Science Timeline

23andMe Lawsuit Claims DNA Diseases Test Isn’t Science, Demands $5 Million

23andMe Lawsuit Claims DNA Diseases Test Isn't Science, Demands $5 Million

A 23andMe lawsuit is claiming the company’s DNA diseases test isn’t science and is demanding $5 million in damages. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, back in 2012 23andMe started advertising their $99 “Personal Genome Service,” but the FDA halted in-home DNA tests by 23andMe last month. 23andMe markets The Saliva Collection Kit and Personal… Read more »

Black Hole Twice As Bright As Astronomers Thought Possible [Study]

black hole twice as bright as astronomers believed, study

A new study has revealed that a black hole system in a galaxy close to ours is twice as bright as astronomers had believed possible. The system is located about 22 million light-years away from the Earth in the Pinwheel Galaxy, and it might change astronomers’ theories about how some black holes radiate energy and… Read more »

Gamma Ray Burst Was Literally The Largest Explosion Ever Seen

Gamma Ray Burst Seen From Earth

A recently discovered gamma ray burst is quite likely the largest explosion ever witnessed by scientists. It might even be considered the largest such cosmic event ever, if not for the original Big Bang. Lucky for us on Earth, the burst didn’t come closer than 3.7 billion light-years. If our blue planet was hit by… Read more »

New Japan Island Formed By Volcano, Earthquakes [Video]

New Japan Island Formed By Volcano, Earthquakes

A new Japan island was formed by a volcano and seismic activity. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, generally Japan fears any earthquakes that may trigger tsunamis, especially considering the Fukushima nuclear power plant is still leaking. Japan is at the edge of the ring of fire, a region surrounding the Pacific Ocean that tends… Read more »

World’s Oldest Animal, 507-Year-Old Clam, Found And Killed

World's Oldest Animal Discovered

The world’s oldest animal has been found by scientists, having lived for 507 years. The elderly clam was found in 2006 and affectionately named Ming by researchers at Bangor University. Unfortunately, poor Ming was killed when scientists opened the clam before realizing the significance of their discovery. Previously thought to be a mere 405-years-old, new… Read more »

Unicorn: Vietnam Spots Real Rare Asian Species Called Saola

Unicorn: Vietnam Spots Real Rare Asian Species Called Saola

A unicorn in Vietnam? No, this isn’t a hoax or a unicorn sighting akin to the Loch Ness monster sightings. It’s a spotting of the rare Asian unicorn. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, North Korea claimed to discover a real unicorn. But if it’s fake, it’s probably because Joss Whedon ate all the unicorns…. Read more »

Drunk Without Alcohol? New Pill Eliminates The Need For Booze

Drunk Without Alcohol Pill David Nutt

Do you want to get drunk without alcohol? A new pill in development allows people to experience the joys of intoxication without the need to consume copious amounts of booze. British neuroscientist David Nutt explained that the drug in question would allow people to get drunk without the health risks or hangovers. Although he believes… Read more »

Olympic Torch Goes On Spacewalk, With A Little Help

Olympic Torch Takes Spacewalk

The Sochi Olympic torch took a rather large detour this week, blasting off to the International Space Station and taking a journey into open space for the first time in history. While the torch wasn’t actually lit for the walk (it wouldn’t stay that way anyway), a pair of Russian cosmonauts took the silver-and-red torch… Read more »

Radioactive Polonium 210 Claimed To Poison Yasser Arafat, But What Is It?

Radioactive Polonium Claimed To Poison Yasser Arafat, But What Is It

Radioactive polonium is claimed to be behind Yasser Arafat’s death, with poisoning being alleged. But what is polonium-210? As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Yasser Arafat death report was released yesterday and Arafat’s widow is already claiming assassination. The center of all these allegations is focused on radioactive polonium. The only other known case… Read more »

Satellite Falling: How Much Damage Could It Do?

Satellite Falling Out Of Orbit

A satellite launched in Europe is falling to earth. The problem is that no one knows where or when it will fall and, more importantly, how much damage it will do when it crashes. The satellite, which has been mapping the earth’s gravitational field in detail, will be forced down to earth by gravity over… Read more »

Asteroid Strikes Could Be More Common Than Originally Thought

Risk Of Asteroid Impact Higher

Asteroids like the one that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February could become more common, according to a recent study. The Russian meteorite shattered windows for miles and injured more than 1,000 people. Experts at first labeled the Chelyabinsk asteroid a rare event, explaining that the event could happen once every 100 to 200 years… Read more »

New Tyrannosaur Discovered In Southern Utah, Predates Tyrannosaurus-Rex

New Tyrannosaur Discovered In Utah

A new tyrannosaur was discovered in southern Utah four years ago, and paleontologists unveiled the beast on Wednesday. The discovery proves that giant tyrant dinosaurs, like the Tyrannosaurus rex, are about 10 million years older than previously thought. The Natural History Museum of Utah displayed a full skeletal replica of the massive carnivore, along with… Read more »

