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00:46, 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 co...
20:51, 2019-08-17

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, Virgin...
13:51, 2019-08-17

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, ...
13:51, 2019-08-17

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 ag...
13:51, 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 it...
13:51, 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...
13:51, 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, st...
13:51, 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 c...
12:00, 2019-08-17

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...
11:34, 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 fir...
10:00, 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 ...
07:34, 2019-08-17

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 ...
04:17, 2019-08-17

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 o...
04:17, 2019-08-17

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 Ang...
04:17, 2019-08-17

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 fi...
04:17, 2019-08-17

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 prospecti...
04:17, 2019-08-17

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 nonsensic...
04:17, 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 blast...
02:51, 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. Figu...
00:34, 2019-08-17

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 evenin...
23:34, 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! A...
23:34, 2019-08-16

How a new antibiotic destroys extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis Enlarge / A security guard mans the gate January 23, 2008 of the ward of extreme drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), a near-untreatable strain of t...
23:34, 2019-08-16

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 re...
23:34, 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...
19:00, 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 mo...
19:00, 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 sha...
19:00, 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...
19:00, 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...
17:00, 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...
17:00, 2019-08-16

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 ...
15:00, 2019-08-16

Biologists have a problem with homosexuality – they should get over it Studies that reduce human sexuality to two neat categories – gay and straight – are bad science and stoke societal prejudice, says neuroethologist An...
15:00, 2019-08-16

Europe’s extinct cave bears went into decline just as humans arrived The population of cave bears in Europe held steady for tens of thousands of years, then crashed after humans showed up – suggesting we helped wipe th...
15:00, 2019-08-16

Wildlife summit to consider global ban on saiga antelope trade Protections for saiga antelope, mako sharks and even woolly mammoths will be considered at a conference of the Convention on International Trade in E...
15:00, 2019-08-16

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...
15:00, 2019-08-16

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...
14:00, 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 ...
14:00, 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 pe...
12:34, 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 temperature...
12:34, 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 ...
07:51, 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 &mdas...
06:17, 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 sola...
06:17, 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 Loh...
04:17, 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 we...
04:17, 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 aro...
04:17, 2019-08-15

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)) Crysta...
04:17, 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 conservati...
03:17, 2019-08-15

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 tr...
00:51, 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 ...
23:17, 2019-08-14

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 spac...
21:34, 2019-08-14

Grave robbers missed these ancient Greek graves Grave robbers are usually a determined bunch, but for the past 3,400 years, unsavory burglars have managed to miss two ancient burial chambers just o...
19:17, 2019-08-14

Plastic is 'raining' on the Rocky Mountains, study says Plastic pollution has become an issue for the entire planet, affecting the global economy, marine life and posing health risks for us and our childre...
19:17, 2019-08-14

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. ...
19:17, 2019-08-14

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...
19:17, 2019-08-14

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 t...
19:17, 2019-08-14

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 ...
19:17, 2019-08-14

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...
19:17, 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...
17:51, 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 ...
17:51, 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...
17:51, 2019-08-14

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...
17:51, 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 fro...
17:51, 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 l...
17:51, 2019-08-14

Cannabis-based health products are going mainstream – do they work? A component in cannabis called CBD is claimed to help everything from Alzheimer's to anxiety. Despite a boom in sales, there's little evidence suppor...
17:17, 2019-08-14

Radioactive dust in Antarctic ice could help map interstellar clouds Interstellar dust has been found in Antarctic ice samples. The discovery could provide a way of mapping the clouds of dust Earth has passed through i...
17:17, 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 ...
15:17, 2019-08-14

The US Army is developing AI missiles that find their own targets The US Army wants to build smart missiles that will use AI to select their targets, raising concerns that the technology will be a form of lethal aut...
15:17, 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 s...
07:51, 2019-08-14

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 no...
04:51, 2019-08-14

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...
04:51, 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 Age...
04:51, 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 safel...
04:51, 2019-08-14

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 C...
01:51, 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 be...
01:51, 2019-08-14

