Today's Science News

December 6, 2023

SpaceX set to launch its 90th orbital mission of the year tonight - SpaceX aims to launch 23 Starlink internet satellites tonight (Dec. 6) on the company's 90th orbital mission of 2023.

Why Is That Recurring Nightmare So Terrifying and Can It Be Treated? - We’ve all dealt with nightmares at some point, but what causes them to return?

99% of Space Junk is Undetectable. That Could Change Soon - Private and military organizations are tracking some of the 170 million pieces of space junk orbiting the planet, but they’re limited to how small an object they can detect.

Ripple effects of maths crisis spread to engineering - Jane MacMaster regularly posts about Australian engineering achievements and challenges on social media, often sparking lively conversations.

Turning back the clock on brains aged by COVID - University of Queensland researchers have found a way to reverse a cellular process triggered by COVID-19 that contributes to premature ageing of the brain.

Australia votes to name its 1st moon rover 'Roo-ver' - The Australian Space Agency has named its first lunar rover Roo-ver, which will launch to the moon as early as 2026 in partnership with NASA's Artemis program.

Astronomers Calculate Which Exoplanets Are Most Likely to Have Water - Astronomers know of about 60 rocky exoplanets orbiting in the habitable zones of their stars.

James Webb Space Telescope bites cosmic burger to create 1st ice map of planet-forming disk - The James Webb Space Telescope has taken a bite out of a cosmic burger to create a 2D inventory of different forms of ice surrounding a planet-birthing disk.

Ancient Egypt's sacred baboons had tough lives, study suggests - Ancient baboon mummies show signs of poor diet and lack of sunlight during captivity.

6 Different Tactics That Animals Use to Prepare for Winter - What animals migrate in winter?

Iran launches 'bio-space capsule' protoype, aims to fly astronauts by 2030 - Iran test launched what it describes as a "bio-capsule" as part of its plan to put its own astronauts into space by the end of the decade.

NASA Podcasts Now Available on Spotify - NASA recently released its collection of original podcasts on Spotify, giving more people access to in-depth conversations, stories, and Spanish-language

OSIRIS-APEX prepares for 1st close solar encounter on way to asteroid Apophis - NASA's revitalized OSIRIS-REx probe has begun tucking in one of its solar panels to protect itself from the sun.

NASA Glenn Director, NASA Astronaut Visit Pittsburgh - What do a rover, an astronaut, and a rally towel have in common?

Local Mayors, City Managers Visit NASA Center - NASA’s Glenn Research Center Deputy Director Dawn Schaible provided an overview to more than 20 mayors and city manager from northeast Ohio during an event at

Animals facing eviction from homes as hotter temperatures spark global displacement - Land animals living in tropical climates around the world are being pushed to their body’s physiological limits, as they struggle to adapt to rising temperatures sparked by human-caused climate change.

Your Organs Might Be Aging at Different Rates - It turns out that your chronological age really is just a number.

Over 100 galaxies seen spewing powerful winds that can halt star formation - The winds extend tens of thousands of light years above and below galaxies.

Unless We Cut Emissions, Ice Sheets, Forests and Ocean Currents Are Headed for Catastrophe - Hundreds of scientists warn that the world must rapidly phase out planet-warming emissions to avoid crossing dangerous climate “tipping points”

Six Finalists Named in NASA’s $3.5 Million Break the Ice Challenge - By Savannah Bullard The stage is set for the finale of NASA’s Break the Ice Lunar Challenge.

This is how you should be grinding your coffee, according to science - In a surprising and somewhat explosive cocktail, US chemists have teamed up with volcanologists to identify the best way to grind your coffee beans.

Solid rocket boosters for shuttle Endeavour exhibit capped with nose cones - The work to stand up two rockets for the launchpad-like exhibit of NASA's retired space shuttle Endeavour has been capped, literally and figuratively, with the addition of two nose cones.

6 Ancient Mega-Predators that Once Ruled the World - What were the largest predators to live on the prehistoric planet?

Famed Halley’s Comet Passes Aphelion This Weekend - Famous Halley’s Comet reaches a distant milestone this coming weekend.

‘A-Team’ of Math Proves a Critical Link Between Addition and Sets - A team of four prominent mathematicians, including two Fields medalists, proved a conjecture described as a “holy grail of additive combinatorics.”

Scientists may have finally figured out how elephants got their incredible trunks - Elephants appear to have evolved their long, grasping trunks as a result of climate change pressures on their ancestors millions of years ago.

