The underground burial tombs were used at least as far back as 2500 B.C.
∆G = ∆H - T∆S is one of the most abstract formulas in science, but it is also one of the most important. Without it, life cannot exist.
The quadratic formula isn't just something that teachers use to torture algebra students. The Babylonians once used it to calculate taxes.
At 35 light-years away, it’s also the 2nd coolest, 2nd widest planet ever found. Despite discovering more than 4000 exoplanets, most remain obscure. Although more than 4,000 confirmed exoplanets are known, […]
If argumentation led to nothing, it would soon be thrown into the evolutionary dustbin.
Logic puzzles can teach reasoning in a fun way that doesn't feel like work.
An out-of-this-world idea could help reduce some of the risk of solar geoengineering.
In an excerpt from her recent book, the behavior geneticist Kathryn Paige Harden carefully explores a topic that's often considered taboo: how genetics affect life outcomes.
We just observed the first ‘lunar formation’ in an exoplanetary system. This one image, above, is the first to show moons actively forming around a planet. This colourful image shows […]
In ancient Greece, the Olympics were never solely about the athletes themselves.
The emergence of life in the universe is as certain as the emergence of matter, gravity, and the stars. Life is the universe developing a memory, and our chemical detection system could find it.
Yet, if they only obey the rules that we know, there’s no way to explain why. One of the greatest puzzles in all of physics is that the laws of nature — as […]
In a major advance, scientists have found a new and groundbreaking way to force electrons to flow only in one direction in a superconductor.
The plant-like sea creatures contain a molecule that improves memory, learning, and even hair quality, according to a new study in mice.
A 5,300-year-old mummy teaches us the global history of tattoos.
Often called modern-day dinosaurs, cassowaries are one of only a few birds known to have killed humans.
Is there actually anything deserving of the term AI?
Research shows that bone fragments of Jesus's (possible) brother belong to someone else.
Puerto Rico's iconic telescope facilitated important scientific discoveries while inspiring young scientists and the public imagination.
Unbelievably enough, it all comes back to Pythagoras. One of the first theorems anyone learns in mathematics is the Pythagorean Theorem: if you have a right triangle, then the square […]
Researchers find that the coffee pulp is valuable in its own right.
An artist’s impression of what the fully-deployed James Webb Space telescope will look like from the perspective of an observer on the ‘dark’ (non-Sun-facing) side of the observatory. (NORTHRUP GRUMMAN) […]
We’re still not sure what the ultimate question is. Here are 5 excellent candidates. One of the most amusing stories in all of science fiction is Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s […]
We eat 50 billion chickens every year. Is there a better way?
It’s fundamentally different from space. Here’s how. Here’s a question that most of us have been asked at some point in our lives, “what’s the shortest distance between two points?” By […]
Despite Betelgeuse’s recent faintening and brightening, I’d bet on these stars instead. Betelgeuse, a nearby red supergiant, will someday explode. The black hole at the center of the Milky Way should […]
The ESO finds another exoplanet that's definitely not a place for us to go.