Elusive mid-sized black hole discovered with mass 142 times that of the Sun formed by merger of 2 black holes
Elusive mid-sized black hole discovered with mass 142 times that of the Sun formed by merger of 2 black holes

Two black holes likely collided and merged to create the more massive black hole which produced gravitational waves equal to the energy of eight suns, say scientists

NASA's satellite OGO-1 reenters Earth after spending more than 50 years in space, burns up in atmosphere
NASA's satellite OGO-1 reenters Earth after spending more than 50 years in space, burns up in atmosphere

Launched in 1964 from Cape Canaveral, the spacecraft was tasked with studying the Earth's magnetosphere, a region of space surrounding our planet

Constellation of satellites could threaten astronomy research and ruin stargazing for enthusiasts, say experts
Constellation of satellites could threaten astronomy research and ruin stargazing for enthusiasts, say experts

A swarm of objects in the low-Earth orbit could interfere with ground-based telescopes that scan the night skies to detect threats from near-earth objects and to unlock the mysteries of the universe

Earth lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice during 1994-2017, sea levels may rise by 17cm by end of century: Study
Earth lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice during 1994-2017, sea levels may rise by 17cm by end of century: Study

The authors predict that if the rates continue, the sea levels will rise by 17cm by the end of the century, increasing coastal flooding that could affect an additional 16 million people

During Bronze Age, human remains were preserved as relics by people in their homes to honor loved ones: Study
During Bronze Age, human remains were preserved as relics by people in their homes to honor loved ones: Study

In one of the graves, the team found a musical instrument carved out of a human thigh bone but the practice of shaping bones into objects could be rare

Nice people don't finish last, rather may score over selfish jerks to boost work productivity, suggest studies
Nice people don't finish last, rather may score over selfish jerks to boost work productivity, suggest studies

Disagreeable people tend to be hostile and abusive toward others, and they ignore others' concerns or welfare, deceive and manipulate others for their gain, according to the researchers

Forest fires are up by 13% in 2020, more intense and can cross 2019’s record-breaking numbers: Study
Forest fires are up by 13% in 2020, more intense and can cross 2019’s record-breaking numbers: Study

Persistent hotter and drier weather due to climate change, and other human factors such as land conversion for agriculture, are probable causes

Earth could be traveling through remains of star explosions for last 33,000 years, say scientists
Earth could be traveling through remains of star explosions for last 33,000 years, say scientists

In the deep sea, researchers from Australian National Univesity found a version of iron called iron-60

Artificial Intelligence discovers 50 exoplanets, can be trained for future planet-hunting missions: Experts
Artificial Intelligence discovers 50 exoplanets, can be trained for future planet-hunting missions: Experts

The technology, developed by researchers from the UK, is trained to address a problem often encountered by astronomers: differentiating real exoplanets from fake ones

Where did Earth's water come from? New study suggests it could have originated from a rare type of meteorite
Where did Earth's water come from? New study suggests it could have originated from a rare type of meteorite

The Enstatite chondrites contained enough hydrogen to deliver at least three times the amount of water present in the Earth's oceans, claims a study

What's Lystrosaurus? Evidence of hibernation-like state found in tusked animal that existed before dinosaurs
What's Lystrosaurus? Evidence of hibernation-like state found in tusked animal that existed before dinosaurs

The animal called Lystrosaurus roamed the Earth 250M years ago in the Early Triassic period and existed even before dinosaurs arrived

Radiation-resistant bacteria survived in ISS for 3 years, raises hope of withstanding travel to Mars: Study
Radiation-resistant bacteria survived in ISS for 3 years, raises hope of withstanding travel to Mars: Study

The red-colored bacteria named Deinococcus has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most radiation-resistant organisms in the world

Storm Laura now a hurricane, experts predict it may cause widespread flash flooding in Texas and Louisiana
Storm Laura now a hurricane, experts predict it may cause widespread flash flooding in Texas and Louisiana

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts life-threatening flooding during the next 36 hours

Northern hemisphere saw 'bad ozone' levels rise in last 20 years despite emission cap in North America, Europe
Northern hemisphere saw 'bad ozone' levels rise in last 20 years despite emission cap in North America, Europe

In the lower part of the atmosphere, also called the troposphere, ozone is notorious for causing harm to humans and plants

Multiple star explosions may have driven mass extinction on Earth about 359M years ago: Study
Multiple star explosions may have driven mass extinction on Earth about 359M years ago: Study

One or more explosions, about 65 light-years away from Earth, could have been responsible for the protracted loss of ozone and the resulting mass extinction

Bang before 2020 election? Asteroid 2018 VP1 will fly close to Earth a day before presidential voting
Bang before 2020 election? Asteroid 2018 VP1 will fly close to Earth a day before presidential voting

NASA’s close approach database states that the asteroid will probably come as close as 4,700 miles

Do 'rogue planets' outnumber stars in the Milky Way? NASA's upcoming mission will provide answers
Do 'rogue planets' outnumber stars in the Milky Way? NASA's upcoming mission will provide answers

