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03:10 2019-08-21

High blood pressure in your 40s linked to smaller brain size at 70 People with high blood pressure in their 40s seem to have smaller brains at age 70, suggesting that looking after your health may help prevent some forms of dementia...
03:00 2019-08-21

'Evil-genius' neutrino gun could unmask tiniest particles in the universe Neutrinos are perhaps the most underrated particles known to humankind. Physicist, smart guy and smart aleck Wolfgang Pauli first proposed their existence in 1930 as a missing puzzle piece — certain n...
23:48 2019-08-20

SEE IT: Thousands of birds killed during hailstorm at Montana wildlife preserve More than 11,000 waterfowl and wetland birds were killed or maimed after “baseball-sized” pieces of hail wreaked havoc over a Montana wildlife management area last weekend during a storm, state offici...
23:48 2019-08-20

'UFOs' are coming out of black holes and altering galaxies forever: 'It's all very new science' Black holes are still a mysterious force of spacetime, with the first image of one having been released just a few short months ago. Now, a new study suggests that "UFOs" are coming out of them, helpi...
23:48 2019-08-20

Elon Musk lauds Newt Gingrich's $2B moon competition prize SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gave his approval for a plan put forth by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to give a $2 billion prize to the first private company to establish and run the first base on ...
23:48 2019-08-20

Florida hurricanes predicted by scientist with unique technique Months after Hurricane Michael bruised the panhandle and Irma slammed into the Florida Keys, the community is bracing themselves for what comes next. One scientist with the Florida Gulf Coast Universi...
23:48 2019-08-20

'Nuclear winter' coming? Nuclear war between US and Russia would cause catastrophic event, study confirms Earlier this month, the U.S. pulled out of a Reagan-era nuclear treaty with Russia after the Trump administration assessed the country was in “material breach of the treaty” and made no effort to “com...
23:48 2019-08-20

'Storm Area 51' spurs rural Nevada county to draft emergency plan, approve 2 festivals Before the masses descend on the Nevada desert next month as part of the "Storm Area 51" event, local officials are pulling out all stops to ensure they are able to handle whatever crowds may come....
23:48 2019-08-20

New species of stegosaurus uncovered in Moroccan dig Scientists believe dinosaur dates back to 168m years ago during the middle Jurassic period A new species of one of the most recognisable types of dinosaur is also the oldest of its kind ever discovere...
22:24 2019-08-20

An inside look at the NHS's plans to revolutionise healthcare with AI From spotting cancer and triaging patients to rearranging hospital appointments, artificial intelligence has a lot to offer the NHS, says Indra Joshi...
21:36 2019-08-20

Is air pollution causing mental health conditions like depression? Evidence is growing that air pollution is linked to mental health conditions. But it's not clear yet how - and if - pollution may be affecting our brains....
21:36 2019-08-20

Ban the detention of pregnant women | Letter Emma Ginn, the director of Medical Justice, warns that women in immigration detention receive inadequate healthcareYou report how a pregnant rape survivor experiencing a miscarriage and barely able to...
19:36 2019-08-20

Atom spy Klaus Fuchs was motivated by conscience | Letter John Green says it’s simplistic to describe as a ‘traitor’ the physicist who supplied information about the Manhattan Project to the Soviet UnionGraham Farmelo’s review of a new book by Frank Close ab...
19:36 2019-08-20

Nasa mission to Jupiter moon Europa moves step closer to launch Mission that could shed light on possibility of life on icy rock is expected to lift off in 2025A Nasa mission to explore the most tantalising of Jupiter’s 79 moons has been given the green light to p...
19:36 2019-08-20

We could find alien life on exoplanets by looking for its glow Most of the closest exoplanets we’ve found orbit stars that can release flares of dangerous UV light, but those very flares might force life to evolve to glow...
19:12 2019-08-20

A battery-free sensor for underwater exploration To investigate the vastly unexplored oceans covering most our planet, researchers aim to build a submerged network of interconnected sensors that send data to the surface — an underwater “internet of ...
17:36 2019-08-20

The ambitious Europa Clipper has cleared an important step toward flight Enlarge / This is an earlier design of the Europa Clipper spacecraft. (credit: NASA) NASA has given its ambitious Europa Clipper mission a green light to proceed into final design and then into cons...
17:12 2019-08-20

Feeling the Heat? Blame Concrete If your city was slammed by record-shattering heat this summer, you can partly blame the stuff the city itself is made of. The scorching temperatures across Europe and the U.S. in July were made worse...
13:36 2019-08-20

Why does no one ever tell you how brilliant ageing can be? | Suzanne Moore In later life, you know what sparks joy: loving new things, discarding old things. It’s finally time to live as you want to live, not as you’re told you shouldIt started with a tweet. I wondered why p...
10:12 2019-08-20

An Archaeological Puzzle on the Danube Unique sculptures date from the historical moment when two peoples and two cultures met on the banks of a section of the river, now known as the Iron Gates....
10:12 2019-08-20

Physicists design an experiment to pin down the origin of the elements Nearly all of the oxygen in our universe is forged in the bellies of massive stars like our sun. As these stars contract and burn, they set off thermonuclear reactions within their cores, where nuclei...
06:36 2019-08-20

Plague-ridden prairie dogs pose danger to Colorado tourists Officials at a Colorado wildlife refuge are cautiously moving forward with a plan to reopen parts of their facility this week in the wake of a plague outbreak amongst prairie dogs in the area. The Roc...
06:12 2019-08-20

NASA needs your help to deliver cargo to its lunar Gateway NASA is inching closer to its return to the Moon, but its push to send crewed missions to the lunar surface is really just the start of a much larger initiative. A space station orbiting the Moon, whi...
06:12 2019-08-20

NASA’s Spitzer reveals surface conditions of distant exoplanet The hunt for exoplanets has ramped up in recent years as advancing telescope technology is allowing scientists to spot the telltale signs of planets orbiting distant stars. Astronomers are finding new...
06:12 2019-08-20

Study confirms that, yes, a nuclear war between the US and Russia would be the end of days It might sound silly to think that a nuclear war between the United States and Russia would be anything but the apocalypse, but for scientists studying climate and atmosphere, the changes such a confl...
06:12 2019-08-20

Space telescope offers rare glimpse of Earth-sized rocky exoplanet Direct observations from a NASA space telescope have for the first time revealed the atmospheric void of a rocky, Earth-sized world beyond our own solar system orbiting the most common type of star in...
03:48 2019-08-20

Neanderthals suffered from a veritable epidemic of swimmer’s ear Enlarge / The arrows point to bony growths called external auditory exostoses, or swimmer's ear, in the skull of a Neanderthal from La Chapelle-aux-Saints, in France. (credit: Erik Trinkaus) Swimme...
01:00 2019-08-20

Using Wall Street secrets to reduce the cost of cloud infrastructure Stock market investors often rely on financial risk theories that help them maximize returns while minimizing financial loss due to market fluctuations. These theories help investors maintain a balanc...
00:12 2019-08-20

Boosting computing power for the future of particle physics A new machine learning technology tested by an international team of scientists including MIT Assistant Professor Philip Harris and postdoc Dylan Rankin, both of the Laboratory for Nuclear Science, ca...
00:12 2019-08-20

A new way to deliver drugs with pinpoint targeting Most pharmaceuticals must either be ingested or injected into the body to do their work. Either way, it takes some time for them to reach their intended targets, and they also tend to spread out to ot...
00:12 2019-08-20

Rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet is missing an atmosphere Astronomers at MIT, Harvard University, and elsewhere have searched a rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet for signs of an atmosphere — and found none. Atmospheres have previously been detected on planets ...
00:12 2019-08-20

Watching electrons using extreme ultraviolet light A new technique developed by a team at MIT can map the complete electronic band structure of materials at high resolution. This capability is usually exclusive to large synchrotron facilities, but now...
00:12 2019-08-20

Planned Parenthood Refuses Federal Funds Over Abortion Restrictions Facing a Trump administration rule that forbids referrals for abortion, the organization decided to reject federal funding that pays for family planning for low-income women....
23:48 2019-08-19

Newt Gingrich proposes a $2 billion prize for a human Moon lander Enlarge / Blue Origin has proposed a "Blue Moon" lander to send cargo and potentially humans to the Moon. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) During 2020 campaign speeches, President Donald Trump reg...
23:48 2019-08-19

Why did so many Neanderthals end up with swimmer’s ear? Enlarge / The arrows point to bony growths called external auditory exostoses, or swimmer's ear, in the skull of a Neanderthal from La Chapelle-aux-Saints, in France. (credit: Erik Trinkaus) Swimme...
23:48 2019-08-19

Our obsession with perfection is damaging individuals and society Increasingly we strive for unreachable ideals in personal and public spheres – with damaging consequences from mental health problems to Brexit deadlock...
23:24 2019-08-19

A classic quantum theorem may prove there are many parallel universes If we accept that information can’t travel faster than the speed of light, a quantum theorem seems to require many worlds that split when you make a measurement...
23:24 2019-08-19

Climate change will drive longer extreme heatwaves in summer If the world warms by more than 2°C, extreme summer heat and rain are likely to last longer and lead to flooding, with serious effects for farming and health...
23:24 2019-08-19

Extinction Rebellion founder calls for mass psychedelic disobedience Gail Bradbrook, a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, has called for a mass ingestion of psychedelic substances in protest against the criminalisation of drugs...
23:24 2019-08-19

There are thousands of tardigrades on the Moon. Now what? Tardigrades, which live on every continent on Earth, are also (maybe) living on the moon, following the crash of a lunar lander carrying thousands of the microscopic water bears....
22:12 2019-08-19

Climate change will shrink 'virtually all' economies around the globe by 2100, study warns Plastic pollution found in the world's oceans and the melting permafrost in the Arctic could have startling economic burdens, perhaps as much as $2.5 trillion and $70 trillion, respectively....
22:12 2019-08-19

NASA glimpses surface of distant rocky exoplanet Data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has given scientists a first glimpse into conditions on the surface of a rocky exoplanet beyond the solar system....
22:12 2019-08-19

Mysterious sea creature spotted on beach draws 'Alien' comparison: 'Fascinating!' A woman taking an evening stroll on a beach in the United Kingdom came across a mysterious pale-blue creature she would later learn was a so-called “buoy barnacle,” an unusual and reportedly rarely-se...
22:12 2019-08-19

Vaping linked to 94 mysterious cases of severe lung disease in 14 states Enlarge / A person smokes a Juul Labs Inc. e-cigarette. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Saturday that it’s investigating a puzzling burst of seve...
18:00 2019-08-19

Greta Thunberg’s attackers are morally bankrupt, but her deification isn’t helpful | Julian Baggini The climate-crisis activist has made it clear herself that she wants the focus to be on the message, not the messengerAs Greta Thunberg sets sail across the Atlantic to the United Nations in New York,...
17:12 2019-08-19

Pig to human heart transplants 'possible within three years' Pioneer UK surgeon Sir Terence English says adapted organs could transform treatmentAdapted pig hearts could be transplanted into patients within three years, according to a report citing the surgeon ...
17:12 2019-08-19

Starwatch: the moon puts on a show in the hours before dawn This week, our natural satellite cuts a swath through the body of Taurus, the bullThis week, the waning moon cuts a swath through the body of Taurus in the pre-dawn hours.The show begins on 23 August ...
17:12 2019-08-19

Cardiovascular disease risk greater in people prone to insomnia - study People genetically predisposed to sleep problems have greater risk of heart failure and stroke, say researchersPeople who struggle with sleep might be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular prob...
17:12 2019-08-19

MDMA treatment for alcoholism could reduce relapse, study suggests Researchers say drug is safe and appears more effective than conventional treatmentsThe first study looking into the use of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction has shown the treatment is safe and early re...
17:12 2019-08-19

The five: surprising talents of the Neanderthals Embracing the arts as well as sports, they were masters of many different and complex disciplinesLast week, researchers from Washington University announced they had investigated the ear remains of 23...
17:12 2019-08-19

She Studies Sea Snakes by the Seafloor Sea snakes are the most diverse group of marine reptiles in the world, but they are poorly understood and threatened by development. Blanche D’Anastasi is among the scientists working to save them....
13:12 2019-08-19

No sex please, we're British (stick insects) Phasmids hailing from New Zealand become asexual after arriving in the UK A New Zealand stick insect that migrated to the UK more than seven decades ago has given up having sex and become asexual, pro...
09:48 2019-08-19

Record-Breaking Temperatures Around the World Are ‘Almost Entirely’ Due to Climate Change July 2019 was the hottest July and the hottest month on record globally since temperature records began in a year of many record-breaking temperatures as heat waves hit many parts of the world. This t...
03:24 2019-08-19

Liane Russell, Who Studied Radiation’s Effects on Embryos, Dies at 95 Her findings led to cautions against X-rays for pregnant women. She also discovered that the presence of the Y chromosome meant a mammalian embryo was male....
23:00 2019-08-18

