Category: Science News

Scientists Turn Wasp Venom Into Potentially Groundbreaking Antibiotic

Decades of antibiotic overuse have bread new generations of super-bacteria that can go on living even when hit with the most potent drugs we’ve got. Scientists are...

Probe Headed for Mercury Fires Most Powerful Ion Drive Ever Built

The BepiColombo Mercury probe is a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The probe is intended to study...

Scientists Measure the Total Brightness of the Universe: 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons

Our local star is very bright by human standards—just looking at it for a few seconds can wreck your vision. That’s just an infinitesimal fraction of the total...

MIT Studies Micro-Impacts at 100 Million Frames Per Second

Engineers know that tiny, super-fast objects can cause damage to spacecraft, but it’s been difficult to understand exactly how the damage happens because the moment of...

NASA Reveals 9 Commercial Partners for Lunar Missions

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine hosted a press conference today to reveal the next phase of the agency’s lunar ambitions. The Commercial Lunar Payload Services...

Here’s What’s Next for NASA’s InSight Mars Lander

NASA’s InSight mission has successfully landed on the red planet, making it the first Mars landing for the agency in six years. With the solar panels deployed, it’s...

Chinese Scientist Reportedly Creates Genetically Engineered Babies Immune to HIV

Scientists have been abuzz with excitement ever since it became clear that CRISPR would unlock a new world of powerful gene editing techniques. Teams around the world...

NASA’s InSight Successfully Lands on Mars

After months in space, the NASA InSight probe has successfully touched down on Mars. The long-awaited landing came with the usual “seven minutes of terror” while...

NASA May Sell Tickets to Space Tourists

There’s nothing novel about the idea of charging someone big bucks for a trip into space. Russia started charging a string of ultra-wealthy people $20 million or more...

Chinese Fusion Reactor Gets 6 Times Hotter Than the Sun

Scientists around the world have been trying for decades to recreate the unfathomable power of the sun here on Earth, and a team in China has managed to best our local...