It may sound like something out of “Chicken Little,” but at some point in the history of Saturn’s moon Iapetus, the sky was actually falling: Scientists reported this week that an entire 800-mile-long mountain range along the moon’s equator formed after it fell from space.
Cyprinella lutrensis, or red shiner, is a cousin of the black shiner. Every day, thousands of cars and trucks rumble across bridges all over the U.S.
Neanderthal skulls. Image by leted via Flickr Scientists have increasingly realized that DNA is only part of what makes us us — perhaps equally important is how our genes’ activity is modified by a process called epigenetics.
Kepler-186f, shown in this artist’s concept, is the first Earth-sized planet discovered in its star’s habitable zone.
The gynosome of a female cave insect. It features spikes to hold it in place once it’s inserted into males.
It’s the stuff of 3rd-grade sex ed: sperm meets egg to make baby. But, surprisingly, scientists have actually been in the dark about one crucial step: how the two sex cells recognize each other amidst the fluid frenzy in the Fallopian tubes.
It’s not just Williamsburg anymore — young people across the U.S. revere the beard. The facial hair craze is so popular that some men are paying as much as $7,000 for a beard transplant.
Those grim “over the hill” party favors are often deployed ironically by those who want to razz their friends or partners when they turn 30 or 40.
Conceptual image of a “glowing highway.” Credit: Roosegaarde Studio If you ask for directions in the small city of Oss in the Netherlands, a local may tell you to merge onto Highway N329 and take the first exit after the highway ceases glowing in the dark.
This site had a fantastic “amphitheater of chemosynthetic life,” researchers said. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition.
Growing, harvesting and roasting the coffee beans for your morning cup of java generates a lot of waste.
A controversial piece of papyrus that references the wife of Jesus is indeed ancient, according to recent dating results.
The Pipe Nebula (left) and the Rho Ophiuchi cloud (right) in the Milky Way. Each inset map shows how much the light of background stars is dimmed as it passes through the cloud in question.
A cutaway illustration of the flu virus. CDC The flu is our modern scourge—new strains of the H1N1 virus are constantly emerging and threatening to reach pandemic proportions. But a new study has found that a novel kind of drug, given to mice before exposure to the flu, reduces their level of infection and makes them much more likely to survive.
Move over Brawny, there’s a new product in the works with the strength to get the job done, and it comes from the sea.
Today’s smartphones are well-equipped to satiate our appetites for instant gratification. We stream live video, look up facts on a whim, receive breaking news alerts and stay connected to our friends via social media.
Solar Impulse 2, the single-seater solar airplane unveiled today. Courtesy Solar Impulse The world’s most advanced solar plane, the Solar Impulse 2, was unveiled in Payerne, Switzerland, today.
Scientists discovered a way to reverse the process of aging — and no, they didn’t invent another skin cream.
Remember staying up all night cramming for that statistics test in college? Turns out you probably would have scored higher if you had closed the books and hit the hay.
A Navy fuel ship replenishes the the U.S.S. Mount Whitney (right) on the Mediterranean Sea in October 2013.