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.

MIT Study Reveals Why Ears are Extremely Sensitive to Different Sounds

MIT Study Reveals Why Ears are Extremely Sensitive to Different Sounds

The size, stiffness and distribution of nanoscale pores in inner ear make whole hearing system highly selective....

Jan 25 2019, 3:21am CST

Fish Found Thriving in Nearly Oxygen-free Waters

Fish Found Thriving in Nearly Oxygen-free Waters

Deep under the Gulf of California, fish species have been discovered that live in extremely low-oxygen conditions....

Jan 20 2019, 2:11pm CST

NASA Releases First Video of Most Distant Object Ever Explored

NASA Releases First Video of Most Distant Object Ever Explored

Distant object Ultima Thule is thought to be a pristine remnant of the early solar system....

Jan 20 2019, 11:52am CST

Saturn has not Always had Rings, Study Says

Saturn has not Always had Rings, Study Says

New study indicates that Saturn's rings are relatively young and formed between 10 million and 100 million years ago....

Jan 20 2019, 7:18am CST

China’s First Moon Plant is Likely Dead

China’s First Moon Plant is Likely Dead

The first-ever plant to be grown on the moon has been left to die as Chinese spacecraft plunged into lunar night....

Jan 20 2019, 4:18am CST

Asteroid Impacts on Earth have Increased Over Time, Study Finds

Asteroid Impacts on Earth have Increased Over Time, Study Finds

The number of asteroids colliding with the Earth and Moon has increased by up to three times over 290 million years ago....

Jan 20 2019, 12:07am CST

Researchers Discover Evidence of Fresh Rain on Saturn’s Moon Titan

Researchers Discover Evidence of Fresh Rain on Saturn’s Moon Titan

Rainfall signals the beginning of changing season on Titan's north pole....

Jan 19 2019, 12:43pm CST

Zebra-like Body Paint Protects Skin From Bloodsucking Insects

Zebra-like Body Paint Protects Skin From Bloodsucking Insects

White-striped bodypaintings on brown skin have the advantageous effect of protecting against biting flies as they make skin sur...

Jan 19 2019, 7:46am CST

Hagfish can Make Enough Slime to Choke Predators in Seconds

Hagfish can Make Enough Slime to Choke Predators in Seconds

Researchers have unraveled the mystery of the slime produced by weird marine creature....

Jan 18 2019, 11:52pm CST

Scientists Accidently Create Mice with Long and Short Tails

Scientists Accidently Create Mice with Long and Short Tails

The study offers new insight into some of the key aspects controlling the development of tails in mice....

Jan 18 2019, 8:38am CST

MIT Scientists Develop Technique to Identify Electricity Generating Bacteria

MIT Scientists Develop Technique to Identify Electricity Generating Bacteria

The new microfluidic technique quickly sorts bacteria that have electricity-producing properties....

Jan 18 2019, 2:35am CST

Termites can Reduce Effects of Drought, Study Reveals

Termites can Reduce Effects of Drought, Study Reveals

Researchers have found that termites play a crucial role in maintaining ecosystem in tropical rainforests during dry periods....

Jan 13 2019, 2:16pm CST

China Shares Pictures from Far Side of the Moon

China Shares Pictures from Far Side of the Moon

Chang'e 4 is the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the moon's far side....

Jan 13 2019, 11:08am CST

Elon Musk Unveils Prototype of Mars Rocket

Elon Musk Unveils Prototype of Mars Rocket

The rocket named Starship aims to carry people to the Moon and possibly to Mars....

Jan 13 2019, 8:19am CST

Astronomers Measure Spin of a Black Hole

Astronomers Measure Spin of a Black Hole

Data from multiple telescopes suggests that the black hole in ASASSN-14li is spinning at about 50 percent the speed of light....

Jan 13 2019, 4:03am CST

Thousands of Stars are Turning into Crystals

Thousands of Stars are Turning into Crystals

Sun itself will become a crystal white dwarf in about 10 billion years, says study...

Jan 13 2019, 12:08am CST

Canadian Telescope Detects Second Source of Repeating Fast Radio Bursts

Canadian Telescope Detects Second Source of Repeating Fast Radio Bursts

The repeating FRB was one of 13 bursts collected during the summer of 2018....

Jan 12 2019, 1:11pm CST

T. rex Bite is No Match for Finch Bird, Study Says

T. rex Bite is No Match for Finch Bird, Study Says

Research have found that the bite force of finch is about 320 times more powerful T. rex dinosaur....

Jan 12 2019, 7:27am CST

Giant Structure Discovered in Clouds of Venus

Giant Structure Discovered in Clouds of Venus

Researchers have discovered a giant streak structure in Venus using observation from the spacecraft Akatsuki....

Jan 12 2019, 1:02am CST

Researchers Find Connection between Easter Island Statues and Freshwater Sources

Researchers Find Connection between Easter Island Statues and Freshwater Sources

New study says that freshwater access and statue locations were closely linked together....

Jan 11 2019, 8:37am CST

New Evidence Suggests Dark Matter can be Heated Up and Moved Around

New Evidence Suggests Dark Matter can be Heated Up and Moved Around

The effect known as 'dark matter heating' provides clues to the nature of dark matter....

