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Water found on asteroid, confirming Bennu as excellent mission target

From August through early December, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft aimed three of its science instruments toward Bennu and began making the mission's first observations of...

Topological material switched off and on for the first time

Over the last decade, there has been much excitement about the discovery, recognised by the Nobel Prize in Physics only two years ago, that...

Solar activity research provides insight into sun’s past, future

Andrés Muñoz-Jaramillo of Southwest Research Institute and José Manuel Vaquero of the University of Extremadura have developed a new technique for looking at historic...

Evidence for carbon-rich surface on Ceres

A team led by Southwest Research Institute has concluded that the surface of dwarf planet Ceres is rich in organic matter. Data from NASA's...

Tiny droplets of early universe matter created

Researchers have created tiny droplets of the ultra-hot matter that once filled the early universe, forming three distinct shapes and sizes: circles, ellipses and...

A glimmer of hope for the world’s coral reefs

The future of the world's coral reefs is uncertain, as the impact of global heating continues to escalate. However, according to a study published...

Scientists discover how birds and dinosaurs evolved to dazzle with colourful displays

Iridescence is responsible for some of the most striking visual displays in the animal kingdom. Now, thanks to a new study of feathers from...

Tiny Australian wallaby the last living link to extinct giant kangaroos

A Queensland University of Technology (QUT) led collaboration with University of Adelaide reveals that Australia's pint-sized banded hare-wallaby is the closest living relative of...

The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree

Every winter, millions of Americans descend on farms and lots across the country with the express purpose of inspecting, and ultimately choosing from, their...

An Energy Evolution: From Delicious to Dirty to Almost Free

If you think about the history of humans (disclaimer, I'm a human) you could make the argument that history is about the quest for...

The Race to Understand Antarctica’s Most Terrifying Glacier

Science season in Antarctica begins in November, when noontime temperatures at McMurdo Station climb to a balmy 18 degrees Fahrenheit and the sun hangs...

A New Quantum Paradox Flags Errors in Our View of Reality

That quantum mechanics is a successful theory is not in dispute. It makes astonishingly accurate predictions about the nature of the world at microscopic...

Molecular insights into spider silk

They are lightweight, almost invisible, highly extensible and strong, and of course biodegradable: the threads spiders use to build their webs. In fact, spider...

Unknown treasure trove of planets found hiding in dust

"Super-Earths" and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers than scientists thought, new research by an international team of...

More bioplastics do not necessarily contribute to climate change mitigation

Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study from the University of Bonn suggests...

What Causes Hangovers, and How Can I Avoid Them?

Our in-house Know-It-Alls answer questions about your interactions with technology and science.Q: What Causes Hangovers, and How Can I Avoid Them?A: The winter holidays require...

Even China Roundly Condemns Editing the Genes of Babies

The birth of Lulu and Nana—the first two babies believed to be born with Crispr-edited DNA—has triggered soul-searching in China as tech innovators, scientific...

How SpaceX Launched 64 Satellites Into Orbit on a Falcon 9

A few years ago, a company called Spaceflight had a wacky plan. The plan, in the words of CEO Curt Blake, was “Let’s buy...

Half a million tests and many mosquitoes later, new buzz about a malaria prevention...

Most malaria drugs are designed to reduce symptoms after infection. They work by blocking replication of the disease-causing parasites in human blood, but they...

Biggest mass extinction caused by global warming leaving ocean animals gasping for breath

The largest extinction in Earth's history marked the end of the Permian period, some 252 million years ago. Long before dinosaurs, our planet was...

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