The ESA Hopes Current Political Tension Between Russia And The UK Won’t Impact Agency’s Projects With Russia

The European Space Agency (ESA) hopes that the current political tensions between Russia and the UK over the Skripal case won’t have any negative impact on the agency’s cooperation with Russia. In an interview with Sputnik News, ESA Director-General Jan Woerner said the relations between the ESA and Roscosmos have not been affected so far, […]

Study Says Workplace Anxiety Is Not Bad Always

Workplace anxiety is usually associated with the poor job performance of employees. However, a new study carried out by the researchers at the University of Toronto suggests that workplace anxiety is not always bad and can sometimes help employees in boosting their performance. It is normal to have a certain amount of anxiety and stress […]

Majority Of U.S. Adults Believe States Must Provide Health-Related Support To Pregnant Teens And Their Babies

A majority of American adults with children 18 or under strongly believe that their states have a larger role to play in providing health-related support to pregnant teens and their babies, according to a national survey carried out by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. Teenage pregnancy is an issue that […]

NASA Rejected Astronaut Mike Massimino Thrice Before Finally Offering Him His Dream Job

Former astronaut Mike Massimino was rejected thrice by NASA before he achieved his childhood dream and received a selection letter from the American space agency for his dream job in 1996. After years of astronaut training, Massimino flew into space and completed two space missions, first in 2002 and second in 2009. “The most important […]

‘Soda Tax’ Impact: Philadelphia Residents 40 Percent Less Likely To Drink Sugary Soda Each Day After New Tax

Philadelphia residents were less likely to drink sugary soda each day after the launch of a beverage tax of $0.015/ounce on sugar and sugar-substitute beverages last year, a new study from Drexel University researchers has revealed. The new tax on nonalcoholic sweetened beverages was levied on distributors and came into effect on January 1, 2017. […]

NASA Astronaut Michael Hopkins Recounts The Horrific Incident When A Crew Member Almost Died During Spacewalk

Recently, NASA astronaut Col. Michael Hopkins was at the Otago Museum Planetarium, New Zealand, to talk to young students of Dunedin School and inspire them by sharing some interesting stories about the life of astronauts. Addressing the students, Col. Hopkins said lots of emotions go through the astronauts when they go out on a spacewalk […]

Two Dinosaur Skeletons Up For Auction In Paris

An auction house in Paris will put two dinosaur skeletons belonging to a diplodocus and an allosaurus under the hammer on Wednesday. The auction will be held at Binoche et Giquello auction house in Paris, according to AFP, and anybody with big pockets and large living rooms can bid to buy these prehistoric ornaments at […]

Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova: The World’s First And Only Woman To Ever Complete A Solo Space Mission

Soviet-Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the world’s first woman into space, celebrated her 81st birthday last month. Valentina was launched into space on June 16, 1963, aboard the space capsule Vostok 6, and nearly 55 years after her first (and the only) space mission, Tereshkova still holds the record of being the only woman in the […]

More Americans Now Aware Of The Seriousness Of Opioid Misuse In The Country, Study Reveals

More Americans now see opioid misuse as a major issue for their community, according to the latest survey carried out by the Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. According to the survey, 43 percent of Americans now see abuse of prescription pain drugs as a serious issue in their community, up from 33 percent […]

Ricky Arnold Tweets A Beautiful Picture Of Indonesia’s Bali Island From Space

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold was launched into space last month and since his arrival on the International Space Station (ISS), he has posted some excellent pictures of different parts of the earth. The American astronaut has now shared an amazing photograph of Indonesia’s Bali Island to his Twitter and Instagram accounts. According to Coconuts, the […]

Childhood Friendships May Provide Health Benefits In Adulthood, Study Suggests

Time spent with best buddies in childhood may offer some health benefits that can carry over into adulthood, according to a new study whose findings were published in the journal Psychological Science. The study found that the boys who spent enough time with their best buddies in childhood tended to have healthy body mass index […]

Michigan Activates State Emergency Operations Center To Monitor Re-Entry Of China’s Tiangong-1 Space Station

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder ordered the activation of the Emergency Operations Center in the state to closely watch the re-entry of China’s 8.5-metric-ton (9.4 tons) falling space station Tiangong-1, which is likely to make a re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere between March 31 and April 2. According to the Aerospace Corporation, Tiangong-1 could land anywhere […]

Peggy Whitson Asks Young Girls To Study ‘Maths, Science, And Engineering’ As The U.S. Needs More Astronauts

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has advised young students to focus on maths, science, and engineering as the U.S. needs more astronauts to carry out future space missions. On Tuesday, Peggy Whitson was at the Madison Elementary School in Wheeling, West Virginia, to participate in the “West Virginia Girls Rise Up” program that was started by […]

