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Cunning Spider Uses Web 'Slingshot' To Take Down Prey

A triangle-weaver spider traps prey by creating a web that when released, it acts as a catapult or a slingshot. Researchers from the University of Akron in Ohio used high-speed cameras to observe the arachnids.

Science May 16, 2019

China's Lunar Rover Sends Back Interesting Data On History Of Lunar Mantle

Chinese scientists reported that the Chang'e-4 mission found rocks on the lunar surface that might have been blasted from the mantle billions of years ago. The discovery could provide clues about the evolution of the moon.

Science May 16, 2019

Ancient Teeth Show Neanderthals Split From Modern Humans 800,000 Years Ago

Neanderthals are already distant relations of modern humans, but new evidence indicates they're even more distant than previously believed. Dental analysis places the ancient hominin's divergence from our lineage not later than 800,000 years ago.

Science May 16, 2019

Researchers Find Reason Behind Blandness Of Supermarket Tomatoes

Scientists revealed that a rare version of a gene that gives tomatoes flavor is missing in the cultivated variants that are often available in supermarkets. They believe that their study can give flavor back to tomatoes.

Science May 16, 2019

Oldest Scandinavian Human DNA Found In 10,000-Year-Old Chewing Gum

Ten thousand years ago, the first humans on Scandinavia chewed on primitive gum and spat them out. Now, scientists have found a way to extract the DNA from these masticated lumps to find out more about these ancient Scandinavians.

Science May 15, 2019

NASA Working On Solutions To Fix Limitations Of The Human Body During Spaceflight

Astronauts who will venture to the Moon and Mars will be subjected to cosmic radiation, lack of gravity, and other potential health risks. NASA is figuring out ways to protect future spacefarers from the harmful conditions of space.

Science May 16, 2019

'Super-Corals' From Hawaii Could Be The Secret To Saving World's Reefs

Heat-tolerant super-corals might be the key to saving coral reefs from around the world from climate change. Researchers found species of coral reefs that can be transplanted while maintaining its ability to withstand heat stress.

Science May 15, 2019

Aurora Borealis To Show Up In Parts Of The US This Week

A geomagnetic storm is bringing the dazzling northern lights to the United States and Canada this week. Here's how you can get a good glimpse of the natural light show.

Science May 15, 2019

Giant Hole In Mars Atmosphere Responsible For Loss Of Water On Red Planet

A team of researchers found two atmospheric processes that allow water vapor on Mars to reach the upper atmosphere where ultraviolet radiation splits it into hydrogen and oxygen. To this day, the Red Planet is still leaking hydrogen into space.

Science May 14, 2019

Researchers Find Odd Mix And Ancient Creatures Trapped In Amber

Paleontologists found a chunk of amber that contains a curious assemblage of land and water creatures, including the shell of an ammonite. The researchers believe that the fossils are from around 100 million years ago.

Science May 14, 2019

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Hits Highest Level In Human History

Experts called it a scary milestone — carbon dioxide concentrations are at an unprecedented high. As of May, the Earth's atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached 415 parts per million, the highest level in the history of mankind.

Science May 14, 2019

Amazon's Jeff Bezos Unveils Plans For Establishing Human Space Colony

Earth is the best planet in the solar system, says Jeff Bezos. The only way to save it is to start living beyond it and establish human colonies on free-floating artificial worlds in space.

Science May 14, 2019

Moon Shrinking Like A Raisin, Creating Strong Quakes: Study

The moon is shrinking, generating quakes and wrinkling the surface. With data from the Apollo missions, scientists take a closer look on the moon's mysterious seismic activity.

Science May 14, 2019

Very Early Galaxies Shone Much Brighter Than Previous Expectations Says Researchers

Observations by the Spitzer Space Telescope revealed that some of the first galaxies in the universe are much brighter than newer galaxies. Researchers believe that this might provide clues about the Epoch of Reionization during the early universe.

Science May 14, 2019

Researchers Say Life On Mars Still Possible But May Still Be Hidden

During the Breakthrough Discuss conference at UC Berkeley last month, a researcher argued that life of some form continues to exist on Mars. However, he suggested that they might be in hiding.