The Guardian view on ethics for mathematicians: an essential addition Science may be morally neutral but scientists can’t be. They need to take seriously the ethical consequences of their work“‘Once the rockets ​are up, who cares where they come down? That’s not my depa...
21:48 2019-08-18

Hubble spots a big, weird blob of star gas When you gaze at the sky on a clear night, you can easily spot countless stars shining bright. Most of them look pretty much identical, aside from varying brightness, but when NASA’s Hubble Spac...
21:00 2019-08-18

How Climate Change Is Breaking Temperature Records Around the World in 2019 July 2019 was the hottest July and the hottest month on record globally since temperature records began in a year of many record-breaking temperatures as heat waves hit many parts of the world. This t...
18:36 2019-08-18

NHS says sepsis monitoring system has saved hundreds of lives Trials of digital alert technology had ‘major impact’ on deadly form of blood poisoning Trials of new digital alert technology to monitor hospital patients with sepsis have saved hundreds of lives, th...
17:48 2019-08-18

I put myself through hell as an IPCC convening lead author, but it was worth it Enlarge / A view of the building of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), hosting the 50th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on August 8, 2019 in Geneva. (credit: ...
15:12 2019-08-18

White nationalists are perverting environmentalism to smear migrants Right-wing figures blame environmental destruction on immigration and overpopulation. The political mainstream needs to confront this threat before it’s too late, says Graham Lawton...
10:36 2019-08-18

Having kids makes you happier, but only when they move out Parents with young children are less happy than non-parents, but the tables seem to turn when their children leave home and become more supportive than stressful...
10:36 2019-08-18

Elon Musk is once again on a quest to ‘nuke Mars’ If there’s one thing you can say about Elon Musk it’s that he’s never lacked ambition. He’s founded a number of successful companies, and with SpaceX he’s pushed science ...
06:36 2019-08-18

Wind power prices now lower than the cost of natural gas Enlarge (credit: NREL) This week, the US Department of Energy released a report that looks back on the state of wind power in the US by running the numbers on 2018. The analysis shows that wind hard...
16:12 2019-08-17

Possessed by Bruce Hood review – why we want more than we need The human species is shaped and controlled by our desire to own things, this colourful study arguesThere is no shortage of analysis and critique of consumerism, from Karl Marx on “commodity fetishism”...
10:48 2019-08-17

Tiny magnets could help rid the ocean of harmful microplastics Tiny magnetic coils can turn microplastics into carbon dioxide and water. The reaction could catch plastic in wastewater streams and stop it entering the ocean...
10:48 2019-08-17

Ancient cave bears were pushed to extinction by humans, not climate Cave bears no longer exist. They went extinct tens of thousands of years ago, and all we have left of the massive ancient creatures are fossils. Figuring exactly why they disappeared has proven to be ...
10:48 2019-08-17

Scientists stunned after spotting record-shattering supernova Scientists have a pretty good handle on the life cycle of various stars. They know the types of stars that are likely to die in fiery supernova blasts, and they know that not all supernova are created...
10:48 2019-08-17

Rocket Lab forced to push back launch due to weather SpaceX might be the worldwide leader in commercial spaceflight — and get a whole lot of attention because of it — but it’s not the only private company vying for a slice of the pie. ...
10:48 2019-08-17

China state agency successfully launches rocket for commercial use: CCTV A Chinese government space agency successfully launched on Saturday its first rocket meant for commercial use, state television CCTV reported, as firms in the country compete to join a commercial sate...
08:24 2019-08-17

Creepy 'zombie snail' flashes green and orange, freaks out hiker A hiker going up the hills in Taiwan’s Changhua County earlier this month spotted a bizarre-looking snail that was flashing orange and green after its body was hijacked by a parasite....
03:24 2019-08-17

Extremely rare 1894 dime once owned by Jerry Buss sells for $1.3M An extremely rare 1894 dime, one of only 24 minted and once owned by former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, has sold at auction for $1.32 million, including the buyer’s commission....
03:24 2019-08-17

Plague kills off Colorado prairie dog colony, state officials say A prairie dog colony in Weld County, Colorado suffering from plague —  a serious bacterial disease that can spread to humans — has since died off, state wildlife officials announced this week. ...
03:24 2019-08-17

Check out the gory, cringy images the FDA wants to put on cigarettes Enlarge / Sick kids, chest scars, and bloody urine are just some of the new warnings. (credit: FDA) The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday revealed 13 repulsive warnings it proposes adding to ...
03:00 2019-08-17

NASA chief alienates Senators needed to fund the Moon program Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks in front of a large hydrogen tank Friday at Marshall Space Flight Center. (credit: NASA) When Jim Bridenstine became administrator of NASA 16 mont...
03:00 2019-08-17

Archaeologists discovered an invaluable cache of ritual artifacts at Pompeii Enlarge / All these items were contained within a wooden box unearthed at the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. (credit: Cesare Abbate (ANSA)) Crystals, amber, amethyst, phallic amulets, glass beads, ...
20:36 2019-08-16

President Trump praises reusable rockets, omits Moon in space remarks Enlarge / President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally in Manchester on August 15, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. On Thursday evening, President Donald Trump spoke at a MAGA rally in ...
20:36 2019-08-16

Rocket Report: SpaceX nets another boat, Air Force competition heats up Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 2.11 of the Rocket Report! As always, there is lots going on in the world of li...
20:36 2019-08-16

How a new antibiotic destroys extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis Enlarge / A security guard mans the gate 23 January 2008 of the ward of extreme drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), a near untreatable strain of the disease, at the Brooklyn Infectious Disease Hospi...
20:36 2019-08-16

The Guardian view on treating Ebola: science is the start | Editorial Researchers have developed and trialled drugs that can cure this deadly disease. The problem now is to deliver themThis week has seen a heartening triumph of medical science: Ebola is now curable, doc...
20:36 2019-08-16

Dating sim meets survival horror: the game that exposes pick-up artists A dating sim with a difference, artist Angela Washko’s The Game: The Game exposes the manipulative horror of extreme seduction by getting the player to experience it from the woman’s point of viewIt’s...
20:36 2019-08-16

Takis: his eye-popping and eerily beautiful magnetic marvels defined an era Effortlessly bridging the gap between the two cultures, the Greek sculptor – who has died aged 93 – played with invisible forces and put the truths of the cosmos on canvasThe Greek sculptor Takis, who...
20:36 2019-08-16

Museum shrouds endangered wildlife exhibits in mourning veil Bristol Museum to highlight biodiversity crisis after children demand true stories of exhibitsOne of Britain’s largest natural history collections is to shroud its exhibits of extinct and endangered s...
20:36 2019-08-16

New Zealanders warned about the consumption of 'sexy pavement lichen' A common species of urban lichen is being promoted as a natural alternative to Viagra, much to the concern of scientistsBotanists in New Zealand are warning the public not to consume lichen growing on...
20:36 2019-08-16

Bronze age meals in the marshes – seasoned with parasitic worms Human faeces from 900BC Must Farm reveal widespread intestinal worm infectionThe clutch of homes that stood on stilts in the wetland fens of East Anglia were the envy of the local peasantry 3,000 year...
20:36 2019-08-16

Maths and tech specialists need Hippocratic oath, says academic Exclusive: Hannah Fry says ethical pledge needed in tech fields that will shape futureMathematicians, computer engineers and scientists in related fields should take a Hippocratic oath to protect the ...
20:36 2019-08-16

Sperm separation method may allow sex selection in IVF Technique is based on differences in movement of sperm with X chromosome and Y chromosomeA new sperm separation technique may one day allow prospective parents undergoing IVF to choose whether they ha...
20:36 2019-08-16

Why it’s time to stop worrying about the decline of the English language People often complain that English is deteriorating under the influence of new technology, adolescent fads and loose grammar. Why does this nonsensical belief persist? By David ShariatmadariThe 21st c...
20:36 2019-08-16

Interstellar dust from ancient supernova found on Earth Cosmic dust found in Antarctic snow was likely birthed in a distant supernova millions of years ago. The dust's interstellar journey eventually brought the material to Earth, where scientists discover...
17:48 2019-08-16

America's largest asteroid impact left a trail of destruction across the eastern US About 35 million years ago, an asteroid traveling nearly 144,000 mph smashed into the Atlantic Ocean near the modern-day town of Cape Charles, Virginia....
17:48 2019-08-16

Jupiter collided with still-forming planet 4.5B years ago: 'One-in-a-trillion probability' The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter, may have had a massive collision with a "still-forming planet" approximately 4.5 billion years ago, according to a new study....
17:48 2019-08-16

Never-before-seen Native American artifacts to go on display Never-before-seen artifacts from 18th-century Native American culture that tell the story between the First Nations and the Europeans "they fought against and alongside" are set to go on display at Fo...
17:48 2019-08-16

Kary B. Mullis, 74, Dies; Found a Way to Analyze DNA and Won Nobel His discovery created a new world of possibilities in diagnosing disease, unearthing the past and assisting in criminal cases, including O.J. Simpson’s murder trial....
15:48 2019-08-16

Data-mining for dark matter When Tracy Slatyer faced a crisis of confidence early in her educational career, Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” and a certain fictional janitor at MIT helped to bolster her resolve. Sl...
15:24 2019-08-16

New study finds that breathing in polluted cities is just as bad as smoking By now we all know how devastating a heavy smoking habit can be for our overall health, but the air wafting around your neighborhood might not be all that much better. A new study focusing on the air ...
12:36 2019-08-16

Airlines might rebrand 737 Max, even if Boeing doesn’t Major airlines all over the globe have a serious problem on their hands, and it’s not just the fact that the Boeing 737 Max remains grounded months after a pair of deadly crashes claimed hundred...
12:36 2019-08-16

Neanderthals had to deal with an ear problem we still struggle with today You might not think we have much in common with a race of ancient people that died out tens of thousands of years ago, but modern humans actually share a number of similarities with neanderthals. The ...
12:36 2019-08-16

NASA went to Iceland and pretended it was Mars The scheduled launch date of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is rapidly approaching, and with less than a year to go, it’s truly crunch time for NASA and its partners. Testing strategies for Mars...
12:36 2019-08-16

Genetic study implicates humans in demise of prehistoric cave bear Genetic research that reconstructed the past population dynamics of the cave bear, a prominent prehistoric denizen of Europe, implicates Homo sapiens rather than climate cooling in the Ice Age extinct...
12:36 2019-08-16

Planet 10 times Earth's mass may have smacked Jupiter long ago Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, may have been smacked head-on by an embryonic planet 10 times Earth's mass not long after being formed, a monumental crash with apparent lasting effects on ...
12:36 2019-08-16

NASA picks Alabama site as HQ for human moon lander program: sources The head of NASA is set to announce plans on Friday to name the U.S. space agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama as headquarters for its human lunar lander program, signaling progress in it...
12:36 2019-08-16

The Rise of the Pea: How an Unassuming Legume Emerged as a Frontrunner in the Race to Replace Meat and Dairy No one denies peas are nutritious. Whether they’re delicious—that’s debatable. But arguments over taste no longer matter because peas, specifically yellow peas, are being formulated ...
12:36 2019-08-16

The Hottest July, How Climate Change is Breaking Temperature Records in 2019 July 2019 was the hottest July and the hottest month on record globally since temperature records began in a year of many record-breaking temperatures as heat waves hit many parts of the world. This t...
12:36 2019-08-16

We might soon find out if the Earth-like worlds orbiting TRAPPIST-1 can support life The James Webb Space Telescope is going to be an incredible tool for scientists to peer deep into space, returning information that could teach us a lot about our universe and our place in it. Sure, t...
07:36 2019-08-15

Amazon’s facial recognition system flags dozens of California lawmakers as criminals Facial recognition technology has come a long way in recent years, and today many smartphone users rely on face unlock features to keep their devices secure. Amazon’s facial scanning software, c...
07:36 2019-08-15

Scientists say this massive asteroid definitely won’t destroy Earth… yet If the thought of an asteroid careening toward Earth keeps you up at night you can breathe a little easier today, as scientists have now ruled out a potential impact from the space rock known as 2006 ...
07:36 2019-08-15

Neutron star ‘glitch’ offers scientists a clue into its inner workings Studying distant objects in space can be tricky for astronomers, especially when those objects begin to do unexpected — and unexplainable — things. Neutron stars are thought to be the most...
07:36 2019-08-15

Baby Jupiter was smacked by a planet 4.5 billion years ago Jupiter has long been hailed as the mighty “king of planets” thanks to its massive size compared to most of the other planets in our solar system. It’s huge, and it’s mostly ma...
07:36 2019-08-15

Scientists figured out why there are black squirrels all over the US Whatever the case, they wrote, black fur remains a rare thing for squirrels in North America, occurring at rates of less than 1% in the two species. But already, they noted in a statement, it's made i...
07:12 2019-08-15

