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Brain Imaging Study Reveals Some Humans Can Sense Earth's Magnetic Field

Many animals are known to be magnetoreceptive, but now a new study reveals humans are, too. While humans may not consciously detect changes in the magnetic field, the brain triggers a strong response in a number of individuals.

Science March 19, 2019

NASA Detects Asteroid Explosion 10 Times More Powerful Than Hiroshima Bomb

The third most powerful fireball in modern history exploded in Russia last December. This ball of fire unleashed energy that is 10 times greater than the "Little Boy".

Science March 20, 2019

Massive Painted Lady Butterfly Migration Leaves California Residents In Awe

Residents of Southern California were surprised to witness millions of painted lady butterflies migrating to the north. Experts explained that the increased rainfall in the desert fueled the large swarms this year.

Science March 18, 2019

NASA Scientists Create Exoplanet Atmosphere In Lab

Exoplanets are planets that orbit another star. To further understand how the atmospheres of exoplanets known as hot Jupiters are formed, NASA combined chemicals and heated them in a furnace, inside a lab.

Science March 19, 2019

Mathematicians Crack Code To Human Sperm Swimming Speed And Strength

New research found that the human sperm has a reinforced tail that gives it the strength and stability to break through the cervical mucus. The findings could aid IVF clinics to develop a better sperm-selection method.

Science March 20, 2019

Ram Semen Stored Frozen In 1968 Successfully Impregnates 34 Sheep

Australian researchers successfully impregnated 34 sheep using a ram’s semen that was frozen and preserved for 50 years. The researchers compared this success rate to recently preserved semen and found no difference between the two.

Science March 18, 2019

Spaceflight Can Reactivate Dormant Viruses In Astronauts, NASA Study Reveals

Urine, blood, and saliva samples taken from astronauts show immune cells that eliminate and suppress viruses are less effective during spaceflight and even 60 days after that. Stress hormones also increase during spaceflight.

Science March 17, 2019

Scientists Report Record Performance With Affordable Semiconductors

Researchers developed a method to accurately measure the efficiency of quantum dots. The effort hopes to remove any doubts over the particles' performance and make them cheaper alternatives to single-crystal semiconductors.

Science March 16, 2019

Ancient DNA Reveals Gene Pool Of Men In Spain Was Nearly Wiped Out During The Bronze Age

The modern-day Iberia that is known today as Spain and Portugal is a melting pot of cultures. Thousands of years ago, the local men of the ancient Iberian Peninsula were mysteriously driven out of the genetic pool.

Science March 17, 2019

NASA's Pathfinder Mission May Have Landed Near Ancient Mars Sea In 1997

The Mars Pathfinder mission ended 22 years ago but brought back new information about the red planet. Who would’ve known that the Pathfinder rover landed near an ancient inland sea on Mars?

Science March 16, 2019

Space Orbiter Captures Image Of 'Hairy Blue Spider' On Planet Mars

Incredible new images from the ExoMars mission show the surface of Mars. One of the photos appear to show 'hairy spiders' that are actually the result of dust devil activity.

Science March 16, 2019

Critically Endangered Porpoise Found Dead, Conservationists Say Possibly Less Than 10 Of Species Left Alive

The carcass found by conservationists is believed to be that of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. It is possible that only 10 of the species remain alive.

Science March 15, 2019

New Genetic Analysis May Have Finally Revealed Identity Of Jack The Ripper

Researchers in the United Kingdom claim to have found new evidence that could finally reveal Jack the Ripper's true identity. The study involved DNA testing of semen sample retrieved from one of the crime scenes in 1888.

Science March 16, 2019

New Calculations Reveal Venus Is Not The Closest Planet To Earth

Scientists found that contrary to popular belief, the Earth's closest neighbor is not Venus. The formula used to measure distances between planets were not as accurate as people thought it was.

Science March 16, 2019

Archaeologists And Biologists Join Forces To Investigate Sea Otter Tools

A team of researchers observed sea otters in California over a decade to investigate how the sea mammals use stone tools to crack open their meals. One of their findings claimed that sea otters might be right-handed.

