Sea Dragons Are Incredibly Strange Creatures, And We May Finally Know Why

Spotting a wispy sea dragon, floating amongst the seaweed, embellished with leaf-like adornments ruffling in swaying ocean currents, is truly a sight to behold. But there is more to sea dragons than meets the diver’s eye. Bedazzled as they may be, sea dragons are also missing teeth, lacking ribs, and their spines are curved and … Read more

Pluto’s Moon Has a Mysterious Red North Pole, And We May Finally Know Why

Pluto’s life partner, Charon, has a disarming red ‘cap’. Ever since New Horizons snapped the moon‘s rust-tinted north pole on its 2015 flyby, scientists have pondered the planetary processes responsible for leaving such a bold landmark. Scientists initially suspected the iron-colored smear (nicknamed Mordor Macula) was methane captured from Pluto’s surface, its red color the … Read more

The James Webb Space Telescope is finally ready to do science

This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Marcia Rieke (opens in new tab)Regents Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona NASA is scheduled to release the first images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope on July 12, 2022. … Read more

Overwatch 2’s future is finally as optimistic as the game’s science fiction

The Overwatch 2 developers on Blizzard’s Team 4 talk a lot about how excited they are. But I can not help but wonder if the word they’re looking for is ‘relieved’. While fans have waited a long time for Overwatch 2 news, it’s easy to forget that on the other side of that coin is … Read more

The James Webb Space Telescope is finally ready to do science – and it’s seeing the universe more clearly than even its own engineers hoped for

NASA is scheduled to release the first images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope on July 12, 2022. They’ll mark the beginning of the next era in astronomy as Webb – the largest space telescope ever built – begins collecting scientific data that will help answer questions about the earliest moments of the universe … Read more

The Most Likely Origin of The Black Death Was Finally Revealed in an Unexpected Place

When a collection of thirty-something skeletons was exhumed from graves in northern Kyrgyzstan in the late 1880s, little did archaeologists know that nearly 130 years later, the remains would reveal new evidence about the origins of the Black Death. The Black Death was the first wave of a 500-year-long pandemic that would go down in … Read more

A Common Epilepsy Drug Causes Birth Defects, And We May Finally Know Why

Valproic acid – a drug commonly used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder – can cause birth defects and developmental disorders if taken during pregnancy, but the reason why has long been a mystery. Now, in a study using mice and human tissue, scientists discovered that the medication locks some embryonic cells into a suspended … Read more

The Length of a Day Oscillates Every 6 Years, And We May Finally Know Why

How we think about our planet’s center may need to be seriously updated. New evidence suggests that, instead of consistently rotating faster than Earth’s spin, the solid inner core oscillates – spinning first in one direction with respect to the surface far above, then the other, changing direction every six years. This not only has … Read more