Research

Astronomers discover pairs of black holes ready to merge as galaxies collide

This is because when the merger of a pair of galaxies is almost complete, they are surrounded by thick clouds of dust and gas, and only very high-resolution ima...


Jo Johnson quits United Kingdom government over 'delusional' Brexit deal

However he emphasised that a "no deal" Brexit, which the government insists is the only other option, would mean "chaos" that would cause disruption, delay an...


Three asteroids on 'close approach' course for Earth this weekend

The Virtual Telescope snapped the above photo of asteroid 2018 VX1 with a single, 600-second exposure on November 8. Sky gazers will get lucky tonight as a g...


Personal belongings Hawking left the auction

Stephen Hawking's red motorized wheelchair fetched almost 300,000 pounds (€345,500, $392,000) at auction while a dissertation sold for almost twice that amount...


Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million

In 1963, Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a type of motor neuron disease that causes nerve cells controlling muscles to waste away. In ...


‘Planetary torch’: Earth’s laser tech could be used to lure alien communications

Now, a team of scientists from MIT has put forth a new idea about making contact , and it involves laser technology currently available on our own planet. Howe...


Is interstellar object ‘Oumuamua an alien space probe?

According to the recent reports, Avi Loeb , chair of Harvard's department of astronomy observed a mysterious object that flew close to the sun previous year ...


Scientists have found a new way of generating electricity

Stevens Institute of Technology researchers Manu Mannoor, Sudeep Joshi and Ellexis Cook set out to engineer an artificial symbiosis between button mushrooms ...


Federal judge blocks construction of Keystone pipeline

The groups argued the U.S. State Department violated several acts in issuing a presidential permit for the pipeline without a proper environmental assessment of...


China unveils new ‘Heavenly Palace’ space station as ISS days numbered

Citing China as a threat, U.S. President Donald Trump has launched plans to create a new "Space Force" to give his country dominance over rivals in space. Ros...


More protection: UN says Earth's ozone layer is healing

Case in point: The ozone hole, which if everything goes according to plan could be healed up by the 2060s, according to a new report from the United Nations ...


MetOp-C joined the ESA-constellation

The launch took place at approximately 9.47 am local time (3.47 GMT). This was the third successful Soyuz rocket launch since the October 11 failure of a cre...


Earth’s ozone layer finally healing, says UN

According to a United Nations report , the upper layer of ozone over the northern hemisphere will be repaired by 2030, and the damage over the southern hemis...


'Predator' wind farms upset the food chain

The areas where wind turbines are operational have fewer predatory birds (for example, Buteo, Butastur and Elanus species), which consequently, but have ...


Did an alien space probe pass near Earth a year ago?

The object was discovered a year ago with the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope atop Haleakalā on Maui and was given the Hawaiian name ʻOumuamua , meaning 'a messenger fr...


NASA Detects Formation of Galaxies That Looks Like a Smiley

It showed a number of bright lights in different shapes, colors, and sizes. In an image posted on the NASA web page, two yellow orbits can be seen over an arc...


Brexit: Irish rule out time-limited Brexit backstop

However, sources said there was immediate disagreement over whether the proposal would give the United Kingdom the power to unilaterally call time on the backst...


Tesla envisions 'partial presence' in India by 2019 end

Similarly, in May, Musk had made apparent the challenges Tesla was facing when it came to executing the company's plans for India. Tesla said on Friday it...


NASA’s Dawn mission to asteroid belt ends

Dawn missed scheduled communications sessions with NASA's Deep Space Network on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a press release. Scientists have known...


These were the voyages of the Kepler space telescope

NASA's prolific Kepler Space Telescope has run out of fuel , agency officials announced on October 30, 2018. Kepler has also made many discoveries in the '...


See video from the Russian rocket that failed with NASA astronaut aboard

The two crew members - NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin - were forced to make a ballistic re-entry but made it back to terra f...


Oceans heating faster than previously thought

In fact, it's 60% higher than we thought so far. This new reality suggests that it is even more unlikely that global warming will remain below the maximum of ...


NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is finally dead

This photo of Ceres and one of its key landmarks, Ahuna Mons, was one of the last views Dawn transmitted before it completed its mission. The mission will end...


Delhis air quality near severe, politics over pollution also intensifies

The pollution level dipped to severe on Tuesday, prompting authorities to intensify measures to reduce pollution. Air quality in Gurugram further deterior...


The NASA probe came at a record distance to the Sun

The plucky Parker Solar Probe is now closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft before it, coming within 26.55 million miles of our star on October 29th, a...


Colored bird eggs come from dinosaurs

Scientists have long believed that this variation in eggshell appearance evolved relatively recently in modern birds, because crocodiles , our feathered friend...


