Russia’s Proton-M Rocket Grounded For Another 3.5 Months Following Failed December Launch
The decision to ground the heavy lift rocket was made almost two months after an International Space Station-bound cargo ship — being carried on board a Proton-M rocket — blew up just minutes after launch.
What Is Metallic Hydrogen? Doubts Raised Over Reported Creation Of Extremely Rare And Potentially Valuable Material
Two scientists from Harvard University have, in a new study, described the creation of atomic metallic hydrogen. Many physicists, however, have raised doubts about the claim.
World’s First Semisynthetic Organism Created: Scientists Expand Life’s Genetic Code To Include Two Artificial DNA Bases
Scientists have succeeded in creating the world's first semisynthetic organism — a bacterium containing two artificial DNA bases X and Y.
Black Hole Information Paradox: Experiments Using Plasma ‘Mirrors’ Could Reveal If Black Holes Really Destroy Information
The information paradox has been vexing scientists since the 1970s, when Stephen Hawking discovered that all black holes eventually evaporate, completely erasing all information about whatever they gobbled up in the past.
Earth Still Being Hit By Meteorites That Formed In An Outer Space Collision 466 Million Years Ago
Almost 466 million years ago, a giant asteroid broke apart in outer space. The meteorites created at the time are still falling on to Earth, a new study has revealed.
China Space Program: Chang’e-5, First Lunar Sample Return Mission, To Be Launched In November
The launch of Chang’e-5 — China's fourth moon mission — would be the first time the country will try to collect and return a lunar sample to Earth.
SpaceX’s Upcoming Rocket Launch Will Be Made Using An Expendable Falcon 9 Booster, Elon Musk Says
The Jan. 30 launch is expected to be one of the last times — if not the last time — SpaceX would use an expendable Falcon 9 booster.
Dark Matter May Be Responsible For Killing Off Galaxies Across The Universe, Researchers Say
A survey of 11,000 galaxies has revealed that dark matter — the mysterious substance that makes up 27 percent of the universe — may be sucking out the lifeblood of galaxies throughout the universe.
Manipulating Quantum Vacuum: Researchers Demonstrate Technique To Detect Signals From ‘Nothingness’ Of Empty Space
A team of German researchers has demonstrated a technique to manipulate quantum vacuum — a breakthrough that could eventually yield clues about the quantum state of light.
Pulsar Emission Signatures: NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory Images Reveal Crucial Clues About Variations
Based on images of two pulsars, astronomers suggest the orientations of their spin and magnetic axes could explain the presence or absence of radio and gamma-ray pulses.
Matter-Antimatter Symmetry: CERN Experiment Achieves Sixfold Improvement In Measurement Of Antiproton Magnetic Moment
The measurement, carried out by scientists at CERN's BASE collaboration, did not reveal any hints of CPT violation — something that would have helped us solve the mystery of the missing antimatter.
SpaceX Returns To Flight With Successful Falcon 9 Launch, Drone Ship Landing
Saturday’s successful launch — the first since the Sept. 1 disaster — puts the company back on track toward fulfilling its space ambitions.
SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Live Stream: Elon Musk’s Spaceflight Company To Resume Rocket Launches Months After September Blast
The company will launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit for the communications company Iridium on Saturday. This will be SpaceX's first launch since Sept.1.
Moody’s Corporation (MCO) Reaches $864M Settlement Over Pre-Crisis Era Inflated Subprime Ratings
The credit ratings agency has been widely criticized for giving inflated ratings to risky mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations in the years leading up to the crisis.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Revealed In Stunning New JunoCam Image
The image was taken from a distance of over 285,000 miles on Dec. 11, when the solar-powered spacecraft performed its third close flyby of the gas giant.
The Tightest Molecular Knot Ever Created Is 10,000 Times Thinner Than A Human Hair
The "octofoil" knot contains eight crossings in a 192-atom closed loop, and is roughly 10,000 times thinner than a human hair.
Artificial Intelligence: EU To Debate Robots’ Legal Rights After Committee Calls For Mandatory AI ‘Kill Switches’
In a report approved Thursday, the European Parliament's legal committee also mulled over proposals to designate robots as “electronic persons” with specific rights and obligations.
Artificial Intelligence: Tech Billionaires Create $27 Million Fund To Research AI Safety And Ethics
The founding members of the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund said they would support research aimed at understanding ethical and safety issues related to AI technology.
Hypothetical Planet Nine May Be A Rogue World Captured By The Sun, Researchers Say
Two researchers from New Mexico State University posit that the as-of-yet-undiscovered ninth planet of our solar system may be a former "rogue planet" that our sun captured long back.
What Can Large Ice Age Mammals Tell Us About The Ongoing Biodiversity Loss? A Lot, Study Says
A Yale University researcher argues in a study that to understand the ecological impact the extinction of large mammals would have, one should examine similar events that took place in the past.
Large Blue Halo Around Ancient Milky Way-Type Galaxies Is Made Of Lyman-Alpha Photons, Study Reveals
A new study revealed that only a small fraction of Lyman-alpha photons — produced around hot, young stars in the center of galaxies — manage to escape their parent galaxies.
Hubble Space Telescope Spies A Distant Collision Between Two Gas-Rich Spiral Galaxies
The image shows a structure named IRAS 14348-1447, created when two gas-rich spiral galaxies located over a billion light-years from Earth got caught in each other's gravitational pull.
‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Update: New Study Says KIC 8462852’s Bizarre Behavior Is Being Caused By A Planet-Star Collision
According to a new study, both the erratic and long-term dimming in the star's brightness can be explained if it can be proven that it devoured an entire planet sometime relatively recently in its past.
Retroviruses — Family Of Viruses That Include HIV — Have Been Around For Almost Half A Billion Years
New research by scientists at Oxford University has revealed that retroviruses, a family that includes HIV, are almost half a billion years old.
Climate Change: Even Short-Lived Greenhouse Gases Can Drive Sea-Level Rise For Centuries
Even if humans were to stop emitting all greenhouse gases right now, thermal expansion and the ensuing rise of ocean levels would continue for centuries to come.
Hunt For Exoplanets: Breakthrough Initiatives Signs Agreement To Boost ESO Telescope's Planet-Hunting Capability
As part of the agreement, Breakthrough Initiatives will fund the development of an instrument that would boost the planet-hunting capabilities of the ESO's Very Large Telescope.
How Did The Moon Form? Study Says Many Small Impacts, Not One Giant Collision, Created Earth's Natural Satellite
The authors of the study state that the moon formed when many "moonlets" — created not by a single giant impact, but due to several small impacts — coalesced into a single object.
2016 Was Second-Warmest Year On Record For US, NOAA Says Breadth Of Warming 'Unparalleled'
Last year, every state in the contiguous U.S. and Alaska experienced above-average annual temperatures, making the breadth of warmth "unparalleled" in the country's history.
Hubble Space Telescope Detects Shadow In A Young Star’s Circumstellar Disk Possibly Caused By Orbiting Planet
The planet's existence was inferred by the shadow cast by perturbations in a nearby star's circumstellar disk.
NASA’s Hubble Creates A Road Map For Voyagers’ Interstellar Journey
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has helped scientists create a road map of the probes’ future trajectories, giving a broader context to what they are currently observing in their vicinity.