A Canadian-led team took a closer look and revealed how bizarre this 'super-puff' exoplanet is. We've heard of super-Earths, mini-Neptunes, and hot Jupiters, but how about 'cotton-candy' planets? New observations of a recently discovered alien world have revealed it to be one of the strangest ever found. In 2017, astronomers using...
The #LaunchAmerica mission aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon “Endeavour” spacecraft that brought NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley back to Earth marked the first splashdown of an American crew spacecraft in 45 years. Tune in at 4:30 p.m. EDT to hear Bob and Doug talk about this milestone in...
Black holes are perhaps the most mysterious objects in nature. They warp space and time in extreme ways and contain a mathematical impossibility, a singularity – an infinitely hot and dense object within. But if black holes exist and are truly black, how exactly would we ever be able...
Researchers have discovered a huge snowman-shaped star with a unique atmospheric composition. The enormous white dwarf star is known as WDJ0551+4135 and is thought to have resulted from the merger of two so-called white dwarf stars that often explode as powerful supernovas. The study including these findings published Monday in the...
Ants are one of the most successful groups of animals on the planet, occupying anywhere from temperate soil to tropical rainforests, desert dunes and kitchen counters. They're social insects and their team-working abilities have long since been identified as one of the key factors leading to their success. Ants...
University of Liverpool archaeologists carrying out an Iron Age experiment in Wales have instead uncovered the ‘Plastic Age’ – the plastic dominated archaeology left behind by modern society. The researchers were investigating the remains of reconstructed Iron Age roundhouses built on the original sites at Castell Henllys Iron Age fort. These...
Russell Ball was taking one of his usual walks along Vancouver Island's Puntledge River on a cool, grey day in January when he noticed something out of the ordinary. As he knelt down and began chipping away around the patch of brown, he felt a familiar feeling as it grew...
Antibodies derived from llamas have been shown to neutralise the SARS-CoV-2 virus in lab tests, UK researchers announced today. The team involves researchers from the Rosalind Franklin Institute, Oxford University, Diamond Light Source and Public Health England. They hope the antibodies – known as nanobodies due to their small size...
A tiny skull mistakenly attributed to an ancient feline has been re-identified as belonging to an ancestor to modern weasels, wolverines, minks, and otters. Introducing Corumictis wolsani, the earliest known mustelid in North America, according to research published in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Mustelids are a diverse family...
A new species of salamander that roamed the Earth around 168 million years ago has been discovered by scientists in Russia. The remains of the ancient amphibian, believed to have lived during the Middle Jurassic period (176 to 161 million years ago), were found at the Berezovsky quarry archaeological site...