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05:12 2019-09-23

Baby squirrels found on Connecticut train tracks with tails 'braided' together in suspected animal abuse A group of baby squirrels abandoned on train tracks in Connecticut and tied together by their tails was not the “squirrel king” phenomenon but rather...
22:32 2019-09-22

Countries must triple climate emissions targets to limit global heating to 2C United in Science report ahead of UN summit says climate is changing faster than forecast, and current plans would lead to ‘catastrophic’ global temp...
20:00 2019-09-22

Astronauts are breathing into weird little machines for science Dealing with low gravity in space can take some getting used to for scientists who make their way to the International Space Station. They prepare as...
20:00 2019-09-22

Starwatch: northern autumn brings the loneliest star The blue-white star Fomalhaut, one of the brightest in the sky, can be seen low in the southern sky from the northern hemisphere If there is one star...
18:32 2019-09-22

When my husband died, mushroom foraging helped me out of the dark After losing all sense of hope and home, hunting in woodland with other mushroomers got me through my griefI was a bright-eyed 18-year-old, just one ...
10:32 2019-09-22

When two people fancy each other their heart rates jump in harmony In a blind date, couples whose heart rates become synchronised are more likely to be attracted to each other – but physical body language makes no di...
05:16 2019-09-22

'Storm Area 51' fizzles, with 1 event canceled; but alien 'believers' still revel in 'primal state' The day after the official "storming" of Area 51, one event in the Nevada desert was canceled Saturday due to low attendance while revelers at a seco...
02:00 2019-09-22

Feast your eyes on this ‘dead’ nearby galaxy, thanks to Hubble Galaxies come in all shapes and sizes, and the galaxies most pleasing to the eye are always in the most recognizable shapes. Dramatic spirals with ou...
22:32 2019-09-21

Civil War-era schooners found in Lake Michigan by history buff 140 years after shipwreck Two Civil War-era schooners that collided and sank into Lake Michigan more than 140 years ago were found thanks to a diver and maritime history buff ...
14:32 2019-09-21

Creamy, untreated and in a glass bottle: Britain’s taste for old-fashioned milk Dairy farmers cash in on a growing trend to replace both homogenisation and plastic with a revival of the traditional ways“When the milk price crashe...
14:00 2019-09-21

Scott Morrison to unveil $150m support for Trump's mission to Mars PM says five-year commitment designed to make Australia ‘partner of choice’ to support expeditions to moon and MarsScott Morrison has used a visit to...
12:32 2019-09-21

Creamy, untreated and in a glass bottle: Britain gets a taste for old-fashioned milk Dairy farmers cash in on a growing trend to replace both homogenisation and plastic with a revival of the traditional ways“When the milk price crashe...
12:32 2019-09-21

Why it's dangerous to liken DNA to computer code The lure of bioengineering is obvious but we should be wary of bugsA few days ago, on my way to a discussion in the exquisite little McCrum theatre, ...
12:32 2019-09-21

Weatherwatch: the superbolt lightning season is approaching Recent research shows that superbolt lightning breaks the patterns associated with conventional lightningSummer is often a time for spectacular light...
12:32 2019-09-21

Sydney Is for the Birds. The Bigger and Bolder, the Better. Australia’s largest city has a rare superpower: It turns urbanites into bird people, and birds into urbanites. Interacting with the huge avian popula...
07:00 2019-09-21

Teen vaping surge: 25% of 12th graders report recent use, 11% daily use Enlarge (credit: Getty | Justin Sullivan ) Preliminary data from two long-standing nationwide surveys reveals a sustained surge in e-cigarette use—...
05:00 2019-09-21

Rocket Report: Russia to build 11 more Protons, Boeing wants EUS funding Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 2.15 of the Rocket Report! W...
05:00 2019-09-21

Ancient slag offers insight into the uneven pace of technological advances Enlarge / Copper production waste at Khirbat en-Nahas, Jordan, was piled 6m (18 ft) deep. (credit: T. Levy 2019) Sometimes, clues about ancient tec...
05:00 2019-09-21

Sacklers threaten to scrap opioid deal if they aren’t shielded from lawsuits Enlarge / PURDUE PHARMA, STAMFORD, CT, UNITED STATES - 2019/09/12: Members of P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) and Truth Pharm stag...
05:00 2019-09-21

Arctic expedition to investigate 'epicentre of climate change' Scientists from 19 countries are preparing to embark on a year-long expedition to the Arctic, the longest project of its kind, to better understand g...
01:48 2019-09-21

Mysterious underground continents may be as old as Earth Ancient, gigantic regions of rocks as large as continents exist hundreds of miles below the Earth's crust and could be as old as the planet itself, a...
00:48 2019-09-21

More than 100,000 cancer cases could be caused by contaminants in tap water, study finds A toxic cocktail of chemicals found in U.S. drinking water could be the cause of more than 100,000 cases of cancer, a new study by the nonprofit Envi...
00:48 2019-09-21

'Storm Area 51' has alien 'believers' mostly standing near a gate, looking 'to the skies,' feeling the spirit On the lonely dirt road to one of the entrances to the enigmatic Area 51, the only thing that resembled "storming" on Friday was all the dust kicked ...
00:48 2019-09-21

States Warn Residents About Rare Mosquito-Borne Illness That Has Killed 6 Health authorities are investigating other cases of Eastern equine encephalitis, a virus transmitted through a mosquito bite, which has left at least...
21:32 2019-09-20

Global climate strike: Greta Thunberg and school students lead climate crisis protest – as it happened Millions of people from Sydney to Manila, Dhaka to London and New York are marching for urgent action on climate breakdownWhy the Guardian is changin...
21:32 2019-09-20

NASA’s SLS rocket is finally taking shape, well behind schedule NASA fully intends to send humans back to the Moon sooner rather than later. Despite funding woes, the agency is still doing its best to hold true to...
21:32 2019-09-20

China releases new images of a bizarre substance found in a Moon crater Earlier this month, the Chinese space agency revealed that the Yutu-2 rover it sent to the far side of the Moon months back found something it didn&r...
21:32 2019-09-20

‘Storm Area 51’ event results in a few dozen people acting weird in the desert It has been building for months after a California man scheduled an event as a joke on Facebook, but the “Storm Area 51” mission began wi...
21:32 2019-09-20

Global climate strikes: millions take to the streets to demand action Hundreds of thousands of adults and children from Sydney to London have taken to the streets today as part of a global strike against governments’ in...
18:16 2019-09-20

5 inconvenient truths about the 'climate strike' Thousands of students around the world are leaving class Friday, going on "strike" to demand immediate action against climate change. But critics say...
16:48 2019-09-20

It’s not your fault? That doesn’t mean you’re off the hook | Oliver Burkeman Evading liability feels comfortable, but turns out to be a prison, while stepping up feels unpleasant, but ends up being freeingBack in 1964, in his ...
16:16 2019-09-20

'Nature is quantum from the start': Sean Carroll, many worlds, and a new theory of spacetime – Science Weekly podcast Ian Sample speaks to the theoretical physicist Sean Carroll about his mission to demystify quantum mechanics. It won’t be easy, though, as Carroll’s ...
16:16 2019-09-20

Rogue ice moon could be spilling its guts all over 'alien megastructure' star Back in 2016, headlines all over the world blared with news of a possible "alien megastructure" detected orbiting a distant Milky Way star. Now, a te...
13:48 2019-09-20

Brad Pitt's space epic 'Ad Astra' sets 'new standard' for science fiction films, ex-NASA engineer says The Brad Pitt-helmed space epic "Ad Astra" sets a new standard for science fiction films, a former NASA engineer who served as a technical consultant...
13:48 2019-09-20

'Storm Area 51' raid brings alien 'community of believers' to Nevada desert From the bright lights and bustling streets of downtown Las Vegas' famous Fremont Street to the dusty and dry remote Nevada high-desert, "Storm Area ...
13:48 2019-09-20

'Storm Area 51': About 100 people gathered at secret site’s gate to 'see them aliens,' 2 people detained, reports say As the day of “Storm Area 51” arrived, a motley group of about 100 “alien-chasers” converged on the back gate of the secret site early Friday, accord...
13:48 2019-09-20

Newly discovered interstellar visitor could be intercepted, study says It's been nearly a month since the second interstellar object, C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), was detected. And this newly identified object could potentially ...
13:48 2019-09-20

3 Questions: Why sensing, why now, what next? Sensors are everywhere today, from our homes and vehicles to medical devices, smart phones, and other useful tech. More and more, sensors help detect...
13:16 2019-09-20

How Understanding the History of the Earth’s Climate Can Offer Hope Amid Crisis There is no longer any debate that global warming is real, and that it is happening now at an alarming rate. It is transforming the global climate sy...
13:16 2019-09-20

Global climate strikes: Here's what's happening on the ground Hundreds of thousands of adults and children from Sydney to London have taken to the streets today as part of a global strike against governments’ in...
12:00 2019-09-20

Autonomous killer drones set to be used by Turkey in Syria Turkey is to become the first nation to use drones able to find, track and kill people without human intervention, when it deploys them in Syria in a...
12:00 2019-09-20

Mystery of why humans walk upright may be explained by surprise fossil We thought that walking on all fours like a gorilla is more primitive than walking on two legs as humans do. But new fossils suggest even very ancien...
12:00 2019-09-20

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures shades of blue on the Red Planet The Mars we know is a dry, dusty, barren place and in just about every image we see of the planet, it’s a pale shade of orange, but there are s...
10:00 2019-09-20

'We declare our support for Extinction Rebellion': an open letter from Australia's academics Leading academics from around the country say it is their moral duty to rebel to ‘defend life itself’ • Hundreds of Australian academics declare supp...
08:32 2019-09-20

It’s taken years, but at last there’s real hope for meaningful climate action | Caroline Lucas The young protesters have been inspiring. Politicians have to respond – and our Green New Deal bill will slash carbon emissionsIt’s been more than 10...
08:32 2019-09-20

Superbug hotspots emerging in farms across globe – study Global outbreak of antibiotic-resistant superbugs linked to overconsumption of meatHotspots of antibiotic-resistant superbugs are springing up in far...
08:32 2019-09-20

Back the global fracking ban, campaigners urge UN Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo among signatories of open letter to secretary general A global campaign backed by 450 activist groups and celebrities,...
08:32 2019-09-20

Global climate strike: Greta Thunberg and school students lead climate crisis protest – live updates Millions of people from Sydney to Manila, Dhaka to London and New York will march for urgent action on climate breakdownWhy the Guardian is changing ...
08:32 2019-09-20

The race to create a perfect lie detector, and the dangers of succeeding – podcast AI and brain-scanning technology could soon make it possible to reliably detect when people are lying. But do we really want to know? By Amit Katwala...
08:32 2019-09-20

Spacewatch: Japan's Hayabusa 2 targets final asteroid landing Two target markers deployed around Ryugu ahead of lander’s planned descent next monthJapan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has deployed two target markers ar...
08:32 2019-09-20

Pre-first world war battleship granted special protection HMS Montagu awarded heritage status after war veterans surveyed wreck site The wreck of a battleship that ran aground more than a century ago has bee...
08:32 2019-09-20

Drone equipped with nail gun can fix the roof so you don't have to A drone equipped with a nail gun can autonomously hover over a roof and fix tiles in place. Tests showed it was highly precise and held steady while ...
07:00 2019-09-20

The cost of subsidising UK wind farms has dropped to an all-time low Results of a UK government auction on Friday show windfarms will be built in 2025 for as little as £39.65 per megawatt hour, a drop of almost a third...
06:32 2019-09-20

