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.

Exoplanet’s Magnetic Field is Generated by a Totally Different Process

Exoplanets' Magnetic Field is Generated by a Totally Different Process

Researchers suggest that super-Earths probably do have magnetic fields but they are generated by the planets' magma oceans...

Nov 23 2018, 9:59pm CST

Newly Discovered Pinwheel Star System is Unlike Anything Ever Seen Before

Newly Discovered Pinwheel Star System is Unlike Anything Ever Seen Before

The new star system is the first known candidate in the Milky Way to produce a dangerous gamma-ray burst....

Nov 23 2018, 3:53pm CST

Scientists Find a Way to Melt Gold at Room Temperature

Scientists Find a Way to Melt Gold at Room Temperature

New study has shown that gold atoms break almost all their connections to each other when they are exposed to strong electric f...

Nov 23 2018, 5:36am CST

MIT Researchers Create First-ever Plane With No Moving Parts

MIT Researchers Create First-ever Plane With No Moving Parts

The new ion drive craft produces no harmful exhaust and makes no noise....

Nov 22 2018, 3:46pm CST

World’s First Total-body Scanner Takes Stunning 3D Images of Whole Body

World’s First Total-body Scanner Takes Stunning 3D Images of Whole Body

The new device produces an image of an entire body in as little as 20-30 seconds....

Nov 22 2018, 12:14am CST

Astronomers may have Discovered Sun’s Identical Twin

Astronomers may have Discovered Sun’s Identical Twin

HD186302 is a G3-type main sequence star that has age and chemical composition similar to our sun....

Nov 21 2018, 7:06pm CST

Recent Rains in Atacama Desert Caused the Death of Microbes, Study Finds

Recent Rains in Atacama Desert Caused the Death of Microbes, Study Finds

The never-before-seen rainfall triggered enormous devastation in the microbial species that lived in the driest and oldest dese...

Nov 18 2018, 12:40pm CST

Earth is Sucking up its Own Water

Earth is Sucking up its Own Water

Tectonic plates drag about three times more water down into the Earth's interior than previously estimated....

Nov 18 2018, 9:14am CST

Huge Crater Found Under Greenland Ice

Huge Crater Found Under Greenland Ice

This is the first time that a crater of any size has been found under an ice sheet on Earth....

Nov 18 2018, 3:22am CST

Super-Earth Discovered Orbiting Barnard’s Star

Super-Earth Discovered Orbiting Barnard’s Star

Barnard's star is the next closest star to the Sun after the Alpha Centauri triple system....

Nov 17 2018, 10:27pm CST

Researchers Create a New Branch on Evolutionary Family Tree

Researchers Create a New Branch on Evolutionary Family Tree

New evidence suggests that hemimastigotes represent a major new branch of evolutionary life....

Nov 17 2018, 4:09pm CST

A Dark Matter Hurricane is Heading Towards Earth

A Dark Matter Hurricane is Heading Towards Earth

The hurricane offers chance to detect axions, particles that might make up dark matter....

Nov 17 2018, 12:00pm CST

High-speed Imaging Shows How Bursting Bubbles Launch Bacteria from Water to Air

High-speed Imaging Shows How Bursting Bubbles Launch Bacteria from Water to Air

Researchers have found that contaminated bubbles remained on water surface longer than uncontaminated bubbles....

Nov 17 2018, 2:05am CST

Brightest Galaxy is Gobbling up its Neighbors

Brightest Galaxy is Gobbling up its Neighbors

Researchers suggest that the material that the luminous known galaxy is stealing from other galaxies is likely contributing to...

Nov 16 2018, 7:48pm CST

China’s Nuclear Reactor Gets Six Times Hotter than Sun

China’s Nuclear Reactor Gets Six Times Hotter than Sun

"Artificial sun" sets new record by achieving temperatures over 100 million degrees....

Nov 16 2018, 3:43pm CST

Prehistoric Cave Art Found Hidden in Graffiti

Prehistoric Cave Art Found Hidden in Graffiti

The images of a horse and prehistoric deer date as far back as 12,000 years ago....

Nov 16 2018, 10:44am CST

Stable Polar Bear Population Found in Alaska

Stable Polar Bear Population Found in Sea near Alaska

Recent ecological observations suggest that polar bears are doing well in Chukchi Sea....

Nov 15 2018, 10:52pm CST

Humongus Fungus is Spreading Under Michigan

A Humongous Fungus is Spreading Under Michigan

A huge underground fungus that is one of the largest living organisms on the planet has turned out to be much bigger and much o...

Nov 15 2018, 2:13pm CST

Climate Change Led to Collapse of Indus Ancient Indus Valley Civilization

Climate Change Led to Collapse of Ancient Indus Valley Civilization

Researchers have found that a shift in temperatures and weather patterns over the Indus valley caused summer monsoon rains to g...

Nov 14 2018, 10:50pm CST

Gaia fings Ghost Galaxy

Gaia Satellite Spots Ghost Galaxy on outskirts of Milky Way

Astronomers Spots Ghost Galaxy that Remained Invisible Earlier...

