An unmanned NASA spacecraft traveling to a distant asteroid veered toward Earth for a gravitational slingshot maneuver that will better aim it toward the Sun-orbiting space rock, Bennu, the US space agency has said.
Big-name carmakers including Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler face fines running into the billions for failure to meet tough new European carbon dioxide emissions limits slated for 2021, a study has found.
Scientists have for the first time used genome editing to study DNA function in human embryos, an advance that could help understand the biology of our early development. Researchers from the Francis Crick Institute in the UK revealed the role of a key gene in human embryos.
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has found that an unusual object in the asteroid belt is, in fact, two asteroids orbiting each other that have comet-like features. These include a bright halo of material, called a coma, and a long tail of dust.
The synergies between Elon Musk's two companies,Tesla and SolarCity, didn’t seem immediately obvious, among other issues, critics said. But now other solar installers are looking to partner with companies as they wrestle with a market that is shrinking after 16 years of rapid growth.
Children around 15 months old can become more persistent in pursuing a goal if they've just seen an adult struggle at a task before succeeding, a new study says. The results suggest there may be value in letting children see you sweat.
Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US analysed significant changes in the carbon cycle over the last 540 million years, including the five mass extinction events.The last such event occurred about 66 million years ago, and led to dinosaur extinction.
Scientists have created the world's first 'molecular robot' - millionth of a millimetre in size - that can be used to build molecules and may help discover novel drugs.
Early results from the Satellites Around Galactic Analogs (SAGA) Survey, supported by the US National Science Foundation indicate that the Milky Way's satellites are much more tranquil than other systems of comparable luminosity and environment.
There could be much more ice on Mercury's surface than previously thought, suggests new research adding to previous findings that some of its craters permanently shadowed from the Sun's blistering rays could have frozen water.
At 4.64 million square kilometeres, Arctic Sea ice minimum extent in 2017 is the eighth lowest in the consistent long-term satellite record, which began in 1978, analysis of satellite data shows.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory announced the project this week, saying the Very Large Array will make three scans of the sky that's visible from the scrubland of the San Augustin Plains.
Scientists have developed 3D-printable synthetic soft muscle, that can push, pull, bend, twist, and lift 1,000 times its own weight without an external compressor or high voltage equipment, paving the way for lifelike robots.
Breathable air is necessary to sustain humans both on Earth as well as in space. Tiny airborne particles, known as aerosols, can contribute to a variety of health problems, such as asthma and respiratory tract irritation.
US-based edu-tech company Coursera on Wednesday launched its first series of courses on virtual reality (VR) developed by University of London. The course is based on a combined 25 years' experience in some of the world's most prominent VR research labs.
The measured value is "consistent with the trend in global average surface temperatures that has been observed during the past few decades," NASA said. Last month was 0.85 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean August temperature from 1951-1980.
Its minimum summertime extent, which typically occurs in September, has been decreasing, overall, at a rapid pace since the late 1970s due to warming temperatures.
Those who rely on concrete evidence to form their beliefs are less likely to have misperceptions about high-profile scientific and political issues, said Kelly Garrett, the lead researcher from The Ohio State University in the US.
The breakthrough, outlined in a research paper to be published, uses a technique that could eventually allow quantum computers to solve difficult problems in chemistry and electro-magnetism that cannot be solved by even the most powerful supercomputers today.
A rare species of giant marine snails could help protect Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef by attacking the crown-of-thorns starfish - one of the biggest natural threats to corals at the World Heritage Site, scientists said today.
Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that can accurately identify signs of Alzheimer's disease almost 10 years before clinical symptoms appear.
In the two years since Musk’s SpaceX started organizing these competitions, the rocket company has found a unique formula for luring talent at little cost. Hyperloop competitions consistently bring in eager, young prospects on their own dime jockeying to show off their abilities.
Scientists have characterised wind and cloud patterns of the night side of planet Venus for the first time, and found that it behaves very differently from the part facing the Sun.
The findings showed that children who owned cell phones were significantly more likely to report being a victim of cyberbullying, especially in grades 3 and 4. The increased risk could be tied to increased opportunity and vulnerability.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. The exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so-called "hot Jupiters".
NASA's $3.9 billion Cassini spacecraft today ended its 20-year-long groundbreaking journey with a fiery plunge into the Saturn's crushing atmosphere, beaming back never-before-seen images of the ringed planet and its mysterious moons until the last moment.
Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed a nanorobot using a single DNA strand that can pick up certain molecules and drop them off in designated locations, paving the way for synthesising novel therapeutic chemicals and drug delivery systems.
MIT scientists have developed a new technology that may help develop a 'super injection' which can deliver all childhood vaccines through a single jab.
An app to be used with wearable technology such as Google Glass - a head-mounted display in the shape of eyeglasses - can coach children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in everyday social interactions, new research has found.
For more than a decade, NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn took "a magnifying glass" to the enchanting planet, its moons and rings. Last April, NASA put Cassini on an ever-descending series of final orbits, leading to Friday's swan dive, where it will burn up like a meteor in Saturn's sky.
Currently, Cassini is in the process of emptying its onboard recorder filled with all the scientific data. The spacecraft will then reconfigure for a near-real-time date relay during the final plunge. Cassini has provided a total of 453,000 images of Saturn along with its rings and moons.
Researchers from University of Houston in the US developed a new mechanism for producing stretchable electronics, a process that relies upon readily available materials and could be scaled up for commercial production.
The bristlecone pine tree, famous for its wind-beaten, gnarly limbs and having the longest lifespan on Earth, is losing a race to the top of mountains throughout the Western United States, putting future generations in peril, researchers said Wednesday.
Mars' crust is not as dense as previously thought, which means that at least a part of it is relatively porous, suggests a gravity map of the red planet created by NASA scientists. The finding may help better understand the red planet's interior structure and evolution.
Scientists, using data from an instrument which flew aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, have created the first map of water trapped in the uppermost layer of the Moon's soil, which may prove useful to future lunar explorers.
Scientists have developed a fast, paper-based test to diagnose tuberculosis that can be read with a smartphone. Diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) early can allow patients to receive the medicine they need and also help prevent the disease from spreading.