Some NASA contractors appear to be trying to kill the Lunar Gateway Enlarge / NASA conceptional artwork for the Exploration Upper Stage carrying the Orion spacecraft. (credit: NASA) During a hearing of the House spa...
05:00 2019-09-20

Forget the marshmallow test; this could be the real secret to kids’ future success Enlarge / For decades, Walter Mischel's "marshmallow test" was viewed as a key predictor for children's future success, but reality is a bit more nua...
05:00 2019-09-20

We can phase out fossil fuels fast without having a burst of warming Enlarge (credit: Han Jun Zeng / Flickr) Burning fossil fuels spews carbon dioxide into the air, which warms the climate through the greenhouse effe...
05:00 2019-09-20

Weighing in: Physicists cut upper limit on neutrino’s mass in half Enlarge / The spectrometer for the KATRIN experiment, as it works its way through the German town of Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen in 2006 en route to the...
05:00 2019-09-20

States Warn Residents About Rare Mosquito-Borne Illness That Has Killed 5 Health authorities are investigating other cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a virus transmitted through a mosquito bite, which has left at least...
23:48 2019-09-19

Alien enthusiasts descend on Nevada desert near secretive U.S. base Scores of UFO enthusiasts converged on rural Nevada on Thursday for a pilgrimage of sorts to the U.S. installation known as Area 51, long rumored to ...
22:48 2019-09-19

Scientists think they’ve solved the mystery of sunspots We owe a lot to our Sun, and without it, well, we wouldn’t be here at all. Scientists have studied our star for a long time, and learned plenty...
22:48 2019-09-19

New House bill includes no extra allowance for NASA, threatening 2024 Moon program NASA wants to go back to the Moon. That was true even before Donald Trump won the presidency, but a mandate by the administration to make a crewed Mo...
22:48 2019-09-19

US Navy confirms recent UFO videos are, in fact, real UFO sightings are a dime a dozen, but some are definitely more credible than others. Your neighbor two doors down that swears he saw a glowing triang...
18:48 2019-09-19

Laws are needed when technological change ends up squeezing workers California’s Assembly Bill 5 will let gig workers have benefits, unions and legal protection. It was needed to prevent a return to Dickensian working...
18:00 2019-09-19

Man sees the world in miniature after a stroke damages his brain A man perceives all objects and people as 30 per cent smaller after having a stroke, making it difficult to navigate doorways and judge his clothing ...
18:00 2019-09-19

UN climate summit: Scientists’ messages to world leaders Greta Thunberg has urged the US Congress to "listen to the scientists". Here's what climate scientists have to say ahead of next week's UN climate su...
18:00 2019-09-19

This is almost certainly not what Denisovans looked like A team has used DNA from an ancient fingerbone to predict what our extinct cousins the Denisovans looked like but the method is unlikely to be accura...
18:00 2019-09-19

Were Neanderthals driven to extinction by a common childhood illness? There have been many theories about one of the biggest unsolved mysteries of anthropology -- what killed off Neanderthals -- but a new study puts a u...
17:32 2019-09-19

North America Has Lost Nearly 3 Billion Birds Since 1970 Birds across the U.S. are disappearing, though many of us probably haven’t noticed. Over the past half century, North American bird populations...
16:32 2019-09-19

NASA couldn’t find India’s crashed Moon lander, and hope is fading fast It’s now been nearly two full weeks since India’s lunar lander, Chandrayaan-2, went quiet moments before what was supposed to be a soft l...
16:00 2019-09-19

Last US warship sunk by German sub during WWII reveals its secrets in eerie images from seabed The wreck of the last U.S. Navy warship sunk by a German submarine during World War II is revealing its secrets in remarkable images from the seabed....
15:32 2019-09-19

Vikram Moon lander: NASA Orbiter fails to spot Indian probe on the lunar surface NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was unable to spot India’s Vikram Moon lander during a flyby of its the landing site on the lunar surface this we...
15:32 2019-09-19

Perception of musical pitch varies across cultures People who are accustomed to listening to Western music, which is based on a system of notes organized in octaves, can usually perceive the similarit...
15:00 2019-09-19

Study: Even short-lived solar panels can be economically viable A new study shows that, contrary to widespread belief within the solar power industry, new kinds of solar cells and panels don’t necessarily have to ...
15:00 2019-09-19

Study finds hub linking movement and motivation in the brain Our everyday lives rely on planned movement through the environment to achieve goals. A new study by MIT neuroscientists at the Picower Institute for...
15:00 2019-09-19

Ruth Lehmann elected as director of Whitehead Institute The Whitehead Institute board of directors today announced the selection of Ruth Lehmann, a world-renowned developmental and cell biology researcher,...
15:00 2019-09-19

How Dr. Benjamin Spock Changed American Parenting The book ignited a revolution, breaking free from conventional wisdom that said children required schedules, discipline and little affection. Instead...
14:00 2019-09-19

Did Egyptians spur innovation by mysterious biblical kingdom 3,000 years ago? A mysterious kingdom from Biblical times that underwent a major technological transformation almost 3,000 years ago might have been influenced by the...
13:00 2019-09-19

Asteroid dust may have triggered massive explosion of life on Earth 466 million years ago Nearly half a billion years ago, there was a huge explosion of species development on Earth, causing the biodiversity of animals to increase dramatic...
13:00 2019-09-19

Stephen Hawking was wrong. Black holes are bald. Back in 2017, a gravitational wave rang across Earth like the clear tone of a bell. It stretched and squished every person, ant and scientific instru...
13:00 2019-09-19

Campaigners urge UN to endorse global fracking ban Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo among signatories of open letter to secretary general A global campaign backed by 450 activist groups and celebrities,...
12:32 2019-09-19

Scientists use fossilised finger bone DNA to rebuild ancient human Unprecedented feat reveals little-known Denisovans resembled Neanderthals but had ‘super-wide’ skulls One of the most mysterious relatives in the hum...
12:32 2019-09-19

Scientists reconstruct skeleton of elusive, pre-historic human Researchers in Israel say they have reconstructed the skeleton of a pre-historic human from a long-extinct and elusive species using DNA found in the...
12:00 2019-09-19

Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot make short film on climate crisis – video Environmental activists Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have produced a film to highlight the need to protect, restore and use nature to tackle the...
07:48 2019-09-19

Manufacturer halts distribution of generic Zantac after cancer-causing impurity discovery When the FDA issued a bulletin alerting everyone to the presence of a possible cancer-causing impurity in the popular heartburn drug marketed as Zant...
03:32 2019-09-19

Time is running out to send your name to Mars on the 2020 rover If there’s one thing you can say about NASA it’s that the space agency really does do its best to make its projects accessible to even th...
03:32 2019-09-19

There’s absolutely no way this ‘space hotel’ will be ready for guests by 2025 NASA is currently planning to finally send humans back to the lunar surface by 2024. It’s an incredibly ambitious and optimistic timeline, and ...
03:32 2019-09-19

New taser alternative will let police pretend to be Spider-Man Police shootings tend to dominate headlines wherever and whenever they happen, and rightfully so, but sometimes “less-than-lethal” weapon...
03:32 2019-09-19

Climate crisis seen as 'most important issue' by public, poll shows Eight-country poll shows people view climate crisis as priority over migration and terrorismA majority of the public recognise the climate crisis as ...
01:00 2019-09-19

Scientists set out how to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 Strong civil society movements are needed to ramp up pace of change, says studyGreenhouse gas emissions could be halved in the next decade if a small...
01:00 2019-09-19

Eric Abetz compares The Conversation to Nazis over stance on climate change denial Tasmanian senator says Hitler would be ‘so proud’ after academic website announces it will not tolerate climate change denial The Liberal senator Eri...
01:00 2019-09-19

U.S. builds alliances in 'wild, wild west' of space: general The new U.S. Space Command is working with allies in the “wild, wild west” of space and will harden future satellite networks against attacks, the un...
00:32 2019-09-19

Viking berserkers may have used henbane to induce trance-like state Enlarge / Sixth century Viking matrix used in the manufacture of helmet plaques, depicting Odin accompanied by a Berserker. (credit: Werner Forman/Un...
00:00 2019-09-19

Who needs qubits? Factoring algorithm run on a probabilistic computer Enlarge / The correct answer is a matter of probabilities, so some related wrong answers also appear with some frequency. The phenomenal success o...
00:00 2019-09-19

Special report: How climate change is melting France’s largest glacier As the UN prepares its report on the fate of the world’s ice, Adam Vaughan visits the dramatically changing landscape of Mer de Glace near Mont Blanc...
23:16 2019-09-18

Saturn's moon Enceladus is having a snowball fight with other moons Three of Saturn’s icy moons are twice as shiny as we thought they were, and it’s partly because they are covered in a deep layer of snow from Encelad...
23:16 2019-09-18

The school climate strikes this Friday need the support of adults The school strikes for the climate have energised the climate change fight. People of all ages should heed the call to join in on 20 September, says ...
23:16 2019-09-18

Climate change will boost risk of extreme flooding in northern Europe Climate change will increase the risk of heavy rainfall and storm surges combining to cause extreme flooding around the UK, Germany and other parts o...
23:16 2019-09-18

People like the idea of a carbon tax - if the money is put to good use Survey of people in the US suggests the public will support carbon taxes high enough to produce big emissions cuts - if they approve of how the reven...
23:16 2019-09-18

Navy Confirms Existence of ‘Unidentified’ Flying Objects Seen in Leaked Footage A Navy official has confirmed that recently released videos of unidentified flying objects are real, but that the footage was not authorized to be re...
21:32 2019-09-18

Massive volcano on Jupiter's moon could erupt imminently Jupiter's moon Io is home to the most active volcano in the solar system, Loki Patera, a 125-mile-wide lava lake. Now, a new study suggests that Loki...
17:00 2019-09-18

Loch Ness Monster 'giant eel' theory supported by newly surfaced video The theory that the fabled Loch Ness Monster could be a giant eel has been given a boost thanks to a video posted to social media showing a long, sle...
17:00 2019-09-18

Mountain lion breaks into California home, gets cornered in bathroom before jumping out second floor window A mountain lion who broke into a California home — seemingly in search of his next meal — was cornered into a bathroom after trying to make a run for...
17:00 2019-09-18

Vikram Moon lander: Time is running out for scientists to make contact with probe The Indian Space Research Organization lost contact with the unmanned probe when it was in the final stage of an audacious Moon landing attempt on Se...
17:00 2019-09-18

Is this China's 'Loch Ness monster'? Footage goes viral Grainy footage of something moving in China’s Yangtze River has been dubbed the country’s “Loch Ness Monster,” sending ripples through Chinese social...
17:00 2019-09-18

Distant asteroid calamity shaped life on Earth 466 million years ago The cataclysmic asteroid impact off Mexico's coast that doomed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago was not the only time an astronomical event shaped ...
15:32 2019-09-18

Trump Defends Plan to Kill California’s Auto-Emissions Authority The administration's plan has been assailed by California officials and environmental advocates as an attack on states’ rights and on a major policy ...
15:00 2019-09-18

A colossal volcano on Jupiter’s Moon Io is about to blow its top Volcanic eruptions happen regularly here on Earth, and for the most part, we’ve learned to deal with them. But volcanism isn’t something ...
13:32 2019-09-18

Scientists spot bizarre shape-shifting jellyfish, and it’s carrying a passenger For scientists exploring the deepest reaches of Earth’s oceans, surprises are hiding around just about every corner. Poking around on the ocean...
09:00 2019-09-18

