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.

Ancient Mayan Deforestation is Still Affecting Central America’s Carbon Reserves

Ancient Mayan Deforestation is Still Affecting Central America’s Carbon Reserves

It may take centuries or even millennia to recover if the soil is disturbed...

3 hours ago

Rare Jumping Spider Spotted in UK for the First Time

Rare Jumping Spider Spotted in UK for the First Time

The spider is capable of jumping up to six feet in the air....

1 day ago, 11:36pm CDT

99-Million-Year-Old Beetle with Pollen Grains Found in Amber

99-Million-Year-Old Beetle with Pollen Grains Found in Amber

Researchers have uncovered the earliest definitive fossil evidence of the special relationship between cycads and insects....

1 day ago, 12:24pm CDT

Astronomers Discover Oldest Galaxies in the Universe

Astronomers Discover Oldest Galaxies in the Universe

Some of the first galaxies could be over 13 billion years old....

1 day ago, 11:34am CDT

Water is Common in Many Exoplanets, Study Says

Water is Common in Many Exoplanets, Study Says

A new evaluation of data from Kepler telescope and Gaia mission indicates that many known planets may contain as much as 50 per...

2 days ago, 1:41am CDT

Lockheed Martin Offers First Glimpse of its Deep Space Habitat

Lockheed Martin Offers First Glimpse of its Deep Space Habitat

The massive cylindrical habitat will allow space explorers to live and work on the moon, Mars and beyond....

2 days ago, 1:13am CDT

MIT Scientists Discover a Sprawling Galaxy Cluster Hiding in Plain Sight

MIT Scientists Discover a Sprawling Galaxy Cluster Hiding in Plain Sight

The central quasar of galaxy cluster is so bright that it has obscured the cluster itself...

2 days ago, 11:42am CDT

Iron and Titanium Detected in the Atmosphere of an Ultra-hot Exoplanet

Iron and Titanium Detected in the Atmosphere of an Ultra-hot Exoplanet

The exoplanet is blistering hot with a surface temperature of more than 4000 degrees...

3 days ago, 7:39am CDT

ALMA Telescope Pushed to its Limit to Observe a Nebula

ALMA Telescope Pushed to its Limits to Observe a Nebula

The first highest-frequency ALMA observations produced exciting results....

3 days ago, 4:41am CDT

Scientists Aim to Settle Dispute Over Precise Date of a Massive Volcanic Eruption Using Tree Rings

Scientists Aim to Settle Dispute Over Precise Date of a Massive Volcanic Eruption Using Tree Rings

Tree rings represent an environmental history going back thousands of years in time...

3 days ago, 3:29pm CDT

Most Ants in a Colony Do Absolutely Nothing

Most Ants in a Colony Do Absolutely Nothing

For ants, having more workers does not necessarily mean getting more work done...

3 days ago, 1:39pm CDT

Scientists have Figured Out How to Break Spaghetti into Two Pieces

Scientists have Figured Out How to Break Spaghetti into Two Pieces

MIT researchers have solved a longstanding spaghetti mystery....

3 days ago, 1:39pm CDT

Abrupt Thawing of Permafrost Beneath Arctic Lakes could Fuel Climate Change

Abrupt Thaw of Permafrost Beneath Arctic Lakes could Fuel Climate Change

Researchers found that the release of greenhouse gases beneath thermokarst lakes is relatively rapid....

3 days ago, 1:38pm CDT

Hubble Telescope Captures 15,000 Galaxies in One Incredible Image

Hubble Telescope Captures 15,000 Galaxies in One Incredible Image

Astronomers have assembled one of the most comprehensive view yet of the early universe....

3 days ago, 1:37pm CDT

Protons have Surprising Influence on Neutron Stars

Protons have Surprising Influence on Neutron Stars

New study says that protons may have an outsize influence on the properties of neutron stars and other similar objects...

4 days ago, 11:15am CDT

Carbon Monoxide from California Wildfires are Drifting as Far as the East

Carbon Monoxide from California Wildfires is Drifting to East

New animation shows concentrations of carbon monoxide from California's massive wildfires drifting east across the U.S....

5 days ago, 7:43am CDT

Astronomers Discover Supermassive Black Hole in a Tiny Galaxy

Astronomers Discover Supermassive Black Hole in a Tiny Galaxy

The black hole makes up about 4 percent of the galaxy's total mass, which is relatively higher than average galaxies...

5 days ago, 12:14am CDT

Scientists Create Mineral That Removes Carbon Dioxide from Atmosphere

Scientists Create Mineral That Removes Carbon Dioxide from Atmosphere

Removing carbon emissions is a critical step to stop climate change...

6 days ago, 7:13am CDT

Satellite Data Show How California Breathes Water

Satellite Data Show How California Breathes Water

New study provides a more comprehensive picture of the California's groundwater supplies...

6 days ago, 1:57am CDT

Earth is Dangerously Close To Entering Irreversible ‘Hothouse’ State

Earth is Dangerously Close To Entering Irreversible ‘Hothouse’ State

New study suggests that human-induced global warming of 2°C could lead to "hothouse Earth" even if we stop emitting g...

6 days ago, 1:08pm CDT

New Super-insulating Gel could Help Build Habitat on Mars

New Super-insulating Gel could Help Build Habitat on Mars

The super-insulating gel could protect humans from big oscillations in temperature that they would experience on Mars or on the...

