The botched launch of two Galileo navigation probes made for an unexpected experiment
  • Unvaccinated teens are fact-checking their parents — and trying to get shots on their own

    Ethan Lindenberger, 18, of Norwalk, Ohio, decided to get vaccinated against his mother’s wishes. He turned to Reddit for answers. (Allie Caren/The Washington Post)   Ethan Lindenberger, frustrated by years of arguments about his mother’s anti-vaccination stance, staged a quiet defection on Reddit. The Norwalk, Ohio, teenager needed advice, he...
  • A kilometre-sized Kuiper belt object discovered by stellar occultation using amateur telescopes

    Kuiper belt objects (KBOs) are thought to be remnants of the early Solar System, and their size distribution provides an opportunity to explore the formation and evolution of the outer Solar System. In particular, the size distribution of kilometre-sized (radius = 1–10 km) KBOs represents a signature of initial planetesimal sizes when...
  • The European Space Agency plans to start mining for natural resources on the moon

    The European Space Agency plans to start mining for water and oxygen on the moon by 2025. The agency announced Monday it has signed a 1-year contract with European aerospace company ArianeGroup to explore mining regolith, also known as lunar soil or moon dust. Water and oxygen can be extracted...
  • What to expect in 2019: science in the new year

    Polar projects In January, US and UK researchers will descend on Antarctica to begin their largest joint mission to the continent in more than 70 years. The aim of the five-year project is to understand whether the remote and seemingly unstable Thwaites Glacier will start to collapse in the...
  • Tiny Computers Could Transform Our Lives

    Remember Innerspace, the comedy sci-fi movie from the ‘80s about a microscopic manned pod injected into a human? Although we’re years away from launching submarines inside our bodies, advances in engineering have made it possible to build computers so tiny that embedding them inside living tissue is no longer a...
  • Beguiling dark-matter signal persists 20 years on

    A group of physicists says that it is still detecting the presence of dark matter — the mystery substance thought to make up 85% of matter in the Universe — 20 years after it saw the first hints of such a signal. DAMA, a collaboration of Italian and Chinese researchers, has...
  • How Dad’s Stresses Get Passed Along to Offspring

    A stressed-out and traumatized father can leave scars in his children. New research suggests this happens because sperm “learn” paternal experiences via a mysterious mode of intercellular communication in which small blebs break off one cell and fuse with another. Carrying proteins, lipids and nucleic acids, these particles ejected...
  • The Human Cell Atlas Is Biologists’ Latest Grand Project

    Aviv Regev speaks with the urgent velocity of someone who has seen the world with an extraordinary new acuity, and can’t wait for you to hurry up and see it too. At a meeting of 460 international scientists gathered last week in San Francisco, the computational biologist bombarded her...
  • Memories and recollections of the late, great Stephen Hawking

    Roger Penrose’s splendid obituary of Prof Stephen Hawking (15 March) overlooked one very important aspect. He was a passionate campaigner for peace and protester against nuclear weapons. I only had the privilege to meet him once, at the Royal Society, where he launched in the UK the internationally renowned Doomsday Clock from the...

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