Researchers with the Ocean Exploration Trust are scratching their heads after Exploration Vessel Nautilus unearthed a purple-coloured orb underwater in the Channel Islands off the coast of California.
Statistics released by the Department of Main Roads and Transport revealed that wild dogs have been responsible for many koala deaths. The statistics portray a grim picture of the planning process around the relocation of the koala population.
Luca, the ‘Last Universal Common Ancestor’ is a microbe from which all life descended 4 billion years ago
Researchers have revealed that all life as we see today descended from a microbe about four billion years ago. The microbe adapted itself to survive mineral-rich, oxygen-free and warm environments.
Researchers at James Cook University have shown how Australia’s Great Barrier Reef may be given improved protection. They have shown a way to halve the amount of fertiliser dairy farmers use and at the same time maintain pasture yields. This, in turn, would provide increases protection to the Great Barrier Reef.
NASA’s SpaceX to send first virus detector in space; DNA sequencer minION may help in detecting alien life forms
SpaceX is all set to send fresh cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) and it will include a handheld DNA sequencer that may one day help in detecting alien life forms.
Sun’s mysterious coronal hole discovered by NASA is growing, may disrupt satellite and radio communications
A gap in the sun’s magnetic field is allowing heat from the star to escape into space. Discovered by NASA, the mysterious coronal hole may cause communications chaos on Earth.
In an unusual move to protect sharks in Great Barrier Reef, WWF Australia has made a $100,000 purchase of shark net licence. The move aimed at removing the licence from circulation.
Scientists discover new orchid species that resembles the devil’s head, names it Telipogon diabolicus after flowers’ demonic patterns
Researchers recently discovered flowers of a new orchid species that resembles the devil’s head. A close look at the flowers’ heart revealed the demonic patterns. The devilish orchid is a Critically Endangered species in the International Union for Conservation (IUCN) Red List.
Astronomers have discovered a new dwarf planet beyond Neptune and it circles our sun in a wide orbit. The scientists have made the discovery via a telescope at the top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
Bangladesh earthquake alert: Mega-thrust fault may cause a 9.0 killer earthquake claiming 140 million lives
A gigantic earthquake may be lurking under South Asia. A mega-thrust fault under Bangladesh, Myanmar and India may expose millions to the risk of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that could claim 140 million lives.
Scientists have revealed in a new study that a “Frankenstein” galaxy, formed from parts of other galaxies, is younger on its inside than the outside. UGC 1382 is situated about 250 million light years away and is seven times wider than out galaxy Milky Way.
The creepy-looking fish found in the sands of Virginia Beach that prompted a surfing group to warn beachgoers is not a real threat to humans, said an East Coast Surfing Championships (ECSC) Facebook post. However, visitors are still advised to be cautious and be on the lookout of the strange-looking fish that was spotted near the shoreline.
Just like the Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching, vast areas of mangrove in Australia’s north are dead. Scientists believe that climate change may have been responsible for the staggering deaths. The die-off occurred over a single month.
Researchers have developed a miniature device that may be capable of producing an endless supply of wine with the help of strategically-placed yeast and fermenting plane old grape juice. American and Swiss scientists are currently trialling the micro winery that can turn grape juice into alcoholic wine in just an hour. Conventional winemakers sometimes take weeks to produce the alcoholic wine.
An international team of scientists have recently discovered a strange planet in a faraway solar system that has not one but three suns. The planet, named HD 131399Ab, is way weirder than Luke Skywalker’s home planet Tatooine in the Star Wars saga that orbited around two suns.
NASA's Huygens and Cassini missions have revealed that Saturn’s moon Titan may support non-water-based life. The missions provided invaluable data on chemical elements found on Titan, and Cornell scientists have been able to find a chemical trail that suggests that prebiotic conditions may exist there.
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef may be contaminated, at least that’s what turtle herpes outbreak suggests. This has raised concerns for the health of the reef after it suffered massive coral bleaching brought about by human-induced climate change.