The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will look for these solo and elusive worlds that do not orbit stars and are hard to detect

Earth Overshoot Day has been delayed for the first time since 1970s, thanks to Covid-19 lockdowns
Earth Overshoot Day has been delayed for the first time since 1970s, thanks to Covid-19 lockdowns

Earth Overshoot Day is when humans exhaust an entire year's reserves of Earth's natural resources

Nearly 100 'cool' worlds called brown dwarfs found in our cosmic backyard, will offer insights on exoplanets
Nearly 100 'cool' worlds called brown dwarfs found in our cosmic backyard, will offer insights on exoplanets

The brown dwarfs are among the coolest known, with a few approaching the temperature of Earth, cool enough to harbor water clouds

Prehistoric dolphin-like reptile's stomach record hints it hunted large preys, shows evidence of megapredation
Prehistoric dolphin-like reptile's stomach record hints it hunted large preys, shows evidence of megapredation

The 15-feet long dolphin-like marine reptile ichthyosaur preyed on a 12 feet long, lizard-like aquatic reptile around 240 million years ago

Mouse-sized elephant shrew Somali Sengi rediscovered after 50 years in Africa, thanks to locals
Mouse-sized elephant shrew Somali Sengi rediscovered after 50 years in Africa, thanks to locals

The Somali Sengi, which can fit into the human palm, is monogamous and it has a long trunk-like nose, which helps it feed on insects

Car-sized asteroid zooms past Earth at about 8 miles per second, scientists call it closest flyby ever detected
Car-sized asteroid zooms past Earth at about 8 miles per second, scientists call it closest flyby ever detected

The object named 2020 QG, measured 10 to 20 feet, which is very small by 'asteroid standards', NASA stated

Rare link between black hole and gas cloud in Milky Way discovered, scientists say their 'heartbearts' are synced
Rare link between black hole and gas cloud in Milky Way discovered, scientists say their 'heartbearts' are synced

Researchers are still puzzled over how exactly does the microquasar drive the 'heartbeat' of the gas cloud

Human exposure to extreme heat in US may increase by 30 times by 2100 end, sunbelt cities to be most hit: Study
Human exposure to extreme heat in US may increase by 30 times by 2100 end, sunbelt cities to be most hit: Study

(12.30 AM) Major US metropolitan regions such as NYC, LA, Atlanta, Washington DC, Denver, Chicago, Miami and Dallas will make up about 60% of the total increase in projected heat exposure

Mauritius oil spill: More than 1,000 tonnes leak into sea as ship splits into two, fuels environmental crisis
Mauritius oil spill: More than 1,000 tonnes leak into sea as ship splits into two, fuels environmental crisis

On July 25, a Japanese ship named MV Wakashio ran aground after hitting the coral reef at Pointe d'Esny, off the southeastern coast of Mauritius

Greenland glaciers cross point of no return, will continue to shrink even if global warming stops today: Study
Greenland glaciers cross point of no return, will continue to shrink even if global warming stops today: Study

The ice sheet has been losing ice more rapidly than it is being replenished

Placing vegetarian food 1 meter ahead of meat can help restaurants boost sale of climate-friendly food: Study
Placing vegetarian food 1 meter ahead of meat can help restaurants boost sale of climate-friendly food: Study

The strategy can help address two issues: climate change and public health crisis, according to researchers from Cambridge University

 Alien-hunting observatory seen in 1997 movie 'Contact' damaged, left with a 100-foot hole in mysterious accident
Alien-hunting observatory seen in 1997 movie 'Contact' damaged, left with a 100-foot hole in mysterious accident

250 of the observatory's primary reflector dish panels were compromised, along with several support cables underneath the dish

Amazon records over 10,000 fires in first 10 days of August, the highest it has seen in a decade: Analysis
Amazon records over 10,000 fires in first 10 days of August, the highest it has seen in a decade: Analysis

Experts worry the 2020 fire season could be catastrophic

2010-19 was the hottest decade on record, finds study as climate crisis worsens globally
2010-19 was the hottest decade on record, finds study as climate crisis worsens globally

As a primary driver for the changing climate, the abundance of many long-lived greenhouse gases continues to increase, reveals analysis

Why did red supergiant Betelgeuse dim last year mysteriously? 'Traumatic outburst' could be the reason: NASA
Why did red supergiant Betelgeuse dim last year mysteriously? 'Traumatic outburst' could be the reason: NASA

The Hubble space telescope has given scientists a peek into the past, allowing them to reconstruct the events that led up to the dimming

Restoring forests speeds up their ability to capture carbon that humans added to atmosphere by over 50%: Study
Restoring forests speeds up their ability to capture carbon that humans added to atmosphere by over 50%: Study

Forest areas that underwent active restoration recovered faster, from 2.9 to 4.4 tons of aboveground carbon per hectare per year

