World Space Week centers space sustainability for this year’s events

Humanity’s role in space exploration is once again being celebrated. The 2022 edition of World Space Week starts Tuesday (Oct. 4), with events highlighting the theme “Space and Sustainability.” The week is timed with the 65th anniversary of the Sputnik launch from the Soviet Union, which became the first human-made object in orbit on Oct. … Read more

Three-dimensional fossil algae more than 541 million years old reveal a modern-looking ancestry of the plant kingdom

Reconstruction of a cross-section through Protocodium sinense, showing likeness to modern Codium. Credit: Shu Chai Paleontologists have identified a new genus and species of algae called Protocodium sinense that predates the origin of land plants and modern animals and provides new insight into the early diversification of the plant kingdom. Discovered at a site in … Read more

Rising seas fueled by climate change to swamp $34B in US real estate in just 30 years, analysis finds

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Higher high tides, supercharged by rising sea levels, could flood all or parts of an estimated $34 billion worth of real estate along the nation’s coasts within just 30 years, a new report concludes. Within the span of a 30-year mortgage, as many as 64,000 buildings and roughly 637,000 properties along … Read more

Neanderthals died out 40,000 years ago, but there has never been more of their DNA on Earth

Credit: Tom Björklund / Moesgård Museum, Author provided Neanderthals have served as a reflection of our own humanity since they were first discovered in 1856. What we think we know about them has been shaped and molded to fit our cultural trends, social norms and scientific standards. They have changed from diseased specimens to primitive … Read more

Molecular atlas of an Australian dragon’s brain sheds new light on more than 300 million years of brain evolution

The Australian bearded dragon Pogona vitticeps. Credit: Max Planck Institute for Brain Research / G. Laurent These days, dragons are keeping “Game of Thrones” fans on their toes. But they are also providing important insights into vertebrate brain evolution, as revealed by the work of Max Planck scientists on the brain of the Australian bearded … Read more

Gone in 30 years? The Welsh village in crosshairs of climate change

There is growing concern about sea levels around the UK but residents in Fairbourne say the village is not the worst affected. Occasionally at night, if the weather’s bad when she walks her dog along the waterfront, Georgina Salt admits feeling a little “frisson” at the vulnerability of her exposed Welsh village. Otherwise, like many … Read more

Gear up with Celestron and make the most of this year’s Jupiter opposition

Astronomical opposition is the exciting time when the earth aligns precisely between the sun and another planet. This happens because of our faster and smaller orbit. Saturn, the ringed planet, was recently in opposition on Saturday 14th of August. Saturn is a favorite celestial object for many and is visible to the naked human eye. … Read more

Voyager 1 marks 10 years in interstellar space

Humankind has now spent an entire decade exploring interstellar space. On Aug. 25, 2012, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft was 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from the sun and scientists determined that the venerable spacecraft had crossed the boundary between the sun’s influence and the interstellar medium. Now, still going and still sending back data, … Read more

Scientists discover fossils of giant sea lizard that ruled the oceans 66 million years ago

Artist’s representation of Thalassotitan atrox. Credit: Andrey Atuchin Researchers have discovered a huge new mosasaur from Morocco, named Thalassotitan atrox, which filled the apex predator niche. With massive jaws and teeth like those of killer whales, Thalassotitan hunted other marine reptiles—plesiosaurs, sea turtles, and other mosasaurs. At the end of the Cretaceous period, 66 million … Read more