Lemurs and Right Whale one step away from extinction among 6,811 critically endangered species, report reveals
Lemurs and Right Whale one step away from extinction among 6,811 critically endangered species, report reveals

The Red List has surpassed 120,000 species, with 120,372 species now assessed. Of these, 32,441 are threatened with extinction, while 6,811 are critically endangered

NASA updates rules for Moon, Mars missions to ensure Earth's microbes don't hitch a ride with robots, humans
NASA updates rules for Moon, Mars missions to ensure Earth's microbes don't hitch a ride with robots, humans

NASA has reworked its plans to protect the Moon and Mars from microbes and other substances that usually hitch a ride on missions

Astronomers discover ‘unexpected class’ of four mysterious circular objects in deep space, 3 have bright edges
Astronomers discover ‘unexpected class’ of four mysterious circular objects in deep space, 3 have bright edges

The new class of astronomical object has been dubbed as odd radio circles or ORCs. These objects were discovered in the pilot survey of the Evolutionary Map of the Universe

Humans owe the origins of their teeth to extinct fish that roamed the oceans 400 million years ago: Study
Humans owe the origins of their teeth to extinct fish that roamed the oceans 400 million years ago: Study

The prehistoric organism is named acanthothoracid, a type of armored fish, which gets its name from its appearance: heavy armor wrapping the creature's head and neck

Investing in protecting 30% of world's lands and oceans could reap great economic benefits in future: Report
Investing in protecting 30% of world's lands and oceans could reap great economic benefits in future: Report

The benefits of conserving 30% of world's lands and oceans outweigh the costs at least 5-to-1, say experts

Some animals learn how to 'mimic and sound' bigger to increase their chances of attracting mates, finds study
Some animals learn how to 'mimic and sound' bigger to increase their chances of attracting mates, finds study

By sounding louder, they can make themselves appear bigger to others. A new theory suggests that these organisms do so by mimicking other individuals, making them skilled learners

Heat waves worldwide have become longer and more frequent in last 70 years, may worsen due to global warming
Heat waves worldwide have become longer and more frequent in last 70 years, may worsen due to global warming

There are many adverse impacts of heat waves, including on human health, agriculture, workplace productivity, wildfire frequency and intensity, and public infrastructure

'Fluffy' galaxy 67 million light years from Earth is no longer witnessing star birth at its center, says NASA
'Fluffy' galaxy 67 million light years from Earth is no longer witnessing star birth at its center, says NASA

The galaxy NGC 2775 is classified as a flocculent galaxy, which is a type of spiral galaxy

Stars of at least 1.5 solar masses were key sources of carbon, an element crucial to life on Earth: Study
Stars of at least 1.5 solar masses were key sources of carbon, an element crucial to life on Earth: Study

With their final few breaths before they collapse, stars spread their ashes into the surrounding space through stellar winds enriched with chemical elements, including carbon

Why are parts of Italian Alps pink? It could be due to ice-melting algae and that's not good, say scientists
Why are parts of Italian Alps pink? It could be due to ice-melting algae and that's not good, say scientists

Scientists are trying to study how they came to colonize the region and also understand their connection with climate change

Astronomers capture stunning images of cosmic fireworks in our galaxy marking the birth of new stars
Astronomers capture stunning images of cosmic fireworks in our galaxy marking the birth of new stars

Astronomers caught the fireworks in action in a cluster located in the Carina region of the Milky Way using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

Tropical Storm Edouard is now the earliest fifth named storm on record, say scientists
Tropical Storm Edouard is now the earliest fifth named storm on record, say scientists

It is moving to the northeast at 35 mph and is expected to become a post-tropical storm on July 6

Men are more likely to be considered 'brilliant' and this is why women are underrepresented at work: Study
Men are more likely to be considered 'brilliant' and this is why women are underrepresented at work: Study

People implicitly conceive of brilliance and genius as male more than female traits, whereas traits such as creativity, humor, beauty are conceived as relatively more female than male

Humpback whales' swimming speed, feeding and resting behaviors disrupted by loud tourist boats: Study
Humpback whales' swimming speed, feeding and resting behaviors disrupted by loud tourist boats: Study

Behavioral biologist Dr. David Lusseau told MEAWW that the only way towards 'sustainable tourism' is to ensure boats make less noise

Moon has higher reserves of iron, titanium and other metals than Earth, raises questions on its formation
Moon has higher reserves of iron, titanium and other metals than Earth, raises questions on its formation

Scientists stumbled upon the metal reserves while looking for ice buried in the moon's craters

Amazon rainforest fires rage at 13-year record high in June, likely to worsen in next 3 months
Amazon rainforest fires rage at 13-year record high in June, likely to worsen in next 3 months

According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, the Covid-19 pandemic seems to have given some people a free pass as the first five months of 2020 saw 34% higher deforestation

Fastest-growing black hole 1.2 billion light-years away has massive appetite, eats equivalent of one Sun daily
Fastest-growing black hole 1.2 billion light-years away has massive appetite, eats equivalent of one Sun daily

