Hunt for life-supporting planets got a little shorter

If you are a "Star Trek" series lover, you will know what the popular Tau Ceti system is. Popularised in several fictional works, Tau Ceti is a very likely place to have life due to its proximity to Earth and the star's sun-like characteristics.

Anaesthetic gases raising Earth's temperature too
Anaesthetic gases raising Earth's temperature too

Anaesthetic gases may help doctors to cause temporary loss of sensation in patients and carry out surgery smoothly, but by accumulating in the Earth's atmosphere, they also contribute to climate change, says a new study.

NASA to test cutting-edge Mars landing technology
NASA to test cutting-edge Mars landing technology

NASA will be flying a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space from the Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, in June, the US space agency said in a statement.

Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming, ozone loss
Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming, ozone loss

A new study has recently revealed that Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming andozone loss , as it released tons of harmful chemical in the atmosphere.

Mysterious warm layer found in Venus' atmosphere
Mysterious warm layer found in Venus' atmosphere

A group of scientists has found a warm layer in Venus' atmosphere, the nature of which is still unknown.

Irregularities in Earth's atmosphere can distort GPS signals
Irregularities in Earth's atmosphere can distort GPS signals

Scientists are studying the irregularities in Earth's upper atmosphere, that can distort GPS signals, to help overcome their effects on communications.

NASA laser technology to measure methane

 Scientists would soon be able to tell the exact measure of methane in the atmosphere with the help of a new, highly accurate instrument.

New sensor spots minute quantities of atmospheric mercury

Researchers have developed a new sensor to detect minute levels of mercury in the atmosphere in just 10 seconds.
 

Ocean warming melting one of largest Antarctica glaciers
Ocean warming melting one of largest Antarctica glaciers

One of the largest glaciers on the planet, Totten, is melting due to ocean warming, a phenomenon that demonstrates the vulnerability of East Antarctica and its role in increasing the level of the oceans.

Tiny probes to investigate Jupiter's atmosphere
Tiny probes to investigate Jupiter's atmosphere

Planetary scientists are considering firing a swarm of tiny probes - each with a different sensor - into the clouds of Jupiter and grab data as they fall before burning up in the giant planet's atmosphere.

NASA to set test inflatable technology
NASA to set test inflatable technology

 The US space agency is planning to test inflatable spacecraft technology for future missions to Red Planet.

Global warming changing taste of wine
Global warming changing taste of wine

The taste of some of the world's finest wines is changing as global warming alters the way grapes mature, scientists have found.

Massive volcanic explosions contributed to dinosaurs' extinction
Massive volcanic explosions contributed to dinosaurs' extinction

A new research has examined that a series of colossal volcanic explosions 66 million years ago, emitted massive amounts of climate-altering gases into the atmosphere immediately before and during the extinction of non-avian dinosaurs.

Cassini sheds new light on Europa's atmosphere
Cassini sheds new light on Europa's atmosphere

Astronomers have revealed that analysis of NASA's Cassini spacecraft's data collected during its 2001 flyby of Jupiter sheds new light on the atmosphere of the planet's moon Europa.

MAVEN's first results may offer clues to how Mars lost atmosphere
MAVEN's first results may offer clues to how Mars lost atmosphere

The first results from NASA's MAVEN mission may be able to provide clues regarding how Mars lost its atmosphere to space over time.

Small space rocks wiped out Earth's primitive atmosphere

A relentless blitz of small space rocks may have bombarded Earth around the time the Moon was formed, kicking up clouds of gas with enough force to permanently eject small portions of the atmosphere into space, a new study has found.

Air pollution in Delhi worst during winter: Study

Air pollution in Delhi is worst during winter season, a study said Tuesday.

NASA's Orion all set for December 4 test flight
NASA's Orion all set for December 4 test flight

Designed to carry astronauts to deep space destinations like Mars, NASA's Orion spacecraft is all set to blast off for its first test flight Dec 4.

Carbon sheds fresh light on origin of life
Carbon sheds fresh light on origin of life

New findings have revealed long unknown details about carbon deep beneath the Earth’s surface, suggesting ways this carbon might have influenced the history of life on the planet.

Small volcanic eruptions slowing down global warming over past 15 yrs
Small volcanic eruptions slowing down global warming over past 15 yrs

 A new research has suggested that small volcanic eruptions may have contributed to the recent slowdown in global warming over the past 15 years.