Today, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will engage its thrusters for one final maneuver: a suicidal plunge toward the comet it has been orbiting for two years and chasing for a decade. After Rosetta..
Each October 1st, California’s hydrologically-minded mark the beginning of a new water year. Don’t expect a party. Maybe bet on a hangover: The state’s reservoirs are underfilled, its mountains were undersnowed, and its over-tapped aquifers..
Mathematics is everywhere, if you know where to look. A recently opened exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) is displaying the St. John Altarpiece, a 14th-century work by Francescuccio Ghissi. It has..
Earlier this summer, Iceland’s Katla caused a bit of a buzz when it had a moderate earthquake swarm. At the time, the Icelandic Meteorological Office chalked it up to typical summer seismicity at the ice-capped..
Click through the gallery to see this week’s helping of the best the universe has to offer. And if you need more when you’re done but can’t wait until the next one, here’s the entire..
If you believe everything you read on the Internet about libido, you’ve probably heard that Casanova maintained his fabled Venetian stamina by eating raw oysters every day for breakfast. It’s anyone’s guess how that rumor..
In the pine forests of Idaho, a bird called the South Hills crossbill is waging one seriously bizarre evolutionary war. Over the last 5,000 years or so, the crossbill–so named because the two halves of..
Since January 1, 2016, there have been 714 fatal police shootings in the United States. That comes to 79 deaths a month, 18 a week, and three a day. For context, the US recorded 43..
Indonesia’s Barujari, inside the Rinjani caldera, is currently one of the most volatile volcanoes in the island nation. Yet it is a popular tourist destination, and for good reason: The vistas of the caldera and..
This story originally appeared on the Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The future of the US’s centerpiece plan to tackle climate change hangs in the balance following nearly seven hours of..