Mars’ North Pole looks so bizarre in new photo by ExoMars orbiter The Mars we often seen in photos from rovers and orbiters is dry, dusty, and barren, but there are parts of the planet that, when viewed separately, ...
09:00 2019-09-18

FDA warns of cancer-causing impurity in popular heartburn drug Zantac Heartburn, and its even uglier cousin, acid reflux, can leave a person feeling incredibly uncomfortable, which is why drugs meant to treat such condi...
09:00 2019-09-18

NASA’s new launch pad can shoot out 1,000,000 gallons of water a minute Whenever there’s a high-profile NASA mission on the horizon you can expect to hear about the various tests leading up to an eventual launch. Fi...
09:00 2019-09-18

Radio waves from electric devices may affect the body clock of insects Radio frequency fields appear to have an effect on cockroaches. If confirmed, the finding could mean that radio waves affect us too - but scientists ...
08:32 2019-09-18

The most powerful volcano on Jupiter's moon Io is about to explode The largest and most powerful of the 400 volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io erupts on a regular schedule – and looks like the next bang could come be any...
08:32 2019-09-18

Perhaps we need to explain climate change to politicians as we would to very small children | Emma White Here, let me try. The sun is very, very hotWhen I was an undergrad learning geology, the maxim that was thumped into me wasn’t how to build a mine or...
03:32 2019-09-18

Blast sparks fire at Russian laboratory housing smallpox virus Facility know as Vector is one of only two sites holding virus, and also houses Ebola samplesA gas explosion has sparked a fire at a Russian laborato...
03:32 2019-09-18

Why you should avoid making decisions when you’re hungry A new study suggests that people seek instant gratification when they have an empty stomach – which means they are more likely to settle for lessName...
03:32 2019-09-18

Plantwatch: England's carnivorous sundew makes a comeback Sticky-tentacled species returns to boglands but introducing meat-eating varieties is not without riskThe great sundew (Drosera anglica) is a carnivo...
03:32 2019-09-18

Most people in the UK back limits on flying to tackle climate change A majority of people in the UK support imposing limits on air travel to curb carbon emissions, a sign that social attitudes on climate change may be ...
22:00 2019-09-17

The Committee on Animal Care solicits feedback The Committee on Animal Care (CAC) and the vice president for research welcome any information that would aid our efforts to assure the humane care o...
21:00 2019-09-17

The worst US cyclone this year may be a weak tropical storm [Updated] Enlarge / A Tuesday morning satellite image shows a broad tropical system moving toward Texas. (credit: NOAA) 1:45pm ET Update: The National Hurric...
18:32 2019-09-17

Splitting water to make cement could clean up a dirty industry Enlarge (credit: Harley Mac) Action on climate change has been focused on the electrical grid and our transportation systems, but there are other h...
18:32 2019-09-17

Aquaculture may be the future of seafood, but its past is ancient Enlarge (credit: By Paul Hermans - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10766212) Fish farms play an important r...
18:32 2019-09-17

Fresh analysis of LIGO data supports “no hair” theorem for black holes Enlarge / Simulated image of two merging black holes detected by LIGO, viewed face-on. (credit: SXS Lensing) Physicists have "heard" the telltale ...
18:32 2019-09-17

Trump to eliminate California’s car emission standards waiver Enlarge (credit: Lawrence Berkeley Lab) The New York Times reports that the Trump administration will use a meeting at the Environmental Protection...
18:32 2019-09-17

Why is it so hard to land on the Moon? Space is hard. That was the takeaway on Sept. 7, when the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost contact with its Vikram lunar lander during ...
17:32 2019-09-17

Russian volcano eruption has caused rare purple sunsets all over the world Volcanic eruptions can often be devastating to nearby regions, but a remote volcano in Russia is responsible for some beautiful sunsets, according to...
17:32 2019-09-17

Explosion at Russian lab housing smallpox virus somehow hasn’t triggered the apocalypse… yet Scientists studying deadly pathogens have to be extremely careful to ensure troublesome viruses and bacteria don’t somehow make it out of their...
16:32 2019-09-17

School strikes are changing the world, says UN climate science advisor Students and adults all over the world will strike to protest climate change this Friday. UN science advisor Petteri Taalas says such action could he...
16:00 2019-09-17

NASA will fire a tiny satellite into the lunar orbit planned for Gateway NASA is sending humans back to the Moon, and they’re doing it on an abbreviated timetable, but in addition to getting boots on the lunar surfac...
08:32 2019-09-17

Astronomers snap photo of second known interstellar object The astronomy world received a rare treat last week when an object presumed to be from outside our own solar system was spotted for only the second t...
08:32 2019-09-17

Fisherman snags ‘alien’ fish that looks like something straight out of a horror movie Earth’s oceans are home to an incredible number of interesting creatures, and sometimes certain species show up where you’d least expect ...
08:32 2019-09-17

CDC begs backyard poultry owners to stop kissing their chickens in wake of Salmonella outbreak You don’t have to live on a farm to raise chickens, and so-called “backyard poultry” operations have steadily risen in popularity a...
08:32 2019-09-17

Uninfected patients key to improving Ebola response Research on the logistics of responding to Ebola outbreaks has revealed that an often-overlooked, but critical, factor in resource deployment to trea...
07:32 2019-09-17

New approach suggests path to emissions-free cement It’s well known that the production of cement — the world’s leading construction material — is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting...
07:32 2019-09-17

3Q: Scientists shave estimate of neutrino’s mass in half An international team of scientists, including researchers at MIT, has come closer to pinning down the mass of the elusive neutrino. These ghost-like...
07:32 2019-09-17

Thousands could flood rural Nevada town of 50 people after 'Storm Area 51' joke goes viral The small town of Rachel, Nevada, located in the middle of the desert and home to only about 50 people, could be flooded with thousands of people thi...
01:32 2019-09-17

Why This Scientist Keeps Receiving Packages of Serial Killers’ Hair Getting sufficient DNA out of a rootless hair has long been considered impossible. A scientist, better known for work with ancient fossils, has figur...
21:32 2019-09-16

Who calls the tunes in space? Brad Pitt asks NASA astronaut Brad Pitt traded laughs on Monday in a call to the International Space Station with a NASA astronaut, who somersaulted during the zero-gravity interv...
21:32 2019-09-16

Economists calculate monetary value of 'thoughts and prayers' US study finds Christians are willing to pay for prayers – but atheists will pay to avoid themAll things have a price – and if not, economists will f...
17:32 2019-09-16

Starwatch: equinox marks the changing of the seasons Night and day will be of equal length at the end of this week as the sun crosses the celestial equator from north to southThe September equinox takes...
17:32 2019-09-16

Mysterious 180M-year-old Jurassic-era crocodile identified The identity of a massive prehistoric crocodile that lived 180 million years ago has finally been determined, nearly 250 years after its fossils were...
17:32 2019-09-16

To prepare astronauts for the Moon, NASA is using a giant water tank As NASA prepares for a return to the Moon in 2024, it's using a massive water tank to help prepare potential astronauts for the challenges that come ...
17:32 2019-09-16

Victoria, second-most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, set to go on display Victoria, the second most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex, has finally gone on display after paleontologists first discovered the remains of...
17:32 2019-09-16

Shipwreck of Captain James Cook's 'Endeavour' possibly discovered off Rhode Island, researchers believe A mysterious shipwreck at the bottom of Newport Harbor is believed to be the famous HMS Endeavour, which Capt. James Cook sailed on when he discovere...
17:32 2019-09-16

Illinois teen’s memory resets every two hours after head injury Of all the types of injuries a person can sustain, head injuries tend to be the scariest. Scientists have learned a lot about how the human brain wor...
17:00 2019-09-16

After Sacklers shift at least $1 billion around, Purdue files for bankruptcy Enlarge / Bottles of Purdue Pharma L.P. OxyContin medication sit on a pharmacy shelf in Provo, Utah, US, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (credit: Getty ...
17:00 2019-09-16

Knives made of frozen feces don’t make the cut, disproving well-known legend Enlarge / An example of a "hand-shaped" knife blade made out of frozen human feces by anthropologists at Kent State University. (credit: M. Eren et a...
17:00 2019-09-16

Why You Really Shouldn’t Kill the Spiders in Your Home, According to an Entomologist I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Don’t kill the next spider you see in your home. Why? Because spiders are an important p...
13:32 2019-09-16

Black hole that 'rings' like a bell shows Einstein was right Astronomers have looked at the way a black hole 'rings' like a bell to test a prediction of Einstein’s general relativity. Turns out Einstein is stil...
13:32 2019-09-16

Beachgoers Warned As Hurricane Humberto Forms Off Florida Coast MIAMI — Beachgoers on the southeastern U.S. coast should be wary of potentially dangerous rip currents caused by Hurricane Humberto, the Nation...
12:00 2019-09-16

Uncovering the hidden “noise” that can kill qubits MIT and Dartmouth College researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, a tool that detects new characteristics of environmental “noise” that ca...
11:16 2019-09-16

New 'flying dragon of the north' with F-16 sized wingspan discovered by scientists A newly discovered ancient reptile dubbed the “flying dragon of the north” is said to be the largest flying animal that ever existed, according to sc...
08:00 2019-09-16

What it was like to fly the baddest airplane the world has ever known Enlarge / An X-15 contrail after launch. (credit: NASA) The X-15 was not the first rocket-powered aircraft, but it is probably the best one ever bu...
08:00 2019-09-16

Purdue Pharma Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy The filing is a centerpiece of an agreement to settle thousands of cases against the company for its role in the opioids crises. But it is expected t...
01:48 2019-09-16

NASA astronauts are preparing for the Moon in a big water tank NASA astronaut candidates have to meet a long list of criteria before the space agency decides they’re fit to carry out important duties in spa...
01:48 2019-09-16

86 tigers rescued from infamous temple in Thailand have died, local media report Over half of the 147 tigers confiscated from the Tiger Temple - a tourist attraction where visitors could take selfies with the big cats - have died ...
21:00 2019-09-15

Dishing out more drugs won’t stop the pain. Doctors need new tools | Ann Robinson As a GP, I know opioids have their place. But we shouldn’t be complacent about a US-style crisis happening in BritainGrowing concern about the prescr...
20:32 2019-09-15

Here’s what happened in the impact crater the day it did in the dinos Enlarge / This is "Liftboat Myrtle," which housed the drilling operation into Chicxulub Crater. (credit: Jackson School of Geosciences, The Universit...
10:16 2019-09-15

'Americans are waking up': two thirds say climate crisis must be addressed Major CBS News poll released as part of Covering Climate Now, a collaboration of more than 250 news outlets around the world to strengthen coverage o...
09:16 2019-09-15

How do you leave a warning that lasts as long as nuclear waste? Enlarge / Ominous looking skies you've got there... (credit: © Emily Graham for Mosaic) In January 1997, the crew of a fishing vessel in the Baltic...
07:48 2019-09-15

NASA will spy on India’s crashed moon lander next week Late last week, India’s ISRO space agency experienced utter heartbreak when its Chandrayaan-2 lunar lander went quiet moments before its expect...
19:48 2019-09-14

Why art and science suffer in silos A major new Radio 4 series breaks down the barriers between art and science, while a revival of Joe Egg is a timely epitaph for Peter Nichols Arts pe...
16:48 2019-09-14

Ancient Australia was home to 'strange' marsupial giants, scientists find Researchers are building a picture of palorchestids, which had tapir-like skulls and large scimitar-like clawsThe “strange” anatomy of a family of gi...
16:48 2019-09-14

MIT scientists just created the blackest black ever When it comes to paint, not all shades of black are the same. You can pick up a can of flat black spray paint at the hardware store and it’ll d...
15:16 2019-09-14

