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Filed Under:Academics / General Science
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Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

WIRED Space Photo of the Day: Star Survives Supernova Blast

This composite image contains data from Chandra (purple) that provides evidence for the survival of a companion star from the blast of a supernova explosion. Chandra's X-rays reveal a point-like source in the supernova remnant at the location of a...

WIRED Space Photo of the Day: Equinox Earth

This full-disk image from NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite was captured at 11:45 UTC (7:45 a.m. EDT) and shows the Americas on March 20, 2014. This date marks the start of astronomical spring in the northern hemisphere.

Maps Reveal How Immigration Transformed Boston’s Neighborhoods

In 1910, Boston was the fifth biggest city in the United States, with a population just over 670,000. It was the second busiest port of entry for foreigners at the time, and 240,000 of its citizens were foreign born. A...

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Incredible Critter That’s Tough Enough to Survive in Space

In the microscopic world beneath our feet there lives what is perhaps the toughest creature on Earth: the tardigrade. Also known as the water bear, this is an exceedingly tiny critter with an incredible resistance to just about everything: Go...

Science Graphic of the Week: Zebra Stripes in Earth’s Radiation Belts

What's neither black nor white but is radiating in a donut-shaped region of space around the Earth? The Van Allen belts, of course. And this week, scientists have discovered a new structure within these radiation belts, which they are calling...

WIRED Space Photo of the Day: Bright Galactic Center

This new Hubble image is centred on NGC 5793, a spiral galaxy over 150 million light-years away in the constellation of Libra. This galaxy has two particularly striking features: a beautiful dust lane and an intensely bright centre — much...

This Computer Can Tell When People Are Faking Pain

You can tell when someone's faking a smile or pretending to be in pain, right? Sure you can. But computer scientists think they can build systems that do it even better. There's already a Google Glass app in beta testing...

How the Biggest Scientific Discovery of the Year Was Kept a Secret

Great surprises in science don’t just happen – they’re engineered. This is the story of how a team of researchers kept one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs in recent years under lock and key for many years, before casually dropping...

Mysterious New Gully Spotted on Mars

A new gully has appeared on a sloped crater wall on Mars. The channel, which was absent from images in Nov. 2010 but showed up in a May 2013 pic, does not appear to have been formed by water. Exactly...

WIRED Space Photo of the Day: Cloud in Taurus

The enormous cloud of gas and dust in the constellation Taurus contains many complex molecules. It is a hotbed of star formation.

This Is Why You Are Able to Have a Conversation in a Crowded Bar

Normally, human ears are incredibly good at focusing on sounds of specific frequencies and simultaneously filtering out the rest of the noise -- say, your drinking buddy's voice in a bar. Now, scientists have figured out how ears do this....

Quantum Supergravity Could Explain Weirdness of Black Holes

Physicists have searched for a theory of quantum gravity for 80 years. But every proposed theory of how gravity particles might behave faces the same problem: upon close inspection, it doesn’t make mathematical sense. But as theoretical particle physicist Zvi...

The Origin of Species Diversity Might Not Be What Scientists Thought

A large new study of ovenbird lineages questions whether competing species push each other to evolve.

WIRED Space Photo of the Day: LROC’s Incredible Mosaic

On 18 June 2009, NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to map the surface of the Moon and collect measurements of potential future landing sites as well as key science targets. After two and a half years in a...

The Narwhal’s Tusk Is Filled With Nerves. But Why?

For centuries, the purpose of a narwhal’s tusk has eluded explanation. Now, researchers suggest that these small whales use their tusks as sensory organs and speculate that sensing changes in seawater salinity might help male narwhals stay safe, and locate...

That Signal From the Beginning of Time Could Redefine Our Universe

The physics world was on fire yesterday after an announcement that astronomers had detected a signal from the beginning of time. This is exactly as cool as it sounds. Maybe even cooler. And it might lead to us learning further...

Science or Art? Beautiful Illustrations of Animals From 170 Years Ago

Published in 1844, the Atlas de Zoologie: ou collection de 100 planches contains illustrations of a number of creatures, some of which no longer walk this planet. Among those are thylacines -- striped, carnivorous marsupials that went extinct when the...

Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It

One of agricultural biotechnology's great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement squandered the benefits of genetic modification. After years of predicting that it would happen, scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms resistant...

WIRED Space Photo of the Day: Crescent Saturn

Saturn, which appears as only a thin, lit crescent, broken only by the shadows of its rings, poses gracefully for the Cassini spacecraft cameras. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 42 degrees below the ringplane....

Frozen Underground for 1,500 Years, a Moss Comes Back to Life

Scientists have an awesome word for things that look like they're dead but aren't really dead: cryptobiosis. Crypto for hidden, and biosis for life. Lots of organisms can do this. Scientists have previously revived microbes stuck in permafrost for tens...

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