New Course from NASA Helps Build Open, Inclusive Science Community - NASA released its free Open Science 101 curriculum Wednesday to empower researchers, early career scientists, and underrepresented communities with the

Could a 'supervoid' solve an unrelenting debate over the universe's expansion rate? - Measurements of how fast the universe is expanding differ depending on how you measure the rate.

Neutron scattering study points the way to electrochemical for carbon-neutral ammonia - Scientists from Stanford University and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are turning air into fertilizer without leaving a carbon footprint.

Nuclear power on the moon: Rolls-Royce unveils reactor mockup - Tech giant Rolls-Royce unveiled a mockup lunar nuclear reactor at the U.K. Space Conference in Belfast last month.

What Elephant Bird Eggs Reveal About the Biggest Bird to Ever Live - What is the biggest bird to ever live?

A Small Town Waits for a Dark Matter Gold Rush - A mining town waits for economic recovery while physicists under their feet wait for answers from the universe.

Scientists develop functional micro-arrays for efficient lithium metal anode interface - Lithium (Li) metal anodes, with the highest specific capacity (3,860 mAh g-1) and the lowest redox potential (-3.04 V vs. standard hydrogen electrode), are considered a potential alternative for the next generation high-energy-density lithium batteries.

Engineering customizable bio-adhesives for personalized medical repair - Traditional medical adhesives used in surgical applications often have limited bio-absorbability, high toxicity and a lack of customizability, leading to suboptimal surgical outcomes.

'Wavy space-time' may explain why gravity won't play by quantum rules - A novel theory of 'wavy space-time' suggests that the division between our best descriptions of the universe on its smallest and largest scales may be because gravity does not play by quantum rules.

Daily Telescope: A super-hot jet 1,000 light-years from Earth - Molecules in the outflows from the young stars are excited by the turbulent conditions.

These Researchers Put Sperm Through a Kind of 'Hunger Games' - The research focused on figuring out what enables certain sperm to gain some competitive advantage over millions of others fighting for the same prize.

Here's What We Know About Neanderthals So Far - Today, thanks to new artifacts and technologies, findings about our closest relatives are coming thick and fast

Electric Eels’ Shocking Ability To Alter The Genetics Of Nearby Animals - A new study has found that electric eels can alter the genetics of nearby animals through electrical discharges

How Quantum Math Theory Turned into a Jazz Concert - A mathematician and a musician collaborated to turn a quantum research paper into a jazz performance

New approach to drug discovery: Developing pain medication with fewer side effects - People with chronic pain are often dependent on drugs from the class of opioids with sometimes considerable side effects.

These astonishing biobots can help neurons regrow — but researchers have no idea how - Tiny biological robots can move on their own, assemble into 'superbots' and encourage nerve cells regrow.

The Vaginal Microbiome May Affect Health More than We Thought - A recent study finds varying combinations of microbes in the vaginal microbiome may influence health outcomes such as risk of sexually transmitted disease and preterm birth

In the Search for Life beyond Earth, NASA Dreams Big for a Future Space Telescope - Astronomers are moving ahead in planning NASA’s Habitable Worlds Observatory, a telescope designed to answer the ultimate question: Are we alone in the universe?

New protein linked to early-onset dementia identified - Scientists have identified abnormal aggregates of a protein called TAF15 in the brains of individuals with early-onset dementia, known as frontotemporal dementia, where the cause was not previously known.

Stellar winds regulate growth of galaxies - Galactic winds enable the exchange of matter between galaxies and their surroundings.

First map of human limb development reveals unexpected growth processes and explains syndromes found at birth - Scientists reveal unprecedented insights into human limb development, including the many intricate processes that govern their formation.

Jailbroken AI Chatbots Can Jailbreak Other Chatbots - AI chatbots can convince other chatbots to instruct users how to build bombs and cook meth

Eeek! Mice can recognise themselves in mirrors - Mice can recognise their reflection in a mirror and detect changes in their appearance, adding to the number of known species able to form visual self-image – like humans.

Getting vaxxed before you catch COVID may help you avoid long COVID - Unvaccinated individuals almost four times as likely to be diagnosed than those vaccinated before first infection Receiving at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine before the first infection is strongly associated with a reduced risk of developing post-covid-19 condition, commonly known as long covid, finds a study published by The BMJ today.

