Oct 22, 2021
Asteroids May Have Stolen Oxygen From Earth Atmosphere
For a period of Earth's history, between roughly 2.5 to 4 billion years ago, our planet was a punching bag for asteroids. During this time, Earth was absolutely pelted with large...
Oct 3, 2021
Photosynthesis Could Be Possible in Clouds of Venus
The putative detection of phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus raised the fascinating question of whether it could be of biological origin. Given how inhospitable Venus appears...
Sep 9, 2021
Huge, Unknown Cambrian Bug Fossil Has Been Found
Amid the swarms of small surreal things scuttling and swimming across planet Earth 500 million years ago, a giant loomed. Titanokorys gainesi, newly discovered in the Burgess Shale...
Sep 8, 2021
Scientists Identify 7 Distinct Personality Traits in Cats
Ask any cat person to describe their feline friend, and they'll likely affectionately say "jerkface". Cat people also know, however, that each little fuzzy jerkface is its very own...
Sep 2, 2021
'Accident' Brown Dwarf Hints at Lots of Unknown Stars
There are many kinds of stars out there in the big, wide Universe. We have a whole system for categorizing them according to temperature, size, and brightness.
Jul 30, 2021
Newly Found World Is Closest Directly Imaged Exoplanet
Exoplanets are tricksy little beasts. As they are very small, very dim, and very far away, seeing them directly is extremely challenging and rare. As such, we usually infer their...
Jul 28, 2021
How We Could Make Antimatter Out of Light
A new study by scientists has demonstrated how researchers may be able to create an accelerating jet of antimatter from light. A team of physicists has shown that high-intensity...
Jul 27, 2021
A New Way to Levitate Objects Using Sound Only
A newly developed method of levitating and manipulating tiny objects using sound waves could represent a major step forward for the technology. Engineers in Japan have figured out...
Jul 18, 2021
Jumping Spiders May Have Surprising Cognitive Ability
Tiny little jumping spiders, with their magnificent eyes, seem to be able to do something we'd only ever seen before in vertebrates: distinguishing between animate and inanimate...
Jul 16, 2021
Finding 10 Phases of Plasma Could Bring Fusion Closer
A new way of classifying magnetized plasma has led to the discovery of 10 previously unknown topological phases of plasma. Learning more about these phases, and specifically the...
Jul 11, 2021
Scientists Have Created a New Flexible Form of Ice
Water ice isn't exactly known for its flexibility. In fact, it's quite the opposite: rigid and brittle, easily fracturing and snapping. It's why avalanches and sea ice fragmentation...
Jul 8, 2021
Methane on Enceladus Could Actually Be a Sign of Life
When the Cassini-Huygens probe dove through the salty plumes belching from the interior of Saturn's moon Enceladus, it made an unexpected detection: a collection of compounds that...
Jun 24, 2021
3,000-Year-Old Bones Reveal Oldest Shark Attack Victim
The risk of death from an encounter with a shark may be grossly exaggerated in popular culture, but that's likely small consolation to a man who lived and died 3,000 years ago. His...
Jun 20, 2021
How Do Constantly Swimming Sharks Ever Rest?
Even predators can't stay awake all the time. But sharks, those sleek hunters of the deep, don't exactly advertise when they're taking a power nap. A strange behavior has given them...
Jun 10, 2021
One Telescope Detected Hundreds of Fast Radio Bursts
In just its first year of operations, a Canadian radio telescope has quadrupled the number of detections of strange cosmic signals known as extragalactic fast radio bursts. Between...
Jun 8, 2021
Tiny Animals Revived After 24,000 Years in Permafrost
For tens of thousands of years, a microscopic creature lay frozen and immobile underground in the Siberian permafrost. Yet, when scientists thawed it out, the tiny multicellular...
Jun 3, 2021
This 2D Material Is Way Tougher Than Graphene
A two-dimensional material with similar physical properties to graphene has now turned out to blow graphene out of the water in terms of toughness. The material is called hexagonal...
Jun 1, 2021
Debris Hit and Slightly Damaged the Space Station
The inevitable has occurred. A piece of space debris too small to be tracked has hit and damaged part of the International Space Station - namely, the Canadarm2 robotic arm. The...
May 25, 2021
Mystery Formation of Rich Gold Veins Might Be Solved
Gold, for all its wonderful uses, isn't hugely abundant in Earth's upper layers. For each ton of crust material, there's an estimated just 0.004 grams of the precious metal. Yet...
Apr 18, 2021
The Wild Warping of Binary Black Holes
Although it's extremely difficult to directly image the shadow of and the space around a black hole, that's not the only tool astronomers have in their kit. Based on years of...
Apr 16, 2021
Planet Nine May Not Be Where We Think
If Planet Nine is out there, a large, mysterious planet lurking at the dark edges of the Solar System, it may not be where we thought it might be. According to astronomers searching...
Apr 9, 2021
17th Century Bishop Mysteriously Buried With a Fetus
Bishop of Lund Peder Pedersen Winstrup, of the Churches of Sweden and Denmark, died in 1679. An important and well-respected man, his body was mummified and laid to rest in a family...
Mar 24, 2021
A Star Just Exploded in the Sky and It's Easy to See
According to reports in The Astronomer's Telegram, a star in the region of the constellation of Cassiopeia has just gone nova, and the glow is still visible in the night sky. If...
Mar 23, 2021
How These 'Spiders' Might Form on Mars
We may not have detected life on Mars, but we have found 'spiders'... of a sort. They're called araneiforms: dark, spider-like systems of branching, fractal troughs found only in the...
Mar 21, 2021
Discovery Changes Understanding of Star Formation
What we thought may have been an off-switch for star formation doesn't appear to work that way after all. New observations from the Hubble Space Telescope show the powerful...
Feb 23, 2021
'Ghost Particle' Detected Coming From a Shredded Star
A star completely torn apart when it ventured too close to a black hole has given science a rare gift. For the first time, scientists have detected a high-energy neutrino that was...
Feb 16, 2021
Planet Nine Might Be a Giant Illusion
A hypothetical mystery planet thought to be responsible for strange orbits in the outer Solar System just got dealt one of its biggest blows yet. According to a comprehensive...
Feb 14, 2021
Origin of Modern Humans Cannot Be Traced to One Point
Homo sapiens today look very different from our evolutionary origins, the microbes wriggling about in the primordial mud. But our emergence as a distinct species cannot, based on the...
Jan 5, 2021
Why Didn't Jupiter Become Our Second Sun?
The smallest known main-sequence star in the Milky Way galaxy is a real pixie of a thing. It's called EBLM J0555-57Ab, a red dwarf 600 light-years away. With a mean radius of around...
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