When Voyager 2 Calls Home, Earth Soon Won’t Be Able to Answer
NASA will spend 11 months upgrading the only piece of its Deep Space Network that can send commands to the probe, which has crossed into interstellar space.
Sneezing Dogs, Dancing Bees: How Animals Vote
The 2020 election is off to a complicated start. Maybe we can draw some comparative political lessons from the animal kingdom.
Down on the Farm That Harvests Metal From Plants
Hyper-accumulating plants thrive in metallic soil that kills other vegetation, and botanists are testing the potential of phytomining.
The Further Adventures of Betelgeuse, the Fainting Star
The red supergiant is no closer to exploding, it seems. It also no longer appears round.
Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Was Great for Bacteria
The smoldering crater left by the apocalyptic space rock became a nice home for blue-green algae within years of the impact.
These Images Show the Sun’s Surface in Greater Detail Than Ever Before
A new telescope in Hawaii takes aim at our nearest star and its mysteries.
Even Hermit Crabs Have Wealth Inequality
The distribution of shells in one population of hermit crabs matched how wealth is shared in some human societies.
How to Peer Through a Wormhole
Theoretically, the universe may be riddled with tunnels through space and time. Two scientists have now proposed a way to detect the existence of a cosmic escape hatch.
A Nazi Version of DDT Was Forgotten. Could It Help Fight Malaria?
Scientists have rediscovered a compound developed by German researchers during World War II. It appears to be more effective and perhaps safer than DDT.
How Will Climate Change Alter Agriculture? Winemakers Are Finding Out
Wine, which is among the most sensitive and nuanced of agricultural products, demonstrates how climate change is transforming traditions and practices that may be centuries old.