Intergalactic 'stream of stars' 10 times longer than the Milky Way is the 1st of its kind ever spotted - While hunting for dark matter, astronomers accidentally discovered the first known stellar stream stretching between galaxies.

7 nations are sending 'one heck of a Christmas present' to the moon on Dec. 24. Here's what's inside. - NASA and scientists from around the world are sending new science instruments, as well as a few stocking stuffers, to the moon on Dec. 24 in the debut launch of a new rocket.

Half-asleep bears are wandering around Siberia because it's too hot to hibernate - Bears that are struggling to hibernate due to abnormally warm weather in Russia's Amur region are wandering around in a daze, having suppressed their metabolism in preparation for winter.

New modular flow platform for improved SuFEx click chemistry - Researchers at the Flow Chemistry group of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences have developed a modular flow chemistry platform for a safe and efficient execution of SuFEx (Sulfur(VI) Fluoride Exchange) click chemistry.

One of the brightest stars in the sky will 'blink out' on Dec. 12. Here's how to watch. - Betelgeuse, the most famous red supergiant star and one of the sky's brightest, will disappear for up to 12 seconds during an ultra-rare occultation by asteroid 319 Leona.

Changing attitudes indicate Australia open to prohibiting smacking of children - Dr Divna Haslam and Professor Ben Mathews, from QUT School of Law, said the time was right for legislation to ban corporal punishment.

In Massachusetts, the Never-Ending Fight over Herring Marches On - The cannon wasn’t built for herring—which might explain why it exploded.

A challenging problem: PISA data shines light on maths teacher shortage - Australia is not alone facing a shortage of maths teachers.

Scientists delivering 100k baby corals in major step towards helping the Reef - Scientists are for the first time bringing together a range of methods to breed, treat and deliver around 100,000 baby corals to the Great Barrier Reef in what is thought to be the largest coral restoration research trial ever undertaken.

Two groups are battling it out to build Australia’s first Roo-ver - In a big day for lunar rovers, the Australian Space Agency has announced both the name of the first Aussie rover, and released details on how it will be built.

The end of social networks as we’ve known them - I am not alone in this shift into a ‘post-social’ era.

Five times as many people in the UK identify as transgender compared to the start of the century - Evident in all age groups in general practice, but highest rise among 16-29 year oldsRecorded transgender identify more common in areas of social and economic deprivation UK rates of transgender identity have risen 5-fold since 2000, with the highest rise observed among 16 to 29 year olds, although the overall numbers are still small, suggests…

Translating global theories of change into tangible steps for conservation of ecosystems - A new Griffith-led study has developed a framework to operationalise global ‘theories of change’, coordinating local and global actions to secure a future where humans live in harmony with nature.

Minister responds to letter from reef scientists, senate inquiry - Australia’s environment minister will consider the findings of a recent senate inquiry into the Great Southern Reef alongside a letter signed by 12 marine

COP28: Is the world about to promise to ditch fossil fuels? - COP28 host country the United Arab Emirates is "cautiously optimistic" on a deal to at least reduce them.

Five climate change solutions under the spotlight at COP28 - The world is well off track to limit warming to 1.5C, but there have been some encouraging steps.

Another Fast Radio Burst is Coming from a Hypernebula. Also, Hypernebulae are a Thing - If nothing else catches your attention in the title then surely ‘hypernebula’ does!

Nēnē: The Recovery of the Hawaiian Goose - One of the rarest waterfowl species on earth, the nene nearly disappeared forever.

December 5, 2023

Remote work, reduced pay: are we willing to make a trade? - The COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the workforce, with almost half of Australian workers willing to sacrifice part of their annual salary to work from home.

Ecologists in their workplaces provide striking images - An image of ecologists searching for an elusive, critically endangered bird has won the 2023 Ecological Society of Australia annual photography competition.

Man dies on way home from Panera after having three “charged” lemonades - A large lemonade contains up to 390 mg of caffeine, nearly the FDA's daily safe limit.

THE ABSTRACT: Jesmyn Ward’s “Let Us Descend” is a journey towards understanding and enlightenment. - In the tapestry of Jesmyn Ward's Let Us Descend (Scribner), the reader is plunged into the heart-wrenching odyssey of Annis, a young Black girl trapped in the inferno of slavery, whose narrative courses through the veins of history and fantasy alike.

James Webb telescope finds water in roiling disk of gas around ultra-hot star for 1st time ever - The James Webb Space Telescope's discovery of water and other molecules in the inner region of a hot protoplanetary disk suggests that rocky, Earth-like planets may be able to form in some very extreme environments.