For the Milky Way's black hole to become as big as the black hole known as J2157, it would have to swallow two-thirds of all the stars in our galaxy

Mars 2020: NASA's ambitious mission delayed again, launch expected before window closes for 2 years on August 15
Mars 2020: NASA's ambitious mission delayed again, launch expected before window closes for 2 years on August 15

A technical snag forced the US space agency to re-schedule the launch between July 30 and August 15

Over 350 elephants die mysteriously in Africa's Botswana, poisoning or an unknown pathogen could be culprits
Over 350 elephants die mysteriously in Africa's Botswana, poisoning or an unknown pathogen could be culprits

Trafficking may not be behind the mass deaths because their tusks stayed intact, said an official

Exposed 'remnant' core of gas giant 730 light years away is helping scientists study the planet's interiors
Exposed 'remnant' core of gas giant 730 light years away is helping scientists study the planet's interiors

Located approximately 730 light years away, TOI 849 b orbits so close to its host star that a year is a mere 18 hours and its surface temperature is around 1,800K

Monster star mysteriously disappears, scientists suspect it turned into black hole without going supernova
Monster star mysteriously disappears, scientists suspect it turned into black hole without going supernova

It would be highly unusual for such a massive star, 2.5 million times brighter than the Sun, to disappear without producing a bright supernova explosion, say the authors

NASA's open-source pendant will stop you from touching your face and help fight coronavirus
NASA's open-source pendant will stop you from touching your face and help fight coronavirus

Called PULSE, the pendant is a 3D-printed wearable device that pulses or vibrates when a person’s hand is nearing their face

South Pole warming three times faster than global average due to atmospheric pressure, rise in greenhouse gases
South Pole warming three times faster than global average due to atmospheric pressure, rise in greenhouse gases

The analysis of weather station data shows it has warmed by 1.8℃ between 1989 and 2018, changing more rapidly since the start of the 2000s

What's going on with giant star Betelgeuse? Scientists play down supernova fears
What's going on with giant star Betelgeuse? Scientists play down supernova fears

These features are similar to sunspots, which appear as dark regions on our Sun's surface

Scientists have mapped a fifth of Earth's ocean floor, here's how it may help in understanding climate change
Scientists have mapped a fifth of Earth's ocean floor, here's how it may help in understanding climate change

Mapping the seafloor has applications that stretch far beyond avoiding accidents, from understanding tsunamis to the management of fisheries

Super-Earths found around nearby star offer clues for studying exoplanet atmospheres and extraterrestrial life
Super-Earths found around nearby star offer clues for studying exoplanet atmospheres and extraterrestrial life

At roughly 11 light-years away, GJ 887 or Gliese 887 is the 12th closest star system to the Sun and the brightest red dwarf star in the sky. The multi-planetary system is home to at least two, and perhaps three, super-Earth sized exoplanets

Saturn's moon Titan has volcanic craters similar to Earth indicating it has potential for life, says study
Saturn's moon Titan has volcanic craters similar to Earth indicating it has potential for life, says study

Earth and Saturn's moon Titan share many features, including rivers, winds, clouds, and landforms. The new discovery of craters from volcanic activity adds to this list

Is it a black hole? A neutron star? Scientists find mystery object inside puzzling area known as ‘mass gap’
Is it a black hole? A neutron star? Scientists find mystery object inside puzzling area known as ‘mass gap’

Scientists have so far believed that dying stars do not leave remnants, whatever their nature, with a mass between 2.5 and 5 times the mass of the Sun

Lightning ‘megaflash’ stretching over 700km and another lasting 16.7 seconds break distance, duration records
Lightning ‘megaflash’ stretching over 700km and another lasting 16.7 seconds break distance, duration records

Megaflashes are far-larger lightning strikes that reach hundreds of kilometers in length. The new records, verified with new satellite lightning imagery technology, are more than double the previous values

Scientists may have detected light from a violent merger of two black holes for the first time
Scientists may have detected light from a violent merger of two black holes for the first time

Until now, scientists have detected mergers indirectly through gravitational waves -- ripples in space and time -- which are released during a violent collision between two circling black holes

Antarctica's Adélie penguins 'happier with less sea ice' as they hunt and breed better, scientists reveal
Antarctica's Adélie penguins 'happier with less sea ice' as they hunt and breed better, scientists reveal

Over the next few years, Antarctica is expected to lose more of its sea ice, enabling the population to flourish, say scientists

Discovery of Neptune-sized planet orbiting young, nearby star may help scientists understand how planets form
Discovery of Neptune-sized planet orbiting young, nearby star may help scientists understand how planets form

The new planet AU Mic b orbits around AU Mic, which is around 20 million to 30 million years old, making it a stellar infant compared to our Sun that is at least 150 times older

Is Jupiter's moon Europa habitable? Its interior ocean might be able to sustain life, say NASA scientists
Is Jupiter's moon Europa habitable? Its interior ocean might be able to sustain life, say NASA scientists

