Science

Climate Crisis
Breeding Grounds

Meet the ginormous fish colony lurking beneath Antarctic ice

Just an average day in the deep sea.

Racism in Nature

Scientists confirm 6 links between race and air pollution

A positive trend in decreasing air pollution masks glaring racial disparities.

Go with the flow

Juno data shows a surprising connection between Earth’s oceans and Jupiter’s cyclones

Fluid dynamics studied in Earth’s oceans show what drives Jupiter’s powerful cyclones.

Science

How to save birds: 4 easy steps to make your backyard a sanctuary

Many of the species in our gardens and on balconies are under threat.

SOS

11 vital climate lessons from 2021 to help you through 2022

This year will be pivotal.

Innovation

Researchers still can't decode this enigmatic 253-year-old Polynesian map

This island-filled chart has puzzled scholars for more than 250 years.

Science

Why don’t we throw our trash into a volcano? The fiery science explained

This is the burning issue.

Science

Insect art: Why some artists opt for invertebrate inspiration

Throughout history and across cultures, insects have inspired artists and challenged viewers to shift their perspective

Innovation

Why do people get lead poisoning? Earth scientists explains what to look for

... and how it could soon change for the better.

Science

4 reasons mistletoe is the Grinch of plants

Best known as a holiday trimming, the parasitic plant is a botanical luminary in its own right.

Light as a feather

Revealed: A beautiful connection between birds’ appearances and their behavior

Skunky

Why does cannabis smell? The answer might not be what you think

As always, science has a surprising answer.

Ancient Life

Scientists discover an ancient oceanic reptile that evolved exceedingly fast

Scientists now know how this big boy joined the ranks of ocean giants.

build-a-planet

Earth and Mars formed from colliding material, new study suggests

Little planetary embryos formed these rocky worlds.

Science

Why the climate conditions driving huge winter tornadoes demand your attention

This is extreme.

Ocean Breeze

Sea spray could be dousing you in toxic "forever chemicals" — study

Scientists reveal chemicals known as PFAAs, are being transported across long distances on sea spray, thereby entering the atmosphere and impacting human health.

Nature walk
Racism in Nature

Scientists confirm 6 links between race and air pollution

A positive trend in decreasing air pollution masks glaring racial disparities.

Human History

Fossils that "clearly foreshadow" modern humans are 30,000 years older than we thought

Scientists update the age of the Omo I fossils in eastern Africa, pushing the timeline of human history in the region back by some 30,000 years.

Sex Ed

Dolphin study could help us understand the evolution of female pleasure

Scientists suggest the dolphin clitoris plays an important role in sexual pleasure, helping us understand the evolution of this behavior.

Cat Corner

Does my cat think I’m just a bigger cat? It’s complicated

What is Tiddles thinking?

SOS

11 vital climate lessons from 2021 to help you through 2022

This year will be pivotal.

Light as a feather

Revealed: A beautiful connection between birds’ appearances and their behavior

Skunky

Why does cannabis smell? The answer might not be what you think

As always, science has a surprising answer.

Ancient Life

Scientists discover an ancient oceanic reptile that evolved exceedingly fast

Scientists now know how this big boy joined the ranks of ocean giants.

You Need to Calm Down

Elephant study could reduce conflict with humans

This one factor keeps young male elephants cool and calm in the face of humans.

Ocean Breeze

Sea spray could be dousing you in toxic "forever chemicals" — study

Scientists reveal chemicals known as PFAAs, are being transported across long distances on sea spray, thereby entering the atmosphere and impacting human health.

Origin of Life

How did life arise? New study offers fundamental evidence for a disputed theory

Meet LUCA, the ancestor you never knew you had.

Ribbit

Scientists see a strange — and worrying — climate change effect in frogs

It's not a good sign.

City Living

Is planting trees good for cities? Why this question misses an essential truth

This is a two-way street.

Nature Watch

Does nature have legal rights? The answer is not as simple as you think

Recent court cases in the US and Latin America bring up a contentious question: Does nature have legal standing in a court of law?

Crisis

Will primates become extinct? 7 experts explain the looming threat

Primates are finding it difficult to adapt to habitat loss and climate change, leading to population declines and prompting worries about their extinction.

Countdown

What did COP26 actually accomplish?

Here are 11 decisions made in Glasgow that could slow the climate crisis — really!

LIFE IN SPACE
Science

Netflix’s best apocalypse movie reveals the truth about planet-killing asteroids

This movie hits its target.

