The Atlantic Ocean's 'Conveyor Belt' Stirs Up a Science Fight

The Atlantic Ocean's 'Conveyor Belt' Stirs Up a Science Fight

For decades, scientists have turned to the Labrador Sea to understand how ocean processes there may be affecting the strength of a massive oceanic conveyor belt known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation.

Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well

Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well

In 2017, researchers from the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, run by the Icelandic government and a consortium of national energy companies, reported they had reached supercritical fluids 3 miles beneath the surface.

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

“Where permafrost tends to be lake sediment or organic soils, the type of Earth material that can hold a lot of water, these are like sponges on the landscape,” says Turetsky.

Space Photos of the Week: There's Nothing Like the Sun

Space Photos of the Week: There's Nothing Like the Sun

Photograph: NSO/NSF/AURANASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captured this photo in 2015, when a long strand of plasma shaped like the Eiffel Tower shot out from the sun.

Space Photos of the Decade: Bright Objects and a Blurry Black Hole

Space Photos of the Decade: Bright Objects and a Blurry Black Hole

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSOne of the decade’s most thrilling moments in space happened in 2015 when NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft flew past Pluto, making it the first and only mission to ever visit this gorgeous dwarf planet.

Space Photos of the Week: Starkiller Base? Nope, Just Real-Life Icy Moons

Space Photos of the Week: Starkiller Base? Nope, Just Real-Life Icy Moons

Photograph: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research InstitutePerhaps the most famous moon in the solar system (aside from our own) is Jupiter’s Europa.Photograph: NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteIn 1989 after visiting the outer planets, Voyager 2 flew past Neptune and its large moon Triton.

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Photograph: NASA GoddardThe European Space Agency’s PROBA2 satellite captured this unusually detailed photo of the corona—plasma that can be millions of degrees hotter than the star’s actual surface.Video: ESAThis sunspot, captured in ultraviolet by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory in 2017, only looks small.

No One Knows Why Rocks Are Exploding From Asteroid Bennu

No One Knows Why Rocks Are Exploding From Asteroid Bennu

“No one has ever seen an active asteroid up close like this,” says Carl Hergenrother, an astronomer at the University of Arizona and the scientist who proposed Bennu as the target for OSIRIS-REx.

Space Photos of the Week: Terrific, Tantalizing Titan

Space Photos of the Week: Terrific, Tantalizing Titan

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASIThe photos Cassini sent back during its 13 years at Saturn are so stunning, they can make this already beautiful planet seem like something out of fairy tales.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASIOn September 15, 2017, before Cassini set a death course into Saturn, it took one last photo of Titan.

Astronomers Detect Water Vapor Around Jupiter's Moon Europa

Astronomers Detect Water Vapor Around Jupiter's Moon Europa

Planetary scientists have long suspected Europa may harbor a vast liquid water ocean beneath its thick, icy crust.In 2016, scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to detect what appeared to be water plumes erupting from Europa’s surface.

Space Photos of the Week: 2019 Transit of Mercury

Space Photos of the Week: 2019 Transit of Mercury

)Photograph: Bill Ingalls/NASAWhen NASA’s MESSENGER mission was in orbit around Mercury, it took photos of the planet in unprecedented detail, including this photo of the rim of the Rembrant basin.

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Gove and his colleagues dissected hundreds of larval fish and found that 8.6 percent of specimens from slicks—which appear as smooth ribbons on the surface—contained microplastics, more than twice the rate as larvae in nearby non-slick surface waters.

A Baby Fish Crisis, the Terrible Microsoft Surface Pro X, and More News

A Baby Fish Crisis, the Terrible Microsoft Surface Pro X, and More News

Fish are dying and Surface users are crying, but first: a cartoon about a modern-day death wish .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Space Photos of the Week: Moon Walks for Moon Rocks

Space Photos of the Week: Moon Walks for Moon Rocks

Cernan/JSCThe Apollo 14 mission landed on the moon in 1971, and this photo taken by a crew member shows a rock about the size of a basketball—but small enough to take back to Earth.

A Republican Raid, NASA's Venus Plans, and More News

A Republican Raid, NASA's Venus Plans, and More News

Politicians are bickering and NASA is tinkering, but first: a cartoon tackling the problem of robot discrimination .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.NASA wants to send a probe to the hellish surface of Venus.

