‘Faster-Than-Light’ Illusion Could Help Unveil Cosmic Secrets

A strange "faster-than-light" experiment could help astronomers study distant objects like NGC 2261, a fan-shaped cloud of gas and dust that is illuminated by a star at its base. Credit: William Sparks (STScI), Sylvia Baggett (STScI) et al., & the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/ STScI/ NASA) Enlarge An experiment that creates the illusion of an object […]

They Want to Believe: UFO Hunters Plan Database to Track Sightings

An artist's rendering of an object reportedly seen by a Cessna pilot traveling north toward Picayune, Mississippi, in April 2013. The pilot claimed to have seen a small metallic object about 3 feet (1 meter) in size just off his right wing.  Credit: MUFON/Roger Marsh An investigative organization has kick-started the creation of a worldwide […]

Latest Research Reveals a Bizarre and Vibrant Rosetta’s Comet

A bleak yet beautiful boulder-strewn landscape on the smaller of the two lobes of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken from a distance of  just 5 miles (8 km). Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA Enlarge We’ve subsisted for months on morsels of information coming from ESA’s mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Now, a series of scientific papers in journal Science offers a […]

CATS Out of The Bag, Crawling Around ISS for Science Down Below

The Japanese robotic arm installs the CATS experiment on an external platform on Japan’s Kibo lab module. The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen at the right center of the image. Credit: NASA TV Enlarge See way cool installation video below  “Robotic controllers let the CATS out of the bag!” So says NASA spokesman […]

Do Kids Really Need to Drink Milk?

Credit: bikeriderlondon/Shutterstock.com Enlarge We've all heard the slogans about milk: It does a body good, it's a natural thing to drink and it builds strong bones. And many people who heard these slogans while growing up were urged to drink a few glasses of milk a day because of its health benefits. But do kids […]

Math Predicts How Climate Change Effects Plants

Caroline Farrior studies the effect of wind storms and drought on forests.
 Credit: Caroline Farrior Enlarge This ScienceLives article was provided to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights in partnership with the National Science Foundation. The interplay of plant communities and the processes that influence their evolution fascinate Caroline Farrior, who, as a postdoctoral fellow at the […]

There’s a Crack Forming on Rosetta’s 67P. Is it Breaking Up?

A fissure spanning over 100 meters across the neck of Rosetta’s comet 67P raises the question of if, or when, the comet will breakup. The fissure is part of released studies by Rosetta scientists in the journal Science. (Image Credits: ESA/Rosetta, Illustration, T.Reyes) Enlarge Not all comets breakup as they vent and age, but for […]

Is the GOP Waging a War on Science?

by Jeff Nesbit Credit: alice-photo | Shutterstock.com Enlarge Jeff Nesbit was the director of public affairs for two prominent federal science agencies. This article was adapted from one that first appeared in U.S. News & World Report. Nesbit contributed the article to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, have gone […]

Why is Andromeda coming toward us?

The Andromeda Galaxy will collide with the Milky Way in the future. Credit: Adam Evans Enlarge I don't want to alarm you, but there's a massive galaxy heading our way and will collide with us in a few billion years. But aren't most galaxies speeding away? Why is Andromeda on a collision course with the […]

Gullies on Vesta suggest past water-mobilized flows

ENLARGE / This image shows Cornelia Crater on the large asteroid Vesta. The crater is about 4 to 5 million years old. On the right is an inset image showing an example of curved gullies, indicated by the short white arrows, and a fan-shaped deposit, indicated by long white arrows. The inset image is about 0.62 […]

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