Arctic could have no ice in September, shocking study says A shocking new study says that sea ice in the Arctic could completely disappear through September each summer if average global temperatures increase by as little as 2 degrees and climate conditions c...
07:12 2019-08-15

Sea turtle hatchlings: How bright lights, smartphones, lure baby turtles to their deaths With the sea turtle hatching season in full swing, experts are warning of the massive threat that bright lights and camera flashes pose to the baby turtles as they attempt to reach the ocean....
07:12 2019-08-15

Meteorite strikes made life on Earth possible, study says There's been a notable increase in recent weeks about protecting life on Earth from a devastating asteroid strike. But a new study suggests that space rocks actually made life possible on the Blue Pla...
07:12 2019-08-15

Scientists finding new ways to fight plastic waste National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientist Gregg Beckham is an avid scuba diver. So he's seen the problem of plastics in the world's oceans firsthand. ...
07:12 2019-08-15

The Trump Administration’s Changes to the Endangered Species Act Risks Pushing More Species to Extinction The U.S. federal law that once saved the bald eagle from extinction is facing a new set of rollbacks by the Trump Administration, worrying conservation scientists about the future of at-risk species. ...
03:12 2019-08-15

These bats can use leaves as “sound mirrors” for better navigation Enlarge / The leaf-nosed bat, native to Central and South America, has noseleaves that may help project its echolocation calls. (credit: Thomas Lohnes/AFP/Getty Image) Leaf-nosed bats can locate e...
02:48 2019-08-15

People are still drinking bleach—and vomiting and pooping their guts out Enlarge / Bottles of Clorox bleach sit on a shelf at a grocery store. (credit: Getty | Justin Sullivan) The US Food and Drug Administration this week released an important health warning that everyo...
02:48 2019-08-15

Jupiter may have had a head-on collision with a massive protoplanet Enlarge (credit: K. Suda & Y. Akimoto/Mabuchi Design Office) Planet-forming disks start out as a mix of dust and gas, but the gas doesn't stick around for long. As the star at their center ignites, ...
02:48 2019-08-15

Shift to renewable electricity a win-win at statewide level Amid rollbacks of the Clean Power Plan and other environmental regulations at the federal level, several U.S. states, cities, and towns have resolved to take matters into their own hands and implement...
02:24 2019-08-15

Neanderthals spent a surprising amount of time underwater Neanderthals’ bony ear growths – similar to “surfer’s ear” in modern water-loving humans – suggest they spent lots of time foraging in aquatic environments...
22:00 2019-08-14

Microplastics in the Arctic and the Alps may have blown in on the wind Microplastics have been found in the snow in remote areas, and they may have drifted in on the wind, raising questions about how much plastic we are inhaling...
22:00 2019-08-14

Radioactive dust in Antarctic ice could help map interstellar clouds Interstellar dust has been found in Antarctic snow samples. The discovery could provide a way of mapping the clouds of dust Earth has passed through in space...
20:12 2019-08-14

A massive collision may have made Jupiter's core so weird A few years ago we learned Jupiter’s core is much messier than expected. Now simulations suggest a huge collision with a planetary embryo could explain why...
20:12 2019-08-14

Human-sized penguin fossil discovered in New Zealand New species said to have been four times heavier than emperor penguinA giant penguin that stood as tall as a person has been identified from fossil leg bones discovered by an amateur palaeontologist o...
17:12 2019-08-14

Military-grade jet fuel made cheaply from plant waste instead of coal An expensive superfuel normally reserved for missiles and hypersonic jets can now be made from crop waste instead of fossil fuels - and more cheaply to boot...
14:48 2019-08-14

Japanese researchers build robotic tail to keep elderly upright Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, a research team at Japan’s Keio University have built a robotic one they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their ...
14:24 2019-08-14

Why Your Brain Can’t Process Climate Change Last week saw the latest in a series of increasingly dire reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This past July was the hottest month on record, punctuated by intense heat waves t...
14:24 2019-08-14

Country diary: collared doves cosy up for a summer fling Sandy, Bedfordshire: After three mornings, the male’s song changed and the birds began billing instead of cooingAt the songless end of summer, a bird was playing trumpet down my chimney. A clatter of ...
11:36 2019-08-14

Here are the four spots where NASA’s asteroid probe might land NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is currently hanging out around the asteroid known as Bennu. It’s been there for months, taking photos and scanning the asteroid’s surface to get a bette...
07:36 2019-08-14

RPS 2019 science photographer of the year – shortlist The shortlist for the Royal Photographic Society’s science photographer of the year competition will be exhibited at the Science Museum in London from 7 October until 5 January. The competition was op...
05:36 2019-08-14

Farmers jailed in Australia for smuggling Danish pig semen in shampoo bottles Two men from GD Pork pleaded guilty in WA to breaching biosecurity laws to gain ‘unfair’ breeding advantageTwo pig farmers in Western Australia will be jailed after being convicted of illegally import...
05:36 2019-08-14

'Lost village' found at site of most infamous clan massacre in Scotland Archaeologists excavating the scene of the most infamous clan massacre in Scottish history have unearthed parts of a "lost village" in the Highlands valley of Glencoe....
05:12 2019-08-14

Napoleon’s bronze death mask still shrouded in mystery almost 200 years later A mysterious bronze death mask of French Emperor Napoleon offers a macabre glimpse into his death in exile on the remote Atlantic island of St. Helena....
05:12 2019-08-14

Stunning image of rare volcanic lightning captured by German photographer: 'It was a scary moment' A German photographer who traveled to a small Russian island in the hopes of capturing volcanic lighting — a rare but dazzling phenomenon —  seems to have gotten what he wished for. ...
05:12 2019-08-14

Trump administration announces changes to Endangered Species Act rules Enlarge / Bald eages are another success story for the ESA; they came off the threatened list in 2007, half a century after the US nearly lost its national bird to hunting, habitat loss, and the pesti...
03:36 2019-08-14

Alabama space center will manage NASA’s lunar lander program Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will announce that Marshall Space Flight Center will manage the lunar lander program. (credit: NASA) On Friday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will v...
03:36 2019-08-14

Investment managers don’t understand how to rate funds managed by black people Enlarge (credit: Govt. of Alberta / Flickr) Science has struggled to increase the diversity of the research community, trying to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to contribute to humani...
03:36 2019-08-14

Novel “invisibility cloaks” for water waves leave no telltale wakes or drag Enlarge / Hydrodynamic "invisibility cloaks" would hide objects from fluid flows and surface waves so that no wake is visible. (credit: J. Park et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2019)) Two separate teams of...
03:36 2019-08-14

ESA’s Mars mission hits snag after second parachute test failure Sending a spacecraft to Mars is no easy feat, but landing it on the Red Planet without making a crater is equally challenging. The European Space Agency knows that all too well, and a recent parachute...
02:48 2019-08-14

NASA’s space-worthy nuclear reactor could be ready to fly by 2022 Today, scientists dream of one day building settlements on the Moon and even Mars, where research can be conducted and human travelers can live safely for months or years. Making that dream a reality ...
02:48 2019-08-14

Lack of sleep is more of a problem for teen girls than social media Parents shouldn’t worry about how much time teens are spending on social media as long as they are getting plenty of sleep and exercise and aren’t being bullied...
02:24 2019-08-14

Not the Mayflower, but Close: Greta Thunberg Prepares to Sail for America The 16-year-old climate activist is crossing the Atlantic to attend a United Nations climate summit. She refuses to fly because aviation has such an enormous carbon footprint....
22:48 2019-08-13

NASA’s methane discovery on Mars just got a whole lot more interesting Back in late June, NASA revealed that sensors on its Curiosity rover were returning alarmingly high readings of methane that came seemingly out of nowhere. Determining where that methane came from &md...
22:00 2019-08-13

Bear invades home, busts out ‘like the Kool-Aid Man’ when police arrive Spotting a bear on a hiking trail or wandering around your rural back yard can be somewhat frightening, but most of the time they’d just assume ignore your presence entirely. One family in Estes...
22:00 2019-08-13

Sperm separation method may allow gender selection in IVF Technique is based on differences in movement of sperm with X chromosome and Y chromosomeA new sperm separation technique may one day allow prospective parents undergoing IVF to choose whether they ha...
21:12 2019-08-13

Pompeii 'sorcerer’s treasure trove' discovered, with bones, skull charms and gems for rituals Archaeologists have uncovered some incredible treasures buried in Pompeii in recent memory, including an ancient fast-food joint, a long-lost fresco and a the buried remains of a racehorse....
17:36 2019-08-13

Beware the toxic algae that can kill your dog Letting your dog take a dip in a lake or pond on a hot day is one of the joys of summer. A number of dogs, however, have died recently after becoming exposed to toxic algae, highlighting the deadly th...
17:36 2019-08-13

Elon Musk’s Neuralink: Both an evolution and a plan for radical change Elon Musk introduces the world to Neuralink [credit: Neuralink ] When Elon Musk first sta...
16:24 2019-08-13

Cause of mysterious methane spikes on Mars still unknown A few months after detecting an "unusually high" level of methane on Mars, researchers have yet to figure out what's causing the spike. They have, however, ruled out one possibility and appear to be g...
16:00 2019-08-13

One giant leap for Indian cinema: how Bollywood embraced sci-fi As the country seeks to establish itself as a space power, audiences are developing an appetite for the extraterrestrial on the big screenIn 2014, India sent the Mars Orbiter Mission into space, and b...
13:36 2019-08-13

Four rocket companies are competing for Air Force funding, and it is war Enlarge / Jeff Bezos (right), the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com, and Tory Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance, display the BE-4 rocket engine during a press conference in 2014. (credit: Win M...
13:12 2019-08-13

Two Ebola drugs boost survival rates, according to early trial data Enlarge / BUTEMBO, CONGO - JULY 27: A healthcare member inoculates a man for Ebola suspicion to take precautions against the disease in Butembo, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (credit: Getty | Anad...
13:12 2019-08-13

Scientists tasked a supercomputer with building millions of simulated universes Figuring out how our reality took shape over billions of years is no easy task for scientists. Theories about how the Big Bang played out and the immediate aftermath are a dime a dozen, but researcher...
05:12 2019-08-13

No sign radiation from a missile explosion has spread beyond Russia An explosion at a Russian missile testing range led to local spikes in radiation, but it doesn’t seem to have spread to Europe as it did during the Chernobyl incident...
04:48 2019-08-13

Chlamydia vaccine shown to be safe in first ever human trial First ever clinical trial of chlamydia vaccine shows the drug is safe for women and triggers an immune response against the bacteria that causes the infection...
04:48 2019-08-13

Astronomers just found a black hole so huge it makes our galaxy’s black hole look like a baby At the heart of our home galaxy is a supermassive black hole that gobbles up anything that gets too close. It’s huge, with a mass of 4 million times that of our Sun, but size is a relative thing...
02:48 2019-08-13

Being overweight is even more of a cancer risk than previously thought The risks of being obese are fairly well documented, and while it’s true that a person who is significantly overweight can better their odds of living longer with exercise, avoiding tobacco, and...
02:48 2019-08-13

Did you solve it? Get the gossip with Bobby Seagull The solution to today’s text message teaserEarlier today I set you the following problem, suggested by maths influencer Bobby Seagull:Four friends each have a different piece of gossip. They are all i...
02:24 2019-08-13

Goldsmiths bans beef from university cafes to tackle climate crisis University of London college will also seek to limit single-use plasticsA university has banned the sale of beef in campus food outlets in order to help tackle the climate emergency.Goldsmiths, Univer...
02:24 2019-08-13

British explorer is first person to complete 4,000-mile Yangtze trek Ash Dykes, 28, had to overcome a landslide, blizzards and being followed by a pack of wolves A 28-year-old British explorer has become the first person to complete a 4,000-mile (6,437km) trek along th...
02:24 2019-08-13

Chlamydia vaccine moves a step closer Pioneering clinical trial raises hopes of cure for ‘hidden’ sexually transmitted infectionA vaccine to protect against chlamydia has moved closer to becoming reality after a pioneering clinical trial ...
02:24 2019-08-13

Surgeons dislodge man's false teeth from his voicebox Doctors deduce 72-year-old must have breathed them in during a previous operationA man who turned up in A&E coughing up blood and having difficulty swallowing has surprised doctors who discovered he h...
02:24 2019-08-13

Hurricane forecasts may be running headlong into the butterfly effect Enlarge / Hurricane Florence on NOAA's GOES satellite in 2018. (credit: NOAA) Not that they're ones to brag about it, but hurricane forecasters have gotten a lot better at their jobs in recent years...
00:48 2019-08-13

Alleged kingpin of massive, deadly fentanyl-laced pill scheme stands trial Enlarge (credit: Getty | John Moore) Utah man Aaron Shamo, 29, will stand trial starting today over federal charges that he allegedly ran a deadly, multimillion-dollar counterfeit opioid racket on t...
00:48 2019-08-13