1 week ago, 8:50am CDT

Earth’s Oldest Rocks were Likely Formed by Meteorites

Earth’s Oldest Rocks were Likely Formed by Meteorite Impacts

New study says that oldest Acasta felsic rocks could have been formed at low pressures and very high temperatures...

1 week ago, 5:06am CDT

Scientists Alter Silkworm Genes to Produce Spider Silk

Scientists Alter Silkworm Genes to Produce Spider Silk

Using a gene editing technique, researchers induced silkworms to produce spider silk...

Aug 12 2018, 2:10pm CDT

New Horizons Spacecraft Spots Possible Hydrogen Wall at the Edge of Solar System

New Horizons Spacecraft Spots Possible Hydrogen Wall at the Edge of Solar System

The hydrogen wall was first detected in 1992 by Voyager spacecraft...

Aug 12 2018, 12:50pm CDT

Astronomers Detect First CME Blast from a Star Other Than Sun

Astronomers Detect First CME Blast from a Star Other Than the Sun

Coronal mass ejection occurs when a star releases plasma and charged particles from its corona into surrounding space...

Aug 12 2018, 10:35am CDT

Scientists Solve the Mystery of Jupiter’s Colored Bands

Scientists Solve the Mystery of Jupiter’s Colored Bands

Until now, very little is known about the region below Jupiter's clouds...

Aug 12 2018, 8:06am CDT

Ultrahot Jupiters have Star-like Atmospheres, Study Finds

Ultrahot Jupiters have Star-like Atmospheres, Study Finds

Researchers are able to discover why ultrahot Jupiters seem to have less water than expected...

Aug 12 2018, 4:26am CDT

Man Finds Rare Teeth of Prehistoric Giant Shark

Man Finds Rare Teeth of Prehistoric Giant Shark

Teeth from ancient mega-shark are almost twice the size of the modern great white shark's....

Aug 12 2018, 3:35am CDT

Black Widow Spiders are Moving Further North than Ever Before

Black Widow Spiders are Moving Further North than Ever Before

A new study shows that the spider has expanded along the northern edge in Canada over time....

Aug 12 2018, 3:34am CDT

Scientists Explore Huge Underwater Canyon at the Edge of Irish Coast

Scientists Explore Huge Underwater Canyon at the Edge of Irish Coast

By studying the Porcupine Bank Canyon, researchers were able to get a better idea of how submarine canyon helps transport carbo...

Aug 11 2018, 12:40pm CDT

NASA’s New Planet-hunting Telescope Captures a Distant Comet

NASA’s New Planet-hunting Telescope Captures a Distant Comet

TESS takes stable periodic images of a comet that is located about 29 million miles from Earth....

Aug 11 2018, 9:32am CDT

Tiny Microscopic Organisms are the Fastest Beasts on Earth

Tiny Microscopic Organisms are the Fastest Beasts on Earth

The creature can reduce its body length by more than 60 percent in a few milliseconds....

Aug 11 2018, 9:23am CDT

Space Station Officially has Coldest Spot in the Universe

Space Station Officially has Coldest Spot in the Universe

NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory is now producing clouds of ultracold atoms inside the International Space Station....

Aug 11 2018, 8:03am CDT

Researchers Develop Spinning Heat Shield for Future Spacecraft

Researchers Develop Spinning Heat Shield for Future Spacecraft

New flexible heat shield could reduce the cost of space travel...

Aug 11 2018, 12:26am CDT

Strange Water Behavior That Intrigued Leonardo da Vinci Finally Explained

Strange Water Behavior That Intrigued Leonardo da Vinci Finally Explained

New study says that hydraulic jumps are created due to surface tension and viscosity...

Aug 10 2018, 8:51am CDT

Jupiter Moon Ganymede Creates 1 Million Times Stronger Electromagnetic Waves Than its Planet

Jupiter Moon Ganymede Creates 1 Million Times Stronger Electromagnetic Waves Than its Planet

A new study using data from the Galileo space probe reveals surprisingly powerful electromagnetic waves around Jupiter's m...

Aug 10 2018, 3:27am CDT

Mysterious Leaf-like Creatures are Actually Animals

Mysterious Leaf-like Creatures are Actually Animals

New analysis suggests that half-billion-year-old Ediacaran organisms were animals....

Aug 9 2018, 7:34am CDT

NASA Says Terraforming Mars is Not Possible

NASA Says that the Cool Idea of Terraforming Mars is Not Possible

There is now no possibility of transforming the inhospitable Martian environment into a breathable one with available technolog...

Aug 6 2018, 12:06am CDT

Mysterious Rogue Planet SIMP J01365663+0933473 Detected Outside Solar System

Mysterious Rogue Planet SIMP J01365663+0933473 Detected Outside Solar System

The strange object has a magnetic field more than 200 times stronger than Jupiter's....

Aug 6 2018, 12:03am CDT

Canada’s New Radio Telescope Picks Up Mysterious Signal from Space

Canada’s New Radio Telescope Picks Up Mysterious Signal from Space

The event marks the first detection of fast radio burst at frequencies below 700MHz....

Aug 5 2018, 11:59pm CDT