Study determines the original orientations of rocks drilled on Mars

The “oriented” samples, the first of their kind from any planet, could shed light on Mars’ ancient magnetic field.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
today ~8 min

Did cosmic dust kickstart life on Earth?

Dust from outer space might be what set pre-life chemistry in motion and kept it going in the early days of the Earth.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Feb. 29, 2024 ~8 min

A black hole discovery could force us to rethink how galaxies came to be

The discovery raises big questions about widely accepted models of galaxy formation.

Robin Smith, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Sheffield Hallam University • conversation
Feb. 27, 2024 ~7 min

A Nasa mission that collided with an asteroid didn’t just leave a dent – it reshaped the space rock

The mission provided details about how to deflect an asteroid should one threaten Earth in future.

Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Feb. 26, 2024 ~7 min

More green spaces tied to better city dweller mental health

A new study suggests that exposure to green spaces in urban areas has positive benefits for mental health.

Dee Dee Grays-Texas AM • futurity
Feb. 26, 2024 ~5 min

Satellites are burning up in the upper atmosphere – and we still don’t know what impact this will have on the Earth’s climate

We know particles from spacecrafts are in the stratosphere. But what this means for the ozone layer or the climate is still unknown.

Fionagh Thomson, Senior Research Fellow in Space Ethics and Sustainability, Durham University • conversation
Feb. 23, 2024 ~7 min

Black hole caught ‘flipping table’ while chowing down

Black holes spill food all the time, but researchers have caught a black hole "flipping over the table" during an otherwise civilized meal.

U. Michigan • futurity
Feb. 21, 2024 ~6 min

The brightest object ever observed in the night sky is a black hole that’s growing by the equivalent of one Sun a day

The extreme object could tell us more about the environment around black holes.

Philip Wiseman, Research Fellow, Astronomy, University of Southampton • conversation
Feb. 21, 2024 ~7 min

I’ve been studying astronaut psychology since Apollo − a long voyage to Mars in a confined space could raise stress levels and make the journey more challenging

Can astronauts spend prolonged time in close quarters millions of miles from Earth without killing each other?

Nick Kanas, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Feb. 21, 2024 ~8 min

Cybersecurity for satellites is a growing challenge, as threats to space-based infrastructure grow

The capability for attacking satellites in space using cyber technology is advancing fast

Sylvester Kaczmarek, Chief Technology Officer, Imperial College London • conversation
Feb. 20, 2024 ~8 min