Jul 8, 2014
July 8, 2014: Fruit flies are bug eyed and spindly, they love rotten bananas, and, following orders from their pin-sized brains, they can lay hundreds of eggs every day. We have a lot in common.
Jul 2, 2014
July 2, 2014: Scientists analyzing data from NASA’s Cassini mission have firm evidence of an ocean inside Saturn's largest moon, Titan, which might be as salty as the Earth's Dead Sea. The findings are published in this week’s edition of the journal Icarus.
Jul 2, 2014
July 2, 2014: NASA has successfully launched its first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Jul 1, 2014
A new species is about to join astronauts on the International Space Station: Drosophila melanogaster, also known as the "fruit fly." Genetically speaking, the bug-eyed insects have a lot in common with human beings, and they are poised to teach researchers a great deal about voyaging into... Read More
Jun 24, 2014
June 24, 2014: In the lexicon of climate change, one word appears more often than any other: "carbon." Carbon credits, carbon emissions, carbon sequestration…. These terms are on everyone's lips. The reason is carbon dioxide (CO2).
Jun 23, 2014
NASA is about to launch a satellite dedicated to the study of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) will quantify global CO2 sources and sinks, and help researchers predict the future of climate change.
Jun 18, 2014
June 18, 2014: Anyone who remembers dialup internet can sympathize with the plight of NASA mission controllers. Waiting for images to arrive from deep space, slowly downloading line by line, can be a little like the World Wide Web of the 1990s. Patience is required.
Solar System, ISS
Jun 17, 2014
In early June, a laser beam lanced out of the night sky over California, heralding a breakthrough in space communications. The message it carried was "Hello, World."
Jun 10, 2014
June 10, 2014: Years ago, in 2008 and 2009 an eerie quiet descended on the sun. Sunspot counts dropped to historically-low levels and solar flares ceased altogether. As the longest and deepest solar minimum in a century unfolded, bored solar physicists wondered when "Solar Max" would ever... Read More
Jun 9, 2014
NASA and NOAA agree: Solar Max has arrived, but this "mini Max" is not like any other solar maximum of the Space Age.
Jun 3, 2014
June 3, 2014: A spacecraft from Earth is about to do something no spacecraft has ever done before: orbit a comet and land on its surface.Right now, the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe is hurtling toward Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The spacecraft's mission is to study the comet at close... Read More
Jun 2, 2014
Later this year, Europe's Rosetta probe will orbit and land on comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko. New images of the comet show that it will be a lively place when Rosetta arrives.
Earth, Solar System
Jun 2, 2014
June 2, 2014: It only sounds like science fiction.To test a new technology for landing heavy payloads on Mars, NASA is about to drop a flying-saucer shaped vehicle from a helium balloon high above Earth's surface.The first launch opportunity for the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) is June... Read More
May 27, 2014
A new map of the galaxy by ESA's Planck spacecraft has revealed gigantic loops of magnetism and other structures that point to a magnetic dynamo at work in the Milky Way.