Science May 14, 2019

Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin Lunar Craft Is Comprised Of Several Multipurpose Modules

Jeff Bezos said that Blue Origin's Blue Moon can carry up to 14,000 pounds of the scientific payload, including multiple rovers, to the lunar surface. A crewed version is also in development.

Science May 14, 2019

Pacemaker For Pets? A Cardiac Nurse Starts A Donation Program To Save Animal Lives

Old pacemakers are often thrown away, so why not use them to save pets with their own heart problems? A cardiac nurse in Georgia takes inspiration from an old pet to start a donation program for animals that need pacemakers.

Science May 13, 2019

NASA Wants You To Record And Share Your Memories Of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

NASA has called on the public to share their memories and recollection about the historic moon landing. The Apollo Stories project will collate recordings that will be featured in NASA's commemorative audio series and social media accounts.

Science May 13, 2019

Scientists Call For Space Mining Laws To Protect, Preserve Solar System’s Wilderness

As corporations set their sights on space, scientists call for laws to prevent human exploitation of the solar system's resources. After all, just one-eighth of the asteroid belt could provide more iron for humanity than the Earth could provide.

Science May 13, 2019

Image Of Mars' Phobos In Full Moon Looks Like Rainbow-Colored Candy

Odyssey’s thermal imaging camera THEMIS observed Martian moon Phobos while in full moon. This new information would help scientists further study Phobos’ composition and determine its origin.

Science May 13, 2019

Climate Change Responsible For Spread Of Deadly Frog Disease In UK

What is wiping out the frog population in UK ponds? Rising temperatures due to climate change are worsening the ranavirus epidemics threatening UK's frog population.

Science May 12, 2019

Meteor Streaking Through Chicago Caught On Camera

A meteor streaked through Chicago skies just before midnight last friday. Security cameras in several homes were able to capture the moment that the meteor flew past the suburbs.

Science May 11, 2019

Astronomers Spot An Alien Star Lingering In The Milky Way

There’s a star in the Big Dipper that doesn’t quite belong in the Milky Way. Instead, it’s an interloper that drifted in from another galaxy.

Science May 11, 2019

Tourist Dies From Rabies After Getting Bitten By Dog She Rescued

A woman from Norway visited the Philippines and took a stray puppy to her resort to wash and play with it. Upon getting back home, she fell ill and died of rabies.

Science May 11, 2019

Virgin Galactic Moves Flight Activities To New Mexico As It Prepares To Send Tourists To Space

Virgin Galactic is truly gearing up for commercial trips to space. The company announces the relocation of their spaceflight activities to Spaceport America in New Mexico, the first spaceport in the world specially built for spaceflights.

Science May 11, 2019

187 Countries Agree To Restrict Sending Plastic Waste To Developing Nations

Nearly 200 countries have agreed to place restrictions on the sending of plastic waste to developing countries. Now, countries have to get approval from governments before sending their plastic waste.

Science May 11, 2019

Radioactive Carbon From Nuclear Tests Detected In Creatures From Mariana Trench

The Mariana Trench is home to the deepest part of the ocean. Even so, researchers of a new study found that even the creatures in the Mariana Trench are not spared from the effects of previous nuclear tests.

Science May 10, 2019

NASA Declares AI SpaceFactory Winner Of 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge

The winner for NASA's 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge has been announced. Years after the competition opened, AI SpaceFactory takes the top prize for their design, Marsha.

Science May 10, 2019

NASA Scientists Working On Soft Robots That Looks A Lot Like Sci-Fi Aliens

NASA interns have been developing soft robotic actuators that can expand the tasks that future robots can perform. Scientists are hoping to use soft robots for future exploration and building in space.

Science May 11, 2019

Tunneling Experts Excited At Prospect Or Boring Tunnels On Lunar Surface

NASA is ramping up plans to return humans back to the lunar surface. Meanwhile, engineers on Earth have started discussing and developing technologies to be used to colonize the Moon.

