Astronomers Think They’ve Finally Found the Lost Lunar Module From Apollo 10

A discarded Apollo 10 lunar module known as “Snoopy” has been drifting in space for the past 50 years, its location a complete mystery. Now, after a meticulous eight-year search, a team of astronomers suspect they’ve finally found it. Read More >>

The Sun Can Spawn Dangerous ‘Superflares,’ New Research Suggests

High-energy superflares are typically associated with young, quickly rotating stars, but new evidence suggests mature, plodding stars like our own can still churn out the odd superflare. Read More >>

Stunning but Deadly, China’s Bioluminescent Algal Blooms Are Getting Bigger

Satellite imagery taken over the past two decades shows that the toxic bioluminescent microorganisms responsible for China’s sparkling blue seas are becoming increasingly abundant. Read More >>

Satellite Constellations Like SpaceX’s Starlink Could Cause Major Problems, Astronomy Group Warns

Members of the American Astronomical Society are speaking out about the potential for large satellite constellations, such as SpaceX’s Starlink network, to interfere with scientific observations of space. In a statement issued this week, the AAS said we need to re-think this technology before it’s too late. Read More >>

Huge, Shaggy Head of 40,000-Year-Old Wolf Unearthed in Siberia

A well-preserved head belonging to an ancient species of Pleistocene wolf has been pulled from the permafrost of northeastern Siberia. The enormous, well-preserved head could yield important genetic information about the evolutionary history of wolves and the origin of domesticated dogs. Read More >>

Cannonballs Likely Used by Vlad the Impaler Found in Bulgarian Fortress

Archaeologists in Bulgaria are claiming to have uncovered stone cannonballs used during Vlad III Dracula’s assault on the historic Zishtova Fortress. The unusually cruel military commander—famously known as Vlad the Impaler—wrested the stronghold from the Ottoman Turks in 1461. Read More >>

Evidence of a Gigantic Impact Crater Found Off Scottish Coast

Some 1.2 billion years ago, an asteroid measuring over 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) wide smashed into northwest Scotland. Trouble is, scientists aren’t sure exactly where the meteorite struck, as traces of the crater are long gone. With new research, however, scientists are starting to hone in on the impact zone. Read More >>

Goo From Giant Salamanders Is Impressively Good at Sealing Wounds

When Chinese giant salamanders are injured, they discharge white mucus from glands on their skin. As new research shows, this sticky salamander goo makes for an excellent medical glue, sealing wounds and encouraging them to heal. Read More >>

Bees Can Learn Symbols Associated With Counting, New Experiment Suggests

A new experiment in which bees were trained to associate symbols with numbers suggests we can communicate with insects in ways not thought possible. Read More >>

New Campaign Is Asking Every Country on Earth to Name Distant Worlds

A new campaign headed by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) called IAU100 NameExoWorlds will allow each country in the world to name a star and its exoplanet, the IAU announced on Thursday. Read More >>

NASA Is Opening the ISS to Tourists – but Don’t Worry, You Can’t Afford It

Starting as early as next year, NASA will make the International Space Station available to space tourists and other business ventures. Sounds exciting, but the associated costs are far beyond what most of us can afford. Read More >>

Why Frogs Love to Lay Their Eggs in Elephant Footprints

Frogs in Myanmar are surprisingly dependent upon elephants, or rather, the tracks they leave behind. New research shows that water-filled elephant footprints provide an under-appreciated sanctuary for frogs to lay their eggs. Read More >>

A Cool, Gassy Ring Has Been Detected Around Our Galaxy’s Gigantic Black Hole

Using the ALMA observatory, scientists have detected a previously undocumented band of cool gas wrapped around the black hole at the core of our galaxy. Read More >>

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North Korea’s 2017 Nuclear Test Estimated to Be 16 Times Stronger Than the Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima

An updated estimate shows the September 2017 nuclear test by North Korea was equivalent to 250 kilotonnes of TNT—an explosive yield 16 times greater than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima during the Second World War. The explosion was also an order of magnitude stronger than the country’s previous five tests. Read More >>

CRISPR Baby Mutation Linked to Higher Risk of Early Death

New research shows that the genetic tweak employed by disgraced Chinese scientist He Jiankui to make babies immune to HIV carries an associated risk of early death. Read More >>