Brains of scientists on a 14-month Antarctica expedition have shrunk, says study
Brains of scientists on a 14-month Antarctica expedition have shrunk, says study

According to the lead author of the study, social isolation and sensory deprivation, including the lack of navigation in large-scale space, could be the possible reasons, which contributed to the brain shrinking. 

Thousands of strange circular holes discovered in seabed off California coast leave scientists baffled
Thousands of strange circular holes discovered in seabed off California coast leave scientists baffled

The holes measure 11 meters wide and one meter deep, on average, according to scientists who mapped the seabed. The survey was done to evaluate the feasibility of building a wind energy farm on the site

Global Warming: Greenland losing ice seven times faster than the 1990s and will leave 40 million more people exposed to coastal flooding by 2100
Global Warming: Greenland losing ice seven times faster than the 1990s and will leave 40 million more people exposed to coastal flooding by 2100

The rate of ice loss has risen from 33 billion tonnes each year in the 1990s to 254 billion tonnes each year in the last decade, shows an analysis by 89 polar scientists

A year of brushes with extinction: 2019 saw a record 2,144 space rocks whiz past Earth
A year of brushes with extinction: 2019 saw a record 2,144 space rocks whiz past Earth

Around 175 approached the planet in November, according to the European Space Agency (ESA), which monitors and raises alarms of possible collisions; Two more are expected to approach Earth by the year-end.

The tragic history of Bikini Atoll mapped: Scientists show huge craters in sea floor blasted by atom bomb tests
The tragic history of Bikini Atoll mapped: Scientists show huge craters in sea floor blasted by atom bomb tests

The new map provides evidence for these nuclear tests, say researches from University of Delaware

Ocean Dead Zones: The silent killers of marine life are expanding and have increased exponentially since the 1960s
Ocean Dead Zones: The silent killers of marine life are expanding and have increased exponentially since the 1960s

According to experts, these zones result from the loss of oxygen, and they are expanding due to climate change and pollutants from agricultural wastes

Here's how to see December's rare 'Full Cold Moon' that signals onset of colder temperatures and longer nights
Here's how to see December's rare 'Full Cold Moon' that signals onset of colder temperatures and longer nights

The night of the full moon is the only night of the month when the moon will rise around the sunset, shine brightly all night and then set around sunrise the following morning

Why White Island volcanic eruption came as a surprise? Experts say it was caused by steam, not magma, which is harder to track
Why White Island volcanic eruption came as a surprise? Experts say it was caused by steam, not magma, which is harder to track

The eruption created a steam and ash column to 12,000 feet above the island in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty—a popular tourist destination; 47 people were on the island at the time of eruption on Monday afternoon

NASA's Moon Mission 2024: Artemis will explore uncharted polar region, set the stage for future explorations, says scientist
NASA's Moon Mission 2024: Artemis will explore uncharted polar region, set the stage for future explorations, says scientist

NASA zeroed in on the south pole as its landing site after the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)—a robotic spacecraft circling Moon—provided a wealth of information on the region

How Saturn's tiger moon Enceladus got its stripes? It's due to the planet's gravity, say scientists
How Saturn's tiger moon Enceladus got its stripes? It's due to the planet's gravity, say scientists

Thanks to NASA’s Cassini Mission to Saturn, scientists now know that the cracks repeatedly widen and narrow as they dance to the rhythm of Saturn's gravity

Scientists capture shots of material ejected from asteroid Bennu's surface, only 'active' one to be seen up close
Scientists capture shots of material ejected from asteroid Bennu's surface, only 'active' one to be seen up close

Images taken by cameras aboard NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft offer a detailed look at small-scale mass loss events; while the cause of this particle ejection continues to challenge scientists, the observations show that asteroids are far from being inert bodies.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe reaches closer to the sun than any other mission, sends back data to help understand origin of solar winds
NASA's Parker Solar Probe reaches closer to the sun than any other mission, sends back data to help understand origin of solar winds

The data shows that these winds come from a hole in the Sun's corona or the outermost part of the Sun's atmosphere and appear to be closer to its equator

Space news: Giant Neptune-like exoplanet found orbiting white dwarf 1,500 light-years away in rare discovery
Space news: Giant Neptune-like exoplanet found orbiting white dwarf 1,500 light-years away in rare discovery

The study provides evidence that planets can survive the explosive transformation of a star into a white dwarf as most planets were thought to not survive this transition.

'Rivers in the sky' sparking flood damage in western US will only get bigger and wetter due to global warming
'Rivers in the sky' sparking flood damage in western US will only get bigger and wetter due to global warming

The researchers found that across the 11 western states, of the $50.8 billion of total estimated flood damages during 1978 to 2017, atmospheric rivers accounted for 84% of these damages, exceeding 99% in some areas of the coastal states.

