Stories By: Hira Bashir


Hira Bashir

The latest discoveries in science are the passion of Hira Bashir (). With years of experience, she is able to spot the most interesting new achievements of scientists around the world and cover them in easy to understand reporting.

New Insight into How Earth Feeds Volcanic Super-eruptions

New Insight into How Earth Feeds Volcanic Super-eruptions

The findings will allow researchers to better understand the long-term development of supervolcanoes....

2 days ago, 4:12pm CDT

Scientists Confirm Earth’s Inner Core is Solid

Scientists Confirm Earth’s Inner Core is Solid

The findings could help us understand how Earth was formed....

2 days ago, 1:38pm CDT

NASA Chooses Names for 21 New Constellations

NASA Chooses Names for 21 New Constellations

Many of those new constellations are named after fictional characters like the Hulk and Godzilla....

2 days ago, 10:00am CDT

150-Million-Year-Old Piranha is the Oldest Known Flesh-eating Fish

150-Million-Year-Old Piranha is the Oldest Known Flesh-eating Fish

The fish with piranha-like teeth lived in Jurassic period....

2 days ago, 6:03am CDT

Antarctic Ice Shelf is Making Strange Noises

Antarctic Ice Shelf is Making Strange Noises

Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica sings as winds blow across its surface....

2 days ago, 2:14am CDT

Curiosity Rover Resumes Science Operations

Curiosity Rover Resumes Science Operations

NASA's Curiosity is ready for limited science operations while engineers continue to diagnose the technical issue....

3 days ago, 3:44pm CDT

Researchers Find Evidence of Rapid Adaptation of Burmese Pythons in Florida

Researchers Find Evidence of Rapid Adaptation of Burmese Pythons in Florida

Genome analysis provides clear evidence of evolution occurring over a very short time scale....

3 days ago, 12:11pm CDT

Massive Floating Pipe is going to Clean up Plastic in the Ocean

Giant Floating Pipe is going to Clean up Plastic in the Ocean

The system will start cleaning up the huge area of floating trash known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch....

3 days ago, 7:38am CDT

Astronomers Discover Most Massive Structure in the Early Universe

Astronomers Discover Most Massive Structure in the Early Universe

Galaxy supercluster Hyperion formed only 2.3 billion years after the Big Bang....

3 days ago, 2:56am CDT

Insects are Rapidly Disappearing in Puerto Rican Rainforests

Insects are Rapidly Disappearing in Puerto Rico's Rainforests

Two degrees Celsius rise in temperature of tropical forests is linked to massive insect loss....

4 days ago, 2:07pm CDT

Dandelion Seeds Fly Using Extraordinary Method

Dandelion Seeds Fly Using Extraordinary Method

The new form of flight has never been observed in nature before....

4 days ago, 7:38am CDT

Earth Used to be Purple, Study Shows

Earth Used to be Purple, Study Shows

The results have implications for the search for life beyond our planet...

5 days ago, 3:54pm CDT

Animals are going Extinct So Fast That it will Take Millions of Years to Recover

Animals are going Extinct So Fast That it will Take Millions of Years to Recover

Researchers have showed that it takes a very long time for biodiversity to recover after a mass extinction event....

5 days ago, 10:48am CDT

NASA Plans to Send Airships to Venus’ Hellish Atmosphere

NASA Plans to Send Airships to Venus’ Hellish Atmosphere

The airship would float around the planet and help us better understand the surface of Venus hidden behind its dense atmosphere...

5 days ago, 7:41am CDT

How Mekong River Became So Deep

How Mekong River Became So Deep

Researchers have linked the formation of Mekong canyon to heavy Asian monsoon rain 17 million years ago....

6 days ago, 3:09pm CDT

Snails Shells are Dissolving as Oceans get More Acidic

Snail Shells are Dissolving as Oceans get More Acidic

Increasing ocean acidity is taking a toll on organisms that construct their shells and exoskeletons out of calcium carbonate....

6 days ago, 9:14am CDT

Another NASA Space Telescope Shuts Down in Orbit

Another NASA Space Telescope Shuts Down in Orbit

Chandra X-ray Observatory entered safe mode on Wednesday due to a gyroscope failure....

Oct 14 2018, 2:59pm CDT

NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Wakes up Again

NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Wakes up Again

The planet-hunter is expected to run out of fuel within months....

Oct 14 2018, 10:43am CDT

Japan Delays Spacecraft Landing on Asteroid Ryugu Surface

Japan Delays Spacecraft Landing on Asteroid Ryugu Surface

The surface of the asteroid is more rugged than scientists initially thought....

Oct 14 2018, 7:26am CDT

World’s Fastest Camera Captures 10 Trillion Frames Per Second

World’s Fastest Camera Captures 10 Trillion Frames Per Second

The new camera literally makes it possible to freeze time and observe light in extremely slow motion....

Oct 14 2018, 3:36am CDT

Mount Etna is Sliding into the Sea

Mount Etna is Sliding into the Sea

New results indicate that Europe's most active volcano is sliding due to gravity, not due to the rise of magma....

