Investigations against oil and coal companies raise optimism for a cleaner future.
The current standoff between Native Hawaiian protesters and proponents of the planned Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) can take some lessons from similar disputes in the past.
Better equipment, visibility allow University of Hawaii researchers to map and photograph planes lost during the December 7, 1941 bombing.
Video talks (and one audio interview) with the scientists behind four transformative innovations.
As you dig into those mashed potatoes, be grateful the universe’s physical constants are so precise that a slight variation in any one would render that drumstick — and even your existence — impossible.
A dozen quasars in the early universe appear to have shut down in just a few years, baffling astronomers.
The cosmic neutrino background could provide more details about the universe as it once was.
Scans reveal 28 mantle plumes rising from Earth’s core — the first direct evidence that these columns of heat create hotspots above.
Not only is the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone still very much alive, the land above it is literally boiling over. Here's a photo story of the alien landscape.
A new investigation shows the oil company understood the science before it became a public issue and spent millions to promote misinformation.
Two new studies pinpoint why doctors come to work sick and offer solutions for hospitals to implement.
The World-Famous Telescope's Future is Unknown.
Walking the delicate line between mindfulness and mind wandering.
Unexplained ripples have been found racing outward in a dusty disk around a star.
Astronomers have detected faint light that dates from shortly after the big bang.
Scientists and engineers remain skeptical of high pollution claims.
An alien landscape makes it surprisingly easy to believe that northwestern Wyoming sits directly above an active supervolcano.
In the world of modern physics, there is change afoot.
A tantalizing new result is gathering steam, stirring the curiosity of physicists worldwide. It could rewrite physics or it could be a statistical fluke. Here are five examples of even bigger would-be discoveries that have led physicists astray.
Adult coloring is surging in popularity. And some argue that it's a form of meditation. Not only are you able to be fully engaged in the moment, but you’re also able to focus on a single repetitive movement.
After a nearly-10-year journey, NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft came face to face with the last of the nine nearby bodies that we have — at least during some point in history — called planets.
A supermassive black hole in the early universe is at least 10 times too heavy for its host galaxy, raising questions about galaxy and black hole coevolution.
A deep, vibrant blue is still beyond our reach, despite the fact that fireworks were invented more than a millennium ago. It’s the holy grail for pyrotechnic experts.
Sunsets on alien worlds are, well, alien. Take HD 209458b where the star transforms from blue to green just before dipping below the murky horizon.
Fallingwater is both boundless and bound, infinite and finite, stone and liquid.
A government-sponsored scientific panel called for more research on geoengineering — here’s why we shouldn’t even consider it.
After 17 years, researchers using the Parkes radio telescope in Australia have identified the culprit behind a mysterious type of radio signal: two on-site microwave ovens.
The world’s largest telescope paves a path forward in spite of two court cases and multiple protests.
Warmer weather is taking its toll on moose, which are dying at an alarming rate.
Newly discovered nerves in the mouths of massive whales can unfold, nearly doubling in length, and recoil like a bungee cord. These stretchy nerves could explain how the whales are able to eat by ballooning their mouths during dives.
Lightning strikes Earth more than 4 million times every day, but the physics behind these electic bolts and their accompanying thunder is still poorly understood. Now, for the first tme, researchers have captured an "image" of thunder.
Space agencies around the world are using satellite images and other technologies to aid rescue efforts and learn more about the April 25 earthquake in Nepal, which killed at least 5,000 people, injued 8000, and affected millions more.
A team of astronomers has found indirect evidence of a supermassive black hole’s event horizon, providing further proof that these wacky objects actually exist in nature.
A stunning new photo shows the expanding celestial fireworks created by a stellar explosion that first lit up Earth's skies more than a century ago.
Two ringlike structures of stars wrapping around the Milky Way's outer disk now appear to belong to the disk itself.
The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile awoke with vengeance on April 22, splashing lava down its slopes and sputter a plume of ash high into the atmsophere. Scientists are keen on studying the plume and, more specifically, the accompanying amount of sulfur dioxide.
Jupiter's supervolcanic moon Io is apparently responsible for dramatic brightenings of the giant planet's stunning blue auroras, a new study suggests.
A young star in the earliest phase of its life has erupted after gobbling up gas and dust, and appears to be the ealiest such burst ever recorded.
An interview with photographer Michael Soluri, who chronicled the final Hubble mission in his latest book.
A sneak peak at the photographs taken throughout Hubble's final servicing mission.
Three male Amur tiger cubs were born Tuesday (April 21) at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio.
Residents in California are much more worried about the warming planet than those in parts of central United States, according to a new set of interactive maps showing public opinion on climate change.
Astronomers have peeled away most of the gas and dust enshrouding a monster black hole, taking a close look at the giant that lies some 68 thousand light-years away.
It may look like the setting of a sci-fi film, but a new photo of a backward-C-shaped pattern of lights against a desolate blue background has a more terrestrial origin.
A chemist flies through smoke plumes to better understand global warming.
Massive galaxies don't form nearly as many stars as possible due to a phenomenon known as "cosmic precipitation," a new study finds.
Despite the harsh environment created by the monster black hole lurking in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, new observations show that stars — and, potentially, planets — are forming just two light-years away from the colossal giant.
The nonprofit organization American Rivers has deemed the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon the most endangered river in American in 2015. Every year, the organization highlights 10 rivers that face environment threats and management decisions that could jeopardize their futures.
A remarkable heat wave warmed Antarctica's northernmost peninsula in March. It was a record high for the cold continent. But scientists say it cannot be directly attributed to climate change.
