'Super Earth' K2-18b appears to have a large ocean and could have right conditions for life: Astronomers
'Super Earth' K2-18b appears to have a large ocean and could have right conditions for life: Astronomers

The exoplanet is about 2.7 times the size of Earth and 124 light-years away from our planet

Katherine Johnson: Iconic NASA mathematician celebrated in movie 'Hidden Figures' dies at 101
Katherine Johnson: Iconic NASA mathematician celebrated in movie 'Hidden Figures' dies at 101

Her dedication and skill as a mathematician helped put humans on the Moon

Mars has a moderate level of seismic activity, halfway between Earth and the Moon, say scientists
Mars has a moderate level of seismic activity, halfway between Earth and the Moon, say scientists

All the marsquakes have been detected during quiet periods at night, show preliminary results from NASA’s InSight mission

Matthew Whitaker: Blind musical genius who is being studied by scientists to understand his brain
Matthew Whitaker: Blind musical genius who is being studied by scientists to understand his brain

According to experts, when he listens to music, his entire brain gets stimulated by it. He drew the attention of neuroscientist Charles Limb, who studies the brains of creative people to understand what makes them special.

Colorado River is drying faster than we can imagine threatening over 40M people depending on it: Scientists
Colorado River is drying faster than we can imagine threatening over 40M people depending on it: Scientists

The 1,450-mile waterway is losing 9.3% of its flow for every 1-degree-Celsius in temperature, says a new study

Humans responsible for 25-40% more methane emissions from fossil fuels than previously thought: Study
Humans responsible for 25-40% more methane emissions from fossil fuels than previously thought: Study

Placing stricter methane emission regulations on the fossil fuel industry will have the potential to reduce future global warming to a larger extent, says an expert

US has failed to give its kids a climate fit for their future, ranks among worst-performing countries: Report
US has failed to give its kids a climate fit for their future, ranks among worst-performing countries: Report

No single country provides the conditions to both support children to live healthy lives today as well as provide an environment fit for their future, says a WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission report

Hurricane Harvey was the most deadly and second-costliest weather event of US in the last decade
Hurricane Harvey was the most deadly and second-costliest weather event of US in the last decade

The category 4 storm was the wettest on record leaving much of Houston underwater at one point, and the second-costliest in US history

US businesses may go scot-free for accidental bird deaths under proposed rule putting bird population at risk
US businesses may go scot-free for accidental bird deaths under proposed rule putting bird population at risk

The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed regulation clarifies that the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act only extends to conduct intentionally injuring birds

A warming planet is pushing bumblebees to extinction in North America and Europe, claims study
A warming planet is pushing bumblebees to extinction in North America and Europe, claims study

'Bumblebees are the best pollinators we have in wild landscapes and the most effective pollinators for crops like tomato, squash, and berries'

Ancient 'monster galaxy' that formed stars in 'huge frenzy' dies mysteriously, scientists baffled
Ancient 'monster galaxy' that formed stars in 'huge frenzy' dies mysteriously, scientists baffled

Named  XMM-2599, the galaxy hosted stars that formed at a high rate and then died. This has left astronomers puzzled as they are yet to understand the factors that led to its quick demise

Climate change: Greenland's ice sheet melting from below due to Atlantic warm waters, finds study
Climate change: Greenland's ice sheet melting from below due to Atlantic warm waters, finds study

Over the past 50 years, the ice sheet has already lost enough mass to add about half an inch of water to the world’s oceans

Northern Lights resembling sand dunes discovered by amateur photographers: 'Will help study upper atmosphere'
Northern Lights resembling sand dunes discovered by amateur photographers: 'Will help study upper atmosphere'

The phenomenon is believed to be caused by waves of oxygen atoms glowing due to a stream of particles released from the Sun

Telescope captures the most detailed, turbulent image yet of our Sun:  'Texas-sized cells of boiling plasma'
Telescope captures the most detailed, turbulent image yet of our Sun: 'Texas-sized cells of boiling plasma'

National Science Foundation's Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope will work with NASA/ESA missions and will help scientists uncover the Sun's secrets and predict space weather

Astronomers trace the mysterious origins of supernova a hundred times brighter than a regular one
Astronomers trace the mysterious origins of supernova a hundred times brighter than a regular one

New evidence suggests that the explosion — dubbed SN 2006gy — may have resulted from a collision between a pair of white dwarfs and a relatively massive star

Toxic 'forever chemicals' are contaminating drinking water in US at levels far worse than previously estimated
Toxic 'forever chemicals' are contaminating drinking water in US at levels far worse than previously estimated

These chemicals have been linked to cancer, liver damage, low birth weight, and other health problems

World's oldest crater found in Australia is 2.229 billion years old, may have ended ice age, say scientists
World's oldest crater found in Australia is 2.229 billion years old, may have ended ice age, say scientists

'The age of the Yarrabubba impact matches the demise of a series of ancient glaciations'

Unexplained spike in deadly greenhouse gas far worse than CO2 contradicts claims of slashed emissions
Unexplained spike in deadly greenhouse gas far worse than CO2 contradicts claims of slashed emissions

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC-23), which is nearly 15,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, hit record levels in 2018. This rise contradicts earlier reports by countries who had stated that they have slashed the release of the gas.