Milky Way Could Contain Billions Of Earth-Sized Planets

Milky Way Billions Of Earth-Like Planets

The Milky Way galaxy could contain billions of Earth-sized planets orbiting stars much like our sun. Astronomers using data from NASA calculated that our galaxy holds at least 8.8 billion stars with planets much like ours. The study was published on Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and is the… Read more »

King Tut ‘Spontaneously Combusted’ Inside His Sarcophagus

King Tut Spontaneous Combustion

King Tut “spontaneously combusted” inside his sarcophagus, thanks to a botched mummification. The famous pharaoh’s life and death have intrigued scientists and the public for generations. The sensational finding came after research from Egyptologist Christ Nauton and revealed through a documentary for the UK’s Channel 4. Nauton also revealed another sensational finding — King Tut… Read more »

Comet ISON To Hit The Sun In 2013?

comet ison

Comet ISON appears ready to hit the sun, according to scientists. In other spacey news as previously reported by The Inquisitr, the most distant galaxy was recently confirmed. But let’s discuss something a little closer to home, the comet ISON. Comet ISON was discovered in September 2012 by two Russian astronomers using telescopes in the… Read more »

Watch Sunday’s Hybrid Solar Eclipse Live Online [Video]

Hybrid Solar Eclipse Stream Online

Sunday’s hybrid solar eclipse promises a rare treat. While some viewers will see a partial eclipse, others will see a full eclipse, also called a Ring of Fire. However, many of the world’s inhabitants won’t be able to see the rare celestial show in person. Slooh Space Camera to the rescue! The team at Slooh… Read more »

Solar Eclipse: How To Safely Observe It On Sunday

Solar Eclipse: how to safely view it on Sunday.

The skies over the East Coast of the US will see a rare partial solar eclipse this coming Sunday, November 3. Most people in the US will see the eclipse during the sunrise hours of Sunday morning, but for a few lucky ones the event will be even more unusual. According to “within a… Read more »

Planet Kepler-78b Is Like Earth, Just A Tad Hotter

Kepler-78b Hotter Than Earth

Kepler-78b is close in size and content to Earth, with just one difference — the exoplanet’s surface temperature is about 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Astrophysicists say that, at one time, the alien planet could have sustained life, but with temperatures high enough to melt rock, no human would dare set foot on it now. The planet… Read more »

Ladybugs Swarming Caused By Global Warming?

Ladybugs Swarming Caused By Global Warming?

Is ladybugs swarming caused by global warming? After all, blaming climate change has become a popular thing to do nowadays. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the false widow spiders invasion in England was blamed on global warming. Whether or not climate change could affect the crazy ants invasion was also speculated upon. The short… Read more »

Asteroid Defense Plan Adopted By United Nations

United Nations Asteroid Defense Plan

The United Nations is adopting a plan to defend the world against threatening asteroids. The decision came after recommendations by former astronauts, including Ed Lu, who argued that the planet needs to be defended against potential rogue asteroids. Lu used the Chelyabinsk meteor as an example, explaining that the world’s space agencies only found out… Read more »

False Widow Spiders Invasion Blamed On Global Warming: Hoax Or Not?

False Widow Spiders Invasion Blamed On Global Warming: Hoax Or Not?

False widow spies are invading Britain and some people think global warming, or climate change, is to blame. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, false widow spiders have been found in British schools, causing some alarm among officials. It’s been mentioned by many reports that global warming is to blame for the false widow spiders… Read more »

Number Of Known Alien Planets Passes 1,000

Known Alien Planets 1,000

The number of known alien planets, also called exoplanets, passed 1,000 this week, according to the online Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia. The search for exoplanets began two decades ago, making this week’s number a huge accomplishment. Two of the five main databases that catalog alien worlds listed 1,010 confirmed alien worlds as of Tuesday, and the… Read more »

Most Distant Galaxy Discovered To Be A Star Factory

Most distant galaxy

The most distant galaxy from our own has been located, clocking in at 30 billion light-years away. The galaxy was originally discovered in 2012 by the Hubble telescope, but was only just confirmed by astronomers in Texas. In other space news reported by The Inquisitr, the European Conference on Space Debris was recently held in… Read more »

What Does The Fox Say? Sounds Like Other Canids, Actually [VIDEO]

What Does The Fox Say? Sounds Like Other Canids, Actually [VIDEO]

So what does the fox say? I haven’t had tea with Mr. Fox in quite a while but I’m pretty sure it’s nothing like “gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding” and “Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow.” As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the music video What Does The Fox Say is a strange song based upon the idea that we don’t know what the… Read more »