"The pulsar sort of consumes the thing that recycled it, just as the spider eats its mate.”
According to Tolkien, fantasy requires a deep imagination known as "sub-creation." And the genre reflects a fundamental truth of being human.
Professional astronomy images are the gold standard. But this Large Magellanic Cloud composite is the amateur community's best image ever.
The past ~4 billion years have been an incredibly successful, unbroken run for life on Earth. The future won't be nearly so bright.
On-demand learning has become the cornerstone of a modern L&D strategy. Here's why.
New technology is helping physicists move forward in the search for the Theory of Everything.
Sharing food and kissing are among the signals babies use to interpret their social world, according to a new study.
As Russia’s youth welcomed a new era of capitalism in the 1990s, their parents and grandparents clung to fleeting memories of Soviet life.
Take a look at the Times Square Totem, the Trafalgar Square Pyramid, and other landmarks that were never built.
Great genius is not born of lightning bolt-like moments of inspiration. In reality, perseverance plays the biggest role.
This century alone has already had a couple of Onesdays (1/11/11 and 11/11/11).
With 1550 distinct type Ia supernovae measured across ~10 billion years of cosmic time, the Pantheon+ data set reveals our Universe.
After more than two decades of precision measurements, we've now reached the "gold standard" for how the pieces don't fit.
Neptune holds records in our Solar System, but the Universe gets even faster. Here on Earth, extreme weather events can cause dramatic wind speed spikes. When hurricanes are at their most […]
The highest-energy particles of all come from space, not human-made colliders. When it comes to the most energetic particle collisions of all, you might think that the Large Hadron Collider […]
Just 12 million light-years away, the galaxies Messier 81 and 82 offer a nearby preview of the Milky Way-Andromeda merger.
Out of all the galaxies we know, only a few little ones are missing dark matter. At last, we finally understand why.
Detective fiction reveals how a particular society or time period looks at crime and criminal justice.
The nascent field of geopsychology shows that the Big Five personality traits vary by region. But not all results conform to stereotype.
On the largest scales, galaxies don't simply clump together, but form superclusters. Too bad they don't remain bound together.
Could Russia's plan actually destroy demand for natural gas?
We once thought the Moon was completely airless, but it turns out it has an atmosphere, after all. Even wilder: It has a tail of its own.
In 2006, Pluto was demoted in a very controversial decision. Unless you ignore nearly all of planetary science, it'll never be one again.
The scent of sickness: 5 questions answered about using dogs – and mice and ferrets – to detect disease
Could medical detection animals smell coronavirus?