Evolution of life's operating system revealed in detail
The evolution of the ribosome, a large molecular structure found in the cells of all species, has been revealed in unprecedented detail in a new study.
Would Earth look like a habitable planet from afar?
Even when a distant world has the trademarks of habitability—it's Earth-sized, it's in the zone around its star where liquid water is possible—finding signs of life is tricky. The telescope technology ...
Five things about OCO-2
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) is scheduled to launch July 1 from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.
How humans derailed the nitrogen cycle and are trying to put it back on track
(Phys.org) —In 1900, about 1.6 billion people lived on Earth. Just a few generations later, over four times as many of us share the planet.
NASA to test Mars 'flying saucer' vehicle on Earth
After several weather delays, NASA will try to launch a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere Saturday to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.
Nearby super-Earth is best habitable candidate so far, astronomers say
On a clear night, you might be able to spot the red dwarf star Gliese 832 through a backyard telescope, as it is just 16 light years away. Today, astronomers announced the discovery of super-Earth planet ...
Stanley Miller's forgotten experiments, analyzed
Stanley Miller, the chemist whose landmark experiment published in 1953 showed how some of the molecules of life could have formed on a young Earth, left behind boxes of experimental samples that he never ...
NASA launches Earth science challenges with openNEX cloud data
NASA is launching two challenges to give the public an opportunity to create innovative ways to use data from the agency's Earth science satellites.
Monarch butterfly uses magnetic, Sun compasses, study finds (Update)
Each fall millions of monarch butterflies use a sophisticated navigation system to transverse 2,000 miles from breeding sites across the eastern United States to an overwintering habitat in specific groves ...
Shifting land won't stop your journey
Subsidence, rockfalls and landslides threaten potentially devastating human and economic consequences across Europe – but satellites can help.
Hottest lava eruption linked to growth of first continents
(Phys.org) —A collaborative research team has discovered an important link between the eruption of Earth's hottest lavas, the location of some of the largest ore deposits and the emergence of the first ...
Success! Cassini flies by Titan, collects intel on mysterious lakes
NASA's Cassini mission flew past Titan early Wednesday morning, successfully completing a complex maneuver that will help scientists better understand one of the solar system's most intriguing moons.
QuikScat's eye on ocean winds lives on with RapidScat
Today (June 19) marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of NASA's QuikScat, a satellite sent for a three-year mission in 1999 that continues collecting data. Built in less than 12 months, QuikScat has watched ...
Video: Magnetic field update
This animation shows changes in Earth's magnetic field from January to June 2014 as measured by ESA's Swarm trio of satellites.