Arctic ice cover drops to second-lowest record after 2012, are we heading towards a seasonally frost-free ocean?
Arctic ice cover drops to second-lowest record after 2012, are we heading towards a seasonally frost-free ocean?

'It's been a crazy year up north, with sea ice at a near-record low, 100-degree Fahrenheit heatwaves in Siberia and massive forest fires,' Mark Serreze, director of NSIDC, said

Comet found to have unique aurora in first-ever discovery on a celestial object other than a planet or a moon
Comet found to have unique aurora in first-ever discovery on a celestial object other than a planet or a moon

Charged particles from the Sun streaming towards the comet in the solar wind interact with the gas surrounding the comet’s icy, dusty nucleus and create the aurora

Saturn's moon Enceladus has fresh ice on its northern hemisphere: Scientists
Saturn's moon Enceladus has fresh ice on its northern hemisphere: Scientists

Enceladus is 25 times smaller than Earth and the surface hides an underground ocean, where scientists hope to find extraterrestrial life

Wealthiest 1% of world's population emitted more carbon dioxide than 3 billion people from poorer half: Report
Wealthiest 1% of world's population emitted more carbon dioxide than 3 billion people from poorer half: Report

Further, roughly 630 million people, who make up the richest 10% of the world population, were responsible for over 52% of carbon dioxide emissions, the report said

Tropical storm Beta approaches Texas coast, scientists warn of storm surge, flash flooding and heavy rains
Tropical storm Beta approaches Texas coast, scientists warn of storm surge, flash flooding and heavy rains

The tropical storm is expected to produce rainfall of six to 12 inches with isolated totals of 15 inches from the middle Texas coast to southern Louisiana

Russia claims 'Venus is a Russian planet' after scientists find that microbial life may exist on Earth's twin
Russia claims 'Venus is a Russian planet' after scientists find that microbial life may exist on Earth's twin

Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said that the Soviet Union was 'the first and only one' to land a spacecraft on Venus, so they shouldn't be lagging behind in discovering more about the 'Russian planet'

The Great Cosmic Diamond Rush: Study says exoplanets possible with diamonds in cores but unlikely to host life
The Great Cosmic Diamond Rush: Study says exoplanets possible with diamonds in cores but unlikely to host life

These alien worlds are likely carbon-rich and would need certain ingredients to produce the precious element: water, high heat and high pressure

Busy hurricane season sees scientists run out of storm names for second time since 1950 when naming started
Busy hurricane season sees scientists run out of storm names for second time since 1950 when naming started

The first time scientists ran out of names was in the 2005 season and this year, the season is far from over

Did a solar flare sink the Titanic? Study suggests space weather may have been responsible for tragedy
Did a solar flare sink the Titanic? Study suggests space weather may have been responsible for tragedy

According to the study, a geomagnetic storm was present during the period around the Titanic’s disaster that may have impacted navigation and communication

Life on Venus? Scientists say discovery of phosphine gas in planet’s clouds may be ‘a possible sign of life’
Life on Venus? Scientists say discovery of phosphine gas in planet’s clouds may be ‘a possible sign of life’

Confirming the discovery required using 45 antennas of Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile, a more sensitive telescope in which the European Southern Observatory is a partner

Arctic is transitioning to new climate, scientists forecast less ice, warmer air temperatures and more rain
Arctic is transitioning to new climate, scientists forecast less ice, warmer air temperatures and more rain

If emissions continue at a high level, most continental regions will experience an increase in the rainy season of 20-60 days by mid-century and 60-90 days by the end of the century

NASA is looking to mine the Moon and exploit its resources, calls for proposals from private companies
NASA is looking to mine the Moon and exploit its resources, calls for proposals from private companies

The development comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order this year, greenlighting moon mining efforts.

People living in mountain regions have distinct psychological traits, Wild West mentality lingers: Study
People living in mountain regions have distinct psychological traits, Wild West mentality lingers: Study

The harsh and remote environment of mountainous frontier regions historically attracted nonconformist European settlers strongly motivated by a sense of freedom

Global warming closer to bleak milestone, may move to ‘hothouse’ state not seen in millions of years: Study
Global warming closer to bleak milestone, may move to ‘hothouse’ state not seen in millions of years: Study

Between 2020-2024, the annual mean global near-surface temperature is predicted to be between 0.91°C and 1.59°C above pre-industrial conditions, defined as the 1850-1900 average, says the UN report

Can probiotics keep space travelers healthy during long journeys? Scientists say it holds great promise
Can probiotics keep space travelers healthy during long journeys? Scientists say it holds great promise

Microgravity causes bone and muscle loss in astronomers and exposure to radiation increases the risk of cancers

Children's privacy could be violated as advertisers may access their digital data with law unenforced: Study
Children's privacy could be violated as advertisers may access their digital data with law unenforced: Study

Of the 451 digital apps tested in the study, two-thirds collected data collected and shared them with third-party businesses

Mars solar eclipse accompanied by strange phenomenon that may help understand Red Planet better, says study
Mars solar eclipse accompanied by strange phenomenon that may help understand Red Planet better, says study

Recording the strange phenomenon is NASA's Insight Lander, which is tasked with studying Mars interiors

Does space travel affect astronauts' brains? Study shows evidence of 'substantial' adaptation to weightlessness
Does space travel affect astronauts' brains? Study shows evidence of 'substantial' adaptation to weightlessness

Experts scanned the astronauts' brains before and after spaceflight, and then again seven months later. The images showed an increase in the mass of brain tissues that are thought to control movement

Global aviation industry responsible for 3.5% of climate change caused by human activities, finds study
Global aviation industry responsible for 3.5% of climate change caused by human activities, finds study

Two-thirds of the impact from aviation is attributed to non-carbon dioxide emissions and the rest from carbon dioxide — which between 1940 and 2018 comes upto 32.6 billion tonnes

Sun may have had a sibling in the past, both may have trapped the mysterious Oort cloud and Planet Nine: Study
Sun may have had a sibling in the past, both may have trapped the mysterious Oort cloud and Planet Nine: Study

The Oort cloud, which occupies the far reaches of the solar system, is a strange place: unlike most objects that have a disc-like orbit, this one looks like a spherical bubble wrapping the sun, planets, and their moons, along with other asteroids

Rust discovered on Moon despite lack of water and oxygen, startled scientists examine if Earth is responsible
Rust discovered on Moon despite lack of water and oxygen, startled scientists examine if Earth is responsible

Finding more rust on the side facing Earth suggests that it may have some connection with our planet, say experts

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