Zaahir Aziz

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Are We Alone? Scientists Discuss the Search for Life and Odds of E.T.

SALT LAKE CITY — What are the odds that alien life exists elsewhere in the universe? At a major physics meeting, experts talked about updates to …

Pod of whales hunts down shark in Australian waters, because nature

You wouldn't expect a shark, of all creatures, to get a taste of its own medicine.<p>It's hard to tell from this bird's eye view, but in an <i>Alien vs.</i> …

Marine Mammals

Watch the sun literally melt a piece of rock in this new video

Earth will not be a pleasant place to live when the sun is dying.<p>As the sun blows out into a red giant, expanding its outer layers farther out into …

Astronomy

30-year-old feline, Scooter, is the world's oldest living cat

For he's a jolly good kitty.<p>The Guinness World Records recently announced Monday that Scooter, a 30-year-old Siamese who lives in Mansfield, Texas, …

World Records

Clever Mother Goose Calls Cincinnati Police To Help Trapped Baby Bird

There's gotta be a nursery rhyme for this.<p>Cincinnati police responded to an unusual distress call on Monday... from a mother goose.<p>The bird was pecking on the door of a police cruiser in an apparent bid for some attention.<p>"It kept pecking and pecking and normally they don't come near us," Sergeant …

Colliding black holes may sing different gravitational songs

What is the sound of two black holes colliding? Some of them chirp. But a truly massive, fast-spinning black hole — such as the one featured in the movie "Interstellar" — might create a more dynamic song.<p>Colliding black holes don't actually create sound waves, but they do create gravitational waves …

Maybe alien life once existed — and we missed it | The Star

The hunt for extraterrestrial life is one of humanity’s most exciting endeavours. The pieces are all falling into place: we’re finding more and more …

Planetary Habitability

Searching for life beyond earth: First scientific roadmap for European astrobiology

The first scientific Roadmap for European Astrobiology was published on 21 March 2016. The AstRoMap European Astrobiology Roadmap considers …

NASA Selects New Director for Astrobiology Institute

Penelope Boston has been selected as the director of NASA's Astrobiology Institute, in Moffett Field, California, to lead the scientific activities …

NASA Astrobiology Institute

NASA Selects New Director for Astrobiology Institute<p>Penny Boston. <br>Penny Boston delivers a keynote address at the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts …

Astronomers Have Discovered a Super-Fast Star System That Breaks Current Physics Models

No one can explain those speeds.<p>Thousands of light-years away, on the outskirts of the Milky Way, astronomers have detected something no one’s ever …

22 Cute Animals Who Just Want You To Be Happy

Bring on the puppies and kittens, folks.

12 Facts About Pets and Pet Ownership for National Pet Day

It goes without saying that for pet owners, every day is National Pet Day—but the official holiday is held on April 11 every year. The first National …

Cat exercise wheel

This is not a hamster.(I could stare at that all day.)Cat owners among you with hard floor coverings will recognise the eldritch skittering of tiny …

Climate change is now affecting how the Earth moves

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have found that climate change is now affecting the way that the Earth moves. The team found that, as the last century has progressed, the "wobble" that our planet makes as it travels has shifted. A hundred years ago this movement -- called polar …

Why Do Cats Love Bookstores?

When I walk into Community Bookstore in Brooklyn, my local, the first thing I do (after saying hi to the owners) is look for the store cat, Tiny the …

NASA’s Latest Rover Concept Is Inspired by Worms and Amoebas

Why put a lab on wheels when you can put it in a blob?<p>Every rover we have sent to explore other planets has had the same basic "lab-on-wheels" design, with the exception of the adorable skiing Prop M robots of the Soviet space program.<p>But despite the ubiquity of these automotive rovers, there's no …

Mission Completed: Stardust Capsule Lands in Utah

UPDATE: Story first 5:48 a.m. EST<p>DENVER, Colo. -- NASA's Stardust sample return capsule has returned to Earth today, completing a 2.88 billion mile …

CRISPR Could Fix Blindness-Causing Mutation

With cells from a patient's own skin<p>As children, most of the 1.5 million people worldwide who have retinitis pigmentosa start to lose the ability to see at night. As they get older, cells in their retina further degenerate, giving them tunnel vision; by the time they reach adulthood, many are …

Genetics rewrites story of fish species trapped in single hole

DNA work shows Devils Hole pupfish might have occasionally mingled with relatives.<p>A tiny fish species that is trapped in a hole in the desert in one …

ALIEN fossils ON MARS: Curiosity snaps evidence of life

<b>Pics</b> Photographs of rocks taken by NASA's Curiosity rover may confirm that life as we know it once existed on Mars.<p>The pictures were shot at the …

How Would the World Change If We Found Alien Life?

In 1938, Orson Welles narrated a radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" as a series of simulated radio bulletins of what was happening in real time …

Native Americans

NASA Seeks New NASA Astrobiology Institute Director - Astrobiology

NASA seeks a new Director for the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI). The ideal candidate will be an internationally recognized scientist with proven …

Big History

Mars Fossils? Curiosity Rover Team Questions Report on Potential Microbe Traces

<i>Scientists on the Curiosity team have brought into question a recent report about potential trace fossils in the NASA Mars rover's images of the</i> …

A Blizzard of Astrobiology

Astrobiology has one key advantage when it comes to tooting its own horn - it can lay claim to a diverse range of scientific research as being …

Astrobiology

<b>Alien life on Europa, Enceladus, & Ganymede</b><p><b>The search for extraterrestrial organisms on Jupiter and Saturn’s moons</b><p>March 24th 2015 | London | Bartu …

Largest Solar System Ever Discovered Dwarfs Our Own

A huge alien world orbits 600 billion miles (1 trillion kilometers) from its host star, making its solar system the largest one known, a new study reports.<p>Astronomers have found the parent star for a gas-giant exoplanet named 2MASS J2126, which was previously thought to be a "rogue" world flying …

People Got Tested To See What Their Actual Ethnicity Is And Were Pretty Surprised

Can you handle the truth?

Monstrous Cosmic Gas Cloud Set To Ignite The Milky Way

When we think about our galaxy, most people think about the stars in the sky, the grand, sweeping spiral arms, the disk-like plane of our Milky Way filled with dust, and the bulge in the galactic center. All of this combines to make up our run-of-the-mill home, complete with some 400 billion stars …