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

'Stormquakes': Scientists discover new phenomenon where storms or hurricanes cause earthquake-like seismic activity
'Stormquakes': Scientists discover new phenomenon where storms or hurricanes cause earthquake-like seismic activity

They produce vibrations in the nearby ocean floor as strong as a 3.5 magnitude earthquake; Large continental shelves, ocean banks, and strong storms are the three necessary factors for stormquake generation

US winter could be warmer than normal, wetter in the North and with drought in the South: NOAA
US winter could be warmer than normal, wetter in the North and with drought in the South: NOAA

El Niño and La Niña, which influence weather patterns in the country are not expected to develop and it will be impacted by Arctic Oscillation.

Rocks on exoplanets similar to those on Earth,  says new study which mined data from white dwarfs
Rocks on exoplanets similar to those on Earth, says new study which mined data from white dwarfs

Astronomers from UCLA came up with a unique method to determine the composition of rocks in certain exoplanets

NASA schedules first ever all-female spacewalk to replace faulty power system outside ISS
NASA schedules first ever all-female spacewalk to replace faulty power system outside ISS

The space agency will be telecasting the spacewalk on NASA TV and their website

To battle overheating, different giant dinosaurs devised different coping mechanisms
To battle overheating, different giant dinosaurs devised different coping mechanisms

They studied modern-day-ancestors of dinosaurs and fossil records to arrive at this conclusion

Life was found on Mars more than 4 decades ago, claims former NASA scientist
Life was found on Mars more than 4 decades ago, claims former NASA scientist

Gilbert V. Levin, who was the principal investigator on NASA Viking missions to Mars in the 1970s, recently said that he thinks life was discovered in the form of "microbial respiration" as early as 1976

Plants and animals in the Arctic failed to reproduce in 2018 as climate change brought unusually high snowfall: Researchers
Plants and animals in the Arctic failed to reproduce in 2018 as climate change brought unusually high snowfall: Researchers

Scientists at the Zackenberg Research Station who monitored changes in the Arctic for over two decades said 2018 saw a large part of the Arctic covered with an unusually large amount of snow

Second interstellar object  2I/Borisov resembles comets from our solar system unlike the curveball that was Oumuamua
Second interstellar object 2I/Borisov resembles comets from our solar system unlike the curveball that was Oumuamua

The physical properties of Oumuamua turned out to be impossible to reconcile with solar system objects, challenging our view of interstellar minor bodies.

Scientists observe dwarf galaxy churning out its first stars 9.4 billion years ago using giant galaxy cluster as magnifying lens
Scientists observe dwarf galaxy churning out its first stars 9.4 billion years ago using giant galaxy cluster as magnifying lens

The galaxy, about 1/10,000 the size of our Milky Way, is similar to the very first galaxies that formed in the universe, the kind that "no one has ever seen in X-ray in the distant universe before."

UK generates more electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuels for first time as it gets closer to closing all coal plants
UK generates more electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuels for first time as it gets closer to closing all coal plants

From July through September, renewable sources produced 29.5 terawatt hours (TWh) electricity, compared to the 29.1TWh from fossil fuels.

Hunter's Moon: How and where to watch the lunar marvel over the next three days
Hunter's Moon: How and where to watch the lunar marvel over the next three days

A follow up to the September's Harvest Moon, the Hunter's Moon will be visible in the sky for the next three days.

Lithium-ion batteries to dark matter, the remarkable breakthroughs that were awarded the Nobel Prize this year
Lithium-ion batteries to dark matter, the remarkable breakthroughs that were awarded the Nobel Prize this year

The discoveries have shaped our understanding of the universe and have made technologies such as mobile phones, laptops and electric vehicles a reality

Sunlight can break down polystyrene in just decades, instead of thousands of years as expected earlier, finds study
Sunlight can break down polystyrene in just decades, instead of thousands of years as expected earlier, finds study

It was earlier thought that polystyrene took thousands of years to degrade, however, now the study has found that sunlight can do the job in just decades or centuries.

Experts warn of a sea empty of fish as annual tuna catch spikes to 6 million tonnes on back of global demand
Experts warn of a sea empty of fish as annual tuna catch spikes to 6 million tonnes on back of global demand

The tuna fishing rate rose by 1,000 percent in the past 60 years and this is unsustainable, says a study published in Fisheries Research.

