The Far Side of the Moon: What China and the World Hope to Find
The side of the moon we never see from Earth contains secrets about our solar system’s early days, and it could help astronomers see the universe more clearly.
One of Nature’s Smallest Flowering Plants Can Survive Inside of a Duck
If one duckweed lands where a bird relieves itself, it’s capable of eventually creating a dense mat of duckweeds where there were none before.
Women in Rare Company Accept Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry
For the first time, female scientists had won the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics. And on Monday, they accepted their accolades at the same award ceremony in Stockholm.
Russians Prepare for Spacewalk, Aiming to Solve a Space Station Mystery
The two men will spend six hours examining and repairing a tiny hole that roiled space relations between the United States and Russia.
Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why?
It has eight arms, three hearts — and a plan. Scientists aren’t sure how the cephalopods got to be so intelligent.
NASA’s Mars InSight Landing: Back to the Red Planet Once Again
The NASA spacecraft will arrive at the red planet today and attempt to reach its surface in one piece.
A ‘Time Capsule’ for Scientists, Courtesy of Peter the Great
A Russian zoological museum filled with centuries-old specimens finds renewed relevance in the age of genetics.
The Mysteries of Animal Movement
A scientist’s unfettered curiosity leads him to investigate the physics at work in some very odd corners of the natural world.
In a Land of Quakes, Engineering a Future for a Church Made of Mud
High in the Andes Mountains, conservators are testing traditional methods for strengthening adobe buildings.