Mars has so much radiation that any sign of life would be buried six feet under

Mars has so much radiation that any sign of life would be buried six feet under

The search for life on Mars may have become much more complicated. As rovers such as Curiosity and Perseverance scour the surface for traces of ancient life, new evidence reveals we may have to dig much deeper to find them. Any evidence of amino acids left over from a time when Mars might have been … Read more

There’s a surprising similarity between the brains of humans and octopuses

There's a surprising similarity between the brains of humans and octopuses

Scientists have already established that octopuses are smarter than your average invertebrate, but a new discovery suggests one of the reasons: a specific molecular analogy to the human brain. Both the human genome and the octopus genome contain a large number of “jumping genes” or transposons, capable of duplicating themselves or moving around in the … Read more

Astronomers have discovered a crater from the mysterious rocket that crashed into the Moon

Astronomers have discovered a crater from the mysterious rocket that crashed into the Moon

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) – NASA’s eye in the sky orbiting the Moon – has found the crash site of the mysterious rocket booster that slammed into the far side of the Moon on March 4, 2022. LRO images, taken on May 25, revealed not just a single crater, but a double crater formed … Read more

Signs in Martian soil point to long-term habitable conditions

Signs in Martian soil point to long-term habitable conditions

Is there life on Mars? Have there already been? This is one of the biggest questions we ask about our planetary neighbor; now the research points to a particular part of the Red Planet that may have harbored life multiple times over billions of years. Through extensive study of images captured by the Mars Reconnaissance … Read more

This strange star survived a supernova to shine even brighter than before

This strange star survived a supernova to shine even brighter than before

When it comes to stepping out in style, nothing comes close to the end of a white dwarf. Their thermonuclear self-destruction ranks among the most powerful explosions in the cosmos, forcing the star to disappear in a burst of glory. At least, that’s the idea. A discovery confirms that some white dwarfs fake their death … Read more

Life Has Been Discovered In A Low Oxygen, Super Salty, Sub-Zero Arctic Spring

Life Has Been Discovered In A Low Oxygen, Super Salty, Sub-Zero Arctic Spring

Once again, life has been found in an environment that would be profoundly inhospitable to most living organisms on this planet. Fed by waters that cut through 600 meters (1,970 feet) of permafrost, the subzero, salty, and virtually oxygen-free Lost Hammer Spring in the Canadian Arctic is one of the toughest places on earth. Even … Read more

A giant sunspot has doubled in size in 24 hours and is pointing straight at Earth

A giant sunspot has doubled in size in 24 hours and is pointing straight at Earth

A gigantic sunspot has swelled to twice the size of Earth, doubling its diameter in 24 hours, and it’s pointed straight at us. According to Spaceweather.com, a website that tracks news about solar flares, geomagnetic storms, and other cosmic weather events. Sunspots are dark spots on the surface of the Sun where strong magnetic fields, … Read more

Pluto’s moon has a mysterious red north pole, and we can finally find out why

Pluto's moon has a mysterious red north pole, and we can finally find out why

Pluto’s life partner, Charon, has a disarmingly red “cap.” Ever since New Horizons broke the moonfrom the rust-tinged North Pole during its 2015 flyby, scientists have been looking into the planetary processes responsible for the departure of such a bold landmark. Scientists first suspected that the iron-colored smear (dubbed Mordor Macula) was methane captured on … Read more

Skin mites that mate on our faces at night are slowly merging with humans

Skin mites that mate on our faces at night are slowly merging with humans

If you’re reading this, you’re probably not alone. Most people on Earth are habitats for dust mites, which spend the majority of their brief lives buried, headfirst, in our hair follicles, mostly on the face. In fact, humans are the only habitat for Follicular demodex. They are born on us, they feed on us, they … Read more

A dead star was caught tearing apart its planetary system

A dead star was caught tearing apart its planetary system

When a star dies, what happens to its planets? Well, if that star is some white dwarf 86 light years away, those planets are currently being torn apart and devoured by the star, like some grotesque cosmic performance of Kronos devouring his children. This is not entirely unusual for white dwarfs. But this particular star, … Read more