Tested: Idea that sea ice steadies jet stream, blocking cold winters Enlarge / Cold weather for the Midwest on January 29, 2019. (credit: NASA Earth Observatory) A lot has been made of the possibility that the loss of Arctic sea ice could make mid-latitude weather we...
00:48 2019-08-13

Trump wants to import drugs from Canada. Canadians are furious Enlarge / US President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar at the White House May 9, 2019 in Washington DC. (credit: Getty | Alex Wong) Canadians are in a...
00:48 2019-08-13

Watch the Perseid meteor shower hit its peak live from Europe We’re in the midst of one of the best meteor showers of the year, but not everyone can stay up all night to watch the Perseids cascade across the night sky. Today, August 12th, is their peak, an...
00:24 2019-08-13

The Milky Way’s supermassive black hole just produced a brilliant, mysterious flash Like many galaxies, our own Milky Way is believed to revolve around a supermassive black hole. The location of the black hole, a feature known to astronomers as Sagittarius A* (pronounced “Sagit...
21:24 2019-08-12

Two New Ebola Treatments Prove Highly Effective in Congo Epidemic The therapies saved roughly 90 percent of the patients who received them early in the course of infection. Doctors hope patients will seek out the cures, ending the outbreak....
21:24 2019-08-12

Tissue model reveals role of blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s Beta-amyloid plaques, the protein aggregates that form in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, disrupt many brain functions and can kill neurons. They can also damage the blood-brain barrier — the norm...
21:24 2019-08-12

New type of electrolyte could enhance supercapacitor performance Supercapacitors, electrical devices that store and release energy, need a layer of electrolyte — an electrically conductive material that can be solid, liquid, or somewhere in between. Now, researcher...
21:24 2019-08-12

Finding the brain’s compass The world is constantly bombarding our senses with information, but the ways in which our brain extracts meaning from this information remains elusive. How do neurons transform raw visual input into a...
21:24 2019-08-12

Lovable baby deer gets bright pink cast after being hit by car A charming baby deer who was found limping through downtown Asheville, N.C., with a broken leg has been given a new lease on life after caregivers gave it a bright pink cast....
20:36 2019-08-12

Trump overhauling enforcement of Endangered Species Act WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is finalizing major changes Monday to the way it enforces the landmark Endangered Species Act, in a move that it says will reduce regulatory burdens but crit...
20:36 2019-08-12

World's largest frogs can move rocks half their weight The world's largest frogs may also have the best pollywog daycare on the market. To protect its wee tadpoles, these enormous amphibians build their own "nursery ponds," sometimes moving rocks more tha...
20:36 2019-08-12

Bears on the Moon, Musk Vs. Bezos, and How Venus Became Hell in Space A version of this first appeared as the TIME Space newsletter sent on Aug. 10. There are now bears on the moon. No, really. They’re tiny bears—barely half a millimeter in lengt...
16:48 2019-08-12

Can you solve it? Get the gossip with Bobby Seagull How to spread the wordToday’s puzzle was suggested to me by Bobby Seagull, who was told it by his brother, who was told it by a Cambridge don.Four friends each have a different piece of gossip. They a...
16:00 2019-08-12

Hackers could use Wi-Fi to install ransomware on DSLR cameras Digital cameras with built-in Wi-Fi let people quickly send images to other devices. But a vulnerability in the process could leave people’s cameras exposed...
11:00 2019-08-12

Here There Be Dragons. But Can They Survive an Invasion of Tourists? Barring tourists from the giant lizards’ island lair may save them, but the moratorium could doom residents, who will have to leave, too. If they refuse? “It’s their own fault if the Komodo eat them.”...
09:24 2019-08-12

The Guardian view on climate crisis: what can we do? | Editorial Curbing meat and dairy consumption is critical to tackling global heating. But the issue must not be reduced to solely a question of personal choicesIt’s easy to despair. The scale of the problems we ...
07:12 2019-08-12

Starwatch: the Perseids – our most reliable meteor shower The annual display peaks in the early hours of Tuesday 13 August. Peak rates can reach one meteor every minuteOne astronomical event dominates all others this week. It is the annual Perseids meteor sh...
07:12 2019-08-12

Drug maker 'will make $21bn from treating cystic fibrosis' Vertex is accused of raking in vast profits while making Orkambi unaffordable to NHS A US company, which is refusing to drop its price for the life-changing cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi to make it aff...
07:12 2019-08-12

Dead planets beam ‘zombie’ radio signals into space for up to a billion years, scientists say New exoplanet discoveries have been popping up with increasing regularity in recent years thanks to technological advances that allow scientists to spot evidence of their existence from afar. Spotting...
22:48 2019-08-11

Child-sized parrots once roamed New Zealand Parrots are popular pets today, and you don’t have to look far on YouTube to find charming videos of tropical birds doing adorable things. They’re fun animals, and their small size makes t...
19:36 2019-08-11

AI researchers have a plan to pay patients for data Enlarge (credit: iStock/Getty Images) Robert Chang, a Stanford ophthalmologist, normally stays busy prescribing drops and performing eye surgery. But a few years ago, he decided to jump on a hot new...
16:36 2019-08-11

The last magnetic pole flip saw 22,000 years of weirdness Enlarge (credit: m kasahara / Flickr) On their face, this facts are simple: our planet's magnetic poles have traded places with some frequency over Earth's history. At points in the past, compass ne...
16:36 2019-08-11

Ibuprofen and other common drugs may help antibiotic resistance spread We’ve long known that bacteria can evolve resistance to antibiotics but now it looks like other drugs, including ibuprofen, may help this resistance spread...
12:48 2019-08-11

Hackers could use Wi-Fi to install ranomware on DSLR cameras Digital cameras with built-in Wi-Fi let people quickly send images to other devices. But a vulnerability in the process could leave people’s cameras exposed...
12:48 2019-08-11

The good old days? Look deeper and the myth of ideal communities fades | Jon Lawrence As studies of kinship show, many people were glad to escape the strains of close-knit livingIn the countdown to a possible no-deal exit from the EU, there are some who cling to an optimistic narrative...
12:24 2019-08-11

Ditch your air-conditioning. You'll be fine | Franklin Schneider A hot room won’t usually kill you, but a hot planet will. If you feel sweaty, just imagine how your grandchildren are going to feel We think of air conditioning as a “first world” luxury, but it’s rea...
12:24 2019-08-11

Dig in! Archaeologists serve up ancient menus for modern tables Porridge, loaves and sauces Egyptians and Romans consumed have become today’s cookbook crazeDuring a 1954 BBC documentary about Tollund Man, the mysterious body of a hanged man discovered in a peat bo...
12:24 2019-08-11

Something slammed into Jupiter, and all we saw was a flash It was only about a day ago that NASA showed off some Hubble’s finest work yet in the form of new images of Jupiter. The photos (and a brief animation made of many of said images) are stunning, ...
20:36 2019-08-10

Trump Administration Reauthorizes Use of ‘Cyanide Bombs’ to Kill Wild Animals The Environmental Protection Agency uses the spring-loaded poison devices to kill thousands of coyotes and foxes, despite opposition from environmental groups....
18:12 2019-08-10

Vector’s CEO departs, rocket company pausing its operations [Updated] Enlarge / In May 2018, Vector launched a full-scale prototype of the Vector-R rocket on a short flight. (credit: Vector) Saturday a.m. Update: Multiple former employees of the rocket company Vector ...
16:36 2019-08-10

Blow out your knee? Hope your surgeon’s got a VR headset Enlarge (credit: Getty | AFP) With all due respect to games, porn, and lion kings, virtual reality's killer app might just be saving lives. At a Stanford-affiliated children's hospital, pediatric ca...
16:36 2019-08-10

A single-photon source you can make at home Quantum computing and quantum cryptography are expected to give much higher capabilities than their classical counterparts. For example, the computation power in a quantum system may grow at a double ...
10:12 2019-08-10

Women shouldn’t be scared of ageing – the loss of looks can liberate us | Gaby Hinsliff Society tries to shame us for growing old. But we should think of it as a rite of passage when our character comes throughThere is still sex in the city, beyond the age of 50. But it may come at a pri...
09:48 2019-08-10

Oceans of Noise: Episode One – Science Weekly podcast During our summer break, we’re revisiting the archives. Today, Wildlife recordist Chris Watson begins a three-part journey into the sonic environment of the ocean, celebrating the sounds and songs of ...
09:48 2019-08-10

'War on cancer' metaphors may do harm, research shows Use of military terminology can make people more fearful and fatalistic, say psychologistsThe ubiquitous use of war metaphors in cancer may do more harm than good, according to research into the psych...
09:48 2019-08-10

Giant river animals on verge of extinction, report warns Populations of great freshwater species, from catfish to stingrays, have plunged by 97% since 1970Populations of the great beasts that once dominated the world’s rivers and lakes have crashed in the l...
09:48 2019-08-10

Downed power line turns Ohio intersection into an inferno None of us spare much thought for the power lines looming over our heads as we cruise down the streets of Anytown, USA, but drivers in Sandusky, Ohio, were reminded this week of how much power if flow...
09:48 2019-08-10

Destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant is out of space to store radioactive water Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant suffered a devastating meltdown back in 2011, and while news about the disaster has died down significantly since then, the actual cleanup and containment e...
09:48 2019-08-10

Chinese space startup revs up for reusable rocket race Chinese startup LinkSpace on Saturday completed its third test of a reusable rocket in five months, stepping up the pace in China's race to develop a technology key to cheap space launches in an expec...
09:48 2019-08-10

The first people to live at high elevations snacked on giant mole rats Enlarge / Views of Fincha Habera from outside and from inside. One might speculate on how often its Middle Stone Age residents forgot to duck on the way in or out. (credit: Gotz Ossendorf) Life at h...
08:36 2019-08-10

Spin in psychiatric clinical trial reports is widespread Enlarge / The drugs totally work. We swear. (credit: www.quotecatalog.com) It's not just longform journalism and apoplectic Internet commenters that prompt a "tl;dr" from readers. Research papers tr...
08:36 2019-08-10

Jim Cantrell has left Vector, and the company may be in financial trouble Enlarge / In May 2018, Vector launched a full-scale prototype of the Vector-R rocket on a short flight. (credit: Vector) Vector, a micro-launch company founded in 2016 to build small rockets for pay...
08:36 2019-08-10

Fukushima nuclear plant running out of space for radioactive water, TEPCO says The company that operates Fukushima's tsunami-devastated nuclear power plant said on Friday it will run out of space to store radioactive water within three years. Worries are intensifying on what wil...
01:48 2019-08-10

419 million-year-old fossilized forest discovered in China The fossilized-remains of a 419 million-year-old forest have been found in China, giving researchers new insights into a time when life began to emerge from the sea....
20:00 2019-08-09

An emerging view of RNA transcription and splicing Cells often create compartments to control important biological functions. The nucleus is a prime example; surrounded by a membrane, it houses the genome. Yet cells also harbor enclosures that are not...
19:12 2019-08-09

Milky Way's black hole has got 75 times brighter and we don't know why Astronomers were shocked to find the area around the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way growing 75 times brighter in just two hours...
18:48 2019-08-09

Deep-sea microbe could answer one of evolution's biggest mysteries At last, scientists have managed to grow, study and photograph a mysterious deep-sea microbe that could explain the evolutionary origin of our complex cells...
18:48 2019-08-09

Small satellites begin to offer unrivaled detail in radar images of Earth A comparison between ICEYE's SAR image, left, and visible image data from the European Space Agency's Copernicus network, showing crude oil tank filling in Brisbane, Australia. [c...
15:36 2019-08-09

It took an incredibly long time for the Earth’s poles to flip If you’re looking for some kind of apocalyptic scenario to get anxious about, the Earth’s poles flipping is as good a nightmare as any. Scientists know that our planet’s poles have i...
14:00 2019-08-09

NASA fires up Orion’s engines for critical test NASA is sending humans back to the Moon. Nobody knows for sure whether that will happen in 2024 or a somewhat later date, but it’s definitely happening in the near future. When those important m...
14:00 2019-08-09

Hubble just snapped a glorious new image of Jupiter The Hubble Space Telescope is really, really good at spotting distant objects in space, but it’s just as well-suited for catching a snapshot of planets that are a lot closer, like our very own J...
14:00 2019-08-09

Rocket Report: Catching a falling fairing, Delta IV Heavy may stop in 2024 Enlarge / The mighty Delta IV Heavy rocket takes to the skies. (credit: Aurich Lawson/United Launch Alliance) Welcome to Edition 2.10 of the Rocket Report! We are stuffed with news this week, runnin...
14:00 2019-08-09

LightSail 2 spacecraft glides on sunlight in orbit around Earth Extra thrust from reflective sail on tiny craft changed shape of its orbit by about 2km, scientists reportA crowdfunded spacecraft has successfully sailed on sunlight while in orbit around the Earth.L...
07:12 2019-08-09

