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Climate Crisis
Future Earth 2121

What happens if we solve climate change?

Future Earth 2121

What would happen if the polar ice caps melted?

Science

A bacteria found in a common tree could solve climate change

The recently-discovered bacteria could gobble up some of the nastiest greenhouse gasses.

Science

How plants talk to each other and learn to share

As a species, humans are wired to collaborate. That’s why lockdowns and remote work have felt difficult for many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Science

The Tampa Bay environmental powder keg is ready to blow

Fertilizer ingredients are making their way into coastal waters — and manatees and other species are at risk.

more mowing

Robotic lawnmowers could cut a huge swath in air pollution

Your Roomba is getting an upgrade.

Science

Are fish migrations revealing a massive extinction event is on the way?

Fish are fleeing to cooler waters, which could mean not all is well in the ocean deep.

Snow white

Look at the whitest paint ever invented

Vantablack has met its match.

The 3 percent

Scientists reveal the 6 places on Earth where we can restore animal life

Plastic Problems

Microplastics are dangerously durable forever pollution

Scientists find three alarming sources.

Science

Fallout from the first nuclear tests still affects us today

75 years later, our world still hasn’t recovered.

human being

Are humans still evolving?

Evolution is an ongoing process — and we're still in its throes.

Nature walk
Future Earth 2121

What would happen if the polar ice caps melted?

The 3 percent

Scientists reveal the 6 places on Earth where we can restore animal life

Odd Couple

10 images of unlikely animal relationships

These animals take “opposites attract” to the next level.

Science of the Sun

1 big pro and 4 cons of solar geoengineering

Gene Theory

Plant DNA found for the first time in animals, bizarre study reveals

Nature Nightmare

Why peanut butter could trigger the next pandemic

There’s a deadly link between pandemics, forests, and peanut butter.

Lost and Found

'Zombie' species: 7 'extinct' animals rediscovered by science

Peek into nature’s lost-and-found bin.

Weed Worries

Weed’s next big problem is the wrong type of green

The environmental impact of marijuana, explained.

Dream Teams

The team behind your favorite nature documentaries risked it all for flamingos

“It was like buying a ticket to the lottery.”

Reel science

The best adventure game on Apple Arcade will change the way you think about nature

Reconnect with Mother Nature through a simple swipe of your phone.

Slime Time

Single-cell organism's memories twists our understanding of intelligent life

Even the simplest of creatures may be able to make memories.

paw patrol

Why do cats hunt? New study reveals 2 ways to stop them

If your feline friend brings you too many "presents," this is for you.

LIFE IN SPACE
Out of this world

Ingenuity helicopter video shows NASA’s historic first flight on Mars

NASA has successfully completed the first powered flight on another world with the Ingenuity helicopter.

Emergency Hibernation

NASA’s InSight crisis reveals the most difficult part of exploring Mars

NASA has a long history of underpromising and overdelivering. But sometimes, space robots go wrong.

look up

You need to watch the biggest meteor shower of the spring

The Lyrid meteor shower kicks off the sky watching season.

go long

NASA's Pluto mission just hit a major milestone

New Horizons is going where few spacecraft have gone before.

Blast off 🚀

SpaceX Crew-2 launch date, astronauts, and return for the NASA ISS mission

Here’s everything you need to know.

Science

What if our search for aliens goes horribly wrong? Astronomers weigh in

Aliens???

Does Venus have alien biosignatures? Why the biggest debate in astronomy burns so hot

Go outside

Pink Moon: You need to see the first supermoon of 2021

April’s full Moon is one of two supermoons of the year.

Innovation

Blue Origin test flight livestream, launch site, start time for mission NS-15

Blue Origin is about to take a major step towards actual space tourism. Here’s what you need to know.

Around the world

When will Starlink be available globally? SpaceX is about to hit a big goal

pulse

The crushed cores of dead stars hold clues to mysterious radio signals

NASA's NICER telescope detected giant radio pulses from the Crab Nebula and found more powerful energy signals than ever anticipated.

three's company

This wild new exoplanet is straight out of science fiction

A triple star system? In this economy?

all science stories
Out of this world

Ingenuity helicopter video shows NASA’s historic first flight on Mars

NASA has successfully completed the first powered flight on another world with the Ingenuity helicopter.

Science

Future Earth 2121

Welcome to Future Earth, where Inverse forecasts 100 years of possibilities, challenges, and who will lead the way.

Check, please!

Scientists debunk a long-held theory about oysters, chocolate, honey, and Spanish fly

Science

How many T. rexes ever lived? If you think a billion, go higher

“That was an ‘aha’ moment.”

Snow white

Look at the whitest paint ever invented

Vantablack has met its match.

look up

You need to watch the biggest meteor shower of the spring

The Lyrid meteor shower kicks off the sky watching season.

Ancient humans

Two types of ancient humans found to benefit the health of living people

go long

NASA's Pluto mission just hit a major milestone

New Horizons is going where few spacecraft have gone before.

best of both

Researchers generate human-monkey chimeric embryos

Don’t worry, there are not human-monkey babies — yet.

This week in Science

Near-Earth asteroid and more: Understand the world through 9 images

The biggest science stories of April 7–14.

The 3 percent

Scientists reveal the 6 places on Earth where we can restore animal life

Science

What if our search for aliens goes horribly wrong? Astronomers weigh in