Finding Signs Of Alien Life
When it comes to looking for alien life, scientists mostly focus on where there is water. Now researchers suggest that looking at "bioessential" elements such as phosphorus and molybdenum could help judge a world's potential for life.
The growing amount of so-called "space junk" orbiting the Earth could lead to catastrophic collisions with satellites.
Watch the moment the UK-led RemoveDebris mission left the International Space Station (ISS).
Mars - One of the biggest mysteries of the universe is whether life may be possible beyond our home planet. Two announcements from NASA represent major steps forward in cracking that case.
A History Of The First Computers
A machine that took up an entire room at a laboratory in Manchester University ran its first program at 11am on 21 June 1948.
The prototype completed the task in 52 minutes, having run through 3.5 million calculations.
The Manchester Baby, known formally as the Small-Scale Experimental Machine, was the world's first stored-program computer.
Olivine, a green mineral, is found inside lava erupting from fissures.
Cassini's Last Images Of Saturn
Three of Saturn’s moon are visible: Mimas (above the ring line), Janus (just touching ring line), and Tethys (below).
Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
ISS Showing Arrival Of Dragon-14
Two days after its launch from Florida, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was installed on the Harmony module of the International Space Station.
Hubble Telescope photographed Icarus, most distant start to date, at nine billion years of light.
Bowhead whales, the black filter-feeding giants of the Arctic that can live for 200 years devouring tons of tiny marine creatures, boast another remarkable quality. Their unique underwater songs make them wonderful "jazz" artists.
Oumuamua was probably kicked out of its own star system by an overbearing gas giant like Jupiter.
Dozen Black Holes Found
A dozen black holes may lie at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way, researchers have said.
Lupus 3, a dense cloud of gas and dust that collapses to create new stars.
Indias Lunar Mission
India plans tricky and unprecedented landing near moon's south pole.
2018 Calendar of Celestial Events
Mars 2020 Rover
How To Look For Dinosaur Fossils
Here are five tips to maximize your chances of making a big fossil discovery and help you figure out what to do if you find one.
On Science and Hip Hop
Q&A with the Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA
The artist discusses music as a means to get kids excited about science, and the inspiration he took from astrophysics and polar bears.
The discovery of a crow-sized, bird-like dinosaur with colorful feathers from northeastern China that lived 161 million years ago during the Jurassic Period.
New Ape Species Discovered
The Tapanuli orangutan has been identified as the newest species of great ape, but also likely the most endangered.
GPS For Spaceships - The Stars
Spaceships could use blinking dead stars to chart their way.
2018 In Science
It's going to be a hectic 2018 in space, science and technology. Our Space and Futuris presenters Jeremy Wilks and Julian Lopez look ahead to what we can expect in the next 12 months.
Ban The Glitter
When washed down the drain, glitter becomes a subset of marine plastic litter known as microplastic. Microplastics, which measure less than five millimeters in length, are found throughout the world’s oceans, from the surface to the deep sea floor. They are consumed by plankton, fish, shellfish, seabirds, and other marine life.
Bio House Of Tomorrow
The BIQ House in Hamburg (shown above) has a façade of thin-walled tanks filled with microalgae. The algae harvest sunlight and carbon dioxide, and produce biomass that can be used to generate electricity.
Our Annual Photographic Competition
Capturing ecology 2017 photo competition - winners in pictures.
An Unusual Planet
WASP-18b is an exoplanet located 325 light-years from Earth. The planet's mass is 10 times that of Jupiter, and it orbits its star once every 23 hours.
Take the Driver's Seat...
...on Sea Level Science.
The new simulator allows anyone with a computer to perform idealized experiments with sea level and learn about its complexities. Developed by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the interactive platform, called the Virtual Earth System Laboratory (VESL), provides the public with a taste of how NASA models important Earth processes.
Captured by the Juno spacecraft on October 24 from a distance of 11,747 miles, the image displays a swirl of clouds at Jupiter’s northern hemisphere.
These soft robots cost less than a dollar and are built in minutes. Soft robotic muscles can give future robots a more human-like look, greater strength, and more versatility.
Scallops Have Eyes
The structures are so complex that they almost defy belief.
Last Image Of Saturn
Cassini snapped the series of images that were stitched together to create this photo on September 13 before making its plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on September 15, destroying the spacecraft in the process.
Elon Musk's To Do List By 2030
It's a lengthy list. Click on the image to read article.
Scuba Diving Fly
Researchers at Caltech found that like other flies, alkali have small hair-like structures and a coating that lets water slip off their back. But unlike other flies (including kelp flies and fruit flies), these insects have more ‘hairs’ and an even more water-repellent coating. The combination means that the flies can trap a small bubble of air around them as they squiggle their way underwater.
Human Vs Artificial Intelligence
Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, put their work to the test recently. Timing laps through a twisting obstacle course, they raced drones controlled by artificial intelligence (A.I.) against a professional human pilot. What were the results?
