CRISPR ‘Off Switch’ Discovered, Could Make Powerful Gene-Editing Tool More Precise
Researchers announced that they had discovered CRISPR-Cas9-blocking proteins, which have the potential to improve the safety and accuracy of the gene-editing tool.
Proxima Centauri Orbits Alpha Centauri Pair, Astronomers Conclude 100 Years After Red Dwarf’s Discovery
The red dwarf, which is the Sun's nearest stellar neighbor, actually orbits its two brighter companions — Alpha Centauri A and B — fresh observations have revealed.
Cardinalfish Larvae’s Magnetic Compass Guides Them Home, Study Reveals
The larvae of these fingernail-sized creatures possess an internal magnetic compass that directs them home even when there are no sun or stars to guide them.
Widespread ‘Gray Zone’ Of Speciation Revealed In New Study
In the study, published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology, a team of researchers has characterized the ability of distinct but related species to interbreed and exchange genes.
Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Can Help Their Weaker Companions Survive And Thrive, Study Reveals
A new study has found that not only do antibiotic-sensitive bacteria survive for longer when surrounded by drug-resistant counterparts, they eventually outgrow the latter.
California Drought: Sierra Nevada Snowpack Water Content Below Average, But Officials Say It’s Still Early
The snowpack, which is the source of roughly a third of California's water supply, had a water content of 10.5 inches, just 72 percent of the Dec. 27 average.
Where Are Titan’s Clouds? Cassini Images Reveal Curious Conundrum
Images captured using two separate instruments on board NASA's Cassini spacecraft have revealed a baffling discrepancy — one that relates to the cloud cover on Saturn's largest moon.
Scientists Create A Better Model To Simulate Accretion Disk Flow Around Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole
The computer model tracks the path of individual particles in the accretion disk plasma around the supermassive black hole, instead of treating its motion as a macroscopic fluid.
China’s Ambitious Space Program: White Paper Reveals Plans To Send Probe To Far Side Of Moon In 2018
The white paper published Tuesday revealed China's plans to explore asteroids, the Jupiter system and to send a probe to Mars and the far side of the Moon.
Apple’s Artificial Intelligence Team Publishes Its First Research Paper
The publication of the paper, which deals with intelligent image recognition technology, comes just weeks after Apple lifted restrictions on its scientists sharing research.
Vera Rubin, Pioneering Dark Matter Astronomer And Feminist Icon, Dies At 88
Rubin is credited with finding the first observational evidence of dark matter — the mysterious substance that makes up nearly 27 percent of the universe.
Hubble Space Telescope Photographs NGC 4707 — A Spiral Galaxy 22 Million Light-Years From Earth
NGC 4707 is located 22 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Canes Venatici — Latin for “hunting dogs.”
Researchers Create Wolverine-Inspired Self-Healing, Stretchable And Highly Conductive Material
The rubber-like material can stretch to a staggering 50 times its original length, and can “heal” in a span of just 24 hours after being cut.
The Year In Science: From Gravitational Waves To CRISPR, Here Are The Biggest Science Newsmakers Of 2016
The year almost gone by witnessed some of the biggest scientific breakthroughs in decades, even as it provided sobering reminders about the impact of climate change on Earth.
NASA Uses Laser-Equipped Satellite To Study Boom-And-Bust Cycles Of Polar Phytoplanktons
Scientists believe understanding the factors affecting the growth and decline of phytoplankton populations is key to comprehending changes in the global carbon cycle.
Quantum Computing Update: Coherent Electron-Photon Coupling Achieved, May Help Build Scalable Devices
The silicon-based device, created by researchers at Princeton University, could eventually help build viable and robust quantum computers.
NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Captures High-Resolution Image Of Saturn's Moon Pandora
The image, which shows the pockmarked surface of the 52-mile-wide body, was taken by the spacecraft during its flyby Sunday.
Gravitational Wave Discovery Named Scientific Breakthrough Of The Year
The discovery of ripples in the fabric of space-time — first predicted by Einstein in 1915 — was named the "Breakthrough of the Year" by the journal Science.
New Ebola Vaccine 100% Effective, World Health Organization Confirms
The rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine — developed with the help of the Canadian government — was found to be effective in a trial involving over 11,800 people in Guinea.
Trump Calls On US To Expand Nuclear Weapons Capability Until World 'Comes To Its Senses'
On Thursday, the president-elect alarmed nonproliferation experts when he called for the U.S. to "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability."
China Launches Satellite To Monitor Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions
The TanSat satellite, launched on board a Long March-2D rocket on Thursday, was sent to a sun synchronous orbit roughly 435 miles from the surface of Earth.
Scientists Create Artificial Leaves That Can Serve As ‘Mini-Factory’ For Drugs
A team of Dutch researchers has created a “mini-factory” of drugs contained within artificial leaves made of materials known as luminescent solar concentrators.
Can Trump Reverse Obama’s Arctic, Atlantic Drilling Ban? Probably Not
The president-elect may find it hard to overturn Obama's decision to earmark parts of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans as “indefinitely” off-limits to offshore oil and gas drilling.
Who Is Peter Navarro? Trump Appoints Outspoken China Critic As Head Of New US Trade Council
Peter Navarro — author of books like “Death by China” and “The Coming China Wars” — has long been a no-holds-barred critic of America’s trade relations with China.
Hubble Space Telescope Photographs NGC 248 — A Pair Of Glowing Hydrogen Nebulae In The Small Magellanic Cloud
The two “festive” looking nebulae are located so close to each other that they are referred to by one collective name — NGC 248.
The Largest Digital Survey Of The Visible Universe Is Now Publicly Available
The images, captured over the past four years by the 1.8-meter telescope on the summit of Haleakalā in Hawaii, show up to 3 billion stars, galaxies and other celestial objects.
Japan Launches Satellite To Study Earth’s Radiation Belts
The Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace satellite is equipped with nine instruments to study the Van Allen radiation belts.
Artificial Intelligence May Cost US Millions Of Jobs, Increase Inequality, If Social Safety Nets Aren’t Strengthened, White House Report Warns
Artificial intelligence-driven automation will be a crucial driver of economic growth, but it could also lead to a massive disruption in the jobs market, the White House warned in a new report.
Alien Megastructure Star Update: Study Suggests Internal Stellar Processes May Be Causing The Star’s Erratic Dimming
A new study argues that KIC 8462852's dramatic dimming events may be the result of a phenomenon intrinsic to the star, rather than of structures orbiting it.
Where Is Dark Matter? Fresh Analysis Of Fermi Telescope Data Fails To Reveal Traces Of Elusive Particles
An analysis of 81 months of data gathered by the Fermi Large Area Telescope has failed to reveal dark-matter induced emission in the cosmic gamma-ray background radiation.