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4 Thumbnail-Sized Frog Species Discovered in India

Four frogs tinier than an average adult thumbnail are among seven new species identified in India's Western Ghat mountain range.

7 Earth-Sized Planets Found Orbiting a Tiny Star

TRAPPIST-1 has a solar system like no other. The tiny, tiny red dwarf is just barely big enough to be considered a star, and is, radius-wise, a hair bigger than Jupiter.

What Does a Meteor Sound Like?

When a meteor screams through our upper atmosphere, it's a silent show for us here on the ground. Most meteors burn up dozens of miles above the surface, and even if a sonic boom reaches us it comes minutes after the visual spectacle.

Kennewick Man's Bones Reburied, Settling a Decades-Long Debate

Unearthed in 1996 after part of his skull was found along the shores of the Columbia River in Washington, Kennewick Man, a 9,000-year-old Paleoamerican, would soon be regarded as the most important human skeletal discovery in American history.

The Brightest Pulsar Has a Complex and Powerful Magnetic Field

The supermassive black holes found at the centers of galaxies are known for their extreme X-ray emission.

In Ancient Chacoan Society, Women Ruled

Before they disappeared in 1130, the Chacoans of New Mexico were a society on par with the Mayans. Without a writing system to speak of, they maintained complex trade partnerships with nearby populations.

Atmospheric Rivers Bring Record Winds, Torrential Rains

Rivers in the sky may be responsible for up to 75 percent of the largest, most extreme wind and rainfall events that ravage the coasts.

Watch a Record 104 Satellites Tumble Into Orbit

An Indian rocket delivered a record-setting 104 satellites into orbit Tuesday night. A camera on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle captured the spacecraft, most of them tiny CubeSats, as they tumbled into orbit—the most placed into orbit by a single vehicle.

Facial Recognition Software: The Next Big Thing in Species Conservation?

How do you care for the creatures you love? You shoot them with tranquilizer darts, capture them in cages, embed microchips, pierce their ears or make them wear funny collars.

Facial Recognition Software: The Next Big Thing in Species Conservation?

How do you care for the creatures you love? You shoot them with tranquilizer darts, capture them in cages, embed microchips, pierce their ears or make them wear funny collars.

How a Classic Audio Illusion Messes With Our Brains

When we hold a conversation, it's not just our ears that are paying attention. We may not realize it, but our eyes are picking up on visual information as well to give us a better idea of what we should be hearing.

NASA's New Solutions for Problems 1 and 2

When you’ve gotta’ go you’ve gotta’ go. But what if you’re on a space walk when nature calls? “Spaceflight is not always glamorous,” said NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio in a video released on the HeroX crowdsourcing site in October which introduced NASA’s Space Poop Challenge—yup, space poop.

The High Stakes of Handshakes

What's in a handshake? If the widespread scrutiny of President Donald Trump's characteristic "yank and grab" is any indication, a lot.

El Niño Dramatically Reshaped Western Coastlines

Beaches and shorelines are locked in an eternal battle between land and sea. The struggle usually comes out to a draw — the rate of erosion is offset by the amount of new sediment deposited.

Look Closely, This Ant Is Carrying a Passenger

Sometimes even experienced entomologists need a double-take to fully grasp what they're seeing. And upon closer examination, they found a new species hiding in plain sight.

Part Turtle, Part Pig, Bulbasaurus Was a Stout Survivor

You may have seen the story: Last week scientists decided to name a recently discovered mammalian ancestor after the Pokémon, Bulbasaur.

Lava Waterfall the Latest in Hawaiian Volcano's 30-Year Show

For over a month, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been spewing molten rock into the Pacific Ocean, creating what was until recently a glowing waterfall of lava.

Elusive Blue Lightning Filmed Dancing Above a Thunderstorm

In Earth’s upper atmosphere, blue jets, red sprites, pixies, halos, trolls and elves streak toward space, rarely caught in the act by human eyes.

Solar Flares May Lead Whales to Peril

The solar storms that fling waves of charged particles toward the Earth may be to blame for the stranding events that leave whales dying on shore for unknown reasons.

Astronomers Identify a New Class of Black Holes

Some black holes are small. Some black holes are giant. But oddly enough, in the cosmic fight between innocent passing stars and voracious black holes, scientists have never found a mid-sized black hole.


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