Renewable power plants averted a substantial 2.1 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide emission in 2019, finds UN report
Renewable power plants averted a substantial 2.1 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide emission in 2019, finds UN report

The analysis shows that in 2019, the amount of new renewable power capacity added was the highest ever, at 184 gigawatts and this new capacity was delivered with almost the same investment as 2018

Astronomers detect mysterious radio signals from deep space repeating in a cycle of every 157 days
Astronomers detect mysterious radio signals from deep space repeating in a cycle of every 157 days

Some scientists believe the signal could be a message from an alien civilization, while others think it could be emerging from neutron stars: which forms after a giant star explodes in a supernova

Saturn's moon Titan is drifting away 100 times faster from the planet than previously believed, say scientists
Saturn's moon Titan is drifting away 100 times faster from the planet than previously believed, say scientists

The revised rate of its drift of 11 centimeters per year suggests that the moon started out much closer to Saturn, which would mean the whole system expanded more quickly than previously believed

'Mirror image' of Earth and Sun discovered 3000 light-years away, say scientists
'Mirror image' of Earth and Sun discovered 3000 light-years away, say scientists

KOI-456.04 orbits a Sun-like star, and it does so with a star-planet distance that could permit planetary surface temperatures conducive to life

What do 'hot Jupiters' look like? Scientists say exoplanets may have clouds made of titanium or molten sand
What do 'hot Jupiters' look like? Scientists say exoplanets may have clouds made of titanium or molten sand

For comparison, Earth has water vapor, and Venus has sulfuric acid and carbon dioxide

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

NASA probe captures images of our nearest stars appearing to be in different positions than seen from Earth
NASA probe captures images of our nearest stars appearing to be in different positions than seen from Earth

Two stars, Proxima Centauri and Wolf 359, appear to be in different positions from what we would see from Earth in pictures. This is called the parallax effect

'Good' probiotic bacteria could save the endangered Great Barrier Coral Reefs, researchers claim
'Good' probiotic bacteria could save the endangered Great Barrier Coral Reefs, researchers claim

Probiotics have been widely successful in improving both human and animal health but their use in marine ecosystems has been unexplored until now

Galaxies may have formed earlier than previously thought, claims new study on first-generation stars
Galaxies may have formed earlier than previously thought, claims new study on first-generation stars

For future studies, scientists are hoping that the James Webb Space Telescope — set to launch in 2021 — will provide answers about first-generation stars

Plastic in deep sea shows no traces of degradation, remains unchanged for over 20 years: Study
Plastic in deep sea shows no traces of degradation, remains unchanged for over 20 years: Study

Several pieces of waste were recovered from the seabed of the Eastern Pacific Ocean at a depth of 4,150 meters for the analysis

Asteroid, comet, alien spaceship? Scientists have new theory on what mysterious interstellar object Oumuamua is
Asteroid, comet, alien spaceship? Scientists have new theory on what mysterious interstellar object Oumuamua is

Researchers at the University of Hawaii first discovered ‘Oumuamua in 2017, more than a month after it passed its closest point to the Sun. They named the object after the Hawaiian word for 'scout'

Mapping Earth’s deepest secrets: Scientists detect unusually hot and dense structures near planet's core
Mapping Earth’s deepest secrets: Scientists detect unusually hot and dense structures near planet's core

The scientists found that the large patch of very dense, hot material at the core-mantle boundary beneath Hawaii produced uniquely loud echoes, indicating that it is even larger than previous estimates

Over 1,000 tons of plastic rains into protected areas and national parks in western US annually: Study
Over 1,000 tons of plastic rains into protected areas and national parks in western US annually: Study

Roughly 4% of the atmospheric particles analyzed from these remote locations are synthetic polymers

Are we alone? Astronomers propose looking for mineral dust on exoplanets to answer the question
Are we alone? Astronomers propose looking for mineral dust on exoplanets to answer the question

Mineral dust — comprising carbon-silicate material lifted from the planet's surface — may influence climatic conditions on a planet, thereby making it more hospitable

Climate change transforming forests worldwide, leading to increase in shorter and younger trees: Study
Climate change transforming forests worldwide, leading to increase in shorter and younger trees: Study

