Science / Science & Exploration

  1. ESA still seems shy about sharing news on Ariane 6 rocket testing

    Officials don't plan to broadcast a key Ariane 6 test-firing on its launch pad.

  2. Ryugu samples reveal traces of rock from before the Sun existed

    Small bits of material in the asteroid contain isotopes made in specific stars.

  3. A flawless Cygnus launch brings eras to a close

    A once-perfect example of US-Russian space collaboration now highlights its loss.

  4. Infrared light reveals hidden portrait beneath 1943 René Magritte painting

    Research is part of broader collaborative project to study Magritte's materials and methods.

  5. The Atlantic is frying, but so far hurricanes are dying. What’s going on?

    Can wind shear and sinking air hold historically high sea temperatures at bay?

  6. That time an Air Force sergeant spotted pulsars months before astronomers

    Jocelyn Bell-Burnell: "He happened to be a very observant person."

  7. End of the line for Russia and Ukraine’s partnership in rocketry

    Northrop Grumman just can't seem to settle on a rocket for its Cygnus supply ships.

  8. GPT-3 aces tests of reasoning by analogy

    Undergrads get beaten on questions like those that helped get them into college.

  9. Europe turns its new $1.5 billion space telescope on, and happily it works

    "The spacecraft will soon reach its final position."

  10. A jargon-free explanation of how AI large language models work

    Want to really understand large language models? Here’s a gentle primer.

  11. European satellite plunges back to Earth in first-of-its-kind assisted re-entry

    "This is quite unique, what we are doing here."

  12. When it comes to keeping the fizz in your champagne, bottle size matters

    A 3-liter jeroboam can age for as long as 132 years before going flat.

  1. Officials bust illegal lab containing 20 infectious agents, hundreds of lab mice

    "I’ve never seen anything like this."

  2. NASA temporarily loses contact with one of its most distant spacecraft

    The Voyagers were launched nearly half a century ago.

  3. Did Facebook fuel political polarization during the 2020 election? It’s complicated.

    There's strong ideological segregation, but proposed interventions didn't change attitudes.

  4. Increasing levels of humidity are here to make heat waves even worse

    This summer's heat is only a preview of what's in store for our future.

  5. Meat allergy from tick bites is on the rise—and US doctors are in the dark

    The allergy, called alpha-gal syndrome, came to light a little over a decade ago.

  6. Over 230 people get puzzling neurological disorder in Peru; emergency declared

    Cause of Guillain-Barré cases is under investigation, but gut microbe suspected.

  7. Namibian fairy circle debate rages on: Sand termites or Turing mechanism? [Updated]

    Study offers four-point rebuttal to 2022 claim that they're a kind of eco-Turing pattern.

  8. The US government is taking a serious step toward space-based nuclear propulsion

    "NASA is looking to go to Mars with this system."

  9. Boeing has now lost $1.1 billion on Starliner, with no crew flight in sight

    "We're not really ready to talk about a launch opportunity yet."

  10. Dinosaurs and the evolution of breathing through bones

    Dinosaurs' hyper-efficient breathing system also evolved in two other lineages.

  11. Pandemic deaths in Ohio and Florida show partisan divide after vaccine rollout

    The death gap between Democrats and Republicans was larger in counties with lower vaccination rates.

  12. Mass extinction event 260 million years ago resulted from climate change, studies say

    Ocean stagnation, ecosystem collapses, and volcano eruptions all played a role.

  1. Climatologists: July’s intense heat “exactly what we expected to see”

    Deadly temperatures will become common unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut fast.

  2. SpaceX teases another application for Starship

    "SpaceX could itself become a large commercial LEO destination."

  3. After bopping an asteroid 3 years ago, NASA will finally see the results

    "Every sample here has a story to tell."

  4. Understanding the octopus and its relationships with humans

    A new book tracks the human fascination with octopuses across centuries.

  5. Long-forgotten frozen soil sample offers a warning for the future

    Ancient soil was buried under a mile of ice until excavated during the Cold War.

  6. A promising Internet satellite is rendered useless by power supply issues

    "The mission of providing Internet connectivity in Alaska will be delayed."

  7. New legged robots designed to explore planets as a team

    Even if one robot fails, the rest of the team can offset its loss.

  8. Rocket Report: Space Force to pick three; Pythom strikes back

    "With this mission we’ve made big strides toward reusability."

  9. Could there be upsides to being a psychopath?

    It may be that all of us have a little psychopathology inside—with some positives.

  10. “Church of Bleach” family guilty on all counts, plans to appeal

    The family, who represented themselves, did not speak during the trial.

  11. DART asteroid impact created a 10,000-kilometer debris field of boulders

    The asteroid-smashing planetary defense mission knocked some large rocks free.

  12. This white dwarf star has two “faces”

    One side is all helium, and the other side is all hydrogen, baffling astronomers.