Astronomers Just Detected The Most Distant Solar System Object Ever Seen

At a staggering distance from the Sun, astronomers have just found what they think might be the most distant object ever identified in the Solar System.

February 25, 2019


NASA's Curiosity Rover Entered 'Safe Mode' Last Week, And We're Still Not Sure Why

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which touched down in 2014, experienced a "hiccup" while booting up last week - but scientists on Earth have brought it back online and are working to reconstruct what went wrong.

February 25, 2019


Astronomers Just Found 300,000 Hidden Galaxies in Just a Tiny Patch of Sky

The Universe just got a little more crowded with the discovery of more than 300,000 potential galaxies in a tiny corner of the northern sky.

February 20, 2019


This New Optical Device Could One Day Detect Plant Life on Distant Alien Worlds

A new optical instrument that can detect plant-based organisms from kilometres away due to the unique way living things reflect light could one day help in the search for life beyond this planet, new research suggests.

February 20, 2019


The 'Super Blood Moon' Eclipse Is Almost Upon Us, Here's How to Watch


For the half of the planet fortunate enough to see it, it's a chance to see two fascinating spectacles combined in what's known as a 'super blood moon' eclipse (not a very scientific name, we'll get to that in a bit).

January 17, 2019


Astronomers Just Found Evidence of a Curious Weather Phenomenon on Titan 

Scientists searching for signs of seasonal storms on Titan have finally found the smoking gun. A slick shimmer spotted on the north pole of the Saturnian moon is the first evidence of rainfall in the hemisphere - the start of summer in the north.

January 17, 2019


Scientists just identified the first known omnivorous shark species

Sharks are some of the most notorious meat-eaters on the planet. And for a long time, scientists assumed that the vast majority of these marine creatures were solely carnivorous.

September 05, 2018


Newfound skull tunnels may speed immune cells’ trek to brain injuries

Skulls seem solid, but the thick bones are actually riddled with tiny tunnels. Microscopic channels cut through the skull bones of people and mice, scientists found.

August 31, 2018


What does Mars’ lake mean for the search for life on the Red Planet?

The search for life on Mars just got a lot more interesting. For decades, scientists have looked at the dry and dusty planet and focused on finding regions where life could have taken root billions of years ago, when the Martian climate was warmer and wetter. But on July 25, researchers announced they had spotted signs of a large lake of liquid water hiding beneath thick layers of ice near the Red Planet’s south pole.

July 27, 2018


Life rebounded just years after the dinosaur-killing asteroid struck

When a 10-kilometer-wide asteroid hit the Gulf of Mexico 66 million years ago, it drove over 75% of Earth’s species to extinction, including the dinosaurs. But within just a few years, life returned to the submerged impact crater, according to a new analysis of sediments in the crater. Tiny marine creatures flourished thanks to the circulation of nutrient-rich water.

May 30, 2018


The latest star map from the Gaia spacecraft plots 1.7 billion stars

Using the precise position and brightness of almost 1.7 billion stars, the Gaia spacecraft has created the most precise 3-D map of the Milky Way yet.On April 25, the European Space Agency’s Gaia team released the spacecraft’s second batch of data, gathered from July 2014 to May 2016, used to create the map.

April 25, 2018


Synthetic biology-based cellular biomedical tattoo for detection of hypercalcemia associated with cancer

Earlier detection of disease could help improve response to therapy. Blood calcium concentrations are elevated in several types of cancer, in addition to other diseases. Here, Tastanova et al. used synthetic biology and cell engineering to develop a sensor that detects hypercalcemia

April 21, 2018


Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again

Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that specifically targets cellular powerhouses, or mitochondria, see age-related vascular changes reverse by the equivalent of 15 to 20 years within six weeks, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research..

April 20, 2018


On a mountain in Wyoming, the eclipse brings wonder - and, hopefully, answers

CASPER MOUNTAIN, Wyo. — It’s nothing like a sunset. It’s cold and dark, but it’s not like nighttime, or even twilight. The moon just snaps into place over the last slivers of the sun, turning the sun into a dark hole.

August 23, 2017



LIGO snags another set of gravitational waves

Spacetime vibrations arrive from black hole collision 3 billion light-years away
For a third time, scientists have detected the infinitesimal reverberations of spacetime: gravitational waves.

June 1, 2017


Malaria may weaken the skeleton

Malaria parasites leave a trail of destruction in an infected person’s body. The microscopic invaders massacre red blood cells, produce harmful chemicals, and sometimes damage the brain. A new mouse study suggests that the parasites can also weaken bones. If they do the same in people, they could stunt the growth of children infected with the disease.

June 2, 2017


Autism in Motion: Could Motor Problems Trigger Social Ones?

Kids battling physical awkwardness may miss crucial opportunities to learn about interaction
For 6-year-old Macey, lunchtime at school is not so much a break from reading and math as it is an hour rife with frustration.

June 5, 2017


FDA Clears First Cancer Drug Based on Genetics of Disease, Not Tumor Location

Merck & Co's immunotherapy Keytruda chalked up another approval on Tuesday as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the cancer medicine can be used to treat children and adults who carry a specific genetic feature regardless of where the disease originated.



Baby Volcanic Domes Pop Out in Space Image

A set of bouncing baby volcanic vents is visible in a new astronaut photograph that doesn't look like it was taken over Earth. But the image, released today (June 5) by NASA's Earth Observatory, is humanity's home planet.

June 6, 2017