This trend is likely to continue with climate warming. A future planet with fewer large, old forests will be very different than what we have grown accustomed to, says an expert

Most protected areas face risk of invasion by alien animal species living less than 10 kms away, finds study
Most protected areas face risk of invasion by alien animal species living less than 10 kms away, finds study

Over 95% of the protected areas around the world were found to be environmentally suitable for the establishment of at least some of the alien species under investigation

EXCLUSIVE | Siri co-founder Tom Gruber says people will believe AIs are sentient 'way before actual sentience'
EXCLUSIVE | Siri co-founder Tom Gruber says people will believe AIs are sentient 'way before actual sentience'

According to Gruber, a leading expert in AI, we're not that close to having lifelike robots but intelligent AIs that we can hold a conversation with may become a reality within our lifetimes

Yellowstone's supervolcano may have become less intense, suggests discovery of two ancient eruptions
Yellowstone's supervolcano may have become less intense, suggests discovery of two ancient eruptions

Scientists found two super-eruptions, 8.99 and 8.72M years ago, which show the volcano on average erupted once every 500,000 years but over the past 3M years, the hotspot has seen just two supereruptions

Briefcase-sized satellite is smallest on record to spot a planet outside solar system
Briefcase-sized satellite is smallest on record to spot a planet outside solar system

About twice the size of Earth, exoplanet 55 Cancri e is a 'scorching hot' planet and orbits extremely close to its Sun-like parent star

Sixth mass extinction picks up pace, threatening to wipe out over 500 species in next 20 years
Sixth mass extinction picks up pace, threatening to wipe out over 500 species in next 20 years

Human-induced actions such as climate change, wildlife trade, pollution, habitat loss and the use of toxic substances have brought many species to the brink of extinction

Earth’s carbon dioxide levels hit record high in May despite coronavirus-related emissions drop, analysis shows
Earth’s carbon dioxide levels hit record high in May despite coronavirus-related emissions drop, analysis shows

Monthly carbon dioxide values first breached the 400 ppm threshold in 2014, and are now at levels not experienced by the atmosphere in several million years

Mars had a bigger moon that formed a ring around the Red Planet billions of years ago, suggests new evidence
Mars had a bigger moon that formed a ring around the Red Planet billions of years ago, suggests new evidence

The study supports a 2017 theory: generations of Martian moons were destroyed into rings which would then give rise to a new, smaller moon to repeat the cycle all over again

Scientists find Earth-sized planet orbiting solar system's closest star Proxima Centauri
Scientists find Earth-sized planet orbiting solar system's closest star Proxima Centauri

The planet called Proxima b is approximately 4.2 light-years away and has a mass of 1.17 earth masses

Scientists claim they have identified the cleanest air on Earth over the Southern Ocean near Antarctica
Scientists claim they have identified the cleanest air on Earth over the Southern Ocean near Antarctica

In a new study, scientists have detected an atmospheric region over the Southern Ocean that's free of human-induced pollutants or aerosols: tiny particles that escape into the air when fossil fuel is burned

Global warming has increased threat of hurricanes becoming stronger by 8% a decade, study shows
Global warming has increased threat of hurricanes becoming stronger by 8% a decade, study shows

An analysis of satellite imagery from the past four decades suggests that the probability of storms reaching Category 3 or higher has increased by 8% a decade

Is the Sun waking up? Biggest solar flare spotted since 2017 may be a sign of change in solar cycle
Is the Sun waking up? Biggest solar flare spotted since 2017 may be a sign of change in solar cycle

Solar flares are explosions of energy that occur when magnetic lines near sunspots tangle, cross, and reorganize

Space X's Crew Dragon successfully docks at ISS as astronauts Doug and Bob name spacecraft Endeavour
Space X's Crew Dragon successfully docks at ISS as astronauts Doug and Bob name spacecraft Endeavour

American astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken made it to the space station at 10.16 am EDT on May 31 in just over 19 hours after blasting off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Armenian start-up's Robin, a friendly robot guide for children, could be a boon to hospitals during coronavirus
Armenian start-up's Robin, a friendly robot guide for children, could be a boon to hospitals during coronavirus

Children took a great liking towards Expper Tech's 'Robin', finding comfort and forming a companionship with the robot through the emotional support it rendered

Humans may have to modify their DNA to survive hostile conditions on Mars, say experts
Humans may have to modify their DNA to survive hostile conditions on Mars, say experts

The subject is controversial as it raises a lot of ethical concerns. Researchers will have to spend decades studying the effects of gene editing before applying it to humans, they say.

