Largest-ever analysis of microbial data concludes that 99.999 percent of species remain undiscovered.
The latest science media releases highlighting exciting news and research from around the globe.
We knew that Saturn’s moon Titan had seas and lakes of liquid hydrocarbons, but their exact composition was unknown until recently.
Although the lunar month has a mean period of 29 days 12 hours and 44 minutes, the actual length varies throughout the year. Lengths of lunar months in 2016.
We don’t need to look for Earth-like planets exclusively around sun-like stars. Ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 hosts 3 potentially habitable Earth-sized planets.
They’re calling it a Manx comet, after the cats with no tails. It may have formed in the inner solar system and been ejected outward.
Dates of major moon phases, conjunctions and oppositions of planets, meteor showers and other important dates in 2016, from astronomer Fred Espenak.
It’s below sea level, with near-boiling water bubbling up from underground, high salt concentrations and toxic vapor. Yet life survives here.
Earth flies between Mars and sun on May 22, bringing it closer than Mars has been in over a decade. How to find and enjoy Mars during 2016’s close opposition!
Video of this year’s oppositions of Mars and Saturn, in front of the constellations Libra and Scorpius. Notice Mars appearing larger around its May 22 opposition!
It’s a seasonal Blue Moon – an older definition of the term – the third of four full moons between the March equinox and the June solstice of 2016.
The Sonic Hedgehog gene drives embryonic development of mammal limbs and shark gills. Could our limbs have evolved from gills?
Breakthrough Starshot seeks proof of concept for a 100-million-mile-per-hour mission – using light-propelled nanocrafts – to reach the nearest star in 20 years.
Read about star travel via conventional propulsion, warp drives, and more.
No, Earth’s magnetic field did not collapse for 2 hours on April 23. The erroneous story, which is still spreading, originated with a glitch in a computer simulation.
The Curiosity rover has nearly crossed a stretch of the roughest terrain it’s seen during its 44 months on Mars. Scientists are monitoring the wear and tear on the rover’s wheels.
Visualize a vast reservoir of icy comets on the outskirts of our solar system. That’s what Jan Oort did in 1950, and why the Oort Cloud bears his name.
On April 17, an active region on the sun’s right side released a mid-level solar flare, which can be seen in this video as a bright flash of light.
Video of a spectacular jellyfish that floated past NOAA’s ROV on April 24, 2016 in the Mariana Trench – the deepest oceanic trench on the planet.
This Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the first moon ever discovered around little Makemake, in the outermost region of our solar system.
The JWST mirror covers off for a few days this week, and webcams are set up at Goddard Space Flight Center. Watch!
The meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 26, 1986 exposed 572 million people to radiation. It was far worse than the 2011 Fukushima accident.