Ancient Human DNA Recovered From Caves Containing No Skeletal Remains
The breakthrough could lead to the creation of techniques that may allow scientists to study humans' evolutionary history without relying solely on hard-to-find skeletal remains.
Astronomers Study Ripples In The Cosmic Web Using A Pair Of Distant Quasars
These observations could provide crucial insights into the scarcely understood reionization phase of the universe, and help understand the events that led to the birth of the first galaxies.
Milky Way's 'Ageless' Silicon Suggests Galaxy Is Efficient At Mixing Things Up
A new survey indicates that our galaxy may be more efficient than previously believed at evening out the proportion of heavy and light isotopes.
NASA Is Running Out Of Usable Spacesuits With No Replacement In Sight
In a 52-page audit report, the space agency's Office of Inspector General warned that there was a “significant risk” that its next-generation spacesuits may not be ready before the International Space Station’s potential retirement in 2024.
Astronomers Discover Earth’s Cold Twin Orbiting A Faint Star 13,000 Light-Years Away
The exoplanet discovered using a technique called microlensing, is approximately the size of Earth, but is far, far colder.
CERN Update: Possible Quark-Gluon Plasma Signature Observed In Proton-Proton Collisions
Scientists associated with the ALICE collaboration at CERN's Large Hadron Collider have observed possible signatures of this hot and dense plasma even in collisions between protons.
Heliosphere, Our Sun's Sphere Of Influence, Is Not Shaped Like A Comet
Analysis of Cassini and Voyager data has revealed that this gigantic bubble of charged particles powered by solar winds may be more spherical than previously thought.
Does Dark Matter Exist? Computer Simulations Of Formation Of Galaxies Suggest It Does
A team of researchers has, using simulations to model the behavior and evolution of galaxies, shown that the presence of dark matter can explain the diverse population of galaxies in the present-day universe.
Sh2-308: Hubble Spies A Shell Of Gas Surrounding A Nearby Wolf-Rayet Star
The nebula, located 5,200 light-years from Earth, enshrouds a large, bright star named EZ Canis Majoris.
NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Breaks US Record For Most Number Of Days In Space, To Get Call From Trump
Whitson, who broke the U.S. record for the most number of days in space, will receive a call Monday morning from President Donald Trump.
Scientists Observe Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations In Roundworms
Experiments have revealed that “learned” experiences, which do not alter the underlying genetic material, can be passed down for at least 14 generations in roundworms.
How Do Planets Form? 'Hamburger'-Shaped Accretion Disk Around Nearby Young Star Could Provide Key Insights
The accretion disk, whose shape has now been revealed in unprecedented detail, could shed light on how stars and planets form and evolve.
In A First, Gravitational Lens Reveals Magnified And Multiplied Images Of A Type 1a Supernova
Astronomers have, for the first time, detected a gravitationally lensed type 1a supernova — one of the "standard candles" of the cosmos.
NASA Marks Hubble's 27th Birthday With New Image Of Two Spiral Galaxies Just 7,000 Light-Years Apart
The spiral galaxies, NGC 4302 and NGC 4298, are located 55 million light-years from Earth in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices.
Where Are The Aliens? Hunts For Extraterrestrial Signals Draw A Blank
Two new studies, based on observations conducted by two separate teams, have failed to reveal any conclusive evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial signals.
A 'Higher' State Of Consciousness? Psychedelics Boost Brain's Signal Diversity, Scans Reveal
Scientists have, for the first time, uncovered evidence of a "higher" state of consciousness — one induced by psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin.
NASA's Cassini To Make Its Final Close Flyby Of Saturn's Moon Titan
During the upcoming flyby, the spacecraft will, among other things, look for changes in Titan's methane lakes and seas.
Antarctica's Vast Network Of Flowing Meltwater More Extensive Than Previously Thought
A continent-wide survey has revealed that seasonal flows of meltwater in the Antarctic are much more extensive than previously thought.
Hydrogen Gas In Milky Way's Halo May Explain Where Its Missing Mass Is
This cloud of hydrogen gas — whose existence has previously been hypothesized based on observations of other galaxies — could account for the Milky Way’s missing baryonic mass.
Climate Change And 'River Piracy': Glacier Melt Causes Canada's Slims River To Vanish In Just Four Days
Over the course of just a few days last spring, a river fed by a melting glacier in Canada’s Yukon region completely changed course.
CERN Update: LHC Experiment Finds 'Intriguing' Hints Of Physics Beyond Standard Model
If confirmed, the observation, which is still far from conclusive, could herald an era of physics that extends beyond the framework of the Standard Model.
#UninstallSnapchat: Indian Campaign Slams Snap CEO Evan Spiegel For Alleged 'Poor Countries' Remark Against
The campaign was in response to disparaging remarks about the country allegedly made by Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel, who reportedly called it "poor."
Mini-Factories For Drugs? Researchers Find A Way To Switch On 'Silent' Gene Clusters In Bacteria
The discovery of a global gene cluster regulator could eventually allow scientists to boost microbes' ability to generate drugs and biofuels.
Oxytocin For PTSD? Researchers Begin Clinical Trial To Test 'Love Hormone'-Based Therapies
A team of researchers has begun a clinical trial to assess the effect the so-called "love hormone" has on individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Meet Moabosaurus Utahensis: 125-Million-Year-Old Sauropod From Utah Finally Has A Name
Moabosaurus utahensis, which lived roughly 125 million years ago, was found in the vicinity of Moah — Utah's "gold mine for dinosaur bones."
Space Debris: ESA To Host Conference On Threats Posed By Orbiting Space Junk
It is estimated that over 200 million objects, of which only 1,100 are functional spacecraft, are currently locked in Earth's orbit.
Medicinal Plants: Researchers Develop Technique To Identify Gene Pathways That Produce Active Compounds
The technique, described in a study published Thursday in the journal Plant Cell, could open the door to uncovering new plant products for use in medicine and agriculture.
Quantum Computer Duel: Trapped Ion And Superconducting Devices Go Head-To-Head
A team of researchers attempted to answer a longstanding question — which architecture, trapped ions or a superconducting device, creates faster and more reliable quantum computers?
ESA's Jupiter Mission: NASA Approves Science Instruments For JUICE Mission
The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission, which recently moved from the drawing board to the construction phase, is scheduled for launch in 2022.
NASA's Journey To Mars: First Two SLS And Orion Missions Face Technical, Budget Challenges, Audit Report Warns
The space agency's first two SLS and Orion missions are facing "multiple cost and technical challenges," the Office of Inspector General warned in a new audit report.