A Canadian-led team took a closer look and revealed how bizarre this 'super-puff' exoplanet is. We've heard of super-Earths, mini-Neptunes, and hot Jupiters, but how about 'cotton-candy' planets? New observations of a recently discovered alien world have revealed it to be one of the strangest ever found. In 2017, astronomers using...
SpaceX has made changes to its Starlink internet beta website, to now allow sign-ups without an invite, if your address is eligible for service, reports Tesla North. Previously, Starlink website sign-ups for the beta program would be contacted via email to let them know about eligibility. But as of Wednesday,...
Located in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin), around 50 million light-years from Earth, the galaxy NGC 4535 is truly a stunning sight to behold. Despite the incredible quality of this image, taken from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, NGC 4535 has a hazy, somewhat ghostly, appearance when viewed from...
Bumble bees and other pollinators suffer disrupted sleep patterns if they come into contact with a controversial class of pesticides – an effect which may be a factor in their widespread decline, according to new research by British scientists. Exposure to neonicotinoid insecticides at a level similar to that...
Domestic cats and other felids rub their faces and heads against catnip (Nepeta cataria) and silver vine (Actinidia polygama) and roll on the ground as a characteristic response. In a new study published in the journal Science Advances, a team of researchers from Japan and the UK found that...
Simon Fraser University researchers have found evidence that large ambush-predatory worms -- some as long as two metres -- roamed the ocean floor near Taiwan over 20 million years ago. The finding, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, is the result of reconstructing an unusual trace fossil that...
A study team from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) has developed a process for the electrolytic treatment of wastewater that degrades microplastics at the source. The results of this research have been published in the Environmental Pollution journal. Wastewater can carry high concentrations of microplastics into the...
Researchers have identified the traits that may make a person more likely to claim they hear the voices of the dead. According to new study, a predisposition to high levels of absorption in tasks, unusual auditory experiences in childhood, and a high susceptibility to auditory hallucinations all occur more strongly...
Taken together, the data we gathered presents the earliest evidence for human activity in the Olduvai Gorge: about 2 million years ago. It also shows that early humans used tools and great diversity of habitats as they adjusted to constant change. The ability to adapt to changing environments has deep...
Scientists have discovered about 750,000 quasars, which are among the brightest and most energetic objects in the universe. Despite its uninspiring designation, J0313-1806 is distinct from other quasars. This recently spotted object is the oldest known quasar in the universe, with a supermassive black hole more than 13 billion...