Trampoline mirror may push laser pulse through fabric of the Universe  Enlarge / Pictured: Definitely not a possible universe-altering fancy trampoline. (credit: Nazar Abbas Photography / Getty Images) Scientists want ...
12:48 2019-09-14

50-year old maths problem about an infinite lottery finally solved A 50-year-old maths problem has finally been solved, and it shows that even an infinitely large lottery ticket could not contain every winning soluti...
08:32 2019-09-14

UK cancer survival rates are too low – our priorities are all wrong | Mark Dayan Short-termism has hampered investment in equipment and staffing that could help the NHS keep people alive • Mark Dayan is a policy analyst at the Nuf...
00:32 2019-09-14

Against compulsory MMR vaccination and for looking after new mothers | Letters Prof Arne Akbar, president of the British Society for Immunology, says compulsory vaccination is a blunt tool which could increase health inequities ...
00:32 2019-09-14

Toni Slabas obituary My friend Toni Slabas, who has died aged 70, was an internationally renowned plant biochemist. He came from humble beginnings and quietly made a posi...
00:32 2019-09-14

Giggles and 'joy jumps': rats love games of hide and squeak, scientists find Rodents enjoyed being found by humans and would hide again to keep the game goingThe next time you see a rat darting for cover, consider this: it mig...
00:32 2019-09-14

Professor Brian Cox review – science and hair combine in arena spectacular First Direct Arena, LeedsUniversal: Adventures in Space and Time is a jaw-dropping reminder that human life is both irrelevant and hugely preciousThe...
00:32 2019-09-14

How to find life beyond Earth - Science Weekly podcast As scientists at University College London announce the discovery of water in the atmosphere of a potentially habitable ‘super Earth’, Ian Sample exp...
00:32 2019-09-14

Weatherwatch: the Prussian polymath who founded modern meteorology Alexander von Humboldt “was one of the last people to hold essentially all scientific knowledge in one head” Happy Birthday, Alexander von Humboldt. ...
00:32 2019-09-14

Florida man missing since 1997 found at the bottom of a pond thanks to Google Maps Google Maps is a powerful tool if you need to know exactly how to get somewhere, but when a car was spotted in a residential pond using Google’...
00:32 2019-09-14

New comet is our second interstellar visitor Enlarge / Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov). Note the fuzzy appearance and faint tail. (credit: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope) Due to complicated gravitat...
18:00 2019-09-13

CDC refines definition of vaping-linked illnesses, lowers case count Enlarge / A man smokes an e-cigarette. (credit: Getty | Picture alliance) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated and revised th...
18:00 2019-09-13

Nightmare creature had egg-shaped eyes, Swiss Army knife head and a butt shield A spiky, armor-plated "walking tank" with bulging eyes, a shield on its butt and a head like a Swiss army knife scuttled along the seafloor more than...
17:16 2019-09-13

2,100-year-old 'iPhone case' discovered in ‘Russian Atlantis’ From the depths of Russia's "Atlantis" — a famed archaeological site in southern Siberia that lies underwater for most of the year — archaeologists e...
17:16 2019-09-13

Saturn shines in latest NASA image: 'Rings are still as stunning as ever' Amateur astronomers in the Northern Hemisphere may be able to currently see Saturn, but NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken a series of images of...
17:16 2019-09-13

Mysterious, newly discovered comet is probably an interstellar visitor, scientists believe Fresh off the excitement about Oumuaua, the first interstellar object discovered in our solar system, researchers have discovered what they believe i...
17:16 2019-09-13

Universe might be 2 billion years younger, shocking study says The universe is assumed to be roughly 13.7 billion years old, but a stunning new study says it could be significantly younger than that — by a couple...
17:16 2019-09-13

Everything you need to know about the UN's upcoming climate summit The UN climate action summit on 23 September will be the most important event since the Paris climate deal, but a lack of ambition could hold efforts...
13:00 2019-09-13

Maybe the universe isn’t as old as everyone thought We like to think we’re the center of the universe, but in the grand scheme of things, humans have only been around for a tiny, almost impossibl...
12:32 2019-09-13

Largest ever polar expedition will soon be frozen in drifting sea ice An icebreaker ship is about to deliberately let itself be frozen into the drifting Arctic ice as part of the largest ever scientific Arctic expeditio...
12:00 2019-09-13

We may have a basic form of sign language in common with chimpanzees People seem to be able to understand gestures made by chimpanzees, suggesting the signals may be remnants of a basic sign language used by our last c...
08:32 2019-09-13

Black-market THC-vape operation busted in Wisconsin, police say (credit: Ecig Click) Authorities in Wisconsin say they’ve busted an alleged large-scale operation making tens of thousands of bootleg THC-containin...
05:32 2019-09-13

First water detected in the atmosphere of a habitable-zone planet Enlarge / An artist's impression of the planet K2-18b and its clouds. (credit: ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser) On Wednesday, astronomers announced the f...
05:32 2019-09-13

Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, among Ig Nobel winners Enlarge / A "Moment of Science" in the 2017 Ig Nobel ceremony: Daniel Davis faces a Tesla coil. (credit: Mike Binveniste/Improbable Research) Over ...
05:32 2019-09-13

Newfound comet likely an 'interstellar visitor,' scientists say A newly discovered comet hurtling toward the orbit of Mars has scientists scurrying to confirm whether it came from outside the solar system, a likel...
04:16 2019-09-13

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 – winning images László Francsics has been named the overall winner in the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 co...
02:32 2019-09-13

Study of French postmen's testicles is an Ig Nobel winner Nappy-changing machine and saliva calculation also triumph in annual science prizeThere comes a time in a scientist’s life when the surest route to g...
02:32 2019-09-13

A Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes Would Sharply Cut Sales Companies and trade groups weigh the risks of waging a fight against a proposed ban on most flavored vaping products, to protect mint and menthol bra...
02:32 2019-09-13

Amateur astronomers may have spotted the second interstellar object ever found The astronomy community was buzzing in late 2017 after an object believed to have originated from outside our solar system was spotted speeding aroun...
01:32 2019-09-13

Triple Crown winner Justify failed a drug test before winning it all Last year, a horse named Justify became a sports superstar by achieving the vaunted Triple Crown, winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and B...
01:32 2019-09-13

NASA snapped a new image of Saturn, and it’s a real stunner Of all the planets in our solar system, most people would agree that Saturn is the most instantly recognizable. Its massive rings make it an unmistak...
01:32 2019-09-13

A pair of asteroids are about to whiz past Earth, but we’ll be fine One of the great things about having powerful observational tools to scan the heavens is that we have a good chance of spotting potential planet-kill...
01:32 2019-09-13

Asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was as strong as 10 billion atomic bombs, study says When a colossal space rock came crashing down 66 million years ago onto what is now the Yucatan Penninsula in Mexico, it triggered widespread changes...
01:32 2019-09-13

MIT engineers develop “blackest black” material to date With apologies to “Spinal Tap,” it appears that black can, indeed, get more black. MIT engineers report today that they have cooked up a material ...
01:32 2019-09-13

There’s a Full Moon Due on Friday the 13th for Most of the U.S. The Next One Isn’t for Another 30 Years The next full moon is set to make an appearance on the most ominous date on the calendar this month. A September full moon, also known as a “Ha...
19:48 2019-09-12

The Universe Could Be 2 Billion Years Younger Than Previously Estimated, According to New Calculation (WASHINGTON) — The universe is looking younger every day, it seems. New calculations suggest the universe could be a couple billion years young...
19:48 2019-09-12

Bahamas Issues New Tropical Storm Warning as It Struggles to Recover From Hurricane Dorian (HIGH ROCK, Bahamas) — The government of the Bahamas has issued a tropical storm warning for several of its northwestern islands, which are sti...
19:48 2019-09-12

Lucy in the Sky review – Natalie Portman orbits a nervous breakdown Noah Hawley’s intriguing film, based on a true story, is about the effects on those who go to space of coming back to Earth’s quotidian realityAstron...
18:48 2019-09-12

Conrad Gorinsky obituary Ethnobiologist who became an authority on the medical use of tropical plants but was accused of trying to exploit Amazon tribesAs a long-standing sup...
18:48 2019-09-12

K2-18b: every habitable planet surely has life | Letter As a new world with life-sustaining qualities is discovered, Prof Chandra Wickramasinghe discusses the likelihood that life has taken rootYour report...
18:48 2019-09-12

World’s most powerful electric eel discovered, can generate 860-volt shock Lurking in the waters of the Amazon basin is a new species of electric eel that scientists say can generate a greater electrical discharge than any o...
18:16 2019-09-12

Huge Ice Age kangaroo had unique link to giant pandas, researchers reveal An extinct gigantic kangaroo that roamed southwestern Australia more than 40,000 years ago had something in common with giant pandas, scientists disc...
18:16 2019-09-12

Decline of migrating birds could be partly due to pesticides It’s not just bees that are harmed by neonicotinoids, it’s birds too. A study found the pesticides can cause birds to lose weight and delay their mig...
16:48 2019-09-12

Scientists detect tones in the ringing of a newborn black hole for the first time If Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity holds true, then a black hole, born from the cosmically quaking collisions of two massive black hol...
14:16 2019-09-12

Bye bye space-time: is it time to free physics from Einstein’s legacy? Einstein’s framework for the universe, space-time, is at odds with quantum theory. Overcoming this clash and others is vital to unravelling the true ...
10:32 2019-09-12

Baffling maths riddle that looks like a pile of worms almost solved The Collatz conjecture is simple to state but has baffled mathematicians for 80 years. But a man dubbed the 'Mozart of maths' has now almost proved i...
10:32 2019-09-12

Brexit makes us question democracy – and so does climate change Beating climate change is for many a “sacred value” that trumps all others – but is it ever legitimate to abandon democratic norms to achieve a goal,...
10:32 2019-09-12

Why are countries failing on their promise to stop deforestation? Despite a pledge in 2014 to halve deforestation by 2020, the area of forest destroyed annually has increased by more than 40 per cent globally in the...
10:32 2019-09-12

Woman falls into ‘semi-coma’ after using mercury-tainted face cream A woman from Sacramento is now in what is being described as a “semi-comatose state” after experiencing a severe reaction to skin cream t...
10:00 2019-09-12

Why Ignoring Africa’s Climate Change Problem Could Have Devastating Effects Harry Campbell for TIME Climate change is a global challenge that demands global solutions. But we must acknowledge the fact that the most underresou...
09:32 2019-09-12

Meet 15 Women Leading the Fight Against Climate Change From sinking islands to drought-ridden savannas, women bear an outsize burden of the global—warming crisis, largely because of gender inequalit...
09:32 2019-09-12

Can a 4,815-Mile Wall of Trees Help Curb Climate Change in Africa? The seedlings are ready. One hundred and fifty thousand shoots of drought-resistant acacia, hardy baobab and Moringa spill out of their black plastic...
09:32 2019-09-12

The Best Way to Save Nature? More Nature Avocets, terns and gulls swoop down onto Wallasea Island on England’s eastern coast, searching for food between blades of grass ruffled by the ...
09:32 2019-09-12

The Story Behind TIME’s Climate Change Cover Thirty years ago, TIME named Planet Earth its Man of the Year, featuring a cover by the artist Christo of the earth encased in plastic on a beach in ...
09:32 2019-09-12

How Climate Change in Iowa is Changing U.S. Politics Kamala Harris is trying not to step in it. As the California Senator turned presidential candidate tours a beef-and-produce farm in south-central Iow...
09:32 2019-09-12