Nov 13 2018, 2:26pm CST

Scientists Create Sound of Sunrise on Mars

Scientists Create Sound of Sunrise on Mars

The piece of music is based on the data from NASA's Opportunity rover....

Nov 11 2018, 3:02pm CST

DNA Testing Reveals a Surprising Origin of World’s Oldest Mummy

DNA Testing Reveals a Surprising Origin of World’s Oldest Mummy

Genome analysis confirms that 10,000-year-old ancient skeleton was Native American....

Nov 11 2018, 11:52am CST

Satellite Reveals Remnants of Lost Continents under Antarctica

Satellite Reveals Remnants of Lost Continents under Antarctica

The gravity data shows that West Antarctica has a thinner crust and lithosphere compared to that of East Antarctica....

Nov 11 2018, 8:43am CST

Scientists Creat Bionic Mushroom that Generates Electricity

Scientists Create Bionic Mushroom that can Generate Electricity

The idea could have potential as an alternative energy source....

Nov 11 2018, 5:47am CST

New Tracking System Shows How Pesticides Affect Bees’ Behavior

New Tracking System Shows How Pesticides Affect Bees’ Behavior

Researchers have found that pesticide exposure impairs bees' social behavior and interactions....

Nov 10 2018, 5:40pm CST

Three-species Hybrid Bird Discovered

Three-species Hybrid Bird Discovered

Genetic analysis has shown that a Pennsylvanian bird is the offspring of a hybrid warbler mother and a warbler father from an e...

Nov 10 2018, 2:22pm CST

Footprints of a Reptile-like Creature Discovered in Grand Canyon

Footprints of a Reptile-like Creature Discovered in Grand Canyon

The footprints were created some 310 million years ago, which makes them the oldest ever to be found in Grand Canyon National P...

Nov 10 2018, 10:47am CST

NASA Satellite Sends Back Views of Earth from One Million Miles Away

NASA Satellite Sends Back Views of Earth from One Million Miles Away

The unprecedented observations by DSCOVR satellite are providing more insights into Earth's weather and climate....

Nov 10 2018, 5:31am CST

NASA Figures Out Where the Perfect Rectangular Iceberg was Born

NASA Figures Out Where the Perfect Rectangular Iceberg was Born

The sharp-angled iceberg had a longer, rougher journey than was initially thought....

Nov 9 2018, 6:00pm CST

Astronaut Captures Mysterious Orange Glow Around Earth

Astronaut Captures Mysterious Orange Glow Around Earth

The orange hue enveloping Earth was photographed from space station while orbiting at an high altitude over Australia....

Nov 9 2018, 2:22pm CST

Wind Turbines are Harming Birds, Study Finds

Wind Turbines are Harming Birds, Study Finds

Wind farms act as a top predator in the food chain because they keep the raptors at bay....

Nov 9 2018, 9:07am CST

Mars InSight Mission’s Landing Site is as Flat as a Stadium Parking Lot

Mars InSight Mission’s Landing Site is as Flat as a Stadium Parking Lot

Once InSight makes it to Mars, the mission will study the deep interior of the planet....

Nov 8 2018, 2:53pm CST

New Device Helps Frogs Regenerate their Legs

New Device Helps Frogs Regenerate their Legs

The breakthrough can improve our understanding of regeneration and help advance treatment of amputation injuries....

Nov 8 2018, 11:17am CST

NASA’s Parker Probe Makes First Close Approach to Sun

NASA’s Parker Probe Makes First Close Approach to Sun

Humanity's first ever solar mission reached within 15 million miles of the sun's surface on November 5....

Nov 8 2018, 7:38am CST

Seafloor is Dissolving Due to More Acidic Water

Seafloor is Dissolving Due to More Acidic Water

New study says that chalky white seafloor is becoming more of a murky brown as rising levels of CO2 are absorbed by the world&#...

Nov 7 2018, 2:41pm CST

Hubble Telescope Sees a Smiling Face in Space

Hubble Telescope Sees a Smiling Face in Space

New image taken by Hubble shows a patch of space filled with galaxies of all shapes, colors and sizes....

Nov 4 2018, 2:25pm CST

Oceans are Absorbing 60% More Heat Than Previously Thought

Oceans are Absorbing 60% More Heat Than Previously Thought

Researchers have found that world oceans have taken in more than 13 zettajoules of heat energy each year between 1991 and 2016....

Nov 4 2018, 10:17am CST

NASA Release First 8K Video from Space

NASA Releases First 8K Video from Space

The stunning 8K video takes viewers through a variety of experiments and facilities aboard space station....

Nov 4 2018, 6:18am CST

Kepler Telescope is Dead after Finding Thousands of Alien Worlds

Kepler Telescope is Dead after Finding Thousands of Alien Worlds

Astronomers used Kepler observations to discover 2,818 exoplanets and as many potential candidates....

Nov 4 2018, 2:28am CST

Scientists Watch Whales from Space

Scientists Watch Whales from Space

Satellite images allow researchers to track whales without travelling to remote and inaccessible areas in oceans....

Nov 3 2018, 6:31pm CDT