The recent discovery of methane on Mars is more than a curiousity. It could be a game changer. For the last three decades, NASA’s Mars exploration program has been based on a single mantra: Follow the water. Where there is water, there might be life. So far, this strategy has come up empty handed. But now, NASA might have to change course and follow the methane.
In a battle waged with popcorn, floodlights, chalk and star power, science and art squared off at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology one night last month in regards to the upcoming film Jumper.
The elliptical galaxy NGC 1132, seen in this latest image from Hubble, belongs to a category of galaxies called giant ellipticals. The small galaxies surrounding it are dubbed a fossil group.
British scientists say they have created human embryos containing DNA from two women and a man in a procedure that researchers hope might be used one day to produce embryos free of inherited diseases.
A new process for catching gas from the environment and holding it indefinitely in molecular-sized containers has been developed.
Astronauts flying the space shuttle or working the International Space Station (ISS) can choose among 180 food and beverage items.
University of Nottingham astronomers will be studying icy cosmic dust millions of light years away using the biggest space telescope ever built.
Japanese researchers have implanted a small camera inside a mouse?s brain to see how memory is formed, in an experiment they hope someday to apply to humans to treat illnesses.
Among the scientific theories that excite a great deal of controversy are those theories that deal with strings. And the idea of cosmic strings gets as much play as any in scientific circles.
First results from a new NASA-funded scientific instrument are helping scientists overturn long-standing assumptions about powerful explosions called novae and have produced the first unified model for a nearby nova called RS Ophiuchi.
A new computerized scan of the biomedical research literature has turned up tens of thousands of articles in which entire passages appear to have been lifted from other papers. Researchers estimate that there may be as many as 200,000 duplicates among some 17 million papers in leading research database Medline.
A young star speeding away from the Milky Way is in fact an alien visitor, astronomers have confirmed. The wayward object is one of several rogues that are giving astronomers a glimpse into the volatile nature of our galaxy and others.
Scientists are chafing at the U.S. government’s unfulfilled pledge to boost funding for basic scientific research, the source of innovations ranging from the World Wide Web to high-tech cancer treatments.