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The Surprising Benefits of Sarcasm

“Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit but the highest form of intelligence,” wrote that connoisseur of wit, Oscar Wilde. Whether sarcasm is a sign of …

Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM)

<b>Mission Overview</b><p>AIM is the first satellite mission dedicated to the study of noctilucent or “night-shining” clouds (NLCs) also called Polar …

First genetically modified humans could exist within two years

Humans who have had their DNA genetically modified could exist within two years after a private biotech company announced plans to start the first trials into a ground-breaking new technique.<p>Editas Medicine, which is based in the US, said it plans to become the first lab in the world to …

Metabolism and the Brain

© SCIENCE SOURCE/PHOTO RESEARCHERS<p>Historically, insulin-shock therapy, also known as insulin coma therapy (ICT), was a form of psychiatric treatment …

Tips for watching North Taurid meteors

Photo top of post: Taurid fireball on the evening of October 21, 2017 from Joanne West at Gold Canyon, Arizona. Read more about this photo.<p>This …

MIT's friendly snake robot concept can transform into many things

When we imagine futuristic robot helpers, we usually think of bots that are basically humanoid. But other robot forms can be just as useful. Snake-shaped robots, for example, are handy because they're thin and flexible and can transform into different configurations. Most scientists investigating …

Pluto’s Surface ​May Be Alive Thanks To Planetary Antifreeze

Could icy slush be driving the dwarf planet's geological activity?<p>After the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past Pluto on July 14, scientists were stunned at what it sent back. Photos show the dwarf planet dotted with icy mountains and smooth plains of ice, suggesting the surface may be younger than …

Solar System