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Shadowed by controversy, NASA won't rename its new space telescope

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Some scientists say discrimination against gay and lesbian government employees during James Webb's tenure as NASA administrator should preclude him from having a telescope named in his honor.


NASA's Got A New, Big Telescope. It Could Find Hints Of Life On Far-Flung Planets

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The James Webb Space Telescope will let scientists study small, rocky planets around distant stars in more detail than ever before. After decades of work, it could head into orbit later this year.


NASA Is Launching A New Telescope That Could Offer Some Cosmic Eye Candy

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Hubble's iconic images captured the public's imagination. Will NASA's next big space telescope, which sees infrared light, produce astronomy scenes that pack a similar punch?


Your Dog May Know If You've Done Something On Purpose, Or Just Screwed Up

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

An experiment involving dog treats suggests our canine pals may understand the difference when a human withholds a treat by accident and when they do so on purpose. But don't press your luck.


Got Plans For Sept. 24, 2182? This Big Asteroid Might, Too

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

A NASA mission to a potentially dangerous asteroid has let researchers map out its future trajectory like never before.


This Sweet White Flower Is Actually A Sneaky Carnivore, Scientists Discover

Monday, August 09, 2021

Carnivorous plants are rare, but now botanists say they've found one that's long been overlooked. It lives just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, and in other parts of the Pacific Northwest.


To Save A Huge, 24-Armed Sea Creature, Scientists Become Loving Foster Parents

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

A mysterious disease is killing off the West Coast's enormous sunflower sea star, so researchers have launched an ambitious effort to breed this species in captivity.


It's Summer, And That Means The Mysterious Return Of Glacier Ice Worms

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

On mountaintop glaciers of Alaska, Washington and Oregon, billions of tiny black worms are tunneling upward to the barren, icy surface. What lures them, and how do they survive the frozen depths?


When A City-Size Star Becomes A Black Hole's Lunch, The Universe Roils

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

It's a smackdown of one space monster by another: Scientists have made unprecedented observations of two black holes gobbling two neutron stars — among the weirdest space collisions ever detected.


Alien Planet-Hunters In Hundreds Of Nearby Star Systems Could Spot Earth

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Potentially, observers in plenty of star systems could have detected Earth sometime in the last 5,000 years. More stars will soon move into positions that would let them see our planet.


NASA Picks Twin Missions To Visit Venus, Earth's 'Evil Twin'

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

The two space probes will study Venus, a scorching hot world that may have once been like Earth. NASA chose the Venus missions over other candidates, such as trips to the moons of Jupiter and Neptune.


Why Jumping Spiders Spend All Night Hanging Out — Literally

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Little is known about the night-time habits of tiny creatures all around us. Take the jumping spider--it mysteriously can spend much of the night suspended in mid-air, hanging by a thread.


Brood X Cicadas Are Busy And So Are The Scientists Who Study Them

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

When a critter spends 17 years underground, it's not easy to study. So as Brood X cicadas break out, they're followed closely by researchers who must cram a lot of work in about six weeks.


Freshly Made Plutonium From Outer Space Found On Ocean Floor

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Something went boom in outer space and sent radioactive stardust our way, and it's just been found at the bottom of the ocean.


Cats Take 'If I Fits I Sits' Seriously, Even If The Space Is Just An Illusion

Monday, May 10, 2021

If you've spent any time around cats, you've seen them curl up in cozy spaces. A new study on feline cognition shows that they also like to sit in snug squares created by a kind of optical illusion.


25 Down And 71,632 To Go: Scientists Seek Genomes Of All Critters With A Backbone

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Biologists say newly efficient and accurate gene sequencing techniques have allowed them to fairly quickly detail full genomes and find overlooked genes in a broad range of 25 important species.


The Secret Mission To Unearth Part Of A 142-Year-Old Experiment

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Scientists in Michigan went out in the dead of night to dig up part of an unusual long-term experiment. It's a research study that started in 1879 and is handed from one generation to the next.


Scientific Specimens Are Going Online, But Much Remains Hidden In Storage

Saturday, March 27, 2021

From fish in jars to rare seeds and microbes, hundreds of millions of biological specimens are stored around the U.S., and caretakers are trying to make them accessible for future research.


Sleeping Octopuses May Have Dreams, But They're Probably Brief

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Octopuses have an "active" phase of sleep, the kind that might involve dreaming, but they probably don't have long, complicated dreams like people do.


NASA To Test Rocket In The Next Step Toward Returning To The Moon

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

NASA is counting down to what should be the final major test of the massive rocket it is building to put the first woman and the next man on the moon.