Four US companies among the twenty largest polluters since 1965, says climate report
Four US companies among the twenty largest polluters since 1965, says climate report

Of the 20 industries listed, four are US-based: Chevron Corporation, ExxonMobil, Peabody Energy and ConocoPhilips.

Climate-induced events can spark more intense wildfires at a higher frequency, says study
Climate-induced events can spark more intense wildfires at a higher frequency, says study

The study team says wildfires are part of the ecosystem and these should be managed so that the effects on human health and well-being are minimized.

Disney gives out $6million to 80 nonprofits, conservation efforts to cover sarus cranes to angel sharks
Disney gives out $6million to 80 nonprofits, conservation efforts to cover sarus cranes to angel sharks

The fund, which was created in 1995, has granted approximately $86 million to nonprofits till date.

Draconid and Southern Taurid meteor showers peak back to back and here's what to look out for and get the best view
Draconid and Southern Taurid meteor showers peak back to back and here's what to look out for and get the best view

These meteors called fireballs because of their brightness will make an entrance this week. Meteors appear on all parts of the sky and the best way to view them is by lying flat on a surface or just sitting on a chair.

Investing $1.8 trillion globally in five areas to adapt to climate change can bring $7.1-trillion worth benefits
Investing $1.8 trillion globally in five areas to adapt to climate change can bring $7.1-trillion worth benefits

Experts from the Global Commission on Adaptation say it is not too late, and adaptation can produce significant economic returns

Over 45% of Australia’s coastal marine ecosystems have been damaged by extreme climate
Over 45% of Australia’s coastal marine ecosystems have been damaged by extreme climate

Stating that the average recovery time for major species groups is 10 to 15 years, the researchers warn that habitat recovery is unlikely if the number of severe climate events increases

Giant exoplanet found around red dwarf star challenges the 'core accretion model' of planet formation
Giant exoplanet found around red dwarf star challenges the 'core accretion model' of planet formation

The planet probably formed from an unstable disc around the young star, which broke up into clumps; This contrasts with how the majority of massive planets are believed to form, where a planet grows slowly as gas falls onto a solid core

Artificial intelligence could be just as accurate in detecting diseases as health professionals, says study
Artificial intelligence could be just as accurate in detecting diseases as health professionals, says study

Since just a few studies were of sufficient quality to be included in the analysis, researchers say that the real power of AI in medicine and diagnostics is yet to be determined

Three billion fewer birds in North America since 1970, suggesting a widespread ecological crisis
Three billion fewer birds in North America since 1970, suggesting a widespread ecological crisis

US and Canada have lost more than 1 in 4 birds in the past 50 years, and population loss is not restricted to rare and threatened species, but includes many widespread and common ones

Dust from giant asteroid crash caused ice age 466 million years ago and boosted biodiversity on Earth
Dust from giant asteroid crash caused ice age 466 million years ago and boosted biodiversity on Earth

Dust from the 150 km asteroid that was crushed between Jupiter and Mars filled the entire inner solar system leading to a unique ice age and, subsequently, to higher levels of biodiversity

Astronomers discover one of the most massive neutron stars ever measured, packing 2.17 times the mass of the sun
Astronomers discover one of the most massive neutron stars ever measured, packing 2.17 times the mass of the sun

The neutron star, called J0740+6620, was detected approximately 4,600 light-years from Earth and is only around 15 miles across

Violent video games are often blamed for school shootings when perpetrators are white and not black
Violent video games are often blamed for school shootings when perpetrators are white and not black

Studies confirm the notion that racial stereotyping leads people to accept school shootings by black perpetrators without seeking external explanations. When the shooter is white, people often blame video games as the person’s race does not fit their stereotype of a violent perpetrator.

Tardigrades lost on moon after spacecraft crash can survive for years in cryptobiotic state but not colonize: Experts
Tardigrades lost on moon after spacecraft crash can survive for years in cryptobiotic state but not colonize: Experts

These tiny creatures, probably the toughest animals on Earth, were onboard a private mission to the moon, which crash-landed in April

Hubble captures Saturn in all its ringed glory in surreal picture of planet
Hubble captures Saturn in all its ringed glory in surreal picture of planet

The image reveals an unprecedented clarity only seen previously in snapshots taken by NASA spacecraft visiting the distant planet, says NASA.

