Leonid meteor shower: Stargazers set for amazing show as cosmic spectacle set to peak this weekend
Leonid meteor shower: Stargazers set for amazing show as cosmic spectacle set to peak this weekend

This year, the Leonids are going to be a downer as the shower itself is expected to be mild, and there will be a waning gibbous moon lighting up the predawn sky. 

Martian Mystery: Red planet's fluctuating oxygen levels stump NASA scientists
Martian Mystery: Red planet's fluctuating oxygen levels stump NASA scientists

Since oxygen can be produced both biologically and abiotically, experts are exploring both to explain the phenomenon.

As California chokes, landfills account for 41 per cent of methane emissions in state
As California chokes, landfills account for 41 per cent of methane emissions in state

Less than 0.2% of the infrastructure analyzed are responsible for 34-46% of total methane emissions in California, shows analysis

Is there life on Mars? NASA scientists to hunt for Martian life in Jezero Crater,  once home to a river delta
Is there life on Mars? NASA scientists to hunt for Martian life in Jezero Crater, once home to a river delta

The 36-million-year-old crater could hold clues to whether Mars is capable of supporting life; the mission will also look at how Mars dried out.

Climate change will hit plankton severely damaging fisheries and marine food chain
Climate change will hit plankton severely damaging fisheries and marine food chain

Besides being the food source for larger organisms such as fish and whales, these marine organisms generate oxygen and capture carbon from the atmosphere and transfer it to oceans.

Can imitating ways astronauts prep for spaceflight help cancer patients? Researchers say it could benefit them
Can imitating ways astronauts prep for spaceflight help cancer patients? Researchers say it could benefit them

During spaceflight, astronauts experience similar physical stress as cancer patients undergoing treatments; Currently, the team is examining whether exercise can offset the side effects of therapy in cancer patients

Children are the worst victims of air pollution with 2.9 million premature deaths in 2016 alone: Report
Children are the worst victims of air pollution with 2.9 million premature deaths in 2016 alone: Report

Over 90% of children are exposed to PM 2.5 concentrations that are above WHO guidelines, damaging their health throughout their life

Nazis in space! NASA renames farthest cosmic body visited by spacecraft as 'Arrokoth' erasing earlier 'Ultima Thule' moniker due to 'Nazi' links
Nazis in space! NASA renames farthest cosmic body visited by spacecraft as 'Arrokoth' erasing earlier 'Ultima Thule' moniker due to 'Nazi' links

'Arrokoth', an icy rock, is believed to be a leftover from the solar system's early history and could hold clues to the origin of planets.

New fingerprint test can catch heroin users by detecting it on skin, even after washing hands
New fingerprint test can catch heroin users by detecting it on skin, even after washing hands

It can also help doctors monitor whether patients are taking the medicines prescribed to them.

Looking for ET: Astronomers narrow down search for aliens by honing in on planets most likely to host life
Looking for ET: Astronomers narrow down search for aliens by honing in on planets most likely to host life

They found that planets around inactive, or quiet stars are more likely to maintain life-sustaining liquid water

Apocalypse Now? America's nuclear 'Tomb' on Marshall Islands is ticking time bomb as climate change weakens protective dome
Apocalypse Now? America's nuclear 'Tomb' on Marshall Islands is ticking time bomb as climate change weakens protective dome

If the Runit Island Dome were to break, all of its 73,000 m3 of radioactive debris, including some plutonium-239 could seep into the Pacific with disastrous consequences

Why women cheat:  Ashley Madison study finds women want better sex just like men, but are judged more harshly
Why women cheat: Ashley Madison study finds women want better sex just like men, but are judged more harshly

Among the 2,066 female participants, a staggering 92 percent said they are criticized much more than their male counterparts.

Climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous and three times as frequent in America now than 100 years ago
Climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous and three times as frequent in America now than 100 years ago

The findings are consistent with expectations that climate change will increase storm intensity, and major hurricanes will become even stronger in a warming world, says the research team

Transit of Mercury: Planet to cross in front of the sun in rare cosmic event that won't be seen for next 30 years
Transit of Mercury: Planet to cross in front of the sun in rare cosmic event that won't be seen for next 30 years

Mercury transits happen only about 13 times per century; The planet will visit again in 2032, though North Americans will have to wait until 2049 to witness the next one

Boys are not naturally better than girls when it comes to maths, new study debunks age-old myth
Boys are not naturally better than girls when it comes to maths, new study debunks age-old myth

The study addressed the myth that women do not thrive in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, and medicine (STEM) due to biological deficiencies in math aptitude

Emperor penguins could be wiped out in 80 years if the current rate of global warming continues
Emperor penguins could be wiped out in 80 years if the current rate of global warming continues

Even if countries reduce their emissions and meet the Paris climate accord, there will be an estimated 19% drop in the number of penguin colonies

