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Science News4 days ago

The newly identified Cretaceous Period species Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch, which is estimated to have weighed 2.5 pounds and probably grew to be about the size of a small hare, is seen in this artist rendering released by the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, U.S., May 23, 2018. Cifelliodon lived about 130 million years ago.  Courtesy Jorge A. Gonzalez/Keck School of Medicine of USC/Handout via REUTERS

A fossilized skull of a small critter found in Utah underneath a dinosaur foot bone is providing insight into one of the most primitive mammalian groups and has scientists rethinking the timing of the break-up of Earth's bygone supercontinent Pangaea.

Science News4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A boat sails in front of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness in Scotland, Britain April 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File Photo

A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland's fabled monster really does, or did, exist.

Science News6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A color-enhanced image of Jupiter which was captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft on the outbound leg of its 12th close flyby of the gas giant planet on April 1, 2018. Image captured on April 1, 2018. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstad/Sean Doran/Handout via REUTERS

An "alien asteroid" that circles the sun in the giant gas planet Jupiter's orbital path, but hurtling in the opposite direction, is the first-known permanent resident of our solar system that astronomers have concluded originated in another star system.

Science News7 days ago

FILE PHOTO - A full moon is seen during a lunar eclipse in Beijing, China January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China launched a relay satellite early on Monday designed to establish a communication link between earth and a planned lunar probe that will explore the dark side of the moon, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Science News10 days ago

Chinese ceramic bowls from the Field Museum’s Java Sea Shipwreck, which was discovered in the 1980s west of Indonesia's island of Sumatra, is shown in an image released by the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., May 17, 2018. Courtesy The Field Museum/Handout via REUTERS

A fresh examination of Chinese ceramics and other cargo from an important Java Sea shipwreck has led researchers to conclude that the vessel sank a century earlier than previously thought, providing insight into Asia's maritime trade more than 800 years ago.

Science News11 days ago

"Chongqing Liangjiang Star" rocket, developed by Chinese private firm OneSpace Technology, takes off from a launchpad in an undisclosed location in northwestern China May 17, 2018. Wan Nan/Chongqing Ribao via REUTERS

China launched its first privately developed rocket from a launchpad in northwestern China on Thursday, state media said, the latest milestone in the country's ambitious space exploration program.

Science News11 days ago

A galaxy located 13.28 billion light-years away is giving scientists new insight into the early history of the universe, with the detection of the oldest-known evidence of oxygen. This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the galaxy cluster MACS J1149.5+2223 and the inset image shows the galaxy MACS1149-JD1, with the detected oxygen distribution in green, observed with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an astronomical interferometer of radio telescopes in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. The image was released May 16, 2018.   Courtesy ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, W. Zheng (JHU), M. Postman (STScI), the CLASH Team, Hashimoto et al/Handout via REUTERS

After detecting a whiff of oxygen, astronomers have determined that stars in a faraway galaxy formed 250 million years after the Big Bang -- a rather short time in cosmic terms -- in a finding that sheds light on conditions in the early universe.

Science News11 days ago

Prasinohaema prehensicauda, a green-blooded lizard with high concentrations of biliverdin, or a toxic green bile pigment, found in New Guinea is seen in this image released May 16, 2018.  Courtesy Christopher Austin/Louisiana State University/Handout via REUTERS

A group of lizards inhabiting the island of New Guinea boasts one of the most exotic traits of any animal: green blood. And scientists have been trying hard to figure out what benefit this characteristic -- caused by high levels of an ordinarily toxic green bile pigment -- may give them.

Science News13 days ago

A view of Jupiter's moon Europa created from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990's, according to NASA, obtained by Reuters May 14, 2018.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute/ Handout via REUTERS

A new look at old data is giving scientists a fresh reason to view Europa, a moon of Jupiter, as a leading candidate in the search for life beyond Earth, with evidence of water plumes shooting into space.

Science News16 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Physicist Stephen Hawking sits on stage during an announcement of the Breakthrough Starshot initiative with investor Yuri Milner in New York April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Stephen Hawking's family have invited time travelers to his memorial service, seeking to tackle one of the curiosities that eluded the British physicist during his extraordinary life.

Science News16 days ago

Elon Musk arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Billionaire businessman Elon Musk is promising the public "free rides" in the next few months through the first high-speed passenger tunnel drilled beneath Los Angeles by his aptly named underground transit venture, the Boring Company.

Science News16 days ago

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, tailored for eventual crewed missions into orbit, makes its debut launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral, carrying a communications satellite for Bangladesh May 11, 2018.  SpaceX/Handout via Reuters

An updated version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, tailored for eventual crewed missions for NASA, made its debut launch on Friday from Florida's Cape Canaveral carrying a communications satellite for Bangladesh into orbit.

