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 list includes eleven species of birds, eight species of freshwater mussels, two fish, a bat, and a plant from the mint family.
Hit shows are like societal mirrors, capable of reflecting the cultural zeitgeist whose likeness they try to record.
About 21 percent of gamers in the United States are over the age of 50.
An unprecedented number of new satellites threatens the night sky as we know it. Will we act in time to save it?
The Human Genome Project put together 92% of our DNA blueprint. Here's what it took to complete the rest.
In 2006, Pluto was demoted in a very controversial decision. Unless you ignore nearly all of planetary science, it'll never be one again.
Despite all that we've learned about the Universe, there remain unanswered, and possibly unanswerable, questions. Could "God" be the answer?
The way to understand the earliest moments of creation is to recreate those conditions and study them. Why would we stop now?
65 million years ago, an asteroid strike caused the 5th great mass extinction. Could we save Earth, today, from a similar event?
The new record-holder opens up a literal Universe full of possibilities. Someday, even our own Sun will eventually run out of hydrogen fuel in its core, bringing a tremendous set […]
‘Fast Optical Bursts’ will confound ground-based astronomy. As of 2021, planet Earth is currently experiencing the least pristine night sky in recorded history. Prior to the development of artificial lighting, […]
To overcome burnout, we need to change how we think about the relationship between dignity and work, argues Jonathan Malesic.
It’s last “hard” test is over. Now, we wait for its launch. Despite numerous delays, funding crises, and technical challenges, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is almost ready. The science instruments […]
A few years ago, the first dark matter-free galaxies were announced, and then immediately disputed. Now, there are too many to ignore.
The inevitable long, slow decline is accelerating, and there’s nothing we can do. The Universe, as it is today, is less active, is forming fewer stars, and is creating fewer chances […]
On the largest scales, galaxies don't simply clump together, but form superclusters. Too bad they don't remain bound together.
With launch costs dropping and enormous numbers of new satellites filling the sky, can't we just do it all from space?
Yes, the robots are coming — but take a breath.
It really is the ‘glue’ that holds the Universe together, enabling structures like our own galaxy to form in the first place. One of the most puzzling and counterintuitive facts about […]
Whatever’s lurking out there, it isn’t all, or even mostly, normal matter. When it comes to the Universe, it’s only natural to wonder what, exactly, it is that makes everything up. […]
The most unique interloper into our Solar System has a natural explanation that fits perfectly — no aliens required.
Former evangelical pastor Joshua Harris has put himself in a difficult situation.
GPS holds the key, but astronomers can’t do it without help. Since 2019, the night sky — as seen by both human eyes and the telescopes we use to enhance our views of […]
Researchers discover whether genes or social interaction shape personality.
Today, a quickly emerging set of technologies known as bioprinting is poised to push the boundaries further.
The night sky is already noticeably different, and bigger changes are ahead. For all of human history until the launch of Sputnik, the only objects in the night sky were naturally […]