric Fields Give Them A Boost

Scientists have long known that spiders are able to fly through a behavior named ballooning, where they release silk filaments that are carried by the wind. Researchers, however, have proven that spiders can fly by using just Earth's electric fields.

Science July 6, 2018

Hybrid Test Tube ‘Baby’ Rhinos Are Now Being Grown In The Lab

A team of scientists designed a hybrid embryo with the DNA of the nearly extinct northern white rhino. The team said their ultimate goal is to see the first northern white rhino calf born in three years.

Science July 6, 2018

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