Human heart cells change during spaceflight, say scientists in study that could have far-reaching effects on cardiac health
Human heart cells change during spaceflight, say scientists in study that could have far-reaching effects on cardiac health

The study involving human heart cells that were cultured aboard International Space Station, shows that they can quickly adapt to the environment in which they are placed, including microgravity

Deadly virus in marine animals could be linked to Arctic sea ice loss driven by climate change
Deadly virus in marine animals could be linked to Arctic sea ice loss driven by climate change

Arctic sea ice reduction may allow pathogens infecting sea mammals to spread more regularly between the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans, according to a study

Climate Crisis: California is leading the way in renewables, and it's time the rest of America followed
Climate Crisis: California is leading the way in renewables, and it's time the rest of America followed

California managed to be the largest agricultural producer in the US despite facing severe drought.

NASA's Curiosity captures vast emptiness of desolate Mars horizon, even as it searches for signs of life
NASA's Curiosity captures vast emptiness of desolate Mars horizon, even as it searches for signs of life

The images are of the Gale Crater, which is a 100-mile-wide ancient basin, where the rover is trying to dig up more evidence to show that a lake existed in the region.

New study links theme parks to nearly 198% increase in crime rate in neighboring areas
New study links theme parks to nearly 198% increase in crime rate in neighboring areas

Analysis of crimes near Universal Studios in Orlando shows that offences increased by 198% in neighborhoods within a mile of the park, which attracts over nine million visitors a year

Climate change crisis: New study finds that 136 of 184 countries’ pledges are insufficient to slow destruction of planet
Climate change crisis: New study finds that 136 of 184 countries’ pledges are insufficient to slow destruction of planet

"In 2020, for the first time, climate change will be a major topic in a US presidential election. I am hopeful this will stir the electorate to take decisive action and ultimately redouble US efforts to make the Paris Agreement successful," McCarthy, co-author of the study told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW)

Spherical universe: Everything we know about the cosmos may be wrong after new evidence suggests flat theory may be wrong
Spherical universe: Everything we know about the cosmos may be wrong after new evidence suggests flat theory may be wrong

According to the latest observations, the universe is 41 times more likely to be closed than flat but experts say more research is needed to prove that the findings are not a fluke.

US, EU, China, India and Russia responsible for over half the projected sea-level rise caused by emissions under Paris Agreement pledges
US, EU, China, India and Russia responsible for over half the projected sea-level rise caused by emissions under Paris Agreement pledges

Just 15 years of post-Paris Agreement emissions will lock in 20 centimeters of sea-level rise by 2300, equivalent to as much sea-level increase as seen over the entire 20th century, a new study revealed

Voyager 2 finally enters interstellar space on its way to the stars; probe becomes second human-made object to make solar exit
Voyager 2 finally enters interstellar space on its way to the stars; probe becomes second human-made object to make solar exit

An instrument on the spacecraft detected plasma density jump, confirming that it has entered the realm of the stars, say scientists

Flu risk rises sharply as early winter storms lash Western and Central US; doctors warn of other respiratory infections too
Flu risk rises sharply as early winter storms lash Western and Central US; doctors warn of other respiratory infections too

Midwest regions, including Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, are likely to have their first snowfall of the year

Scientists find mysterious tiny black hole in the Milky Way which could be smallest in the universe
Scientists find mysterious tiny black hole in the Milky Way which could be smallest in the universe

Scientists developed a different approach to detect black holes of small mass by examining how a companion star moves in response to its gravity

Rare interstellar comet 2I/Borisov could be carrying water from another star system, say scientists tracking eerie cosmic traveller
Rare interstellar comet 2I/Borisov could be carrying water from another star system, say scientists tracking eerie cosmic traveller

This is the first time scientists have seen water from another planetary system

It's Halloween! NASA finds a 'cosmic pumpkin', a star about 15 to 20 times heavier than our sun and it's freaky!
It's Halloween! NASA finds a 'cosmic pumpkin', a star about 15 to 20 times heavier than our sun and it's freaky!

The O-type star behind the colorful spectacle, was captured by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, and has been named Jack-o'-lantern Nebula

Facial recognition software often fails to recognize transgenders giving rise to stereotypes on what sexes should look like
Facial recognition software often fails to recognize transgenders giving rise to stereotypes on what sexes should look like

Those who identified as agender, genderqueer or non-binary, indicating that they identify as neither male or female, were mischaracterized 100% of the time.

Over 300 million people in coastal regions risk being homeless by 2050, thanks to rising sea levels, says study
Over 300 million people in coastal regions risk being homeless by 2050, thanks to rising sea levels, says study

In the US, nearly 40% live in coastal areas, and if emissions go unchecked, a large majority of Americans will be impacted by coastal flooding.

Climate Change Watch: Renewable energy facilities in Upper Midwest and Great Lakes can reduce climate change impact
Climate Change Watch: Renewable energy facilities in Upper Midwest and Great Lakes can reduce climate change impact

Switching to clean energy in high-carbon emission regions like Great Lakes and Upper Midwest can increase climate and health benefits four fold than in California.

