Stories By: Hira Bashir


Hira Bashir covers daily affairs around the world.

NASA Celebrates 28 Years of Hubble Telescope with a Trip Through Lagoon Nebula

NASA Celebrates 28 Years of Hubble Telescope with a Trip Through Lagoon Nebula

Lagoon Nebula is a vast stellar nursery located 4,000 light-years away...

13 hours ago, 3:43pm CDT

Scientists Reveal the Inner Workings of Yellowstone Supervolcano

Scientists Reveal the Inner Workings of Yellowstone Supervolcano

New study presents a clearer picture of what is happening beneath Yellowstone...

17 hours ago, 11:23am CDT

Mysterious Squid with Horns Spotted in the Gulf of Mexico

Mysterious Squid with Horns Spotted in the Gulf of Mexico

The squid was found upside down near an undersea mound, at a depth of about 2,790 feet...

22 hours ago, 7:13am CDT

27 Million Year Old Baleen Whale is Among Oldest of its Kind

27 Million Year Old Baleen Whale is Among Oldest of its Kind

The new genus and species of extinct baleen whale is based on a skull and associated bones unearthed from New Zealand's Ha...

1 day ago, 2:26am CDT

Humans Killed off Largest Mammals and Shrunk their Body Size

Humans Killed off Largest Mammals and Shrunk their Body Size

If the downsizing trend continues, the largest terrestrial mammal in 200 years will be the domestic cow...

1 day ago, 11:46am CDT

Astronomers are Looking for Sun’s Lost Siblings

Astronomers are Looking for Sun’s Lost Siblings

Researchers have revealed the DNA of more than 340,000 stars in the Milky Way, which could help them find the siblings of our s...

2 days ago, 5:05am CDT

New Ancestor of Modern Turtles Found in Alabama

New Ancestor of Modern Turtles Found in Alabama

The new species came from Late Cretaceous epoch...

2 days ago, 2:11am CDT

Mars Moons were Created by a Massive Impact

Mars Moons were Created by a Massive Impact

Latest model hints at a violent birth of the tiny Martian moons Phobos and Deimos...

2 days ago, 3:35pm CDT

Twin Galaxies Merge to Form a Giant Butterfly

Twin Galaxies Merge to Form a Giant Butterfly

Researchers have completed the dissection of a butterfly-shaped cloud of gas, which is the most tell-tale feature of galaxy NGC...

3 days ago, 2:50am CDT

How Does Plants Avoid Ultraviolet Radiation from Sun?

How Do Plants Avoid Ultraviolet Radiation from Sun?

Plants have a special repair mechanism to correct the DNA sequence after exposure to sun...

3 days ago, 12:36pm CDT

World’s Most Advanced Camera Directly Images Exoplanets

World’s Most Advanced Camera Directly Images Exoplanets

Researchers have developed a new instrument to detect planets around the nearest stars...

3 days ago, 5:20am CDT

Earlier Mass Extinction gave Rise to Dinosaurs, Study Finds

Earlier Mass Extinction gave Rise to Dinosaurs, Study Finds

Mass extinction 232 million years ago killed reptiles on Earth and allowed dinosaurs to thrive...

4 days ago, 2:04am CDT

Too Much Sitting is Bad for Your Memory, Study Says

Too Much Sitting is Bad for Your Memory, Study Says

Sedentary behavior can bring changes to a section of the brain that controls our memory...

6 days ago, 2:16pm CDT

Scientists Create a Molecule by Combining Just Two Atoms

Scientists Create a Molecule by Combining Just Two Atoms

The dipolar molecule holds great promise for quantum computing...

6 days ago, 11:25am CDT

Eroding Mountains Release More Carbon Dioxide into the Atmosphere Than They Absorb

Eroding Mountains Release More Carbon Dioxide into the Atmosphere Than They Absorb

The latest study provides new insight into mountain-based carbon cycles...

6 days ago, 7:23am CDT

Punk Turtle Added to Endangered Species List

Punk Turtle Added to Endangered Species List

The odd-looking turtle is the latest to join the ZSL's "EDGE of Existence" list of endangered species...

1 week ago, 3:18am CDT

Hummingbirds Sing with their Tail Feathers to Impress Females

Hummingbirds Sing with their Tail Feathers to Impress Females

Researchers have found that male Costa's hummingbirds make sideways dives to hide their actual speeds...

Apr 14 2018, 3:27pm CDT

Astronomers are Baffled by Mysterious Crater on Mars

Astronomers are Baffled by Mysterious Crater on Mars

The crater may be the result of a meteorite smashing into the surface of Mars or it could be the remnants of a supervolcano...

Apr 14 2018, 11:08am CDT

Features on Pluto’s Moon Charon Get Official Names

Features on Pluto’s Largest Moon Charon Get Official Names

Some of the craters and other features on Charon now have official names, inspired by travelers, explorers and mysterious desti...

Apr 14 2018, 5:43am CDT

NASA is About to Launch its Next Planet-Hunting Telescope

NASA is About to Launch its Next Planet-Hunting Telescope

TESS will survey more than 200,000 of the brightest stars in the sky during its two-year mission...