Science News16 days ago

NASA's Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, which will travel with the agency's Mars 2020 rover, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet, is shown in this artist rendition from NASA/JPL in Pasadena, California, U.S. May 11, 2018.   Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS

NASA said on Friday it will send a small helicopter to Mars as part of the U.S. space agency's 2020 mission to place a next-generation rover on the Martian surface, marking the first time such an aircraft will be used on another world.

Science News17 days ago

A last-minute technical glitch prompted SpaceX on Thursday to postpone for at least 24 hours the first commercial flight of its updated Falcon 9 rocket, a launch vehicle tailored for eventual crewed missions into orbit.

Science News17 days ago

SpaceX on Thursday aborted the launch of its planned first commercial flight of an updated Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on a mission to carry a satellite into orbit for the government of Bangladesh.

Environment18 days ago

Kilauea volcano's summit lava lake shows a significant drop of roughly 220 metres below the crater rim in this wide angle camera view showing the entire north portion of the Overlook crater in Hawaii, U.S. May 6, 2018.  Picture taken on May 6, 2018.   USGS/Handout via REUTERS

The latest bursts of molten rock, ash and toxic gas from Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii are part of an ever changing and still largely mysterious cycle of eruptions that have been at work for hundreds of thousands of years.

Science News18 days ago

A British satellite navigation system to rival the European Union's Galileo project could be up and running in four to five years and would cost about 3 billion pounds ($4 billion), one expert estimated on Wednesday.

Science News19 days ago

Fruit flies are seen in a laboratory at the Bar-Ilan University, in Ramat Gan, Israel, May 1, 2018. Picture taken May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Male fruit flies enjoy orgasms more than alcohol - and Israeli researchers who tested the insects' addiction to pleasure hope to apply their discovery to controlling human substance abuse.

Science News19 days ago

The Uber logo is displayed on a screen during the Women In The World Summit in New York City, U.S., April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Tuesday it signed an agreement with U.S. space agency NASA to explore concepts and technologies needed for passenger and cargo air transportation within an urban area.

Science News21 days ago

A military chariot that belonged to ancient Egypt's boy-king, Tutankhamen, has been moved to a new museum near the Pyramids that Cairo hopes will help bring tourists back to the country.

Science News4 days ago

The newly identified Cretaceous Period species Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch, which is estimated to have weighed 2.5 pounds and probably grew to be about the size of a small hare, is seen in this artist rendering released by the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, U.S., May 23, 2018. Cifelliodon lived about 130 million years ago.  Courtesy Jorge A. Gonzalez/Keck School of Medicine of USC/Handout via REUTERS

A fossilized skull of a small critter found in Utah underneath a dinosaur foot bone is providing insight into one of the most primitive mammalian groups and has scientists rethinking the timing of the break-up of Earth's bygone supercontinent Pangaea.

Science News4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A boat sails in front of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness in Scotland, Britain April 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File Photo

A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland's fabled monster really does, or did, exist.

Science News6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A color-enhanced image of Jupiter which was captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft on the outbound leg of its 12th close flyby of the gas giant planet on April 1, 2018. Image captured on April 1, 2018. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstad/Sean Doran/Handout via REUTERS

An "alien asteroid" that circles the sun in the giant gas planet Jupiter's orbital path, but hurtling in the opposite direction, is the first-known permanent resident of our solar system that astronomers have concluded originated in another star system.

Science News7 days ago

FILE PHOTO - A full moon is seen during a lunar eclipse in Beijing, China January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China launched a relay satellite early on Monday designed to establish a communication link between earth and a planned lunar probe that will explore the dark side of the moon, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Science News10 days ago

Chinese ceramic bowls from the Field Museum’s Java Sea Shipwreck, which was discovered in the 1980s west of Indonesia's island of Sumatra, is shown in an image released by the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., May 17, 2018. Courtesy The Field Museum/Handout via REUTERS

A fresh examination of Chinese ceramics and other cargo from an important Java Sea shipwreck has led researchers to conclude that the vessel sank a century earlier than previously thought, providing insight into Asia's maritime trade more than 800 years ago.

Science News11 days ago

"Chongqing Liangjiang Star" rocket, developed by Chinese private firm OneSpace Technology, takes off from a launchpad in an undisclosed location in northwestern China May 17, 2018. Wan Nan/Chongqing Ribao via REUTERS

China launched its first privately developed rocket from a launchpad in northwestern China on Thursday, state media said, the latest milestone in the country's ambitious space exploration program.