According to NASA scientists, the moon may have generated enough heat to prevent the water beneath its surface from freezing

Russian startup to build satellites to capture space junk posing threat to satellites and spacecraft
Russian startup to build satellites to capture space junk posing threat to satellites and spacecraft

The Earth's orbit has over 5,000 satellites, of which only about 2,600 are working

Virgin Galactic inks deal with NASA to carry space enthusiasts and private astronauts to ISS
Virgin Galactic inks deal with NASA to carry space enthusiasts and private astronauts to ISS

The deal opens up opportunities for the British-based company to identify interested passengers and train them. They will also transport passengers aboard a private spacecraft

Arctic Circle may have recorded its highest-ever temperature as Siberian town hits 100.4°F
Arctic Circle may have recorded its highest-ever temperature as Siberian town hits 100.4°F

The temperature was recorded in Verkhoyansk and while the World Meteorological Organization has accepted the observation as a new extreme, the record needs to be verified

Human-made mercury has polluted bottom of the deepest part of Pacific Ocean in Marianas Trench, studies reveal
Human-made mercury has polluted bottom of the deepest part of Pacific Ocean in Marianas Trench, studies reveal

This has significant implications for how mercury affects the marine environment, and how it may be concentrated in the food chain, say scientists

NASA readies helicopter to fly on another planet for the first time and give 'bird's-eye view' of Mars
NASA readies helicopter to fly on another planet for the first time and give 'bird's-eye view' of Mars

The helicopter named Ingenuity is a part of the Mars 2020 mission. It will hitch a ride with the Perseverance, a robot that will hunt for past life

Hubble captures ‘crazy fireworks’ resulting from violent and chaotic deaths of two stars in stunning detail
Hubble captures ‘crazy fireworks’ resulting from violent and chaotic deaths of two stars in stunning detail

The Hubble took images of two nearby young planetary nebulas — NGC 6303 or the Butterfly Nebula, and NGC 7027. A nebula is a giant cloud of dust and gas in space

Trump administration will no longer regulate chemical found in drinking water and linked to fetal brain damage
Trump administration will no longer regulate chemical found in drinking water and linked to fetal brain damage

Perchlorate is an industrial chemical found in rocket propellants, explosives, fireworks, and road flares and which leaches into the water from contaminated soils

Extraterrestrial Footprints: NASA funds alien search through 'technosignatures' like pollution and solar panels
Extraterrestrial Footprints: NASA funds alien search through 'technosignatures' like pollution and solar panels

Technosignatures are signatures of advanced alien technologies similar to, or perhaps more sophisticated than, what we possess, explain researchers

Comet Neowise may light up skies in July enabling skygazers to watch spectacle with naked eyes, predict experts
Comet Neowise may light up skies in July enabling skygazers to watch spectacle with naked eyes, predict experts

Countries in the Northern hemisphere may be able to spot it in the evening sky in mid-July, predicts an astronomer

Giant dust storm from Africa's Sahara Desert set to arrive in the US and temporarily suppress hurricane season
Giant dust storm from Africa's Sahara Desert set to arrive in the US and temporarily suppress hurricane season

The Saharan dust is so thick coming off western Africa that it looks like the desert continues over the ocean in places, an expert said

Bright patches seen decades ago on Saturn’s moon Titan could be dry lake beds, say scientists 
Bright patches seen decades ago on Saturn’s moon Titan could be dry lake beds, say scientists 

The suggestion, published June 16 in Nature Communications, may solve a 20-year-old mystery

Milky Way may be home to six billion Earth-like planets, predict scientists
Milky Way may be home to six billion Earth-like planets, predict scientists

Our Milky Way has as many as 400 billion stars, with seven percent of them being G-type. That means less than six billion stars may have Earth-like planets in our Galaxy, as per a study

Is there anybody out there? Scientists say there could be 36 intelligent civilizations active in our galaxy
Is there anybody out there? Scientists say there could be 36 intelligent civilizations active in our galaxy

The average distance to these alien civilizations would be 17,000 light-years away, making detection and communication very difficult

Jaguar poaching has increased 200-fold in the last 5 years, study shows as Chinese demands for big cats rises
Jaguar poaching has increased 200-fold in the last 5 years, study shows as Chinese demands for big cats rises

These animals appear to be replacing tigers, whose numbers have declined to fewer than 4,000 in the wild

Scientists design 'Sun clock' to predict solar activity that could threaten Earth's communication satellites
Scientists design 'Sun clock' to predict solar activity that could threaten Earth's communication satellites

Space weather is driven by activities in the sun. During solar explosions, storms reach the Earth and wreak havoc by disrupting communications and causing blackouts

Green glow seen in Mars atmosphere: What is it and how did we spot it?
Green glow seen in Mars atmosphere: What is it and how did we spot it?

It is caused by sunlight releasing oxygen atoms from carbon dioxide. The detection was made by ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, which has been orbiting Mars since October 2016