NASA Wants to Send a Probe to the Hellish Surface of Venus

NASA Wants to Send a Probe to the Hellish Surface of Venus

Known as the Long-Lived In-situ Solar System Explorer, or LLISSE, each of the probe’s components is specially engineered to withstand the high temperature, high pressure, and reactive atmosphere that define that infernal planet.“We don't have any data on how the conditions change from day to night on Venus,” says Kremic.

Microsoft's Surface Pro X Is a New, Improved Surface RT

Microsoft's Surface Pro X Is a New, Improved Surface RT

It’s just 0.28 of an inch thick and weighs 1.7 pounds (the same weight as the other new Surface device announced Wednesday, the Surface Pro 7; more on that below).Microsoft is claiming this “pro” tablet running on Qualcomm’s ARM-based processor should be three times as powerful as the Surface Pro 6 and get about 13 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Microsoft Surface Duo Will Be a Dual-Screen Android 'Device'

Microsoft Surface Duo Will Be a Dual-Screen Android 'Device'

It will run on an Intel heterogeneous chip, designed for smaller form factors, and it will run on a new version of the OS called Windows 10X, which is designed for dual-screen PCs. The Surface Duo, which at first glance looks like a Mini Me of the Surface Neo, is in many ways a completely different product.

India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

India has lost contact with its Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram, which was scheduled to land near the lunar south pole on Friday.When Vikram was 2 kilometers above the lunar surface, the Indian Space Research Organization lost contact with the lander.

Capitalism Burns the Amazon, Lawsuits Burn YouTube, and More News

Capitalism Burns the Amazon, Lawsuits Burn YouTube, and More News

Unchecked capitalism is driving the Amazon fire, YouTube is making everyone mad, and experts have found the next Flint, Michigan.Fires in the Amazon aren't new, but there's a reason the most recent ones have been so devastating : capitalism.

The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight

The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight

And then, pow pow, Biles is in the air, a möbius loop of motion 10 feet off the ground at the apex, more than a second in the air, twisting around her head-to-toe axis three times and flipping over her side-to-side axis twice before, bang!

Icy Waterfalls Are Roaring as a Heat Wave Sizzles Greenland

Icy Waterfalls Are Roaring as a Heat Wave Sizzles Greenland

As a glaciologist who studies the plumbing system of Greenland’s ice sheet, Gulley is one of the foremost explorers of these melt caves, called moulins. The study also projected that Greenland’s ice sheet will completely melt in the next 1,000 years unless society drastically reduces carbon emissions and bends the climate curve.

Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

Zellner says the best way to settle the lunar cataclysm debate will be to visit craters where samples aren’t likely to have been contaminated by the Imbrium impact, such as the south pole or the far side of the moon.

Space Photos of the Week: This Apollo Went to 11

Space Photos of the Week: This Apollo Went to 11

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing . Our lunar adventures are nowhere near done, though it might be a some time until we can all collectively share the awe that the world felt 50 years ago.

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News. Amazon has a ton of deals for Prime Day, Twitter redesigned its website, and scientists have an idea to make Mars habitable.

Space Photos of the Week: Chaotic, Gassy Mars

Space Photos of the Week: Chaotic, Gassy Mars

Earth has dune fields like this too in our deserts—just one more thing we have in common with Mars. This comet run-in was surprising to astronomers because the general thought was that impacts like these didn’t happen in the outer solar system this long after the formation of the solar system.

Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

Jupiter's moon Europa is like the Brigadoon of the solar system: an idyllic moon with an ice-covered ocean that may hide some form of life, even though plans to send a spacecraft there keep receding farther and farther away into the Jovian mists.

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

The Dragonfly mission will spend two years flying around the surface of Titan, studying the moon’s composition and searching for signs of life. On Wednesday, NASA announced it will send a spacecraft to the surface of Titan , Saturn’s largest moon and one of the leading candidates for finding extraterrestrial microbial life in our solar system.

Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control

Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control

Shortly after noon on July 20, 1969, as they orbited some 70 miles above the surface of the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin detached their lunar lander from the Apollo 11 command module in preparation for descent.

Change Your Life: Bestride the Bidet

Change Your Life: Bestride the Bidet

“I got to not stress every time I went to the bathroom.” Tushy was founded a year later, promising, as Agrawal variously calls it, “the Model T of bidets” and “an iPhone next to your toilet.” It sits atop your existing john, a sleek control panel to the right and a nozzle hanging at the back of the bowl, just outside the average pooping radius.