Reel Science

The best sci-fi thriller on HBO Max reveals a deadly cosmic threat

Gravity, streaming on HBO Max, portrays the space phenomenon of Kessler Syndrome. But is it realistic? We check in with a space expert to answer your questions.

steamy

Scientists detect water vapor on an odd Neptune-like planet

TOI-674 b is an ideal candidate for observations with the James Webb Space Telescope.

It's aliiiive!

Look: This landform on the Martian surface is actually moving

Out there

How the Webb telescope will show us planets like never before

The James Webb Space Telescope won't just look for distance galaxies. It will peer intensely at both exoplanets and planets of our own Solar System.

say cheese

How the James Webb Space Telescope will create images of the ancient universe

JWST will capture the cosmos in infrared light, producing breathtaking images of distant stars and galaxies.

traveling troupe

These torn bits of small galaxies could reveal dark matter mysteries

A dozen groups of moving stars could point the way.

To Reddit and Beyond

SpaceX fans are powering the race to Mars through Reddit

The new space race is playing out in real-time on social media.

Flotsam

What space junk and a Chinese satellite mean for the future of space

A Chinese weather satellite was struck by space debris in March, and the US Space Force recently confirmed decades old Russian space junk is to blame.

we see you!

Look: Astronomers capture the James Webb Telescope on the journey to deep space

The telescope is about 1 million kilometers away from Earth.

Innovation

Axiom Space: Launch schedule and timeline for private space station

Axiom Space has bold plans to send private citizens into space, as a stepping stone to developing a complete private space station.

Mars Madness

Mars Missions 2022: 4 ways we’re looking for ancient alien life on the Red Planet

We are getting closer to discovering if life existed on the Red Planet.

Innovation

SpaceX Starship: Impressive video shows the Mars-bound rocket's launch tower

The launch tower is getting bigger.

Into the dark

Dark matter: How the Webb telescope can help solve a cosmic mystery

It will have an important role to play.

look out!

An asteroid 3 times as tall as the Empire State Building will whiz by Earth next week

Asteroid (7482) 1994 PC1 is a near-Earth, potentially hazardous big boy!

clean up, aisle 2

NASA thinks space junk will hit the James Webb Space Telescope — but it's ok

L2 is a strangely "clean" area in space — but the telescope is still at risk of being hit by micrometeoroids. NASA doesn't mind — here's why.

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Mind and Body

PCR vs. rapid tests: The U.K. is taking a bold new approach to Covid-19

Here’s what you need to know.

Science

Netflix’s best apocalypse movie reveals the truth about planet-killing asteroids

This movie hits its target.

Science

One cellular fighter might be the key to thwarting Covid-19

They’re T-riffic.

say it three times

Scientists solve the weirdest cosmic riddle of the past few years

The call is coming from inside the house.

Sex ed

7 ways to train your mind and body for better sex, according to experts

OCD

DNA study untangles the genes underpinning obsessive-compulsive disorder

“These mutations are highly relevant to OCD pathology.”

Reel Science

The best sci-fi thriller on HBO Max reveals a deadly cosmic threat

Gravity, streaming on HBO Max, portrays the space phenomenon of Kessler Syndrome. But is it realistic? We check in with a space expert to answer your questions.

steamy

Scientists detect water vapor on an odd Neptune-like planet

TOI-674 b is an ideal candidate for observations with the James Webb Space Telescope.

Hot mess

This fiery Jupiter-sized world is locked in a death spiral with its home star

Astronomers have found a gas giant that only has a million years left to live.

Science

New Mars study holds clues to how life began on Earth

Analysis of a 4 billion year old meteorite revealed clues on the history of the Red Planet.

Science

This Neptune-sized world could be the weirdest moon astronomers have ever seen

Meet Kepler-1708 b and its not-so-little friend (that may or may not exist).

Breeding Grounds

Meet the ginormous fish colony lurking beneath Antarctic ice

Just an average day in the deep sea.

Bubbles!

A 1,000 light year bubble unveils link between supernovae and new stars

By chance, our Sun wandered into the middle of a cosmic bubble 5 million years ago. Astronomers now know that gave us front row seats to the star formation show

This week in science

Mars Megaripples and more: Understand the world through 8 incredible images

Racism in Nature

Scientists confirm 6 links between race and air pollution

A positive trend in decreasing air pollution masks glaring racial disparities.

Out there

How the Webb telescope will show us planets like never before

The James Webb Space Telescope won't just look for distance galaxies. It will peer intensely at both exoplanets and planets of our own Solar System.