Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia

At 62 years she lived well beyond her typical life expectancy and was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest verified member of her species in 2016. "She was born in the jungles of Sumatra, and I can only imagine how she would have ... More..

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Invasive plant can cause severe burns, blindness

The sap can cause painful blisters that can form and become "dark and pigmented", and scars that can last up to six years, according to the NYDEC. It's also been spotted in New York , Pennsylvania, Ohio, Mar...More..

Antarctica is melting three times as fast as a decade ago
by | Sunday, June 17, 2018

Antarctica is melting three times as fast as a decade ago

This rate increased when almost 241 billion tonnes of ice was lost from 2011 till 2017, according to a study in the journal Nature . The second study, also published in Nature , warns that time is running o...More..

Strongest sandstorm changed the work of Mars Rover Opportunity
by | Sunday, June 17, 2018

Strongest sandstorm changed the work of Mars Rover Opportunity

Nasa launched the twin rovers Opportunity and Spirit in 2003 to study Martian rocks and soil, and they landed in 2004. "It's like you have a loved one in a coma in the hospital". Rich Zurek, space scientist...More..

Distant eruption observed as black hole destroyed a star
by | Saturday, June 16, 2018

Distant eruption observed as black hole destroyed a star

Supermassive black holes that are millions to billions times the mass of the sun are thought to lurk in the hearts of most , if not all, large galaxies. Artist's conception of Tidal Disruption Event (TDE) in ...More..

As the scandals mount, conservatives turn on Scott Pruitt
by | Saturday, June 16, 2018

As the scandals mount, conservatives turn on Scott Pruitt

The two organizations have financial ties. "Administrator Pruitt, welcome to South Dakota", he said. Taxpayers spent more than $100,000 on the trip, which included private tours of the Vatican and meals at so...More..

Three new baby planets discovered not too far away from Earth
by | Friday, June 15, 2018

Three new baby planets discovered not too far away from Earth

These planets are the first detected using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA ), the world's most powerful telescope for observing molecular gas and dust. "These results will provide esse...More..

Professor Stephen Hawking's ashes are buried in Westminster Abbey
by | Friday, June 15, 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking's ashes are buried in Westminster Abbey

We shall give thanks for Stephen Hawking's remarkable gifts and for his life: for his years as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and for his global reach and influence as a scie...More..

Woman Sues NASA Over Ownership of Moon Dust Vial
by | Friday, June 15, 2018

Woman Sues NASA Over Ownership of Moon Dust Vial

Laura Murray Cicco filed a lawsuit on June 6 at the US District Court in Kansas, alleging that there's no law that prevents people from possessing such type of materials. According to official NASA policy, an...More..

Melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate
by | Friday, June 15, 2018

Melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate

Estimated annual ice loss from the Antarctic Peninsula rose from 7 billion to 33 billion metric tons over the same 25-year period, due to ice shelf collapse. "But remember for the Northern Hemisphere, for Nor...More..

by | Friday, June 15, 2018

Antarctica Is Losing An Unfathomable Amount of Ice

The Post also points out that East Antarctica lost around 28 billion tons of ice annually during the last five years. What is most concerning, is that nearly half of this ice loss has occurred in the past f...More..

NASA rover falls silent as huge dust storm envelops Mars
by | Thursday, June 14, 2018

NASA rover falls silent as huge dust storm envelops Mars

While the rover sent a transmission down to Earth on Sunday, the storm has intensified in recent days bringing "a dark, perpetual night over the rover's location", NASA said in a statement. One complication, he...More..

by | Thursday, June 14, 2018

United States, Canada and Mexico to jointly host 2026 World Cup

The failed circuit was born out of the excitement of Canada's lone World Cup appearance in 1986, but the CPL has taken the reverse approach by kicking off seven years ahead of the 2026 tournament , with the op...More..

NASA’s Mars rover weathers North America-sized dust storm
by | Wednesday, June 13, 2018

NASA’s Mars rover weathers North America-sized dust storm

This isn't the first time Opportunity has dealt with a dust storm since it arrived on Mars in January 2004. The measured opacity level of the current storm is 10.8, almost double that of the 2007 event and ...More..

French farmers call for pursuit of fuel blockades
by | Wednesday, June 13, 2018

French farmers call for pursuit of fuel blockades

Total's 253,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) Gonfreville refinery and nearby oil depot, its 109,000 bpd Feyzin refinery, the 220,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) Donges refinery and 102,000 bpd Grandpuits refinery were among...More..

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast
by | Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

The hurricane is moving north-west at about 10mph - a course it is expected to take until mid-week, the NHC said. Hurricane Bud is expected to deliver 3 inches to 6 inches of rain to much of southwestern Me...More..

Explainer: Indian scientists discover exoplanet 600 light years from Earth
by | Monday, June 11, 2018

Explainer: Indian scientists discover exoplanet 600 light years from Earth

Now, a trio of new rocky worlds has been discovered orbiting a distant star, and while they're a lot like Earth in terms of size, they're a bit steamier. "Very few such spectrographs exist around the world (mos...More..