NASA and SpaceX’s historic launch cheered across the globe as stuffed dinosaur becomes star of the show
NASA and SpaceX’s historic launch cheered across the globe as stuffed dinosaur becomes star of the show

Twelve minutes into the flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon, per NASA, the spacecraft separated from the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage, signaling the end of the climb to space

Space X Launch: Astronauts, liftoff time, date, how to watch it live and all you need to know about the historic mission
Space X Launch: Astronauts, liftoff time, date, how to watch it live and all you need to know about the historic mission

Here's all you need to know about Space X's historic Crew Dragon astronaut launch

SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch: Meet the astronauts, Robert 'Bob' Behnken and Douglas 'Doug' Hurley
SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch: Meet the astronauts, Robert 'Bob' Behnken and Douglas 'Doug' Hurley

Behnken comes in as joint operations commander while Hurley is the spacecraft commander

A parallel universe running backward? NASA experts say upside-down cosmic ray shower may be potential evidence
A parallel universe running backward? NASA experts say upside-down cosmic ray shower may be potential evidence

A cosmic ray detection experiment found particles that researchers think could be from a parallel realm that was also a result of the Big Bang

Hubble captures stunning image of star birth nicknamed 'Cosmic Reef' marking the telescope's 30 years in space
Hubble captures stunning image of star birth nicknamed 'Cosmic Reef' marking the telescope's 30 years in space

The image, taken from 163,000 light-years away by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3, resembles the cosmic version of an undersea world teeming with stars

Newly-discovered Comet SWAN is now visible to the naked eye after making its closest pass to the Earth
Newly-discovered Comet SWAN is now visible to the naked eye after making its closest pass to the Earth

Officially named as C/2020 F8 (SWAN), the comet’s closest approach to the Sun, called perihelion, will happen on May 27

Pandemic could impact accurate weather predictions and hamper ability to detect hurricanes, say experts
Pandemic could impact accurate weather predictions and hamper ability to detect hurricanes, say experts

Commercial airlines measure weather conditions. Thanks to the pandemic, their numbers have gone down by an average of 75 to 80%, according to the World Meteorological Organization

Meghan Markle set to relaunch The Tig against Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, but will it succeed?
Meghan Markle set to relaunch The Tig against Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, but will it succeed?

Markle used to write about anything to everything on The Tig while also taking the readers through her philanthropic activities

Full Flower Moon: How, where and when to watch the last Supermoon of 2020
Full Flower Moon: How, where and when to watch the last Supermoon of 2020

The full Flower Moon was a name given to this celestial event by the Algonquin tribes some centuries ago. The Flower Moon of 2020 will be visible to stargazers on May 7 (depending on timezones)

Giant asteroid will zip past Earth on April 29, but don't be scared, the humongous space rock won't hit us
Giant asteroid will zip past Earth on April 29, but don't be scared, the humongous space rock won't hit us

1998 OR2 has a diameter of 1.8-4.1 km and will come as close as 6.3 million km from us

Lyrids meteor shower: How, when and where to watch the amazing phenomenon this month
Lyrids meteor shower: How, when and where to watch the amazing phenomenon this month

The Lyrids meteor shower is named after the constellation 'Lyra' and is historically the oldest recorded to exist. It will be visible from April 22 to 23 (April 21 to 22 for some, depending on timezones).

Supermoon: How and where to watch the biggest and brightest 'pink moon' since 2016
Supermoon: How and where to watch the biggest and brightest 'pink moon' since 2016

The moon wil be at its closet point to the Earth and everyone at home can watch the spectacle from their homes on April 7 or 8 (according to your timezone).

Coronavirus: New app will trace persons in contact with patients and this can rein in the pandemic
Coronavirus: New app will trace persons in contact with patients and this can rein in the pandemic

The project called NextTrace will digitize contact tracing, a mammoth task carried out manually by health workers