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.

Researchers Develop Incredible Process to Shrink Objects

Researchers Develop Incredible Process to Shrink Objects

New technique can generate 3D printed structures one thousandth the volume of the original....

4 hours ago

NASA Mission Discovers Water on Asteroid Bennu

NASA Mission Discovers Water on Asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx is NASA's first mission to visit a nearby asteroid....

13 hours ago, 2:08pm CST

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Sends First Close-up Image of the Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Sends First Close-up Image of the Sun

Humanity's first-ever solar mission aims to understand how the Sun works and how it affects the space environment....

16 hours ago, 10:41am CST

By 2030, Earth's Climate Could Look Like it Did 3 Million Years Ago

By 2030, Earth's Climate Could Look Like it Did 3 Million Years Ago

New study shows that humans are reversing the climate clock by at least 50 million years....

22 hours ago, 5:07am CST

Hubble Telescope Finds a Distant Planet Evaporating at Record Speed

Hubble Telescope Finds a Distant Planet Evaporating at Record Speed

The extremely hot exoplanet is losing its atmosphere at a rate 100 times faster than a previously discovered planet of similar...

1 day ago, 11:32pm CST

Supernova Killed off Ancient Megalodon Shark, Study Says

Supernova Killed off Ancient Megalodon Shark, Study Says

New study suggests that supernova energy caused cancers and mutations especially to larger animals in coastal waters....

1 day ago, 1:20pm CST

New Drone can Fold Itself to Fly Through Narrow Gaps

New Drone can Fold Itself to Fly Through Narrow Gaps

The new approach allows drones to become very compact and make them useful for search and rescue scenarios....

1 day ago, 8:47am CST

Scary-looking Salamander Species Discovered in Florida

Scary-looking Salamander Species Discovered in Florida

Reticulated Siren is among the largest species discovered in the United States in the last century....

2 days ago, 2:58am CST

Japanese Rover's Images Show No Signs of Smooth Area on Asteroid Ryugu

Japanese Rover's Images Show No Signs of Smooth Area on Asteroid Ryugu

Scientists are analyzing data collected by the rovers to determine the best landing spot for Hayabusa2 spacecraft....

2 days ago, 1:58pm CST

Dracula Ant Sets the Record for Fastest Moving Animal

Dracula Ant Sets the Record for Fastest Moving Animal

Dracula ants can snap their jaws at speeds of up to 90 meters per second, 5,000 times faster than the blink of an eye....

2 days ago, 9:05am CST

NASA’s InSight Lander Records Actual Sounds of Wind on Mars

NASA’s InSight Lander Records Actual Sounds of Wind on Mars

InSight is the first mission dedicated to studying Red Planet's deep interior....

1 week ago, 10:22pm CST

Space Travel won’t Affect a Major Aspect of Immune System

Space Travel won’t Affect a Major Aspect of Immune System

Researchers have found that B-cell immune competency was unaffected during long-term mission on the ISS....

Dec 9 2018, 1:12pm CST

Why Do We Feel Urge to Squeeze Cute Animals and Babies?

Why Do We Feel Urge to Squeeze Cute Animals and Babies?

Scientists may have found a reason for seeing something too cute and feeling the need to squeeze or pinch it....

Dec 9 2018, 8:27am CST

A Treasure Trove of Planets Found Hiding in Dust

A Treasure Trove of Planets Found Hiding in Dust

Gaps and ring-like structures in Taurus star-forming region can be best explained by the presence of nascent planets....

Dec 9 2018, 2:32am CST

China Launches First Mission to the Far Side of the Moon

China Launches First Mission to the Far Side of the Moon

Chang'e-4 mission is expected to land on moon around the New Year and will carry out experiments and survey....

Dec 8 2018, 10:29pm CST

Geckos can Run on Water

Geckos can Run on Water

Researchers have found that the mid-sized reptile actually use four distinct strategies to stay atop the water surface....

Dec 8 2018, 8:28am CST

Rare, Black Butterfly Named for Pioneering Female Naturalist

Rare, Black Butterfly Named for Pioneering Female Naturalist

The new species is extremely rare and is known for only two specimens....

Dec 8 2018, 4:16am CST

Distant Exoplanet is Inflated Like a Balloon

Distant Exoplanet is Inflated Like a Balloon

Researchers have detected an extended helium cloud around HAT-P-11b that is escaping from the planet....

Dec 7 2018, 10:58pm CST

Jurassic-era Reptile Fossil Still has Blubber and Skin

Jurassic-era Reptile Fossil Still has Blubber and Skin

Researchers have found that 180-million-year-old ichthyosaur and modern dolphins are more closely related than previously thoug...

Dec 7 2018, 2:01pm CST

First Look at Sun’s North Pole with ESA Satellite

First Look at Sun’s North Pole with ESA Satellite

Using Proba-2 observations, researchers have pieced together picture of the Sun's polar regions....

Dec 7 2018, 5:05am CST

Gases around Black Holes Act Like Fountains, Study Finds

Gases around Black Holes Act Like Fountains, Study Finds

Using ALMA observations, researchers have found that the rings of gas around supermassive black holes involve a dynamic circula...

