If you spend all your time doing scientific research in a frozen tundra, one might suspect you’d be less likely to enjoy a film about a bunch of alien parasites who brutally murder scientists doing research in a frozen tundra. You’d be wrong, because that’s apparently what the the crew down at the South Pole Telescope do every year.Read more
Technology is the collection of tools, including machinery, modifications, arrangements and procedures used by humans. Engineering is the discipline that seeks to study and design new technologies. Technologies significantly affect human as well as other animal species’ ability to control and adapt to their natural environments.
On the night of July 4th, 2016, scientists successfully maneuvered a basketball court-sized probe into the orbit of the largest planet in the solar system. Some at the Florida launch cheered, some breathed a sigh of relief. But for NASA’s Heidi Becker, this could have been the mission’s end.Read more
There’s been no shortage of pundit pontification and data analysis that’s tried to figure out why people voted for now President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. But a new study published today in Royal Society Open Science suggests that one seemingly unrelated behavioral quirk might have played a small role: An abject hatred of BO.Read more
When you sweep across the FM radio band, you don’t always hear music—mostly, you hear static. Lots of this ambient noise is actually garbled signals from throughout the Milky Way. If you had perhaps the most sensitive FM receiver on Earth, you might pick up the tiniest dip in volume: a signal that comes not from our galaxy, but from the earliest stars in the Universe.Read more
Today, scientists announced that they’d seen evidence of a long-sought signal from the first stars. This slight change to some ambient radio waves could herald the first step in a new kind of astronomy. But maybe, just maybe, it’s also evidence of dark matter interacting with regular matter in the ancient universe.Read more
Say hello to Macrobiotus shonaicus, a completely new species of tardigrade—those incredibly resilient microscopic wee beasties that likely have what it takes to survive the apocalypse.Read more
Hi, National Geographic, it’s me, Ryan. I got your package today and I guess I’m wondering—why did you send me a pseudoscientific crystal healing water bottle with your name on it?Read more