- Faces of NASA features Ames Research Center Pilot David Zahn In November 2023, “Faces of NASA” featured an aeronautics pilot from NASA Ames Research Center.

No evidence found that cannabis reduces long term opioid use - A 20-year Australian study has found no evidence to suggest cannabis reduces illicit opioid use, and it may not be an effective long-term method of reducing harm for those with an opioid use disorder or problematic use of opioids.

Byzantine gold coin with 'face of Jesus' unearthed by metal detectorist in Norway - A metal detectorist stumbled upon a rare gold coin while exploring the mountains in southern Norway.

NASA’s Psyche Delivers First Images and Other Data - The mission team has celebrated several successes since its launch from Kennedy Space Center on Oct. 13.

IBM Releases First-Ever 1,000-Qubit Quantum Chip - The company announces its latest huge chip—but will now focus on developing smaller chips with a fresh approach to “error correction”

World's Biggest Iceberg Finally Escapes Antarctica - A giant iceberg called A23a, which broke off from Antarctica in 1986, is finally moving away from the icy continent after being stuck on the seafloor for decades

Electrical stimulation could treat traumatic brain injuries - An early trial suggests that deep brain stimulation could treat cognitive impairment associated with traumatic brain injury.

Robot dogs tackle big themes as they paint and play - Basia, Omuzana and Bunny are less curious about me, than I am about them.

NASA Engineers Push Limits of Physics to Focus Light - Photon sieves focus extreme ultraviolet light and can enable Sun science.

A Psychologist Shares 5 Major Reasons Why Marriages Fall Apart - ‘Marital storytelling’ can provide insight into the negative aspects of a marriage.

Aurora: Jaw-Dropping New Photos As Solar Storms Spark Intense Displays Across The World - Capture the Atlas' Northern Lights Photographer of the Year competition showcases mesmerizing shots of the aurora from Wales, Germany, Italy and Australia as the sun's magnetic activity ramps up.

Moon Meets Up with Jupiter, Saturn - The Moon, left, Saturn, upper right, and Jupiter, lower right, are seen after sunset from Washington, DC, on Dec. 17, 2020.

What Evidence Is There For a "Wood Age" to Rival Those of Stone, Bronze, and Iron? - The advent of stone-, bronze-, and iron-working were all turning points in human history.

This Planet is Way Too Big for its Star - This tiny star shouldn't have such a massive planet, but it does.

Do Cats Have Facial Expressions? Cats May Not Have a Poker Face After All - Do cats have facial expressions?

Google Taps Hot Rocks to Cool Climate - The potential of geothermal energy as a carbon-free power source is well known.

NASA Leaders to Highlight 25th Anniversary of Space Station with Crew - NASA is celebrating the 25th anniversary of International Space Station operations during a live conversation with crew aboard the microgravity laboratory for the benefit of humanity.

Scientists develop a new high-efficiency mercury removal photocatalyst - Scientists from Shanghai University of Electric Power of College of Energy and Mechanical Engineering have developed a new high-efficiency mercury removal photocatalyst.

Novel mineral piezocatalysts offer innovative approaches for soil remediation - Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) removal in the soil environment is of great significance for repairing the long-term damaged ecosystem.

Why didn’t gamma radiation prevent life on Earth from starting? - Biophysicists might be able to answer the question of why the chemical building blocks which formed the first life on earth were able to survive despite being bathed in gamma radiation.

When Do Deer Shed Their Antlers? And 6 Other Antler Questions - They are the fastest-growing tissue in the animal kingdom, but why do deer and other animals shed them?

Recent advances in built-in electric-field-assisted photocatalytic dry reforming of methane - Methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are the two main greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

The (Often) Overlooked Experiment That Revealed the Quantum World - A century ago, the Stern-Gerlach experiment established the truth of quantum mechanics.

Polar Bear Dens Are Hard for Humans to See, but Drone-Mounted Radar Can Help - As humans encroach on polar bear habitats, new tools such as drone-mounted radar can prevent us from disrupting the hidden dens where bears give birth

India reveals that it has returned lunar spacecraft to Earth orbit - India now credibly has the third most advanced deep-space program in the world.

Top 10 climate science insights unveiled - A new report equips policymakers with the latest and most pivotal climate science research from the previous 18 months, synthesized to help inform negotiations at COP28 and policy implementation through 2024 and beyond.

