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HORIZONS

This sound-powered underwater camera could reveal deep-ocean secrets

Plus: Gaming tech for surgery pain.

Science

Whale evolution isn’t completely understood — but genes reveal part of the story

The genomes of cetaceans help tell the story of mammals who returned to the life aquatic.

Climate crisis

Puerto Rico: 8 images reveal devastation left by Hurricane Fiona

small but mighty

We finally know how many ants are crawling the Earth right now

It’s a lot.

Oh No

Three everyday beverages that may taste worse because of climate change

Climate change may be coming for your favorite drink, scientists say.

Climate Crisis

Extreme heat linked to harassment at work, study reveals

Climate change has serious effects on human behavior with implications for workplace interactions and productivity.

Dung Dealer

Fox poop has a surprising impact on tree growth

A gift that keeps on giving.

Science

This household appliance could be filling your home with invisible health hazards

One of the main air pollutants commonly associated with using gas stoves is nitrogen dioxide.

This week in science

Blue Origin rocket fails and more: Understand the world through 9 images

Burning Up

Hottest summer ever: 2022 broke records all over the world

Climate catastrophes made headlines across the globe.

Stunning

Harvest Moon 2022: 10 incredible views of this weekend's lunar event

Science

A new rover with crescent-shaped “wheels” could conquer difficult lunar terrain

Even with such a small size, the rover can still pack a decent amount of sensors on its platform.

Science

Astronomers find a shocking culprit that shaped Earth's continents

Sure, asteroids did some of the work. But a few came from the fringes of our Solar System.

Science

Fall Equinox 2022: Date, time, and opportunities for astronomy during this yearly event

It comes once a year — and this year coincides with a New Moon.

Reel Science

The best thriller of the century reveals a real climate change disaster

The devastating floods in Parasite are no mere fantasy — they're a reality for many Koreans.

Sustainability

Fish and seafood are better for your health and the climate than meat, study shows

Surf outperforms turf in wellness and sustainability.

Nature walk
Raccacoonie

Just how smart are raccoons? They’re probably masterminds, a new study finds

The meek shall inherit.

Oh No

Three everyday beverages that may taste worse because of climate change

Climate change may be coming for your favorite drink, scientists say.

Reel Science

The best thriller of the century reveals a real climate change disaster

The devastating floods in Parasite are no mere fantasy — they're a reality for many Koreans.

Reading list

Look: 82 species tell the story of extinction in a new book

S.O.S

Greenland's melting ice sheets may cause "ominous" sea level rise

A new study reveals data on sea level rise, and it's not great news out of Greenland.

Tree hugger

More than a dozen threatened American trees may disappear without further action, a survey reveals

Tree survey reveals up to 16 percent of U.S. species are threatened.

That's Not Good

Billions of people may face “unprecedented” and deadly heat within 78 years

At our current rates of global warming, dangerous heat will become a near-daily routine for billions of people.

Crowd Control

Watch: Ingenious hawks learned to thwart their prey's greatest defense

They dive into the crowd and leave the rest up to fate.

Ride Along

Watch squealing dolphins hunt fish and snakes from their point of view

One dolphin even went after some unusual prey.

Tiny Heroes

One surprising insect could help solve farming’s pest problem

These tiny critters can serve as "biological pest control," new research suggests.

float on

Look: A deep-sea expedition just captured these incredible views of life underwater

Tipping Point?

Climate change may push North America’s forests to a “tipping point”

A trio of studies highlights the serious threat global warming poses to forests on the continent.

Achoo

Watch sea sponges sneeze out stringy mucus in slow motion

Gesundheit!

Science

In Mexico, indigenous peoples and scientists race to save an iconic Aztec animal

Once mutually wary, farmers and scientists are working jointly to save a key ecosystem — and an endangered salamander.

Science

How is nature connected to well-being? It's complicated, scientists say

Experts reviewed hundreds of papers to draw scientific conclusions about our cultural and ecological connections to nature.

Reel Science

The most epic fantasy movie on HBO Max reveals a dark truth about real life

Princess Mononoke’s story reveals a nuance of how humans treat the climate crisis.

LIFE IN SPACE
Science

NASA's DART spacecraft successfully crashed itself into an asteroid

This is the space agency’s first major step to keeping us safe from killer asteroids.

