How hot was 2020? Record-breaking heat is just the start as NASA warns it is ‘precursor of more to come’
How hot was 2020? Record-breaking heat is just the start as NASA warns it is ‘precursor of more to come’

Earth’s average temperature has risen by more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit or 1.2 degrees Celsius since the late 19th century

Why did SpaceX Dragon have 12 bottles of French wine and 320 grapevines in its cargo while returning to Earth?
Why did SpaceX Dragon have 12 bottles of French wine and 320 grapevines in its cargo while returning to Earth?

Scientists hope that their investigation will lead to discovering how to produce wine in harsher environments, and more importantly, how to adapt agriculture to the climate of tomorrow

Were ‘Game of Thrones' dire wolves real? Here's why the beasts went extinct and they looked way different
Were ‘Game of Thrones' dire wolves real? Here's why the beasts went extinct and they looked way different

Scientists suggest that dire wolves were so different from other canine species like coyotes and grey wolves that they were not able to breed with each other

What’s a quasar? Astronomical discovery could reveal how massive black holes, galaxies formed in early universe
What’s a quasar? Astronomical discovery could reveal how massive black holes, galaxies formed in early universe

Powered by the earliest known supermassive black hole, J0313-1806 dates back to 670 million years after the Big Bang

Is SLS NASA's most powerful rocket? Next-gen vehicle for manned Moon mission is taller than Statue of Liberty
Is SLS NASA's most powerful rocket? Next-gen vehicle for manned Moon mission is taller than Statue of Liberty

The agency is targeting January 16 for the final test in the testing series for the core stage of the Space Launch System rocket that will launch the Artemis I mission

Gab’s ‘echo chamber’ blamed for fomenting Capitol riots, but study points fingers at Facebook and Twitter
Gab’s ‘echo chamber’ blamed for fomenting Capitol riots, but study points fingers at Facebook and Twitter

Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Gab were compared in the study which found that while Facebook and Twitter are dominated by echo chambers in all the observed dataset, Reddit and Gab are not

How did supermassive black hole at center of distant galaxy mysteriously disappear? Astronomers left perplexed
How did supermassive black hole at center of distant galaxy mysteriously disappear? Astronomers left perplexed

Scientists have been trying to locate the black hole using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope, but have so far found no evidence of its existence.

Is Earth spinning faster than it has in decades? Planet recorded 28 fastest days in 2020, here's what it means
Is Earth spinning faster than it has in decades? Planet recorded 28 fastest days in 2020, here's what it means

Researchers who monitor the Earth's rotational speed also predict that 2021 could be even shorter

Did NASA’s Juno detect an FM signal from one of Jupiter’s moons? Scientists say electrons behind it, 'not ET'
Did NASA’s Juno detect an FM signal from one of Jupiter’s moons? Scientists say electrons behind it, 'not ET'

The agency extended Juno's mission after an independent review panel found that Juno has 'produced exceptional science' and recommended NASA continue it

Did 2020 shatter records for most number of disasters in US? Weather calamities caused $95 billion in damages
Did 2020 shatter records for most number of disasters in US? Weather calamities caused $95 billion in damages

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there were 22 separate weather and climate disasters, shattering the previous record of 16 events in 2017 and 2011

What is 'triple conjunction'? How to watch Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn aligned closest to each other this weekend
What is 'triple conjunction'? How to watch Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn aligned closest to each other this weekend

The spectacular trio of planets will be contained within a 5-degree circle from January 8 to January 11, appearing closest together on Sunday evening, January 10

What is SPHEREx? NASA’s ambitious mission to unravel Big Bang mystery scheduled to launch between 2024 and 2025
What is SPHEREx? NASA’s ambitious mission to unravel Big Bang mystery scheduled to launch between 2024 and 2025

SPHEREx will survey hundreds of millions of galaxies near and far, some so distant their light has taken 10 billion years to reach Earth

Do we live in a simulation? Here’s a look at what this means and what scientists have to say
Do we live in a simulation? Here’s a look at what this means and what scientists have to say

In 2003, a British philosopher put forth the notion that the universe we live in might be a computer simulation

What's 'hegemonic masculinity'? Here's why Donald Trump supporters believe men must be tough, dominant
What's 'hegemonic masculinity'? Here's why Donald Trump supporters believe men must be tough, dominant

The findings suggest that while the US may be ready for a female president, an active rejection of such an ideology may need to happen first

What are Near-Earth Objects? 5 asteroids set to zip past the planet on January 6 and two of them are massive
What are Near-Earth Objects? 5 asteroids set to zip past the planet on January 6 and two of them are massive

The bigger of the two, 2008 AF4, is estimated to be 310 meters to 680 meters in diameter. It is speeding through space at the astronomical speed of 10.98 kilometers per second

Did the Covid-19 pandemic impact climate change? NASA images capture all the extreme weather events of 2020
Did the Covid-19 pandemic impact climate change? NASA images capture all the extreme weather events of 2020

