Exquisitely detailed map of a tiny piece of the human brain

Although the map covers just a fraction of the organ—a whole brain is a million times larger—that piece contains roughly 57,000 cells, about 230 millimeters of blood vessels, and nearly 150 million synapses. 

Radio astronomers bypass disturbing Earth's atmosphere with new calibration technique

An international team of researchers has produced the first sharp radio maps of the universe at low frequencies. Thanks to a new calibration technique, they bypassed the disturbances of the Earth's ionosphere.

World Continues to Swelter as April 2024 Blazes Past Heat Records

April marked another "remarkable" month of record-breaking global air and sea surface temperature averages, according to a new report by the EU's climate monitor published on Wednesday.

Strange Blobs Deep Within Earth May Have Created Plate Tectonics

On the scale of cataclysmic events, the whomping impact of a Mars-sized object that crashed into Earth some 4.5 billion years ago ranks pretty highly: thought to have set in motion the movement of our planet's fractured, rocky crust.

Possible atmosphere on rocky exoplanet found for 1st time

For the first time, astronomers say that they have detected a possible atmosphere on a rocky exoplanet. This smaller rocky world, 55 Cancri e, is only 41 light-years from Earth. But unlike our planet it is extremely hot.

A new explanation for what happened to the water on Venus

A new study details dissociative recombination, which may have led to Venus losing its water.

Global vaccination have saved at least 154 million lives over the past 50 years

A major landmark study reveals that global immunization efforts have saved an estimated 154 million lives - or the equivalent of 6 lives every minute of every year - over the past 50 years. The vast majority of lives saved were infants.

Sperm Whale Communication Is Remarkably Similar to Human Language

The latest study is a big step forward in decoding whale linguistics - and machine learning is making it possible.

Fusion Breakthrough: 6 Minutes of Plasma Sets New Reactor Record

A fusion reactor in southern France, called WEST, just achieved an important milestone that brings us one step closer to clean, sustainable, nearly limitless energy.

Quantum Entanglement May Share a Profound Link With Steam Engines

A year after all but ruling out the possibility, a pair of theoretical physicists from Japan and the Netherlands have found quantum entanglement has something fundamentally in common with the physics that drives steam engines.

Beautifully crafted Roman dodecahedron discovered in UK

The recent discovery of a Roman dodecahedron in Lincolnshire has prompted renewed fascination in these ancient mysterious objects.

Virus lifespan and transmission boosted by high CO2 levels

The findings reveal that carbon dioxide (CO2) levels play a critical role in the lifespan and transmission of airborne viruses.

Running Around a "Wall of Death" Could Help Astronauts Exercise

Motorcyclists have long ridden on an apparatus called the “wall of death,” which involves driving in circles parallel to the ground. Scientists are theorizing that something similar could be used for astronauts to exercise on the Moon.

Life Blossomed When Earth's Magnetic Field Nearly Collapsed 590 Million Years Ago

Earth's magnetic field nearly collapsed some 590 million years ago, presumably putting life on the planet's surface at risk of a rise in cosmic radiation.

Clouds Blanket The Night Side Of The Hot Exoplanet WASP-43b

Using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a team of astronomers, including scientists from MPIA, constructed a global temperature map of the hot, gas giant exoplanet WASP-43b.