Science May 11, 2019

Ancient Grave Was Burial Site Of Brutally Massacred Bronze Age Family

An international team of archeologists identified the 15 Bronze Age skeletons unearthed in Southern Poland in 2011. The remains belonged to a family in the Globular Amphora culture, who were likely killed due to a conflict with other groups.

Science May 10, 2019

Scientists Flash-Freeze Water To Create Superionic Ice Half As Hot As The Sun

Can ice be thousands of degrees hot? Perhaps not naturally on Earth, but scientists were able to create 'hot ice' in the laboratory with giant lasers.

Science May 10, 2019

Elon Musk Takes Humorous Shot At Jeff Bezos's Moon Lander

On Twitter, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk trolled Jeff Bezos by posting an altered photo of the new Blue Moon lunar lander. Over the years, the two billionaires have clashed because of their contrasting space ambitions.

Science May 11, 2019

Chimps Raised In Captivity Spontaneously Learn How To Use Tools

Chimpanzees at the Kristiansand Zoo in Norway learned to use tree sticks and barks to dig for underground fruits. In a study, researchers observed the behaviors that the group of chimpanzees developed as they start using tools to harvest food.

Science May 14, 2019

Famous Peruvian Chef Virgilio Martinez Stopped At LAX For Bringing Frozen Piranhas

Star chef Virgilio Martinez was recently interrogated at the Los Angeles International Airport. Martinez sneaked in a few dozen frozen piranhas that he cooked for dinner at a fancy restaurant.

Science May 10, 2019

Flightless Bird Comes Back From The Dead 10,000 Years After Its Extinction

How does one beat extinction? These flightless species of rails know how. Here's how these birds evolved twice 10,000 years apart to 'come back from the dead' in the same coral atoll.

Science May 10, 2019

Climate Change Causing Growth Spurt In Old Trees

Tree rings reveal that the old trees in the forests of notheastern China are experiencing a growth spurt because of climate change. What are the pros and cons of the growth spurt?

Science May 10, 2019

Giant Basking Sharks Spotted In Numbers Not Seen Decades

Are the giant basking sharks making a population comeback? After years of occasional sightings, recent sightings catch the sharks in numbers not seen in decades.

Science May 10, 2019

Life Thriving In Antarctic Because Of Penguin And Seal Poop

What is driving the life hotspots in the Antarctic? Life is not easy to come by in the desolate area, but penguin and seal poop enrich the soil and contributes to the biodiversity.

Science May 10, 2019

Deep-Sea Fish Have Developed Superpowered Vision To See Colors In The Dark

Some fish species found in the deep, dark depths of the ocean have evolved to be capable of colored night vision. In fact, they can even see more colors than humans in the dark.

Science May 10, 2019

Rare ‘Collapsar’ Stars Gave Birth To Gold In The Universe

Most of the gold in the universe, as well as other heavy metals, are generated from collapsing stars. A new study takes a peek at the process.

Science May 10, 2019

Scientists Document Oldest Known Trees In Eastern North America

Researchers from the University of Arkansas have found the oldest living trees in eastern North America. The trees, which are located along the Black River in North Carolina, help provide scientists with new data on climate conditions in ancient times.

Science May 10, 2019

Study Links Ocean Behavior With Seasonal Monsoons

The South Asian monsoon is the most intense in the world due to the combination of the presence of the Himalayas and the wind-ocean interplay. In a study, researchers found that the ocean influence the strength and timing of the monsoon.

Science May 10, 2019

First Stars In The Universe Were Short-Lived And Ejecting Giant Jets Of Matter

The first stars in the Universe exploded asymmetrically, spreading the seeds that would create new stars in neighboring galaxies. Astrophysicists from MIT presented observational evidence of aspherical supernovae from studying a nearby ancient star.

Science May 9, 2019

Japan's First Private Rocket Successfully Launches Into Space

After several failed attempts, private Japanese aerospace company Interstellar Technologies Inc. have successfully launched its MOMO F3 rocket into a test flight in space. This event is crucial for the future of Japanese private space industry.

Science May 10, 2019

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