The mobile launcher for the Space Launch System rocket, initially meant for the launch of Ares 1, will likely only be used once despite its expensive price tag.
Saying “Chandrayaan 2 is cheaper than Interstellar” is pernicious because frugal engineering is not an end unto itself, especially when we seldom celebrate any other aspects of these missions.
A group of divers recently connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet.
Tech CEOs are out for themselves, not the public good.
Most mammals rely on scent rather than sight, but there is something particularly unusual about the vision of humans, apes and monkeys that requires an explanation.
According to a new study, the ‘Abominable Snowman’ is a brown bear. According to an older hypothesis, the creature is a polar bear. Yet another says it could be a human species thought extinct. Which one is it?
The fossil fuel era won’t last forever. And a new set of countries will find their reserves of lithium, copper and rare earth metals are in high demand.
By all means, the Amazon molly should have gone extinct by now. Except it has not.
“All else being equal, a heavier hummingbird should be slower to accelerate and not as good at making tight turns” – but that’s not what the study found.
Important clue: The head louse is a bloodsucking insect that lives only on the scalp – but the body louse doesn’t venture towards the head.
Nature programming on TV feeds a utopian delusion that pristine nature still exists in abundance – and contributes to our apathy.
Hunting, habitation destruction by industries and deforestation have led to a drop of about 50% in the orangutan population on the island of Borneo from 1999 to 2015.
He is best known for his work on the idea that galaxies contain massive black holes at their centres.
Biodiversity decline is a big enough problem with multiple underlying causes, such as habitat fragmentation, climate change, poaching and human-animal conflicts, without one more threat.
The finding challenges the assumption that Britishers were always pale-skinned and that later events like colonisation led to the influx of dark-skinned populations.
Prof. Rekha Singhal, a senior faculty member at IIFM Bhopal, on her journey so far and how Indian families could be stifling scientific thinking in girls.
Palaeobiology’s success has paralleled the advent of computing and the internet, and would seem like an obvious example of the determining impact of technology on science.
Proof of time travel, false memories or a parallel universe? A look at the wacky world of the ‘Mandela Effect’.
The oldest insect fossil is a wingless creature ~385 million years old. After that brief appearance, they vanish for 60 million years, a period called the Hexapod Gap. Then something happened to encourage insects to multiply.
If we abruptly started or stopped engineering the climate, reptiles and mammals moving at 1.7 km/year on average will have to move faster than 10 km/year to remain in their preferred climatic zones.
Seeing black lead characters who are accomplished scientists could be just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
A growing number of trawlers, less fish in the oceans and a lack of enforcement of existing laws is leading to a desperate situation for fisheries. And olive ridley turtles are caught in the crossfire.
“Being able to fully develop human eggs in the lab could widen the scope of available fertility treatments,” said professor Evelyn Telfer, who co-led the work.
The accelerator is a convenient insertion into a bland story, a wilful negligence of the opportunities that physics of this complexity offers.
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard could have given young women some hope for a better future in the sciences instead of metaphorically closing the door in their faces.
What’s the Falcon Heavy? Why did it launch a car into space? Who was at the wheel? Isn’t the car space junk? Was there a point to all this beyond vanity?
The 23-story-tall jumbo rocket is carrying a cherry red Tesla Roadster from the assembly line of Elon Musk’s electric car company as a mock payload.
Such materials have been a hot topic of research since graphene – a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice – was isolated from pencil graphite.
Macaque societies are female-bonded societies. The larger the maternal group, the more social interactions there are.
The Hubble constant describes the current rate of the universe’s expansion. It has been found to have two values based on different calculations. This is weird because constants are supposed to have a single, fixed value.
Alongside modern spider traits such as a silk-producing structure called a spinneret, this ancient spider possessed a remarkably primitive feature: a whip-like tail covered in short hairs
The problem is that entanglement violates how the world ought to work.
CRISPR harnesses the natural defence mechanisms of some bacteria to cut human DNA strands. Then the DNA strand either heals itself or we inject new DNA to mend the gap. This is gene editing.
ISRO is a homegrown Indian success story often literally pushing against the edges of our universe, inspiring millions of people. But there’s room for it to do more.
The Mariana snailfish lives nearly 27,000 feet underwater, but has features that help it adapt to intense water pressure and cold. Physiological limits may prevent fish from surviving in deeper water.
The K-index compares the number of Twitter followers a scientist has with their citation metrics. It is used to call out “Science Kardashians” and nudge them to “get off Twitter” and write more papers.
The salamander genome is one of the biggest to have been sequenced and assembled. Scientists think the size of it could have something to do with the amphibian’s ability to regenerate lost limbs.
The findings have scientists worried about whether polar bears will be able to catch enough prey to meet their unexpectedly high energy needs and sustain their population.
A recent discovery in Israel pointed to the possibility that modern humans migrated out of Africa 180,000 years ago. But stone tools unearthed in Attirampakkam have been found to be 385,000 years old.
President Michelle Bachelet says the country will not build new coal plants without carbon capture and begin talks to replace existing capacity with cleaner sources