Five Countries Hold Fate Of The World's Vanishing Wilderness

Just five countries hold 70% of the world's remaining untouched wilderness areas and urgent global action is needed to protect them, according to new resear...


All the planets found by NASA's Kepler space telescope

Kepler also surprised scientists four years into its mission after its primary objectives were met, by lasting much longer. Kepler helped astronomers measur...


NASA's Parker Solar Probe closest ever to Sun

At about 10:54 p.m. EDT, Parker is expected to surpass the record for heliocentric speed, which is 153,454 mph, set by Helios 2 in April 1976. Parker blas...


Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos

Although the official report on the cause of a Soyuz rocket failure won't be released until Thursday, a Russian official disclosed its central conclusion a da...


Fashion and beauty leaders vow to fight plastic pollution

The global commitment is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment , and backed by environmental charity WWF, governments in...


NASA Successfully Tests Parachute That Could Be Used On Future Mars Mission

And it is guaranteed to do well on the Red Planet since that load was 85-percent higher than what scientists would expect the Mars 2020 parachute to encounter. ...


NASA's Kepler mission has come to an end

As Dr Andrew Rushby, a former scientist at NASA's Ames Research Centre told ten daily earlier this year , one of Kepler's greatest contributions was the conc...


Nasa spacecraft sets record for closest approach to sun

The probe, launched in August , is now closer to the sun than any spacecraft has ever been. The Parker Solar Probe's final flyby, in 2025, will bring the...


Waning Martian Dust Storm Could Herald The Return Of NASA's Opportunity Rover

However, the site that Opportunity now occupies is no longer engulfed by the planet-encircling dust storm that has plagued Mars since late May. NASA's Op...


TROPICS: Tropical Storm Oscar Expected to Become Hurricane

Additional strengthening is forecast through Tuesday, with a gradual weakening forecast after. Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean usually starts from th...


Cuadrilla halts fracking in Lancashire again after natural disaster

The quake, which took place 2km underground, was classed as a red event under the UK's fracking regulation traffic-light scheme, meaning it was more than 0.5M. ...


Tracking the Tropics: Oscar forms, could become a hurricane

But forecasters said: “This system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period depending upon its track.”. There are no coastal watches or warnings in...


NASA's photos of a perfectly rectangular iceberg in Antarctica are oddly satisfying

This is the same ice sheet from which broke a massive, trillion-ton A 68 iceberg . When NASA released a picture of an incredibly strange-looking iceberg ...


Get out and see the 'Hunter's Moon' rising tonight

Full Hunter's Moon , October 24, 2018, Ploiesti, Romania, ©. It will officially become full at 12:45 p.m. Although this time the name of the full moon is q...


FORECAST: Chance of rain, cloudy & cool

Temperatures only dip into the upper 30s to lower 40s. Some patchy fog possible overnight. DAMP WEEKEND OUTLOOK: The nor'easter continues to bring a steady ...


NASA releases 450,000 gallons of water in one minute

Once a rocket leaves the launch pad, all eyes turn skyward, but the technology that keeps launch sites working at their peak efficiency is pretty darn interesti...


'Good chance' of launching Space Force next year: President Trump

On Tuesday, Pence described the proposed Space Force as the "next and natural evolution of our armed forces", arguing that USA adversaries such as China and R...


Justin Trudeau unveils carbon pricing plan for non-complying provinces

He pointed to projects like the Boundary Dam Power Station alongside other initiatives, saying they have been "very successful" in reducing the amount of carbon...


Mars likely to have enough oxygen to support life

Salt water reservoirs on the red planet can sustain life in aerobic microbes . For more, head to Nature Geoscience . On its surface, the planet Mars is not...


NASA’s First Image of Mars from a CubeSat

The image sent back and made public by NASA this week is not all that revealing, as all that can be seen in a marked spot on the photo is a reddish dot in the...


A Hawaiian island has been wiped out by Hurricane Walaka

The French Frigate Shoals are home to the nesting grounds for 96 per cent of the threatened Hawaiian green sea turtle , more than half of which nested on Eas...


Chinese City to Launch Man-Made Moon

Officials from the city of Chengdu said they were hoping to save money on street lighting and also increase tourism. Znamya 2 was launched into orbit with a 2...


NASA fixes Hubble gyroscope by turning it off and on again

The telescope, launched in 1990, has been described as one of the most important scientific instruments ever created. A gyro is a device that measures the spe...


Spacecraft starts 7-year mission to Mercury

The spacecraft will fly nine billion kilometers and mercury in 2025. The mission is a joint project between the European Space Agency ( ESA - which is tota...