Astronomers say a Neptune-sized planet lurks beyond Pluto
2016-01-21 09:03:33 UTC
The solar system appears to have a new ninth planet. Today, two scientists announced evidence that a body nearly the size of Neptune—but as yet unseen—orbits the sun every 15,000 years. During the solar system’s infancy 4.5 billion years ago, they...
“Spermbot” that can help sperm swim better to eggs
2016-01-18 22:35:23 UTC
<H3><i>A team of German researchers has invented a “spermbot” that can help sperm swim better to improve couples’ fertility, according to a study published recently in the journal Nano Letters.</i><hr></h3>
For the millions of American couples ...
Mars' atmosphere 'gone with the solar wind': NASA
2015-11-06 06:23:52 UTC
Mars' atmosphere 'gone with the solar wind': NASA
We finally have an understanding of how Mars transformed from a once habitable, Earth-like planet into the dry world we see today. NASA researchers have just announced that Mars' once rich atmos...
NASA | Massive Black Hole Shreds Passing Star
2015-11-02 05:08:33 UTC
This artist’s rendering illustrates new findings about a star shredded by a black hole. When a star wanders too close to a black hole, intense tidal forces rip the star apart.
In these events, called “tidal disruptions,” some of the stellar de...
The animal that doesn't get cancer
2017-06-13 17:05:56 UTC
<blockquote><h3>Many animals get cancer just like humans do, but there are a few mysterious species that rarely develop it<hr></h3>
By <strong>Melissa Hogenboom</strong>
Cancer is rife in the animal kingdom. For many, the mortality rate is s...
Nasa starts year-long isolation to simulate life on Mars
2015-08-30 22:11:05 UTC
Nasa starts year-long isolation to simulate life on Mars.
The isolation experience, which will last a year, will be the longest of its type attempted.
Experts estimate that a human mission to the Red Planet could take between one and three years...
U.S. Scientists Discover Earth-Like Planet
2015-07-24 21:17:34 UTC
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the "habitable zone" around a sun-like star. The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the "habitable zone"—the area around a star...
Lost comet lander awakes, sends 'hello' from space
2015-06-14 20:10:02 UTC
A robotic space lander has surprised scientists by waking up and sending a signal to Earth, seven months after straying into the shadows of a comet where they feared it might be marooned for ever.
The European Space Agency said on Sunday that i...
Scientists identify a gene that makes the call
2015-06-13 04:08:27 UTC
Egg or sperm? Scientists identify a gene that makes the call.
Providing insight into the sometimes mysterious biology of reproduction, researchers in Japan have identified a gene that controls whether the reproductive precursor cells known as g...
Blood preserved in dinosaur specimens
2015-06-10 22:59:49 UTC
Exceptionally preserved organic remains are known throughout the vertebrate fossil record, and recently, evidence has emerged that such soft tissue might contain original components. We examined samples from eight Cretaceous dinosaur bones using n...
Nasa Curiosity Rover Finds Water On Mars
2015-06-23 08:23:56 UTC
A new twist on the idea that there could be water on Mars has emerged from data collected by the Nasa Curiosity rover indicating that liquid brine may be ubiquitous across the surface of the Red Planet.
Scientists have detected the presence of ...
LHC restarts after long rebuild: The restart of the Large Hadron Collider is now under way, with protons making their way around its 27km tunnel for the first time since 2013
2015-04-05 10:04:00 UTC
The restart of the Large Hadron Collider is now under way, with protons making their way around its 27km tunnel for the first time since 2013.
Particle beams will soon travel in both directions, inside parallel pipes, at a whisker beneath the spe...
Giant ancient salamander was bigger than a human
2015-03-24 01:27:54 UTC
Before dinosaurs came along, one of Earth’s top predators was a salamanderlike amphibian that lived in tropical areas of the supercontinent Pangaea. Fossils unearthed from a 30- to 40-centimeter-thick bone bed in southern Portugal suggest the crea...
Scientists call to action: Climate collapsing while we’re napping
2015-03-21 18:17:42 UTC
For the first time in about five years, it looks like <i><strong>El Niño</i></strong> has arrived, a climatic change involving atmospheric air pressure changes and warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean near the ...
Jupiter’s Moon: NASA Finds Underground Ocean Beneath Ganymede
2015-03-12 23:10:59 UTC
"A deep ocean under the icy crust of Ganymede opens up further exciting possibilities for life beyond Earth,” says NASA’S Science Mission Directorate, John Grunsfeld.
Ganymede is the largest moon in our solar system. In fact, it is larger than ...
Dark matter's mysteries : Analyzing billions of cosmic rays
2015-03-09 16:56:48 UTC
In the near vacuum of outer space, each rare morsel of matter tells a story. A speedy proton may have been propelled by the shock wave of an exploding star. A stray electron may have teetered on the precipice of a black hole, only to be flung away...
Two Clusters of stars found on the edge of Milky Way
2015-03-09 16:44:02 UTC
Two clusters of stars have been found in a cloud hovering on the outskirts of the galaxy. Thousands of light-years from the spiral arms of the Milky Way, the clusters are the most distant ever observed in the galaxy, scientists report online Febru...
New evidence: Asteroid's 'bad timing' killed off dinosaurs
2014-07-28 05:24:16 UTC
Dinosaurs might have survived the catastrophic impact that ended their reign had the devastating asteroid that slammed into the Earth arrived at a "more convenient time", a scientist has claimed. As a result humans would probably not exist.
Mars: Space agency to test new device over Hawaii
2014-06-02 15:48:33 UTC
The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as Nasa prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.
For decades, robotic landers and rovers have hit...
Brain Injury Releases Astonishing Mathematical Powers
2014-05-13 07:42:11 UTC
When two thugs bashed Jason Padgett outside a bar they weren't trying to release skills he never knew he had, less still conduct one of the most groundbreaking neuroscience experiments of the century. But as it turned out, that's what they did. Ho...
Stephen Hawking-The implications of artificial intelligence
2014-05-05 18:43:31 UTC
Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clash...
Black death was not spread by rat fleas
2014-04-01 08:47:21 UTC
Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago believe they have uncovered the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the mid-14th ...
Our home in space, the Solar System
2014-03-23 07:57:24 UTC
Hello, tiny human! If you needed a quick reminder of how small you are in the universe, just check out this video, created by designer Philipp Dettmer. It'll give you the basic run-down of the solar system: how many moons each planet has, how far ...
Behemoth star destroys potential solar systems
2014-03-19 06:58:17 UTC
A massive star in the Orion Nebula is obliterating some planet nurseries while sparing others. Measurements of the dust swirling around Orion’s young stars reveal a zone of destruction near the massive star, one of the brightest in the nebula. Yet...
Do your bit for bumblebees
2014-03-19 06:53:29 UTC
Bumblebee populations are in decline, but scientists don’t have enough data on which bee species live where to target conservation efforts. People throughout North America, armed with smartphones and cameras, can now help find the bumblebees.