You Can Now Check the Weather on Mars Every Day

Instruments aboard NASA’s InSight lander are now gathering meteorological data from the Martian surface, allowing for daily weather reports that are being made available to the public. Read More >>

We’re Just 140 Years Away from the Climate That Caused a Planet-Wide Extinction

Humans have pushed atmospheric carbon dioxide to heights unseen in our short (geologically speaking) existence. But give us another few generations, and our geologic impact on the planet will be clear. Read More >>

It’s Surprisingly Easy to Trick People With a Disguise, Sneaky Study Finds

It could be much easier to pull off the perfect heist than you think. According to a new study from the UK, you don’t need to disguise yourself much in order to fool the average person into thinking they’re looking at someone else. It might even take as little as a goth makeover. Read More >>

Neptune’s Smallest Moon Finally Has a Name: Hippocamp

Introducing Hippocamp – the smallest of Neptune’s seven inner moons. The recently discovered moon likely formed from a collision with another moon billions of years ago. Read More >>

Why So Many People Choose to Live Near Active Volcanoes

If you’re watching newsreel footage of an eruption, and don’t live near a volcano yourself, you may find yourself wondering, “Why would anyone choose to live there?” Read More >>

Enormous Stream of Stars Discovered in Southern Sky

Scientists have discovered a nearby “stellar stream” containing thousands of stars spanning the southern sky. They made the discovery thanks to the recent release of data from the Gaia sky survey. Read More >>

A Morning Walk May Be as Good as Medication for Lowering Blood Pressure

Taking a morning stroll can do wonders for your blood pressure, according to a study out today, especially if you’re not moving around much to begin with. The research found that sedentary older adults who walked in the morning for 30 minutes experienced a noticeable drop in blood pressure. And women who also took breaks from sitting throughout the day experienced an even larger drop. Read More >>

Japanese Spacecraft to Shoot Bullet at Asteroid This Week

The spacecraft Hayabusa2's first touchdown onto the asteroid Ryugu is scheduled for this week. If successful, the craft will shoot a bullet into the rock in order to capture samples to bring back to Earth. Read More >>

New Tarantula Species Has Big, Weird, Floppy Horn

Tarantulas generally stick to a pretty predictable body plan – eight legs, long fangs, usually fuzzy. But a newly-described species of tarantula in the southern African country of Angola has thrown scientists a big curve ball. The tarantula is about as weird as it gets for spiders, sporting a long, pliable, droopy “horn” on its back, and no one’s sure what it’s even for. Read More >>

This Man Travelled 10,000 Miles to See America’s Trash Birds—and Loved Every Minute of It

20-year-old Tasmanian George Vaughan had three main goals for his trip to the United States last month: see a Metallica concert, visit Niagara Falls, and go to a landfill in the US state of Alabama. The landfill, he hoped, would help him realise a dream he’d held for six years: to see a laughing gull, a “seagull” generally considered a nuisance by your average American beachgoer. Read More >>

Newly Decoded Great White Shark Genome Hints at Why They’re So Indestructible

The great white shark is impressively terrifying (though not actually much of a threat to humans). But a new study shows that the animal is also an impressive feat of evolution. For the first time, scientists say they’ve fully unspooled the genome of the great white, a discovery that will help us better understand why sharks are so good at warding off cancer and other age-related diseases—information that could someday help people do the same. Read More >>

Scientists Produce Rigorous Study of Why Grapes Spark in the Microwave

A paper published Monday in a well-known science journal begins with the following sentence: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pair of grape hemispheres exposed to intense microwave radiation will spark, igniting a plasma.” A universally acknowledged truth indeed... but what causes this microwave marvel? Read More >>

Gene Therapy for the Most Common Form of Blindness Gets Its First Human Test

An 80-year-old woman from Oxford is the first patient to undergo gene therapy to treat age-related macular degeneration—the most common cause of sight loss in the world. Read More >>

136 People Have Died in Measles Outbreak in the Philippines Linked to Vaccination Fears, Official Says

Thousands of people have been infected in a measles outbreak that has been linked to the deaths of 136 people, according to the Philippine health secretary on Monday. The Associated Press reported that most of those who died were young children, with roughly half between the ages of 1 and 4. Read More >>

Tokyo Is Testing a New System to Detect ‘Guerrilla’ Rain and Tornadoes Up to 30 Minutes in Advance

Officials in Tokyo are testing a new technology that utilises weather radar and terrestrial digital radio waves to “quickly and precisely predict torrential rain and tornadoes” up to 20 to 30 minutes in advance, the Mainichi reported on Sunday. Read More >>