It's Time To Go Alien Hunting On Titan

Move over Europa, there’s another moon out to claim the title of first place we’ll discover extraterrestrial life. New research from Cornell University finds that alien microbes could, just maybe, eek it out on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. But these critters wouldn’t be like anything we’ve ever seen before — not even close.


Tracking Australian Wildlife With AI And Aerial Robotics

Drones are becoming increasingly popular for everything from capturing amazing footage, to training birds of prey and saving lives. But now thanks to a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) collaboration , cutting edge hardware and software is being used to help monitor Australian wildlife.


Building A Hyperloop Test Track Next Year Is A Beautiful Delusion

One of several startups endeavouring to build Elon Musk’s Hyperloop vision thinks it can start building a test track to demonstrate and develop the idea next year. That’s a lovely sounding idea, but let’s file this plan under “insanely hypothetical.”


What Makes A Popular Science Video On YouTube

Hundreds of hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and hundreds of millions of hours are viewed daily, including many that cover areas of science. Despite this, if you want to use YouTube for science communication, reaching an audience is not always guaranteed.


A Quantum Computer Isn't Nearly As Glamorous As It Sounds

You’d think quantum computers exist in heavily-guarded labs, with many men in white suits manning control stations filled with unfathomable screens and charts. Actually, they exist in a small cupboard in England’s West Country.


This Unusually Short-Lived Fish Could Hold The Secrets To Getting Old

The turquoise killifish is largely unremarkable except for how fast it ages. In just three months, it goes from a spry, young fish (left) to a decrepit, old one (right). For scientists who study ageing, the turquoise killifish could be the key to their future experiments.


Fukushima Is Teaching Us How Radioactivity Spreads

After the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, scientists began a massive effort to monitor radioactive contamination of food grown nearby. And one good thing did come out of it — we learned how radioactivity moves through the ecosystem.


The Photography At CERN Is Helping Solve The Mysteries Of The Universe

Everyone’s favourite mega-machine, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, is meant to help humans some of the most basic questions about the nature of our world. How it goes about this is — in a word — complex. But part of it involves a bit of good old-fashioned (kind of) photography.


You'd Never Guess That This Space-Age Gadget Was A Microscope

This beautiful piece of shiny scientific instrumentation is a brand new class X-ray microscope sitting inside a vacuum chamber at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Things have sure changed since we were at school.


How To Read Satellite Data Maps Of The Earth

NASA’s Earth Observatory has spent over 15 years using satellites to collect hordes of real-time data across our planet’s surface. They reveal everything from temperature and energy use, to how much radiation we beam into space. Here’s how to understand satellite data maps to understand our planet’s vital signs.


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