Category: Science News

3.7 Billion-Year-Old Fossils May Actually Be Just Rocks

Several years ago, a group of researchers revealed a new fossil discovery suggesting that life on Earth started even earlier than we thought. The 3.7 billion-year-old...

Dinosaurs May Be to Blame for Human Sunburns

Basking in the sun can be a great way to spend an afternoon while replenishing your vitamin D. However, too much time in the sun can lead to a nasty sunburn and an...

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory Goes Offline Just a Week After Hubble

This last week has been a rough one for space news, to say the least. The iconic Hubble Space Telescope has been placed in safe mode following a hardware failure, and a...

Hubble Is in Safe Mode After Another Gyroscope Failure

The Hubble Space Telescope is creeping ever closer to 30 years old, and nothing lasts forever. Scientists are acutely aware of that today after placing the orbiting...

Cassini Detected ‘Ring Rain’ During Plunge into Saturn

It has been more than a year since the iconic Cassini probe ended its mission by diving into the atmosphere of Saturn, the planet it studied for more than a decade....

Lockheed Wants to Build a Lunar Lander for NASA’s Gateway Station

NASA representatives have spoken in the past about returning to the moon as a stepping stone to Mars, but it was always in the vaguest of terms. The agency recently...

NASA Switches Curiosity Rover to Backup Computer Following Glitch

NASA’s Curiosity rover has already long outlived its minimum projected lifespan with more than six Earth years — more than 2,000 Martian days or “Sols.” However,...

Hayabusa2 Probe Deploys Third Robot on Asteroid Ryugu

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has talked a lot about how the Hayabusa2 mission aims to return a sample of the asteroid Ryugu to Earth. That might be...

Deep Space Exploration Could Permanently Damage Human GI Tracts

Humans aren’t built for deep space exploration. We’ve evolved to live here on Earth with an atmosphere, gravity, and a vitally important magnetic field that deflects...

University Develops Simulated Martian Soil, Is Selling It for $20 Per Kilogram

We’ve been sending probes and rovers to Mars for years, but we have yet to get a sample of the red planet back to Earth. The best we can do is characterize the planet...