The reality behind solar power’s next star material
Companies say they are close to commercializing cheap perovskite films that could disrupt solar power — but are they too optimistic?
NASA drone will soar over Saturn’s largest moon
The Dragonfly mission will explore Titan’s atmosphere and hydrocarbon lakes.
Move over, DNA: ancient proteins are starting to reveal humanity’s history
Proteins dating back more than one million years have been extracted from some fossils, and could help to answer some difficult questions about archaic humans.
Mars rover detects ‘excitingly huge’ methane spike
NASA’s Curiosity rover reports the highest-ever reading of the gas at the planet’s surface.
Robo-fish powered by battery ‘blood’
Fluid gives robots power without adding weight — bringing them closer to autonomy.
The secret social lives of viruses
Scientists are listening in on the ways viruses communicate and cooperate. Decoding what the microbes are saying could be a boon to human health.
Superconducting magnet breaks strength world record
Magnet generates an unprecedented 45.5-tesla field.
Small, furry and powerful: are mouse lemurs the next big thing in genetics?
More-human than mice, the world’s tiniest primates may just have what it takes to become the next top model organism.
The human body is a mosaic of different genomes
Survey finds that ‘normal’ human tissues are riddled with mutations.
Venus is Earth’s evil twin — and space agencies can no longer resist its pull
Once a water-rich Eden, the hellish planet could reveal how to find habitable worlds around distant stars.