A decade ago, scientists weren’t able to confidently connect any individual weather event to climate change, even though the warming trends were clear.
Is "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch a condemnation of sin or a celebration of hedonism? Art historians still aren’t sure.
This might help you make it to the end of Herman Melville’s 19th century classic.
We knew we'd find galaxies unlike any seen before in its first deep-field image. But the other images hold secrets even more profound.
The Big Bang was hot, dense, uniform, and filled with matter and energy. Before that? There was nothing. Here's how that's possible.
The Hyperloop is physically possible, but engineering challenges will make its construction very difficult. Also, accidents would be catastrophic.
The laws of physics aren’t changing. The Earth is. When it comes to any physical science, we know that the fundamental rules governing how the Universe works remain constant with time. […]
There’s an enormous evolutionary advantage for flamingos to stand on one leg, but genetics doesn't help. Only physics explains why.
Researchers have discovered 830-million-year-old microbes living inside a salt rock on Earth. Could the same occur on Mars?
The guilt-free air conditioning, called "cooling paper," is made from recyclable paper and doesn't use any electricity.
The Standard Model may or may not be in trouble, but particle physics definitely needs saving. Here's what the new LHC can do.
And why, even at its faintest, it always outshines every other star and planet. If you’ve been looking to the west after sunset recently, you may have noticed that there’s one […]
Experts believe they could cut the time it takes a rocket to reach Mars by up to 25%, shaving about two months off the trip.
1859's Carrington event gave us a preview of how catastrophic the Sun could be for humanity. But it could get even worse than we imagined.
Whether NASA likes it or not, humans eventually will be having space sex.
With a telescope at just the right distance from the Sun, we could use its gravity to enhance and magnify a potentially inhabited planet.
Cosmic rays aren’t just limited by the speed of light. Even among non-scientists, it’s well-understood that there’s an ultimate speed limit to the Universe: the speed of light. If you’re a […]
One theory for catatonia is that it is similar to an animal's “death feint.”
Cold War meets Star Wars in this cut-away of a 1950 “rubber bubble,” the first line of defense against nuclear sneak attack.
Smashing things together at unprecedented energies sounds dangerous. But it's nothing the Universe hasn't already seen, and survived.
When stars form, they emit energetic radiation that boils gas away. But it can't stop gravitational collapse from making even newer stars.
Even at its faintest, Venus always outshines every other star and planet that's visible from Earth, and then some!