New Technology Aims to Clean Up Space Junk

NASA has awarded a contract to TransAstra to clean up space junk. One category of debris they will target is CubeSats, small satellites the size of a Rubik’s Cube. The recycling centers would allow the collected debris to be recycled.

Global warming could cause leaf photosynthesis to fail

Global warming could push tropical forests to a point where photosynthesis fails and trees die. The ramifications are huge, scientists say.

India Succesful Moon Landing.

India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission landed on the moon on Aug. 23. The Vikram lander operated for almost two weeks. After the start of lunar night the Vikram rover was put into sleep mode. Both the lander and rover have a chance of waking up again later.

Antarctic Extremes Are Now Virtually Assured

Antarctica is missing an obscene amount of ice. The missing sea ice is currently the size of Greenland, a country that spans nearly 2.2 million square kilometres.

Some black holes could be moving at 10% the speed of light

U.S. astrophysicists has found via simulations that some black holes might be traveling through space at nearly one-tenth the speed of light. 

"Megastorm" effects on Saturn last centuries

Megastorms occur approximately every 20 to 30 years on Saturn and are similar to hurricanes on Earth, although significantly larger. But unlike Earth’s hurricanes, no one knows what causes megastorms in Saturn’s atmosphere.

The clouds on Neptune disappeared

For the first time in nearly three decades of observations, clouds seen on Neptune have all but vanished. The observations reveal a connection between Neptune's disappearing clouds and the solar cycle.

Microplastics could trigger severe brain inflammation

South Korean scientists showerd the process through which plastic transforms into secondary microplastics. Their research reveals that continuous consumption of these secondary microplastics acts as neurotoxins in the brain.

Humanity could be on the verge of massive population correction

Population ecologist William Rees suggests that planet Earth could be headed for a major population correction—perhaps before the end of this century. Such a correction, he notes, would be a drastic reduction in human population. 

Ancient Manmade Fires Drove Mass Extinction

Fossils from La Brea Tar Pits in Southern California suggest that sabertooth cats and other large North American mammals disappeared as a result of wildfires spurred by human activity.

Highly Unusual Wolf-Rayet Star Will Evolve into Magnetar

An international team of astronomers have identified a powerful magnetic field in the Wolf-Rayet star HD 45166, the exposed helium core of a star that has lost its outer layers of hydrogen.

Webb Reveals Colors of Earendel, Most Distant Star Ever Detected

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has followed up on observations by the Hubble Space Telescope of the farthest star ever detected in the very distant universe, within the first billion years after the big bang.

Newly Discovered World Challenges Our Understanding of Planets

TOI-4860b happens to orbit a tiny star, completing each lap in just 1.52 days. It joins a small number of worlds that pose a fascinating puzzle - there are currently no known formation pathways for such chonkin' planets around such small stars.

Arithmetic has a biological origin

Humans have been making symbols for numbers for thousands of years. Different cultures developed their own symbols, but all use addition and multiplication, suggesting arithmetic is a universal truth.

U.S. court rules children have right to a healthy environment

Young environmental activists scored a ground-breaking legal victory in U.S. A Montana judge said state agencies were violating their constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment by allowing fossil fuel development.