Cassini Is Gone. Here Are the Next Space Missions to Watch Out For.
Now that Cassini has gone out in a blaze of glory, you’re probably wondering what cosmic missions you can get excited about next. Though NASA is reviewing proposals that may include a return to Saturn to seek signs of life on ocean worlds like its moons Enceladus and Titan, other endeavors into deep space are already on the calendar. Here are a variety of space missions worth keeping tabs on over the next decade or so.
Can You Pick the Bees Out of This Insect Lineup?
How can we save the pollinators if we don’t even recognize them?
Starting Fires to Unearth How Neanderthals Made Glue
Some 200,000 years ago, Neanderthals used tar to attach handles to tools and weapons. Archaeologists performed experiments to show how they could have made this adhesive.
Fungi Physics: How Those Spores Launch Just Right
To spread forth and multiply, fungi — including the familiar button, portobello and shiitake mushrooms — shoot their spores into wafting breezes.
Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman to Win a Fields Medal, Dies at 40
Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician who was the only woman ever to win a Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics, died on Saturday. She was 40.
In the Deep, Dark Sea, Corals Create Their Own Sunshine
Corals that live up to hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface have worked out a special arrangement with algae that’s mutually beneficial for the two.
They Were Shorter and at Risk for Arthritis, but They Survived an Ice Age
As early humans migrated into colder northern climates, a genetic mutation that knocks about a centimeter off height and increases the risk of osteoarthritis by up to 80 percent may have helped some of them survive the most recent ice age.
In Neanderthal DNA, Signs of a Mysterious Human Migration
A new genetic analysis finds that ancient Africans walked into Europe 270,000 years ago, much earlier than previously known, and interbred with Neanderthals.
This Beautiful Parasitic Bird Could Soon Turn Up in Your Yard
Scientists developed a model to predict the spread of pin-tailed whydahs, and found they could strain native bird species in California, Texas and elsewhere.
Why Do Bird Eggs Have Different Shapes? Look to the Wings
In the most comprehensive study of egg shapes to date, scientists say that the best predictor of long or pointy eggs is a bird’s flying ability.