What’s in a name? Apparently, quite a bit. The right to name space landmarks has reignited a longstanding feud between two organizations, and this time they’re butting heads over Martian craters.
Yellow hypergiant star HR 5171A and its companion are so close they actually touch, as in this illustration.
If you ever struggled through piano lessons as a kid, you might’ve wondered if your mind and body just weren’t cut out for tickling those keys — no matter how many times your music teacher insisted that practice would eventually make perfect.
In the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, encounters between humans and elephants are occurring more frequently as civilization encroaches on the few remaining wildlife habitats.
A simulated view of Mojave Crater on Mars, based on images taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
A baby born with HIV in Mississippi three years ago made headlines last year when she was “functionally cured” of the virus, after receiving treatment immediately after birth.
Scientific study often opens new doors of discovery—but sometimes it reopens doors closed long ago. On Tuesday, experimental psychiatrists in Santa Cruz, California published results from the first controlled medical trial of LSD in over 40 years.
On Wednesday, an 82-foot asteroid barreling through space at 33,000 miles per hour will pass Earth within the moon’s orbit, or about 216,000 miles.
After tiny loggerhead turtles hatch from eggs buried on Florida beaches, they scramble frantically out to sea.
Early yesterday morning this was the predawn sight in northern Alaska: a NASA rocket launching straight into an aurora.
Pithovirus dates back more than 30,000 years. Credit: Julia Bartoli & Chantal Abergel, IGS, CNRS/AMU Scientists in France have awoken a gigantic, ancient virus from its 30,000-year-long slumber in Siberian permafrost — and found that it’s ready to infect again.
Fans of exoplanets have had an exciting few days. First the long-awaited Kepler results were announced, confirming over 700 new worlds outside our solar system.
It’s common knowledge that smoking cigarettes is bad for your health, but young people are still choosing to light up more than any other demographic in the United States.
When it comes to developmental disorders of the brain, men and women are not created equal. Decades of research have shown that males are at far greater risk for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than females.
Male goats reek. Yet somehow, their mere presence can turn female goats on. Now scientists think they have figured out how this “male effect” works: They’ve discovered a citrus-scented chemical that males emit that speaks directly to females, activating their reproductive brain region and ramping up their sex hormones.
NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope may be down, but it’s not out, and its data collection is the gift that keeps giving.
Any Sriracha devotee knows the spicy condiment will add a little zing to just about anything that’s edible.
King Midas famously turned anything he touched to gold, a fun thought even if it didn’t work out too well for him.
The zircon pictured here is now confirmed to be the oldest bit of the Earth’s crust. Image courtesy of John W.
A new strain of marijuana has motivated hundreds of families with epileptic children to pack up and move to Colorado to legally obtain the drug.