Oumuamua part 2: Astronomers have likely discovered a second interstellar object, called Borisov
Oumuamua part 2: Astronomers have likely discovered a second interstellar object, called Borisov

Called C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), the comet was first detected on August 30 by Gennady Borisov, an amateur astronomer at the MARGO observatory in Nauchnij, Crimea

Astronomers discover water on Earth-like planet sparking hopes of finding life on other planets
Astronomers discover water on Earth-like planet sparking hopes of finding life on other planets

The exoplanet K2-18b is about eight times more massive than the Earth and is located in the habitable zone of the star it orbits

First images of giant radio-emitting bubbles to throw more light on supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way
First images of giant radio-emitting bubbles to throw more light on supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way

These features, which were captured by the MeerKAT telescope, were formed from a violent eruption near the supermassive black hole several million years ago, say scientists

Artists who paint with their feet have 'toe maps' in their brains that can be used to develop advanced prosthetic limbs
Artists who paint with their feet have 'toe maps' in their brains that can be used to develop advanced prosthetic limbs

Researchers studied two foot artists, born without arms, to examine if a lifetime of highly-changed experiences can cause new body maps in the brain

Rare harvest moon on Friday the 13th has skywatchers excited about the once-in-20-years occurrence
Rare harvest moon on Friday the 13th has skywatchers excited about the once-in-20-years occurrence

It's rare for the whole of the US to experience a full moon on Friday the 13th. The last time this happened was on October 13, 2000, and the next will be in August 2049

How did the dinosaurs die out? New evidence from asteroid impact site confirms global climate change the cause
How did the dinosaurs die out? New evidence from asteroid impact site confirms global climate change the cause

The finding supports the hypothesis that the impact started wildfires, triggered tsunamis and blasted a lot of sulfur into the atmosphere that blocked the sun, causing global cooling and leading to the extinction of the dinosaurs

Plastic forks, knives, and spoons make it to the list of top ten items that dominate beach trash
Plastic forks, knives, and spoons make it to the list of top ten items that dominate beach trash

According to the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup, cigarette butts that contain plastic filters topped the list

Australia downgrades Great Barrier Reef outlook from ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’ due to warming oceans
Australia downgrades Great Barrier Reef outlook from ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’ due to warming oceans

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's condition report is the latest bad news for the 345,400 square kilometer colorful coral network off the northeast Australian coast

Humans messed up planet and altered environment 'substantially' at least 3000 years ago, much earlier than believed
Humans messed up planet and altered environment 'substantially' at least 3000 years ago, much earlier than believed

An international study challenges prevailing opinions and potential dates for the start of the Anthropocene, the period during which human activity became a dominant influence on climate change and the global environment.

No single gay gene linked to same-sex behavior, says study
No single gay gene linked to same-sex behavior, says study

Same-sex sexual behavior is similar to other personilty traits such as one’s height and is shaped by a combination of multiple factors such as genes, environment, and culture

Climate change significantly impacting floods by making them increasingly severe
Climate change significantly impacting floods by making them increasingly severe

A recent study, which analyzed river flow data from thousands of locations across Europe over 50 years, provides the most definitive evidence yet of the link between climate change and flooding

Norovirus kills 200,000 annually, but now armed with just a smartphone scientists can detect tiny amounts of the pathogen
Norovirus kills 200,000 annually, but now armed with just a smartphone scientists can detect tiny amounts of the pathogen

Current methods to detect the virus in small quantities require lab settings, which are time-consuming and very expensive. The new finding is expected to tackle these difficulties.

Scientists say Trump's nuke-the-hurricanes plan not practical as radioactive fallout could be disastrous
Scientists say Trump's nuke-the-hurricanes plan not practical as radioactive fallout could be disastrous

Apart from the humongous energy requirement, the NOAA says brute force might not even alter the storm and the released radioactive substances would fairly quickly move with the tradewinds to affect land areas and cause devastating environmental problems.

Urban stormwater could release harmful chemicals to ground and surface water posing risk to human health, aquatic life
Urban stormwater could release harmful chemicals to ground and surface water posing risk to human health, aquatic life

The researchers from the US Geological Survey and the US Environmental Protection Agency found 11 types of polluting and toxic substances in more than 90% of the samples

Red flag laws may play decisive role in preventing mass shootings like Dayton and El Paso
Red flag laws may play decisive role in preventing mass shootings like Dayton and El Paso

Red flag laws create mechanisms for family members and law enforcement officers to move quickly and get guns out of the hands of people who are at imminent risks to the safety of themselves or others