Stargazing events in November: From Taurid meteor showers to spotting Mercury twice, November can be an astronomer's delight
Stargazing events in November: From Taurid meteor showers to spotting Mercury twice, November can be an astronomer's delight

Here are the top astronomy events of November 2019 to mark on your calendar

California fires: Why the Getty Centre, home to Van Gogh and Rembrandt masterpieces, is the safest place right now
California fires: Why the Getty Centre, home to Van Gogh and Rembrandt masterpieces, is the safest place right now

While the authorities are working on calming down the blaze that threatens approximately 90,000 buildings areas across the evacuation zone, the Centre and its prized works of art won't be affected and here's why. 

Protected areas failing to prevent human encroachment, shows conservation analysis in 152 countries
Protected areas failing to prevent human encroachment, shows conservation analysis in 152 countries

Scientists compiled data from 12,315 protected areas across 152 countries and deduced that a majority of protected areas in every global region have seen increased human pressure over the years.

Hygiea could be the smallest dwarf planet in our solar system, say scientists
Hygiea could be the smallest dwarf planet in our solar system, say scientists

Hygiea's transition from an asteroid to a dwarf planet could be attributed to the discovery of Hygiea's shape

US military 'precariously unprepared' for climate change, warns report
US military 'precariously unprepared' for climate change, warns report

Calling the Army an 'environmental disaster', experts say the military is not an environment-friendly organization.

Relaxing US energy regulations would significantly lower air quality by increasing emissions of pollutants
Relaxing US energy regulations would significantly lower air quality by increasing emissions of pollutants

According to the researchers, relaxing energy policies are expected to increase emissions of both greenhouse gases and conventional air pollutants, which are known to react in the atmosphere to form ozone, a pollutant harmful to humans

Going completely organic could increase greenhouse emissions, new study finds
Going completely organic could increase greenhouse emissions, new study finds

Conventional farming is known to contribute around nine percent of overall greenhouse gas emissions both in the UK and US

Google claims to have achieved quantum supremacy with new computer but not everyone is convinced
Google claims to have achieved quantum supremacy with new computer but not everyone is convinced

The achievement could open up a lot of avenues, from helping design better and lighter spacecraft to creating more efficient batteries and fertilizers.

Algorithm biased against black people is being widely used in US hospitals to predict health risks, say researchers
Algorithm biased against black people is being widely used in US hospitals to predict health risks, say researchers

The common commercial tool 'underestimates' the health needs of black patients and wrongly determines that black patients are healthier than equally sick whites

Long ridges on Mars were caused by landslides, not ice, say scientists
Long ridges on Mars were caused by landslides, not ice, say scientists

While experts have not ruled out the presence of ice, they state that it was not needed to form the “long run-outs” analyzed on Martian landscape.

Neutron star collisions give birth to heavy elements like strontium in space
Neutron star collisions give birth to heavy elements like strontium in space

Earlier, scientists believed that most of the elements in the universe heavier than helium are created in stars

Plastic waste can be upcycled into high-quality motor oils, cosmetics by new technology
Plastic waste can be upcycled into high-quality motor oils, cosmetics by new technology

Researchers came up with a catalyst capable of breaking the tough bonds in plastics to produce high-quality liquid hydrocarbons, which could find use in motor oil, lubricants or waxes or further processed to make ingredients for detergents and cosmetics

The solar energy market set for spectacular growth over the next five years globally, says IEA report
The solar energy market set for spectacular growth over the next five years globally, says IEA report

Cost reductions and concerted government policy efforts are fuelling growth in the renewable energy sector

Smallest ozone hole recorded this year, but it's not a sign of recovery: NASA
Smallest ozone hole recorded this year, but it's not a sign of recovery: NASA

Experts say shrinking of the hole is due to warmer temperatures in the stratosphere.

Amazon's male white bellbird dethrones the screaming piha as the loudest bird in the world
Amazon's male white bellbird dethrones the screaming piha as the loudest bird in the world

The call is at least nine decibels (dB) louder than that of the piha, reaching volumes of 125 dB— a normal human voice is about 60 dB.

Shark pups growing up to be vulnerable and weaker predators due to global climate change, finds study
Shark pups growing up to be vulnerable and weaker predators due to global climate change, finds study

Researchers say that the problem is grave but unfortunately, there is no straight forward solution

Major California fault, capable of producing a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, has started moving triggered by July's Ridgecrest earthquake sequence
Major California fault, capable of producing a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, has started moving triggered by July's Ridgecrest earthquake sequence

Rupture of the mainshock terminated only a few kilometers from the major regional Garlock Fault; The fault has been relatively quiet for 500 years, but the strain placed on it by July's earthquake activity triggered it to start 'creeping,' and it has slipped 2 cm at the surface since July