May 5, 2021
Natural Radio Signals Detected in Venus' Atmosphere
During its third flyby of Venus, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe recorded natural radio emissions from within the Venusian atmosphere. The finding is confirmation that Venus’s...
May 4, 2021
60 Million Stars and Not One Alien Detected
Astrobiologists with the Breakthrough Listen project have released the preliminary results of a SETI survey, in which the team hunted for radio signals along a line of sight that...
May 2, 2021
The Asteroid Impact Simulation Has Ended in Disaster
An international exercise to simulate an asteroid striking Earth has come to an end. With just six days to go before a fictitious impact, things don’t look good for a...
Apr 28, 2021
Musk-Bezos Space Feud Intensifies
Last week, NASA selected Elon Musk’s SpaceX over two other contenders to build the upcoming Artemis lunar lander. Blue Origin, founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has now filed...
Apr 27, 2021
People Emerge From Cave After 40-Day Time Experiment
What happens if you put 15 people together in a dark cave and take away their ability to track the passage of time? An extraordinary experiment in France has attempted to answer this...
Apr 22, 2021
Site of Harriet Tubman’s Family Home Found in Maryland
The site of a 19th-century cabin belonging to the family of Harriet Tubman has been uncovered in Maryland. It’s a significant find, as the location of the site, along with the...
Apr 6, 2021
WWII Navy Ship Is Now the Deepest Explored Wreck
The main section of the USS Johnston—sunk 77 years ago during the Battle of Leyte Gulf—has been discovered off the Philippine coast. Resting over 4 miles beneath the...
Mar 25, 2021
All the Aliens May Be Trapped in Underground Oceans
A planetary scientist says subterranean water worlds are likely common in the galaxy and probably even better for life than Earth-like environments. Should an intelligent species...
Mar 23, 2021
True Identity of Ancient 'Hobbit' Species Found?
Anthropologists know of at least two ancient species of tiny humans that lived on the islands of southeast Asia over 50,000 years ago. The origin of these extinct humans is unknown,...
Mar 21, 2021
Neanderthals Took Good Care of Their Teeth
Some 46,000 years ago in what is now the Polish highlands, a Neanderthal man got some food stuck between his teeth. So he did what any self-respecting hominin would do—he...
Mar 18, 2021
Footage Shows Bizarre Inner Workings of a Beehive
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a honey bee? These new video clips, taken from within a beehive, will give you a good sense. Extraordinary new footage shows bees working...
Mar 4, 2021
How Ancient, Defleshed Skull Ended Up in a Strange Spot
Archaeologists may have finally figured out how a 5,300-year-old skull ended up on the ledge of a deep vertical cave shaft in northern Italy. The skull, with no jaw, was discovered...
Feb 28, 2021
This New Image of Venus Shouldn't Actually Exist
A recent flyby of Venus by NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has resulted in an unexpectedly good image of the scorched planet, along with the revelation of a previously unknown...
Feb 17, 2021
Highest-Resolution Images of DNA Reveal It's Quite Jiggly
Scientists have captured the highest-resolution images ever taken of DNA, revealing previously unseen twisting and squirming behaviors. Deoxyribonucleic acid, otherwise known as DNA,...
Feb 15, 2021
What Could Go Wrong With Landing NASA's New Mars Rover
Failure could take on many forms next week when NASA’s next-gen rover, Perseverance, reaches the surface of the Red Planet. Here’s what needs to go right—and how...
Feb 11, 2021
Previously Undetected Chemical Reaction Spotted on Mars
For the first time ever, scientists have spotted hydrogen chloride on Mars. The source of this colorless gas remains unclear, but going theories include volcanic activity or a...
Feb 10, 2021
Huge Fish Isn’t 'Living Fossil' Scientists Thought
An analysis of coelacanth DNA suggests its genome has experienced some significant changes in recent evolutionary history, potentially dispelling the popular image of these iconic...
Feb 2, 2021
New Evidence Humans Absorbed Neanderthals
Prehistoric teeth found over 100 years ago are some of the best evidence yet for hybridized communities of Neanderthals and modern humans. We know that Neanderthals and early modern...
Feb 2, 2021
Time to Extend Human Embryo Research From 14 to 28 Days
A decades-old rule, in which research scientists are forbidden to experiment on human embryos beyond the 14-day mark, is being challenged by a British bioethicist, who says the rule...
Jan 24, 2021
Here's What Biden Should Prioritize at NASA
Despite the ongoing pandemic, there’s much to be excited about in space this year. NASA’s Perseverance rover is less than a month away from landing on Mars; the James...
Jan 22, 2021
Historic NASA Launch Platform Will Be Demolished
NASA’s Mobile Launcher Platform-2—a structure involved in the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions—is in the process of being torn down. Incredibly, the space agency...
Jan 10, 2021
Two Failed Stars in Cosmic Neighborhood May Have Stripes
Never appreciated for what they are, brown dwarfs are often compared to what they are not. Indeed, they’re stuck in a celestial no man’s land, classified neither as stars...
Jan 6, 2021
'Unusual Star' Unlike Anything Astronomers Have Seen
Space is full of surprises, like this apparent star—which, given the tumultuous circumstances of its formation, shouldn’t really exist. New research published in...
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