New IPCC report shows land use is part of solution to climate change Enlarge / Forest being cleared for palm oil cultivation. (credit: CIFOR / Flickr) During the negotiations leading up to the 2015 Paris Agreement, nations agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. B...
02:48 2019-08-09

Earth's last magnetic-pole flip took much longer than we thought The last reversal of Earth's magnetic poles happened long before humans could record it, but research on the flow of ancient lava has helped scientists estimate the duration of this strange phenomenon...
00:36 2019-08-09

X-37B military space plane's latest mystery mission hits 700 days The U.S. Air Force's X-37B military space plane has now been circling Earth for 700 days, just a few weeks shy of the vehicle's spaceflight-duration record....
00:36 2019-08-09

Mysterious, ancient radio signals keep pelting Earth Sudden shrieks of radio waves from deep space keep slamming into radio telescopes on Earth, spattering those instruments' detectors with confusing data. And now, astronomers are using artificial intel...
00:36 2019-08-09

UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future GENEVA (AP) — Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth's land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That c...
00:36 2019-08-09

California’s last wild wolf pack spotted with 3 new pups California’s lone wild wolf pack has added at least three new pups, bringing the total number of gray wolves in the state to at least seven after the species was wiped out in the 1920s, wildlife offic...
00:36 2019-08-09

7 years on Mars, NASA Curiosity rover celebrates anniversary with new finds NASA's eventual goal is to put astronauts on Mars, but the space agency's Curiosity rover is keeping it busy in the meantime. In a new blog post, NASA said that Curiosity is still exploring the Gale C...
00:36 2019-08-09

How Eating Less Meat Could Help Protect the Planet From Climate Change By dramatically changing the food we eat as well as the way it is grown and produced, humans can help stop the devastating impacts of climate change according to the latest report by the United Nation...
00:36 2019-08-09

New study paints a dire picture for football players, even when concussions are avoided The NFL and college football have come under fire in recent years due to the mounting scientific evidence that shows the damage that can be caused by simply playing the game. Everyone knows that concu...
23:00 2019-08-08

Parts of Alaska Have No Sea Ice For the First Time Ever As Temperatures in the Region Hit Record Highs Alaska has seen the lowest levels of sea ice ever this summer as record temperatures and wildfires hit the region with some areas completely ice free — an event which has never occurred so earl...
22:36 2019-08-08

If We Want to Stop Climate Change, Now is a Moment of Reckoning for How We Use the Planet, Warns U.N. Report The human relationship with the land we live on has evolved over the hundreds of thousands of years humans have roamed the planet, but no period has seen as dramatic change as the last century when hu...
22:36 2019-08-08

We can’t keep eating as we are – why isn’t the IPCC shouting this from the rooftops? | George Monbiot In its crucial land and climate report, the IPCC irresponsibly understates the true carbon cost of our meat and dairy habitsIt’s a tragic missed opportunity. The new report on land by the Intergovernm...
21:48 2019-08-08

Chris Kraft obituary Nasa’s first flight director who controlled the Apollo moon landingsThe engineer Chris Kraft, who has died aged 95, was Nasa’s first flight director, the man who shaped the team – and the control cent...
21:48 2019-08-08

Scientists discover why two shark species emit green glow Previously undiscovered group of molecules found to be behind phenomenonThe secret behind the eerie glow of two shark species has been revealed in a study which sheds light on the origin and possible ...
21:48 2019-08-08

James Lovelock at 100: Ecclectic conference considers Gaia's future A conference celebrating James Lovelock, the scientist who formulated the Gaia hypothesis, saw researchers questioning the future of our living planet...
21:00 2019-08-08

AI learns to predict the outcomes of human rights court cases AI is going into law. It can now predict the outcomes of human rights cases and next year Estonia is planning to use the technology to moderate disputes in small claims courts...
21:00 2019-08-08

Sharks use a special kind of protein to glow green in deep water Chain catsharks and swell sharks have evolved a special way to glow-in-the-dark skin that is completely different from other biofluorescent marine animals...
21:00 2019-08-08

NASA’s Curiosity rover stumbled upon a Martian rock that tells an incredible story We tend to think of rocks as being, well, pretty boring. We find them pretty much everywhere here on Earth, and while some are neat to look at we don’t often spend the time to consider the stori...
21:00 2019-08-08

The MIT Press releases a comprehensive report on open-source publishing software The MIT Press has announced the release of a comprehensive report on the current state of all available open-source software for publishing. “Mind the Gap,” funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon...
21:00 2019-08-08

Study furthers radically new view of gene control In recent years, MIT scientists have developed a new model for how key genes are controlled that suggests the cellular machinery that transcribes DNA into RNA forms specialized droplets called condens...
21:00 2019-08-08

Using recent gene flow to define microbe populations Identifying species among plants and animals has been a full-time occupation for some biologists, but the task is even more daunting for the myriad microbes that inhabit the planet. Now, MIT researche...
21:00 2019-08-08

Guided by AI, robotic platform automates molecule manufacture Guided by artificial intelligence and powered by a robotic platform, a system developed by MIT researchers moves a step closer to automating the production of small molecules that could be used in med...
21:00 2019-08-08

We now know what causes these two shark species to glow green Enlarge / The lighter areas on the skin of this chain cat shark contain a special molecule that absorbs the ocean's blue light and turns it into green light. (credit: David Gruber / iScience) Scien...
19:24 2019-08-08

Big Pharma is using faux generics to keep drug prices high, critics say Enlarge / EpiPen two-pack. (credit: Getty | Joe Raedle) Brand-name drug makers are using "authorized generics" to keep drug prices high and stifle competition, according to a report by Kaiser Health...
19:24 2019-08-08

The NHS is setting up a lab for medical artificial intelligence The National Health Service in England is setting up a research lab to build artificial intelligence that could help treat conditions including cancer, dementia and heart disease...
12:24 2019-08-08

Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns The world's land is being exploited at an “unprecedented” rate, a United Nations report on climate change warns, putting pressure on food production and amplifying the risk of mass migration....
10:48 2019-08-08

NASA’s Spitzer just spotted a galaxy perfectly aligned with Earth NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is capable of capturing some truly stunning snapshots of distant features in space, and usually, when we see images of vast spiral galaxies we get to see them face...
07:00 2019-08-08

Snowglow can cause the night sky to be twice as bright as a full moon A combination of snow and cloud cover can make light pollution in the sky over 180 times brighter, potentially affecting the sleep cycles of nocturnal animals...
06:12 2019-08-08

Your guide to the carbon sucking tech we need to save the planet Humans have emitted so much carbon dioxide that we must find ways of sucking it from the air. Can that be done without wrecking the environment in other ways?...
06:12 2019-08-08

Here’s why Rocket Lab changed its mind on reusable launch Enlarge / Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck speaks during the opening of the new Rocket Lab factory on October 12, 2018, in Auckland, New Zealand. (credit: Phil Walter/Getty Images) On Tuesday, the US-based...
06:12 2019-08-08

Fast-food outlets on commuter routes may fuel obesity crisis US study finds link between number of restaurants and higher BMIFast-food outlets along commuter routes could be contributing to the obesity crisis, research suggests.A study by a US academic found th...
03:00 2019-08-08

Watch SpaceX catch its rocket fairing in a massive net After a number of delays due to hardware issues as well as bad weather, SpaceX finally managed to send the AMOS-17 communications satellite into Earth orbit last night. The mission went well, with the...
01:24 2019-08-08

Tiny tardigrades crash-landed on the Moon and probably survived Enlarge / SEM image of Milnesium tardigradum in active state. Totes adorbz. (credit: Schokraie E., et al./PLOS ONE) Tardigrades, more commonly known as "water bears," are microscopic creatures capab...
23:48 2019-08-07

We’ve finally gotten a look at the microbe that might have been our ancestor Enlarge / A eukaryotic cell has a lot of complex structure that bacteria and archaea lack. (credit: NHGRI) The cells of all animals, plants, and fungi have an impressive complexity, with a variety o...
23:48 2019-08-07

Is that rare whisky bottle the real deal? This artificial tongue can make the call Enlarge / Inside a dunnage warehouse of Highland Park whisky distillery. A new type of artificial tongue would help detect counterfeit whiskies. (credit: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Image) Scientis...
23:48 2019-08-07

NASA’s Cygnus cargo vessel just left the ISS, but its mission isn’t over yet NASA’s NG-11 Cygnus resupply spacecraft spent over three months attached to the International Space Station, allowing crew members to carefully unload all supplies and experiments before being p...
23:00 2019-08-07

CDC shuts down military virus lab after failed safety inspection When you’re handling some of the world’s most deadly viruses and bacteria, safety should always be a top priority, but apparently the staff of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of I...
23:00 2019-08-07

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover just had an eye exam NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is now less than one year away from finally being shot skyward toward the Red Planet, and NASA engineers are hard at work, ensuring all the spacecraft’s systems func...
23:00 2019-08-07

Study measures how fast humans react to road hazards Imagine you’re sitting in the driver’s seat of an autonomous car, cruising along a highway and staring down at your smartphone. Suddenly, the car detects a moose charging out of the woods and alerts y...
21:24 2019-08-07

Air travel in academia Our planet’s warming climate presents an imminent and catastrophic challenge that will have far-reaching economic, social, and political ramifications. As residents of a wealthy, developed nation, we ...
21:24 2019-08-07

'Lost' statue of Alexander the Great found in museum warehouse Archaeologists have discovered a stunning, albeit noseless, bust of Alexander the Great, but not from an ongoing excavation located in Alexander's ancient, sprawling empire....
17:12 2019-08-07

Fossils of 'Squawkzilla,' 19 million-year-old cannibal parrot, found in New Zealand Fossils of a giant parrot that ate members of its own species have been found in New Zealand. Standing up to 3 feet in height, researchers have dubbed the astronomical avian "Squawkzilla."...
17:12 2019-08-07

Storm Area 51 event removed from Facebook 'by accident' For a harrowing couple of days, Facebook removed the page of the Storm Area 51 event that has gone viral in recent weeks, a decision it said was an accident....
17:12 2019-08-07

Hidden water found on Hawaii’s Kilauea could mean explosive eruptions Hawaii's Kilauea volcano , which just quieted down after a 30-year active stint, harbors a previously unknown patch of water at the bottommost part of its crater, according to the U.S. Geological Surv...
17:12 2019-08-07

Moon and Mercury may have thick deposits of ice, study suggests It's been known for some time that there are ice deposits on Mercury and the Moon, including frozen water found on the surface of the Moon last year. ...
17:12 2019-08-07

People don’t want to see workers replaced by a robot—themselves excepted Enlarge / Robots are everywhere. (credit: NBC Universal) There has been extensive public discussions of how automation may fundamentally change the job market, eliminating so many positions that som...
17:12 2019-08-07

Pesticide widely used in US particularly harmful to bees, study finds Agriculture has become 48 times more toxic to insects in last 25 years as neonics are used on over 140 different types of cropsAgriculture in the United States has become 48 times more toxic to insect...
13:48 2019-08-07

Israel's Amos-17 satellite enroute to target orbit after SpaceX launch Space Communication said on Wednesday its Amos-17 communications satellite was launched into space and was enroute to its orbital position after separating from its SpaceX rocket....
12:00 2019-08-07

Crashed Israeli lunar lander left a bunch of microscopic ‘water bears’ on the Moon It’s been a few months now since Israel’s Beresheet lunar lander experienced a last-second glitch and smashed into the Moon rather than landing softly on it. The mission, while impressive ...
07:48 2019-08-07

SpaceX launched an expendable mission Tuesday, but caught the fairing Enlarge / That's a dirty Falcon 9 first stage rocket on the pad for the Amos-17 launch. (credit: SpaceX) 8:30pm ET Update: After a short weather delay, a Falcon 9 rocket launched on Tuesday evening ...
07:12 2019-08-07

Astrophysical shock phenomena reproduced in the laboratory Vast interstellar events where clouds of charged matter hurtle into each other and spew out high-energy particles have now been reproduced in the lab with high fidelity. The work, by MIT researchers a...
06:48 2019-08-07

Rocket Lab plans reusable booster for satellite launches Small-satellite launch firm Rocket Lab announced on Tuesday a plan to recover the core booster of its Electron rocket using a helicopter, a bold cost-saving concept that, if successful, would make it ...
06:24 2019-08-07

Watch SpaceX launch the oft-delayed AMOS-17 satellite live right here The AMOS-17 communications satellite should already be in space. The fact that it’s not is the result of a rare combination of technical hitches and bad weather, but that isn’t going to st...
03:24 2019-08-07

NASA’s Curiosity rover is celebrating seven incredible years on Mars Earlier this year, NASA was forced to finally say goodbye to the trust Opportunity rover. It was a sad time for the space agency since the rover had exceeded expectations in every imaginable way, but ...
03:24 2019-08-07