Heatwaves, hurricanes, wildfires, droughts and floods continued to disrupt life for people across the globe, besides the challenges brought by Covid-19

Why are America’s rivers turning yellow? Shocking new study sheds light on the slow death of country's waterways
Why are America’s rivers turning yellow? Shocking new study sheds light on the slow death of country's waterways

One-third of rivers had significant color shifts over the last 35 years

What is the Quadrantid meteor shower? Here's how you can view the celestial light show
What is the Quadrantid meteor shower? Here's how you can view the celestial light show

Unlike most meteor showers which originate from comets, the Quadrantids originate from an asteroid: asteroid 2003 EH1. Asteroid 2003 EH1 takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once

What is Christmas Star? Here's how to watch Saturn and Jupiter's epic conjunction taking place after 400 years
What is Christmas Star? Here's how to watch Saturn and Jupiter's epic conjunction taking place after 400 years

As the celestial event is taking place on the week of Christmas, it has been popularly named as the ‘Christmas Star’ and can be watched with the naked eye

Did astronomers detect a radio signal from an alien world about 51 light-years away? Here’s what we know
Did astronomers detect a radio signal from an alien world about 51 light-years away? Here’s what we know

A separate team of researchers is examining radio wave emission that may be coming from the direction of our Sun’s nearest known neighbor, Proxima Centauri

What time is the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch? How to watch launch live on December 18
What time is the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch? How to watch launch live on December 18

The December 17 launch was postponed because there was an unusually high pressure reading in the upper-stage liquid oxygen tank -- it was a technical problem that the company hopes to resolve by December 18

Some US states highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change are least prepared to tackle it, warns study
Some US states highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change are least prepared to tackle it, warns study

Americans most vulnerable to climate crisis include those who are very young or very old, people with a disability, and those living in poverty

What is 'The Great Conjunction'? Here's why the rare alignment of Jupiter and Saturn is dubbed 'legendary party'
What is 'The Great Conjunction'? Here's why the rare alignment of Jupiter and Saturn is dubbed 'legendary party'

Suspecting a theory, a user wrote, 'The story of 2020 is coming to an end and the final boss will be met with the eclipse and the great conjunction'

Geminid Meteor Shower: When, where and how to watch the magical phenomenon tonight
Geminid Meteor Shower: When, where and how to watch the magical phenomenon tonight

The Geminids are considered to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak

Will a massive iceberg end up striking South Georgia island? Scientists unsure but tracking A68a’s movement
Will a massive iceberg end up striking South Georgia island? Scientists unsure but tracking A68a’s movement

Iceberg A68a broke off from the Antarctic peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf in July 2017

When will Geminid meteor shower peak? All you need to know about the spectacular phenomenon
When will Geminid meteor shower peak? All you need to know about the spectacular phenomenon

Under dark, clear skies, the Geminids can produce up to 120 meteors per hour, so find a good spot, lay on your back and enjoy the dazzling display of fireballs

Season’s first Nor’easter slams New England with heavy snow and high winds, leaving many without power
Season’s first Nor’easter slams New England with heavy snow and high winds, leaving many without power

The highest snowfall total recorded was 18 inches in Carrabassett Valley in Maine, according to the National Weather Service

Jupiter, Saturn will look like a ‘double planet’ on December 21, they won't be this close again until 2080
Jupiter, Saturn will look like a ‘double planet’ on December 21, they won't be this close again until 2080

The last time Jupiter and Saturn looked so close from Earth’s vantage point was nearly 800 years ago. You will have to wait another 60 years to see this again

Iconic Arecibo Observatory’s 57-year-old telescope suffers catastrophic collapse ahead of planned demolition 
Iconic Arecibo Observatory’s 57-year-old telescope suffers catastrophic collapse ahead of planned demolition 

No injuries were reported as a result of the collapse, but it caused damage to the observatory dish and surrounding facilities

Does intelligent life exist elsewhere in the universe? It's highly unlikely, say scientists
Does intelligent life exist elsewhere in the universe? It's highly unlikely, say scientists

For life to evolve in the same way elsewhere in the universe, it would take longer than the projected lifespan of the Earth

Is fear of climate change making some Americans decide against having children? Study says it may be possible
Is fear of climate change making some Americans decide against having children? Study says it may be possible

96.5% of survey respondents are 'extremely concerned' about the well-being of their existing or hypothetical children in a climate-changing world

Iconic Arecibo Observatory’s 1000-feet telescope is beyond repair, will be demolished amid safety concerns
Iconic Arecibo Observatory’s 1000-feet telescope is beyond repair, will be demolished amid safety concerns

National Science Foundation will decommission the telescope, which for 57 years has served as a world-class resource for radio astronomy, solar system and geospace research

Leonids meteor shower: When will it be at its peak and all you need to know about one among the fastest moving comet debris
Leonids meteor shower: When will it be at its peak and all you need to know about one among the fastest moving comet debris

This year, it is expected to peak on the morning of November 17, during the dark hours before dawn

