Earthquakes really pose little direct danger to a person. People can't be shaken to death by an earthquake. Some movies show scenes with the ground suddenly opening up and people falling into fiery pits, but this just doesn't happen in real life. The most obvious danger brought by earthquakes is...
Over the course of human history, and throughout populations migrations from country to country if not from one continent to another, humans have had to adapt to living conditions that may have not been entirely familiar to them when they first arrived in their newly adopted foreign land.  One...
"Everything that you really believe in is becoming a reality for you" Positive thinking leads a man to success. One, who thinks that he can achieve the things, will put his best to achieve, will not fetter by the problems in the path of success and one day he will...
Pakistan tops list of world’s best travel destination for 2018 British Backpacker Society describes it as ‘one of the friendliest countries on earth’ Hon Pass in the Hunza Valley. Pakistan has been ranked the world’s top travel destination for 2018 by the BritImage Credit: British Backpacker Society Samuel Joynson and Adam Sloper...
(NEWSER) – Starfish are making a comeback on the West Coast, four years after a mysterious syndrome killed millions of them. From 2013 to 2014, Sea Star Wasting Syndrome hit sea stars from British Columbia to Mexico. The starfish would develop lesions, then disintegrate, their arms turning into blobs...
(NEWSER) – The Cavendish banana—that's the kind sitting in your kitchen right now—is "almost perfect," a scientist with Dole Food Co. tells the Wall Street Journal. Well, "laments," is the word the paper uses. That's because, as has been reported for the past couple of years, it looks doomed,...
Scientists have created plants that glow using embedded nanoparticles in leaves, potentially paving the way for trees to replace streetlights. Experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hope their discovery could lead to traditional light sources being replaced with self-sustaining alternatives. "The vision is to make a plant that will...
Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light-years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. The newly-discovered Kepler-90i – a sizzling hot,...
More than 1,000 young Emiratis have already registered to the UAE's Astronaut Programme which was launched last week by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Under the programme, four carefully selected Emirati candidates will be chosen next year...
When a homeowner experiences significant damage to their house from a natural disaster, there are certain steps they need to take. It’s the type of damage that can result from wildfires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and more. It's possible for a standard home insurance policy to not cover damage caused...
A team of scientists presented a research paper to the Geological Society of America, revealing some ground shaking information. The paper has warned that there could be a big increase in numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world next year caused by the slowing down of the Earth's...
(NEWSER) – Cambridge University has put Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis online, triggering such interest that it crashed the university's website, the AP reports. Completed in 1966 when Hawking was 24, "Properties of Expanding Universes" explores ideas about the origins of the universe that have resonated through the scientist's career. The...
(NEWSER) – Google Earth has revealed an archaeological mystery from on high. Satellite images show the existence of ancient stone structures built thousands of years ago in what is now an inhospitable part of Saudi Arabia, reports LiveScience. Archaeologists led by David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia...
(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...