Sep 10, 2021
Komodo Dragons Are Lurching Toward Extinction
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has updated the status of the Komodo dragon to endangered, a worrying development for the world’s largest lizard. The...
Sep 6, 2021
A New Place Where Planet Nine Could Be Hiding
Five years ago, a couple of astronomers declared they had found evidence for another planet in our solar system, a so-called “Planet X.” Though now commonly referred to...
Sep 5, 2021
Rare, Early Version of the King Arthur Legend Translated
A team of researchers has published a full English translation of an 800-year-old passage from the story of King Arthur. They also analyzed the handwriting and linguistic style of...
Aug 27, 2021
New Dark Matter Detector Records Unexplained Signals
The disc-shaped resonator measures less than 2 centimeters across, yet the innocuous device is eavesdropping on spacetime. It’s a newly built acoustic wave resonator, and in...
Aug 24, 2021
Next Steps After Mars Rover's Attempt to Collect Rock Fails
Scientists at NASA were pretty excited in early August when the Perseverance rover indicated that it had drilled its first sample of Martian rock. But as it turned out, the sample...
Aug 21, 2021
Scans of Tyrannosaur Skulls Reveal Echoes of Dino Brains
Not much is known about Daspletosaurus, a late Cretaceous theropod that thrived in the forests of North America 75 million years ago. Now, paleontologists have shined a literal light...
Aug 17, 2021
Ripples in Saturn’s Rings Reveal Planet's Core Is Jiggly
A team of astrophysicists looking at data from the Cassini spacecraft’s tour of Saturn have estimated a new size for the planet’s core. Studying gravitational effects on...
Aug 13, 2021
Why NASA's Mars Rover Failed to Collect Its First Rock
The Perseverance rover may have hit its first major hiccup on Mars, as last week’s attempt at sampling Martian rock turned up a perplexing amount of nothing. Yesterday, mission...
Aug 12, 2021
Bonobos Appear to Say 'Hello' and 'Goodbye' to Each Other
You don’t walk up to a coworker without some sort of greeting, and you don’t end conversations simply by turning heel. There are rules to the game of social behavior, and...
Aug 1, 2021
Underground 'Lakes' on Mars May Just Be Globs of Clay
Recent hubbub about subsurface lakes detected on Mars has a new twist, as new research argues that the underground structures aren’t lakes at all. The researchers behind the...
Jul 29, 2021
Physicists See Light Echoing From Behind a Black Hole
Astrophysicists have detected light coming from the far side of a black hole, using telescopes to see physics predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity but not yet...
Jul 26, 2021
How Do We Know What Neanderthals Looked Like?
When quarry workers dislodged a skullcap and a bunch of bones from a cave near Düsseldorf in 1856, little did anyone realize the remains would reveal an entirely new branch on...
Jul 19, 2021
'Mountains' on Neutron Stars Less Than a Millimeter Tall
A team of astrophysicists recently used new models of neutron stars to map the mountains—tiny raised areas—on the stars’ otherwise perfectly spherical structures....
Jul 16, 2021
Two Bull Sharks Swam All the Way to St. Louis
Bull sharks are coastal creatures, but at least two of the animals were able to make it as far inland as St. Louis by swimming up the Mississippi River, according to a team of...
Jun 27, 2021
Scientists Find More Subsurface Lakes on Mars
Researchers peering at layered deposits on Mars’ south pole found what appear to be dozens of subsurface lakes, though many of them are in areas where water would be...
May 28, 2021
Physicists Caught Two Atoms 'Talking' to Each Other
A team of physicists in the Netherlands and Germany recently placed a bunch of titanium atoms under a scanning tunneling microscope. Those atoms were in constant, quiet interaction...
May 25, 2021
Mystery of the Watermelon's Origins Possibly Solved
Researchers have identified the likely origins of Citrinus lanatus vulgaris, commonly known as the watermelon, according to a new study. Their work pegs a Sudanese melon as the...
