On the morning of June 30, 1908, an explosion of more than 10 megatons occurred above the sparsely populated Siberian Taiga. What caused the so-called Tunguska event?
A levitating vehicle might someday explore the moon, asteroids, and other airless planetary surfaces.
Besides offering an incredibly cool way to get stuff into space, SpinLaunch promises to reduce the cost of a launch by 20-fold.
Researchers find a way to distort laser light to survive a trip through disordered obstacles.
A medical entomologist points to metabolism, body odor, and mindset.
The quadratic formula isn't just something that teachers use to torture algebra students. The Babylonians once used it to calculate taxes.
Overwashing is bad for skin health, but many people do it anyway. One reason is that our brains intimately associate stink with disgust.
Small spiders use their silk threads to passively fly, a process called ballooning. Learning how could help atmospheric scientists.
It’s a wild idea, but there’s a way to test it. No matter how far we look out in the Universe, there’s always more “Universe” to see. Even at the extreme […]
In theory, the fabric of space could have been curved in any way imaginable. So why is the Universe flat when we measure it?
The Solar System isn't a vortex, but rather the sum of all our great cosmic motions. Here's how we move through space.
A radical redesign of commercial aircraft, called the flying-V plane, could increase fuel efficiency by 20%, greatly reducing emissions.
If the laws of physics are symmetrical as we think they are, then the Big Bang should have created matter and antimatter in the same amount.
It walked enough miles to nearly circle the Earth twice.
Asteroid collisions aren't always bad.
The stars stood no chance against the more-massive black holes.
In paint form, the world's "whitest white" reflects so much light that surfaces become cooler than the surrounding air.
While one may be helpful, the other may be harmful.
The satellite would burn instead of becoming more space debris.
Social media distorts the reality of the public sphere.
Organ transplantation is in dire need of biotechnological advances. 3D bioprinting and genetic modification of pigs provide a path forward.
Surrounding Earth is a powerful magnetic field created by swirling liquid iron in the planet’s core. Earth’s magnetic field may be nearly as old as the Earth itself – and […]
The new book "Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs" documents 100 archaeological discoveries that changed the world.