Astronauts In Space Need Extra Calories And Physical Exercise, Says Andrew Feustel

Astronauts need more calories and physical activities in space to keep themselves fit, says NASA astronaut Andrew J. Feustel who was launched into space aboard the Soyuz rocket on March 21. It is Feustel’s third trip to space and the second to the International Space Station (ISS). “Exercise stimulates bone and muscle strength, but it […]

NASA Astronaut Andrew Feustel Admits He Has A ‘Mild Fear Of Heights’

NASA astronaut Andrew J. Feustel, who was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, has admitted to having a “fear” that many people might find hard to believe. Feustel says he has a “mild fear of heights,” but this “fear” goes away completely once he reaches 250 miles above the Earth. On Wednesday, […]

American Cockroaches: Genome Sequencing Reveals Why These Pests Are So Hard To Kill

Cockroaches have been humanity’s roommates for the past thousands of years, thanks to their amazing abilities to survive even in most unfavorable environments. These unwanted, creepy insects mostly survive on fermenting foods in the sewage pipes of our homes. Cockroaches cause allergies, are a rich source of disease-causing bacteria, and therefore are a huge nuisance […]

‘Thank You @USNavy For An Absolutely Incredible Career!’: Scott Tingle On Twitter

NASA astronaut Scott Tingle has posted a message on Twitter thanking the U.S. Navy for his “absolutely incredible career.” “March 13th, 1984 – I enlisted in the United States Navy. 34 years! Thank you @USNavy for an absolutely incredible career!” Scott Tingle tweeted. Scott D. Tingle, a commander in the U.S. Navy, is currently a […]

Anne McClain Shares Some Heartwarming Pictures Of Herself In A Spacesuit Next To Her 4-Year-Old Son

Earlier this week, NASA astronaut Anne McClain shared some touching photographs of herself with her 4-year-old son. The images, captured by NASA staff photographer Bill Stafford during McClain’s official photo-shoot, showed the NASA astronaut in a spacesuit next to her 4-year-old son. According to Yahoo, NASA organized this portrait session in August 2017, and McClain […]

Larry Page’s Fully Electric, Self-Flying Air Taxi ‘Cora’ Is Being Tested In New Zealand

Kitty Hawk, a company funded by Google co-founder Larry Page, recently uploaded a video on YouTube demonstrating the ongoing tests of a new kind of self-flying air taxi in New Zealand. According to the New York Times, this air taxi, dubbed “Cora,” is 100 percent electric and can cover a distance of about 100 kilometers […]

‘I Went From Bad Student To NASA Astronaut’: Scott Kelly

Former American astronaut Scott Kelly says he was a poor student until he found inspiration in Tom Wolfe’s famous book “The Right Stuff” that he read at the age of 18 while pursuing bachelor’s degree in science from the State University of New York Maritime College in the Bronx. According to Scott, this book, which […]

Six Nests Of Critically Endangered White-Shouldered Ibis Found In Cambodia’s Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary

Six nests of rare white-shouldered ibis have been discovered in north Cambodia’s Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). In a press release, the WCS revealed that the nests were spotted in forests near Tmatbouy village in Preah Vihear province, and the Society’s staff is now working to protect these nests […]

NASA Astronaut Scott Tingle Tweets Beautiful Picture Of Red Romaine Lettuce Being Grown On The ISS

American astronaut Scott Tingle has tweeted a picture of red romaine lettuce that is being grown on the International Space Station (ISS) as part of NASA’s experiment to explore the possibilities of growing food in space. Scott Tingle and other NASA astronauts are currently growing three different varieties of vegetables on the ISS, according to […]

China Plans First Sea-Launch Of Satellites Using Long March-11 Rocket This Year

China is planning to conduct the first sea-launch of its satellites using a Long March-11 rocket in 2018, according to Yang Yiqiang, a senior official at the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). A report published in Xinhua News claims that the Chinese space agency would conduct five Long March-11 rocket launches this year. […]

Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Prompt Teens To Start Using It, New Research Suggests

Legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t increase recreational use of the substance among teens, according to a new study carried out by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. For years, people have been debating the issue of legalization of marijuana for medicinal use. The proponents of marijuana legalization contend that such laws would help […]

Beijing To New York In Two Hours: China’s Ambitious Hypersonic Jet Would Travel At Speed Of 6,000 Kph

Chinese researchers have revealed the design of a jet that would be able to fly at hypersonic speeds and take cargo and passengers from Beijing to New York in a record time of two hours, about one-seventh of the time that a jumbo jet currently takes to complete the journey of about 6,800 miles (11,000 […]

