Sun’s light touch explains asteroids flying in formation behind Mars

Artist’s concept of an asteroid breaking up under the strain of its own spin. NASA/JPL-Caltech Sun’s light touch explains asteroids flying in formation behind Mars The power of sunlight appears to be simultaneously creating and destroying families of asteroids, acco...

Top stories: Vanishing insects, merging neutron stars, and why we haven’t made alien contact

(Left to right): Tim Fitzharris/Minden Pictures; NASA; SMITHGROUPJJR Top stories: Vanishing insects, merging neutron stars, and why we haven’t made alien contact Merging neutron stars generate gravitational waves and a celestial light show Four times in the past 2&nb...

Image ‘stitching’ technique lets scientists explore shipwrecks from dry land

Diparttimento di Studi Umanistici Universita Ca Foscari Venezia Image ‘stitching’ technique lets scientists explore shipwrecks from dry land Shipwrecks and other underwater relics can tell archaeologists a lot about ancient people’s seafaring ways, but investigating...

The finalists are in: Pick your winner for this year’s Dance Your Ph.D.

PeopleImages/iStockphoto The finalists are in: Pick your winner for this year’s Dance Your Ph.D. With the holiday season upon us, it’s time for relatives to start asking you the dreaded question: So, what is your Ph.D. about? Often, people’s eyes glaze over with conf...

In Brazil, researchers struggle to fend off deepening budget cuts

A painting of the Brazlian flag. AK Rockefeller/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) In Brazil, researchers struggle to fend off deepening budget cuts With time and money running out, Brazilian scientists are turning up the pressure on the federal government to avoid a total colla...

Census Bureau puts new team in charge of 2020 U.S. count

  Secreatary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, whose department includes the Census Bureau. U.S. Embassy Bangkok/Flickr (Public Domain) Census Bureau puts new team in charge of 2020 U.S. count The head of the 2020 U.S. census has been removed, a step that may signal an ...

This jaw bone bolsters the case for human contact with saber-toothed cats in Europe

Natural History Museum Rotterdam This jaw bone bolsters the case for human contact with saber-toothed cats in Europe DNA from a 28,000-year-old saber-toothed cat is shaking up the feline family tree. The fossil jaw bone (above), found in 2000 by a trawler in the Nort...

LIGO spots merging neutron stars, scholarly questions about a new Bible museum, and why wolves are …

Public Domain This week we hear stories about the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory’s latest hit, why wolves are better team players than dogs, and volcanic eruptions that may have triggered riots in ancient Egypt with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic. Sar...

Why haven’t we had alien contact? Blame icy ocean worlds

Geysers shoot from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, providing evidence for a global subsurface ocean. NASA Why haven’t we had alien contact? Blame icy ocean worlds Might ET be buried under too much ice to phone Earth? That’s what planetary scientist Alan Stern of the So...

Spiders, up close and personal

Spiders, up close and personal Consider the spider. True, they can be terrifying to some squeamish humans—they all have venom of some sort and fangs to inject their poisons. And the only earthly refuge for an arachnophobe is Antarctica, the sole continent on which the eight-legged cri...
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