52 species of migratory birds have become smaller in size thanks to rising temperatures and climate change
52 species of migratory birds have become smaller in size thanks to rising temperatures and climate change

While their body size has declined, wing length has increased, shows an analysis of 70,716 North American migratory birds that died when they collided with buildings in Chicago over the past four decades

Do dogs help children develop? New study finds having a pooch in the room helps kids spend more time reading and learning
Do dogs help children develop? New study finds having a pooch in the room helps kids spend more time reading and learning

A dog is a reassuring, uncritical audience who will not mind if mistakes are made, say experts, adding that these findings could help schools develop dog-assisted strategies to support struggling young readers

Women who use permanent hair dyes and chemical straighteners could be at increased risk of breast cancer: Study
Women who use permanent hair dyes and chemical straighteners could be at increased risk of breast cancer: Study

Those who used chemical straighteners every 5-8 weeks were about 31% more likely to develop breast cancer, while permanent dye use was associated with a 9% higher risk.

Supermassive black hole spurring formation of stars instead of devouring them baffles astronomers
Supermassive black hole spurring formation of stars instead of devouring them baffles astronomers

The black hole seems to be enhancing star formation more than one million light-years away in multiple galaxies across massive distances

Greenland is becoming unstable as lakes empty into the bottom of the ice sheets: study
Greenland is becoming unstable as lakes empty into the bottom of the ice sheets: study

These lakes are formed during summers, as the ice begins to melt, resulting in “supraglacial” lakes forming on the surface of the ice.  Many of these lakes drain through the cracks and crevasses in the ice sheet, weakening it further.

In fight against climate change, one whale is worth thousands of trees and can suck 33 tonnes of CO2 from atmosphere: Study
In fight against climate change, one whale is worth thousands of trees and can suck 33 tonnes of CO2 from atmosphere: Study

These mammals are naturally adept at removing and capturing carbon dioxide, and when they die, they sink deep into the ocean floor, taking with them their carbon reserves

Porn addiction: Binging on adult entertainment can rewire the brain to a more child-like state leaving addicts prone to poor decisions
Porn addiction: Binging on adult entertainment can rewire the brain to a more child-like state leaving addicts prone to poor decisions

Porn could affect the prefrontal cortex — a part of the brain which controls morality, willpower and impulse control. This region is underdeveloped in children, explaining why they have trouble controlling their impulses and emotions

Dying coral reefs can be revived by playing sounds of healthy reefs on underwater loudspeakers to attract fish
Dying coral reefs can be revived by playing sounds of healthy reefs on underwater loudspeakers to attract fish

Healthy coral reefs are remarkably noisy places and young fish home in on these sounds when they are looking for a place to settle. The study found recordings of such sounds doubled the total number of fish arriving at the patches of reef habitat

The science behind US's 'cancer alley' and the chemical plant at the center of the controversy
The science behind US's 'cancer alley' and the chemical plant at the center of the controversy

The 85-mile stretch of land along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge has been infamously nicknamed cancer alley owing to the high concentration of chemical plants, and the region's cancer cases

Giant, raging dust storms may explain how Mars' water disappeared over billions of years
Giant, raging dust storms may explain how Mars' water disappeared over billions of years

Occurring every decade or so, these dust storms blanket the entire planet in a dusty haze and a large number of thick clouds of dust or dust towers reach high into the air, say scientists.

Mars 2020: Ambitious $7 billion space mission to bring just half kilogram of rocks from the Red Planet
Mars 2020: Ambitious $7 billion space mission to bring just half kilogram of rocks from the Red Planet

The complex mission will entail a rover collecting rock samples from the planet, getting it on a rocket to put it in Mars' orbit and then capturing it in a spaceship that will bring it to Earth

Scientists find 'impossible' black hole in our galaxy with mass 70 times that of the sun: 'Such bodies should not even exist'
Scientists find 'impossible' black hole in our galaxy with mass 70 times that of the sun: 'Such bodies should not even exist'

Until now, scientists had estimated the mass of an individual stellar black hole in the Milky Way at no more than 20 times that of the sun

Climate change crisis: 7.2 billion people could be exposed to losses in food production by 2100 if emissions go unchecked
Climate change crisis: 7.2 billion people could be exposed to losses in food production by 2100 if emissions go unchecked

The recent study follows a UN report, which says that greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, despite scientific warnings and political commitment, and have increased at a rate of 1.5% per year in the last decade.