NASA finds the building blocks of life on Mars
by | Sunday, June 10, 2018

NASA finds the building blocks of life on Mars

In any case, however, the molecules may provide key information to scientists in their continuing search for life on Mars , since "All life that we know of is based on organic molecules", Eigenbrode explain...More..

NASA to Extend Juno Jupiter's Mission by Three Years
by | Saturday, June 09, 2018

NASA to Extend Juno Jupiter's Mission by Three Years

But the radio signals slightly differed from what researchers have recorded on Earth , raising questions about the nature of lightning on Jupiter. NASA's Juno spacecraft has found Jovian lightning produces...More..

Mercedes delay engine upgrade due to 'quality issue'
by | Saturday, June 09, 2018

Mercedes delay engine upgrade due to 'quality issue'

Mercedes had intended for its works team and customer outfits Force India and Williams to run their second F1 power units of the campaign in Montreal this weekend. It will be a big weekend at the track, ...More..

Aletta expected to become first 2018 hurricane in Pacific
by | Saturday, June 09, 2018

Aletta expected to become first 2018 hurricane in Pacific

It could grow into a Category 4 sometime Friday. It had 75-mph maximum sustained winds and was moving west-northwest at 6 miles per hour, the NHC's 5 p.m. The Weather Channel reported the average date when t...More..

by | Friday, June 08, 2018

Earliest animal footprints found in China, study shows

For comparison, non-bilateral animals include sponges, corals, jellyfish, and anemones. Researchers have discovered the earliest known animal fossil footprints in South China , dating back about 635-541 mi...More..

Unhurried hurricanes: Study says tropical cyclones slowing
by | Friday, June 08, 2018

Unhurried hurricanes: Study says tropical cyclones slowing

To help, the Texas General Land Office partnered up with the University of Texas to conduct a survey for Texans who live in the affected areas, asking if they are still displaced and how much damage to their h...More..

Trio of astronauts blast off to international space station
by | Friday, June 08, 2018

Trio of astronauts blast off to international space station

The Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft lifted off at 11:12 UTC (17:12 in Kazakhstan) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The White House said earlier in 2018 that it would end direct funding of the orbiting outpost...More..

by | Friday, June 08, 2018

Mars Curiosity's Labs Are Back in Action

It is not a shocker that Curiosity has again found something interesting on Mars but the NASA's secrecy about it raised some questions. Mars rover is trending after one year: The National Aeronautics an...More..

by | Friday, June 08, 2018

Earliest animal footprints found in China

The Chinese and American team led by Dr Shuhai Xiao, from Virginia Tech in the USA, wrote in the journal Science Advances: "The irregular arrangement of tracks in the trackways may be taken as evidence that t...More..

Astronauts en route to space station after successful launch
by | Friday, June 08, 2018

Astronauts en route to space station after successful launch

Only 31 percent say that the search for alien life and life-supporting planets is top priority, while 42 percent believe it's low priority, and 27 percent believe it's not important or should not be done. Only ...More..

NASA launches new crew to the International Space Station
by | Friday, June 08, 2018

NASA launches new crew to the International Space Station

The crew will be lifting off on a Soyuz MS-09 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan . As for NASA, after the retiring of the Space Shuttle , it launched zero manned missions from U.S soil an...More..

NASA’s major Mars findings: organic molecules and seasonal changes
by | Friday, June 08, 2018

NASA’s major Mars findings: organic molecules and seasonal changes

The compounds discovered on Mars could have been produced by living things, or they could have been food for those living things. NASA's Curiosity rover landed inside Mars's 96-mile-wide Gale Crater o...More..

Rwandans march against plastic pollution
by | Friday, June 08, 2018

Rwandans march against plastic pollution

Till the 1970s, the use of plastic in Pakistan was limited, but this trend started changing in the 1980s, according to International Union for Conservation of Nature Country Representative Mahmood Akhtar Chee...More..

First swimmer to cross the Atlantic now trying to span the Pacific
by | Friday, June 08, 2018

First swimmer to cross the Atlantic now trying to span the Pacific

He was joined for the first 100 metres by his 17-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. "It's very emotional for a lot of people here". Accompanied by a nine-person support team, Mr Lecomte is hoping to raise...More..

by | Friday, June 08, 2018

Mars rover uncovers potential for life in ancient lakebed

When they did experiments in their laboratory on Earth to bake samples containing those three types of organic carbon, the readings were all consistent with what was detected on Mars. "With these new findings, ...More..

by | Thursday, June 07, 2018

Small Asteroid Slams Into Earth's Atmosphere Only Hours After Astronomers Spot It

When 2018 LA reached Earth, it was traveling very fast at around 10 miles per second (38,000MPH) and disintegrated in the atmosphere on impact. Given the name 2018 LA, it was first spotted by the Catalina ...More..

by | Thursday, June 07, 2018

Counter-order, the Nine Planet does not exist

The hypothetical Planet Nine , according to calculations , would be a gas giant with about 10 times the mass and four times the size of Earth , with an enormous orbit that would take between 10,000 and 20,00...More..

