Team of 1000 scientists detect Einstein gravitational waves
2017-06-03 17:59:21 UTC
A team of more than 1,000 scientists have for a third time detected ripples in space from black holes that crashed together billions of light years from Earth, a discovery that confirms a new technique for observing cataclysmic events in the universe, research published on Thursday shows.
Such vibrations, known as gravitational wave...
Controversial study: The evolutionary lineage arose in Africa?
2017-05-23 07:10:13 UTC
Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa.
Scientists said on Monday the creature, known as Graecopithecus freybergi and known only fro...
Nasa discovers new planetary system similar to our solar system
2017-05-10 05:03:15 UTC
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a joint German-US space science project. Carrying a 2.5-metre telescope inside a modified Boeing 747SP, the airborne observatory performs astronomical observations in the infrared and submillimetre wavelengths, high above the disturbance of Earth's atmosphere.
March for Science: Global concern over Trump's climate policy
2017-04-23 02:08:50 UTC
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO — People across the world expressed their support for science and facts at Earth Day events billed as a March of Science events *"celebration of science" ) on Saturday. The main march was in Washington D.C., but more than 600 satellite marches took place elsewhere.
In hundreds of "March for Science" events f...
Astronomers find 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star
2017-02-22 21:59:16 UTC
Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, raising the prospect of life, research published on Wednesday showed.
The star, known as TRAPPIST-1, is a small, dim celestial body in the constellation Aquarius. It is ...
Trump threatens to cut funding to the U.C. Berkeley
2017-02-03 00:42:55 UTC
SACRAMENTO, CALIF./NEW YORK - U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to cut funding to the University of California at Berkeley after protesters forcing the cancellation of an appearance by a far-right Breitbart News editor.
Trump's threat in a tweet provoked a response from California lawmakers, who in discussions on th...
Astronomers find a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth
2016-08-25 09:03:26 UTC
Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a littl...
Mystery whale has scientists shocked
2016-08-04 07:39:07 UTC
Scientists discovered a new species of whale on the island of St. George, Alaska. This species of whale has never been seen alive and is yet to be named.
It turns out, according to new research published Tuesday, that this was not a Baird's beaked whale at all, but an entirely new species—a smaller, odd-shaped black cetacean that Ja...
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity finishes work at Marathon Valley on Mars
2016-06-19 03:22:31 UTC
Pasadena, CA – “Marathon Valley,” slicing through a large crater’s rim on Mars, has provided fruitful research targets for NASA’s Opportunity rover since July 2015, but the rover may soon move on.
Opportunity recently collected a sweeping panorama from near the western end of this east-west valley. The vista shows an area where the mi...
Mercury makes rare journey across the sun
2016-05-10 05:20:50 UTC
The planet Mercury can be seen as a tiny speck, just above and to the left of center, as it makes its transit across the Sun on Monday, May 9, 2016.
Be sure to protect your eyes by using a telescope or binoculars featuring proper solar filters.
Richard Sanderson, curator of physical science at the Springfield Science Museum, host...
Scientists get clearer picture of breast cancer
2016-05-05 04:27:26 UTC
<h3><i>Scientists have developed a picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer. The largest study of its kind is a 'milestone' in terms of its potential to unlock new ways of treating and preventing the disease.</h3></i>
Published in the international science magazine "Nature" the research unpicked practically all genetic...
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 say, the giant planet was knocked out of the planet-forming region near the sun. Slowed d...
“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 that struggle each year to conceive a child, most procedures, such as in vitro fertilizati...
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 atmosphere was stripped away by solar winds in the early days of the Solar System, causing the ...
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 debris is flung outward at high speed while the rest falls toward the black hole.
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 similar to that suffered by humans.
The dogs and cats we share our homes with can get vari...
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.
The six-strong team will live in close quarters under the dome, without fresh air, fres...
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 where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. It's bolstering hopes...
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 it had received signals from the lander, named Philae, late on Thursday, when it began &quo...
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 germ cells eventually become sperm or eggs.
The scientists on Thursday described experim...
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 nano-analytical techniques; the bones are not exceptionally preserved and show no external ...
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 a chemical substance in the Martian soil that absorbs water vapour from the atmosphere to ...
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 speed of light.
Actual collisions will not begin for at least another month, but they will t...
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 creature was more than 2 meters long, weighed as much as 100 kilograms, and had a broad flat h...
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 equator. This could be a big deal in that the three hottest years on record, just behind ...