Science Timeline

Could This Be The First Airplane To Fly On Mars? NASA Thinks So

The drone will test later this year, and may be ready to fly on Mars by 2020.

NASA is preparing to test a new flying wing aircraft, and if all goes according to plan, the drone could be the first man-made object to take flight in the skies of Mars. Until now, all missions to Mars have taken place either in orbit or directly on the planet’s surface, yet an ambitious new… Read more »

NASA Astronaut Takes ‘Earthshine’ Selfies In Space

Kelly appears in the images, illuminated by a reflection from the planet below.

A NASA astronaut has shared several unusual selfies, which depict his face illuminated by “Earthshine” reflecting from the planet 220 miles below. On Saturday, astronaut Scott Kelly shared the two self portraits, taken from the International Space Station, as CNN reports. In the first selfie, Kelly’s face and arms appear illuminated by light reflected from… Read more »

A 350-Year-Old Mummy Of A Swedish Monk Hid A Disturbing Secret

A 350-Yr Old Mummy Of A Swedish Monk Hid A Disturbing Secret

The mummy of a Swedish monk that lay in coffin for about 336 years hid a disturbing secret. Beneath the neatly and amazingly preserved mummy was a corpse. It gets even more bizarre because the corpse is that of tiny baby. For nearly three and half centuries, the mummified remains of Bishop Peder Winstrup lay… Read more »

Everyone’s Sense Of Smell Is Unique, Says New Study

Sniffing a flower

A new study suggests that every individual’s sense of smell differs slightly from other people, based on their genetic makeup. According to Science News, a newly devised test can tell individuals apart solely based on their sense of smell, meaning a person’s perception of odor is unique to him or her. The findings were published… Read more »

NASA Releases First New Horizons ‘Near-True’ Color Videos Of Pluto [Video]

Pluto

NASA has released the first “near-true” color videos of Pluto and its largest natural satellite, Charon, captured by the New Horizons probe approaching the dwarf planet. The two newly released videos show the complex orbital interaction of the two bodies. According to New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern with the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI), although… Read more »

Science: There Is No Such Thing As Race

There's no such thing as race

Race is not a biological reality. It is an adaptation of humans living in different parts of the world – and society’s way of dividing people up. What is referred to as “race” is in actuality a product of social context – as there is only one biological race in the human species: Homo sapiens… Read more »

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden: Area 51 And Alien Life Exist

Charles Bolden

NASA administrator Charles Bolden has stated that he believes alien life exists and that mankind will encounter it soon. Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret.), 12th Administrator of NASA since July 17, 2009, was responding to questions during a media event with a group of British schoolchildren organized by the children’s newspaper First News… Read more »

Feeling Grumpy? Cat Videos Are The Answer, Says New Study

Cat videos, like ones starring Grumpy Cat, could actively help battle depression.

Grumpy Cat, Pudge, Lil Bub — no matter which kitty you favor, there’s no question that cat videos are adorable. A new study now indicates that as adorable as they are, cat videos may also be beneficial to our mental health. Assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick and Indiana University conducted the study that was publish… Read more »

NASA: Water Table Levels Are Becoming Critically Low

Drought

According to NASA, water table levels are becoming critically low — worldwide. Two studies, which were conducted by the University of California, Irvine, suggest human consumption has depleted an estimated 33 percent of the world’s largest groundwater basins. The study, which was published by Water Resource Research, examined groundwater levels of the planet’s largest aquifers…. Read more »

Venus And Jupiter: Planets Will Converge On July 1

Venus and Jupiter converge

Venus and Jupiter — two of the brightest stars in the sky — will converge, and the celestial event will be visible on the night of July 1. In what some astronomers are calling “the best backyard sky show of 2015,” Venus and Jupiter will converge at the end of this month, on the night… Read more »

Rosetta Mission: Philae Lander Wakes Up, Contacts Earth After Seven Months

Philae Lander wakes up

Over seven months after it lost contact with the Earth, the Philae Lander spacecraft that landed on a distance comet named 67P has awoken. According to a BBC News report, the Philae Lander “woke up” from its seven-month-long hibernation and contacted Earth. Signals from Philae Lander, which also happens to be the first spacecraft to… Read more »

Jack King, Iconic Voice Of NASA’s Apollo Missions, Dies At 84

Jack King

Jack King, the iconic voice behind the NASA’s launch countdowns and commentary during the space race, has died at the age of 84. Former astronauts and NASA officials remember the contributions King made to the golden age of space flight. Without Jack King, the manned NASA missions of the 1960s would have had a much… Read more »

Injectable Electronics Developed – Nano-Scale Scaffolds Can Stimulate Tissue And Neurons, Help Fight Brain Diseases

Injectable Electronics Developed – Nano-Scale Scaffolds

Nano-scale electronics that form a microscopic mesh could one day fight brain damage and shield delicate tissues by forming a protective network. A group of international researchers, lead by Professor Charles Lieber of Harvard University, have developed a method for injecting nano-scale electronic scaffolds into organic tissue. In their current iteration, these meshes can connect… Read more »