Science March 16, 2019

NASA Is Considering Flying Commercial Space Flights Signaling Shift In Space Industry

NASA might have to change the way it conducts its deep space mission to make next year's Orion uncrewed flight around the Moon possible. The space agency might use a commercial rocket to launch the spacecraft.

Science March 16, 2019

Fossils From Hunter-Gatherers Shed New Light On Genetic History Of The Iberian Peninsula

Researchers analyzed the DNA from ancient Iberian individuals to create the most extensive genetic record of the region to date. A paper revealed that the last hunter-gatherer group that survived in the region was more diverse than originally thought.

Science March 15, 2019

New Spider Species Named After 'Star Wars' Stormtroopers

A team of scientists in Colombia discovered a new species of spiders and named it after the fictional soldiers from the 'Star Wars' movie. Now called 'Stormtropis,' the new species had never been seen in the country before.

Science March 15, 2019

Astronauts Who Survived 2018 Failed Soyuz Launch Blast Off To International Space Station

Five months after they were forced to make an emergency landing following a malfunction on the Soyuz, two astronauts complete a successful journey to the ISS on the very same spacecraft.

Science March 15, 2019

Softer Foods Gave Ancient Humans Ability To Pronounce 'F' And 'V' Sounds

How did humans come to pronounce the letters "f" and "v"? Researchers of a controversial new study believe that it may have something to do with a shift in ancient humans' diet.

Science March 14, 2019

UK Royal Mint Celebrates Stephen Hawking With Commemorative Coin That Features A Black Hole

To mark the first anniversary of Stephen Hawking’s death, the Royal Mint of the United Kingdom has issued a fancy new coin to honor the late physicist. The special coins are all sold out.

Science March 16, 2019

Researchers Use Quantum Computer To 'Reverse' Time

Researchers claimed that they have successfully turned back time using quantum computers. In an experiment, the team successfully return qubits from their complex chaotic patterns into its original orderly form.

Science March 14, 2019

The Pentagon Reportedly Needs $14.1 Billion For A Space Force

The U.S. Department of Defense is requesting $14.1 billion to develop the country’s space force. The main goal of the Space Force is to protect U.S. and allied interests in space.

Science March 14, 2019

Waterfall That 'Creates' Itself Could Rewrite Geological History Of Earth

Scientists simulated a river in a lab and were able to create a small waterfall, proving that it does not need an external force to form. The findings challenge the perception that waterfalls tell the geologic history of Earth.

Science March 14, 2019

Bomb Cyclone Hits Colorado: Here's What You Need To Know

A powerful bomb cyclone that was described as a ‘cyclone of historic proportions’ has hit the United States. It combines the force of gusty winds, severe blizzards, and flooding.

Science March 14, 2019

SpaceX May Be Likeliest Contender To Win Moon Rocket Contract

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that the space agency is considering the use of a commercial rocket to launch the Orion crew capsule next year. He told a Senate committee that the SLS will not be ready by June 2020.

Science March 14, 2019

MIT, Harvard Scientists Create Origami-Inspired Robot Flytrap: Here's What It Can Do

Researchers from Harvard and MIT developed a robotic hand that can pick up a wide array of objects. Once it has overcome some limitations, the origami-shaped hand has the potential to be used in a variety of ways.

Science March 14, 2019

DNA Testing Company FamilyTreeDNA Now Allows Users To Block FBI Access To Their Genetic Data

After it had received backlash from customers, DNA testing company FamilyTreeDNA decided to change its terms of service that would allow users to prevent law enforcement agencies from accessing their genetic data.

Science March 14, 2019

NASA Unveils Opportunity Rover's Last Set Of Photos

Mars Opportunity might have perished in a planet-wide dust storm in June, but it continues to provide data about the Red Planet to NASA. The space agency published one of the final photos they received from the 15-year-old rover.

Science March 13, 2019

NASA Boss Jim Bridenstine Says First Person To Step On Mars Likely To Be A Woman

The head of NASA reveals that the first human to visit Mars is likely to be a woman. Future missions to the moon will also include women, which will be the first time in history.