‘Juul-alikes’ Are Filling Shelves With Sweet, Teen-Friendly Nicotine Flavors Juul, worried about further damage to its reputation as it tries to remake its public image, has filed lawsuits and a complaint with the Internationa...
01:17, 2019-08-14

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 prospecti...
23:00, 2019-08-13

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 na...
23:00, 2019-08-13

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) O...
23:00, 2019-08-13

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 everyo...
23:00, 2019-08-13

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...
23:00, 2019-08-13

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. Helen...
21:34, 2019-08-13

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...
21:34, 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, ho...
18:34, 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 ...
18:34, 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...
18:34, 2019-08-13

'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 ...
18:34, 2019-08-13

Screen All Adult Patients for Drug Abuse, National Panel Urges With 1 in 10 Americans saying they misuse drugs, doctors should ask everyone about both illegal and prescription use, the U.S. Preventive Services Ta...
17:34, 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 engin...
14:00, 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, Demo...
14:00, 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 ] ...
14:00, 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 ...
06:34, 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...
06:34, 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 imm...
06:34, 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 ea...
01:00, 2019-08-13

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, ...
01:00, 2019-08-13

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 choices...
01:00, 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 h...
01:00, 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 pers...
01:00, 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 ...
01:00, 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 s...
01:00, 2019-08-13

‘Perhaps the most important isotope’: how carbon-14 revolutionised science The discovery that carbon atoms act as a marker of time of death transformed everything from biochemistry to oceanography – but the breakthrough near...
01:00, 2019-08-13

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 ot...
01:00, 2019-08-13

Can you solve it? Get the gossip with Bobby Seagull How to spread the wordUPDATE: To read the solution click hereToday’s puzzle was suggested to me by Bobby Seagull, who was told it by his brother, who...
01:00, 2019-08-13

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 myst...
01:00, 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 t...
00:34, 2019-08-13

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...
00:34, 2019-08-13

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 soli...
00:34, 2019-08-13

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 elusiv...
00:34, 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...
23:17, 2019-08-12

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 o...
20:51, 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 o...
18:51, 2019-08-12

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 ast...
18:51, 2019-08-12

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, Monday August 12, over federal charges that he alle...
18:51, 2019-08-12

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 hav...
18:17, 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 ga...
16:51, 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 t...
16:51, 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...
15:51, 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 ref...
10:51, 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 s...
04:17, 2019-08-12

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. B...
18:00, 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...
18:00, 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...
15:34, 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 an...
06:51, 2019-08-11

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 c...
02:00, 2019-08-11

'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 when referring to cance...
02:00, 2019-08-11

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: Mult...
17:00, 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 St...
17:00, 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...
11:51, 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 environment...
11:51, 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 significant...
05:34, 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 com...
03:34, 2019-08-10

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 ge...
01:00, 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 computat...
01:00, 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...
23:34, 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 hou...
20:34, 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 comple...
20:34, 2019-08-09

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 withi...
20:34, 2019-08-09

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 tha...
18:34, 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...
17:34, 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 fill...
17:34, 2019-08-09

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 ...
17:34, 2019-08-09

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 emer...
17:34, 2019-08-09

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...
14:34, 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 s...
14:34, 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. S...
13:34, 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 h...
13:34, 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...
13:34, 2019-08-09

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 plane...
07:34, 2019-08-09

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 gree...
04:17, 2019-08-09

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 ...
04:17, 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, n...
04:17, 2019-08-09

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 ...
00:51, 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 ...
00:51, 2019-08-09

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 ima...
23:17, 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...
23:17, 2019-08-08

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...
23:17, 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 th...
23:17, 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...
23:17, 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 m...
23:17, 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 prod...
23:17, 2019-08-08

Gigantic 11 billion year-old galaxies viewed for first time ever Astronomers have spotted 39 enormous galaxies that are billions of light-years away from Earth, creating large numbers of stars the size of our Sun. ...
22:51, 2019-08-08

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 scientis...
22:51, 2019-08-08

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 ...
22:51, 2019-08-08

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 da...
22:51, 2019-08-08

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, ...
22:51, 2019-08-08

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...
22:51, 2019-08-08

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, NAS...
22:51, 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 oppo...
19:51, 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,...
19:51, 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 ...
19:51, 2019-08-08

