NASA-Funded Study Reveals Solar Storms Can Cause Dielectric Breakdown In Moon’s Permanently Shadowed Regions
According to researchers, solar flares can trigger a process known as dielectric breakdown in the permanently shadowed regions of the moon, melting the lunar soil almost as much as meteoroid impacts would.
McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) Sells Control Of China, Hong Kong Business To Citic, Carlyle For $2.1B
The fast food giant will retain only 20 percent stake in the business, while Chinese state-backed Citic Group and America's Carlyle Group will have 52 percent and 28 percent stake, respectively.
SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Update: Bad Weather Forces Company To Postpone Comeback Launch To Jan. 14
The launch, scheduled to take place Monday, was rescheduled to Jan. 14 due to a forecast of heavy winds and rains at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Astronomers Map The Elements Of Life Across The Milky Way
The catalog, compiled as part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, maps the distribution of various elements — including carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous and sulfur — across the Milky Way.
Scientists Coax DNA Nanotubes Into Assembling Into Bridge-Like Structures
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have succeeded in creating bridge-like structures made of two DNA nanotubes in a feat resembling a “high-wire circus act.”
Biodiversity Loss: Global ‘Threat Maps’ Reveal Impact Of Human Consumption On Wildlife
A team of researchers has created a series of "threat maps" that reveals the impact of human consumption on global biodiversity.
Jupiter’s Tumultuous Atmosphere Observed Using NASA’s Airborne Observatory
Until now, such observations were only possible from space-based missions such as Cassini, Voyager, and most recently, Juno.
Astronomers Compile Galaxy Catalog Containing Distance Estimates For Over 77,000 Galaxies
The NED-D catalog is part of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database — a repository containing information on more than 100 million galaxies.
Dementia: Living Near Major Roads Linked To Increased Risk Of Memory Loss
A new study, published in the journal Lancet, has linked living close to major roads with increased risk of dementia.
Pluto Has Icy Structures Similar To Earth: Methane And Nitrogen Ice Penitentes Discovered On Dwarf Planet
Until now, penitentes — formed due to sublimation of ice and erosion — had only been seen on Earth.
Fast Radio Burst Traced To An 'Unassuming' Dwarf Galaxy Far, Far Away
FRB 121102 — the only known recurring fast radio burst — is being emitted from a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years from Earth.
Global Warming 'Hiatus' Never Happened, New Study Confirms
A new study has revealed that measurements showing a slowdown in ocean temperature rise between 1998 and 2014 were affected by a "cold bias."
Orion’s Stellar Nursery Captured In Stunning New ESO Image
The image, captured using the European Southern Observatory's VISTA telescope, shows, in glorious detail, the Orion A molecular cloud located roughly 1,350 light-years from Earth.
James Webb Space Telescope: NASA Says It’s Close To Identifying Source Of Dec. 3 Anomaly, Vibration Tests To Resume Soon
The space agency announced Tuesday that it was close to determining the cause of an anomalous reading encountered during vibration tests carried out last month.
Astronomers Discover PGC 1000714: A Rare Kind Of Hoag-Type Galaxy
PGC 1000714, a galaxy located roughly 359 million light-years from Earth, belongs to a class of galaxies that consist of a central core surrounded by a visibly unconnected ring of matter.
NASA Awards Fresh Contracts To Boeing, SpaceX To Ferry Astronauts To And From International Space Station
The contracts, announced under NASA's Commercial Crew Transportation Capability program, bring the total number of missions awarded to SpaceX and Boeing to six each.
NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer Mission Could Shed Light On Black Holes And Other Cosmic X-Ray Sources
The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer mission, to be launched in 2020, would use three space telescopes equipped with cameras capable of measuring the polarization of high-energy X-ray radiation.
Evolution Of Big Brain And Small Teeth In Humans Not Linked, Study Reveals
A new study has debunked the traditionally accepted belief that reduction of tooth size in humans was linked to the increase in brain size.
Measuring Gravity: MIT Researchers Develop Technique To Increase Accuracy Of Atom Interferometry
MIT researchers have developed a technique, which involves the use of two Bose-Einstein condensates with different magnetic alignments, to carry out extremely precise measurements.
Why Did Dinosaurs Go Extinct? Prolonged Egg Incubation May Have Doomed Them From The Start
A new study suggests that prolonged incubation periods may have hampered dinosaurs’ ability to compete with the other survivors of the extinction-level event 66 million years ago.
SpaceX Finishes Falcon 9 Explosion Investigation, Eyes Jan. 8 Launch Date For Iridium Communications’ Satellite
The company said it had identified the cause of the Sept. 1 Falcon 9 explosion, and that it seeks to resume launches Jan. 8 — pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
President Obama To Give Farewell Speech In Chicago On Jan. 10 — 10 Days Before Trump Takes Office
In a statement emailed to reporters Monday, the president said that the address would, among other things, “offer some thoughts on where we all go from here.”
What Triggered The Cambrian Explosion? Fossil Fuel Formation, New Study Says
A sudden burst in diversity of life about 545 million years ago may have been caused by a spike in atmospheric oxygen, triggered by an acceleration in the rate of burial of sediments that later became fossil fuels.
Magic Mushrooms: Researchers Urge Caution Over Use Of Psilocybin In Uncontrolled Environments
After conducting a survey of nearly 2,000 people with a past negative experience when consuming magic mushrooms, researchers have now urged caution in the use of the drug.
BBC’s ‘Planet Earth II’ Accused Of Inadvertently Damaging Wildlife By Creating ‘A False Sense Of Security’
In an op-ed for the Guardian, Martin Hughes-Games, presenter of the series “Springwatch,” said that “Planet Earth II” was “a significant contributor to the planet-wide extinction of wildlife.”
Trump Spokesman Sean Spicer Questions Magnitude Of New US Sanctions On Russia
Sean Spicer's comments, made during an interview with ABC, came just a day after President-elect Donald Trump said he knows things "other people don't" about hacking.
Astronomers Detect Concentric Rings — Possible Sign Of Orbiting Protoplanets — In The Circumstellar Disk Of A Nearby Star
The presence of rings in the disk around the 15-million-year old star, named HIP73145, suggests that there may be protoplanets orbiting the young star.
Hubble Space Telescope Spots A ‘Megamaser’ In A Galaxy 370 Million Light-Years From Earth
The source of intense bursts of microwaves is a galaxy named IRAS 16399-0937, located roughly 370 million light-years from Earth.
Mars Ice Home: First Humans On The Red Planet May Live In Igloos Made Of Martian Water-Ice
On Thursday, a team of experts at NASA's Langley Research Center finalized the design for an “Ice Home” — one of the many concepts for sustainable human habitats on Mars.
NASA’s Near-Earth Object Hunting Mission Spots A Comet And A Body That’s Either A Comet Or An Asteroid
One of the objects is a comet that may become visible through a pair of binoculars next year, while the other seems to straddle the line between a comet and an asteroid.