Jan 11 2019, 2:10am CST

Scientists Fix a Photosynthetic Glitch in Plants, Boost Crop Growth by 40 Percent

Scientists Fix a Photosynthetic Glitch in Plants, Boost Crop Growth by 40 Percent

A team engineered alternate pathways to reroute the energy-expensive process called photorespiration....

Jan 6 2019, 2:05pm CST

Centuries -Old Water is Still Cooling Deep Pacific Ocean

Centuries-Old Water is Still Cooling Deep Pacific Ocean

New study says that deep ocean cooling is likely due to the Little Ice Age....

Jan 6 2019, 10:47am CST

Milky Way Could Crash into a Nearby Galaxy within Two Billion Years

Milky Way Could Crash into a Nearby Galaxy within Two Billion Years

There is a small chance that the catastrophic collision could send our Solar System hurtling into space....

Jan 6 2019, 7:14am CST

New Horizons Image Shows Ultima Thule Looks Like a Snowman

New Horizons Image Shows Ultima Thule Looks Like a Snowman

NASA's New Horizons mission released the first close-up images of the most distant object ever explored....

Jan 6 2019, 3:29am CST

Earth is Missing a Huge Layer of its Crust

Earth is Missing a Huge Layer of its Crust

Researchers suggest that the missing crust layer can be blamed on 'Snowball Earth.'...

Jan 5 2019, 10:15pm CST

New Treefrog Species has Strange Claw

New Treefrog Species has Strange Claw

stumbled across a previously unknown species of treefrog in Ecuador....

Jan 5 2019, 12:05pm CST

What Happens When Layered Materials are Put Under Pressure

What Happens When Layered Materials are Put Under Pressure

New study shows that layered materials create ripples or internal waves when they are pushed to the brink....

Jan 5 2019, 9:10am CST

China Begins Exploration of the Far Side of the Moon

China Begins Exploration of the Far Side of the Moon

China's Chang'e-4 mission successfully landed on the far side of the moon on January 3....

Jan 5 2019, 2:23am CST

Juno Spacecraft Sees Volcanic Eruption on Jupiter’s Moon Io

Juno Spacecraft Sees Volcanic Eruption on Jupiter’s Moon Io

Researchers have captured new images of a volcanic plume on moon Io during the Juno mission's 17th flyby....

Jan 4 2019, 9:47am CST

New Horizons Spacecraft Getting Close to New Year's Flyby Target

New Horizons Spacecraft Getting Close to New Year's Flyby Target

Ultima Thule will be the farthest world ever explored by a spacecraft....

Dec 30 2018, 8:30pm CST

Scientists Unlock Secret of How DNA Replicates

Scientists Unlock Secret of How DNA Replicates

New information on DNA replication could help in fight against diseases....

Dec 30 2018, 1:38pm CST

Saturn’s Rings Make the Planet Bluer in Winter

Saturn’s Rings Make the Planet Bluer in Winter

The shift in color is linked to changes in the amount of sunlight-triggered haze in Saturn's atmosphere....

Dec 30 2018, 9:54am CST

New Source of Very High Energy Gamma Rays Detected Around a Supernova Remnant

New Source of Very High Energy Gamma Rays Detected Around a Supernova Remnant

The newly found source of very high energy gamma-ray emission , designated MAGIC J1835–069, resides some 16,300 light years fro...

Dec 30 2018, 7:05am CST

Scientists Produce a Model of Mercury Glaciers

Scientists Produce a Model of Mercury Glaciers

Study says that Mercury's ice deposits were likely the result of a water-rich comet impact....

Dec 30 2018, 2:52am CST

Researchers Puzzled by Lack of Light Curve from New Horizon’s Flyby Target

Researchers Puzzled by Lack of Light Curve from New Horizon’s Flyby Target

At more than 4 billion miles from Earth, Ultima Thule will be the most distant object ever explored by a spacecraft....

Dec 29 2018, 1:37pm CST

Researchers Count Trash from Texas to Florida

Researchers Count Trash from Texas to Florida

Study shows that ten times more trash ends up in the coast of Texas than any of the other Gulf states throughout the year....

Dec 29 2018, 9:12am CST

Eastern Gorillas have Developed Harmful Mutations, Study Finds

Eastern Gorillas have Developed Harmful Mutations, Study Finds

Genome analysis shows that decline in gorilla population has led to increased inbreeding and a loss of genetic variation....

Dec 29 2018, 5:56am CST

European Spacecraft Looks at Ice-filled Crater on Mars

European Spacecraft Looks at Ice-filled Crater on Mars

The well-preserved crater contains a mound of nearly 2 kilometers thick water ice that remains stable throughout the year....

Dec 28 2018, 10:43am CST

Uranus’ Strange Tilt is Caused by a Massive Collision

Uranus’ Strange Tilt is Caused by a Massive Collision

Computer simulations suggest that Uranus was hit by a rock twice as big as Earth 4 billion years ago....

Dec 25 2018, 11:27am CST