Science March 13, 2019

NASA Wants To Open 50-Year-Old Moon Samples From Apollo Missions

NASA is opening lunar samples for the first time since the Apollo program ended nearly 50 years ago. Two teams of scientists were granted permission to study the samples in preparation for the space agency's planned return to the moon.

Science March 13, 2019

Astronomers Find Dust Ring Floating Around Mercury's Orbit

A pair of solar scientists found Mercury's dust ring while searching for the dust-free region around the sun. The study could aid scientists to understand how planets formed in the solar system billions of years ago.

Science March 13, 2019

Toyota Is Building Japan's Fuel Cell-Powered Moon Rover

Toyota sets its sights on the moon as it partners with JAXA for a self-driving vehicle that will keep astronauts impressively mobile on the moon.

Science March 12, 2019

Beehives Located In Cities Can Be Used To Monitor Pollution

A novel study claimed that urban bees can help determine pollution levels in a city. The scientists analyzed the chemical composition of honey extracted from six neighborhoods in Vancouver and found the city to be extremely clean.

Science March 12, 2019

'Earthie' Plushie Toy Sold Out After Making Waves Onboard The ISS

SpaceX's 'super high tech zero-g indicator' plushie has sold out, according to its maker Celestial Buddies. The company promised that the famous toy will go back in stock in April.

Science March 12, 2019

Climate Change Severely Impacting Low Elevation Forest Growth

Low-elevation forests in the United States might soon disappear. Researchers found that forests damaged by wildfires in the past 30 years are increasingly becoming unsuitable for young trees to take root.

Science March 12, 2019

Greenland Ice Cores Reveal Massive Solar Storm Hit Earth 2,700 Years Ago

Analysis of ice cores from Greenland showed a massive solar storm known as solar proton event hit Earth in 660 BC. How strong was it and what could happen if it occurs today?

Science March 12, 2019

Small Doses Of Solar Geoengineering Could Safely Cool Earth's Warming Climate, Study Finds

A new study found that injecting small doses of aerosol into the stratosphere could safely slow down global warming without unwanted side effects. It said that only 0.4 percent of the land on Earth would see climate change getting worse.

Science March 13, 2019

Horses Wearing Striped Pajamas Shed Light On How Zebras Avoid Biting Flies

Zebras and their stripes have long left scientists puzzled. A new study observed zebras, horses, and horses dressed as zebras in an attempt to discover the reason behind the unique striped coat.

Science March 12, 2019

Italy's First Coral Reef Discovered In The Adriatic Sea

A rare coral reef ecosystem was found beneath the coast of Puglia, Italy. The Mediterranean mesophotic coral reef thrives in low levels of light and produces corals with subtle colors.

Science March 12, 2019

Up To 97 Percent Of Norway's Plastic Bottles Are Now Recycled

Norway announced an environmental feat in the recycling game. The country said that 97 percent of its plastic bottles are now recycled, inspiring other nations to follow suit.

Science March 12, 2019

New White House Budget May Further Delay Launch Of NASA's Space Launch System Rocket

The newly released budget request for NASA's 2020 fiscal year spells plenty of delays and terminations, but NASA assures the slashed budget is a win for the space agency. One of the projects that is halted is the upgraded Space Launch System.

Science March 11, 2019

New Study Proves Family Ties Between Horseshoe Crabs And Spiders

Evolutionary biologists identified the creature that has been crawling the earth for nearly 500 million years belong to the Ricinulei group, the arachnids known as hooded tick spiders. Today, the number of horseshoe crabs are diminishing due to the acidification of the oceans.

Science March 12, 2019

Turning Liquid Metals Into Plasma Produces Very Weird Results

Researchers investigated the conditions needed to turn liquid metal into plasma. The experiment could help scientists further understand the universe and lead to the realization of an alternative source of energy.

Science March 11, 2019

WATCH: Optical Illusion Video Shows The Moon Yo-Yo Across The Sun

NASA captured strange images of the moon moving back and forth across the surface of the sun. This event called retrograde motion also happens when outer planets that move slower into their orbits are observed from Earth.

Science March 12, 2019

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