You've never seen a solar eruption video quite like this before. After 11 months in space, NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has captured video of a coronal mass ejection in unprecedented
In an attempt to solve the mystery of the Universe’s missing antimatter, physicists have achieved the most precise measurement yet of the proton's inherent magnetism. Publishing in Nature on 28 May, a
New NASA book looks beyond astrophysics to figure out how we'll communicate with extraterrestrials Assuming we one day contact aliens, how will we communicate with them? That's the subject of a new book
Paying for privacy in today's digital age In February, Facebook purchased the WhatsApp messaging service for the mind-boggling sum of $19 billion. It was the largest acquisition of a venture-backed company
Short answer: Yes, but you’d be asking for trouble. “In terms of strength, wood is pretty good,” says Mike Gruntman, professor of astronautics at the University of Southern California. Early airplanes
There's nothing else on the planet like the plant called Welwitschia mirabilis. The ancient tree looks like little more than a pile of leaves, and it's only found in the extremely arid desert regions Namibia.
$71 million per astronaut: amount NASA pays Russia for trips to the International Space Station (Elon Musk says he can drop that figure to $20 million with the new, reusable Dragon V2 capsule) 20,000:
The Dragon V2 Capsule can carry humans, dock with the ISS, and land on its own. Last night, SpaceX unveiled the Dragon V2 capsule, destined to eventually carry astronauts to the International Space Station.
Pac-Man, but with microbes Videogames may seem like the last place for fruitful work in biotechnology, but Stanford University bioengineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse has reinvented 1980s classics to enlist living
Museum artifacts are often preserved in mercury, arsenic, or DDT, but chemists are working on ways to clean them well enough for Native people to use again. As High Country News describes it, the Hoopa
More than just good for a bath, bubbles are a focus of new research Bubbles may seem pretty ordinary. We tend to think of them just as beverage enhancers or entertainment for small children. But scientists
A £240 ($400) handheld device which can analyse potential tumours is being developed in Tel Aviv. The Mobile OCT device consists of a smartphone to take the images, a lens, some lights and a plastic handle.
Aw, look, it’s smiling at us. Nice autonomous car! We’ve known Google has been working on self-driving cars for awhile now, but all of a sudden, the project is real: last night, Google revealed a working
NASA has hacked the phone to make an autonomous utility robot for the ISS. Robots excel at the tedious, repetitive tasks that bore humans into ineffectiveness. So NASA has tweaked an experimental Google
In pathogens news Health experts are still arguing whether or not to save the last stores of smallpox, which are in high-security labs in the US and Russia. Quartz, io9, and Nature News have stories. speaking
The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as Nasa prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet. For robotic
Like viewers worldwide, Fabien Cousteau was entranced by his famous grandfather's films about marine life and human exploration underwater. Now he is adding to his family's sea stories with a 31-day underwater
The Great Lakes are under the threat of invasion by a foreign species — and the debate is raging on how it can be prevented. State and federal agencies are at war with the Asian carp, an invasive fish
News about cancer therapies usually comes out in medical journals with the regular rhythm of an IV drip. But every now and then information comes out in a flood. That's the case this weekend. The American
The two behemoths of theoretical physics are Einstein's theory of general relativity, and quantum field theory. General relativity describes gravity, and the geometry and development of the universe on
A new report identifies a group of Americans that is expected to grow by 30% over the next decade: cancer survivors. As of Jan. 1, there were nearly 14.5 million people alive in the United States who been