Scientists just discovered a rare monster galaxy that grew rapidly in the universe's early days — and then went quiet surprisingly fast. The newfound giant, known as XMM-2599, lies about 12 billion light-years from Earth, meaning that scientists are seeing the galaxy as it existed when the universe was quite...
A team of researchers in Canada have successfully trialed a new handheld 3D skin printer, which treats severe burns by ‘printing’ new skins cells directly onto a wound. Although the new system is in the early stages of development, it may eventually provide a way to treat patients whose burn...
A “beating heart” of frozen nitrogen controls Pluto’s winds and may give rise to features on its surface, according to a new study. The heart-shaped structure named Tombaugh Regio became famous in 2015 after NASA’s New Horizons mission captured footage of the dwarf planet and revealed it isn’t the barren...
New study out of Italy suggests there could be a much more potent cannabis compound than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Scientists have found a new psychoactive substance in the plant called tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP), which they believe could be more than 30 times stronger. Researchers measured the impact of THCP in a...
An analysis of four ancient skulls found in Mexico suggests that the first humans to settle in North America were more biologically diverse than scientists had previously believed. The skulls were from individuals who lived 9,000 to 13,000 years ago, in the late Pleistocene and early Holocene eras. These findings complicate...
Freshly burned longleaf pine forests have more than double the total number of bees and bee species than similar forests that have not burned in over 50 years, according to new research from North Carolina State University. For many forests, fire is as essential as rainfall. But while several studies...
Rare snubfin dolphins in Queensland’s Fitzroy River and humpback dolphins in Port Curtis are under threat from exposure to increasing amounts of water contamination, Southern Cross and Flinders University marine scientists warn. A new study published in Ecological Indicators sampled pollutants in the blubber and skin of humpback and snubfin...
The third and most recent launch includes one experimentally darkened satellite. Astronomers have yet to see whether it's an effective solution. Monday’s launch, which took place at 21.19 EST was the third launch of Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. It brought the total number of deployed...
Meet the 13 astronauts who could be the first humans on Mars. One of those astronauts, Zena Cardman, calls Williamsburg, Virginia, her home. Cardman has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in marine sciences at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She was a National Science Foundation graduate...
One of the brightest stars in the night sky, Betelgeuse, is losing its shine as it might soon go supernova. It is believed that the red giant might be nearing the end of its life as it is the dimmest it has ever been in over 75 years. But...