Our Planet Is Travelling Through the Debris of Ancient Supernovae

Radioactive dust deep beneath the ocean waves suggests that Earth is moving through a massive cloud left behind by an exploded star. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 day ago

Scientists Translated Spiderwebs into Music

Spiders rely quite significantly on touch to sense the world around them. Their bodies and legs are covered in tiny hairs and slits that can distinguish between different kinds of vibrations. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 3 days ago

New Type of Battery Can Charge 10x Faster Than Lithium-Ion Models

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are basically everywhere, powering everything from smartphones to notebooks, earbuds to gaming devices, and so much more. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 5 days ago

Scientists Develop New Blood Test That Could Diagnose Your Level of Depression

A newly developed system that monitors for blood biomarkers linked to mood disorders could lead to new ways to diagnose and treat depression and bipolar disorder, all beginning with a simple blood test. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 6 days ago

NASA's Insight Mars Lander Is 'In Crisis', and Has Entered Emergency Hibernation

NASA's $800 million Mars lander is in an energy crisis. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 8 days ago

More than 4k blood tests confirm our bodies age in three shifts

In terms of biological aging, the body seems to shift gears three times during our lifespans, research from 2019 suggests – with 34 years, 60 years, and 78 years being the key thresholds. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 16 days ago

Someone in the Kalahari Collected Crystals 105,000 Years Ago

A rockshelter in South Africa's Kalahari documents the innovative behaviors of early humans who lived there 105,000 years ago. We report the new evidence today in Nature. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 22 days ago

Interstellar Object Could Be the First Pristine Comet We've Ever Seen

In our limited experience, comet 2I/Borisov is one of a kind. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 23 days ago

WHO Officials Have Ruled on the Likely Source of Covid-19 in a New Report

COVID-19 probably passed to humans from a bat via an intermediary animal, an international expert mission to China concluded in a report seen by AFP Monday, while all but ruling out a laboratory leak. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 24 days ago


In a new first for genetic engineering, scientists have developed a single-celled synthetic organism that grows and divides much like a normal cell, mimicking aspects of the cell division cycle that underlies and generates healthy living cellular lif | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 24 days ago

Dromornis Stirtoni: 'Demon Ducks' Were an Extreme Evolutionary Experiment

Back when mega wombats, sheep-sized echidnas, and marsupial lions roamed the ancient lands of Australia, there also lived a gigantic flightless bird. Known by some as the 'demon duck of doom', Dromornis stirtoni is described by paleontologist Trevor | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 25 days ago

Something Invisible Is Tearing Apart the Nearest Star Cluster to Earth

Strange things are afoot in the Milky Way. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 27 days ago

Scientists Thrilled to Observe the First Milliseconds of Gold Crystal Formation

We now know how gold crystals start to form at the atomic scale. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 27 days ago

Scientists Discover Deep-Sea Microbes That Are Invisible to Our Immune System

Bacteria collected from more than a mile below the surface of the Pacific Ocean may have just blown one of immunology's longest-held assumptions clean out of the water. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 27 days ago

We Have the First-Ever Confirmation of Alternating Sleep States in an Octopus

The flickering colors of a sleeping octopus seem to indicate something akin to an REM sleep state, scientists have found. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 27 days ago

Most Detailed Map of the Milky Way Ever Shows It's Even Bigger Than We Thought

The European Space Agency (ESA) has just released the most accurate and detailed map of the Milky Way ever, charting the position in space of more than 1.1 billion stars in our galaxy. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

An Astronomer Just Laid Out a Navigation System for Interstellar Space Travel

It's 2021, and we finally don't have to worry quite so much about our spacecraft getting lost in interstellar space. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Groundbreaking New Images of Cosmic Web Strands Revealed by Astronomers

Although the Universe is a large place, and all the stuff in it may seem just flung everywhere higgledy-piggledy, there's rather more structure than we can see. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Origins of Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua May Finally Be Explained

The origin and identity of a massive space object that careened past Earth in 2017 have remained a mystery ever since. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Microbes Unknown to Science Discovered on the International Space Station

The menagerie of bacterial and fungal species living among us is ever growing - and this is no exception in low-gravity environments, such as the International Space Station (ISS). | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Giant Space Telescope Submerged Thousands of Feet Below Deepest Lake

Russian scientists on Saturday launched one of the world's biggest underwater space telescopes to peer deep into the Universe from the pristine waters of Lake Baikal. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Faster-Than-Light Travel Is Possible Within Einstein's Physics

For decades, we've dreamed of visiting other star systems. There's just one problem – they're so far away, with conventional spaceflight it would take tens of thousands of years to reach even the closest one. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Jaw-Dropping Fossil Find Contains a Dinosaur Sitting on an Entire Clutch of Eggs

An international team of scientists has announced the discovery of an extraordinary fossilized nest in China, preserving at least eight separate dinosaurs from 70 million years ago.  | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Bacteria Could Be the First Organisms Found to Use Quantum Effects to Survive

Oxygen is life to animals like us. But for many species of microbe, the smallest whiff of the highly reactive element puts their delicate chemical machinery at risk of rusting up. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

