NASA gifts scientists 50-year-old Moon samples to unwrap this holiday season and help unravel space secrets
NASA gifts scientists 50-year-old Moon samples to unwrap this holiday season and help unravel space secrets

Nine teams have been selected to study Moon samples that have been sealed for half a century. By studying them for the first time, a new generation of scientists will help advance our understanding of the Solar System and how it evolved

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.

Global warming pushing rivers to lose their ice cover sooner, leading to more greenhouse gas emissions
Global warming pushing rivers to lose their ice cover sooner, leading to more greenhouse gas emissions

Frozen rivers also support important transportation networks for communities and industries located at high latitudes

2020 set to be an action-packed year with missions to Mars, the Moon and new players in space travel
2020 set to be an action-packed year with missions to Mars, the Moon and new players in space travel

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will put their technological capabilities to test in July 2020, looking for answers on Mars' past life, even as countries hope to extensively map out the Moon's far side

In 2019, 15 climate disasters wreaked havoc around the world causing damage of more than $1 billion each
In 2019, 15 climate disasters wreaked havoc around the world causing damage of more than $1 billion each

From Southern Africa to North America and from Australia and Asia to Europe, floods, storms, and fires brought chaos and destruction; The most financially costly disasters are wildfires in California, which caused $25 billion in damage, followed by Typhoon Hagibis in Japan ($15 billion)

NASA finally picks landing site on asteroid Bennu for OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to collect samples and return to Earth
NASA finally picks landing site on asteroid Bennu for OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to collect samples and return to Earth

Just recently, the mission's science team revealed that the asteroid could be active, or consistently discharging particles into space. On the spacecraft's return, Bennu samples can help scientists uncover some of its mysteries

No easy ride: NASA's 2024 Mission to the Moon may see a delay, thanks to budgetary cuts
No easy ride: NASA's 2024 Mission to the Moon may see a delay, thanks to budgetary cuts

Of the allotted $22.6 billion, NASA will be getting only $600 million to build the Moon lander, which is insufficent, say experts.

Betelgeuse supernova: Mysterious dimming could mean one of the brightest stars is about to explode, say scientists
Betelgeuse supernova: Mysterious dimming could mean one of the brightest stars is about to explode, say scientists

Astronomers knew that Betelgeuse was nearing its end as huge stars like Betelgeuse, which is only about 8.5 million years old, live fast and die violently

Climate strikes to vaping deaths: Science and health stories that shaped 2019
Climate strikes to vaping deaths: Science and health stories that shaped 2019

Here are some of the top science stories that made the headlines in 2019

Man's hunt for gold leads to discovery of rare 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite
Man's hunt for gold leads to discovery of rare 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite

The 17 kg alien rock was discovered by Australian David Hole who thought it was a gold nugget but it tuned out to be rarer than that

NASA astronaut Christina Koch sets longest spaceflight record by a woman after spending nearly 300 days in space
NASA astronaut Christina Koch sets longest spaceflight record by a woman after spending nearly 300 days in space

When she arrives back on Earth in February 2020, she will have surpassed former station commander Peggy Whitson's record

New explosion spotted on Sun's outer surface for the first time could help predict space weather, says NASA
New explosion spotted on Sun's outer surface for the first time could help predict space weather, says NASA

Called a magentic explosion, it was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory which confirms a 15-year-old theory

First-ever image of a black hole that stunned the world is Science’s 2019 Breakthrough of the Year
First-ever image of a black hole that stunned the world is Science’s 2019 Breakthrough of the Year

Black holes are very small by cosmic standards and by definition emit no light, which is why until recently few astronomers imagined such an image was even possible

Offshore wind farms may meet our energy demands but will harm marine life if steps are not taken, warn scientists
Offshore wind farms may meet our energy demands but will harm marine life if steps are not taken, warn scientists

The solution, according to experts, is not finding alternatives to wind farms, but tailoring the designs to local areas after considering the marine life that are present

Lego toys can be used to build quantum computers as they can survive temperatures 2,000 times colder than deep space: Experts
Lego toys can be used to build quantum computers as they can survive temperatures 2,000 times colder than deep space: Experts

According to the researchers, Lego was cooled to the lowest temperature possible in their experiment, and its special properties mean it could be useful in the development of quantum computing.

Coastal wetlands will survive rising seas to act as a buffer and offset carbon dioxide emissions, shows analysis 
Coastal wetlands will survive rising seas to act as a buffer and offset carbon dioxide emissions, shows analysis 

Though coastal wetlands only cover 2% of the ocean surface, scientists estimate they sequester 50% of carbon captured by the ocean each year. The study says that salt marshes must be able to build up sediment naturally to remain effective as carbon sinks

Earth's northern magnetic pole has mysteriously moved to Siberia from the Canadian Arctic, say experts
Earth's northern magnetic pole has mysteriously moved to Siberia from the Canadian Arctic, say experts

Magnetic north has spent the last 350 years wandering around the same part of Canada. But since the 1980s, the rate it was moving jumped from 10 kilometers per year to 50 kilometers, say experts

NASA's Hubble telescope snaps stunning close-up shot of 'flying saucer' galaxy 85 million light-years away
NASA's Hubble telescope snaps stunning close-up shot of 'flying saucer' galaxy 85 million light-years away

The galaxy hosts stars at its center called a bulge of stars, which are thought to play a key role in how galaxies evolve and influence the growth of supermassive black holes lurking at the centers of most spirals

Astronomers discover a new exoplanet 66.5 light-years away, making it one of the nearest known to date
Astronomers discover a new exoplanet 66.5 light-years away, making it one of the nearest known to date

Named GJ 1252 b, it is a little bigger than Earth and joins a small but growing group of small planets orbiting nearby M dwarf stars. It also joins the group of small planets orbiting at very short periods, commonly called ultra-short periods.