These Charts Show How High Sea Levels Will Rise if Antarctica’s Ice Continues to Melt Humans were not around to see Antarctica in the good times, tens of millions of years ago, when it was home to palms and baobab trees, reptiles and m...
09:32 2019-09-12

Hello From the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different Let’s imagine for a moment that we’ve reached the middle of the century. It’s 2050, and we have a moment to reflect—the clima...
09:32 2019-09-12

Water detected on potentially 'habitable' exoplanet for first time, scientists say Scientists have detected water vapor in the atmosphere of a “super-Earth” exoplanet with potentially habitable temperatures. The discovery, which is ...
05:32 2019-09-12

Amazon sees more than 100,000 fires, causing spike in air pollution The destructive blazes in the Amazon rainforest are spewing a toxic brew into the air and causing a spike in air pollution, new satellite images from...
05:32 2019-09-12

Towering, balloonlike features found near Milky Way galaxy's center A pair of radio-emitting bubbles that tower hundreds of light years above and below our galaxy were discovered by an international team of astronomer...
05:32 2019-09-12

Detecting patients’ pain levels via their brain signals Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have developed a system that measures a patient’s pain level by analyzing brain activity from a portable neuroimag...
05:32 2019-09-12

UK still behind in cancer survival despite recent surge Big improvement in past two decades fails to close gap with likes of Australia and CanadaCancer survival rates in the UK have improved markedly over ...
02:00 2019-09-12

Babies who use eye contact more likely to build up vocabulary Researchers looked at 12-month-olds’ vocalisations, gestures and gazes, and at how caregivers responded Babies who frequently communicate with their ...
02:00 2019-09-12

Scientists Succeed in Creating Northern White Rhino Embryos CREMONA, Italy (AP) — Scientists announced Wednesday they have succeeded in creating two embryos of the near-extinct northern white rhino as pa...
00:16 2019-09-12

Water found in atmosphere of planet beyond our solar system Scientists for the first time have detected water in the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet orbiting a distant star, evidence that a key ingredient f...
23:32 2019-09-11

Archaeologists unearth mass graves from Mongol invasion of Russia Enlarge (credit: Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences) Archaeologists excavated part of the old city center of Yaroslavl, Russia, ...
21:16 2019-09-11

Trump demanded retraction after NWS disputed his false hurricane claim Enlarge / President Donald Trump displaying a doctored forecast map at the White House on September 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images...
21:16 2019-09-11

Hubble just detected water vapor around a distant exoplanet In the ongoing search for life beyond Earth, astronomers studying distant exoplanets are looking for a few key ingredients. For starters, a planet ha...
20:16 2019-09-11

Nobody seems to know if India’s Moon lander survived its crash landing Everything seemed to be going splendidly for India’s space agency last week as excitement was building for the anticipated touchdown of the Cha...
20:16 2019-09-11

Japanese cargo mission to ISS scrubbed after fire Sending stuff to space is very, very difficult. It can be easy to forget that, especially with the seemingly constant stream of rocket launches we se...
20:16 2019-09-11

Trump Administration Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes As vaping-related illnesses spread, President Trump and top health officials met at the White House to discuss ways to keep the products away from te...
17:48 2019-09-11

Purdue Pharma Tentatively Settles Thousands of Opioid Cases The company and its owners, members of the Sackler family, have tentatively reached the first comprehensive settlement in thousands of cases nationwi...
17:48 2019-09-11

Why Aren’t There Better Cancer Drugs? Scientists May Have Picked the Wrong Targets Drugs can stop cancer cells if they attack the right proteins. But many of these targets were chosen with dated, imprecise technology, a new study su...
17:48 2019-09-11

In the South Pacific, a Humpback Whale Karaoke Lounge Male humpbacks sing songs that are distinctive to their breeding grounds. A gathering spot 700 miles from New Zealand may explain why the songs evolv...
17:48 2019-09-11

Newly-discovered electric eel is the most shocking yet Of all the creatures you could encounter while taking a dip in the Amazon rainforest, coming into contact with an electric eel would likely be one of...
16:16 2019-09-11

Scientists create northern white rhino embryos in milestone that could save the species from extinction Scientists and conservationists have successfully created two northern white rhino embryos in a milestone that could save the species from extinction...
13:48 2019-09-11

'Genderless' penguin to be raised by same-sex couple at London aquarium A baby penguin being raised by a same-sex penguin couple at an aquarium in the U.K. will be brought up without a gender — the first in aquarium histo...
13:48 2019-09-11

Massive flying reptiles once dominated the skies in North America, new fossils reveal If you were to travel back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, you’d have plenty of things to fear. Dinosaurs that ruled the lan...
13:48 2019-09-11

Why This Earth-Like Planet is a Big Step Forward in the Search for Life If planets were products their price would be tumbling. Little more than a generation ago, we knew of only eight planets in all the universe—th...
13:48 2019-09-11

We’re Barely Listening to the U.S.’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes A thicket of red tape and regulations have made it difficult for volcanologists to build monitoring stations along Mount Hood and other active volcan...
11:48 2019-09-11

The fall of coal, and its pollution-linked deaths, is boosting the economy Enlarge / Livestock production has become one of the United States' largest sources of particulate pollution. (credit: Wikimedia Commons/Jessica Reed...
11:48 2019-09-11

Objects can now change colors like a chameleon The color-changing capabilities of chameleons have long bewildered willing observers. The philosopher Aristotle himself was long mystified by these a...
08:48 2019-09-11

The answer to life, the universe, and everything A team led by Andrew Sutherland of MIT and Andrew Booker of Bristol University has solved the final piece of a famous 65-year old math puzzle with an...
08:48 2019-09-11

Search on for 'monkey' in Texas town after reports of primate swinging through trees, attacking residents: reports Police and animal control staffers continued their search Tuesday for a loose primate that has been reportedly spotted swinging through trees and ter...
08:16 2019-09-11

The voracious and invasive lionfish is taking over the Atlantic. Here's why. One of the most notorious invasive species around, the lionfish, is known for its voracious appetite and can literally eat its competitors out of an ...
08:16 2019-09-11

The secret to miraculous preservation of a Dead Sea Scroll could be salt coating Enlarge / Partial view of the Dead Sea Temple Scroll, one of the longest biblical texts found since the 1940s. (credit: Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Im...
07:48 2019-09-11

Calls for testosterone to be licensed in UK for postmenopausal women Hormone is critical treatment for those experiencing reduced libido in midlife, say expertsThe lack of availability of testosterone for postmenopausa...
05:16 2019-09-11

Juul gave presentations in schools to kids—and the FDA is fuming Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 25: A young man wears a shirt that reads DITCHJUUL while James Monsees, co-founder and chief product officer at JUUL ...
04:48 2019-09-11

The fall of coal and its pollution-linked deaths is boosting the economy Enlarge / Livestock production has become one of the United States' largest sources of particulate pollution. (credit: Wikimedia Commons/Jessica Reed...
04:48 2019-09-11

80,000-year-old footprints reveal Neanderthal social life Enlarge / These prints (except the one identified as an animal track) were made by Neanderthals who lived in western France 80,000 years ago. (credit...
04:48 2019-09-11

Bacteria developing new ways to resist antibiotics, doctors warn Scientists in UK identify growing trend that threatens to leave patients untreatableBacteria are increasingly developing ways of resisting antibiotic...
22:00 2019-09-10

Ghost crabs use teeth in stomachs to 'growl' at predators Scientists find first evidence of an animal using stomach sounds to communicateAngry crabs harbour a secret weapon to deter their enemies and ward of...
22:00 2019-09-10

China’s colossal radio telescope just heard a bizarre signal in space China spent five years and close to $200 million to build its Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, nicknamed FAST. It was a monumental un...
21:32 2019-09-10

Logging study reveals huge hidden emissions of the forestry industry Logging is a massive source of uncounted carbon emissions. But growing the right mix of trees and felling them less often could transform it for the ...
21:32 2019-09-10

HPV vaccinations seem to be creating herd immunity for US men Oral HPV infection rates have dropped by 37 per cent among unvaccinated men in the US, suggesting the widespread vaccine rollout has led to herd immu...
21:32 2019-09-10

Some physicists still doubt whether LIGO has seen gravitational waves LIGO has explained how it processes gravitational wave data in greater detail than ever before. But some physicists still say the analysis contains m...
21:32 2019-09-10

These 5 Big Changes Are Key for Humanity to Survive a Warming Climate Hundreds of millions of people are living with the effects of global warming – some now irreversible. For those on the frontlines of climate ch...
15:48 2019-09-10

How Bullying May Shape Adolescent Brains In recent years, a steadily increasing volume of data has demonstrated that peer victimization — the clinical term for bullying — impacts...
15:48 2019-09-10

Revised CA vaccine bill would revoke exemptions from infamous anti-vax doc [Updated] Enlarge / Dr. Robert Sears examines 2-month-old twins. Sears is among the doctors who have been found to have issued fraudulent medical vaccination e...
15:16 2019-09-10

Europe’s Mars lander parachute problems may be worse than thought Enlarge / If the ExoMars spacecraft successfully lands on Mars, it will deploy the Rosalind Franklin rover. (credit: ESA) In October 2016, Europe's...
15:16 2019-09-10

In speech to forecasters, NOAA chief tries to tamp down Sharpie controversy Enlarge / President Donald Trump has continued to insist Alabama was threatened by Hurricane Dorian. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) A soft...
15:16 2019-09-10

Scientists built artificial leaves that can turn sunlight into medicine Our Sun is an incredible, abundant source of energy that we’re only just now beginning to learn how to tap. Plants, on the other hand, are mast...
13:48 2019-09-10

Scientists uncover new evidence of the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs Drilling into the seafloor off Mexico, scientists have extracted a unique geologic record of the single worst day in the history of life on Earth, wh...
12:16 2019-09-10

Oregon's Mount Hood active volcano lacks adequate monitoring, scientists say Scientists warn Mount Hood, an active volcano outside Portland, Ore., lacks adequate monitoring equipment, and bureaucratic red tape has left them bl...
12:16 2019-09-10

What if there were no sharks? Sharks are magnificent predators that represent an impressive evolutionary success story. They've swum the oceans for more than 400 million years, di...
12:16 2019-09-10

Rare two-toned 'Halloween lobster' found off coast of Maine, a '1-in-50-million' find A rare two-colored lobster has been found off the coast of Maine by a local fisherman who had a 1-in-50-million chance of finding the unusual crustac...
12:16 2019-09-10

'Storm Area 51' creator leaves alien-themed festival in shakeup over safety concerns, fear of 'Fyre Fest 2.0' The California man behind the viral "Storm Area 51" event on Facebook that may draw alien-obsessed crowds to a rural Nevada county next week has pull...
12:16 2019-09-10

If aliens call, do not hold a referendum on what to do next, say Britons Vote-weary public decide against planetary poll should ETs contact EarthIn the event that aliens ever contact Earth, the British public is clear on o...
10:48 2019-09-10

Astronauts come one tiny step closer to building an off-world base NASA will be sending humans back to the lunar surface in the very near future. Following that, plans for a crewed mission to Mars are also in the car...
10:16 2019-09-10

Explosions may be responsible for the bizarre lakes on Saturn’s Titan Scientists have learned a lot about Saturn’s moon Titan thanks to NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which orbited the planet for well over a dec...
10:16 2019-09-10

Mind-blowing drug trials show it’s possible to reverse biological age The relentless march of time will eventually claim all of our lives — or at least that’s the reality we’ve all come to expect. Shor...
10:16 2019-09-10