Apr 30, 2021
Found: A Billion-Year-Old Fossil Multicellular Organism
On the shores of a Scottish loch lie geologic deposits dating back a billion years, and within the rocks is evidence of the earliest known non-marine multicellular organism,...
Apr 25, 2021
Bones of Giant Cloud Rats Found in Philippine Cave
Alongside the tiny humans that once inhabited the Philippines lived several hitherto unknown species of giant rats, according to a new study published today in the Journal of...
Apr 21, 2021
Big Amphibious Centipede Discovered Attacking Prawns
Creepy, crawly, newly discovered. The latest critter to emerge from the Japanese archipelago is an 8-inch-long, 1-inch-wide centipede, the first to be identified in Japan in...
Apr 13, 2021
MIT Researchers Want to Talk to Spiders
If you think working from home is hard, consider the spider, who lives at work in a house it built. Arachnids use their intricate webs to trap meals, navigating across the structure...
Apr 11, 2021
Looking for Secrets to Regeneration in Axolotl Genome
Its adorableness aside, the Mexican axolotl is a salamander of particular interest to scientists. On the molecular level, the animal seems to have a cheat code for life: It can...
Apr 4, 2021
Study Exposes Weird Tsunamis Caused by Gravity Waves
On April 13, 2018, a huge swell of water broke on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. It was a tsunami, one far from any fault line typically associated with the ginormous waves....
Mar 31, 2021
3,000-Year-Old Mural of Spider God Found in Peru
It likely had eight legs, and at least one of them is still brandishing a knife. That’s the report from archaeologists in northern Peru, who have announced the discovery of a...
Mar 24, 2021
NASA Reveals Plan for First Helicopter Flight on Mars
So far, human exploration on Mars has been measured in the circular motion of orbiters above the planet and the meandering trails of rovers on the ground below. Early next month,...
Mar 12, 2021
Lamprey May Not Be Vertebrate Ancestor We Thought
Derpy from the side and hellish from below, the lamprey is the bane of the Great Lakes fisheries industry. A jawless, bloodsucking fish, the lamprey is often considered an ancestral...
Mar 5, 2021
The Hunt for Alien Fossils on Mars Has Begun
When the NASA Mars rover Perseverance was dramatically airlifted through the Red Planet’s atmosphere and touched down on the iron-rich soil, geologist and astrobiologist...
Mar 2, 2021
NASA’s Electric X-Plane Edges Closer to Its First Flight
Looking every bit like a winged tube of toothpaste, NASA’s X-57 Maxwell experimental plane sits in a hangar at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The is NASA’s first...
Feb 26, 2021
Remains Found Where Colonial Williamsburg Church Stood
Despite the amount of history that sits atop its soil, plenty of stories remain buried below Colonial Williamsburg. One of those stories is that of the First Baptist Church of...
Feb 7, 2021
Scientists Look at Neanderthal Poop to Understand Their Guts
Around 50,000 years ago, a bunch of Neanderthals made a home—and a bathroom—out of what is now a rocky escarpment south of Valencia, Spain. Over the last few years, some...
Jan 29, 2021
Ridiculously Tiny Chameleons Discovered in Madagascar
Researchers have found a minuscule chameleon in Northern Madagascar, which they believe to be the smallest reptile on the planet. Small body, big attitude—just look at that...
Jan 20, 2021
At Long Last, Paleontologists Scrutinize a Dinosaur Cloaca
Despite the huge number of dinosaur fossils found, from bones to feathers, precious little exists in the fossil record to explain dinosaur defecation, urination, or copulation....
Jan 19, 2021
Dark Matter Suspect Might Be Escaping From Neutron Stars
After axions were first theorized by physicists in the suburbs of Chicago 45 years ago, they quickly became a robust candidate for explaining dark matter. All this time, though, the...
Jan 11, 2021
New Signs That Meteorites Brought Life's Ingredients to Earth
Meteorites that formed in the earliest days of the solar system may contain liquid water, according to new research, lending credence to the theory that meteorites brought water and...
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