Women Of Nasa Lego Set
The 231-piece set costs $25 and includes computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, and astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison as well as props relevant to each woman’s contributions to the space program.
New analysis suggests unique atmospheric chemistry explains why the polar vortex on Saturn's moon Titan isn't behaving as expected.
Are Aliens Trying To Contact Us?
“Although unlikely, there is also a possibility that the signals are due to highly peculiar chemical compositions in a small fraction of galactic halo stars.” said Trottier and Borra.
7 Earth-Size Planets Discovered
The length of each planet’s day — how quickly it spins on its axis — may sync with its sun’s orbit. That would make the innermost planet’s day 1.5 Earth days long and the outermost one’s 20 Earth days long. That would be like Earth rotating once in 365 days instead of in 24 hours.
Oldest Plants On Earth Found
The discovery may overturn ideas of when relatively advanced life evolved, say scientists in Sweden.
Black Holes Swallow Stellar Debris
In the center of a distant galaxy, almost 300 million light years from Earth, scientists have discovered a supermassive black hole that is "choking" on a sudden influx of stellar debris.
To colonize Mars, humans need to evolve...
NASA is going to create the coldest space mankind’s ever measured aboard the ISS.
Scientists Discover Six New Species
Researchers found a new species of 'Hoff' crab, two snails, a limpet and two new species of worm.
Physics Books Of 2016
As 2016 comes to a close, Symmetry writer Mike Perricone takes us through the latest additions to his collection of popular science books related to particle physics.
U.S. Use Of Solar Power
U.S. sets staggering record with 191% growth in solar power installations in 2016.
World's Oldest Water Discovered
The vast age of the water is not the only important discovery. When the researchers analyzed the liquid, they found traces of life within it. While they are yet to find actual living bacteria, what they did discover was in effect the fingerprint of life.
Launch Schedule 2018
A regularly updated listing of planned orbital missions from spaceports around the globe. Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.
48 New Volcanos Found On IO
There are plenty of weird volcanoes in our Solar System, from icy variants on dwarf planets to pancake volcanoes on Venus. On IO, though, they are utterly bonkers.
Algae And Sneakers
Harvesting wild algae to make your next pair of sneakers? Read more...
New Images Of Jupiter
The tiny world where volcanoes erupt ice.
Instead of a human driving the tractor across the land, autonomous tractors drive themselves.
According to the Kardashev scale, a Type II civilization is a society that has managed to harness (and control) the energy of a star. Here's what that means.
How Did Life Evolve On Earth?
The answer to this question would not only fill one of the largest gaps in scientists' understanding of nature, but also would have important implications for the likelihood of finding life elsewhere in the universe.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Observations show that Jupiter's upper atmosphere — above the Great Red Spot — is hundreds of degrees hotter than anywhere else on the planet.
Largest Dinosaur Print Found
A footprint measuring over a meter wide that was made by a meat-eating predator some 80 million years ago has been discovered in Bolivia, one of the largest of its kind ever found.
Falcon 9 Rocket
SpaceX signs first customer for used Falcon rocket.
Dogs Can Understand Human Speech
Planet Number Nine?
Work since 2014 has defined Planet Nine’s potential properties. Evaluation of "neighboring" small body orbits indicate that it is many times more immense than Earth, possibly around 15 times the size, and at the nearest point of its extremely extended, oblong orbit it is a minimum of 200 times more distant from the Sun than Earth, or more than 5 times the distance from the Sun to Pluto.
Oldest Known Fossil
Scientists find 3.7 billion-year-old fossils.
NASA's Mars Mission 2020
All the details and news releases found here.
SpaceX rocket makes historic flight. Successfully lands booster stage after launch.
Something passed in front of KIC 8462852 and blocked its light, but what?
Byzantine-era settlement dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries CE discovered in Israel.
To Feed Or Not To Feed?
Reduce bird-window collisions, beneficial not only for birds but also for the millions of people who feed them.
What Do Whales Eat?
The plan is to find out more about the whales' diet and the areas they use to forage for food as well as what makes these areas so productive.
Breeding A Cold-Weather Bee?
Canadian researchers will evaluate the traits of 1000 colonies, sequence their genomes, and gather information to help beekeepers breed their own specialized insects.
Dragon Offers Ticket To Mars
The cheapest way to Mars
All it takes is a magnet and knowing where to look.
New Words Added To The Dictionary
Cocoa Trees - How Old Are They?
Chocolate, produced from seeds of the cacao tree Theobroma cacao, is one of the most popular flavors in the world, with sales around 100$ billion dollars per year. Yet, as worldwide demand increases, there are fears the industry will fail to cope with growing public hunger for the product.
Citizen Scientists Discovery
Using the Planethunters.org website, a Yale-led international team of astronomers identified and confirmed discovery of the phenomenon, called a circumbinary planet in a four-star system. Only six planets are known to orbit two stars but none of these are orbited by a distant binary.
