Science

Climate Crisis
Ancient Humans

Ancient humans invented new tools during a climate crisis

Faced with an unstable environment, ancient humans had to adapt.

Innovation

Plastics could enrich the world simply by no longer being plastic

Time to embark on a new, cleaner chapter in our dirty love affair with polyethylene.

Extinction

Earth’s biggest extinction event, explained

Level up

How humanity can fight Covid and climate change together

The coronavirus pandemic has brought humans' impact on their world into sharp focus.

Ancient humans

How ancient humans responded to climate change reveals a "hallmark" of our species

In response to massive environmental shifts, ancient humans show us how our species can adapt to survive and thrive.

Pigeons

Pigeons use unexpected super sense to find home

Plant-based

Which plant-based milk is best for the environment?

Soy? Almond? Oat? All have environmental impacts, but some more than others.

Innovation

Tesla Solar Roof: time lapse video shows what installation is really like

The Tesla Solar Roof made it onto the roof of a new house in just four days, as seen in a new video.

unlikely friends

Ancient cow DNA reveals critical transition moment for first human farmers

Now blanketed in snow, one of the iciest regions on Earth may once have been a tropical haven for ancient humans.

Climate crisis

Covid-19: How to choose the best (and safest) face mask for the planet

Once the pandemic is over, the environmental legacy could last for centuries.

Eco milk

Which milk is best for the environment: dairy, nut, soy, hemp, or grain?

Let's look at the evidence.

Dream Teams

Meet the team fighting to conserve our planet's future — one seed at a time

“We've got this load of money, we've got a problem, can we help you fix it?”

Space
Asteroids

How much do you know about asteroids?

Five questions to test your knowledge of these curious space rocks.

Sky's the limit

How the UK is quietly disrupting the space industry

Away from the limelight, the United Kingdom is slowly building up a new empire on which the Sun never sets.

Innovation

Lunar SpaceX Starship: Stunning photo shows NASA-branded ship taking shape

SpaceX's Starship is under construction at the company's Boca Chica facility, and a new photo suggests SpaceX is already planning trips to the Moon.

upper cut

Watch as NASA's OSIRIS-REx punches an asteroid

On Tuesday, the spacecraft snagged a piece of the asteroid to bring back home.

Dream Teams

By coming together, 3,000 scientists changed the course of physics forever

“Without this collaboration, it would not have been discovered.”

Retro Starship Tech

Star Trek: Discovery's latest McGuffin is a reference to TOS space mobsters

What's broken on the Starship Discovery this time? A classic piece of faux Trek-tech!

rude

Watch the Moon photobomb the Sun in this ridiculous video

Talk about stealing the limelight.

blast from the past

Massive web of gas may solve major Milky Way mystery

The gas was likely leftover by ancient supernovae, retracing the history of our galaxy's formative years.

The Moon

You can thank the Moon for life on Earth

cosmic souvenir

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission just snagged a sample from Bennu

This is history in the making.

Look up!

Where is SpaceX Starlink? How to see in London, Seattle, Houston

Starlink, SpaceX's internet satellite constellation, is making its way across the skies. Here's how to spot it this week.

Starship watch

SpaceX Starship: Watch the triple-engine spaceship fire for the first time

The SpaceX Starship has aced a major test, with a static test fire that shakes to the core.

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Asteroids

How much do you know about asteroids?

Five questions to test your knowledge of these curious space rocks.

The Plague

What the Black Death can teach us about Covid-19

Lessons from the bubonic plague's spread through Europe can offer a roadmap for our future.

Ancient Humans

Ancient humans invented new tools during a climate crisis

Faced with an unstable environment, ancient humans had to adapt.

upper cut

Watch as NASA's OSIRIS-REx punches an asteroid

On Tuesday, the spacecraft snagged a piece of the asteroid to bring back home.

Innovation

Plastics could enrich the world simply by no longer being plastic

Time to embark on a new, cleaner chapter in our dirty love affair with polyethylene.

besties

What chimps can teach us about changing human friendships

Over more than two decades, scientists carefully watched how chimps formed — and maintained — their closest social ties. What they learned has lessons for all of us.

Extinction

Earth’s biggest extinction event, explained

Dream Teams

By coming together, 3,000 scientists changed the course of physics forever

“Without this collaboration, it would not have been discovered.”

Ants

Loss of flight in worker ants led to one big perk

Turns out, wings take up a lot of space that could otherwise be used for strength.

Level up

How humanity can fight Covid and climate change together

The coronavirus pandemic has brought humans' impact on their world into sharp focus.

Ancient humans

How ancient humans responded to climate change reveals a "hallmark" of our species

In response to massive environmental shifts, ancient humans show us how our species can adapt to survive and thrive.

rude

Watch the Moon photobomb the Sun in this ridiculous video

Talk about stealing the limelight.