World's oldest known decimal point discovered in merchant's notes from 1440s Italy

Decimal points are at least 150 years older than historians thought, according to newly unearthed notes from Venetian merchant Giovanni Bianchini, who practiced astrology in the 1440s. | Continue reading | 8 hours ago

Viking market may be buried on a Norwegian island, radar suggests

The Norwegian island of Klosterøy is famous for its medieval monastery, but new research suggests it was important long before that. | Continue reading | 9 hours ago

Snakes are built to evolve at incredible speeds, and scientists aren't sure why

Snakes have an evolutionary clock that ticks a lot faster than many other groups of animals, allowing them to diversify and evolve at super quick speeds, researchers have discovered. | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

Are solar flares responsible for the AT&T service outage? Not likely, experts say.

Two X-class solar flares arrived at Earth last night and early this morning. The radiation bursts coincided with massive cellphone service outages across the U.S., but experts urge that the events may not be related. | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

The skin microbiome could be harnessed as mosquito repellent, study hints

In a lab study, scientists demonstrated that tweaking the makeup of the skin microbiome could theoretically help repel mosquitoes. | Continue reading | 12 hours ago

One-third of trans people taking testosterone may still ovulate, raising chance of pregnancy

In a small study of transgender men and gender-diverse people who take testosterone, scientists found that one-third of the participants still ovulate and could therefore potentially become pregnant. | Continue reading | 12 hours ago

'Mind-boggling' deep sea expedition uncovers 100 new species — and a gigantic underwater mountain

Researchers recently discovered an "incredible number" of potential new marine species, as well as a handful of hefty new seamounts while exploring the deep sea off the coast of Chile. | Continue reading | 16 hours ago

The smallest full moon of 2024 rises this weekend. Here's how to see the 'Snow Moon' at its best.

February's 'Snow Moon', the second full moon of 2024, will be the farthest from Earth this year and will appear the smallest in the sky when it rises on Saturday (Feb. 24). | Continue reading | 19 hours ago

Dead star smaller than Jupiter is one of the tiniest in the known universe

The discovery or an ultra-tiny white dwarf could reveal how stars smaller than Jupiter are born. | Continue reading | 20 hours ago

5,000-pound European satellite burns up over Pacific Ocean after 30 years in orbit

Europe's ERS-2 climate satellite has burnt up over the Pacific Ocean in an uncontrolled reentry after 30 years in orbit. No damage from falling debris has been reported. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

'Completely surreal': Metal detectorist unearths 1,500-year-old gold ring in Denmark

A metal detectorist unearthed an ornately decorated gold ring in Denmark. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Gut bacteria linked to colorectal cancer in young people

Certain gut bacteria reside in colorectal tumors, but the species differ depending on a patient's age, offering hope that our gut tenants could serve as early warning signs of cancer in young people. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

One of the best smart telescopes now comes with a free solar filter worth $249 — perfect for eclipse watchers

You can get an amazing view of the upcoming solar eclipse with a free solar filter when you pick up a new Unistellar telescope. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

'A wonderful spectacle': Photographer snaps rare solar eruption as 'magnetic noose' strangles the sun's south pole

A recent solar flare unleashed a massive plasma plume from the sun's south pole, where these stellar eruptions rarely happen. The unusual phenomenon is a sign of the impending solar maximum. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Intuitive Machines moon lander beams home stunning photos of Earth from space

Intuitive Machines' robotic Odysseus spacecraft snapped a few selfies with Earth in the background shortly after its Feb. 15 launch. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

How we found the northern green anaconda, a new species of the heaviest snake on Earth

The northern green anaconda has been identified as a new species after genetic analysis showed it split from its southern counterpart 10 million years ago. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Watch bright red blood-sucking parasite feast on gulper eel in rare, deep-sea footage

Remotely operated vehicle on a research dive captures close-up video of a beady-eyed gulper eel with a parasitic copepod permanently attached to its body. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Why is a mushroom growing on a frog? Scientists don't know, but it sure looks weird

First ever documented evidence of a fungus, suspected to be a Mycena species, growing on the body of a seemingly healthy frog. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Forget making coffee — Boston Dynamics puts Atlas to work lifting heavy automotive struts in latest flex

Boston Dynamics has released footage showing how its flagship Atlas humanoid robot would cope in a factory environment as it lifts heavy struts and puts them into a flow cart. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Conjunction! How to see Venus and Mars side by side in the sky tomorrow

On Feb. 22, Venus and Mars will look like a cosmic colon as they appear side by side in the predawn sky. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

James Webb telescope finds ancient galaxy larger than our Milky Way, and it's threatening to upend cosmology

Astronomers believe the first galaxies formed around giant halos of dark matter. But a newly discovered galaxy dating to roughly 13 billion years ago mysteriously appeared long before that process should have occurred. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

FDA approves 1st-of-its-kind treatment for severe food allergies

The FDA has approved the first drug that can reduce the severity of multiple food allergies at once. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Ancient language found on 2,100-year-old bronze hand may be related to Basque

Researchers think the inscription is written in a Vasconic language spoken in northeastern Spain before the arrival of the Romans. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

NASA grabbed a whopping 120 grams of rubble from asteroid Bennu, and it may contain the seeds of life