Glow up

Behold! 9 glorious Neptune images reveal our changing view of the planet

From Voyager to JWST, here are the most stunning portraits of the gas giant.

Science

NASA will roll back Artemis I to safeguard the Moon rocket from Hurricane Ian

Hurricane season is the latest setback for NASA's Artemis I mission.

Science

We’ve dumped over 15,000 pounds of trash on Mars

The “leave no trace” motto doesn’t apply to the Red Planet, apparently.

Science

Mars’ ancient lakes could help discover life on the Red Planet

The elusive mystery may soon be solved.

Science

Super-Earths may be the best places to look for alien life

Super-Earths may be super habitable, as astronomer Chris Impey explains.

Science

One NASA asset will be critical to Moon and asteroid missions' success

Different missions are vying for a limited number of antennas.

Science

Astronomers may have discovered a way to tell if Betelgeuse is about to blow up

How important is it to detect supernovae before they happen?

Science

Artemis I Moon launch may be delayed again — and NASA can't do anything about it

NASA hopes the next 24 hours have good news to launch on Tuesday.

Science

NASA will smash a spacecraft into an asteroid Monday — what you need to know

The DART mission doesn't have much aboard — and that's kind of the point.

This week in science

Webb spots Neptune’s rings and more: Understand the world through 9 images

Science

NASA's mega Moon rocket passes critical hydrogen fuel test — but there's a catch

Today's cryogenic demonstration test was a success, despite constant wrangling with — you guessed it — hydrogen fuel leaks.

glow clouds (all hail)

Wow! Webb just gave us the best look at Neptune in 33 years

Inverse endorses Neptune as The Best Planet.

Science

NASA discovers a problem with one of the Webb Telescope’s most important instruments

One important mode on the next-generation telescope is off.

Science

Saturn's rings were once a moon ripped apart by bizarre forces

Resonance with not-so-near Neptune destabilized the moon 100 million years ago.

Starry Night

SpaceX Starship orbital flight: Elon Musk's giant rocket just passed another critical test

SpaceX plans to send the Starship to orbit — at some point.

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Science

NASA's DART spacecraft successfully crashed itself into an asteroid

This is the space agency’s first major step to keeping us safe from killer asteroids.

Glow up

Behold! 9 glorious Neptune images reveal our changing view of the planet

From Voyager to JWST, here are the most stunning portraits of the gas giant.

gotta go fast

Mysterious new deep-space radio burst may have extreme origins — study

Enigmatic fast radio bursts come from some of the most extreme environments.

Science

NASA will roll back Artemis I to safeguard the Moon rocket from Hurricane Ian

Hurricane season is the latest setback for NASA's Artemis I mission.

Longevity hacks

Going to bed before this time could boost your metabolic health

Sorry, night owls.

Mind and Body

Why just one case of polio is cause for alarm — a virologist explains the dreaded disease

There is no cure for polio. The only treatment is prevention.

Science

We’ve dumped over 15,000 pounds of trash on Mars

The “leave no trace” motto doesn’t apply to the Red Planet, apparently.

Cardboard Critters

Why do cats love cardboard boxes? Pet experts decode the obsession

The science behind your feline's weird obsession.

Science

Mars’ ancient lakes could help discover life on the Red Planet

The elusive mystery may soon be solved.

Science

Super-Earths may be the best places to look for alien life

Super-Earths may be super habitable, as astronomer Chris Impey explains.

Mind and Body

Your gut microbes are thousands of generations old — new study

Humans evolved with their microbiomes — like genes, your gut microbes pass from one generation to the next

Science

Is a fact always true? A philosopher explains how to spot the difference

The history of science is full of revolutions in thinking.

Science

20 years ago, astronomers rediscovered the first exoplanet ever found

Pity the poor planet that no one quite believed in until it was too late.

Science

One NASA asset will be critical to Moon and asteroid missions' success

Different missions are vying for a limited number of antennas.

Science

Astronomers may have discovered a way to tell if Betelgeuse is about to blow up

How important is it to detect supernovae before they happen?

small but mighty

We finally know how many ants are crawling the Earth right now

It’s a lot.