Perseid Meteor Shower 2015 Peaks on Aug. 12 – 13
Aug 12, 2015 Skywatchers can see the Perseid meteor shower peak on Wednesday, Aug. 12 – Thursday, Aug. 13. NASA says that the spectacle will begin just past midnight. The Perseid shower occurs as planet Earth passes through a stream of cosmic debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle.
Summer Full Moon 2015: What Is A Blue Moon?
Jul 31, 2015 Skywatchers will see a blue moon, the second full moon in a given month on Friday, July 31. Contrary to its name, the moon will not actually change in color. This astronomical event occurs once every 2.7 years. The first full moon of July 2015 occurred on Thursday, July 2.
Australia Facing Extinction Calamity Due to the Large-Scale Deaths of its Mammals
Feb 13, 2015 Researchers from the Charles Darwin University of Australia warned that the country is in danger of facing an extinction event due to the death of a huge number of mammals. According to the researchers, Australia is the country with the highest death rate for land-based animals. In fact, in a span of 200 years, the country has lost more than 10 percent of its native animals.
Mysterious Sea Lion Die-Off Hits California for Third Year in a Row
Feb 12, 2015 Animal rescuers in California reported that a huge number of dead and starving sea lion pups are turning up in the shores of the state's bays. Although this is the third year that California has experienced such a phenomenon, officials said that this year's incident is the worst.
Scientists Monitoring Two Stars on a Collision Course, Possible Supernova Event Predicted
Feb 11, 2015 Using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile's Paranal Observatory, astronomers are observing two stars that are on the verge of colliding. When this happens, they predicted that a massive stellar explosion known as a supernova will occur.
Man-Made Pollution Existed Long Before Industrial Revolution
Feb 10, 2015 Researchers from the Ohio State University discovered that the Industrial Revolution is not the first time period that caused a spike in man-made pollution. In a new study, researchers revealed that air pollution caused by human activities emerged more than 200 years before the historical industrial period.
Scientists Working on Drought-Resistant Plants
Feb 09, 2015 Researchers from the University of California-Riverside have found a way to make plants effectively resist the destructive effects of droughts. The process involves altering the biological characteristics of crops and administering a type of chemical used in agricultural procedures.
Mercury Levels in Pacific Tuna Rising
Feb 05, 2015 A study on marine life conducted by a team of researchers revealed that the mercury levels found in yellowfin tuna in the Pacific Ocean has been increasing by 3.8 percent each year. The researchers noted that the annual steady increase started in 1998.
Researchers Say Exoplanets Like Neptune Can Transform into Livable Planets
Feb 03, 2015 A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington revealed that exoplanets can evolve into habitable zones depending on their environmental conditions. According to the study, the transformation of these planets, which are similar to Neptune, depends on their host stars
Climate Change Could Lead to More Volcanic Eruptions in Iceland
Feb 02, 2015 Geologists from the University of Arizona and University of Iceland reported that the effects of climate change in Iceland could lead to an increased volcanic activity in the country. The researchers explained that the increased activity might be the result of the land rising.
Charles Townes, Co-Inventor of the Laser, Dies at 99
Jan 29, 2015 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Charles Townes died on Jan. 27 in Oakland, California at the age of 99. A notable physicist, Townes is famously known for inventing the laser. His is also credited for helping U.S. government agencies understand the characteristics of the Milky Way galaxy.
Federal Officials Offer Reward for Capture of Suspect Who Shot a Bald Eagle
Jan 28, 2015 Officials working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency have offered a reward to anyone who can provide information on the person or people involved in the shooting of a bald eagle in November of last year. A bounty of $10,000 was put up to help both state and federal officials speed up their investigation process.
Walking Classrooms in Universities Boost Academic Performance
Jan 28, 2015 A study conducted by teachers from a Swedish university revealed that classroom sessions where students walk around are more effective in boosting their academic performance. According to the researchers, the findings of the study highlight the importance of physical activity inside classroom settin
Mysterious Substance Kills 200 Birds in San Francisco
Jan 22, 2015 The number of birds killed by an unknown substance in San Francisco Bay has climbed to 200. Despite conducting tests on the mysterious goo that sticks to the birds' feathers, officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife still could not provide a clear explanation as to what it is.