“This will be one of the most important datasets since the mapping of the Human Genome.”
Discover the history of homemade sugar skulls, home altars, and fantastical spirit animals.
Here's why mega-eruptions like the ones that covered North America in ash are the least of your worries.
The first supernova ever discovered through its X-rays has an enormously powerful engine at its core. It's unlike anything ever seen.
Russia has spent years exploring the viability of building a self-contained internet. It could soon become reality.
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 U.S. has the world's largest debt in absolute terms, but Japan's is the largest when measured in terms of its debt-to-GDP ratio.
Even with only 12.5 hours of exposure time, James Webb's first deep-field image taught us lessons we've never realized before.
We're safeguarding the world's seeds in the Arctic, why not our most precious data?
The experience of life flashing before one's eyes has been reported for well over a century, but where's the science behind it?
Deniers will never stop misleading others. Here’s the truth. Every so often, advocates of a fringe theory — one that doesn’t fit the evidence as well as the mainstream theory — do what they can […]
A bipartisan group of economists, technology and public health experts, and ethicists developed a three-part plan to swiftly and safely reopen the American economy. Could it work?
Even at its faintest, Venus always outshines every other star and planet that's visible from Earth, and then some!
With its very first deep-field view of the Universe now released, the James Webb Space Telescope has shown us our cosmos as never before.
If you were awaiting screaming death from the skies, you can relax. For now.
Theoretically, we know what happened on the red planet. Here’s how we’ll find out whether we’re right. When it comes to the worlds beyond Earth in our Solar System, it’s only […]
The mismatch between theory and experiment is anything but certain. The most exciting moments in a scientist’s life occur when you get a result that defies your expectations. Whether you’re a […]
The Universe is dark, but the distorted light reveals its presence. When we look at the objects in the Universe, the mass just doesn’t add up. A galaxy that was […]
Could this finally be the clue we’ve hoped for in uncovering the truth about dark matter? In the physical sciences, theory and observation are supposed to work hand-in-hand. Theorists work out […]
Now that it's fully commissioned, the James Webb Space Telescope begins its exploration of the Universe. Here are its first science images!
There have been some 6,000 Great Lakes shipwrecks, which have claimed an estimated 30,000 lives. These maps show some of them.
The Crab Nebula goes back to 1054, opening a window into our cosmic past. On July 4, 1054, Chinese astronomers recorded a “guest star” in the Taurus constellation. A ‘guest star’ […]
Ignoring a scientific truth doesn’t change it, even when the consequences are deadly. “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too?” Many of us, as children, […]
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.