Artificial intelligence makes gripping more intuitive - Artificial hands can be operated via app or with sensors placed in the muscles of the forearm.

Have the Laws of Physics Ever Been Broken? - There are old laws that have been broken and new laws of physics that might break today.

Daily Telescope: An ancient galaxy behind a veil of dust - "This thing is a real monster."

What's Causing Mysterious Respiratory Illness in Dogs? - Veterinarians and researchers are investigating mysterious clusters of severe respiratory disease in dogs

Light Can Travel Backward in Time (Sort Of) - Light can be reflected not only in space but also in time—and researchers exploring such “time reflections” are finding a wealth of delightfully odd and useful effects

Harvesting water from air with solar power - Researchers have developed a promising new solar-powered atmospheric water harvesting technology that could help provide enough drinking water for people to survive in difficult, dryland areas: They synthesized a super hygroscopic gel capable of absorbing and retaining an unparalleled amount of water.

Unlocking neutron star rotation anomalies: Insights from quantum simulation - A collaboration between quantum physicists and astrophysicists has achieved a significant breakthrough in understanding neutron star glitches.

Astronomers determine the age of three mysterious baby stars at the heart of the Milky Way - Through analysis of high-resolution data from a ten-meter telescope in Hawaii, researchers have succeeded in generating new knowledge about three stars at the very heart of the Milky Way.

Can signs of life be detected from Saturn's frigid moon? - Researchers have shown unambiguous laboratory evidence that amino acids transported in the ice plumes of Saturn's moon, Eceladus, can survive impact speeds of up to 4.2 km/s, supporting their detection during sampling by spacecraft.

Mice pass the mirror test, a classic indicator of self-recognition - Researchers report that mice display behavior that resembles self-recognition when they see themselves in the mirror.

AI Teaches Robots the Best Way to Pack a Car, a Suitcase--Or a Rocket to Mars - Robots that can fit multiple items into a limited space could help pack a suitcase or a rocket to Mars

Researchers call for ‘urgent’ research into engineered stone alternatives - The deadly lung disease silicosis is becoming more prevalent in Australian workers – particularly in the ‘engineered stone’ industry.

Let’s learn about mathematical mysteries - There are still many mysteries about numbers, shapes and other aspects of math that have yet to be solved.

Identifying vintage wines by their chemical signature - Does every wine carry its own chemical signature and, if so, can this be used to identify its origin?

Polyoxometalates show promise as drug transporters into the cell - A research team from the University of Vienna, in collaboration with the Constructor University in Bremen, showed that polyoxometalates (POMs) can transport biologically relevant cargo through biological membranes.

Breakthrough in the synthesis of artificial cells - A study published in Nature Chemistry reveals a remarkable leap in the synthesis of artificial cells using synthetic materials, which was achieved by an international team led by Dr. Andrea Belluati, Prof. Nico Bruns (both TU Darmstadt) and Dr. Sètuhn Jimaja (University of Fribourg).

El Nino May Impact Holiday-Related Supply Chains - Managing supply chains during the holidays is always stressful and tests the boundaries of transportation systems.

Chemists create organic molecules in a rainbow of colors that could be useful as organic light-emitting diodes - Chains of fused carbon-containing rings have unique optoelectronic properties that make them useful as semiconductors.

A Psychologist Explains The Intricacies Of Parenting With A New Partner - Here are three science-backed tips to help parents navigate the complex dynamics of a stepfamily.

Study identifies key ingredient for affordable fuel cell catalysts - To make fuel cells more affordable, researchers have spent decades searching for low-cost catalysts to replace platinum and other expensive metals.

Fighting for Wildlife in a Time of War - A livestock truck arrives on a wintry swath of grassland called the Tarutino Steppe in southern Ukraine.

NASA’s historic return Moon landing could be delayed for years - NASA’s ambitious plan to put humans back on the moon in 2025 is “unrealistic” according to an audit undertaken by the US Government Accountability Office.

From lab to pharmacy: the journey of a drug or vaccine - Twelve years ago, University of Adelaide researcher Dr Mohammed Alsharifi began experimenting with a vaccine against Streptococcus pneumoniae, a bacteria commonly found in the nose and throat, and responsible for life-threatening illnesses such as sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis.

Red Sprites are Best Seen from Space - Planet Earth is full of some truly awe-inspiring spectacles, but few are as intriguing as a sprite, which are officially known as a Transient Luminous Event (TLE) and consist of large-scale electric discharges that shoot upwards while occurring above the cloud tops in the Earth’s mesosphere at approximate altitudes of 50-90 km (31-56 mi).

