Meet the 13 astronauts who could be the first humans on Mars. One of those astronauts, Zena Cardman, calls Williamsburg, Virginia, her home. Cardman has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in marine sciences at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She was a National Science Foundation graduate...
Rare snubfin dolphins in Queensland’s Fitzroy River and humpback dolphins in Port Curtis are under threat from exposure to increasing amounts of water contamination, Southern Cross and Flinders University marine scientists warn. A new study published in Ecological Indicators sampled pollutants in the blubber and skin of humpback and snubfin...
Using the unique capabilities of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers led by Virginia Tech's Nahum Arav has discovered the most energetic outflows ever witnessed in the universe. The outflows emanate from quasars and tear across interstellar space similar to tsunamis on Earth, wreaking havoc on the galaxies...
A hot, molten Earth would be around 5% larger than its solid counterpart. This is the result of a study led by researchers at the University of Bern. The difference between molten and solid rocky planets is important for the search of Earth-like worlds beyond our Solar System and...
One of the brightest stars in the night sky, Betelgeuse, is losing its shine as it might soon go supernova. It is believed that the red giant might be nearing the end of its life as it is the dimmest it has ever been in over 75 years. But...
New fossils of an ancient legged snake, called Najash, shed light on the origin of the slithering reptiles. The fossil discoveries, revealed in Science Advances , provide details about how the flexible skull of snakes evolved from their lizard ancestors- and analyses of the family tree have also revealed they...
Freshly burned longleaf pine forests have more than double the total number of bees and bee species than similar forests that have not burned in over 50 years, according to new research from North Carolina State University. For many forests, fire is as essential as rainfall. But while several studies...
Mercury underwent 13 transits during the entire century. In photos released by NASA, Mercury appears as a small black dot as it approaches the limb of the sun prior to its transit. Mercury and Earth became perfectly aligned allowing stargazers to watch the planet at the front of the solar...
Turkish police have seized a Bible thought to be 1,200 years old from a suspected smuggling gang. Six people have been arrested after allegedly attempting the sell the ancient manuscript in the southeastern Diyarbakir province. The Biblical text was written across 34 pages of leather with gold-encrusted religious motifs. Police are investigating...
In case you were disappointed the world didn't end on September 23, 2017, buck up! Now it's supposed to end on April 23. So, we've all got ten days. Give up your diet, drink like crazy, shoplift candy, it's the end. According to codes in the Bible (Book of Revelation...