Russian space capsule with 3 crew lands in Kazakhstan
by | Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Russian space capsule with 3 crew lands in Kazakhstan

More specifically, the astronauts brought back home the soccer ball that would be used in the opening game of the World Cup 2018, held in Russian Federation. NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Russia's Sergey Prok...More..

First Nations Activist: Canada's Kinder Morgan Pipeline Will Cause Environmental & Economic Disaster
by | Tuesday, June 05, 2018

First Nations Activist: Canada's Kinder Morgan Pipeline Will Cause Environmental & Economic Disaster

Protests began in earnest last November, resulting in dozens of arrests since then. The expansion would be a twinning of the existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Strathcona County near Edmonton in Alberta ...More..

Thailand: Whale dies after consuming over 80 plastic bags
by | Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Thailand: Whale dies after consuming over 80 plastic bags

Rescuers tried for five days to keep it alive but couldn't save it. After the whale's death, veterinarians performed an autopsy and removed more than 80 plastic bags from the whale's stomach. Last month, th...More..

by | Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Pint-sized asteroid spotted just hours before slamming into Earth’s atmosphere

The rock entered Earth's atmosphere at a speed of approximately 38,000 miles per hour. Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer at NASA Headquarters explained: "This was a much smaller object than we are ...More..

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries satellite into orbit
by | Monday, June 04, 2018

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries satellite into orbit

So far, only the first stages have been landed and launched again. Air Force weather officials are predicting a 70 percent chance of good launch weather for the four-hour June 4 launch window, starting at 12:...More..

Trump Orders a Lifeline for Struggling Coal and Nuclear Plants
by | Monday, June 04, 2018

Trump Orders a Lifeline for Struggling Coal and Nuclear Plants

Trump administration officials are making plans to order grid operators to buy electricity from struggling coal and nuclear plants in an effort to extend their life, a move that could represent an unprecedente...More..

Trump orders Perry to take 'immediate steps' to stop coal plant closures
by | Sunday, June 03, 2018

Trump orders Perry to take 'immediate steps' to stop coal plant closures

The memo suggests that the Energy Department could force grid operators to buy power or electric generation capacity from a list of pre-determined power plants for two years, "to forestall any future actions to...More..

Wondrous dunes on Pluto are made of grains of frozen methane
by | Sunday, June 03, 2018

Wondrous dunes on Pluto are made of grains of frozen methane

Dunes are formed when the wind blows grains of sand into a sheltered area, where it accumulates over time and develops into an increasingly larger mound. While alternated light and dark education, distinguished...More..

Pluto has 'ice dunes' and 'Earth-like characteristics'
by | Saturday, June 02, 2018

Pluto has 'ice dunes' and 'Earth-like characteristics'

There's plenty of nitrogen ice adorning the glacier nearby from the dunes while methane is likely sourced from the snowcaps of nearby mountains like al-Idrisi Montes, which drifts down into the plane. "On Ear...More..

Flash Flood Watch in effect as Alberto shoves moisture into Carolinas
by | Saturday, June 02, 2018

Flash Flood Watch in effect as Alberto shoves moisture into Carolinas

The community set along the west bank of Maryland's Patapsco River, was stricken by deadly flash flooding in July 2016. Authorities have no immediate report of any injuries or fatalities though information ...More..

World's Oldest Lizard Fossil Found In The Italian Alps
by | Saturday, June 02, 2018

World's Oldest Lizard Fossil Found In The Italian Alps

Sometimes it's hard to imagine what the Earth was like when massive beasts like the Tyrannosaurus rex freely roamed the land, but it can be even harder to go all the way to a time before dinosaurs were so fant...More..

Lions, tigers and jaguar escape from German zoo - residents warned STAY INSIDE
by | Friday, June 01, 2018

Lions, tigers and jaguar escape from German zoo - residents warned STAY INSIDE

Local authorities advised residents to stay inside their homes and call police if they see anything. Local media reported that lions and pumas had broken out of the zoo, but police were able to determine that...More..

by | Thursday, May 31, 2018

'Death event' threatens Great Barrier Reef

The research team found that the reef survived all those calamities by moving laterally by up to 4.9 feet every year. The researchers summarized the new study writing, "Here we document the evolution of the G...More..

by | Thursday, May 31, 2018

The EU are going to ban plastic disposable tableware

If it is approved, member states will need to make an active effort to reduce the number of single-use plastic food containers and cups available for sale in supermarkets. You've nearly certainly heard nois...More..

Canada purchases Trans Mountain pipeline project for $4.5B
by | Thursday, May 31, 2018

Canada purchases Trans Mountain pipeline project for $4.5B

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had vowed "to get that pipeline built", but pipeline resistance groups aren't backing down, either. New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen ridiculed Trudeau for his justification for buyi...More..

A NASA camera melted but its epic photos survived
by | Thursday, May 31, 2018

A NASA camera melted but its epic photos survived

A NASA photographer set up a bunch of cameras to capture a Space-X launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The camera captured its own demise and people got a chance to view the images captured...More..