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Fireball meteor observed in SW China (Video)

Watch: Fireball meteor observed in SW China

A giant fireball streaks across skies in China Wednesday night. Observers were admiring the full moon in celebration of their traditional Mid-Autumn Festival when they suddenly saw three meteors explode in the dark sky before their very eyes. The giant fireballs appeared in the sky over Shangri-La County in Yunnan Province in southwest China. One eyewitness told MailOnline that the ... Read More »

Prehistoric humans ‘avoided inbreeding’, scientists say

Prehistoric humans 'avoided inbreeding', researchers say

Early humans seem to have recognised the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surprisingly sophisticated social and mating networks to avoid it, new research has found. The study, reported in the journal Science, examined genetic information from the remains of anatomically modern humans who lived during the Upper Palaeolithic, a period when modern humans from Africa ... Read More »

Researchers Have a New Theory to Explain “Alien Megastructure” Star

Researchers Have a New Theory to Explain 'Alien Megastructure' Star

Astronomers say they’ve found a smoking gun that rules out the idea of an energy-harvesting megastructure or Dyson sphere – built by an alien civilization – surrounding Tabby’s Star. In recent years, a distant star in the constellation Cygnus, known officially as KIC 8462852 and unofficially as Tabby’s Star, has intrigued astronomers due to its irregular but significant dimming. As ... Read More »

Researchers discover five supermassive black hole pairs

Researchers discover five supermassive black hole pairs

Five new pairs of merging supermassive black holes have been discovered by combining data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Wide-Field Infrared Sky Explorer Survey (WISE), and the ground-based Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona. The five pairs of supermassive black holes possess the mass equivalent to millions of times that of Sun’s. The collision of two galaxies followed by their ... Read More »

Pesticide traces found in 75 percent of world honey

Pesticide traces found in 75 percent of world honey

THREE-QUARTERS of the world’s honey contains traces of pesticides that can harm bees and pose a potential risk to humans, a research found. Researchers who tested 198 samples discovered that 75 per cent were laced with at least one of the neonicotinoid chemicals. The situation is more bleak for pollinators, however. Widespread application of neonicotinoids has been identified as a ... Read More »

2 killed in crash involving police pursuit on Highway 6

2 killed in crash involving police pursuit on Highway 6

One of two people killed in a crash in Hamilton Thursday morning may have been the victim of an assault and abduction. In a release, Waterloo Regional police said they began chasing the vehicle after following up on reports that a female was possibly being abducted and assaulted in Cambridge. “Responding officers located the vehicle being driven by a male, ... Read More »

New JILA 3D Quantum Gas atomic clock can outperform all predecessors

New JILA 3D Quantum Gas atomic clock can outperform all predecessors

According to a news release from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), JILA physicists have created an entirely new design for an atomic clock, in which strontium atoms are packed into a tiny three-dimensional (3-D) cube at 1,000 times the density of previous one-dimensional (1-D) clocks. In doing so, they are the first to harness the ultra-controlled behavior ... Read More »

Research: Examining Mars’ Moon Phobos in a Different Light

Research: Examining Mars' Moon Phobos in a Different Light

The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera on NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft observed Phobos — the larger and inner of the two natural satellites of the Red Planet — on September 29, 2017. THEMIS Principal Investigator Philip Christensen and THEMIS Mission Planner, Jonathon Hill of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, combined visible-wavelength and infrared data to produce an ... Read More »

Elusive songbird may never have actually existed, says new research

Elusive songbird may never have actually existed, finds new research

ONE of the most elusive species of songbird may be so rarely seen because it never actually existed, according to scientists. According to a new research published in the Journal of Ornithology, the elusiveness of the Liberian greenbul, the rarest of songbirds, can be explained by its lack of existence. The Liberian Greenbul (Phyllastrephus leucolepis) has eluded experts for decades ... Read More »