What is it with all that dust?
Scientists solve another mystery about white dwarfs.
Scientists studying how comets and asteroids break up and vaporize if they get too close to their suns have resolved ...
Study puts Denisovans on roof of the world
Findings expand understanding of humans in eastern Asia.
DNA evidence has confirmed that a cave on the Tibetan Plateau was once home to Denisovans, an ancient species of huma...
NatureWrap: Remora on a whale of a ride
Tales of transport, food and friendship.
Remora are famous for hitching a ride on the bodies of sharks and whales, using the suction in their front dorsal fin...
If it looks dangerous, send in the drones
New technology improves ability to forecast eruptions
Flying drones into volcanoes is becoming quite a thing. Earlier this year, Cosmos reported how German and Russian ...
Streetlights not the only bright lights
View from space suggests there are multiple culprits.
When satellites take pictures of Earth at night, how much of the light they see comes from streetlights? In the case ...
The big data storage question
Is there an answer that ticks all the boxes?
Data is being created at a breakneck speed, and researchers have their hands full trying to figure out what to do wit...
Cosmos Q&A: COVID and global health
First phase lockdowns altered our habits and our wellbeing.
Given the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent societal changes, it’s not surprising that we’...
Robert Hooke, a man for the times
An underrated overachiever in the world of science.
Robert Hooke was one of the greatest scientists of the 17th century. Think about that. Hooke was born in England, ...
Bits of big asteroid found on small one
NASA’s Bennu sampling mission may be a twofer.
Scientists poring over images from the asteroid 101955 Bennu, now being orbited by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, have...
Where humans go, dogs follow
Genome sequencing reveals our shared history.
“Man’s best friend” is the phrase most often wheeled out to describe dogs’ thousands of years as a human companion an...
We talk about empathy, but do we value it?
Research suggests it depends on the people and the issue.
Showing empathy towards someone – putting yourself in their shoes – is an admirable and important human virtue, espec...
Black hole mergers? 44 confirmed, and counting
Analysis of gravitational-wave data leads to wealth of discoveries.
A global network of scientists has completed the first major analysis of gravitational wave data, providing exciting ...