Two habitable super-Earths found with agreeable temperature and conditions to keep water in liquid state
Two habitable super-Earths found with agreeable temperature and conditions to keep water in liquid state

The two super-Earths—named GJ180d and GJ229Ac—are about 19 and 40 light-years away from the Earth

Adorable potoroo on the brink of extinction as Australian bushfires destroy 6 million hectares of its habitat
Adorable potoroo on the brink of extinction as Australian bushfires destroy 6 million hectares of its habitat

Approximately 70 nationally threatened species have had at least 50% of their range burnt, while nearly 160 threatened species have had more than 20% of their range burnt, says a new report.

Houses built from fungi such as mushrooms could be the future in space and on Earth
Houses built from fungi such as mushrooms could be the future in space and on Earth

NASA began exploring this idea in 2018. At the heart of this technology is a structure that gives mushrooms its shape -- mycelium. These structures, which grow into mushrooms, are sturdy and flexible.

Climate change: Last decade turns out to be the hottest ever recorded while 2019 stands as second warmest
Climate change: Last decade turns out to be the hottest ever recorded while 2019 stands as second warmest

An increase in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to human activities, is largely driving the rise in temperatures, say experts

Scientists create the first 'living robots' that can survive for a week and heal themselves
Scientists create the first 'living robots' that can survive for a week and heal themselves

Measuring only 1 millimeter wide, these robots can pull off hefty operations, from transporting medicine around a patient’s body to cleaning up pollution from the oceans, say researchers.

Earth's closest 'super' neighbor, Proxima Centauri, a star, may be home to second planet, study suggests
Earth's closest 'super' neighbor, Proxima Centauri, a star, may be home to second planet, study suggests

It appears to be at least 5.8 times as massive as Earth, earning it the name 'super-earth'. It could be orbiting its star about once every five years, say scientists who led the planet-hunting mission hunt

Scientists may have discovered the impact site of one of the largest meteorites to have ever hit Earth
Scientists may have discovered the impact site of one of the largest meteorites to have ever hit Earth

A buried crater in southern Laos might be the long-sought source of a strewn field of glassy blobs, or tektites, produced by the meteorite impact approximately 790,000 years ago covering more than one-tenth of Earth's surface, says study.

Nearly one million seabirds starved to death due to severe marine heatwave off the West Coast of USA
Nearly one million seabirds starved to death due to severe marine heatwave off the West Coast of USA

Unprecedented numbers of common murres died between 2015 and 2016 and 62,000 carcasses were discovered

Galactic mystery: Strange objects that look like gas but behave like stars lurk at the heart of Milky Way
Galactic mystery: Strange objects that look like gas but behave like stars lurk at the heart of Milky Way

These G objects were once binary stars — a system of two stars orbiting each other — that merged because of our supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*

Machine mimicking human body can keep livers alive for 7 days externally, can also treat them, detect ailments
Machine mimicking human body can keep livers alive for 7 days externally, can also treat them, detect ailments

The machine, which experts are calling a breakthrough, can repair damaged livers. This should increase the number of organs available for transplantation, which is in line with the purpose of our project, say experts

'Great Divide': Ring-like structure split our solar system in two, sowed seeds for life on Earth, study shows
'Great Divide': Ring-like structure split our solar system in two, sowed seeds for life on Earth, study shows

The 'Great Divide' is a ring-like structure—made of dust and gas—that existed billions of years ago, when the Sun had just been created, according to the new study

7-billion-year-old stardust in meteorite that crashed 50 years ago is the oldest material ever found on Earth
7-billion-year-old stardust in meteorite that crashed 50 years ago is the oldest material ever found on Earth

The study shows proof contrary to what scientists believe that the rate of star formation is constant. It is direct evidence that there was a time before the start of the solar system when more stars formed than normal.

Earth's oceans have absorbed heat equal to 3.6 billion Hiroshima atom bombs in 25 years, finds study
Earth's oceans have absorbed heat equal to 3.6 billion Hiroshima atom bombs in 25 years, finds study

2019 has been the hottest in terms of global ocean temperature and this has had disastrous effects on marine life

The first lunar eclipse of the year is on Friday but most American stargazers might miss the visual treat
The first lunar eclipse of the year is on Friday but most American stargazers might miss the visual treat

The eclipse, which begins around 12.06 pm EST and ends at 4:14 pm EST, will be visible from Europe, Africa, western Asia, and some small parts of North America

Wolf Moon: The first full moon of 2020 rises this Friday with a spectacular lunar eclipse also on the cards
Wolf Moon: The first full moon of 2020 rises this Friday with a spectacular lunar eclipse also on the cards

The full moon in January is said to have got its name because wolves were more often heard at this time

NASA spots 'Godzilla Galaxy', 2.5 times wider than the Milky Way with 10 times as many stars
NASA spots 'Godzilla Galaxy', 2.5 times wider than the Milky Way with 10 times as many stars

Located 232 million light-years away in the northern constellation of Perseus, scientists refer to UGC 2885 as the 'gentle giant' since it looks as if it has been quietly sitting for billions of years

NASA planet hunter TESS spots its first Earth-size exoplanet in habitable zone
NASA planet hunter TESS spots its first Earth-size exoplanet in habitable zone

Discovered by the TESS and dubbed TOI 700 d, it is one of the few Earth-size planets found in potentially habitable zones.

