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New Wasp Species Name Inspired By Kill Bill Character

New Wasp Species Name Inspired By Kill Bill Character

Three newly discovered species of parasitoid wasps (Braconidae, Rogadinae) found in Thailand and Papua New Guinea have been formally named. Parasitoid (also referred to as endoparasitoid) wasps are known to implant their eggs inside of another insect, and, as the parasitic larvae grow, they devour the host from the inside out. There are an estimated… Read more »

Voyager 1 Has Left The Solar System, Or Has It?

voyager 1 may have left the solar system

Voyager 1 left the solar system on August 25, 2012 after more than 35 years of traveling. That’s the startling report published today in Geophysical Research Letters. Dr. Bill Webber, an astronomer from New Mexico and one of the authors of the study, said that the radiation levels received by the Voyager changed dramatically on… Read more »

Two Supernova Photos Released, Just Gorgeous

two supernova photos recently released to public

Supernova fans have had a good week, with two beautiful images related to the explosive stars being released by two different agencies. The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chilé is responsible for the photograph above of NGC 1637, which is a spiral galaxy of the same type as our… Read more »

New Planets Need Names That Don’t Suck, Company Says

new planets need names

Exciting new planets are being discovered right and left, but it’s hard for the public to talk about them because of the terrible official names. That’s what Alan Stern, a CEO for a space funding startup company called Uwingu, told Universe Today when he opened a contest Tuesday to allow the public to pay to… Read more »

Mars Curiosity Rover Back To Work, NASA Says

Mars Curiosity Rover Back To Work

The Mars Curiosity Rover is back to work after a two-day stand-down in so-called “safe mode,” according to a press release late yesterday from NASA. If you’re reading this on a computer, then you’re probably already familiar with the annoying process of a device entering a precautionary safe mode to prevent the accidental destruction of… Read more »

Neanderthal Genome Published As Open Source

neanderthal genome released as open source

A high-quality full Neanderthal genome has been sequenced for the first time, and the open source data is now available to everyone. That’s the exciting announcement today from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany. The team, led by paleogeneticist Svante Pääbo, used material from a toe bone found in 2010 in a… Read more »

Chimps Can Team Up, Watch Out, World [Video]

chimps use teamwork

Chimpanzees can team up to get what they want, and a fresh study from European researchers provides new proof that the problem-solving primates intentionally put their heads — and their tools — together to work toward a common goal. At least they will if the goal is a tasty bunch of grapes. And if the… Read more »

Immortality Gene Mutation Identifies Brain Tumors And Other Cancers

Cancer Cell Proliferation

A collaborative research effort by scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins, and several other participants have identified gene mutations in TERT promoters. These abnormalities can trigger malignant cells and encourage them to perpetually proliferate. Immortal cell replications are found in several cancers of the liver, skin (melanoma), urinary tract, and brain. Understanding cellular… Read more »

Mars Curiosity Finds More Evidence Of Water

Mars curiosity rover finds more water

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has continued to find new evidence of water and the possibility that the red planet was once hospitable to life, the space agency announced today at a briefing at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. Last Tuesday, Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, made… Read more »

Deepest Part Of Ocean Still Teems With Life

Deep Ocean Teems With life

The deepest part of the ocean still teems with life, according to a new study about the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The information comes from a study done by an international team of scientists and published in the journal Nature Geoscience. In the study, the scientists found that the very bottom of the Mariana… Read more »

Earthquake Turns Water To Gold, Scientists Say

Gold Deposits

An earthquake can turn water to gold in a matter of seconds, scientists have discovered. The new study was recently published in the March 17 edition of the journal Nature Geoscience. According to the model presented by researchers, water inside faults jogs vaporizes whenever an earthquake occurs. As a result, gold is deposited into the… Read more »

Hundreds Of Dinosaur Fossil Eggs Found In Spain

Dinosaur Fossil Eggs

Hundreds of dinosaur fossil eggs were discovered in northeastern Spain including four species never before seen in the region. The dinosaur eggs were likely left behind by sauropods millions of years ago. The researchers discovered eggs, eggshell fragments, and dozens of clutches in the stratigraphic layers of the Tremp geological formation. The area, Coll de… Read more »

Black Holes Easier To Create Than Previously Believed

black holes easier to create than known before

Could black holes form on earth, gobble up the planet, and then relentlessly reach out to devour the entire solar system? Two physicists recently recalculated our chances and were startled to learn that the amount of collisional energy required to form the star-eating objects is 2.4 times less than previously believed. Oops. William E. East… Read more »

Four-Winged Bird Fossils Discovered In China

four-wing-bird-fossil

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a four-winged bird? Xing Xu, a paleontologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, believes that he has discovered the fossil of a four-winged bird in Liaoning, China. Xu believes that it may have been common for birds to have four wings instead of two millions of years ago…. Read more »

God Particle Found, Higgs Boson Researchers Announce

god particle discovered

The “God Particle,” or Higgs boson, has been sought after by physicists since 1964 and was predicted to be a crucial building block of the universe. And after nearly half a century of research, scientists say they’ve discovered the elusive particle. Two teams of thousands of scientists at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research)… Read more »

No Alien Life Yet But Many More Earthlike Planets Found

alien life is rare although earthlike planets are common

Alien life may or may not exist, but we know now that there are far more earthlike planets out there than we previously imagined. Ravi Kopparapu, a researcher from Penn State who will be publishing his findings in an upcoming issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters, has recalculated the chances of finding earth-sized planets in our… Read more »

Curiosity Rover Rock Sample Suggests Mars Was Once Habitable

Curiosity Rover Rock Sample Analysis

The Mars Curiosity rover’s first rock sample analysis suggests that Mars was once a habitable planet. The analysis was conducted after the rover drilled into a patch of bedrock and deposited the sample into its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) and Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instruments. Scientists announced the finding during a press conference on… Read more »

Asteroids Can Be Predicted For A Cool $450 Million

asteroids can be predicted for a cost of $450 million

Those nerve-wracking, earth-grazing asteroids are getting entirely out of hand, and Stanford aeronautics professor Scott Hubbard has had enough. The former director of NASA Ames Research Center is now raising funds for the California-based non-profit B612 Foundation, which plans to put the Sentinel Space Telescope in orbit by the end of 2018 to seek out… Read more »

Closest Stars Found In A Century [Video]

closest star system found in a century

The third-closest star system to the earth has just been discovered, according to astronomer Kevin Luhman of Penn State University, who was working with NASA to create a sky map of nearby stellar objects using the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). As you might expect of so-called stars that have gone unnoticed until well into… Read more »

Climate Change Turns North Green, NASA Reports

climate change is turning north greener according to NASA

Climate change is making land in the extreme north greener and more like habitats found to the south, according to a report released on Sunday by NASA. A large international team worked with NASA to review 30 years of satellite data that recorded the vegetation and temperatures of far north landscapes from 45 degrees north… Read more »

Four Asteroids Fly By Earth In Just One Week

Four Asteroids Fly By Earth

Four asteroids buzzed by Earth in just seven days in the latest demonstration that we live in an active solar system correctly dubbed a “cosmic shooting gallery” by some scientists. The biggest asteroid to buzz by this time passed by Earth about 2.5 times the distance between our planet and the moon. Early estimates put… Read more »