Building climate change defences could massively boost world economy Adapting to climate change could boos the world economy by trillions of dollars, says a report backed by Ban Ki-Moon, Bill Gates and the head of the ...
07:48 2019-09-10

World leaders set to discuss how to ramp up climate change efforts The UN climate action summit on 23 September will be the most important event since the Paris climate deal, but a lack of ambition could hold efforts...
07:48 2019-09-10

Neanderthal footprints found in France offer snapshot of their lives Scientists find 257 prints preserved over 80,000 years, suggesting a group of 10 to 13 comprising mostly children Like modern humans and primates, Ne...
05:16 2019-09-10

India's moon mission locates landing craft, no communication yet India has located the spacecraft it was trying to land on the moon but has not been able to establish communication with it yet, the Indian Space Res...
03:48 2019-09-10

'Neural revolution': Royal Society calls for inquiry into new wave of brain implants Scientists think devices could allow people to communicate telepathically or the paralysed to walk in the next decades Society must prepare for a tec...
01:16 2019-09-10

Amid questions about leadership, NASA is “close” to making a key hire Enlarge / NASA chief Jim Bridenstine has been looking for a new Associate Administrator for human spaceflight. (credit: NASA) Nearly two months hav...
00:16 2019-09-10

Revised CA vaccine bill would revoke exemptions from infamous anti-vax doc Enlarge / Dr. Robert Sears examines 2-month-old twins. Sears is among the doctors who have been found to have issued fraudulent medical vaccination e...
00:16 2019-09-10

Americans skeptical of UFOs, say government knows more, poll reveals Two-thirds of Americans say the government knows more than it's saying about UFOs in the wake of a plan to "Storm Area 51" in Nevada and potentially ...
22:48 2019-09-09

Alien civilizations may have explored the Milky Way and visited Earth already, new study claims Our Milky Way galaxy could be filled with alien civilizations, a new study claims, but we don't know it because they haven't stopped by Earth for a v...
22:48 2019-09-09

Did you solve it? Getting through passport control The solution to today’s puzzleEarlier today I set you the following question:Let’s say that 1 in 10,000 people who present themselves at UK passport ...
20:16 2019-09-09

The magicians trying to change the world – one card trick at a time Forget trying to saw Debbie McGee in half – some conjurers are using their skills to help surgeons, refugee children and even imagine a better future...
20:16 2019-09-09

Ancient footprints show Neanderthals may have been taller than thought The biggest collection of Neanderthal footprints yet discovered offers a window on their social structure, and shows that their group was filled with...
16:48 2019-09-09

NASA just released a high-res 3D model of the Moon that’ll blow you away NASA has provided us with some truly fantastic images of the Moon over the years. We’ve gotten to see Earth’s friendly little neighbor fr...
15:16 2019-09-09

Europeans have steadily accumulated mutations for thousands of years The number of mildly harmful mutations in the European population has increased over the last 45,000 years, a lingering effect of early migration int...
15:16 2019-09-09

Transplant organs can be supercooled to below zero for longer storage A new technique cools human tissues to -4°C without forming ice crystals that damage cells, and could boost the number of organs available for transp...
15:16 2019-09-09

Using rigorous evaluation to reduce and prevent homelessness in North America For millions of people in the United States, the struggle for stable housing both shapes and is shaped by numerous factors, such as employment opport...
14:16 2019-09-09

Hearing through the clatter In a busy coffee shop, our eardrums are inundated with sound waves — people chatting, the clatter of cups, music playing — yet our brains somehow man...
14:16 2019-09-09

Scientists spotted a bizarre X-ray blast in a distant galaxy Thanks to ever-advancing observational technology, astronomers can now spot distant galaxies in greater detail than ever before. For scientists, bein...
11:48 2019-09-09

I was beautiful on the outside but still thought of myself as ‘the one-breasted monster’ | Clare Dea I vowed to never tell anyone about my condition but I felt like a fraud. Then I realised that my story can help othersI can distinctly recall the ove...
08:16 2019-09-09

Philippines culls 7,000 pigs in outbreak of African swine fever Infected pigs found in two towns near capital Manila, as country becomes latest to be hit by diseaseThe Philippines has reported its first cases of A...
08:16 2019-09-09

Can you solve it? The passport control puzzle Show me your documents pleaseToday’s puzzle concerns passport control, the delegation of uniformed and often surly officers at ports and airports who...
08:16 2019-09-09

Mysterious Indus Valley people gave rise to modern-day South Asians Ancient DNA evidence reveals that the people of the mysterious and complex Indus Valley Civilization are genetically linked to modern South Asians to...
06:16 2019-09-09

India finds missing Vikram probe on the surface of the moon India has located its missing Vikram lander on the lunar surface after losing contact with the probe when it was in the final stage of an audacious m...
17:00 2019-09-08

Salyut 1 beat Skylab in space station race | Brief letters Chris Kraft obituary | Bristol view | Codeword puzzle | Agincourt | StarbucksIn your obituary of Chris Kraft, former director of Nasa’s flight operat...
14:48 2019-09-08

India Locates Missing Moon Lander Module on Lunar Surface (NEW DELHI) — The lander module from India’s moon mission was located on the lunar surface on Sunday, one day after it lost contact with ...
12:48 2019-09-08

How you live affects your sperm - and perhaps your future children too Lifestyle choices from smoking to wearing tight underpants change men's sperm, and animal studies suggest these changes affect children’s health and ...
12:48 2019-09-08

Why industry is going green on the quiet ‘Secret sustainability’ is on the rise, with companies loath to talk about their ecological credentials. Why?There’s a factory in Asia that uses only...
10:48 2019-09-08

Algorithms should have made courts more fair. What went wrong? Enlarge / The courts have become another frontline in the battle against climate change. (credit: Patrick Feller / Flickr) Kentucky lawmakers thoug...
09:48 2019-09-08

Wild mountain gorillas enjoy playing in water just like we do Captive mountain gorillas love playing in water, as a 2017 viral video demonstrated, and it turns out their wild counterparts also enjoy a good splas...
06:00 2019-09-08

Squirrels spy on birds to figure out when danger is lurking In the animal kingdom, many creatures develop unique ways of relaying information to their kin, but a new study highlights just how important it can ...
23:16 2019-09-07

Would tracing the history of my family’s J Lyons empire be my cup of tea? I discovered deeds of great bravery – as well as things to be ashamed of. But learning about my ancestors’ remarkable achievements has given my own l...
12:48 2019-09-07

The new growth in hair loss research With increasing evidence of its impact on mental health, scientists are pushing forward with breakthroughs on baldingHas there ever been more pressur...
12:48 2019-09-07

No-deal Brexit could hit cancer trials that save children’s lives UK researchers fear being blocked from EU-wide testing of treatments for diseases including rare childhood cancersLeading medical researchers have wa...
12:48 2019-09-07

India's moon landing suffers last-minute communications loss Prime minister Narendra Modi consoles scientists distraught as complex mission goes awryIndia’s attempt to land an unmanned craft on the moon’s uncha...
07:16 2019-09-07

How to make a book last for millennia First discovered in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds looking for a lost sheep, the ancient Hebrew texts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls are some of the most w...
05:16 2019-09-07

Women have a daily hormone cycle as well as a monthly one Female hormones like oestrogen and FSH have daily ebbs and flows that may explain mood variations and why some female shift-workers struggle to get p...
04:48 2019-09-07

India's Vikram moon lander appears to have crashed on the moon The Indian Chandrayaan 2 mission sent a lander towards the surface of the moon, but we lost touch with the craft before it was to land and it may hav...
01:48 2019-09-07

Rocket Report: Cause of Vega failure found, China seeks rocket customers Enlarge / The mighty Delta IV Heavy rocket takes to the skies. (credit: Aurich Lawson/United Launch Alliance) Welcome to Edition 2.14 of the Rocket...
23:16 2019-09-06

Probe into vaping-linked illnesses turns up form of vitamin E from skin creams [Updated] Enlarge / Some of the black-market vaping products that have been found to contain vitamin E acetate, according to the New York State Department of H...
23:16 2019-09-06

Hydride predicted to be superconductive at room temperature Enlarge / Electrons pair up by exchanging phonons in a superconductor. Superconductivity came with a lot of unfulfilled promises. Power without lo...
23:16 2019-09-06

India lost communication with its lander just above the surface [Updated] On Friday, India's Vikram lander will attempt to make a soft landing on the Moon's surface. This gallery highlights how that will happen. ...
23:16 2019-09-06

“Precious hours were wasted”: Trump’s doctored map affected hurricane forecasters Enlarge / US President Donald Trump references a map held by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Wednesday. (credit: Chip Somodevil...
23:16 2019-09-06

Doctors aghast at Groupon deals for medical care Enlarge / Coupons from the advertising section of a Sunday newspaper (credit: Getty | Karen Bleier) Doctors online expressed shock and dismay afte...
23:16 2019-09-06

India loses contact with spacecraft on mission to the moon India lost contact with a spacecraft it was attempting to land on the moon on Saturday, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)...
22:16 2019-09-06

Scientist: DNA Samples Suggest Famed ‘Loch Ness Monster’ Might Be a Giant Eel. Or Maybe There’s Just Lots of Regular-Sized Eel in the Loch? (NEW YORK) — A scientist who has collected DNA from Scotland’s Loch Ness suggests the lake’s fabled monster might be a giant eel. N...
20:16 2019-09-06

Want to live longer? Stop drinking soda Most people already know that regularly drinking soda can have negative health consequences. Whether you prefer sugar or artificial sweeteners in you...
15:16 2019-09-06

Switzerland was sent into scientific exile. No deal could mean the same for Britain | Marja Makarow EU-backed research projects were slashed after the country voted to curb immigration in 2014. The UK should take noteSwitzerland has been touted as a...
12:48 2019-09-06

Country diary: hurrah, the cattle egrets are nesting here at last Langstone Mill, Hampshire: Instead of moving on in the spring, some of these striking birds stayed on to breedIn February 2017, I expressed my hope t...
12:48 2019-09-06

How to stop MS in its tracks – Science Weekly podcast Ian Sample visits Professor Richard Reynolds at the MS Society tissue bank to hear how research on brains of patients who died with multiple sclerosi...
12:48 2019-09-06

Two people have died from lung disease after vaping – what’s going on? Two people in the US have died and hundreds more have had severe lung conditions that are thought to be related to vaping – but officials are still u...
12:48 2019-09-06

Why do fragrances cause health problems for one in three people? One in three adults say fragrances in everyday products give them headaches, runny noses or breathing problems. But are these symptoms psychological?...
12:48 2019-09-06

Mathematicians crack elusive puzzle involving the number 42 Can we write any number as the sum of three cubes? It’s a puzzle that has perplexed mathematicians for centuries. Now we have finally have an answer ...
12:48 2019-09-06

13th-century death pit reveals murdered family in the 'city drowned in blood' When Mongol soldiers swept through the Russian town of Yaroslavl in 1238, a bloodbath followed. Hundreds of people died horrific and violent deaths d...
10:48 2019-09-06

2 giant blobs at the core of our galaxy are spewing radiation. Scientists don't know how they got there. In 2010, astronomers working with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope announced the discovery of two giant blobs. These blobs were centered on the co...
10:48 2019-09-06

The Amazon Fires, From an Extraterrestrial Perspective A version of this first appeared as the TIME Space newsletter sent on Aug. 30. Space is aspirational. Merely the act of looking through a telescope ...
09:32 2019-09-06

T. Rex skulls had built-in air conditioning When you look at a fossilized skull from the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex there are a few things you’ll immediately notice. For starters, it’...
03:16 2019-09-06