Personalised breast cancer test could tell when to stop treatment A blood test for a person’s specific breast cancer mutations – which is 100 times more sensitive than existing tests – seems to tell when treatment i...
17:51, 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 dispu...
17:51, 2019-08-08

It’s a Moment of Reckoning For How We Use the Planet to Halt Climate Change, 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 ...
12:17, 2019-08-08

This Bread Recipe Starts With 4,000-Year-Old Yeast A self-professed “bread nerd” extracted yeast from ancient Egyptian artifacts to make a loaf of sourdough. “The aroma and flavor are incredible,” he ...
11:17, 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 ...
10:51, 2019-08-08

Chernobyl's 'sarcophagus' being dismantled due to 'very high' probability of collapse The Chernobyl nuclear power plant's massive "sarcophagus," which covers its radioactive reactor, is being dismantled due to the fact that it might co...
07:17, 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...
03:51, 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 Eart...
03:51, 2019-08-08

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 de...
01:17, 2019-08-08

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 discussion of how automation may fundamentally change the ...
01:17, 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 know...
01:17, 2019-08-08

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 fu...
01:17, 2019-08-08

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. (cre...
01:17, 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: P...
01:17, 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, ...
22:51, 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 l...
22:17, 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...
22:17, 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 sta...
22:17, 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 wor...
22:17, 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 det...
21:51, 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 ramification...
21:51, 2019-08-07

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 nocturna...
20:51, 2019-08-07

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 ot...
20:51, 2019-08-07

Enormous ‘cannonballs’ of plasma spotted hurtling around the sun Huge blobs of hot plasma are flying around at high speeds on the sun, and they may help us figure out why the sun's outermost layers are so surprisin...
20:51, 2019-08-07

Why the news on dementia deaths is not as bad as it sounds Dementia has been named the leading cause of death in England and Wales, but individual risk for the condition is falling, and cancer actually kills ...
20:51, 2019-08-07

How the coolest, smallest stars could help us discover new exoplanets Exoplanets are abundant near the galaxy's smallest stars. Observing M dwarfs could teach us more about the worlds beyond our solar system, writes Cha...
20:51, 2019-08-07

Plate tectonics began nearly 2 billion years before we thought Earth’s continents may have been shifting for 2.5 billion years, according to a study of ancient rocks that finds plate tectonics evolved far earlier...
20:51, 2019-08-07

Earth's magnetic poles probably won't flip within our lifetime Contrary to recent reports, new research suggests the next reversal of Earth’s magnetic pole won’t happen in a human lifetime and could take tens of ...
20:51, 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 o...
17:00, 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....
17:00, 2019-08-07

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 m...
15:17, 2019-08-07

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...
15:17, 2019-08-07

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 ...
15:17, 2019-08-07

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, scienti...
15:17, 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 an...
15:17, 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 dubbe...
15:17, 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 a...
15:17, 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 Uni...
13:00, 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 sepa...
12:00, 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...
10:17, 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...
07:00, 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...
02:51, 2019-08-07

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 d...
02:17, 2019-08-07

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...
02:17, 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 hitche...
02:17, 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 ...
02:17, 2019-08-07

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 ...
00:51, 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 ...
00:51, 2019-08-07

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...
00:51, 2019-08-07

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...
00:51, 2019-08-07

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...
00:17, 2019-08-07

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 ...
19:00, 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 T...
19:00, 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 s...
19:00, 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...
19:00, 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. ...
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 hav...
19:00, 2019-08-06

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 mill...
19:00, 2019-08-06

We could use Earth's atmosphere as a giant lens for a space telescope A space telescope could use the whole Earth as a lens by capturing light deflected off the atmosphere to help us search for signs of life on exoplane...
19:00, 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 wo...
14:17, 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 “real...
14:17, 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 ther...
14:17, 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...
14:17, 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 Par...
14:17, 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 si...
08:00, 2019-08-06

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 ...
01:34, 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 goin...
01:34, 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-cel...
00:34, 2019-08-06

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 ele...
23:34, 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 ...
23:34, 2019-08-05