Physicists who came up with supergravity win $3m Breakthrough Prize Supergravity is an idea that could unite general relativity with quantum mechanics, and the three physicists who formulated it have now won a $3 million prize for their work...
02:12 2019-08-07

World’s largest parrot was a metre tall and lived 19 million years ago Palaeontologists working in New Zealand have discovered the first evidence of giant parrots, which they believe weighed 7 kilograms and lived 19 million years ago...
02:12 2019-08-07

SpaceX to launch a rare expendable mission on Tuesday evening Enlarge / That's a dirty Falcon 9 first stage rocket on the pad for the Amos-17 launch. (credit: SpaceX) Less than two and a half years have passed since SpaceX first reused one of the first stages ...
01:48 2019-08-07

Alzheimer’s and dementia leading cause of death in England and Wales Experts call for urgent action to tackle ‘biggest health crisis of our time’Dementia is the biggest health crisis of our time, experts have said, as statistics show the condition was the primary cause...
22:48 2019-08-06

Terrawatch: why salt crystals 'snow' down on Dead Sea floor Scientists have observed up to 10cm of salt falling to sea floor every year since 1979Try swimming in the Dead Sea and you can’t help but float. This salt lake, bordered by Jordan, Israel and the West...
22:48 2019-08-06

New insights into bismuth’s character The search for better materials for computers and other electronic devices has focused on a group of materials known as “topological insulators” that have a special property of conducting electricity ...
22:48 2019-08-06

Hitler's secret history revealed: Study suggests Nazi leader's grandfather was Jewish For years, the rumor existed that Adolf Hitler's paternal grandfather was Jewish, but the claim went unsubstantiated. Now, a new study suggests that the grandfather of the Nazi leader was indeed Jewis...
22:00 2019-08-06

California wildfires 'too extreme' even for birds that thrive in burned out forests Northern California's raging wildfires have become "too extreme" even for certain types of birds that typically thrive in burned out forests, scientists say....
22:00 2019-08-06

Study details how radiation exposure will mess with Mars travelers’ minds Pretend, for a moment, that you’re one of the first travelers taking a trip to Mars. What would be on your mind? Surely the journey itself will be stressful, and you’ll probably be jugglin...
21:00 2019-08-06

Fossilized teeth of Ice Age predators yield clues to why certain species survived Paleontologist Larisa DeSantis studies ancient predators trapped in the La Brea Tar Pits. Courtesy Vanderbilt University. Visitors to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles are accustomed to seeing rec...
20:12 2019-08-06

Warring Maya kingdoms razed enemy cities to the ground Enlarge / This is all that remains of Naranjo, the city-state that attacked and destroyed neighboring Bahlam Jol in 697 CE as part of a campaign to subdue several former vassal states that had rebelle...
20:12 2019-08-06

Martian meteor collision may have triggered a 1,000-foot tsunami Three and a half billion years ago, a blood-red wall of water as tall as a skyscraper may have hurtled across the surface of Mars, inundating an area of land larger than the United States....
19:24 2019-08-06

Evidence of 14B year-old 'time machine' star found 35,000 light-years from Earth Astronomers have found evidence of one of the oldest stars in the universe, a star that lived 13.8 billion years ago, nestled inside a star that's nearly as old....
19:24 2019-08-06

Maya civilization was ultraviolent, even before its collapse A hieroglyphic inscription found in an ancient Maya city now reveals kingdoms making up this civilization waged extraordinarily destructive warfare much earlier than previously thought, a new study fi...
19:24 2019-08-06

Gigantic black hole with mass 40 billion times the Sun discovered by astronomers Astronomers have potentially discovered a supermassive black hole located 700 million light years from Earth that has a mass 40 billion times that of the Sun....
19:24 2019-08-06

How brain cells pick which connections to keep Brain cells, or neurons, constantly tinker with their circuit connections, a crucial feature that allows the brain to store and process information. While neurons frequently test out new potential par...
19:00 2019-08-06

Computer-aided knitting The oldest known knitting item dates back to Egypt in the Middle Ages, by way of a pair of carefully handcrafted socks. Although handmade clothes have occupied our closets for centuries, a recent infl...
19:00 2019-08-06

NASA just received a major data dump from its mission to ‘Touch the Sun’ We’re rapidly approaching the one-year anniversary of the launch of NASA’s much-hyped mission to “Touch the Sun” with its Parker Solar Probe. The spacecraft is breaking records...
18:36 2019-08-06

Dog kisses blamed for devastating infection that cost a woman her hands and legs Dogs are man’s best friend, but their mouths aren’t the most sterile things in the world. In fact, a dog’s mouth can be downright disgusting, and an Ohio woman just found that out in...
18:36 2019-08-06

McMindfulness by Ronald Purser; Mindfulness by Christina Feldman and Willem Kuyken – review Mindfulness may have become a tool of capitalism, but if it works, does it matter?In a frequently quoted passage, the American professor of medicine Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “a way of bei...
16:36 2019-08-06

Could you be charged on Earth for killing someone in outer space? The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific conceptsCould you be charged on Earth for killing some...
16:36 2019-08-06

Alzheimer's and dementia leading cause of death in England and Wales Increase in life expectancy and improved diagnosis key factors behind rise, says ONSAlmost one in eight people died of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in England and Wales in 2018, according to the l...
16:36 2019-08-06

Supergravity pioneers win $3m Special Breakthrough prize Daniel Freedman, Peter van Nieuwenhuizen and Sergio Ferrara developed landmark theory in 1970sThe most lucrative prize in science has been awarded to three researchers for a landmark theory that marri...
16:36 2019-08-06

He, she, or ... ? Gender-neutral pronouns reduce biases – study Researchers find usage boosts positive feelings towards women and LGBT peopleMore than 100 failures litter the battleground that is the hunt for an English gender-neutral singular pronoun. From thon, ...
16:36 2019-08-06

Scientists develop 'artificial tongue' to detect fake whiskies The technology can also be used to identify poisons as well as to monitor riversBeing palmed off with a young whisky when expecting an 18-year-old single malt can be a glass-half-empty moment. But now...
16:36 2019-08-06

With Gerstenmaier gone, decision to fly NASA astronauts may be more contentious Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine listens as Bill Gerstenmaier, then the associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations directorate, gives input at the Space Symposium in ...
16:00 2019-08-06

Automating artificial intelligence for medical decision-making MIT computer scientists are hoping to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence to improve medical decision-making, by automating a key step that’s usually done by hand — and that’s becoming more ...
15:12 2019-08-06

Remains of 19th-century ‘vampire' found It sounds like something straight out of a horror movie, but the remains of a 19th-century "vampire" have been found in Connecticut and properly identified....
11:00 2019-08-06

Hilarious pics show deer sitting alongside cows, convinced it's one of them A wildlife photographer has captured remarkable pictures of a deer sitting in the British countryside alongside a herd of cows, convinced it is one of them....
11:00 2019-08-06

Ancient Mayan city burned in 'act of total war,' scientists say The ancient Maya were involved in extremely violent warfare long before previously thought, according to new evidence that suggests a prosperous city was attacked and burned down at its peak....
11:00 2019-08-06

Florida researchers use 3D technology to preserve space program history From America's first satellite to its first reach for the stars, some of the Cape Canaveral sites built to launch the country's space race and defense programs now look like ancient ruins. Now a team ...
11:00 2019-08-06

People keep finding frogs in their packaged salads It sounds like an urban legend — a friend of a friend who knows someone who once took a bite of a live frog that had somehow found its way into their salad bowl — but discovering animals m...
04:00 2019-08-06

SpaceX repairs and bad weather force multiple satellite launch delays Sending stuff into space isn’t easy. SpaceX has made the process of making satellite deliveries into Earth orbit look incredibly easy, but there are still a million things that can derail an oth...
03:12 2019-08-06

A new way to block unwanted genetic transfer We receive half of our genes from each biological parent, so there’s no avoiding inheriting a blend of characteristics from both. Yet, for single-celled organisms like bacteria that reproduce by split...
02:24 2019-08-06

An ancient Mars crater likely spawned a devastating mega-tsunami The Mars we know today is dry, dusty, and (probably) devoid of life, but that wasn’t always the case. Scientists believe Mars was once a wet world, with vast oceans that may have or may not have...
00:24 2019-08-06

Scientists spotted an incredibly old star breathing its dying breath Age is a relative thing. With our finite (and relatively short) lifespans, humans tend to think of anything older than 100 years as being “really old,” but when talking about astronomy, a ...
00:24 2019-08-06

Did Stonehenge builders use pig grease to help slide megaliths into place? Enlarge / Feasts at nearby Durrington Walls drew attendees from all over Britain. (credit: Stefan Kühn / Wikimedia) For several centuries, modern people have been trying to figure out how prehistori...
00:24 2019-08-06

SpaceX enters smallsat launch market with a very low price Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches a GPS III satellite for the Air Force in December 2018. (credit: SpaceX) On Monday, SpaceX announced a new, low-cost program to launch small satellites into a Su...
00:24 2019-08-06

Most people would rather lose their job to a robot than another human Most people would prefer a robot to take their job if they had to lose it, but they would prefer to see another human step in if a co-worker was going to lose theirs...
22:12 2019-08-05

Boris Johnson is the last person young Britons would vote for | Lara Spirit It’s not just his destructive Brexit stance, his values are entirely opposed to oursThe Daily Express is calling it “the Boris effect”. Johnson’s election has reportedly caused a “record jump” in the ...
21:00 2019-08-05

National Trust brings Sutton Hoo alive with £4m revamp Suffolk site reopens enhanced with 27-metre ship sculpture, seventh-century treasures and immersive exhibitionsEighty years ago this summer, a beautifully situated if unusually lumpy field in Suffolk ...
21:00 2019-08-05

Starwatch: Jupiter in a close encounter with red giant Antares Our largest planet and the red supergiant are close together in the south-eastern sky, joined on Wednesday evening by the moon There is an interesting trio of celestial objects to look out for on the ...
21:00 2019-08-05

New dinosaur found hiding in plain sight in South African museum Scientists say bones formerly identified as Massospondylus are from a different speciesFossil hunters have discovered a new species of dinosaur that has been hidden in plain sight in a South African m...
21:00 2019-08-05

Water wars: How to avoid conflict over our most precious resource Climate change is altering weather patterns, endangering the water supply of over half of humanity. New thinking is required to avoid things boiling over...
17:24 2019-08-05

Space agency chief fired after revealing recent Amazon deforestation Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has fired the director of the agency that monitors deforestation in the Amazon after it revealed a big increase in deforestation...
17:24 2019-08-05

The most accurate model of our galaxy ever created shows the Milky Way is warped Considering we can’t actually see the Milky Way from the outside — since, you know, we’re in it — astronomers know a surprising amount about our home galaxy. They know its over...
01:00 2019-08-05

New medical procedure could delay menopause by 20 years Operation could benefit thousands of women who experience serious health issuesA medical procedure that allows women to delay the menopause for up to 20 years has been launched by IVF specialists in B...
20:00 2019-08-04

Elon Musk will update the status of Starship development on August 24 Enlarge / The nose cone of Starship Mk1 peeks out from behind SpaceX facilities in Boca Chica on July 24. (credit: Eric Berger) In a series of tweets on Saturday night, SpaceX founder Elon Musk sai...
18:12 2019-08-04

New poll finds the US generally trusts scientists, with some exceptions Enlarge (credit: Ecole Polytechnique / Flickr) Yesterday, the Pew Research Center released an analysis of polling results on Americans' views of science. In general, the poll was good news for the r...
18:12 2019-08-04

Another European heatwave, another link to climate change Enlarge / Satellite-estimated surface temperatures for July 25, 2019. (credit: NASA Earth Observatory) It’s becoming standard procedure that extreme weather events will quickly be analyzed by the Wo...
05:24 2019-08-04

Scientists Have Found Water Inside Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano. It Could Trigger Explosive Eruptions (HONOLULU) — For the first time in recorded history, a pond of water has been discovered inside the summit crater of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, a development that could signal a shift to a ...
02:12 2019-08-04

The Moon: a Celebration of Our Celestial Neighbour – in pictures Marking the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s ‘small step’ and published to coincide with Royal Museums Greenwich’s exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, a new book, The Moon: a Celebration o...
01:00 2019-08-04

'Both sides' of the climate change debate? How bad we think it is, and how bad it really is | Greg Jericho It’s time to stop being mealy-mouthed about this. No more silent passes to climate science deniersOver the past couple of weeks things have been happening on the climate change front but, unfortunatel...
01:00 2019-08-04

Alzheimer’s blood test could predict onset up to 20 years in advance US scientists say their blood test can be 94% effective in spotting those at risk of the illnessA blood test that can detect signs of Alzheimer’s as much as 20 years before the disease begins to have ...
01:00 2019-08-04

Roll over, Beethoven: Decoding the maestro’s musical style with statistics EPFL researchers analysis of Beethoven's writing style, applying statistical techniques to unlock recurring patterns. Famed Classical/Romantic composer Ludwig van Beethoven had a distinct statistica...
21:36 2019-08-03