Oct 14 2018, 12:30am CDT

Astronomers Witness Birth of a Binary Star System for the First Time

Astronomers Witness Birth of a Binary Star System for the First Time

The unusual death of a massive star suggests that a compact neutron star binary system is forming....

Oct 14 2018, 12:28am CDT

Blind Cavefish Study Suggests Modern Mammals Once Lived in Darkness

Blind Cavefish Study Suggests Modern Mammals Once Lived in Darkness

The discovery supports the "nocturnal bottleneck" theory and suggests that earliest mammals adapted a nocturnal lifes...

Oct 13 2018, 1:40pm CDT

Surprising Optical Illusion can be Used to Prevent Bird-Airplane Collisions

Surprising Optical Illusion can be Used to Prevent Bird-Airplane Collisions

The so called looming effect gives birds an impression of imminent collision and induces avoidance in a wide range of species....

Oct 13 2018, 9:42am CDT

Arctic Sea Ice is Thinnest and Youngest It’s been in 60 Years

Arctic Sea Ice is Thinnest and Youngest It’s been in 60 Years

The younger and thinner sea ice is more vulnerable to the warming ocean and atmosphere....

Oct 12 2018, 3:35pm CDT

Stunning Snail Found in Piece of Amber

Stunning Ancient Snail Found in Piece of Amber

The 99-million-year-old amber was discovered in northern Myanmar....

Oct 12 2018, 9:11am CDT

Israel’s First Moon Mission Faces Delay

Israel’s First Moon Mission Faces Delay

A nonprofit organization from Israel announced a delay in the mission's launch from December to early 2019....

Oct 12 2018, 5:28am CDT

Bees Go Silent During Total Solar Eclipse, Study Finds

Bees Go Silent During Total Solar Eclipse, Study Finds

The data shows that bees stopped flying during Great American Eclipse....

Oct 11 2018, 11:14am CDT

Europe is Ready to Launch its First Mission to Mercury

Europe is Ready to Launch its First Mission to Mercury

BepiColombo mission will help scientists piece together the history of the least explored planet in our solar system....

Oct 10 2018, 3:14pm CDT

Lost World of Volcanoes Discovered off Tasmanian Coast

Lost World of Volcanoes Discovered off Tasmanian Coast

The diverse chain of underwater volcanoes rises up to 3000 meters from the surrounding seafloor....

Oct 10 2018, 9:56am CDT

Jupiter’s Moon Europa may have Huge Ice Spikes on its Surface

Jupiter’s Moon Europa may have Huge Ice Spikes on its Surface

Distinctive blade-like structures could pose a hazard to a future lander on Europa....

Oct 9 2018, 3:53pm CDT

Scientists Find Clues to the Mystery of What Causing Titan’s Atmospheric Haze

Scientists Find Clues to the Mystery of What Causing Titan’s Atmospheric Haze

New study tries to unlock mystery brewing beneath Titan's thick, hazy atmosphere....

Oct 9 2018, 10:39am CDT

Wind Power Trade-Offs Analyzed

Wind Power Trade-Offs Analyzed

Researchers say that Wind farms will cause more environmental impact than previously thought....

Oct 9 2018, 8:23am CDT

Astronomers Detect Highly Energetic Light from Exotic Milky Way Object

Astronomers Detect Highly Energetic Light from Exotic Milky Way Object

The first-ever detection of gamma rays from a microquasar provides researchers a rare opportunity to observe extraordinary astr...

Oct 7 2018, 5:33pm CDT

30-Year-Old Doorstep Turns out to be a Rare Meteorite

30-Year-Old Doorstop Turns out to be a Rare Meteorite

The 22-pound space rock is the sixth-largest meteorite found in Michigan....

Oct 7 2018, 3:03pm CDT

First Moon Outside our Solar System may have been Discovered

First Moon Outside our Solar System may have been Discovered

Researchers have found evidence of first moon circling a planet outside of our solar system....

Oct 7 2018, 10:31am CDT

Cassini Spacecraft Bathed in Ring Rain in its Final Orbits Around Saturn

Cassini Spacecraft Bathed in Ring Rain in its Final Orbits Around Saturn

NASA probe spent 13 years in the Saturn system and revealed a great deal about the giant planet and its rings....

Oct 7 2018, 6:32am CDT

Japan’s Spacecraft Drops Another Robot on Asteroid Ryugu

Japan’s Spacecraft Drops Another Robot on Asteroid Ryugu

The probe aims to shed light on the origins of solar system....

Oct 6 2018, 5:02pm CDT

NASA’s Voyager 2 Spacecraft is Getting Close to Interstellar Space

NASA’s Voyager 2 Spacecraft is Getting Close to Interstellar Space

Once Voyager 2 exits the heliosphere, it will become only the second human-made object to enter interstellar space....

Oct 6 2018, 12:33pm CDT

Astronomers Discover Extremely Distant Object in Hunt for Planet X

Astronomers Discover Extremely Distant Object in Hunt for Planet X

The newly discovered distant object hints at the presence of a massive unseen planet....

Oct 6 2018, 6:11am CDT