Science

Climate Crisis
Lunar Panels

These Moon-bound boxes turn sand into solar energy

A startup wants to send solar panel factories to Earth’s deserts. Then, the Moon.

Life on Earth

A scientist unearths potential evidence for the earliest animal life

The finding may change how scientists perceive the evolution of life.

walking on water

Look: Science explains Florida man walking on water

Despite a false start, this technology may just work.

chill out

Ancient ice filled with viruses may reveal the future of Earth’s microbiome

“If you put them end to end, tiny as they are, they would stretch light-years away from Earth.”

Culture

The wondrous reason scientists are racing to map the sea floor by 2030

The OTHER final frontier.

Longevity hacks

One type of exercise reliably lowers your risk of death, scientists say

Biking decreases the risk of mortality for those with diabetes, reports a new study. Scientists say this benefit is likely to be seen by all cyclists.

Science

Why shark teeth are a time machine

The teeth have it.

Science

3 scientific reasons why your bed is the grossest part of your house

Bedbugs? You’ll wish ...

Science

5 tactics to keep your lungs healthy in wildfire smoke

Toxic

This type of cannabis can suck "forever chemicals" out of the ground

How the Micmac nation, scientists, and activists teamed up to eradicate PFAS.

Birds-eye view

Hot Earth Summer: 7 satellite images reveal a season of climate change

Wildfires, floods, drought: It's almost like the Earth is trying to tell us something.

Reel Science

Amazon’s best sci-fi action movie of 2021 reveals an urgent global crisis

“They thawed it out.”

Nature walk
Toxic

This type of cannabis can suck "forever chemicals" out of the ground

How the Micmac nation, scientists, and activists teamed up to eradicate PFAS.

Climate crisis

Amazon rainforest: The 2 actions that could reverse a terrible, growing trend

How the world's "lungs" became a massive polluter.

Ancient Stoners

Scientists discover the ancient birthplace of marijuana

The origin story of cannabis is wilder than you think.

Video Games Issue 2021

The best Western RPG ever made has a surprising real-life benefit

Behold the immersive power of gaming.

Just Keep Swimming

Watch an airplane blast live fish into Utah's lakes

The state keeps its lakes full of trout in this peculiar (but safe) way

Buzz

Incredibly ancient fossil reveals controversial origins of a vital behavior

A fossil found in France is both an answer and a clue.

Planet in Peril

Plants may survive the climate crisis through the help of one critical animal

How is animal life adapting to the climate crisis?

Deep dive

Scientists just discovered this "living fossil" has an incredible lifespan

This long-lived fish may just outlive you.

Down the Drain

Flushed antidepressants make this animal unusually "bold,” scientists discover

Scientists discover that flushed anti-depressants can alter the behavior of crayfish. We should try to safely dispose of medication , researchers say.

Lights out

The simple fix that could keep us from killing millions of birds

Birds are dying — but scientists say we can save them.

Sound of silence

We can't hear a vanishing species, but they are capable of sound

The vibrancy of coral extends beyond what we can see on the surface.

Future Earth 2121

What would happen if the polar ice caps melted?

“The number of people that would be affected by this is about 40% of the world population.”

LIFE IN SPACE
Science

Look: 14 most stunning Mars images ever taken

Smile for the orbiter!

Fingers crossed

Starliner: Why a SpaceX rival could finally free NASA from Russian dependence

A software malfunction prevented the Boeing Starliner from docking with the ISS in 2020. NASA and Boeing both hope their second shot at a rendezvous fairs better.

Lil Planet

Did Lil Uzi Vert buy a planet? It's complicated

Space law experts weigh in.

Feature

Who can be an astronaut? Accessible spaceships may be the future

The ESA hopes that accessibility will spark innovation.

searching ...

These 7 worlds could have life beyond Earth

Whether in or beyond our solar system, these are places we might look to find life — like Earth’s or otherwise.

ride or die

Does the Europa Clipper Mission mean the end for the SLS?

Now that NASA has selected the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to launch the Europa Clipper in 2024, what lies in the future for NASA's own SLS rocket?

to the moon

Is Jupiter's moon Ganymede habitable? Scientists make a vital discovery

Musk Reads

India wants Tesla, but does Elon Musk want India? It's complicated.

Tesla considers India; SpaceX signs a NASA contract; Elon Musk defends bitcoin.

searching...

Galileo Project: A new hunt for alien objects in the universe

Harvard professor Avi Loeb launches new project to search for extraterrestrial life.

Innovation

When will Elon Musk go to space? SpaceX timeline reveals vital difference to Blue Origin

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is one of the key figureheads in the emergent new space race, but he hasn't gone to space himself.

Ingenious

Look: Mars helicopter 10th flight sets a new "aerial record"

Space takes a beating

Jeff Bezos: How the clumsy approach of a billionaire could’ve gone differently

A miniscule tweak could have changed everything.

all science stories
Reel Science

Netflix's most inspiring new sci-fi show reveals a controversial real-life debate

Sweet Tooth imagines a world of human-animal hybrids. The real-life equivalent is way more complicated.

Lil Planet

Did Lil Uzi Vert buy a planet? It's complicated

Space law experts weigh in.

Feature

Who can be an astronaut? Accessible spaceships may be the future

The ESA hopes that accessibility will spark innovation.

Chill Out

How do you cool down an overheated dog? 7 questions to ask during a heatwave

Hot pooch summer.

This week in science

Physics of solar storms and more: Understand the world in 8 images

searching ...

These 7 worlds could have life beyond Earth

Whether in or beyond our solar system, these are places we might look to find life — like Earth’s or otherwise.

Bendy

Bonkers black hole discovery proves Einstein theory right 106 years later

The massive gravity of a black hole actually bent X-ray echoes from around its back.

ride or die

Does the Europa Clipper Mission mean the end for the SLS?

Now that NASA has selected the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to launch the Europa Clipper in 2024, what lies in the future for NASA's own SLS rocket?

Man power

Study debunks one of the most damaging myths about men and testosterone

“This is demythologizing the idea.”

Bloody Biology

Neanderthal blood study hints at one possible reason they went extinct

A landmark analysis reveals what we can learn from blood.

blood sport

The scientific reason why Olympians are embracing this new fitness trend

“Literally every single day of the Olympics, I've had calls.”

Life on Earth

A scientist unearths potential evidence for the earliest animal life

The finding may change how scientists perceive the evolution of life.