Will Iota bring life-threatening storms, extreme rainfall to Central America? Experts warn of 'dangerous hurricane'
Will Iota bring life-threatening storms, extreme rainfall to Central America? Experts warn of 'dangerous hurricane'

Flooding and mudslides in Honduras and Nicaragua could be exacerbated by Hurricane Eta’s recent effects there, resulting in significant to potentially catastrophic impacts

Four astronauts take off for ISS in historic NASA-SpaceX mission: Everything you need to know about Crew-1
Four astronauts take off for ISS in historic NASA-SpaceX mission: Everything you need to know about Crew-1

With the American-made Crew Dragon spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station, the US regains the ability to send astronauts on routine missions to space since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011

Top 10 astronomy events of 2021: From Quadrantids Meteor Shower to wolf moon, these are dates to watch
Top 10 astronomy events of 2021: From Quadrantids Meteor Shower to wolf moon, these are dates to watch

Follow this meteor shower calendar for the best dates

Who is Jim Bridenstine? NASA chief may quit Biden presidency, says agency will ‘need somebody who is trusted’
Who is Jim Bridenstine? NASA chief may quit Biden presidency, says agency will ‘need somebody who is trusted’

According to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, it is in the best interest of the space agency and US’s exploration program that he steps aside after the Biden administration takes over

What’s the cost of Donald Trump’s personal chopper that's up for sale? Here’s a look at 5 aircraft owned by him
What’s the cost of Donald Trump’s personal chopper that's up for sale? Here’s a look at 5 aircraft owned by him

Trump’s Sikorsky S76B comes with amenities such as a six-place executive cabin interior with paneling and a soundproofing system, gold seatbelts, and a storage drawer for ice and refreshments

Top scientists rail against US voters' inability to separate fact from fiction after 'horrific' election result
Top scientists rail against US voters' inability to separate fact from fiction after 'horrific' election result

The votes are still being counted but one researcher regretted that the results did not repudiate Donald Trump’s presidency, while another saw it as a rejection of reality

What's the 28th named storm in 2020? Eta may intensify into hurricane before making landfall in Central America
What's the 28th named storm in 2020? Eta may intensify into hurricane before making landfall in Central America

Eta is the 28th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season and ties the record for most named storms in a single Atlantic hurricane season, previously set in 2005

Will Mars colonies follow Earth’s laws? Elon Musk’s SpaceX will not, company declares it a 'free planet'
Will Mars colonies follow Earth’s laws? Elon Musk’s SpaceX will not, company declares it a 'free planet'

'No Earth-based government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities,' states Starlink app’s terms of service

How much is US responsible for plastic pollution? America is a top contributor to coastal environments, study says
How much is US responsible for plastic pollution? America is a top contributor to coastal environments, study says

Despite claiming a robust and accessible waste management system, the US produced more plastic waste in 2016 than any other country worldwide

Trump administration removes gray wolves from endangered species list, experts dub move 'premature and reckless'
Trump administration removes gray wolves from endangered species list, experts dub move 'premature and reckless'

The administration announced that gray wolves will not receive federal protection under the Endangered Species Act anymore, and that it is returning protection of these animals to states and tribes

What is C3H2? 'Weird' molecule on Saturn moon Titan's atmosphere may help scientists figure out if it's habitable
What is C3H2? 'Weird' molecule on Saturn moon Titan's atmosphere may help scientists figure out if it's habitable

According to experts, the types of molecules that might be sitting on Titan’s surface could be the same ones that formed the building blocks of life on Earth

Why Tongass National Forest is important? How Trump's move to lift protections impacts US' last climate sanctuary
Why Tongass National Forest is important? How Trump's move to lift protections impacts US' last climate sanctuary

Referred to by experts as the 'lungs of North America', it is the largest national forest of the US and the world's largest intact temperate rainforest

Will asteroid Apophis hit Earth in 2068? Experts unsure but study says it’s speeding up as it heads toward us
Will asteroid Apophis hit Earth in 2068? Experts unsure but study says it’s speeding up as it heads toward us

Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy (IfA) explain that this could be due to non-uniform thermal radiation which can act like a mini-thruster

Is there water on the Moon? Startling discovery could change lunar exploration forever
Is there water on the Moon? Startling discovery could change lunar exploration forever

Moon could harbor roughly 15,000 square miles of permanent shadows in multiple shapes and sizes, reservoirs that, according to theory, may also be capable of preserving water via ice

NASA spacecraft makes historic touchdown on ancient asteroid Bennu to collect dust and pebbles from its surface
NASA spacecraft makes historic touchdown on ancient asteroid Bennu to collect dust and pebbles from its surface

OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to return to Earth in 2023 with the sample and promises to be the largest amount of extraterrestrial material brought back from space since the Apollo era

Southern parts of US may see intensifying drought in winter as NOAA forecasts cooler north, warmer south
Southern parts of US may see intensifying drought in winter as NOAA forecasts cooler north, warmer south

Last month was also the hottest September on Earth since 1880