The Truth About That Photo of 'Mushrooms' Growing on Mars

A peculiar new paper, published in a little-known scientific journal, has the tabloids stirred up about the possibility of life on Mars. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Greenhouse gas emissions arising from cannabis cultivation

Indoor cannabis production is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, and the environmental effects vary significantly depending on where it is being grown, according to our new study. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Self-Decapitating Sea Slugs Can Grow an Entire New Body on the Old Head

Regeneration is a fairly widespread ability in the animal kingdom - for increasing long-term survival chances, you simply can't beat the option to regrow entire limbs or organs. But these two species of sacoglossan sea slug take it to the extreme. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Octopuses Not Only Feel Pain Physically, but Emotionally Too, First Study Finds

An important new study suggests octopuses are likely to feel and respond to pain in a similar way to mammals - the first strong evidence for this capacity in any invertebrate.  | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Some Animals Go to Social Distancing Extremes If It Means Keeping Group Safe

Social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19 might feel unnatural to us humans, but other animals intuitively do something similar, without the need for rules or regulations to keep them in line. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

South-West Iceland's Been Hit by 17,000 Earthquakes This Week. About to Erupt?

More than 17,000 earthquakes have been recorded in the south-west of Iceland, in the Reykjanes Peninsula, during the past week. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Perseverance Is Officially Roving Mars After a Successful Test Drive

The Mars rover Perseverance has successfully conducted its first test drive on the Red Planet, the US space agency NASA said Friday. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Physicists found 4 new subatomic particles that may test the laws of nature

This month is a time to celebrate. CERN has just announced the discovery of four brand new particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Scientists Detect Signs of a Hidden Structure Inside Earth's Core

While most of us take the ground beneath our feet for granted, written within its complex layers, like pages of a book, is Earth's history. Our history. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

A Cephalopod Has Passed a Cognitive Test Designed for Human Children

A new test of cephalopod smarts has reinforced how important it is for us humans to not underestimate animal intelligence. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

For the First Time, Physicists Have Filmed the Oscillation of a Time Crystal

For the first time, physicists have captured an enigmatic state of matter on video. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Dust from asteroid closes case on impact extinction theory

Having dominated the planet's surface for hundreds of millions of years, dinosaur diversity came to a dramatic conclusion some 66 million years ago at the hot end of an asteroid impact with what is today Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

These Are the Signs That Your Cat Will Probably Live a Long Life

We all want our cats to live forever (except when they’re waking us up at 6am for biscuits), and while feline immortality is still out of our grasp, it’s not that unusual for cats to live into their 20s - a solid effort for such little guys. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

We Finally Know the True Age of These Mysterious Jars Scattered in Laos

In total, there are thousands of them – a giant landscape of strange, hollowed jars, carved from ancient stone. Some have lids. Most are open to the sky. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Stem Cell Therapy Has Helped Repair Injured Spinal Cords in 13 Patients

Spinal cord injuries are sustained by hundreds of thousands of people every year, with many patients experiencing a significant and often permanent loss of movement and physical sensation resulting from nerve damage. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Russia Just Alerted the WHO to First Case of H5N8 Avian Flu in Humans

Russia said Saturday that its scientists had detected the world's first case of transmission of the H5N8 strain of avian flu from birds to humans and had alerted the World Health Organization. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Scientists Found a Way to Communicate with People Who Are Asleep and Dreaming

Scientists have identified a new phenomenon they describe as "interactive dreaming", where people experiencing deep sleep and lucid dreams are able to follow instructions, answer simple yes-or-no questions, and even solve basic mathematics problems. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

The Science Behind the Illusion Dividing Twitter

Now that the bin-fire that was 2020 is in our rear view mirror, social media is making a return to serious discussions that truly matter. Like how many colors a thing has. Again. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Genes in Placenta Appear to Determine a Baby's Risk of Developing Schizophrenia

After tracing the origins of schizophrenia to genes expressed in the placenta while in utero, scientists have now zeroed in on the combination of risk factors that could predict which infants are at greatest risk of developing the condition later in | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Oral Ketamine Experiment Reduces Suicidal Thoughts in Two-Thirds of Patients

Suicide is a major threat to public health. In recent years, suicide rates have actually worsened in the US, and tragically, it's a phenomenon that's accelerating even among children. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

LSD Lets the Brain 'Free Itself' from Divisions Dictated by Anatomy

Where does the mind 'meet' the brain? While there's no shortage of research into the effects of psychedelics, drugs like LSD still have much to teach us about the way the brain operates – and can shine a light on the mysterious interface between co | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

There's a Curious Effect Urban Trees Might Have on Depression, Study Finds

There's already a long list of reasons to like trees, we know. Warding off depression could be the latest entry on that list, based on a study of 9,751 residents in Leipzig, Germany. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

A Physicist Has Worked Out Math That Makes 'Paradox-Free' Time Travel Plausible

No one has yet managed to travel through time – at least to our knowledge – but the question of whether or not such a feat would be theoretically possible continues to fascinate scientists. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

A Megasatellite Orbiting Ceres Would Make a Fine Home for Humans Scientist Says

Given all the logistics involved, it's unlikely that humanity will ever see our way outside the Solar System to colonise exoplanets. But the possibility of settling elsewhere inside the Solar System isn't so far-fetched. | Continue reading

@sciencealert.com | 3 months ago