After landing a probe on an icy comet, the European Space Agency (ESA) is now heading to scorching-hot Mercury with its BepiColombo spacecraft.
About once a year, Florida harvester ants dig new nests, a mystery entomologists are eager to get to the bottom of.
Quarks and leptons, the building blocks of matter, are staggeringly small—less than an attometer (a billionth of a billionth of a meter) in diameter. But zoom in closer—a billion times more—past zeptometers and yoctometers, to where the units run out of names. Then keep going, a hundred million times smaller still, and you finally hit bottom: This is the Planck length, the smallest possible unit in the universe.
To see back in time, you need a massive telescope—one big enough to capture light from when the first galaxies were formed, 13.5 billion years ago. Astronomers are clamoring to see this light, so NASA is obliging them by building the James Webb Space Telescope.
No one knows what the planet Gliese 667Cc looks like. We know that it is about 22 light-years from Earth, a journey of lifetimes upon lifetimes. But no one can say whether it is a world like ours, with oceans and life, cities and single-malt Scotch. Only a hint of a to-and-fro oscillation in the star it orbits, detectable by Earth's most sensitive telescopes and spectrographs, lets astronomers say the planet exists at all.
Researchers have combined nighttime satellite imagery with river maps to quantify where people and property are most in danger of flooding.
The finding that male homosexuality has a strong genetic component should be a boon for gay rights – but it could backfire
Whether it's squeezing the uncertainty out of Heisenberg or busting the cosmic speed limit, we're outsmarting the universe to learn its secrets
Wireless network of radars spots poachers who enter a reserve, or tigers leaving in search of cattle and alerts the wardens
A top U.S. Air Force official on Wednesday said she is "pretty optimistic" that privately held Space Exploration Technologies will eventually be certified to launch U.S. military satellites into orbit but declined comment on the timing of such an action.
A Russian website is spying on thousands of people through the owners' computers.
Volvo is showing off its autonomous vehicles, which it claims could prevent car crashes
The South African government scrambles to thwart illegal killing and save what remains of its threatened rhino population
Doctors have used perfect replicas of childrens' hearts to uncover and repair hidden defects
Alan Turing, the man who pioneered computing, also forced the world to question what it means to be human
A dramatic study—and an equally dramatic video simulation—reveal a cataclysmic cosmic event
During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.
Silicone material moulded into microscopic slanted wedges grip glass, metal, wood and plastic in a similar way to gecko’s feetAspiring superheroes may soon be able to climb like Spider-Man thanks to scientists working with the US military who have developed a material which enables a human to ascend a vertical glass wall.The researchers, inspired by the sticky toes of geckos, created hand-sized silicone pads covered with tiny ridges that are capable of adhering to smooth surfaces.
An experiment testing people’s altruism in the face of electric shocks is clear on one thing: we are drawn to these little blasts
Look for wasted urban heat and you see it everywhere. Cities worldwide are finally starting to address this with collective methods to stay toasty
NASA has created a new, super high-resolution visualization of a year of CO2 swirling around in the atmosphere. The post Striking Animation Shows One Year of CO2 Swirling Through the Atmosphere appeared first on WIRED.
Dan Winters There’s no way to anticipate the emotional impact of leaving your home planet. You look down at Earth and realize: You’re not on it. It’s breathtaking. It’s surreal. It’s a “we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto” kind of feeling.
The Green Climate Fund to help poor nations adapt to climate change may reach its initial target of $10 billion by this week's deadline
A Russian spacecraft is visiting satellites, raising fears it could be part of an anti-satellite programme – if it's not an inspection craft
The European Space Agency has announced that Philae has detected organic molecules on comet 67P – and there are many more scientific discoveries to come
They walk among us. Natural experiments, living ordinary lives, unaware that their genes may hold the clue to the next superdrug.
European comet lander Philae 'sniffed' organic molecules containing the carbon element that is the basis of life on Earth before its primary battery ran out and it shut down, German scientists said.
Boeing Co is working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to address quality and reliability issues with the sharply criticized $41 billion homeland missile defense system by adopting controls from space programs, a company official said.
A British space venture is giving ordinary citizens the chance to leave their mark on the moon in a decade's time while helping scientists scout a possible location for a permanent base there.
A new Toyota model could change the way Americans power their cars