Lightning helps to clean the atmosphere

Scientists have found that lightning bolts and, surprisingly, subvisible discharges that cannot be seen by cameras or the naked eye lead chemical reactions breaks down molecules like the greenhouse gas methane.

New "Test-bed" telescope joins hunt for threatening asteroids

Working alongside its northern-hemisphere partner telescope, the ESAs Test-Bed Telescope 2 (TBT2) at La Silla Observatory in Chile will keep a close eye on the sky for asteroids that could pose a risk to Earth.

NASA is now Planning a Mission to go 1,000 AU From the Sun

The project, currently known as the “Interstellar Probe” would plan to launch in the 2030s and reach the 1000 AU target around 15 years later.  This will result in a completely new perspective for science.

China launches first module of new space station

China has launched a key module of a new permanent space station, the latest in Beijing's increasingly ambitious space programme. Although 5B rocket is "unpredictably" falling back to Earth after launching the module.

Parker solar probe becomes fastest object ever built

Nothing built by human hands has ever traveled faster than NASA's Parker Solar Probe. In late April, it smashed two wild space records. It was clocked at over 531,000 km/hour as it zipped through the sun's outer atmosphere.

The world's truly first biodegradable and compostable plastic

U.S scientists claim to have developed a new plastic that can degrade by up to 98% in household compost in just few days, simply by adding heat and water. 

Vertical turbines could be the future for wind farms

New research has found that the vertical turbine design is far more efficient than traditional turbines in large scale wind farms, and when set in pairs the vertical turbines increase each other's performance by up to 15%.

Climate has shifted the axis of the Earth, study finds

Loss of water on land through ice melting and human-caused factors is changing the movement of the North and South poles.

99.992% of fully vaccinated people have dodged COVID

Cases of COVID-19 are extremely rare among people who are fully vaccinated, according to a U.S. data analysis. COVID- 19 breakthroughs occur at the rate of less than 0.008 % of fully vaccinated people.

A new super-Earth detected orbiting a red dwarf star

Researchers report the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting the star GJ 740, a red dwarf star situated some 36 light years from Earth. Its mass is around 3 times the mass of Earth.

Scientists identify human genes that fight COVID-19

The genes in question are related to interferons, the body's frontline virus fighters. Knowing which genes help control viral infection can greatly assist researchers' understanding of factors that affect disease severity.

Astronomers spot merging galaxies hosting dual quasars

Astronomers have spotted two close pairs of quasars in the process of merging as their host galaxies crash together in a slow-motion collision 10 billion years ago. Quasars make a profound impact on galaxy formation.

NASA's New Horizons Reaches a Rare Space Milestone

On April 17 New Horizons reached a rare deep-space milepost - 50 astronomical units from the Sun, or 50 times farther from the Sun than Earth is. New Horizons is just the fifth spacecraft to reach this great distance.

Virgin Galactic unveils its first 'SpaceShip III' suborbital spacecraft

Last week, Virgin Galactic, the space tourism firm owned by Richard Branson, revealed its newest design, SpaceShip III, with the first vehicle in this line dubbed “VSS Imagine.” 

First entanglement-based quantum network

A team of Dutch researchers reports realization of the first multi-node quantum network, connecting three quantum processors. Their findings mark an important milestone towards the future quantum internet.