Space 'dumpling' looms into view as spacecraft prepares for asteroid rendezvous
The “dumpling-shaped” asteroid Ryugu is looming into view of Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft as it prepares to rendezvous with the space rock.
Did plate tectonics set the stage for life on Earth?
A new study suggests that rapid cooling within the Earth's mantle through plate tectonics played a major role in the development of the first life...
Rare giant manta ray nursery discovered off Texas coast
Tucked away in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the world's first known nursery for baby manta rays has been discovered amid the shallow...
Astronaut Mark Kelly blasts Trump's Space Force plan, calls it 'a dumb idea'
Retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly has lambasted President Trump's proposal to create a Space Force, saying the Air Force already does the tasks...
Blue whale found on California coast died from ship strike, scientists say
A 62-foot blue whale carcass that washed ashore north of San Francisco on Monday died from a ship strike, the Marine Mammal Center said Tuesday.
A guide to summer solstice, from Stonehenge to the earth's tilt
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, rejoice! The summer season will officially commence on Thursday, June 21 thanks to the summer solstice.
Zookeeper's heartfelt tribute to world's oldest Sumatran orangutan
A keeper at Perth Zoo has written a beautiful tribute to the world’s oldest Sumatran orangutan after she passed away at the age of 62.
The oldest DNA from giant pandas was just discovered in a cave in China
Scientists in China found a fossil from a giant panda that lived 22,000 years ago. Until they excavated the fossil, reassembled it and analyzed its...
Bizarre deep sea creature washes up on Texas beach, puzzles park rangers
An odd-looking fish that lives on the ocean floor shocked Texas beachgoers and wildlife experts when it washed up on Padre Island National Seashore...
NASA's chilling 30-year-old warning
We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told the US Congress and the world that global warming wasn’t...
Mysterious Mars rock formation explained - and it doesn't involve UFOs
The cause of a mysterious rock formation on Mars that NASA deemed "an enigmatic pile of eroding sediments" and UFO hunters strongly believe is an...
This flying space droid wants to make friends with astronauts
The world's first flying, autonomous, artificially intelligent (AI) astronaut assistant will soon get to work in space.