How Hot Was July? Hotter Than Ever, Global Data Shows European climate researchers said Monday that last month was the hottest month ever recorded, slightly eclipsing the previous record-holder, July 201...
22:51, 2019-08-05

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 p...
22:51, 2019-08-05

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, lo...
22:51, 2019-08-05

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 iden...
22:17, 2019-08-05

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 o...
22:17, 2019-08-05

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...
22:17, 2019-08-05

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 defens...
22:17, 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 ...
15:34, 2019-08-05

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 extrem...
10:51, 2019-08-05

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 twe...
10:51, 2019-08-05

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 sc...
10:51, 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 beauti...
01:17, 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 interestin...
00:34, 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 surprisi...
21:34, 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 vol...
05:00, 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 Mar...
02:00, 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 happ...
02:00, 2019-08-04

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,...
21:34, 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...
21:34, 2019-08-03

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 comp...
21:34, 2019-08-03

Haider Warraich: ‘We do everything in our modern lifestyle to hurt the heart’ The cardiologist on why we should take heart disease more seriously, advances in treatment and how you really can die from a broken heartHaider Warra...
19:51, 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 ele...
17:34, 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 plane...
15:51, 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 an...
04:51, 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...
00:51, 2019-08-03

'Moving fast:' Musk's SpaceX eyes Florida for launch site for Mars rocket Elon Musk's SpaceX is expanding its facilities in Florida to make room for the space company's forthcoming super heavy-lift launch vehicle dubbed Sta...
22:34, 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...
22:34, 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 lo...
22:17, 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 f...
21:17, 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 appear...
21:17, 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 su...
20:51, 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 ...
20:51, 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 ea...
20:51, 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 telltal...
20:51, 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 ...
20:51, 2019-08-02

We spotted a star moving so fast it will enter intergalactic space We spotted a star zooming through the Milky Way at 1700 kilometres per second - so fast that it will soon leave our galaxy behind and enter intergala...
18:51, 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...
18:51, 2019-08-02

Confidence in Scientists Has Actually Risen Since 2016 in the U.S., According to New Research It can often feel like trust in science is a casualty of the “fake news” era. Skepticism of well-established concepts like vaccine safety...
17:51, 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 ...
17:01, 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 b...
17:01, 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 thin...
17:01, 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 ...
17:01, 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 ...
17:01, 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. Ther...
11:00, 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 challeng...
11:00, 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 du...
07:17, 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, dem...
03:51, 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 ...
01:51, 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...
01:51, 2019-08-02

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 Micho...
00:51, 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 ...
00:51, 2019-08-02

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 pla...
23:51, 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 ci...
23:51, 2019-08-01

Turtle embryos may control their sex by moving inside their eggs Ambient temperature can influence the sex of reptile embryos, but turtle embryos may move to warm or cool spots inside the egg to counteract the effe...
22:51, 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...
22:51, 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....
22:51, 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...
22:34, 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 a...
19:34, 2019-08-01

Most detailed ever 3D map of Milky Way shows 'warped' shape Our galaxy is like a distorted disc, study based on Cepheid stars confirmsThe most detailed three-dimensional map yet of the Milky Way has been revea...
19:34, 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. Thi...
17:51, 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 rocke...
16:51, 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 f...
16:51, 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 ...
16:51, 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...
16:34, 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 sa...
16:34, 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...
15:17, 2019-08-01

London’s public spaces are rife with multidrug-resistant bacteria Antibiotic resistance genes were found in high proportions of staphylococcus bacteria isolated from commonly touched surfaces in shopping centres, tr...
15:17, 2019-08-01

LightSail 2 has used sunlight alone to steer around Earth The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft has fulfilled its mission, demonstrating controlled solar sailing in orbit around Earth for the first ...
13:17, 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 i...
13:17, 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 Fest...
13:17, 2019-08-01

A 2,000-year-old stylus makes a point about ancient Roman humor Enlarge / The text is inscribed on all four sides of the stylus. (credit: Museum of London Archaeology) "I have come from the City. I bring you a w...
11:00, 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 en...
11:00, 2019-08-01