Newly-designed tomatoes that grow atop skyscrapers or even in space can check land abuse
Newly-designed tomatoes that grow atop skyscrapers or even in space can check land abuse

Extremely compact and bunched like grapes, these tomatoes mature quickly and produce ripe fruit that's ready for harvest in under 40 days

Ohio gas explosion in 2018 is one of worst methane leaks in America's history, reveals satellite
Ohio gas explosion in 2018 is one of worst methane leaks in America's history, reveals satellite

Scientists say the 2018 accidental Ohio gas leak pumped out around 132 tons of methane, every hour for 20 days, into the atmosphere

New giant wind storm swirling near Jupiter's South Pole joins family of six other cyclones
New giant wind storm swirling near Jupiter's South Pole joins family of six other cyclones

Information from this mission can shed light on the atmospheres of Jupiter and other fellow gas giants Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. They can also help scientists better understand Earth's cyclones, says the research team

Watching TV makes us prefer slimmer female figures, impacts what we perceive as the ideal body, shows study
Watching TV makes us prefer slimmer female figures, impacts what we perceive as the ideal body, shows study

The findings clearly demonstrate that perceptions of attractiveness are highly changeable, and are affected by what people are visually exposed to

Puppies behind outbreak that seems to be making Americans sick across 13 states, says CDC
Puppies behind outbreak that seems to be making Americans sick across 13 states, says CDC

These puppies may be harboring the Campylobacter bacteria that does not respond to the commonly recommended, first-line antibiotics

After the Big Bang, black holes grew supermassive by feeding on gas and dust stashes, finds study
After the Big Bang, black holes grew supermassive by feeding on gas and dust stashes, finds study

Until now, scientists did not understand how supermassive black holes grew so large, so early in the universe. Neither did they spot 'black hole food'  in large enough quantities to explain this rapid growth, until now, says a new study. 

Dogs use a similar part of their brain as humans to process numbers, they don't need to be trained for this, shows study
Dogs use a similar part of their brain as humans to process numbers, they don't need to be trained for this, shows study

Researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan dogs' brains as they viewed varying numbers of dots flashed on a screen, and they received no training in number tasks. The results showed that the dogs' parietotemporal cortex responded to differences in the number of the dots. 

Marsquakes could hold tantalizing clues to secrets that lie beneath the Red Planet's mysterious surface
Marsquakes could hold tantalizing clues to secrets that lie beneath the Red Planet's mysterious surface

Recording the first such quake on Mars in April this year, NASA's InSight Mission has detected 322 so far. While most are mild, of magnitudes that are barely felt on Earth, a couple of these Marsquakes have been big, up to nearly magnitude 4.

Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole in our Milky Way galaxy, may have company, scientists suggest
Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole in our Milky Way galaxy, may have company, scientists suggest

Scientists suspect a second black hole — about 1,00,000 times the Sun's mass — could be orbiting the only known supermassive black hole in our galaxy

The central part of the Milky Way witnessed an intense burst of star formation around billion years ago
The central part of the Milky Way witnessed an intense burst of star formation around billion years ago

Thanks to ESO's Very Large Telescope, scientists could look past the intervening dust and gas through its infrared eyes, revealing a detailed image of the galactic center, which is about 25,000 to 28,000 light-years away.

California's coastal water are twice as acidic as the global average, posing increasing threat to marine life
California's coastal water are twice as acidic as the global average, posing increasing threat to marine life

These changes, for the most part, are fuelled by human-induced pollution.  When carbon dioxide emissions from cars or power plants are absorbed by the oceans, it drives the water to become more acidic. However, natural factors are also contributing to the rising acidic levels, finds the study.

NASA maps ice on Mars just an inch below the planet's surface, narrowing down search for future landing sites
NASA maps ice on Mars just an inch below the planet's surface, narrowing down search for future landing sites

NASA has been scanning the planet to find the perfect landing site. And Arcadia Planitia is the most tempting one so far

Bowhead whales can live for 268 years, shows new Lifespan Clock that can predict how long an animal will live based on its DNA
Bowhead whales can live for 268 years, shows new Lifespan Clock that can predict how long an animal will live based on its DNA

Scientists could use this information to conserve endangered species and dictate catch limits for sustainable fishing

New map of Mars' upper atmosphere shows wind patterns on the Red Planet are much simpler than those on Earth
New map of Mars' upper atmosphere shows wind patterns on the Red Planet are much simpler than those on Earth

This will help scientists better understand the workings of the Martian climate, giving them a more accurate picture of its ancient past and its ongoing evolution

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