Known for calm weather, the seventh planet from the sun is suddenly sporting a series of storms. A distant, icy, green giant—the planet Uranus—appears to have unexpectedly awakened from a long slumber.
Understanding the way diamonds are formed deep in the Earth could explain how life evolved on our planet. So a team in Germany are attempting to forge the gemstones themselves, from carbon dioxide – and
Time intensive assembly required As police from Germany and Australia will tell you, 3-D printed guns are likely to be as fatal to the person firing as they are to anyone else. This is true primarily poorly
Humans appear to have done a thorough job of contaminating the Earth’s rivers, oceans and atmosphere, says Rachel Nuwer. Is there anywhere pristine left on the planet? Somewhere between 1.8 million and
How the physics of the industrial revolution now connects cosmology and particle physics We had a particle physics seminar at UCL on Friday; we usually do. This one was from Malcolm Fairbairn and was about
The Arizona Radio Observatory's newly acquired 40-foot dish is probing far into the sky, and bringing new light to galaxies far, far away. The massively powerful radio telescope can detect galaxy matter
Refurbished Soviet rocket engines involved in the accident will draw the attention of investigators. The fiery destruction of an Antares rocket left behind a launch pad covered in debris and questions
Instead of arriving later by comet impact, Earth's waters have likely existed since our planet's birth. The water that makes Earth a majestic blue marble was here from the time of our planet's birth, to
The fatal explosion of SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert may lead to more scrutiny of the fledgling space passenger industry. The crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo experimental space plane on Friday,
The significance of Friday's flight had been signalled for some weeks. Virgin Galactic executives had let it be known that they were about to initiate a series of test outings that they hoped would finally
A National Geographic staffer's on-scene account of the Antares rocket failure. WALLOPS ISLAND, Virginia—Every time NASA launches a rocket, two safety officers have one weighty decision: They have to whether
From cricket tongues to DVD circuitry, an amazing world awaits under the microscope. Every year since 1974, Nikon has herded a gaggle of nerds into a room for an impossible task: Pore over thousands of
No injuries were reported in the launch explosion on Tuesday. In a fiery nighttime explosion, an Antares rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded seconds after launch on Tuesday.