(NEWSER) – Is it possible some Vikings were Muslim? That's a question the National Post is asking following the discovery of Viking funeral garb embroidered with ancient Arabic characters spelling "Allah." Annika Larsson of Uppsala University tells the BBC she was examining fragments of clothing discovered in 1,000-year-old burial...
No one will debate the impact that Hurricane Harvey has had on Texans. The wrath of Harvey swept through many Texas counties, destroying cell phone towers and leaving many people without phone service and internet. In fact, many cell phone towers were still down the Monday after the hurricane...
An asteroid the size of a large house will pass by Earth at a distance of around 27,000 miles (44,000km) on Thursday. 2012 TC4 is estimated by NASA to measure 45 to 100ft (15 to 30 metres) and, even though in space terms it will narrowly miss our planet, scientists...
The world’s largest single-dish radio telescope has found two pulsars after one year of trial operations, state news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday. The pulsars were discovered on August 22 and 25 by researchers from the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC), according to chief scientist Li Di. Named J1859-01 and...
Something has breathed new life into a faraway cosmic mystery machine and caused it to repeatedly hurl tremendous amounts of energy into the void. It’s not clear exactly what that object is, but scientists refer to the observable phenomenon as a fast radio burst: a fleeting but extremely powerful blast...
Three potentially habitable Earth-sized planets in another solar system are likely to contain substantial amounts of water, say astronomers. The discovery by the Hubble Space Telescope increases the chances of life evolving on planets orbiting Trappist-1, a dwarf star 40 light years from the sun. Each of the worlds orbits in...
In October 2016, molecular geneticist Jan Vijg of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York published a paper claiming that the human lifespan was  limited to 115 years, kindling a vigorous debate among scientists. However, on June 28, a group of scientists published papers in which they presented formal...
A new species of flying squirrel has been found in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been dubbed Humboldt’s flying squirrel, in honor of the great naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. The discovery means that three—not two—species of the furred gliders live in North America, and it changes our understanding of how these...
A senior government space scientist said China was considering mounting a mission to “capture” an asteroid and try to fire it into the moon’s orbit within a decade, state media reported. The ultimate aim would be to mine the asteroid for metal and minerals, or use it as the base...
(NEWSER) – The Air Force owns two X-37B space planes, and one of them is finally back on the ground after a nearly 2-year-long secret mission. While the what is unknown, the how long is clear: 718 days in orbit, reports Space.com, with the unmanned plane landing Sunday morning...
(NEWSER) – SpaceX had a big morning: It successfully launched its first government satellite and got its rocket to return safely to Earth to boot. The company sent up the spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 7:15am from NASA's Kennedy Space Center...
Astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the US record Monday for most time in space and talked up Mars during a congratulatory call from President Donald Trump. The International Space Station’s commander surpassed the record of 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes for most accumulated time in space by an American. “This...
(NEWSER) – It's been eight decades since the Tasmanian tiger, a carnivorous marsupial, was declared extinct after the last of its kind died in a zoo in 1936. But there's new buzz after two separate, apparently credible sightings were reported in northern Australia, and scientists from James Cook University...
Spiders sit atop of the global predator chart according to a new biological study. This is based on the calculation that spiders consumes 400 million to 800 million tonnes of primarily insect prey every year. Putting this figure into context, spiders catch, kill and eat approximately the same amount as...
One of Pakistan’s greenest provinces is becoming greener still: In just a year it has added three-quarters of a billion new trees, as part of a “tree tsunami” aimed at reversing worsening forest loss. “The success on the ground is phenomenal. This is not just about planting trees but about...
Scientists have found that Mars was likely far wetter – and capable of supporting life – than we previously thought. A new study, which simulated Martian meteorites to understand more about its ancient environment, suggests that our history of the planet's surface might be entirely wrong. Until now, a specific mineral...
An artificial embryo-like structure has been created in the laboratory for the first time in a historic breakthrough that could shed light on the “magic” behind the creation of life. Researchers at Cambridge University were able to make what looked like an early “anatomically correct” mouse embryo. While stressing it was...
Global climate change, while being denied by many, is currently being vastly studied by scientists. The increase of extreme fires is just one of many alarming changes to the global landscape. While fire is a natural and even beneficial part of the ecosystem, global warming seems to only be...
Ah, spring. It seems like it will never get here! Thanks to Phil the Groundhog, it looks like we have an extra six weeks of winter to slog through before we get to sweet, sweet spring. The last few weeks of winter can be particularly depressing. It's too cold...
Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of these planets are firmly in the habitable zone. Over 21 days, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope measured the drop in light as each planet passed in front of...
The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced on Wednesday that its recently-launched Nayif-1 nanosatellite has transmitted its first message in Arabic from space. The satellite quoted Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Translated into English, the quote...
(NEWSER) – Every elementary school student knows there are seven continents. Or are there? After more than 20 years of investigation, researchers now say there is an eighth continent: Zealandia. The Christian Science Monitor reports Zealandia is 1.9 million square miles—about two-thirds the size of Australia—but is 94% underwater,...
A Harvard University scientist told The Guardian this week that his team is only two years from resurrecting some traits of the woolly mammoth, which went extinct during the last ice age. The goal is to create an embryo that’s a hybrid of the woolly mammoth and its closest...
IN JUST three decades’ time the human race could survive on drinking water produced by gigantic bio-engineered jellyfish “factories”. Food could be produced by robotic “auto-farms” housed in disused car garages, and people might live in bio-engineered 3D printer cities which have to be repeatedly “grown” and rebuilt after adverse...
Weather warnings being issued from Wednesday turned to reality in the UAE with rain and strong wind sending temperatures to freezing level. The National Center for Seismology and Meteorology reported the dip in temperature in Jebel Jais Mountain in Ras Al Khaimah to -2.2 degree Celsius. Visibility in some areas has...
Humankind is now just 2 and a half minutes from doomsday. That’s the somber conclusion of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a group of scientists who maintain the “Doomsday Clock,” a symbolic representation of humanity’s proximity to apocalyptic destruction. On Thursday, they moved the clock’s minute hand 30 seconds...
(NEWSER) – A brave new world in apples arrives in Midwestern grocery stores in February. The Canadian company Okanagan will begin selling "Arctic" apples that have been genetically modified to resist browning, reports the CBC. To show off the apples' talent, the Arctics will be sold pre-sliced in clear...
Emirates has introduced new sustainable blankets made from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles. The soft and warm blankets are made using ecoTHREAD patented technology and is now available in Economy Class on all long-haul Emirates flights. Each Emirates ecoTHREAD blanket is made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. With the...
(Reuters) - A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off from California on Saturday, returning the company to flight for the first time since a fiery launchpad explosion in September. The launch of the 230-foot (70-meter) rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:54 a.m. PST (1754 GMT) aimed to deliver 10...
In the spring of 1986, technicians performing maintenance on reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accidentally caused a chemical reaction that resulted in an explosive blaze. More than 50 site workers died. Approximately 120,000 people from neighboring communities were immediately evacuated. The fire burned for 10 days....