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Space Harpoon Successfully Snatches Floating Hunk of Space Junk Space Harpoon Successfully Snatches Floating Hunk of Space Junk

A small satellite has captured a piece of space debris using a claw-tipped harpoon. The test represents an important technological achievement given our mounting space junk problem.

The Enduring Mystery of the Martian 'Blueberries' Discovered by Opportunity Rover The Enduring Mystery of the Martian 'Blueberries' Discovered by Opportunity Rover

NASA has officially called an end to the historic Opportunity rover mission, ending a spectacular, 14-year adventure on the Red Planet. One of the rover’s most intriguing discoveries, however, came just two months after it landed, when it stumbled upon tiny objects bearing a startling resemblance to blueberries—the…

New NASA Mission Will Look Back at Billions of Years of Cosmic History New NASA Mission Will Look Back at Billions of Years of Cosmic History

A newly approved NASA mission, called SPHEREx, will use a space-based observatory to study the early conditions of the Universe and hunt for the celestial ingredients required for life.

Remote-Controlled Probe Picks up Radioactive Debris at Fukushima for the First Time Remote-Controlled Probe Picks up Radioactive Debris at Fukushima for the First Time

Tepco, the state-owned operator of the badly damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, has conducted an important test in which a remote-controlled probe managed to grasp several small grains of radioactive debris, AFP reports. The successful operation marked an important achievement for the company as it prepares for a clean…

Newly Discovered African Titanosaur Had a Distinctly Heart-Shaped Tailbone Newly Discovered African Titanosaur Had a Distinctly Heart-Shaped Tailbone

Titanosaurs were the giants of the giants—four-legged behemoths that stomped around Cretaceous South America and Africa 100 million years ago. The discovery of a previously unknown titanosaur in Tanzania with a unique heart-shaped tailbone is adding to our knowledge of these enigmatic beasts, and how they lived and…

Famed WW2 Aircraft Carrier Torpedoed in 1942 Found Miles Deep in Pacific Ocean Famed WW2 Aircraft Carrier Torpedoed in 1942 Found Miles Deep in Pacific Ocean

After 77 years, the wreck of the USS Hornet has finally been found, lying more than three miles deep in South Pacific waters. The storied aircraft carrier—sunk by Japanese torpedoes in 1942 with the loss of 140 men— played a critical role during the Second World War, most famously in the Doolittle Raid and the Battle…

2-Billion-Year-Old Squiggles Could Be the Earliest Evidence of a Mobile Life Form 2-Billion-Year-Old Squiggles Could Be the Earliest Evidence of a Mobile Life Form

The reported discovery of 2.1-billion-year-old fossilized track marks etched in sedimentary rock is pushing back the earliest evidence of self-propelled movement by an organism on Earth by a whopping 1.5 billion years.

Curiosity Rover Says Goodbye to Its Home of a Year With Superb Panoramic Curiosity Rover Says Goodbye to Its Home of a Year With Superb Panoramic

The twisting terrain of Vera Rubin Ridge on Mars has been home to NASA’s Curiosity for over a year, but it’s time for the rover to move on. As a final gesture before trekking toward a nearby region rich in clay, the probe captured a stunning 360-degree panorama of its final worksite at the ridge.

Danish Workers Unearth 'Still-Sharp' Medieval Sword While Digging Out Sewer Danish Workers Unearth 'Still-Sharp' Medieval Sword While Digging Out Sewer

When plumbing planner Jannick Vestergaard and engineer Henning Nøh woke up on the morning of February 5th, it likely never occurred to them that their day’s work would result in the discovery of an extraordinary double-edged sword dating back to the 14th century.

Whoa, Uranus Looks Totally Messed Up Right Now Whoa, Uranus Looks Totally Messed Up Right Now

The appearance of a massive white cap on Uranus may seem alarming, but as planetary scientists are learning, this is what a prolonged summer looks like on the remote ice giant.

Cartoonishly Well-Preserved Fossil Is the Earliest Bird of Its Kind Cartoonishly Well-Preserved Fossil Is the Earliest Bird of Its Kind

A 52-million-year-old fossil found in Wyoming is now the earliest known seed-eating perching bird in the scientific record, a discovery that’s shedding new light on the history and early eating habits of these now-ubiquitous birds.

Stanford to Investigate Links Between Faculty and Rogue Chinese Scientist Stanford to Investigate Links Between Faculty and Rogue Chinese Scientist

Three high-profile faculty members at Stanford University are under investigation for alleged ties to He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who claimed to use CRISPR to produce genetically modified human babies last year, MIT Technology Review reports.

Freaky View from Lunar Orbit Shows Chinese Lander on the Moon’s Far Side Freaky View from Lunar Orbit Shows Chinese Lander on the Moon’s Far Side

An image captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the Chang’e 4 landing site from a distance of over 200 miles, revealing both the probe and the desolate lunar landscape around it.

Intriguing New Research Suggests Honeybees Can Do Simple Math Intriguing New Research Suggests Honeybees Can Do Simple Math

A new study suggests honeybees inherently understand the rudiments of addition and subtraction, a finding that highlights the remarkable cognitive abilities among even the tiniest of creatures. Critics, on the other hand, say the new research proves nothing of the sort.

Chinese Satellite Snaps Rare Pic of Lunar Far Side and Earth Together Chinese Satellite Snaps Rare Pic of Lunar Far Side and Earth Together

A unique view of the Moon, with its far side facing the camera and an unsettlingly tiny Earth lurking in the background, has been captured by China’s Longjiang-2 satellite.

Newly Discovered Spiked Dinosaurs From South America Look Like Creatures From 'No Man's Sky' Newly Discovered Spiked Dinosaurs From South America Look Like Creatures From 'No Man's Sky'

Paleontologists in Argentina have uncovered a dinosaur unlike anything ever seen before. Alive some 140 million years ago, these majestic herbivores featured long, forward-pointing spikes running along their necks and backs. These spikes may have served a defensive role, but their exact purpose now presents a…

InSight's Marsquake Detector Gets a Nifty Dome to Protect It From the Harsh Martian Environment InSight's Marsquake Detector Gets a Nifty Dome to Protect It From the Harsh Martian Environment

A dome placed over InSight’s seismometer will now protect the sensitive device from Martian wind and extreme temperature fluctuations.

Doctors Zap the Brains of Awake Brain Surgery Patients to Make Them Laugh and Have Fun Doctors Zap the Brains of Awake Brain Surgery Patients to Make Them Laugh and Have Fun

Some forms of brain surgery require patients to be awake and responsive—a rather unsettling proposition for even the bravest among us. Neuroscientists have now devised an ingenious way of reducing fear and anxiety during these delicate procedures by electrically stimulating a part of the brain that triggers laughter…

First Dinosaur Feather Ever Discovered Isn't What Scientists Thought First Dinosaur Feather Ever Discovered Isn't What Scientists Thought

Using advanced imaging technology, scientists have shown that a fossilized feather uncovered in the 19th century likely didn’t belong to the bird-like Archaeopteryx as conventionally believed.

Rare Footage Shows a Humpback Whale Calf Just Minutes After Birth

Remarkable new video from Hawaii shows a humpback whale calf swimming through Pacific waters just minutes after being born.

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