Latest research has revealed that dinosaurs were wiped out by a “one-two punch” of twin disasters. It was kind of a double whammy of bad luck as per the scientists. It was not a single catastrophe that killed of the massive beasts.
Melting glaciers in Alaska cause massive landslide; Scientists developing new technique to detect killer slides
In a massive landslide this week, a 4,000-foot-high mountainside collapsed in Glacier Bay National Park. It spread debris for miles across the glacier below. The collapse comes as a powerful reminder of the instable mountains in this part of Alaska.
Researchers are baffled after discovering for the first time a ghostly fish that measures just 10 centimetres. It is for the first time that researchers have spotted this fish alive, more than two kilometres below the ocean’s surface.
University of Western Australia (UWA) researchers have given the Shark Shield a green signal, which comes as a relief to divers and surfers after the recent spate of shark attacks in Australia.
Antarctica’s Adélie penguin population is steadily declining due to rising sea surface temperatures. Climate change to bring down population further by up to 60 percent by end of this century.
Deadly tarantula, discovered in Sierra Nevada desert, has a strong taste for violence; Males have unique genitalia
A new species of tarantula spider has been discovered in the Sierra Nevada desert and experts believe that the spiders have a strong taste for violence.
Hole in ozone finally ‘healing’ almost 30 years after the chemicals responsible for creating it were banned [VIDEO]
Researchers have revealed that the ozone hole over Antarctica is finally healing almost 30 years after the world banned the chemicals that created it.
Lab experiments have revealed that the chemistry of Mercury’s most ancient plains was likely forged near the planet’s core. NASA researchers said that Mercury’s surface feature originated from intense heating and crushing of rock 400 kilometres down, where the planet’s mantle meets the iron core.
Tracking devices on whale sharks in Indonesia have revealed incredible mysteries about the gentle giant fish. One of the interesting finds is that whale sharks take amazing “road trips” to faraway destinations and the reason is unknown to experts.
Climate experts have predicted that the Earth may be heading towards a mini Ice Age as the face of the sun has “gone blank.” Experts analysed the solar surface that is currently exhibiting a distinct lack of action. If this happens, it might be similar to the “Game of Thrones” catchphrase: “Winter is Coming.”
A Norway-based exploration company, working with Durham and Oxford universities, has discovered vast reserves of the rare vital gas helium in Tanzania. The scientists believe that this massive reserve of the rare gas may rescue the world from a shortage.
Medieval weapons foundry discovered near Lake Baikal; ‘Unique’ ancient furnaces point at advanced technology
Archaeologists have discovered a medieval forge that dates back to about A.D. 1000 near Lake Baikal in Russia. Remote sensing at the spot revealed the presence of two underground structures that were stone furnaces for making weapons.
Astronomers baffled by ‘stealth black hole’ discovery; Potent radio waves may represent new black hole population
Astronomers have found out that a mysterious source of radio waves thought to be from a different galaxy is actually a binary star system containing a black hole and a low mass star. The discovery suggests that a huge number of black holes in our Galaxy Milky Way have gone unnoticed.
MIT geologists have studied part of planet Mercury’s cooling history right after it formed between 4.2-3.7 billion years ago and traced its origins to an enstatite chondrite, a rare meteorite. This kind of meteorite is extremely rare on Earth.
Praying mantis cannibalism allows males to assign more of their biological material in female mantis’ eggs
Scientists have found that female mantises who eat their male sex partner after sex produce more eggs than those who do not. Sexual cannibalism in mantises allows the male to assign more of their biological material in female mantis’ eggs in order to make her more fertile.
British researchers have developed a perfume that smells like a comet, particularly the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, on which the European Space Agency (ESA) touched down in 2014.
Scientists led by Durham University's Institute for Computational Cosmology captured gravitational waves via space-based detectors, and now they believe that these waves can help identify the origins of supermassive black holes. The scientist ran massive cosmological simulations that may be used to predict the rate at which gravitational waves caused by collisions between the monster black holes might be detected.