NASA's final tally shows that OSIRIS-REx collected roughly 4 ounces (120 grams) of material from asteroid Bennu. The sample collected from the "potentially hazardous" asteroid is thought to contain some of the earliest precursors for life. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Big, doomed 'TIE fighter' satellite seen from space just days before crash-landing back to Earth

The European Space Agency's ERS-2 Earth observation satellite was spotted in space as it prepares to make a fiery reentry into Earth's atmosphere on Feb. 21. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

4 genes' activity could be key to faster appendicitis diagnosis

An analysis of children's gene activity suggests that more severe forms of appendicitis can be distinguished from milder cases based on the activity of four genes. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

'Cut down in their prime': Dinosaurs were thriving in Africa before the asteroid hit

The discovery of predatory dinosaurs in marine sediments in Morocco suggests life was abundant and diversifying at the end of the Cretaceous period. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

'This is weird': Experts 'shocked' by record-breaking longevity of Death Valley's phantom lake

A temporary lake at Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park has persisted for more than six months, which is far longer than it has lasted before. And experts say that it could stick around for quite a while yet. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Eerie photograph captures whales hunted off Greenland lying in their watery grave

Haunting image showing two whales with their bones picked clean off the coast of Greenland has won the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024 competition. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

1st frostbite drug approved by FDA after successful clinical trial

A drug called Aurlumyn has been approved to treat severe frostbite in the U.S. after a successful clinical trial. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

World's 1st PC rediscovered by accident in UK house clearance nearly 50 years after last sighting

Two of the three last-known surviving Q1 microcomputers have resurfaced after they were last known to have been used by an oil drilling company in the 1970s. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Astronomers find monster black hole devouring a sun's-worth of matter every day

A distant quasar that was initially mistaken for a star is actually one of the brightest and fastest-growing black holes ever seen. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

More than 275 million never-before-seen gene variants uncovered in US population

The newly uncovered gene variants were identified as part of an analysis of the DNA of more than 400,000 people in the U.S. who agreed to participate in the All of Us Research Program. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Giant, invasive Joro spiders with 6-foot webs could be poised to take over US cities, scientists warn

A new study shows that invasive Joro spiders are surprisingly "urban tolerant," which could enable them to take over cities and other urban areas across the U.S. East Coast. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

'More unzipping of the landscape': Arctic permafrost could crumble into rivers, unleashing devastating feedback loop

Permafrost thaw could result in new rivers forming across the Arctic, potentially unleashing 35 million car journeys' worth of carbon every year. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Watch this eerily silent vision of the future — where offices are filled with weird, AI-powered robots

In a new video, 1X's EVE robots work together in silence in a test environment, performing actions such as sorting mail, handling objects and tidying up a child's toys. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Elon Musk's Neuralink has concerning lack of transparency and could be vulnerable to hacking, ethicists warn

Brain-computer interfaces have the potential to transform some people's lives, but they raise a host of ethical issues, too. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

CRISPR 'will provide cures for genetic diseases that were incurable before,' says renowned biochemist Virginijus Šikšnys

Live Science spoke with biochemist Virginijus Šikšnys, whose work helped establish CRISPR as a gene-editing system. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Why are blueberries blue?

We finally understand why blueberries are blue — and the secret lies not in the flesh or skin, but the waxy coating around it. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

1,800-year-old Roman tombs in Bulgaria included medallion featuring an emperor and glass bottles for collecting mourners' tears

A farmer in Bulgaria accidentally discovered two graves of a wealthy Roman-era family, but they appear to tell "a sad family story." | Continue reading | 4 days ago

'Scent therapy' helps unlock memories in people with depression, trial finds

Scent therapy could be a useful tool for helping people with depression tap into their autobiographical memories, a small trial hints. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Space photo of the week: Astronomers make an 'artificial star' over Hawaii

Twinkling stars can throw off telescope observations. To correct that, observatories like the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii create 'artificial stars' with lasers to hone their equipment. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

There may be a 'dark mirror' universe within ours where atoms failed to form, new study suggests

The invisible substance called dark matter remains one of the biggest mysteries in cosmology. Perhaps, a new study suggests, this strange substance arises from a 'dark mirror universe' that's been linked to ours since the dawn of time. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

April 8 total solar eclipse: Why this eclipse repeats itself every 54 years

The total solar eclipse on April 8 is part of a repeating pattern of eclipses that last visited North America in 1970, and will visit again in 2078. Here's why the same eclipse repeats every 54 years. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

China eyes May 2024 launch for 1st-ever lunar sample-return mission to far side of the moon

China's Chang'e-6 mission is expected to launch in May 2024 and touch down on the moon's far side to collect samples of lunar material to be returned to Earth for study. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Why don't humans have gills?

Our distant fish ancestors had gills, so why don't humans? | Continue reading | 4 days ago

When did the ancient Egyptians first mummify their dead?

Before the ancient Egyptians purposefully mummified their dead, the desert did it for them naturally. | Continue reading | 5 days ago

'Beautifully preserved,' 3,000-year-old gold clasp unearthed by metal detectorist in UK

A metal detectorist discovered the gold treasure in Staffordshire, England. | Continue reading | 5 days ago