COP28: Record number of fossil fuel delegates at climate talks - Over 2,400 participants are linked to coal, oil and gas, four times more than attended last year's gathering.

Firefighters rescue injured owl from crows - An injured owl in the Russian city of Smolensk has the good fortune to end up outside a fire station.

African govts to coordinate outbreak response - Countries in Africa need to develop the capacity within government to coordinate their national outbreak response.

Oldest mosquito fossils upend blood-sucking evolution theory - Two mosquito fossils, preserved in Lebanese amber, are challenging scientists’ understanding about how blood feeding developed in the insects.

How Can Astronauts Maintain Their Bodies With Minimal Equipment? - Decades of research aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and other spacecraft in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) have shown that long-duration stays in microgravity will take a toll on human physiology.

Will Wide Binaries Be the End of MOND? - It’s a fact that many of us have churned out during public engagement events; that at least 50% of all stars are part of binary star systems.

World poised to hit 1.5 degrees a year earlier than expected: projections - While world leaders discuss efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, an annual independent audit shows humanity has never emitted more carbon than it did in 2023.

Why It’s A Big Week For Halley’s Comet, A Possible ‘Star Of Bethlehem’ - This week, the most famous Comet in the solar system begins its return journey in its 75-year orbit.

Virtual Water Estimate Claims A Bitcoin Costs 4200 Gallons Of Water - It's Not Real - Virtual water is one of those 1990s breezy claims created by activists, just like 'it takes a gallon of gas to make a pound of beef.'

Air pollution: map shows 'concrete jungles' more polluted - A Sheffield school is fighting dirty air with trees as new data links their absence to pollution.

December 4, 2023

Texas sues Pfizer with COVID anti-vax argument that is pure stupid - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton struggles with relative vs. absolute risk.

See the Brain Like Never Before in This Gorgeous Art - The complexity of the brain comes to life in the annual Art of Neuroscience competition

A Journey With Metabolism, Parasites, and Cancer - Piet Borst led stellar work on cell organelles, trypanosomes, and cancer drug resistance during the golden age of biology.

Fossil CO2 emissions at record high in 2023 - Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels have risen again in 2023 -- reaching record levels, according to new research.

Interpreting the afterglow of a black hole's breakfast - An entirely new way to probe how active black holes behave when they eat has been discovered by an international team of astronomers.

A Peculiar Fish and an Evolutionary Mystery - What we can learn from the macabre diets of a curious species of cichlids.

Europa Clipper Could Help Discover if Jupiter's Moon is Habitable - Since 1979, when the Voyager probes flew past Jupiter and its system of moons, scientists have speculated about the possibility of life within Europa.

Do I really have to leave when the bushfire rating is catastrophic? - Stay or go – what’s your plan on a catastrophic fire day?

Eruption at Marapi in Indonesia Kills at Least Eleven Hikers - Every few years we're reminded that people need to be vigilant and respectful when you visit a volcano.

Curious About Coding? Jump In During Computer Science Education Week! - Coding is far easier and more fun than you might think.

5 Alleged Alien Artifacts That Were Actually Rocks, Spark Plugs, and Dolls - From strangely spherical orbs to ancient aircraft, the list of supposedly out-of-this-world objects keeps growing.

NASA's Interstellar Mapping Probe Prepares for a 2025 Launch - Engineers at NASA have completed an important milestone in developing the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) spacecraft.

Following Final Show, Kiss Will ‘Rock Forever’ As Digital Avatars - The rock band played its last show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, with its digital avatars taking the stage to say hello to the world and perform an encore.

A Psychologist Makes Sense Of The ‘Butterfly Effect’ In Relationships - Just as the flap of a butterfly’s wings can theoretically influence the course of a hurricane, the tiny choices you make in your relationship can shape its destiny.

New EPA Methane Rule Will Slash Emissions from Oil and Gas - At the COP28 climate meeting, the EPA announced the final version of a rule that aims to deeply cut methane emissions by requiring equipment upgrades and regular leak inspections

What happens in Vega didn’t stay in Vega, as key rocket parts went missing - There's a valuable payload riding on the final Vega rocket launch.

Engineered surface helps boiled bubbles jump to carry more heat - Water is often the go-to resource for heat transfer, being used in large-scale cooling operations like data centers that power the internet and nuclear power plants that power cities.