How did woolly rhinos go extinct in Ice Age? Study suggests climate change, not overhunting, was likely culprit
How did woolly rhinos go extinct in Ice Age? Study suggests climate change, not overhunting, was likely culprit

The woolly rhinos likely went extinct because they were ill-equipped to tolerate the rapid increase in temperature, say researchers

Microplastics can carry dangerous pathogens into oceans but unclear if they may cause disease outbreaks: Study
Microplastics can carry dangerous pathogens into oceans but unclear if they may cause disease outbreaks: Study

Researchers raise questions on whether microbes carried by microplastics threaten the fish farming industry, which has played an instrumental role in improving global food security

Young stable galaxy detected by scientists contradicts theories suggesting that early galaxies were chaotic
Young stable galaxy detected by scientists contradicts theories suggesting that early galaxies were chaotic

Theories have suggested that the universe was created from chaos, with gas swirling around and powerful explosions

Universe may end with fireworks of stellar remnants called black dwarfs: Study
Universe may end with fireworks of stellar remnants called black dwarfs: Study

The analysis reveals that the biggest black dwarfs will be the first to explode, with smaller ones taking longer to reach this stage until there are no more left to go off

California's San Andreas hit by swarm of earthquakes, raising concerns over bigger quakes within seven days
California's San Andreas hit by swarm of earthquakes, raising concerns over bigger quakes within seven days

The most likely scenario, according to the US Geological Survey, is that none of the quakes will exceed the magnitude of 5.4

Scientists invent smart electricity-storing bricks from ordinary ones, may offer emergency lighting in future
Scientists invent smart electricity-storing bricks from ordinary ones, may offer emergency lighting in future

Helping turn ordinary bricks into energy-storing ones is PEDOT — poly polystyrene sulfonate — a polymer that stores and conducts electricity

Water loss from Antarctica’s ice shelves due to increased heating almost enough to fill Grand Canyon: Report
Water loss from Antarctica’s ice shelves due to increased heating almost enough to fill Grand Canyon: Report

Scientists found that there is a lot of variation around Antarctica in the rate at which the ocean is melting the ice shelves, but overall, there is more loss than gain of ice shelf mass

Dwarf planet Ceres in Mars-Jupiter asteroid belt could be hiding saltwater reservoir below surface: NASA study
Dwarf planet Ceres in Mars-Jupiter asteroid belt could be hiding saltwater reservoir below surface: NASA study

The discovery was made possible by Dawn spacecraft which scanned the planet by flying 35 kilometers above the surface

Agriculture overtakes fossil fuels to become largest emitter of sulfur that causes acid rain, finds study
Agriculture overtakes fossil fuels to become largest emitter of sulfur that causes acid rain, finds study

In farming, sulfur is a crucial ingredient present in fertilizer, fungicide and soil conditioners. It is a necessary nutrient for life on Earth and is also good at fighting pests

The fault in our stars: Constellation mapping through events in time shows devastation caused by man in space
The fault in our stars: Constellation mapping through events in time shows devastation caused by man in space

Under Lucky Stars, a company that makes custom-made star maps of constellations, has created star maps using key dates in history to visualize the amount of junk and debris in space at that time

Only 4% of parasites are harmful while the rest play important roles, here's why we need to save them
Only 4% of parasites are harmful while the rest play important roles, here's why we need to save them

When endangered species go extinct or rare, so do parasite species that inhabit them. Experts from across the globe are calling for efforts to save them

NASA changing racially-charged cosmic body monikers, removes Eskimo Nebula and Siamese Twins Galaxy nicknames
NASA changing racially-charged cosmic body monikers, removes Eskimo Nebula and Siamese Twins Galaxy nicknames

Astronomers use nicknames as they are often more approachable and public-friendly than the official ones

US could see a record 25 named storms this year as experts predict 'extremely active' hurricane season
US could see a record 25 named storms this year as experts predict 'extremely active' hurricane season

This is the highest number ever predicted by the agency in a single season, which on an average produces 12 named storms

Calcium in our bones and teeth likely came from special star explosions, scientists study how process happened
Calcium in our bones and teeth likely came from special star explosions, scientists study how process happened

Thanks to an amateur astronomer, 70 scientists from 15 countries were able to witness this calcium-spewing explosion or supernova in action and study it extensively

Herbivores like rhinos and tortoises face greater risk of extinction than predators, reveals analysis
Herbivores like rhinos and tortoises face greater risk of extinction than predators, reveals analysis

Invasive animals, pollution, and habitat alteration take a higher toll on herbivores, say researchers

Scientists find close to 20% more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, could raise total numbers by 5-10%
Scientists find close to 20% more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, could raise total numbers by 5-10%

The analysis reveals that most of the newly-found colonies are situated at the margins of the emperors' breeding range and thus these locations are likely to be lost as the climate warms 

Humans outperform AI in identifying earthquakes and tremors from seismic recordings, finds study
Humans outperform AI in identifying earthquakes and tremors from seismic recordings, finds study

This opens up avenues for roping in more citizens to work with geologists