Scientists name new fossil species after Millennium Falcon from Star Wars A new species from the Burgess Shale has been discovered by paleontologists from the Royal Ontario Museum. Paleontologists excavating a site in the Canadian Rockies known as the Burgess Shale have d...
19:00 2019-08-03

Infectious cancer hasn’t done much over the last 4,000 years Enlarge / Does this dog look concerned because he realizes he can catch an infectious cancer? (credit: Martin Astley) Cancer is a horrific disease, with its damage only limited by the fact that it o...
17:00 2019-08-03

Lessons in love from my new teenage foster daughter As well as joys, challenges and unusual pets she brought fresh insights to our homeAbout five years ago a friend at my son’s school, a girl of 14 I’d only met once before (and liked very much, with he...
16:24 2019-08-03

Earth is a living system and humans will decide whether it thrives A conference celebrating James Lovelock, the scientist who formulated the Gaia hypothesis, saw researchers questioning the future of our living planet...
15:48 2019-08-03

Boris Johnson is the last person young Brits would vote for | Lara Spirit It’s not just his destructive Brexit stance, his values are entirely opposed to oursThe Daily Express is calling it “the Boris effect”. Johnson’s election has reportedly caused a “record jump” in the ...
11:00 2019-08-03

Country diary: spellbound in the forest, I see Herne's horned head Castle Howard, North Yorkshire: A trick of the light evokes the prehistoric shaman’s powerWhen the Wild Hunt erupts from the pages of Susan Cooper’s magnificent novel The Dark Is Rising, the throng is...
11:00 2019-08-03

First human-monkey chimera raises concern among scientists Researchers reprogrammed human cells before injecting them in the monkey embryoEfforts to create human-animal chimeras have rebooted an ethical debate after reports emerged that scientists have produc...
11:00 2019-08-03

E-scooters aren’t as green as you think E-scooters have a very environmentally-friendly image. Tiny and battery-powered, they seem like a convenient, responsible alternative to making short trips in a car, but new research suggests that the...
10:24 2019-08-03

A super-thin slice of wood can be used to turn saltwater drinkable Most ways to purify saltwater take up a lot of energy, but simply running seawater through a thin, heated slice of porous wood can render it fresh and drinkable...
22:48 2019-08-02

Healthy social life could ward off dementia, study shows Being socially active in 50s and 60s linked to lower risk of illness later in life, researchers sayBeing socially active in your 50s and 60s may help lower the risk of developing dementia in later lif...
22:36 2019-08-02

Watch ‘electrofishing’ boat stun hundreds of invasive carp in Kentucky Invasive species can be a major problem no matter where they’re found, but for researchers trying to combat invasive fish species, the challenges are unique. In Kentucky, wildlife officials are ...
21:12 2019-08-02

Astronomers stumble upon a new kind of star, and it’s a heavy breather Humans don’t yet possess the technology required to visit neighboring stars, but astronomers can still learn a great deal about them just by looking. The brightness and color of a star can revea...
21:12 2019-08-02

So, how much did the Planetary Society’s light sail really sail? This image was taken during the LightSail 2 sail deployment sequence on July 23, 2019 at 18:49 UTC. The sail is almost fully deployed here and appears warped near the edges due to the spacecraft's 185...
20:24 2019-08-02

Model predicts cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s, up to two years out A new model developed at MIT can help predict if patients at risk for Alzheimer’s disease will experience clinically significant cognitive decline due to the disease, by predicting their cognition tes...
19:00 2019-08-02

Will private companies beat NASA to the Moon? With private companies setting their sights on sending humans to the moon in the near future, it's possible that one could touch down on the lunar surface before NASA astronauts do....
18:24 2019-08-02

NASA discovers 'extreme' alien planet that's shaped like a football Using NASA's Hubble Telescope, researchers have discovered a football-shaped exoplanet 900 light-years from Earth that is being described as "hotter than hot." ...
18:24 2019-08-02

Mysterious 4,000-year-old grave reveals boy and girl buried face to face A mysterious 4,000-year-old grave has been unearthed in Kazakhstan and inside are a young male and female buried in an odd manner — they're facing each other....
18:24 2019-08-02

Rare firefly with double-green flash could be headed for endangered list BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) — Peering through the darkness under the faint light of a peach-colored moon, wildlife biologist Jason Davis spots a telltale green flash in the bushes....
18:24 2019-08-02

Asteroid size of Empire State Building set to fly by Earth next week A "potentially hazardous" asteroid that is as large as the Empire State Building will zoom past Earth next week on Aug. 10. But it's not anything to worry about, according to experts....
18:24 2019-08-02

Rocket Report: China discovers grid fins, NASA acknowledges Starship program Enlarge / The Electron launch vehicle is ready to soar. (credit: Rocket Lab) Welcome to Edition 2.09 of the Rocket Report! This week, we've got a few highs but more lows—including small-rocket launc...
18:12 2019-08-02

Cell injections could train the body to accept a transplanted organ Organ donations save lives but require the recipient to take drugs that prevent rejection – in future, cell injections may train the body to accept the new organ...
17:36 2019-08-02

Hottest day records set across Europe this year will soon be broken Global warming caused the record-smashing heatwave in Europe during the hottest July ever globally - and climate models suggest there’s worse to come...
17:36 2019-08-02

Country diary: a dowdy female with the vapours gets male moths a-flutter Langstone, Hampshire: Potential mates can detect the emergence of an adult vapourer moth from miles away It was impossible to miss the rusty tussock moth (Orgyia antiqua) caterpillar foraging on my ra...
17:12 2019-08-02

The psychology of climate science denial – Science Weekly podcast We revisit the archive as Ian Sample looks at why some people continue to deny anthropogenic global heating, despite the scientific evidence. Could better communication be the key? And what tips can s...
17:12 2019-08-02

Eco-venues and no-flyer zones: Edinburgh fringe tackles the climate crisis Mass extinctions, carbon emissions and freak storms will feature at a festival where artists are finding new ways to raise the alarm‘I no longer think of this as a technological problem. I don’t think...
17:12 2019-08-02

Record heatwave 'made much more likely' by human impact on climate Scientists say July at least equalled and may have beaten hottest month on recordThe record-breaking heatwave that roasted Europe last month was a one-in-a-thousand-year event made up to 100 times mor...
17:12 2019-08-02

Indian boy, seven, found with 526 teeth inside his mouth Teeth sized between 0.1mm to 3mm discovered in lower jaw of boy during surgery in Chennai A seven-year-old boy who had suffered occasional toothache was found to have 526 teeth inside his jaw, accordi...
17:12 2019-08-02

Scientists top list of most trusted professions in US Pew survey shows rise in confidence that scientists will act in public’s interestScientists have topped a survey of trusted professions, with adults in the US more confident that they act in the publi...
17:12 2019-08-02

Folic acid seems to be essential for fathers-to-be as well as mothers With evidence building that folic acid is vital for healthy sperm, is it time to recommend that fathers-to-be supplement their diet with the vitamin?...
10:48 2019-08-02

Aerosol emissions may not cool the planet as much as we thought Enlarge / Taken on August 2, 2018, by an astronaut on the International Space Station, this image shows a pyrocumulus cloud rising from the Ferguson fire near Yosemite National Park. (credit: NASA / F...
05:48 2019-08-02

The first meals eaten on the Moon were truly bizzare When you’re an astronaut, food options are somewhat limited during missions into space. You can’t exactly order in, and meals have to be preserved and then reconstituted when you’re ...
04:12 2019-08-02

Solar sails actually work, and LightSail 2 just proved it The idea seems totally crazy: A spacecraft with no active propulsion system that can travel through space using light in the same way that a sailboat uses wind. Physics tells us it’s possible, b...
04:12 2019-08-02

Scientists just discovered a planet shaped like a football If you were to make a list of exoplanets that would be worth visiting in person, WASP-121b wouldn’t be anywhere near the top of your list. There are plenty of exoplanets out there that wouldn&rs...
04:12 2019-08-02

Alzheimer’s test predicts onset up to 20 years in advance US scientists say their blood test can be 94% effective in spotting those at risk of the illnessA blood test that can detect signs of Alzheimer’s as much as 20 years before the disease begins to have ...
01:36 2019-08-02

Astronomers find that Milky Way is a warped and twisted galaxy Astronomers have created the most precise map to date of the Milky Way by tracking thousands of big pulsating stars spread throughout the galaxy, demonstrating that its disk of myriad stars is not fla...
23:36 2019-08-01

Shocking Moon discovery: Earth's satellite 100M years older than previously thought, study says The Apollo missions have had a lasting legacy on space exploration, most notably the Apollo 11 mission, which saw humanity walk on the Moon for the first time. But a new study extends the legacy of th...
23:24 2019-08-01

Photos from Greenland reveal worrying cost of European heat wave As Europe reels from a record-breaking heatwave, which has halted the Tour de France and sparked major fires in France, a concerning consequence has been laid bare in striking images from Greenland....
23:24 2019-08-01

Nearby 'Super-Earth' may be habitable, NASA suggests NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has made several discoveries in recent days, including a planet with three suns and a sun with three planets. But the latest discovery may be the most surp...
23:24 2019-08-01

Chicago spent almost $34G to catch alligator living in city park The alligator that became a national media sensation after it was spotted in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon proved to be an expensive pest for the city....
23:24 2019-08-01

The SLS rocket may have curbed development of on-orbit refueling for a decade Enlarge / The Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s liquid oxygen tank structural test article was manufactured and stacked in June 2019 at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. (credit: NASA...
22:36 2019-08-01

Finding novel materials for practical devices In recent years, machine learning has been proving a valuable tool for identifying new materials with properties optimized for specific applications. Working with large, well-defined data sets, comput...
22:12 2019-08-01

Robert Young obituary My friend Robert Young, who has died aged 83, was a psychotherapist, writer and academic, the author of influential books on Darwin, psychoanalysis and the history of ideas. A brave man of the left, h...
21:48 2019-08-01

New type of pipe for pumping blood is just liquid with no pipe Fluids like blood can be damaged when they flow through tiny tubes like those in surgical pumps. But that doesn't happen in a new "anti-tube" made of liquid...
21:24 2019-08-01

These Fossils Preserved in Opal Are a Gorgeous, Iridescent Window Into the Past. Scientists Are Fighting to Save Them from the Black Market Cloaked in white dust and surrounded by expansive plains, the town of Lightning Ridge produces the bulk of the world’s precious black opal. This rare gemstone, prized for its dazzling play of co...
20:00 2019-08-01

NASA’s exoplanet hunter just spotted a ‘super Earth’ orbiting a nearby star In its 15 months of service, NASA’s TESS exoplanet-hunting satellite has racked up many exciting exoplanet discoveries, but few show promise in the search for extraterrestrial life. Most of the ...
19:00 2019-08-01

London’s public spaces are rife with multidrug-resistant bacteria Antibiotic resistance genes have been found in high proportions of Staphylococcus bacteria isolated from commonly touched surfaces in shopping centres, train stations and hospitals in London...
16:36 2019-08-01

Chinese state agency to launch rocket for commercial use in August A Chinese government space agency is expected to launch its first rocket meant for commercial use in August, putting pressure on other domestic rocket firms to develop their own launch vehicles ahead ...
16:12 2019-08-01

Should we worry about the robots and mind-reading apps remaking our world? | Alex Hern Technology is spying on us and machines are developing human voices. But it’s not all a weird cyberpunk dystopiaTechnology changes so fast that our lives are radically different from even a decade ago...
15:36 2019-08-01

Lizarding to lingering: how humans really behave in public spaces The researchers behind The Field Guide to Urban Plazas decided to study the public behaviour of human beings in New York City, an update on William H Whyte’s pioneering work from 1980, The Social Life...
15:36 2019-08-01

Sixth person dies from listeria outbreak linked to NHS sandwiches Public Health England says latest death was one of nine cases previously confirmedA sixth person has died after eating pre-packaged sandwiches and salads linked to a listeria outbreak, Public Health E...
15:36 2019-08-01

Macaques really can use logical reasoning to solve puzzles Macaques are good puzzle solvers, but it was unclear if they use logic or just made choices to maximise their reward. Now a test shows logic really is involved...
13:48 2019-08-01

Wasps are shrinking in size and it may be because of climate change Global warming has been linked to smaller body sizes in antelopes, sparrows – and now wasps. Oddly, their wings are shrinking faster than the rest of their body...
13:48 2019-08-01

‘They Cleaned Up Pretty Well.’ What Archeologists Found at the Farm Where Woodstock Was Held Most people were pleased in the summer of 1969 at how quickly the debris was cleared away following that summer’s Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in upstate New York. When half a million peopl...
13:36 2019-08-01

Smoke from fires in Africa fertilizes the Amazon over 6,500 miles away It’s tempting to think that two locations separated by over 6,500 miles wouldn’t have much of an impact on one another, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Our planet is like a va...
10:36 2019-08-01

