Astronaut Scott Kelly's Instagram Kicks The Crap Out Of Yours

The chances that any of us will travel to space are about one in a billion. That’s why astronaut Scott Kelly has been spending his lucky year in orbit helping the rest of us Earthlings imagine what that might be like.


NASA Continues Crashing Aeroplanes For Science

NASA doesn’t just crash rockets — sometimes, it crashes cheaper aircraft too. This week, it’s the turn of a Cessna 172, being gratuitously destroyed to help improve aeroplane’s black boxes.


Moving The Most Powerful Space Telescope's Mirror Is A Terrifying Job

Don’t drop it! In this picture you can see a team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Calibration, Integration and Alignment Facility moving the James Webb Space Telescope’s mirror. Slipping isn’t an option.


The Science Of The Dad Bod

Does a woman’s pregnancy affect the weight of her partner? And is weight gain sustained while the kids grow up?


How Long Will It Be Until You Can Get An Anti-Ageing Pill?

Last month a team of doctors and scientists made the case to regulators at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider approving anti-ageing drugs as a new pharmaceutical class. Such a designation would treat ageing as disease rather than a natural process, potentially opening the door to government funding for anti-ageing drug trials.


A Religious Mystery Is Found Buried At Jamestown

A team of Smithsonian researchers has been studying the remains of four men discovered in Jamestown, Virginia, the site of England’s first successful colony. Two years of forensic detective work revealed their probable identities — but the biggest mystery is a sealed silver box found in one of the graves.


Queensland And New South Wales Just Copped An Earthquake

Earthquakes aren’t really a thing in Australia. If they ever happen, they’re usually tiny. One shook residents on the border of Queensland and New South Wales this morning, however, with reports of a 5.2 magnitude quake measured off the coast.


The World's Most Powerful Laser Has Been Fired In Japan

Take cover: scientists from Osaka University have begun using the world’s most powerful laser, that pumps out 2 quadrillion watts. That’s 2,000,000,000,000,000 watts.


Dog Science Is The Best Science

Science is always fun, but when said science explains the intelligence and bottomless love of man’s best friend, it’s even better.


Scientists Can Turn Human Cells Into Working Lasers

How about this for a bright idea: A team of researchers from Harvard Medical School has developed three different ways to turn individual cells into functioning lasers that emit light when they’re excited.