Category: Science News

The Most Promising Companies in Robotics Engineering

Despite all the warning of a robot apocalypse in popular culture, there are still ample companies working at the bleeding edge of robotics. One day, the robots will take...

Pluto Might Have Formed as a Giant Comet, Not a Planet

The mechanics of planet formation are thought to be pretty universal, but a new report suggests that Pluto could have formed from very different processes than those we...

Dinosaur-Killing Impact May Have Superheated Earth’s Atmosphere for 100,000 Years

Roughly 66 million years ago, an asteroid some 6-9 miles in diameter slammed into the Yucatan peninsula. Researchers have a fairly good idea what happened next. The...

Scientists Plan New Project to Search for Particles that Escape from LHC

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the most complex device ever built by humanity, and it’s allowed us to explore previously unknowable realms of physics. However,...

Scientists Use CRISPR to Block HIV Replication Inside Living Cells

Modern medicine has made incredible progress in the treatment of HIV. Years ago, infection with HIV would almost certainly lead to developing AIDS, but treatment can now...

Hawaii Volcano: Kilauea Sends Ash 30,000 Feet High as Eruption Intensifies

Ever since Kilauea’s eruption began to intensify on May 3, there have been questions about how long this new phase will last and how violent it might become. Kilauea...

MIT Creates Modular Medical Diagnostic Block

You can finally put those Lego skills from your childhood to work designing medical tests, thanks to a new project from MIT’s Little Devices Lab. Researchers there...

On Its Way to Mars, Cubesat Snaps Photo of Earth and the Moon

NASA’s InSight Mars mission launched on May 5, but it wasn’t the only piece of equipment that began its journey to the red planet. The agency also sent two small...

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Will Ride Along With 2020 Rover

NASA has confirmed its upcoming Mars 2020 rover will carry a small robotic passenger. The agency has been working on a helicopter drone for use on Mars, and it now plans...

Where Are All the Aliens? Maybe They’re Mostly Microbial (and Dead)

One of the enduring puzzles in astrobiology is why we haven’t found any aliens yet — and it’s worth another look, in light of Breakthrough Listen’s latest (and...