NASA scientists have released a boatload of data from OSIRIS-REx, the spacecraft orbiting the asteroid Bennu. There are lots of interesting results—and some potential unforeseen challenges when it comes to collecting a sample.
30 years ago this month, Tim Berners-Lee penned his original proposal for what would become the World Wide Web. At the time, he was working at CERN, the high-energy physics lab in Geneva, Switzerland best known these days for operating the Large Hadron Collider. In many histories of the web, this fact is treated as a…
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 mission has released its first batch of scientific results on asteroid Ryugu—and it’s revealed a bunch of surprises about the small, spinning rock.
The second-largest asteroid to hit Earth in the last 30 years went undetected, until now.
I became unreasonably passionate about fantasy sports for the very first time in my life. Not fantasy football or baseball or anything like that. I got into fantasy birdwatching.
Cardiologists delivered some surprising news over the weekend: Contrary to previous recommendations, most healthy people should not be taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease, according a report from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
Scientists in India observed the highest-voltage thunderstorm ever documented with the help of a subatomic particle you might not hear much about: the muon.
A team of scientists just demonstrated something that might shock you: Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth on average.
Scientists observed waterfalls forming simply through the movement of water downhill in a new laboratory study—a result that could complicate our understanding of Earth’s history.
NASA may have declared its Opportunity rover lost, but we’ll always have its data and bank of raw images. The mission team has now processed an incredible panorama from these files for your viewing pleasure. You can see it below and scroll around a larger version on the NASA press page here.
The United Kingdom’s Royal Mint will honor the work of Stephen Hawking with a commemorative coin featuring the physicist’s name above concentric circles representing a black hole. It looks pretty awesome.
The White House released its record-breaking 2020 budget request yesterday, and once again, it sucks if you care about science.
The Hubble Space Telescope has just released some spectacular new cosmic eye candy. This wild image shows NGC 6052, a pair of colliding galaxies 230 million light-years away.
Tabloids reported over the weekend that a “bombshell” report found moving water on the Moon which could lead to “Moon colonization.” Obviously those headlines are misleading—there are no rivers flowing along the lunar surface. Let’s talk about what really happened.
Concussion research is usually the domain of medical science, but a group of physicists in France decided to tackle the subject in a very... tactile way. They banged a beaker full of water with a hammer, hoping to better understand the forces and motions involved in head trauma.
A team of scientists are using their training in physics to solve some real-world problems—like the optimal strategy for detangling long hair.
It’s not quite seeing through walls, but scientists are working to engineer light beams so that they can pass through an opaque medium without scattering, according to a new paper.
While some might find them gross, you could say that the animals we associate with garbage like opossums and raccoons are ecological success stories. We humans drastically change our environments wherever we go, yet these crafty critters figure out a way to thrive in our presence. They use our trash to survive.
On October 12, 2017, a 20-meter asteroid passed just 50,000 kilometers (31,000 miles) from Earth. For weeks, dozens of astronomers from labs around the world mobilized, measuring everything they could about the asteroid in preparation for an impact.
China’s space agency plans to launch a probe to Mars next year, following its recent successful landing on the Moon’s far side, according to a statement from one of the country’s prominent space scientists.