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Scientists discover most distant object in solar system
2018 VG18Thursday December 20, 2018 5:27AM ET
Astronomers have discovered the most distant object in the solar system, a dwarf planet about 120 astronomical units from the sun.
Scientists discover tea plants can send chemical Mayday during pest attacks
tea plantsWednesday December 19, 2018 5:53AM ET
Chinese researchers have found that tea plants can send a chemical \"Mayday\" signal during pest attacks and the signal can be received by neighboring plants so they can fortify their defenses.
Saturn is eating away its icy rings
SaturnTuesday December 18, 2018 7:33AM ET
The United States space agency NASA confirmed that Saturn is quickly losing its rings due to the planet\'s magnetic field.
Scientists dismiss idea of travel through wormholes
WormholesTuesday December 18, 2018 6:03AM ET
A Rudn employee and Brazilian colleagues have called into question the concept of using stable wormholes as portals to different points of space-time.
Rare-earth elements discovered in Georgia kaolin mines
Georgia kaolinMonday December 17, 2018 7:23AM ET
The high-density minerals in the Georgia kaolin mines are potential sources of rare-earth elements, including the heavy rare-earth elements that are in high demand for many important uses and are mostly imported to the United States from China, according to a study led by Georgia State University and Thiele Kaolin Co.
Virgin Galactic spaceplane successfully tests edge of space
SpaceShipTwoFriday December 14, 2018 7:42AM ET
Virgin Galactic\'s spaceplane SpaceShipTwo successfully flew to suborbital space during a test flight on Thursday from Mojave in the western U.S. state of California, reaching an altitude of 51.4 miles (82.7 km).
Oldest known plant virus found at ancient settlement
Antelope HouseFriday December 14, 2018 5:59AM ET
Researchers studying ancient corncobs found at a Native American archeological site have recovered a 1,000-year-old virus, the oldest plant virus ever reported.
Water found on asteroid Bennu
Asteroid BennuThursday December 13, 2018 7:22AM ET
From August through early December, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft aimed three of its science instruments toward Bennu and began making the mission\'s first observations of the asteroid.
The epoch of planet formation, times twenty
distant starsThursday December 13, 2018 5:17AM ET
Astronomers have cataloged nearly 4,000 exoplanets in orbit around distant stars.
Researchers consider whether supernovae killed off large ocean animals at dawn of Pleistocene
MegalodonWednesday December 12, 2018 7:34AM ET
About 2.6 million years ago, an oddly bright light arrived in the prehistoric sky and lingered there for weeks or months.
Russian cosmonauts find hole on Soyuz spacecraft during spacewalk
AstronautsWednesday December 12, 2018 5:11AM ET
During an \"unprecedented\" spacewalk, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev have found the hole on the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft which caused a pressure leak at the International Space Station (ISS) in August, the Russian Mission Control Center (MCC) said on Wednesday.
Voyager 2 enters interstellar space
NASA Voyager 1 and 2Tuesday December 11, 2018 6:43AM ET
For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA\'s Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun.
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