Russian Archeologists Discover Roman Period Artifacts From A Shipwreck In Crimea

A team of archeologists has discovered two ancient anchors and many other artifacts at the mouth of the Belbek River near Sevastopol in Crimea. According to the archeological team, these items date back to the Roman period and supposedly belong to an ancient sea vessel that sank off the coast of Sevastopol in second or […]

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Shows Off Its ‘Fleet’ Of Spaceships In Revamped, VR-Enabled Website

Virgin Galactic has partnered with Microsoft to exhibit its efforts toward ushering in a new age of space transportation in the world. The firm has rolled out its upgraded, virtual reality (VR)-enabled website that allows visitors to experience an absorbing tour of Virgin’s state-of-the-art spaceships, including the SpaceShipTwo plane and the WhiteKnightTwo “mothership.” The touch-optimized, […]

Skoda’s Latest Ad Pokes Fun At Elon Musk, Shows A Red Skoda Superb Being Launched Toward ‘Mars’ [Video]

The successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket seems to have inspired many space agencies and private firms across the world to start thinking about giving a little, if not huge, competition to Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX. Skoda, Volkswagen’s Czech-based brand, is the latest entry in the list. Skoda France claims that it […]

At Least 100,000 Critically Endangered Orangutans Killed In Borneo Since 1999

At least 100,000 critically endangered Bornean orangutans have been killed in the past 16 years, according to a new study carried out by an international team comprising of conservationists, biodiversity experts, and ecologists. The researchers who conducted this 16-year survey in the Borneo Island have described the decline in orangutan numbers as “mind-boggling.” Bornean orangutans […]

Indian Space Agency Envisions Developing A Super-Heavy Launch Vehicle With Lifting Capability Of 50-60 Tons

On February 6, 2018, the successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket gave scientists and technology buffs around the world a reason to smile and cheer. Falcon Heavy blasted off from the launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and embarked on a journey towards Mars, also carrying with it Elon Musk’s red […]

Russian Media Interfered In The UK’s Brexit Referendum, New Report Claims

A study carried out by 89up, a British communications and social media analytics firm, has concluded that there was a substantial amount of pro-Brexit Russian media interference during the UK’s 2016 EU referendum. In November last year, the British Prime Minister Theresa May had accused Russia of “weaponizing information,” although May refrained from directly accusing […]

Russian Space Agency Says Sending $100,000 Tesla Roadster Into Space Was A ‘Good Trick’

The Russian space agency Roscosmos believes launching a Falcon Heavy rocket with an expensive Tesla Roadster as a payload was a good marketing trick from Elon Musk’s Tesla Company. “The point is there are private companies that do business very well and that are interested in drawing more investment,” Roscosmos’ spokesman Igor Burenkov said on […]

First Ever Outer Space Badminton Match Played Among Cosmonauts And Astronauts Aboard The ISS

For the first time in history, the International Space Station (ISS) has hosted an outer space badminton tournament. According to the Russian space agency Roscosmos, the match was played in men’s doubles between astronauts and cosmonauts from the U.S., Russia, and Japan. “For the first time, the ISS became a venue for sports. Athletes from […]

Russia Develops Bird-Like Drone For Reconnaissance Missions

On February 6, Russia will unveil its latest, bird-like unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Zhukovsky-Gagarin Air Force Academy on the occasion of Innovations Day. According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, this bird-like drone has been designed for reconnaissance missions and will secure “a safe ornithological situation during flights at the aerodrome.” Various institutes, departments, and […]

Flat-Earth Believer Mike Hughes’ Rocket Launch From A Private Property Outside of Amboy, California, Canceled

Self-described daredevil and flat-earth believer “Mad” Mike Hughes has once again canceled the launch of his homemade rocket. This launch was scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 3, but Hughes canceled the event at the last minute for unknown reasons. Hughes, a limo driver, has not yet revealed the new date for his rocket […]

Archeologists Unearth 2,000-Year-Old Tomb In Nanchang, East China

Chinese archeologists have finished the excavation of a 2,000-year-old tomb in Nanchang city, the capital of Jiangxi province in east China. According to the team, this tomb dates back to the Eastern Han Dynasty era (25 A.D. – 220 A.D.) and is one of the 11 tombs that were discovered at a construction site in […]

Japanese Space Agency Is Offering $3,500 To Volunteers Willing To Spend 14 Days In A Simulated Space Station

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is currently searching for eight lucky individuals who will receive 380,000 yen (US$3,500) from it after spending about two weeks in isolation inside a simulated space station. According to the Japan Today, JAXA wants to select eight volunteers for this experiment. The experiment will allow JAXA scientists to establish […]

China Wants To Develop 100 Petawatts Laser That Would ‘Rip Apart Empty Space’ And Simulate Even A Black Hole

