Tiny Shrimp And Krill Could Play A Mighty Role In Mixing Oceans

Tiny Shrimp And Krill Could Play A Mighty Role In Mixing Oceans

A Stanford University research team released a new study that might showcase a big role that the ocean’s tiniest creatures play in influencing the ocean. They believe that shrimp and krill can influence the ocean’s currents.   ( Luis Acosta | AFP/Getty Images ) A new study suggests that the oceans’ best hope for controlling […]

Hundreds of Purple Octopus Moms Are Super Weird, and They're Doomed

Hundreds of Purple Octopus Moms Are Super Weird, and They're Doomed

Miles beneath the ocean’s surface, in the darkened waters along a rocky seafloor, a submersible vehicle unexpectedly encountered a bizarre spectacle: hundreds of small, purple octopuses, many of them mothers protecting clusters of eggs, clinging to the hardened lava from an undersea volcano. The sight was astonishing, researchers said. During multiple dives, the scientists […]

Climate Change Is Killing Coral On The Great Barrier Reef

Climate Change Is Killing Coral On The Great Barrier Reef

There are variations in the appearance of severely bleached corals. Here, the coral displays pink fluorescing tissue signalling heat stress. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/ Gergely Torda hide caption toggle caption ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/ Gergely Torda There are variations in the appearance of severely bleached corals. Here, […]

In Florida, all systems go for SpaceX's launch of space telescope

In Florida, all systems go for SpaceX's launch of space telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – SpaceX said all systems and weather were “go” for blast-off on Wednesday of its first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting space telescope whose launch was delayed for two days by a rocket-guidance glitch. FILE PHOTO: NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force […]

An Unexpected Asteroid Buzzed by Earth Last Sunday

An Unexpected Asteroid Buzzed by Earth Last Sunday

While most of us were sleeping last Sunday morning, Earth had a close call with an asteroid that had been detected a mere 21 hours before it zipped past. As Live Science’s Elizabeth Howell writes, the asteroid, officially known as 2018 GE3, was about the size of a football field, measuring between 157 and 361 […]

The Lyrid Shower Kicks Off Year of Great Meteor Watching

The Lyrid Shower Kicks Off Year of Great Meteor Watching

As if to celebrate our planet’s cosmic connections, the annual Lyrid meteor shower will shoot off silent fireworks on Earth Day this Sunday. We explore the shower’s origin and how best to view and photograph it.  The Lyrid meteor shower radiates from near the star Vega in Lyra. It will peak the night of April […]

A diamond-encrusted meteorite that fell to Earth may come from a long-lost planet in our solar system

A diamond-encrusted meteorite that fell to Earth may come from a long-lost planet in our solar system

After a 4.5-billion-year journey through space, a car-size rock fell to Earth on October 7, 2008. The stony meteorite, called asteroid 2008 TC 3, plunged through the atmosphere, exploded, and rained its pieces over the Nubian Desert in Africa. Meteorite hunters recovered about 50 fragments, which researchers later named the “Almahata Sitta” collection after a […]