Thousands of planets could be revolving around supermassive blackholes like how the Earth orbits the Sun, suggests new theory
Thousands of planets could be revolving around supermassive blackholes like how the Earth orbits the Sun, suggests new theory

The theory challenges the widely-held notion that planets are formed only around a young star

Climate change crisis: Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels hit a record high with no signs of slowing down, warns UN report
Climate change crisis: Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels hit a record high with no signs of slowing down, warns UN report

The current level of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is 147% of pre-industrial levels in 1750, a time where fossil fuel and coal was unheard of.

Astronomers discover dead star cloaked by interstellar dust as they capture a spectacular view of the center of the Milky Way
Astronomers discover dead star cloaked by interstellar dust as they capture a spectacular view of the center of the Milky Way

The galactic center is covered in interstellar dust and to see past the dust, scientists rely on telescopes. The Murchison Widefield Array telescope has now shown images of what our galaxy would look like if human eyes could see radio waves.

Planet Earth continues to sweat, making last month the second-hottest October in 140 years: NOAA
Planet Earth continues to sweat, making last month the second-hottest October in 140 years: NOAA

The average global land and ocean surface temperature for October 2019 was 0.98°C, a value that was just 0.06°C short of the record-warm October set in 2015

Insect-like creatures on Mars? Ohio entomologist cites NASA photos as proof of life on Red Planet,  experts say it's all an illusion
Insect-like creatures on Mars? Ohio entomologist cites NASA photos as proof of life on Red Planet, experts say it's all an illusion

William Romoser, an entomologist and professor emeritus at Ohio University, says he has observed insect-like forms, structured similarly to bees, as well as reptile-like forms -- both as fossils and living creatures on the planet

After 3-decade 'star trek', scientists find missing neutron star formed in 1987 supernova explosion
After 3-decade 'star trek', scientists find missing neutron star formed in 1987 supernova explosion

The neutron star was shrouded in dust from the supernova explosion that occurred 160,000 light-years away in a neighbouring galaxy, experts say.

A new disease, likely fuelled by climate change,  killing coral reefs in Western Pacific Ocean
A new disease, likely fuelled by climate change, killing coral reefs in Western Pacific Ocean

Experts say the grey-patch disease strikes by altering the corals' defenses and will influence the health of future reefs.

Extraterrestrial sugars discovered in two meteorites that hit Earth provide vital clues to the origin of life on Earth
Extraterrestrial sugars discovered in two meteorites that hit Earth provide vital clues to the origin of life on Earth

Scientists had previously detected other important building blocks of life, including components of proteins, DNA and RNA, in meteorites

Power plant emissions cause thousands of early deaths in US, states like New York, Pennsylvania most hit
Power plant emissions cause thousands of early deaths in US, states like New York, Pennsylvania most hit

In 36 states, the majority of the health impacts are from emissions that originate in other states, shows analysis

Alpha Monocerotid:  Rare 'unicorn' meteor shower expected to light up the skies on Thursday
Alpha Monocerotid: Rare 'unicorn' meteor shower expected to light up the skies on Thursday

The Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower was first spotted in 1925 in rural Virginia and included 37 meteors over a span of 13 minutes. The best time to catch the shower, according to the researchers, is 11.50 pm EST.

How old is my dog? One dog year is not equal to 7 human years, say scientists who come up with new formula to find pets' age
How old is my dog? One dog year is not equal to 7 human years, say scientists who come up with new formula to find pets' age

The older method, which equates one dog year to seven human years, is a myth, say scientists.

More than half of super toxic sites in the US are at risk of spilling due to climate change; pose substantial risk to life
More than half of super toxic sites in the US are at risk of spilling due to climate change; pose substantial risk to life

The analysis by the US Government Accountability Office says 945 of 1,571 sites could face storm surges, wildfires, and sea-level rise.

NASA confirms water vapor on Europa in major breakthrough in search for extra-terrestrial life
NASA confirms water vapor on Europa in major breakthrough in search for extra-terrestrial life

While scientists have not yet detected liquid water directly, experts say they have found the next best thing: water in vapor form

Trans kids prefer playing with toys and wearing clothes that are different from the sex assigned to them at birth, finds study
Trans kids prefer playing with toys and wearing clothes that are different from the sex assigned to them at birth, finds study

Transgender children show a pattern of gender development associated with their current gender, says the study. How, and for how long a transgender child was treated as their assigned sex does not appear to affect their current gender identity and expression

Space travel dealt another health blow after new study finds astronauts experience reverse blood flow, leading to complications
Space travel dealt another health blow after new study finds astronauts experience reverse blood flow, leading to complications

This problem stems from the lack of the right gravity conditions in space. Without Earth's gravity, blood could get stagnated and flow backwards.

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