Receive up-to-the-minute news updates on the hottest topics with NewsHub. Install now.

Science

All category news

  • Impressive Senior debut for O'Meara-Hunt in Oz

    20 September 2017 2:57 AM 16

    Teenage Wellington karter Rianna O'Meara-Hunt confirmed her potential as one of Australasia's best up-and-coming talents with an impressive debut in the Senior ranks at the final round of Australia's Rotax Pro Tour series at Wodonga in Victoria over the weekend. So far this year the young female racer has competed in the Junior Rotax class. Having just turned

  • Cassini ends 20-year journey

    15 September 2017 1:18 PM 8

    The Saturn probe Cassini has disintegrated in the planet's atmosphere, bringing its 20-year mission to the ringed planet to an end. Cassini had been investigating Saturn and its moons since 2004 as part of a $A4.2 billion project which has unearthed a treasure trove of discoveries. At 9:56 pm AEST time, radio contact with the 22ft-long nuclear-powered

  • International Space Station Welcomes Three New Members

    14 September 2017 8:50 AM 10

    Three new crew members have arrived at the International Space Station, restoring the station's crew to six, NASA said on Wednesday. NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Joe Acaba and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos arrived at the International Space Station at 10.55 pm EDT on Tuesday (8.25 am on Wednesday, India time). The space

  • Image: Large Binocular Telescope snags first glimpse of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft since launch

    10 September 2017 6:11 PM 67

    On Sept. 22, NASA's OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer) spacecraft will make a close approach to Earth, using the planet's gravity to slingshot itself ... NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft fired its thrusters to position itself on the correct course for its upcoming Earth flyby. The spacecraft

  • Cassini’s Final Mission: Solve the Mysteries of Saturn’s Rings

    9 September 2017 12:00 PM 2

    Researchers hope the NASA probe’s measurements will help reveal the rings’ mass, a clue to their age After 20 years in space, a vintage probe called Cassini is entering its last waltz with Saturn with a series of rhythmic maneuvers to explore one of the most dazzling planetary features in the cosmos—Saturn’s vast icy rings. The NASA spacecraft has been swooping

  • Dunking magpie surprises York researchers

    7 September 2017 11:58 AM 10

    SCIENTISTS at the University of York, in collaboration with researchers at Western Sydney University, have shown that the Australian Magpie may ‘dunk’ its food in water before eating. The research could potentially shed more light on the dietary systems of some bird species and how they respond to the defences of its prey. Eleanor Drinkwater, PhD student

  • Koala focus during National Threatened Species Week

    4 September 2017 2:52 AM 16

    Of all the koalas rescued by the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital this year, 26 have sadly died. A juvenile rescued from the roadside by the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, he was held under observation for a few days before being released into a suitable habitat. Of those rescued by the Koala Hospital in the first months of this year, 26 sadly died. Threatened

  • This 3,700-Year-Old Babylonian Clay Tablet Just Changed The History of Maths

    24 August 2017 10:16 PM 145

    A Babylonian clay tablet dating back 3,700 years has been identified as the world's oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, suggesting the Babylonians beat the ancient Greeks to the invention of trigonometry by over 1,000 years. The tablet, known as Plimpton 322, was discovered in the early 1900s in what is now southern Iraq, but researchers have always

  • Keep the nighttime scaries away with this glowing, dino-shaped gadget

    22 August 2017 4:11 PM 24

    Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Pets are great. Nightlights are also great. What would you get if they mated? The Dino Pet: the world’s first bioluminescent “pet.” This slightly magical, Apatosaurus-shaped object fits in the palm of your hand and gives off a soft, blue glow whenever

  • Total solar eclipse: The best photos as Moon casts swathe of US into darkness

    21 August 2017 8:12 PM 26

    Explore the best photos as the Moon casts a swathe of the US into darkness. "Twenty hours, three drivers, four adults, two six-year-old twins — it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience!" "It's like nothing else you will ever see or ever do. It can be religious. It makes you feel insignificant, like you're just a speck in the whole scheme of things