Astronomers spot young stars at the edges of the Milky Way, which is usually home to the galaxy's oldest stars
Astronomers spot young stars at the edges of the Milky Way, which is usually home to the galaxy's oldest stars

These newborn stars, which probably formed from material from two dwarf galaxies known as the Magellanic Clouds, could unravel new insights into the Milky Way's history

Mysterious radio signal in space traced to nearby galaxy similar to our Milky Way, say scientists
Mysterious radio signal in space traced to nearby galaxy similar to our Milky Way, say scientists

The researchers achieved a level of resolution high enough to localize the FRB to a region approximately seven light-years across — a feat comparable to an individual on Earth being able to distinguish a person on the Moon

Giant wave of interconnected stellar nurseries, largest gaseous structure in Milky Way, discovered
Giant wave of interconnected stellar nurseries, largest gaseous structure in Milky Way, discovered

The new map reveals a long, thin structure, about 9,000 light-years long and 400 light-years wide, with a wave-like shape, cresting 500 light-years above and below the mid-plane of our Galaxy's disk. 

How EGS77, the most distant galaxy ever to be identified, helped us see the night sky
How EGS77, the most distant galaxy ever to be identified, helped us see the night sky

This galaxy group was responsible for giving our universe a makeover, helping it transition from a dark, cloudy one to the transparent universe we see today, say experts.

Astronomers discover 13 black holes in dwarf galaxies with half of them mysteriously lurking at the edges
Astronomers discover 13 black holes in dwarf galaxies with half of them mysteriously lurking at the edges

The team believes that studying these black holes might help them unravel the mysterious origins of supermassive black holes, with masses many millions of times the mass of our Sun

Venus could have active volcanoes as new evidence suggests its lava flows may only be a few years old
Venus could have active volcanoes as new evidence suggests its lava flows may only be a few years old

The finding regarding Earth's nearest neighbor could help astronomers understand the evolution of planets, say experts

Moon's magnetic field was twice as strong as Earth's until 1 billion years ago: Study
Moon's magnetic field was twice as strong as Earth's until 1 billion years ago: Study

A strong field may have shielded the Moon's surface from the solar wind, the supersonic plasma emitted from the Sun.

AI outperforms humans, spots breast cancer in mammograms more accurately than doctors
AI outperforms humans, spots breast cancer in mammograms more accurately than doctors

The system produced 5.7% fewer false alarms and 9.4% fewer misidentifications; Such a tool could make breast cancer screening more effective, say experts.

Warmest part of Indo-Pacific ocean expanding yearly by an area the size of California, impacting rains in US
Warmest part of Indo-Pacific ocean expanding yearly by an area the size of California, impacting rains in US

Scientists have observed a doubling in the size of the warm pool of water spanning the western Pacific and the eastern Indian Ocean in recent years

From Quadrantid meteor shower to cosmic dogs that will light up skies, stargazers are in for treat this January
From Quadrantid meteor shower to cosmic dogs that will light up skies, stargazers are in for treat this January

Quadrantid meteor shower is predicted to make an appearance on January 4 at 3 am, even as Mars gets closer to Earth, starting this month.

Climate change making storms stronger and more dangerous in the US, shows analysis of Hurricane Florence
Climate change making storms stronger and more dangerous in the US, shows analysis of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence brought 10% more extreme rainfall and was 9 km larger in diameter (or a 1.6% increase in storm area) due to climate change

Global warming pushing rivers to lose their ice cover sooner, leading to more greenhouse gas emissions
Global warming pushing rivers to lose their ice cover sooner, leading to more greenhouse gas emissions

Frozen rivers also support important transportation networks for communities and industries located at high latitudes

2020 set to be an action-packed year with missions to Mars, the Moon and new players in space travel
2020 set to be an action-packed year with missions to Mars, the Moon and new players in space travel

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will put their technological capabilities to test in July 2020, looking for answers on Mars' past life, even as countries hope to extensively map out the Moon's far side

In 2019, 15 climate disasters wreaked havoc around the world causing damage of more than $1 billion each
In 2019, 15 climate disasters wreaked havoc around the world causing damage of more than $1 billion each

From Southern Africa to North America and from Australia and Asia to Europe, floods, storms, and fires brought chaos and destruction; The most financially costly disasters are wildfires in California, which caused $25 billion in damage, followed by Typhoon Hagibis in Japan ($15 billion)