Why We Cling To Superstitions, Even If Our Rational Side Knows They're Not True
How Taste Buds Work
What is generally categorized as “taste” is basically a bundle of different sensations: it is not only the qualities of taste perceived by the tongue, but also the smell, texture and temperature of a meal that are important.
How well do you know our solar system?
Facts About Pluto
The Globally Rare False Click Beetle
A single specimen of the globally rare False Click Beetle has been discovered in the 1,140-acre green space in south-west London, the first ever seen in the capital.
Graphene To Cool Your Devices
As modern electronics get increasingly complex, and yet squeezed into increasingly slimmer, more compact packages, overheating has become a puzzling problem.
Graphene -- the material made of a single-atom carbon layer -- to the rescue. The solution was detailed this week in the journal Advanced Materials.
The Giggles Gene
A gene previously associated with marital bliss or blues may also come to be known as the giggle gene.
Oldest Horned Dinosaur
The new dinosaur — named Wendiceratops Pinhornensis after a famous fossil hunter who discovered the bone bed in Canada where these fossils were buried — is one of the oldest known horned dinosaurs.
What Gives Fireflies Their Greenish Glow?
Image credit - wikimedia.org
The Heat That Keeps On Giving
Burning fossil fuels provides a brief pulse of warming. But the warming brought on by the CO2 released at the same time lasts for centuries.
Instead of explaining things to kids from the front of a classroom, teachers are beginning to instead “guide from the side.” They are nudging kids to become Edisons — tinkerers who learn by doing.
New Species of Leafhopper Discovered
A new species of the leafhopper genus Flexamia from the New Jersey Pine Barrens, located just east of the megalopolis that extends from New York City to Washington, DC.
Horses Are Getting Faster
A new analysis of race times from 1850 to 2012 shows that racehorses, on average, are getting faster every year.
Some Risks May Be Good For Kids
Children are living more constrained lives than previous generations, and fewer are left alone to wander and get up to shenanigans as their parents did, said Tim Gill, a childhood researcher and the author of "No Fear: Growing Up in A Risk Averse Society" (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2007).
17,000 Species Face Extinction
Sea Lion now endangered. View the complete list at the link below.
Ice Age Mummified Puppy Found
The 3-month-old female was found in the permafrost, which kept the body in a remarkable state of preservation, with little decomposition. Parts of the puppy’s heart, liver, lungs, stomach, and intestines survived, as did its skin and fur.
Dana Arabiyat, 15, of Amman, Jordan, designed a satellite to collect and dispose of the space trash that threatens other satellites orbiting Earth.
Cassini's Present Location
NASA's Cassini craft to make final pass by Saturn's odd-shaped Hyperion moon. The Cassini spacecraft will continue to pass by other moons throughout 2015 before diving between Saturn's rings in 2017.
Dark Matter Is Not as Sticky
The leading theory is that dark matter particles spread throughout the galaxy clusters do not frequently bump into each other. The reason the dark matter doesn't slow down is because not only does it not interact with visible particles, it also infrequently interacts with other dark matter. The team has measured this "self-interaction" and found it occurs even less frequently than previously thought.
Gas Giant Next To Tiny Star
Astronomers found a gas giant orbiting close to a tiny star.
The star HATS-6 is about half the size of our Sun, in both mass and diameter. It is one of the smallest stars astronomers have seen with a gas giant, and apparently, our models can’t yet explain how this gas giant came to be so close to its parent star.
The Quiet Life Of The Milky Way
TheMilky Way has had a sheltered life. A search for the signs of a violent galactic upbringing has come up empty, and the finding is helping astronomers understand our galaxy's history. It could also aid the search for dark matter.
DNA Code For The Woolly Mammoth
Scientists a step closer to "bringing back" mammoths...
How DNA Is Like A Yo-Yo
A new study shows that the coiled DNA acts much like the string on a yo-yo. And that’s good, because by being rolled up, each cell can store a lot of instructions.
Journey To Mars
Like cannonballs slamming into stained glass, high-energy particles can shatter the delicate tendrils that connect nerve cells, a study on mice finds. This neural destruction left mice with memory and learning problems, a finding that has implications for intrepid space explorers.
A new study explains the bond between humans and dogs,
3 New Species - Miniature Dragons
Researchers unveil three new species of colorful 'Miniature Dragons'.
MARLO, which looks like a Darth Vader helmet with legs and people feet, can walk in all directions and even go outside with no external help to keep balance.
What age is Camp Google for?
Camp Google is geared towards kids ages 7-10, but with proper supervision, Camp Google is open to kids of all ages.
We Think Better Standing
"Standing workstations reduce disruptive behavior problems and increase students' attention or academic behavioral engagement by providing students with a different method for completing academic tasks (like standing) that breaks up the monotony of seated work. School districts that put standing desks in classrooms may be able to address two problems at the same time: academic performance and childhood obesity.