Sucking carbon out of the air is no magic fix for the climate emergency | Simon Lewis Negative emissions tech is important, but the idea it could replace decarbonisation is pure fantasy. Business as usual is not an optionThe Arctic is ...
09:17, 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...
07:34, 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 sunli...
05:00, 2019-08-01

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, to...
04:51, 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 Internation...
04:51, 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 fr...
00:51, 2019-08-01

I'm a scientist. Under Trump I lost my job for refusing to hide climate crisis facts | Maria Caffrey I was a climate scientist in a climate-denying administration – and it cost me my jobThe Trump administration’s hostility towards climate science is ...
00:51, 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 ...
00:51, 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 o...
00:51, 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 th...
00:51, 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 ...
00:51, 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 ...
00:51, 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...
00:51, 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 ...
00:51, 2019-08-01

How baseless fears over 5G rollout created a health scare Misconceptions about the technology and lack of consultation with local communities may have boosted conspiracy theoriesWhen Tonia Antoniazzi stood u...
00:51, 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 disrega...
00:51, 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 seas...
00:51, 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 ...
00:51, 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 ...
00:51, 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’ – celebr...
00:51, 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 reve...
00:51, 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 chro...
00:51, 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,...
00:51, 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 sentence...
00:51, 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 ...
00:51, 2019-08-01

Chinese rocket startup puts satellites into orbit for first time A rocket developed by iSpace put satellites into orbit after a launch from a state facility in northwestern China on Thursday, marking the first succ...
00:17, 2019-08-01

Star orbiting massive black hole lends support to Einstein's theory Observations of light coming from a star zipping in orbit around the humongous black hole at the center of our galaxy have provided fresh evidence ba...
00:17, 2019-08-01

Giant dinosaur bone found in southwestern France The thigh bone of a giant dinosaur was found this week by French paleontologists at an excavation site in southwestern France where remains of some o...
00:17, 2019-08-01

Israel's Spacecom looks to rebound from rough patch with Africa satellite Israel’s Space Communication Ltd plans a satellite launch next weekend which it hopes will mark a rebound from a couple of major setbacks in recent y...
00:17, 2019-08-01

Genome study finds roots of Komodo dragon's tenaciousness Scientists have mapped the genome of the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard, discovering intriguing secrets behind the impressive speed and en...
00:17, 2019-08-01

Hundreds of fossils of strange primordial predator unearthed in Canada Hundreds of fossils of a primordial sea creature with rake-like claws and a head resembling a famous fictional spaceship have been unearthed in Canad...
00:17, 2019-08-01

After historic rocket launch, Chinese startup to ramp up missions Beijing-based startup iSpace is planning up to eight commercial rocket launches next year, after last week becoming China's first privately funded fi...
00:17, 2019-08-01

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 shap...
23:34, 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 ...
23:34, 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-under...
23:34, 2019-07-31

TESS discovers three new planets nearby, including temperate “sub-Neptune” NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has discovered three new worlds that are among the smallest, nearest exoplanets known to date....
23:34, 2019-07-31

Removing carbon dioxide from power plant exhaust Reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants is widely considered an essential component of any climate change mitigation plan. Many res...
23:34, 2019-07-31

Health effects of China’s climate policy extend across Pacific Improved air quality can be a major bonus of climate mitigation policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By cutting air pollution levels ...
23:34, 2019-07-31

New material could make it easier to remove colon polyps More than 15 million colonoscopies are performed in the United States every year, and in at least 20 percent of those, gastroenterologists end up rem...
23:34, 2019-07-31

Lowering emissions without breaking the bank India’s economy is booming, driving up electric power consumption to unprecedented levels. The nation’s installed electricity capacity, which increas...
23:34, 2019-07-31

Speeding up drug discovery for brain diseases A research team led by Whitehead Institute scientists has identified 30 distinct chemical compounds — 20 of which are drugs undergoing clinical trial...
23:34, 2019-07-31

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 b...
22:00, 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 imp...
21:51, 2019-07-31