Science News11 days ago

A galaxy located 13.28 billion light-years away is giving scientists new insight into the early history of the universe, with the detection of the oldest-known evidence of oxygen. This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the galaxy cluster MACS J1149.5+2223 and the inset image shows the galaxy MACS1149-JD1, with the detected oxygen distribution in green, observed with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an astronomical interferometer of radio telescopes in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. The image was released May 16, 2018.   Courtesy ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, W. Zheng (JHU), M. Postman (STScI), the CLASH Team, Hashimoto et al/Handout via REUTERS

After detecting a whiff of oxygen, astronomers have determined that stars in a faraway galaxy formed 250 million years after the Big Bang -- a rather short time in cosmic terms -- in a finding that sheds light on conditions in the early universe.

Science News11 days ago

Prasinohaema prehensicauda, a green-blooded lizard with high concentrations of biliverdin, or a toxic green bile pigment, found in New Guinea is seen in this image released May 16, 2018.  Courtesy Christopher Austin/Louisiana State University/Handout via REUTERS

A group of lizards inhabiting the island of New Guinea boasts one of the most exotic traits of any animal: green blood. And scientists have been trying hard to figure out what benefit this characteristic -- caused by high levels of an ordinarily toxic green bile pigment -- may give them.

Science News13 days ago

A view of Jupiter's moon Europa created from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990's, according to NASA, obtained by Reuters May 14, 2018.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute/ Handout via REUTERS

A new look at old data is giving scientists a fresh reason to view Europa, a moon of Jupiter, as a leading candidate in the search for life beyond Earth, with evidence of water plumes shooting into space.

Science News16 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Physicist Stephen Hawking sits on stage during an announcement of the Breakthrough Starshot initiative with investor Yuri Milner in New York April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Stephen Hawking's family have invited time travelers to his memorial service, seeking to tackle one of the curiosities that eluded the British physicist during his extraordinary life.

Science News16 days ago

Elon Musk arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Billionaire businessman Elon Musk is promising the public "free rides" in the next few months through the first high-speed passenger tunnel drilled beneath Los Angeles by his aptly named underground transit venture, the Boring Company.

Science News16 days ago

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, tailored for eventual crewed missions into orbit, makes its debut launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral, carrying a communications satellite for Bangladesh May 11, 2018.  SpaceX/Handout via Reuters

An updated version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, tailored for eventual crewed missions for NASA, made its debut launch on Friday from Florida's Cape Canaveral carrying a communications satellite for Bangladesh into orbit.

Science News16 days ago

NASA's Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, which will travel with the agency's Mars 2020 rover, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet, is shown in this artist rendition from NASA/JPL in Pasadena, California, U.S. May 11, 2018.   Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS

NASA said on Friday it will send a small helicopter to Mars as part of the U.S. space agency's 2020 mission to place a next-generation rover on the Martian surface, marking the first time such an aircraft will be used on another world.

Science News17 days ago

A last-minute technical glitch prompted SpaceX on Thursday to postpone for at least 24 hours the first commercial flight of its updated Falcon 9 rocket, a launch vehicle tailored for eventual crewed missions into orbit.

Science News17 days ago

SpaceX on Thursday aborted the launch of its planned first commercial flight of an updated Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on a mission to carry a satellite into orbit for the government of Bangladesh.

Environment18 days ago

Kilauea volcano's summit lava lake shows a significant drop of roughly 220 metres below the crater rim in this wide angle camera view showing the entire north portion of the Overlook crater in Hawaii, U.S. May 6, 2018.  Picture taken on May 6, 2018.   USGS/Handout via REUTERS

The latest bursts of molten rock, ash and toxic gas from Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii are part of an ever changing and still largely mysterious cycle of eruptions that have been at work for hundreds of thousands of years.

Science News18 days ago

A British satellite navigation system to rival the European Union's Galileo project could be up and running in four to five years and would cost about 3 billion pounds ($4 billion), one expert estimated on Wednesday.

Science News19 days ago

Fruit flies are seen in a laboratory at the Bar-Ilan University, in Ramat Gan, Israel, May 1, 2018. Picture taken May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Male fruit flies enjoy orgasms more than alcohol - and Israeli researchers who tested the insects' addiction to pleasure hope to apply their discovery to controlling human substance abuse.

Science News19 days ago

The Uber logo is displayed on a screen during the Women In The World Summit in New York City, U.S., April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Tuesday it signed an agreement with U.S. space agency NASA to explore concepts and technologies needed for passenger and cargo air transportation within an urban area.

Science News21 days ago

A military chariot that belonged to ancient Egypt's boy-king, Tutankhamen, has been moved to a new museum near the Pyramids that Cairo hopes will help bring tourists back to the country.

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