Research

Extreme space weather event that could have led to a nuclear war

For the first time, retired U.S. Air Force officers involved in forecasting and analyzing the extreme space weather event of May 23, 1967, collectively and publicly describe how great solar and geomagnetic storm at the height of the Cold War almost led to a...

August 09, 2016

Study finds unsafe levels of toxic chemicals in drinking water for 6 million Americans

Levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked with cancer and other health problems - polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) - exceed federally recommended safety levels in public drinking water supplies for six million people in the...

August 09, 2016

Solar Probe Plus to fly into the Sun's upper atmosphere and touch the star

NASA's Solar Probe Plus mission has moved one step closer to its launch, scheduled for summer 2018, after passing a design review. After the successful review, the mission will transition to final assembly and implementation. It is the first mission into the...

August 09, 2016

Venus' early climate could have sustained life

New research, led by scientists from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, suggests Venus and Earth closely resembled each other during the early days of the Solar System, between one and two billion years ago. Venus, now the hottest planet in our Solar...

August 09, 2016

New form of light created

A new study performed by the scientists from the Imperial College London suggests it is possible to bind light to a single electron and create a new form of light. The new light form's properties would lead to circuits that work with packages of photons instead...

August 06, 2016

Deep space radiation linked to higher cardiovascular mortality in astronauts

A recent research conducted by the scientists from the Florida State University (FSU) suggests a possible link between cardiovascular disease mortality and deep space radiation effects. The study is based on members of the Apollo space program who are experiencing...

August 03, 2016

Venus weather patterns reveal planet's surface

New research, based on data from ESA's Venus Express satellite, for the first time reveals how the weather patterns on Venus are directly connected to the surface topography of the planet. Results suggest the Venus' thick cloud cover could offer further...

July 30, 2016

Planetary thermostat counteracting the warming effect by removing the carbon dioxide

A group of researchers discovered so far the strongest evidence of a planetary thermostat counteracting the warming. The effect is caused by vast amounts of greenhouse gas, as the carbon dioxide gets absorbed into the rocky sediments. Discovery was made by...

July 29, 2016

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot heats planet’s upper atmosphere

Researchers from Boston University's (BU) Center for Space Physics report that Jupiter's Great Red Spot may provide the mysterious source of energy required to heat the planet's upper atmosphere to the unusually high values observed. The work, led by Dr...

July 28, 2016

Tropopause cooling a part of natural decadal cycle

The cooling trend observed in the late 20th century at the transition between the troposphere and stratosphere at an altitude of about 15 kilometers is usually believed to be caused by human influences. Now, climate scientists from Kiel And Bergen (Norway) have...

July 28, 2016

Study points to a new paradigm in the star and star cluster formation

A research team from Brazil discovered seven new star clusters, younger than 5 million years, and located far away from the Galactic disc. Two young stellar clusters, named Camargo 438 and Camargo 439 were found in the Galactic halo using NASA's Wide-field...

July 27, 2016

Planet Nine may have caused orbital tilts of all Solar System planets

Following a major discovery implying that a ninth planet may be orbiting our solar system, the scientists are investigating its possible impact on the tilted orbits observed for the other planets. All known planets of the Solar System have their orbits in almost the...

July 22, 2016

Super-eruptions may give warning signs only one year ahead

A new study of quartz crystals in pumice from the Bishop Tuff in California reveals that volcanic super-eruptions capable of devastating the entire planet can give only one year warning ahead of its occurrence. The study site was in the Long Valley Caldera, that was...

July 21, 2016

Study shows neutrinos can exhibit quantum superposition states

A team of MIT physicists analyzed the oscillations of neutrinos, the subatomic particles that weakly interact with matter and can pass through our bodies by the billions per second without any effect. The study showed the particles can be in a superposition state,...

July 21, 2016

NASA: Global temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent continue setting new records

Analysis of climate conditions, conducted by NASA's scientists shows the global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent during the first half of 2016 set new records and are continuing trends of change observed over the last few decades. NASA's...

July 20, 2016

Why life on Earth took 5 million years to recover from the greatest mass extinction

A new study conducted by the researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Leeds, Gratz, Bremen, and Vienna, reveals why the recovery of life on Earth from the greatest mass extinction event that occurred during the Permian-Triassic Boundary, was delayed for five...

July 19, 2016

Ice melting 10 000 years ago caused radical climate shift in Europe and Africa

A team of researchers led by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum investigated how the meltwater from the ice sheet in North America produced a massive impact on climate conditions in northwest Europe and northwest Africa by the end of the most recent ice age, about 10...

July 19, 2016