Sunbeam-sailing spacecraft deemed 'mission success' in Earth orbit A small crowd-funded satellite promoted by TV host and science educator Bill Nye has been propelled into a higher orbit using only the force of sunlight blowing against its sail in space, a novel prop...
09:00 2019-08-01

One chip to rule them all: It natively runs all types of AI software Enlarge / Skynet light? The Tianjin-controlled bike stalks one of its creators. (credit: Jing Pei et al.) We tend to think of AI as a monolithic entity, but it's actually developed along multiple br...
04:24 2019-08-01

Russia just completed a particularly speedy resupply run to the International Space Station It was just a few days ago that SpaceX shot one of its Dragon cargo ships into space, and it was packed with supplies for the crew of the International Space Station. Now, Russia has done the same wit...
02:48 2019-08-01

Should we eat local to cut food miles, or does it make no difference? Reducing food miles seems a sensible and straightforward way to cut carbon emissions. But digging into the science shows it's not that simple, says James Wong...
02:12 2019-08-01

Did you solve it? The enduring appeal of Venn diagrams The solutions to today’s puzzlesEarlier today I set you these four Venn diagram teasers:1) For each of the regions marked A to D below, think of a fraction that could belong in it, or say that it is i...
02:00 2019-08-01

The Guardian view on James Lovelock: Earth, but not as we knew it | Editorial As he celebrates his centennial birthday, the scientist continues to rewrite our futureJames Lovelock, the scientist and writer, is 100 years old on Friday and remains a combination of environmental C...
02:00 2019-08-01

What Jacob Rees-Mogg's language rules reveal about him | David Shariatmadari His linguistic intolerance suggests a personality that values order and obedience above allJacob Rees-Mogg must be in seventh heaven right now. His obsession with anachronistic rules and rituals final...
02:00 2019-08-01

‘It has been totally positive’: the couples brought together by an autism diagnosis When one partner in a relationship learns they are autistic, it can explain years of frustration and confusion. And, for many, the knowledge makes their bond stronger than everWhen their children were...
02:00 2019-08-01

NHS abandons plan to let healthy people pay for DNA sequencing Amid concerns over two-tier health system, new scheme will read volunteers’ DNA for freeGovernment plans to sell DNA sequencing to healthy people on condition that they share their results for medical...
02:00 2019-08-01

Sir Rex Richards obituary Distinguished chemist who helped to pioneer nuclear magnetic resonance – a new method of analysisRex Richards, who has died aged 96, was a scientist driven not only by a personal thirst for discovery ...
02:00 2019-08-01

The interplay between gender and autism spectrum disorder – Science Weekly podcast The Science Weekly team are taking a bit of a break so we’ll be revisiting some of our favourite shows from the archive. Including this one from 2017, when Nicola Davis looked at why so many women wit...
02:00 2019-08-01

James Lovelock at 100 says asteroids pose key threat to humanity Creator of Gaia theory recalls how it nearly had another name and says the age of AI is nighJames Lovelock has spent a lifetime pondering the forces that shape Earth. It was a pursuit that brought abo...
02:00 2019-08-01

War on science: Trump administration muzzles climate experts, critics say Whistleblowers and groups tracking agency decisions say administration is ignoring science and censoring expertiseThe Trump administration is disregarding science and expertise across a wide range of ...
02:00 2019-08-01

'Unprecedented': more than 100 Arctic wildfires burn in worst ever season Huge blazes in Greenland, Siberia and Alaska are producing plumes of smoke that can be seen from spaceThe Arctic is suffering its worst wildfire season on record, with huge blazes in Greenland, Siberi...
02:00 2019-08-01

Ethiopia plants 350m trees in a day to help tackle climate crisis National ‘green legacy’ initiative aims to reduce environmental degradationAbout 350m trees have been planted in a single day in Ethiopia, according to a government minister.The planting is part of a ...
02:00 2019-08-01

Stomach acid-reducing drugs may raise risk of future allergies – study Lead scientist hopes findings raise awareness about proton-pump inhibitors’ side-effectsPrescription medicines to reduce stomach acid are associated with an increased risk of developing allergies, acc...
02:00 2019-08-01

Can you solve it? The enduring appeal of Venn diagrams Where pictures and puzzles intersectUPDATE: Solutions now up hereJohn Venn – the British logician who around 1880 devised the ‘Venn diagram’ – celebrates his 185th birthday this week. Continue reading...
02:00 2019-08-01

The five: medical biases against women From drug trials that only use men to misconceptions about CPR, medicine’s gender inequalities can be matters of life or death A study last week revealed that women in Australia are less likely than m...
02:00 2019-08-01

Insomnia sufferers can benefit from therapy, new study shows Authors call for cognitive behavioural therapy to be offered through GPsForget counting sheep and drinking warm milk, an effective way to tackle chronic insomnia is cognitive behavioural therapy, rese...
02:00 2019-08-01

Does thinking about things 'on a spectrum' make us more enlightened? The concept has changed the way we think about everything from autism to homelessness. But it has its drawbacksBlack and white thinking may die hard, yet never has society been quite as comfortable wi...
02:00 2019-08-01

Neuroscientists decode brain speech signals into written text Study funded by Facebook aims to improve communication with paralysed patients Doctors have turned the brain signals for speech into written sentences in a research project that aims to transform how ...
02:00 2019-08-01

UK Lyme disease cases may be three times higher than estimated Researchers say tick-borne disease ‘is everywhere’ with 8,000 diagnoses likely in 2019Cases of Lyme disease in the UK may be three times higher than previous estimates, according to new research.After...
02:00 2019-08-01

NASA Is Working With Private Companies to Go Back to the Moon. That’s Riskier Than it Seems NASA will never be listed on NASDAQ. It’s already a wholly owned subsidiary of, well, all of us—which is the way it’s supposed to be with taxpayer-funded government agencies. But you...
23:24 2019-07-31

Watch Japan’s asteroid probe touch down on asteroid Ryugu Japanese space agency JAXA has had an up-close-and-personal relationship with the asteroid known as Ryugu ever since its Hayabusa-2 spacecraft entered orbit around the space rock in June of last year....
23:12 2019-07-31

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is already getting a workout without leaving Earth When NASA’s Mars 2020 mission finally gets underway about a year from now it’ll have been a long time coming. The mission has been in the works for years, and the ultra-high-tech rover wil...
23:12 2019-07-31

NASA’s TESS planet hunter just spotted a trio of new worlds NASA’s TESS — Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — has been scanning the skies for a little over a year now and it’s already returned a massive treasure trove of discoveries...
23:12 2019-07-31

Scientists move one step closer to explaining why Komodo dragons are so awesome Komodo dragons are incredible animals. They’re lizards, but they have a number of unique tweaks to their chemistry that gives them advantages often only seen in mammals. To figure out how these ...
23:12 2019-07-31

Researchers worry that hackers could turn connected cars into roadblocks As carmakers continue to pack their newest models with all manner of “smart” technology, researchers are concerned that connected vehicles will become an increasingly irresistible target f...
23:12 2019-07-31

Apollo 11 installed an experiment on the Moon that is still working today NASA’s Apollo 11 mission broke new ground in a lot of obvious ways. Landing humans on the lunar surface was a huge accomplishment, as was the first (and each subsequent) moonwalk. But not everyt...
23:12 2019-07-31

Scientists in Japan get clearance for growing human-animal hybrids Genetic modification can be a touchy subject in scientific circles, especially when the life form being modified is an animal. Researchers fear that the consequences of rogue scientists “playing...
23:12 2019-07-31

NASA just hired SpaceX to figure out how to refuel ships in space Traveling to the Moon is hard, and sending crewed spacecraft to other planets will be even harder. One of the major challenges in deep space travel is the question of power, since, at present, spacecr...
23:12 2019-07-31

Delta pilot yanked from boarded plane because he was probably drunk Travelers hoping to depart from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on Tuesday morning were forced to delay their plans after their pilot was pulled from the plane and arrested. The man, ...
23:12 2019-07-31

NASA wants you to come up with a way to send heavy stuff to the Moon The NASA of today is a whole lot different than the agency that first sent humans to the Moon. While those projects were almost entirely in-house, today’s NASA relies heavily on commercial partn...
23:12 2019-07-31

Jeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNA Mr. Epstein, the accused sex trafficker, was fascinated by eugenics. He told scientists and others of his vision of using his New Mexico ranch to impregnate women....
22:24 2019-07-31

Brain speech signals decoded into written text in breakthrough research for people with paralysis Doctors have been able to turn brain signals for speech into written sentences in a research project that aims to transform how patients with severe disabilities communicate....
21:48 2019-07-31

Mysterious radiation cloud over Europe traced to secret Russian nuclear accident A vast cloud of nuclear radiation that spreadover continental Europe in 2017 has been traced to an unacknowledged nuclear accident in southern Russia, according to an international team of scientists....
21:48 2019-07-31

NASA is joining forces with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to help space exploration NASA may have ambitions of returning to the Moon on its own, but it's asking for help from Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk to make breakthroughs for future space missions, including going to Mars....
21:48 2019-07-31

500 million-year-old crab named after Han Solo's Millennium Falcon A newly discovered crab that lived more than 500 million years has been named after the Millennium Falcon, the starship that Ford's character, Han Solo, flew during "Star Wars."...
21:48 2019-07-31

Rhino saved? Southern white rhino gives birth aided by artificial insemination The southern white rhinoceros, the only rhino species not endangered, could be one step further away from extinction after a San Diego-based conservation organization said it achieved the first succes...
21:48 2019-07-31

Bow of WW II US submarine discovered near remote Alaskan island The bow of the World War II submarine USS Grunion has been discovered 77 years after the sub went missing off the remote Aleutian Islands in Alaska on her first war patrol....
21:48 2019-07-31

200 Reindeer Starved to Death. Experts Call It a Sign of Climate Change. Scientists surveying reindeer populations in Norway said the deaths occurred on iced pastures in the Arctic, a result of global warming’s effect on a vulnerable ecosystem....
21:24 2019-07-31

These Cities Broke Temperature Records in Europe’s Heat Wave Temperature records are being shattered across Europe this week as the continent swelters in its second heat wave this summer. “We are observing weather since 1833 and we never experienced these...
20:48 2019-07-31

Glaciers Are Melting Underwater. It’s Worse Than Previously Thought Underwater ice melt from glaciers could be happening much faster than previously thought, according to new research published in the journal Science. That’s a dangerous finding as melting glacie...
20:48 2019-07-31

A Gorilla Believed to Be the World’s Oldest in Captivity Has Died at 63 (LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — The Little Rock Zoo says Trudy, believed to be the oldest Western Lowland gorilla in captivity, has died at age 63. Zoo spokeswoman Susan Altrui said zookeepers found Trudy...
20:48 2019-07-31

Lightsail 2’s Successful Deployment Makes it the First Steerable Spacecraft Powered by the Sun This is a version of the TIME Space newsletter that went out July 26, 2019. Dear readers, Jeff Kluger is out this week. I’m Alejandro de la Garza, a researcher and reporter at TIME, and a writ...
20:48 2019-07-31

The Peak of the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Is Coming. Here’s How to Watch It July has already been full of space-related celebrations and history, but there’s one more big event in store: the Delta Aquarid meteor shower will peak at the end of July, and NASA meteor exper...
20:48 2019-07-31

Neil deGrasse Tyson Keeps His Museum Post After a Sexual Misconduct Probe NEW YORK (AP) — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will keep his job as head of the Hayden Planetarium at New York’s American Museum of Natural History after the museum concluded its inves...
20:48 2019-07-31

Why Are Area 51 Conspiracy Theories So Popular? Here’s What Psychologists Say Here’s hoping there are aliens at Area 51. For one thing: they probably have cool spaceships. For another, the extraterrestrials are said to have arrived in 1947, so if they were going to eat us...
20:48 2019-07-31

Three ‘Missing-Link’ Planets Were Discovered Circling a Nearby Star by the New TESS Spacecraft Planets are like puppies—they come in all kinds of sizes, all kinds of colors and they’re often found in litters. That’s not the way things used to seem. It wasn’t until 1992 t...
20:48 2019-07-31

Biologists and mathematicians team up to explore tissue folding As embryos develop, they follow predetermined patterns of tissue folding, so that individuals of the same species end up with nearly identically shaped organs and very similar body shapes. MIT scie...
20:36 2019-07-31

Seeking new physics, scientists borrow from social networks When two protons collide, they release pyrotechnic jets of particles, the details of which can tell scientists something about the nature of physics and the fundamental forces that govern the universe...
20:36 2019-07-31

Neuroscientists identify brain region linked to altered social interactions in autism model Although psychiatric disorders can be linked to particular genes, the brain regions and mechanisms underlying particular disorders are not well-understood. Mutations or deletions of the SHANK3 gene ar...
20:36 2019-07-31