Apr 14 2018, 2:29am CDT

Greenland’s Dark Zone is Getting Worse

Greenland’s Dark Zone is Getting Worse

Mineral dust and black carbon is darkening the surface of large ice sheet and contributing more to its melt...

Apr 13 2018, 3:46pm CDT

Background Sound in Space could Reveal Hidden Black Holes

Background Sound in Space could Reveal Hidden Black Holes

Australian researchers have developed a new, more sensitive way to listen in on colliding black holes...

Apr 13 2018, 10:08am CDT

Three Massive Coronal Holes Opened on the Sun

Three Massive Coronal Holes Opened on the Sun

If solar wind escaped from coronal holes interacts with Earth's atmosphere, it triggers auroras and solar storms...

Apr 13 2018, 5:02am CDT

How Did Giant’s Causeway and Devil’s Postpile Formed?

How Did Giant’s Causeway and Devil’s Postpile Form?

New study determines the temperature at which these strange geometric columns formed....

Apr 13 2018, 12:12am CDT

No Signs of Alien Life Detected from Interstellar Asteroid

No Signs of Alien Life Detected from Interstellar Asteroid

The unusual object, known as 'Oumuamua, came from outside the solar system...

Apr 12 2018, 9:11am CDT

Gecko-Inspired Robotic Gripper Allows Firmer Grasp on Objects

Gecko-Inspired Robotic Gripper Allows Firmer Grasp on Objects

The new gripper could be used to hold a wide variety of objects with better control...

Apr 12 2018, 3:16am CDT

Eyebrows may have Played a Major Role in Human Evolution

Eyebrows may have Played a Major Role in Human Evolution

New study says that highly mobile eyebrows that can be used to express a wide range of subtle emotions may have played a crucia...

Apr 11 2018, 5:01am CDT

A Massive Superflare Emitted from Our Closest Neighbor Star

A Massive Superflare Emitted from Our Closest Neighbor Star

Proxima Centauri's high stellar activity casts doubt on the habitability of Proxima b, an Earth-size planet around the sta...

Apr 11 2018, 2:19am CDT

New Source of Nitrogen Discovered

New Source of Nitrogen Discovered

Researchers estimate that more than a quarter of nitrogen available on Earth comes from bedrock...

Apr 8 2018, 9:54pm CDT

A Strange Cold Front Moves Through a Massive Object in the Universe

A Strange Cold Front Moves Through a Massive Object in the Universe

The cold front in Perseus galaxy cluster extends about two million light years and is older than the Solar System...

Apr 8 2018, 3:28pm CDT

A Dozen New Black Holes Discovered in the Center of Milky Way

A Dozen New Black Holes Discovered in the Center of Milky Way

New study says that about 10,000 more black holes may exist at our galactic core...

Apr 8 2018, 12:47pm CDT

Scientists Develop a Novel Approach to Treat Hearing Loss

Scientists Develop a Novel Approach to Treat Hearing Loss

New method can restore cells deep inside the ear and could help millions of people who suffer from hearing loss...

Apr 8 2018, 5:11am CDT

The Milky Way is Still Growing

The Milky Way is Still Growing

New study finds that galaxies like the Milky Way are expanding at around 500 meters per second...

Apr 8 2018, 12:48am CDT

Birds Use Certain Protein to Sense the Direction of Magnetic Field

Birds Use Certain Protein to Sense the Direction of Magnetic Field

New study says that a certain protein in eyes is a key factor in bird navigation...

Apr 7 2018, 1:23pm CDT

World’s First Space Hotel to Open in 2021

World’s First Space Hotel to Open in 2021

The luxury space hotel will welcome its first guests in 2022...

Apr 7 2018, 5:44am CDT

Toxic Flowers Killed Dinosaurs Long Before the Asteroid Strike

Toxic Flowers Killed Dinosaurs Long Before the Asteroid Strike

New theory suggests that dinosaurs were already drastically decreasing in population when the asteroid hit Earth...

Apr 7 2018, 1:34am CDT

Alien Life may not Exist Due to Lack of Phosphorus

Alien Life may not Exist Due to Lack of Phosphorus

Researchers have found that a key ingredient for life is missing in many parts of the universe....

Apr 6 2018, 3:26pm CDT

Astronomers Discover Most Distant Star Ever Seen

Astronomers Discover Most Distant Star Ever Seen

The star is so far away that its light has taken 9 billion years to reach Earth...

Apr 6 2018, 9:53am CDT

Hubble Telescope Makes First Precise Measurement of a Globular Star Cluster’s Distance

Hubble Telescope Makes First Precise Distance Measurement to a Globular Star Cluster

The globular star cluster, called NGC 6397, is one of the oldest objects in the universe...

Apr 6 2018, 2:24am CDT

Researchers Use Space Technology to Stop Animal Poaching

Researchers Use Space Technology to Stop Animal Poaching

Thermal infrared imagery captured by drones can automatically identify animals even at night...

Apr 5 2018, 1:15pm CDT