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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago

Why don't humans have gills?

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

Stunning rock art site reveals that humans settled the Colombian Amazon 13,000 years ago

The first humans arrived in the Colombian Amazon around 13,000 years ago. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Honduran white bats: The fluffy little bats that roost together in leaf tents

These tiny white bats, which can construct a leaf-made tent, are extremely picky eaters. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

An astronomer's lament: SpaceX 'megaconstellations' are ruining space exploration for everyone

Private companies like SpaceX are crowding Earth's atmosphere with ever-increasing numbers of satellite 'megaconstellations'. For astronomers, the toll of these bright, ubiquitous objects is already painfully clear. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

What would happen to a dead body in space?

Space is a harsh place, with freezing temperatures, harmful radiation and a near-vacuum. So, what would happen to the body of an astronaut that was exposed to space's elements? | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Morento Air Purifier (HY4866) review

It's very affordable and offers a range of helpful features, but can the Morento Air Purifier pack a great performance into its low price point? | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Only part of rare 280 million-year-old fossil is real — the rest is mostly paint

Researchers have found that a fossil of the lizard-like Tridentinosaurus antiquus is mostly fake. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Russia is developing a space-based nuclear weapon to target satellites, U.S. Congress reveals

On Feb. 14, the U.S. Congress learned that Russia is creating a mysterious space-based nuclear weapon to target satellites. The capability is still in development and the launch of such a weapon does "not appear imminent." | Continue reading | 4 months ago

What do some allergies last a lifetime? Newly described immune cells to blame

Two studies pinpoint long-lived immune cells that "remember" allergies and likely sustain them through time. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

'The law is way behind the time': Mining asteroids and the moon remains a huge legal gray area

Can we mine the moon and asteroids? NASA wants to make it happen, but it's still a huge legal gray area, experts say. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Can we refuel 'dead' satellites in space? Bold new missions aim to try.

When a satellite runs out of fuel, it becomes little more than space junk. Now, space agencies and private companies want to change that. Here's how scientists plan to refuel satellites — in orbit. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

There's an asteroid out there worth $100,000 quadrillion. Why haven't we mined it?

While asteroids are rich sources of precious and valuable materials, scientists still haven't fully committed to mining them. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Undiscovered 'minimoons' may orbit Earth. Could they help us become an interplanetary species?

Due to their proximity to Earth, minimoons are prime candidates for exploration. Now, some scientists want to use these tiny satellites to push humanity further into the cosmos. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

'Stepping stone to Mars': Minimoons may help us become an interplanetary species, says MIT astrophysicist Richard Binzel

MIT researcher Richard Binzel has studied near-Earth asteroids for more than five decades and believes they could one day act as "space filling stations." | Continue reading | 4 months ago

13,000-year-old bone bead is the oldest of its kind in the Americas

Some of the 1st Americans crafted a bone bead nearly 13,000 years ago, making it the oldest of its kind on record in the Western Hemisphere. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Does Viagra reduce the risk of Alzheimer's? Here's what we know.

Viagra is best known for triggering erections, but several studies have suggested that the drug may lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease. What do we know so far? | Continue reading | 4 months ago