Dec 5 2018, 9:48am CST

Algae on Coral Reefs Make Sounds During Photosynthesis

Algae on Coral Reefs Make Sounds During Photosynthesis

Researchers have found that algae produce a distinctive "ping" while carrying out photosynthesis....

Dec 2 2018, 5:25pm CST

Kepler Telescope Witnesses the First Moments of a Dying Star in Detail

Kepler Telescope Witnesses the First Moments of a Dying Star in Detail

The exploding star SN 2018oh is located in a spiral galaxy at a distance of more than 170 million light years away....

Dec 2 2018, 1:40pm CST

High-speed Camera Shows How Tiny Particles Hit a Surface

High-speed Camera Shows How Tiny Particles Hit a Surface

Impacts at high speeds produce a brief period of melting and damage a surface....

Dec 2 2018, 6:19am CST

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Spots a Shiny Object on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Spots a Shiny Object on Mars

Dubbed "Little Colonsay," the object is believed to be a meteorite....

Dec 2 2018, 1:23am CST

Mysterious Seismic Waves Rippled Around the Earth

Mysterious Seismic Waves Rippled Around the Earth

The low-frequency ringing was detected earlier this month by U.S. Geological Survey....

Dec 1 2018, 10:21pm CST

Astronomers Measure All of the Starlight Produced by Observable Universe

Astronomers Measure All of the Starlight Produced by Observable Universe

Data from Fermi telescope allow researches to measure the entire amount of starlight ever emitted....

Dec 1 2018, 4:07pm CST

Paleontologists Discover an Ancient Whale that had Neither Teeth Nor Baleen

Paleontologists Discover an Ancient Whale that had Neither Teeth Nor Baleen

The fossil reveals a surprising intermediary step between the baleen whales that live today and their toothed ancestors....

Dec 1 2018, 7:04am CST

MIT Researchers Find a Way to Provide Cooling without Power

MIT Researchers Find a Way to Provide Cooling without Power

The new passive system could be used to preserve food and medications in hot, off-grid locations....

Nov 30 2018, 11:49pm CST

Siberian Unicorn Once Lived Alongside Humans

Siberian Unicorn Once Lived Alongside Humans

Genetic analysis shows that climate change, not humans, wiped out giant Ice Age rhinoceros....

Nov 30 2018, 8:56pm CST

NASA’s InSight Lander Takes First Images after Touching Down at Mars

NASA’s InSight Lander Takes First Images after Touching Down at Mars

The new mission arrived at Mars on Monday and appears to be in good shape....

Nov 30 2018, 6:09am CST

New Deep-sea Microbes Eat Greenhouse Gases

Newly Discovered Deep-sea Microbes Eat Greenhouse Gases

Researchers have discovered nearly two dozen new types of microbes in the extremely hot, deep-sea sediments that consume harmfu...

Nov 29 2018, 8:40pm CST

New Wasp Species Found that Turns Spiders into Zombies

New Wasp Species Found that Turns Spiders into Zombies

The new wasp species slowly takes control of the body of its hapless victim and transforms it into a zombie....

Nov 29 2018, 12:07am CST

Termite Mounds in Brazil are So Massive That they can be Seen from Space

Termite Mounds in Brazil are So Massive That they can be Seen from Space

If combined, the mounds cover an area the size of Great Britain....

Nov 25 2018, 4:39pm CST

Neuroscientist Discovers Previously Hidden Region in Human Brain

Neuroscientist Discovers Previously Hidden Region in Human Brain

The new region is found near the point where brain connects with the spinal cord....

Nov 25 2018, 11:57am CST

Scientists Find Remains of a Dinosaur-era Herbivore

Scientists Find Remains of a Dinosaur-era Herbivore

The find overturns the notion that dinosaurs were the only giant plant-eaters in Triassic period....

Nov 25 2018, 3:48am CST

Five Strains of Bacteria have been Found on International Space Station

Five Strains of Bacteria have been Found in International Space Station

Understanding the behavior of bacteria in microgravity of space is important for protecting astronauts....

Nov 24 2018, 10:52pm CST

Scientists Confirm the Existence of Water on a Gas Giant’s Atmosphere

Scientists Confirm the Existence of Water in a Gas Giant’s Atmosphere

The young giant gas planet HR 8799c is about 7 times the mass of Jupiter and orbits its star every 200 years....

Nov 24 2018, 7:00pm CST

Scientists Consider the Possibility of Dimming Sun to Slow Global Warming

Scientists Consider the Possibility of Dimming Sun to Slow Global Warming

New study has found that an atmospheric spraying program would be effective and remarkably inexpensive....

Nov 24 2018, 1:12pm CST

Icelandic Glacier is Producing More Methane Than All European Volcanoes Combined

Icelandic Glacier is Producing More Methane Than All European Volcanoes Combined

New study says Solheimajokull glacier releases up to 41 tons of harmful methane gas every day during the summer months....

Nov 24 2018, 7:54am CST