In the search for life beyond Earth, the mantra has usually been, "Follow the water." But now, scientists say it may be possible for a waterless environment to give rise to alien life.
It's a great day for particle physics fans: The world's largest atom smasher has been cleared to start running again as early as this weekend.
Every second, as many as 100 lightning bolts strike the Earth. Now, a new map reveals a tally of those flashes over the last two decades,
tracing where they strike the planet each year.
Octopuses in Antarctica survive subzero temperatures because of blue pigment in their blood, a new study finds.
A new global map of the world's oceans is so visually stunning that it could be mistaken for art.
The origins of two wacky beasts that Darwin dubbed the "strangest animals every discovered" had remained a mystery for some 180 years. But now,
researchers say they've pinned down the evolutionary history of the two odd creatures.
Global emissions of carbon dioxide stalled in 2014, marking the first time in 40 years that there was no climb in CO2 emissions during a time of economic growth. The results suggest that efforts to reduce emissions may be on the upswing, but experts say the situations is not so simple.
The International Space Station now plays host to an experiment that could help scientists unlock the mysteries of Alzheimer's disease.
The debris from the military weather satellite that exploded in orbit last month doesn't pose a threat to any nearby European missions,
officials with the European Space Agency have said.
This was another banner winter for snowy owl sightings in New York City. At least seven have been spotted since December, typically in wide-open
areas that resemble their tundra homes.
A new video shot by a drone flying over and through the Large Hadron Collider provides a unique view of the immense particle detector.
Like a hidden world of chutes and ladders, the loopy plumbing beneath geysers might explain what causes them to erupt, a new study finds.
Geysers erupt — sending steam and hot water hundreds of feet into the air, and often releasing a frightening screech and the stench of rotten
eggs — for reasons that mostly baffle scientists. But it makes for fun research expeditions and great photos.
A little injection of oxytocin can sober up drunken rats, reversing their clumsy alcohol-induced behaviors, scientists report.
Earth's worst mass extinction may have created the ideal conditions for preserving the ancient footprints of giant reptiles on the muddy ocean floor,
according to a new study.
A gallery of the fossilized tracks of tetrapods during the early Triassic period.
A red dwarf and its brown dwarf companion buzzed through the outer Oort Cloud some 70,000 years ago, around the time when modern humans began
migrating from Africa into Eurasia.
A strange set of 48 galaxies appears to be rich in dark matter and lacking in stars, suggesting that they may be so-called "failed" galaxies.
For the first time, a burst of radio waves hundreds of millions of times more energetic than the Sun was caught red-handed as it slammed into the
A bizarre sheet of clouds embraced the highest peak in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming last week, enchanting even the park's most seasoned
Astronomers are on the technological brink of being able to answer the age-old question: Are we alone? In my last feature article, we'll analyze the
riveting search for Earth-like planets and look toward its bright future.
College takes a heavy toll on a student's mental health. The pressure of graduating on time, studying for exams, and ultimately planning
for a carrer can be toxic. But now, there's a new item to add to the list: student loans.
A telescope in Chile has captured a stunning view of a celestial object appearing to devour distant stars and even space itself.
A newly discovered alien planet's ring system puts Saturn's collection to shame.
A haunting landscape of star systems, bubbles, and shock fronts lies toward the constellation of Taurus in an amazing new photo.
Most Americans support goverment action to combat the effects of global warming and will likely vote for candidates who put forth
a promising stance on environmental issues, a new poll has found.
The trend in physics, as seen with BICEP2, is to announce discoveries before putting them through peer review — and on the
whole this is a good thing.
From a quiet perch above a huge and threatening storm is a hauntingly beautiful view.
A huge asteroid will become the largest space rock of its kind to pass closest to Earth until 2027 today (Jan. 26) when it zooms
safely by Earth beyond the orbit of the moon.
A mountain-size asteroid will zoom past Earth Monday (Jan. 26), marking the closest pass by such a large space rock until 2027.
Scientists have detected the origins of three bright gamma-ray signals from objects beyond our own Milky Way galaxy for the first
time, including one signal from a strange "superbubble" of gas.
The best place to look for nearby Earth-size planets are around the smallest, coolest stars. New research shows that any exoplanets
tightly circling their stars might have a better chance of being habitable than previously thought.
Walk through the first rainstorm of the season and it slowly hits you: that fresh, earthy smell. Now, scientists think they've
identified the exact mechanism that releases this aroma into the environment.
A new study finds that kids eat more fruits and vegetables when school recess takes place before lunch, rather than after.
Astronomers are searching for the Holy Grail of science: to find life elsewhere in the galaxy. In light of incredible progress,
many outstanding questions and philosophical contradictions remain unanswered.
Hidden behind a wacky light signature are two supermassive black holes in the final phases of a merger — something
theoretically predicted but never before seen.
A large asteroid about a third of a mile wide will zoom safely by Earth this month, and mark the planet's closest encounter with a
space rock of its size until 2027.
A NASA space telescope has spotted a colossal black hole chowing down on gas in a distant collision between two doomed galaxies.
In the constellation of Carina, lies the most luminous and mysterious star system within 10,000 light-years. Now, new 3-D printed models
reveal never-before-seen features of this mysterious system.
The opportunity to directly image exoplanets will help astronomers learn an incredible amount about these alien worlds. Here are the
first results from one of these instruments.
NASA's Kepler space telescope, designed to hunt for planets in our own galaxy, has helped measure an object much more distant and
more massive than any of its detected planets: a black hole.
Astronomers from around the world gathered in Seattle for the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Here are some of
the highlights from this morning's exoplanet session.