Published May 20, 2010
The hottest-known planet in our galaxy is being stretched into the shape of a football and rapidly consumed by its parent star, new observations from the Hubble Space Telescope show.
Published May 18, 2010
The cataclysmic eruption of Mount St. Helens 30 years ago today devastated the surrounding landscape, with the hot gas and debris killing countless animals and damaging or destroying large swaths of forest. But life did not entirely end then and there.
Published May 13, 2010
A group of Arctic explorers has made the grueling journey to the North Pole and drilled a hole in the ice to take the first ever sample of ocean water at the pole in an effort to better understand the impacts of climate change.
Published May 04, 2010
The lumbering, shaggy-haired woolly mammoth once thrived in the frigid Arctic plains despite having originally migrated from a more tropical climate. To understand how it tolerated the cold, scientists used ancient DNA to rebuild mammoth blood.
Published April 27, 2010
Ancient Mayans embedded objects in the floors and walls of their homes during rituals in which their houses were burned down and then rebuilt, giving archaeologists today a window into everyday Mayan life
Published March 23, 2010
A computer analysis of the food depicted in some of the best-known paintings of the biblical Last Supper found that the portion and plate sizes depicted has increased substantially over the years.
Published March 17, 2010
The leaves of clover plants are said to hold the luck o' the Irish when they sport four leaves. This myth likely arose because four-leaf clovers are rare finds — the result of an equally rare >genetic mutation in the clover plant.
Published March 15, 2010
A new study finds that the bacteria that live on our hands are just as unique to each of us as our DNA.
Published February 27, 2010
Earthquakes and tsunamis can often go hand-in-hand. Here's how they work.
Published February 03, 2010
NASA's new proposed budget will shift the space agency's focus from landing people on the moon back to Earth, with more money slated for projects that will help us understand our planet's climate -- and even re-launch the carbon observatory that failed to launch last year.