Holy crap, a 3-foot python escaped in a Wisconsin high school and no one can find it Being a high school student is stressful for many reasons, but students at Fond Du Lac High School in Wisconsin now one more thing to worry about as ...
03:16 2019-09-06

Ocean buoy reveals birds hanging out in eye of Hurricane Dorian Whenever a powerful storm threatens coasts, we often focus on the potential impact on human lives and infrastructure. It can sometimes be easy to for...
03:16 2019-09-06

A tech intervention to tame tuberculosis For tuberculosis patients, complying with a full course of treatment can be daunting and difficult. But a new experiment conducted by MIT researchers...
01:16 2019-09-06

Exotic physics phenomenon is observed for first time An exotic physical phenomenon, involving optical waves, synthetic magnetic fields, and time reversal, has been directly observed for the first time, ...
01:16 2019-09-06

Creating new opportunities from nanoscale materials A hundred years ago, “2d” meant a two-penny, or 1-inch, nail. Today, “2-D” encompasses a broad range of atomically thin flat materials, many with exo...
01:16 2019-09-06

Worm's 550M year-old 'death march' might be earliest known animal trail, study finds The fossil of a worm that lived 550 million-years-ago may be the earliest known evidence of an animal walking on the Earth's surface, according to a ...
21:00 2019-09-05

T. rex had an 'air conditioner' in its head, study says The most fearsome predator to ever walk the Earth, Tyrannosaurus rex, had something similar to an air conditioner in its head, allowing it to stay co...
21:00 2019-09-05

Mysterious Adolf Hitler bust found in French Senate basement A bust of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has been found in the basement of the French Senate, a secret kept for 75 years, according to a startling investig...
21:00 2019-09-05

Photographer captures moment 'curious' squirrel stops to smell a flower A photographer in Vienna, Austria captured the moment a small ground squirrel stopped to smell the flowers — in order to find out which one would tas...
21:00 2019-09-05

DOE has decided many lightbulbs don’t have to meet efficiency standards Enlarge (credit: Gordon Wrigley / Flickr) Among the stranger subjects that has been caught up in the political wars raging in the United States is ...
20:32 2019-09-05

Crops under solar panels can be a win-win Enlarge / "Agrivoltaics" studies like the one pictured here in Massachusetts are finding many crops that pair well with solar panels. (credit: NREL /...
20:32 2019-09-05

Spacewatch: European Mars rover ready for final test European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover arrives in France for final tests before next year’s mission The European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover has arri...
20:00 2019-09-05

Pesticide made from spider venom kills pests without harming bees Honeybee nests are being devastated by a species of beetle, but a pesticide based on spider venom can help by killing the beetles without harming the...
19:16 2019-09-05

Shep Doeleman on the Breakthrough Prize-winning black hole photo The team behind the first ever image of a black hole has won the prestigious $3m Breakthrough Prize. New Scientist spoke with the group’s leader, She...
19:16 2019-09-05

Scientists win millions in the 2020 Breakthrough Prize The Breakthrough Prize rewards work in physics, mathematics, and the life sciences, and it has just awarded almost $20 million to researchers around ...
19:16 2019-09-05

Coral reefs are now spawning out of sync and might fail to reproduce Corals need to spawn within minutes of each other to optimise reproduction – but climate change is causing them to spawn out of sync, threatening the...
19:16 2019-09-05

How big is a proton? We may finally have the answer to this puzzle Our measurements of the proton’s radius clash with one another, which could be a problem for the laws of physics. But a new test has helped unravel t...
19:16 2019-09-05

Ocean Heat Wave Off U.S. West Coast Could Badly Disrupt Marine Life, Scientists Say (SEATTLE) — Federal scientists said Thursday they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the U.S. West Coast, a development that could badly ...
18:16 2019-09-05

At last, the benefits of being left-handed are confirmed A new study has found that lefties’ brains could be associated with better verbal skills, among other talents. I always knew I was special Being a le...
15:48 2019-09-05

Scientists behind first image of black hole awarded $3m prize Hundreds of researchers share Breakthrough prize in fundamental physicsAn international collaboration that captured the first image of a black hole, ...
15:48 2019-09-05

Physics not “broken” after all? We’re close to resolving proton radius puzzle Enlarge / Image of a hydrogen atom's electron orbitals taken with a quantum microscope in 2013. Physicists have been trying to resolve conflicting ex...
14:48 2019-09-05

A Cognitive Researcher Explains How Male and Female Brains Aren’t So Different The British cognitive researcher Gina Rippon tells TIME why male and female brains aren’t so different, explored in her book Gender and Our Bra...
14:16 2019-09-05

Loch Ness monster might just be a giant eel, say scientists Scotland's fabled Loch Ness monster could possibly be a giant eel, scientists said on Thursday after an intensive analysis of traces of DNA in the Lo...
10:32 2019-09-05

Loch Ness monster could be a giant eel, researcher claims After months of speculation surrounding a study into whether the Loch Ness monster was real, the researcher behind it has claimed it could be a giant...
09:32 2019-09-05

'Death march' of 550M year-old worm might be earliest known animal trail, study finds The fossil of a worm that lived 550 million-years-ago may be the earliest known evidence of an animal walking on the Earth's surface, according to a ...
09:32 2019-09-05

New Scientist joins the Covering Climate Now initiative New Scientist has joined Covering Climate Now, a journalistic collaboration providing extensive coverage of the UN climate action summit taking place...
08:32 2019-09-05

Sally Floyd, Who Helped Things Run Smoothly Online, Dies at 69 In the early 1990s, Dr. Floyd was one of the inventors of Random Early Detection, which continues to play a vital role in the stability of the intern...
08:00 2019-09-05

Meet the 'giant elephant trunks,' mysterious cosmic structures 10 times bigger than the 'pillars of creation' Ursa Major, the Tadpole Galaxy, the Crab Nebula — when it comes to naming objects in space, it sometimes seems like astronomers wish they'd gone into...
06:32 2019-09-05

College students think they learn less with an effective teaching method Enlarge (credit: US Dept. of Education) One of the things that's amenable to scientific study is how we communicate information about science. Scie...
06:32 2019-09-05

“Fussy eater” goes blind after years of eating only junk food Enlarge / Kellogg Co.'s Pringles brand potato chips. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) In the past, parents may have tried to coax their picky eaters to ...
06:32 2019-09-05

Before life exploded in the Cambrian, there were worms Enlarge (credit: Dr. Zhe Chen/Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology) The Cambrian is rightly famous for being the period when animal life f...
06:32 2019-09-05

Denisovan fossil finger points to the timing of Neanderthal evolution Enlarge / The two fragments of Denisova 3's fingertip, reunited in digital form. (credit: Bennett et al. 2019) A group of anthropologists finally p...
06:32 2019-09-05

In video message on Dorian, President Trump displays doctored forecast Enlarge / This is a screenshot from a White House briefing on Hurricane Dorian on Wednesday. (credit: White House/Twitter) On Wednesday, as Hurrica...
06:32 2019-09-05

Big Pharma’s image sinks to new low amid opioid crisis, high drug prices Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing, mocks his way through a congressional hearing on drug pricing and later called lawmakers imbeciles. (credit: CP...
06:32 2019-09-05

'Storm Area 51' alien-themed events in Nevada get final approval from county With two weeks to go before alien-obsessed crowds are poised to possibly descend on a rural Nevada county for "Storm Area 51," officials have given t...
02:32 2019-09-05

World's hungriest caterpillar is wreaking destruction around the world Scientists are racing to develop weapons against fall armyworms, a devastating pest that is rapidly invading new continents and destroying vital food...
00:00 2019-09-05

Hurricane Dorian may have made a species of bird go extinct In addition to killing several people and destroying thousands of buildings in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian may have killed the last surviving Baham...
00:00 2019-09-05

540-million-year-old worm was first segmented animal that could move An extinct creature that resembled a cross between an earthworm and a millipede is the oldest known segmented animal able to move under its own power...
00:00 2019-09-05

A single severe head injury can trigger long-term brain damage Brain scans show that one major head injury can cause similar long-term brain damage to that seen in NFL players who have had many smaller head knock...
00:00 2019-09-05

The eye of Hurricane Dorian looks absolutely insane from space Hurricane Dorian continues to batter the East Coast of the United States with high winds and plenty of rain, and as the storm creeps slowly north it&...
22:32 2019-09-04

Massive boom heard across Central New York was likely an exploding space rock If you’re a resident of New York state and happened to be hanging around outside on Monday evening you might have heard something unexpected. S...
22:32 2019-09-04

Chinese vase bought for about $1 at a thrift store turns out to be a rare antique worth $100,000 Taking a trip to your local thrift shop probably isn’t going to yield any remarkable discoveries. You’ll probably find a few broken print...
22:32 2019-09-04

Sculpture smelling of breast milk to draw in visitors to new Wellcome gallery London gallery intended as celebration of what it means to be human in 21st centurySome say it smells of modelling clay. Others that it has the vague...
20:48 2019-09-04

Squirrels listen to birds' chitchat to gauge if trouble's afoot – study Research shows eavesdropping more widespread and broader than originally thoughtSquirrels eavesdrop on the chatter of songbirds to work out whether t...
20:48 2019-09-04

Did a Jurassic magma plume burst through the Earth? About 180 million years ago, when dinosaurs still roamed the planet, a giant plume of molten rock may have punched its way through Earth, knocking th...
16:16 2019-09-04

Intense ammonia storms on Jupiter are messing up the planet's belts Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is perhaps most famous for its giant Red Spot, a continuous storm that has been observed since 1830....
16:16 2019-09-04

Artifacts believed to be from final battle of English Civil War discovered Archaeologists have unearthed artifacts believed to be from the final battle of the English Civil War, including musket balls, horse harness fittings...
16:16 2019-09-04

Wild horses of North Carolina to ride out hurricane with 'butts to the wind' The majestic herds of wild horses that roam North Carolina's Outer Banks will likely ride out Hurricane Dorian's whipping winds and strong storm surg...
16:16 2019-09-04

Hurricane Dorian: NASA video shows 62 mph wind and rain whipping through Kennedy Space Center A video posted on social media by NASA shows 62 mph wind and rain from Hurricane Dorian whipping through the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Control Ce...
16:16 2019-09-04

How “information gerrymandering” influences voters Many voters today seem to live in partisan bubbles, where they receive only partial information about how others feel regarding political issues. Now...
13:48 2019-09-04

New Wellcome gallery celebrates what it means to be human A sculpture that smells of breast milk among 50 exhibits to go on display in London Some say it smells of modelling clay. Others that it has the vagu...
12:48 2019-09-04

Soft robotics breakthrough manages immune response for implanted devices Researchers from the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) at MIT; the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway); and AMBER, ...
12:16 2019-09-04

Hurricane Dorian downgraded to category 2, but could still pack a major punch Like many storms of its kind, Hurricane Dorian has proven to be incredibly unpredictable. After first gaining enough strength to qualify as a categor...
11:48 2019-09-04

Massive rock pillar in Utah resonates with the Earth, can withstand quakes A popular rock-climbing destination in Utah, Castleton Tower dominates the surrounding landscape, standing nearly 400 feet tall like a stone skyscrap...
11:48 2019-09-04

India’s Moon lander is poised to make history With so many eyes on missions to Mars and other interesting destinations in our solar system, it might seem like making it to Earth’s Moon is o...
11:48 2019-09-04

The secret to winning the Midwest: Democrats must fight big agriculture | George Goehl Factory farming sucks up money and pollutes rural communities in swing states like IowaNot since the Rev Jesse Jackson’s candidacy for the Democratic...
07:16 2019-09-04