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 J...
21:00, 2019-07-31

Humans are good at smelling cheese thanks to special smell receptors Humans are good at smelling cheese, sweat, and sweet odours because we have more receptors for them than anything else, probably to help us choose wh...
21:00, 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 pilo...
21:00, 2019-07-31

Church of the Apostles discovered near Sea of Galilee, archaeologists say The Church of the Apostles, which is said to have been built over the house of Jesus’ disciples Peter and Andrew, has been discovered near Israel’s S...
20:17, 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 ...
20:17, 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...
20:17, 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 ...
20:17, 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 So...
20:17, 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 conserva...
20:17, 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 o...
20:17, 2019-07-31

A plague upon your land: Mouse damage visible from space The circled areas are where the first mouse damage was noted. [credit: Groenmonitor ...
19:51, 2019-07-31

No climate event of the last 2,000 years looks like humanity’s Enlarge (credit: dvdbramhall) Some people who reject climate science seem to think climate scientists have never heard that the climate has changed...
19:51, 2019-07-31

To protect its satellites, France outlines ambitious space-weapons program Enlarge / Florence Parly is the French defense minister. (credit: SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images) After French President Emmanuel Macron called f...
19:51, 2019-07-31

Safari tourist snaps could produce useful conservation data Enlarge / A pack of African wild dogs. (credit: Megan Claase) Conservation efforts need data. To understand how a species is faring, it's essential...
19:51, 2019-07-31

A cure for cancer, Alzheimer’s, depression? FDA smacks down wild CBD claims Enlarge / Curaleaf products. (credit: Curaleaf) One CBD company sure has been busy. The company Curaleaf claims that it has developed products that...
19:51, 2019-07-31

SpaceX’s Starship prototype has taken flight for the first time At 10:45pm CT Thursday, Starhopper's single Raptor engine roared to life. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann for ...
19:51, 2019-07-31

Rocket Report: Chinese firm first to orbit, Starhopper makes its big leap Enlarge / The Rocket Report is published weekly. (credit: Arianespace) Welcome to Edition 2.08 of the Rocket Report! This week's report comes from ...
19:51, 2019-07-31

Bouncing liquid surface can make bubbles do a stop-start dance Enlarge / Moving bubbles. Sometimes life just isn’t fair. If you play with fluids, you get to use cool camera systems, and every paper fluid resea...
19:51, 2019-07-31

Brain-eating amoeba kills again—here’s how it kills and how to avoid it Enlarge / Ahhhhhhhhhhhh (credit: Getty | James Morgan) A 59-year-old North Carolina man died Monday, July 22, from an infection caused by the free-...
19:51, 2019-07-31

Starving predators survive together, but maybe only in math-land Enlarge / Ferocious, right? (The lion Animoji in iOS 11.3.) (credit: Apple) It is well-known that physicists believe that studying physics makes yo...
19:51, 2019-07-31

Many animals can’t adapt fast enough to climate change Enlarge / Bonobos carrying the footprint of an ancient, extinct species of ape. (credit: flickr user: Reflexiste) Climate change has thrown our bea...
19:51, 2019-07-31

NASA seeks to break the “tyranny of launch” with in-space manufacturing The Archinaut One satellite, illustrated above, will use robotic manufacturing and assembly to manufacture two 10-meter solar arrays in orbit. ...
19:51, 2019-07-31

After Trump aced cognitive test, doctor who wrote it says it’s being misused Enlarge / Former White House Physician Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson and a "very stable genius" in Bethesda, Maryland, January 12, 2018. (credit: Ge...
19:51, 2019-07-31

TESS hits the trifecta: Nearby bright star has 3 interesting planets Enlarge (credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center) Thanks to the massive trove of exoplanets discovered by the Kepler mission, we now have a good...
19:51, 2019-07-31

While ozone is recovering, we’re doing things to prolong the process Enlarge / The Antarctic Ozone Hole on September 13, 2014, as observed by the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on the Aura satellite. (credit: NASA) ...
19:51, 2019-07-31

China is on track to beat its peak-emissions pledge Enlarge (credit: Dan Lundberg / Flickr) In the past 20 years, China has become a key player for global greenhouse gas emissions. Due to its large p...
19:51, 2019-07-31