New Spectacular Photo Of A Very Special Star

The universe is a truly incredible place. This spectacular new photo by the Hubble space telescope — showing a young star known as V1331 Cyg, 1800 light-years away from Earth — is proof #251,603,995,874. It’s a special star.


Enter The Mysterious World Of The Ocean's Most Important Creatures

Plankton are incredibly tiny creatures who sometimes look like microscopic glass snowflakes, drifting through the ocean’s water column. But they are actually among the most important life forms in the ocean. This short video introduces you to them, and gives you a look at their mysterious life cycles.


These Insane Labs Recreate Frightening Forces Of Nature

Knowledge is the key to survival when nature turns hostile, whether because we’re living on trembling ground, building homes along vulnerable coasts, or navigating through dangerous water. That’s why scientists study nature’s greatest acts of destruction — by recreating them. Here are 10 labs where they do it.


How A Moth's Eye Could Help Improve The Efficiency Of Solar Cells

Inspiration lies in the strangest of places — and for researchers at the Agency for Science, Technology & Research in Singapore, that includes the eye of moth. A new antireflective coating inspired by the creature’s ocular faculties could help bump up the efficiency of solar cells.


Listening To This Guy Talking About The Universe Gave Me Goosebumps

Remember that time when you first realised that the universe was an incredibly gigantic place, when you felt humbled and fortunate at the mere thought of existing in this vast cosmic arena? Listen to Professor Tom Burns, of Ohio Wesleyan University and Director of Perkins Observatory. He still feels that way.


A Satellite Exploded In Orbit And No One's Quite Sure Why Yet

How many satellites would you say are currently orbiting the Earth? A few hundred? Maybe a thousand? No. There are about 3700 satellites hurtling through orbit above us — so when one of them “breaks up”, it’s a big deal.


This Skeleton Robot Walks and Swims Exactly Like A Salamander

Pleurobot looks like a salamander skeleton come to life and that’s no coincidence. The robot was engineered to slink around exactly like a salamander. And we mean exactly.


NASA Has Halted Curiosity's Work To Investigate A Short Circuit

NASA engineers are currently investigating a short circuit that has occurred aboard Curiosity. The Mars rover is not carrying out any further work until the fault is diagnosed.


The Ultimate Shadow Selfie: Rosetta's Silhouette On Comet 67P

This brand new image from the OSIRIS scientific imaging camera of European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft reveals two fascinating things. First, we have an incredibly detailed view of the surface of Comet 67P. Second, look at that fuzzy, dark patch at the bottom of the photo — it’s the shadow of the spacecraft itself!


Found: A Legendary Lost Civilisation Buried In The Honduran Rainforest

The City of the Monkey God. La Ciudad Blanca, or The White City. All the names given to the lost city rumoured to exist in a pristine Honduran rainforest sound mythical, but National Geographic reports that now we have evidence that the legendary city was real.