Dorian batters Bahamas with strong hurricane winds for record time Category 5 Dorian slowed to a halt as it moved over the island, subjecting it to the most prolonged and fiercest battering by an Atlantic hurricane e...
05:48 2019-09-04

We can tell where a whale has travelled from the themes in its song Humpback whales pick up songs from one another along their migratory routes, which means we can tell which places they’ve visited just by listening t...
05:48 2019-09-04

Great white shark spotted off Massachusetts coast feeding on dead whale carcass A great white shark stunned a whale-watching group off the coast of Massachusetts on Sunday when the ocean predator was spotted feasting on the carca...
02:48 2019-09-04

Mass extinction event 2 billion years ago killed 99 percent of life on Earth, study says There have been several mass extinction events during the planet's history, including the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, arguably the best-kn...
02:48 2019-09-04

Remnants of ancient planet just found in famous meteorite Though it was discovered in the Australian outback in the 1950s and studied since then, researchers have just found a surprising result buried inside...
02:48 2019-09-04

Chinese vase bought for $1 could be worth $100G A vase that was purchased for 1 British pound ($1.21) could be worth nearly $100,000 (80,000 British pounds) after it was revealed that the vase was ...
02:48 2019-09-04

China finds mysterious and strange 'shiny gel' on dark side of the Moon China's Chang'e-4 lunar rover, which successfully landed on the Moon in January, has found something rather strange and perplexing — an oddly colored...
02:48 2019-09-04

Hurricane Dorian: NASA team set to ride out storm at Kennedy Space Center As Hurricane Dorian edges closer to Florida’s eastern coast, a 120-strong team of NASA personnel will ride out the storm at Kennedy Space Center, whe...
02:48 2019-09-04

Hurricane Dorian's monstrous size revealed in epic images from space As Hurricane Dorian churns ominously near the southeast U.S. coast after ravaging the Bahamas with wind, pounding rain and flooding, the storm's giga...
02:48 2019-09-04

This is no time for hunches – we need evidence and expertise in science | Ian Chubb Nobody argues that science is perfect, but it has been an essential part of making us what we areThere will always be people who call for additional ...
21:48 2019-09-03

Soft drinks, including sugar-free, linked to increased risk of early death Drink more water, say experts as they argue study proves need for curbs on consumptionPeople who regularly consume soft drinks have a higher risk of ...
21:48 2019-09-03

European satellite in near collision with Elon Musk SpaceX craft ESA say its Aeolus Earth observation satellite fired thrusters to avoid crashThe European Space Agency has said it altered the trajectory of one of i...
21:48 2019-09-03

As Patients Struggle With Bills, Hospital Sues Thousands Most hospitals do not frequently take patients to court over medical debt. But since 2015, Carlsbad Medical Center, in New Mexico, has filed lawsuits...
21:16 2019-09-03

SpaceX satellite was on “collision course” until ESA satellite was re-routed Enlarge / Illustration of the European Space Agency's Aeolus satellite. (credit: ESA) The European Space Agency (ESA) yesterday took action to avoi...
16:48 2019-09-03

ESA forced to redirect satellite after SpaceX ignores collision risk You’d never be able to tell from the ground, but the area around Earth is getting a bit crowded. Fully functional satellites from NASA, the Eur...
16:48 2019-09-03

UK teen goes blind after eating nothing but potato chips and french fries for years Everyone knows (or at least should know) that a diet consisting of little more than potato chips and french fries is going to lead to poor health. Fo...
16:48 2019-09-03

Comparing primate vocalizations The utterances of Old World monkeys, some of our primate cousins, may be more sophisticated than previously realized — but even so, they display cons...
16:16 2019-09-03

A summer at the MSRP-Bio reveals connections between proteins, people, and passions Meucci Ilunga seems to know something about everything. He’s a videographer who’s branching out into podcasting. He’s researched cancer therapies and...
16:16 2019-09-03

Just in time, a trough arrives to pull Dorian away from Florida Enlarge / This annotated map shows some of the steering currents that will guide Dorian north this week. (credit: Tropical Tidbits/Ars Technica) Hu...
16:16 2019-09-03

How to Save the Colorado River from Climate Change and Chronic Overuse Paul Kehmeier is a fourth-generation farmer from western Colorado. One hundred and twenty years ago, his great grandfather Wilhelm Kehmeier bought la...
12:16 2019-09-03

The Hospital Treated These Patients. Then It Sued Them. Most hospitals do not frequently take patients to court over medical debt. But since 2015, Carlsbad Medical Center, in New Mexico, has filed lawsuits...
05:48 2019-09-03

The Boeing 737 Max saga isn’t even close to being over It’s now been nearly six months since airlines around the world were forced to ground any 737 Max commercial jets in their respective fleets. T...
01:16 2019-09-03

China’s lunar rover found a bizarre and unexpected substance on the Moon China’s space program started the year strong by performing a soft landing on the far side of the Moon. It was a first for the country, and for...
01:16 2019-09-03

Something spilled chicken parts all over a street in Brooklyn and, oh man, I might vomit Weird things happen in big cities, and as one of the biggest, New York City is like a petri dish of bizarre happenings. The latest, and perhaps best,...
01:16 2019-09-03

An Indian Landing Module Is Ready for Touchdown on the Moon’s Surface NEW DELHI (AP) — The landing module of India’s unmanned moon mission separated from the orbiter on Monday ahead of its planned touchdown ...
00:16 2019-09-03

Know the risks about HRT and breast cancer. But don’t panic about them | Joanna Moorhead As a breast cancer survivor, I understand the grip of fear. But the best thing is to talk to a doctor then make your own choicesIt was hard to avoid ...
17:48 2019-09-02

Weatherwatch: an unsung climate hero comes in from the cold US woman Eunice Foote only now receiving credit for first identifying greenhouse effectThis year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Eunice F...
17:48 2019-09-02

Communities in East Anglia are deciding whether to abandon their towns Rising sea levels mean that coastal communities in the UK are having to decide whether to defend their towns, and when they will need to abandon them...
16:48 2019-09-02

Hurricane Dorian is joint strongest Atlantic storm ever to hit land The Bahamas have been hit with the powerful Hurricane Dorian, which was made more intense by moving over water that is abnormally warm due to climate...
16:48 2019-09-02

Climate change has created more bird winners than losers in England Of 23 bird species in England affected by climate change over the past 50 years, 19 have seen a positive effect, including wrens, long-tailed tits an...
16:48 2019-09-02

Bananas have benefited from climate change – but they won’t in future As the world has warmed, banana producers have been able to grow more fruit per hectare. But by 2050 annual production may begin to fall in some coun...
16:48 2019-09-02

Hurricane Dorian Is Barely Moving at All. Here’s Why That Makes it Especially Dangerous Hurricane Dorian, which slammed the Bahamas early Monday as a catastrophic Category 5 storm, is packing remarkably strong winds — but the storm...
16:48 2019-09-02

A European Satellite Had to Fire Thrusters to Avoid Colliding With a SpaceX Satellite Three months after Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched the first set of what will be a broadband-providing constellation of satellites, other operators...
16:48 2019-09-02

A comprehensive catalogue of human digestive tract bacteria The human digestive tract is home to thousands of different strains of bacteria. Many of these are beneficial, while others contribute to health prob...
15:16 2019-09-02

Watch live streaming video as Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 5 storm, makes landfall Hurricane Dorian is now the most powerful storm on the planet, meeting all the criteria for weather experts to declare it a Category 5 hurricane. Wit...
13:48 2019-09-02

Hurricane Dorian Is Now a Category 4, But Still ‘Extremely Dangerous.’ Here’s What to Know Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, battered the Bahamas early Monday as a “catastrophic” Category ...
12:16 2019-09-02

Part cow, part… bacterium? Biotech company makes heifer of gene-editing blunder Enlarge / A Holstein calf, which has not been gene-edited. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) A Minnesota-based gene-editing company is left red in the fa...
10:16 2019-09-02

Dorian strengthens further, now tied for second-strongest Atlantic storm Enlarge / Hurricane Dorian's satellite appearance on Sunday morning. (credit: NOAA) 5pm ET Sunday Update: Hurricane Dorian continues to pound the n...
10:16 2019-09-02

Study shows some political beliefs are just historical accidents Enlarge / OPINIONS IN MIRROR MAYBE BE MORE ARBITRARY THAN THEY APPEAR (credit: Ethan Trewhitt) If you’ve spent much time thinking about the politic...
10:16 2019-09-02

Hurricane Dorian is going to come very, very close to Florida Enlarge / Official forecast track for Hurricane Dorian as of 8am ET. (credit: National Hurricane Center) During the overnight hours, Hurricane Dori...
10:16 2019-09-02

Could language be the key to detecting fake news? | David Shariatmadari Purveyors of disinformation can be caught out by the particular words they use, according to new researchThe internet represents the biggest explosio...
05:16 2019-09-02

The Observer view on Donald Trump’s plans to militarise space | Observer editorial Countries must join forces and sign a peace treaty or space will become a war-fighting domainThe thought of Donald Trump as space commander-in-chief,...
21:16 2019-09-01

Why don’t doctors trust women? Because they don’t know much about us | Gabrielle Jackson The medical community have known for a century that women are living in constant pain. They’ve done nothing about itIt’s frustrating to have question...
21:16 2019-09-01

Starwatch: young moon heads for encounter with Jupiter and Saturn As the moon passes its first quarter phase this week, it will share the sky with the two largest planets in the Solar SystemAt the beginning of this ...
21:16 2019-09-01

Scientists isolate drought-resistant gene in barley Research led by Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, will help crops resist global heatingThe discovery of a gene in barley responsible for drought res...
21:16 2019-09-01

Hurricane Dorian Strikes the Bahamas as a History-Making Category 5 Storm. Here’s What to Know Hurricane Dorian, a “catastrophic” Category 5 storm, has officially made landfall in the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center deemed it...
20:16 2019-09-01

Quantum X-ray machine takes razor sharp pictures with less radiation By shining an X-ray beam through a diamond, scientists have made X-rays with unique quantum properties that let them make sharper images using less r...
15:48 2019-09-01

CRISPR could lead to gene-editing fix for a form of male infertility Infertile male mice have fathered offspring after their condition was fixed by CRISPR – an approach that could help many couples with fertility probl...
15:48 2019-09-01

Hurricane Dorian Strengthens to Category 5 as It Makes Landfall in the Bahamas. Here’s the Latest Track and Forecast Hurricane Dorian, a “catastrophic” Category 5 storm, has officially made landfall in the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center deemed it...
15:48 2019-09-01

Hurricane Dorian Strengthens to Category 5 as It Closes in on the Bahamas. Here’s the Latest Track and Forecast Hurricane Dorian has officially been upgraded to a “catastrophic” Category 5 storm. The National Hurricane Center confirmed the upgrade S...
08:48 2019-09-01

Hurricane Dorian Strengthens to Category 4 as It Heads for Florida and Atlantic Coast. Here’s the Latest Track and Forecast Hurricane Dorian has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm as it barrels toward the Bahamas and Florida’s Atlantic coast, according to the latest...
12:16 2019-08-31

If you want to get things done, pause Taking time out is crucial. Don’t fill up your whole day and you can kickstart a new sense of rhythmMachines work well at a constant speed – and the ...
11:16 2019-08-31

Country diary: King Alfred's to blame for supper getting burnt Joan’s Hole, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire: An extended campfire yarn unfurls around some unusual-looking fungi Fruit has just started falling ...
11:16 2019-08-31