Chinese scientists are trying to break their own records by developing a new laser that would be powerful enough to “rip apart empty space” and would simulate even a black hole or a massive star. A team of Chinese physicists working in the Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility (SULF) in Shanghai has already created the world’s […]

Plastic Waste Is Making Coral Reefs Sick: Study

Plastic trash entangled on reefs across the world is making the coral sick, according to a new study carried out by an international team of researchers from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar. The study claims that the plastic waste that gets into the oceans allows bacterial pathogens to make their colonies within […]

Russia Is Working On A Reusable Single-Stage Rocket ‘Korona’ That Would Have A Useful Life Of 100 Flights

Russia is reportedly developing a reusable, single-stage carrier rocket for interplanetary missions. According to its designers, this rocket, dubbed Korona, will actually be an environmentally friendly space vehicle capable of vertical takeoff and landing. The work on this project started in the 1990s, according to Sputnik News. The aim was to develop a reusable vehicle […]

Chinese Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence To Identify People With Suicidal Thoughts

Chinese researchers are trying to prevent suicides in the country by using artificial intelligence (AI) technology. These researchers have created an AI system that can identify people expressing suicidal thoughts on the popular microblogging website, Weibo. Every year, nearly 800,000 people commit suicide worldwide, and more than 60 percent of these cases are reported from […]

Archeologists Find 2,100-Year-Old City On The Silk Road Using Remote Sensing Technique

Chinese researchers have discovered a 2,100-year-old city on the ancient Silk Road using remote sensing technology. According to researchers, this city was part of the Protectorate of Western Regions in ancient China and a famous city on the Silk route. The remote sensing technique helped researchers find the exact location of the city in the […]

China Is Developing A Dinosaur Theme Park At The Site Where Dinosaurs Roamed Millions Of Years Ago

On Saturday, China opened a global bidding process inviting top paleontologists and planners from across the world to participate in developing a world-class dinosaur theme park at Pu’an Township in Yunyang County. The government wants to build this theme park to promote scientific research of the fossils discovered in different parts of the country. The […]

British ‘Robot Scientist’ Eve Uses AI To Discover That A Toothpaste Ingredient Can Kill Malarial Parasites

An artificially-intelligent robot developed at the University of Cambridge has impressed its makers by discovering that an ingredient found in most toothpaste could help fight drug-resistant malaria. Every year, thousands of people across the world die from malaria, a disease passed to humans by mosquitos. Most of the deaths are reported from southeast Asia and […]

2,200-Year-Old Rare Artifacts Discovered At Xiongnu Cemetery In Mongolia

A joint team of researchers from China and Mongolia has discovered 2,200-year-old rare artifacts at Xiongnu cemetery in Arhangay, an ancient archeological site in Mongolia. The project to excavate this cemetery was launched in July 2017, and in the past six months, archeologists have recovered several rare items from this site. Researchers from both countries […]

European Researchers Create A Mini Gamma Ray Burst In The Lab To Study Black Holes

Researchers have got success in creating a minuscule version of the gamma-ray burst in the lab. The team believes their experiment could enable them to have a better understanding of the actual gamma-ray bursts occurring in the universe and also determine precisely whether a signal they spotted in space came from aliens or some powerful […]

Japan Dismisses Russia’s Worries That U.S. Could Use Japan’s Missile System To Attack

Japan has dismissed Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s concerns that the United States could use Japan’s Aegis Ashore missile system to attack other states in this region. A spokesman for Japan’s Foreign Ministry told Russian news agency Tass that Japan’s missile systems are essentially defensive in nature and don’t pose threat to any country in […]

Farthest Known Galaxy SPT0615-JD Discovered By NASA’s Hubble And Spitzer Space Telescopes

NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have discovered the farthest known galaxy in the universe. According to NASA, this new galaxy—named SPT0615-JD—spreads across 2,500 light years and was formed when the universe was just 500 million years old. Scientists found SPT0615-JD using the data gathered by Hubble’s Reionization Lensing Cluster Survey (RELICS) and S-RELICS Spitzer […]

Chinese Long March 3B Rocket Booster Falls From Sky And Explodes Near A Small Town

On Friday, a booster from a Chinese Long March 3B rocket crash landed and exploded near Xiangdu, a town in Guangxi province. The booster caught fire immediately after exploding. Luckily, no injuries were reported in this incident. The locals, who were initially shocked to see the rocket falling from the sky, captured videos of the […]

France Sends Nanosatellite PicSat Into Orbit To Study A Distant Planet In Milky Way Galaxy

On Friday, French nanosatellite PicSat 3U was sent into orbit aboard Indian Space Research Organization’s PSLV rocket. PicSat has been created by a team of engineers from the High Angular Resolution Astronomy at the Paris Observatory in France. The nanosatellite was completed in a period of about three years. It will move in a polar […]