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Today's Top Science Headline --"Puzzle Posed By 'Dark Matter' in DNA Finally Solved"

A puzzle posed by segments of 'dark matter' in genomes — long, winding strands of DNA with no obvious functions — has teased scientists for more than a decade. Now, a team has finally solved the riddle. The conundrum has...        

The Pentagon Was Built With Mineralized Microbes Predating Dinosaurs

A new study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found that some of the building blocks of the Pentagon and Empire State Building were made by microbes that lived up to 340 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs....        

Real-world intercontinental quantum communications enabled by the Micius satellite

(University of Science and Technology of China) A joint China-Austria team has performed quantum key distribution between the quantum-science satellite Micius and multiple ground stations located in Xinglong (near Beijing), Nanshan (near Urumqi), and Graz (near Vienna). Show More Summary

Mystery Deepens "About Link Between Supermassive Black Holes and Cosmic Islands We Call Galaxies"

"The Earth, like many planets and stars, has a magnetic field that sprouts out of the North Pole, circles the planet and goes back into the South Pole," says Chris Packham, associate professor of physics and astronomy at The University...        

Brexit costs Britain data center for Europe's satnav system

Officials have decided to move a data center for the European Union's new satellite navigation system out of Britain because of Brexit.

Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons finally taught in space

Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons are finally getting taught in space.

Study of distant galaxies challenges the understanding of how stars form

The most massive galaxies in our neighbourhood formed their stars billions of years ago, early in the history of the universe. At the present day, they produce very few new stars. Astronomers have long believed that is because they contain very little gas – a key ingredient necessary to produce stars. Show More Summary

Week In Images

Our week through the lens: 15-19 January 2018

Sticking to the schedule was difficult for Apollo astronauts

No one plans like NASA, and when it came to exploring the moon, the Apollo program was no different. However, even despite their best efforts, the astronauts consistently demonstrated the challenges of keeping to schedule.

Teacher Workshops

Primary and secondary school teachers from ESA Member and Associate States are invited to apply to robotics and automation workshops


Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-2 takes us over part of northern Brazil’s Marajó island in Pará state

Earth from Space

In this week's edition, discover Brazil’s Marajó island with Sentinel-2

New research challenges existing models of black holes

Chris Packham, associate professor of physics and astronomy at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has collaborated on a new study that expands the scientific community's understanding of black holes in our galaxy and the magnetic fields that surround them.

Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier

The fireball that streaked through the Michigan sky put on quite a show but as far as potentially killer space rocks, it was merely a flash in the pan.

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye to Attend the State of the Union Address

When a congressman and current nominee for NASA Administrator asks you to be his guest at the state of the union address in Washington, D.C., how do you respond? For us, the answer was easy. Yes, Bill would be there.

Some exoplanets orbiting red giant stars may just be a mirage

Red giant stars may be tricking us into thinking they have planets when they don’t. Instead, sunspots or atmospheric ripples might be distorting their light

Why Do I Write about Science?

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"Unlike Anything We’ve Seen Before" --"Neutron-Star Merger Afterglow Continues to Brighten

The afterglow from the distant neutron-star merger detected last August has continued to brighten – much to the surprise of astrophysicists studying the aftermath of the massive collision that took place about 138 million light years away and sent gravitational...        

Viruses are everywhere, maybe even in space

(Portland State University) Viruses are the most abundant and one of the least understood biological entities on Earth. They might also exist in space, but as of yet scientists have done almost no research into this possibility. Portland...Show More Summary

NASA team studies middle-aged sun by tracking motion of Mercury

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Like the waistband of a couch potato in midlife, the orbits of planets in our solar system are expanding. It happens because the Sun's gravitational grip gradually weakens as our star ages and loses mass. Show More Summary

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