Researchers have discovered 830-million-year-old microbes living inside a salt rock on Earth. Could the same occur on Mars?
The answer may lie in the particular way sand forms on Titan.
Drop sodium in water, and a violent, even explosive reaction will occur. But quantum physics is needed to explain why.
We have long thought that Pluto was completely frozen solid, but the discovery of cryovolcanoes challenges that assumption.
A toxicological study shows that the victims of human sacrifice consumed coca leaves and ayahuasca before they were killed, but not for reasons we originally thought.
Nanofabricators could quickly synthesize whatever we need, molecule by molecule.
Ancient helium-3 from the dawn of time leaks from the Earth, offering clues to our planet’s formation. A key question is where it leaks from.
A lucky discovery involving lithium-sulfur batteries has a legitimate chance to revolutionize how we power our world.
One research group's AI-based drug discovery platform could be redesigned to discover VX nerve agent and 40,000 similar chemical weapons.
Most cities reeked of death, defecation, and industrial waste. Still, focusing only on stench means turning a blind eye (or nose) to the many other smells that helped shape human history.
Multiple lines of evidence — physical, chemical, and biological — must converge for scientists to conclude that alien life has been found.
Edible electronics, devices that can be broken down and digested, could perform many useful functions inside the body.
We cannot deduce laws about a higher level of complexity by starting with a lower level of complexity. Here, reductionism meets a brick wall.
The rhetorical fallout is greater than the radioactive fallout.
A new method of extracting rare-earth elements could put us on the track toward a circular economy.
Chemical changes inside Mars' core caused it to lose its magnetic field. This, in turn, caused it to lose its oceans. But how?
Life is possible because of asymmetries, such as an imbalance between matter and antimatter and the "handedness" (chirality) of molecules.
Impressive but deadly physics underlie catastrophic eruptions.
The James Webb Space Telescope finally could answer the age-old question of whether we are alone in the universe.