New Satellite Pics Show Curiosity and InSight Hard at Work on Mars

New images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are providing fresh views of NASA’s Insight lander and Curiosity rover on the Martian surface. Read More >>

Modern Humans Inherited Even More DNA from Neanderthals and Denisovans Than We Thought

A comprehensive analysis of DNA from modern Melanesian people suggests an assortment of mutated genes inherited from extinct Neanderthals and Denisovans provided evolutionary advantages, such as the ability to consume new foods and avoid infections, among other important benefits. Read More >>

Creatures of the Deep Are Feeding on a Whale Carcass and You Can Watch It Live

Marine scientists aboard the E/V Nautilus, a research vessel that prowls the high seas in search of oceanic discoveries, have stumbled upon the rare skeletal remains of a 16-foot long whale. With bits of flesh still clinging to the bones, the dead whale has attracted an assortment of strange sea critters, including worms, octopuses, and eels. Even cooler, they’re livestreaming the feeding frenzy. Read More >>

NASA’s Plan to Rescue InSight’s Stuck Heat Probe Appears to Be Working

After being stuck for months, the InSight lander’s heat probe has managed to dig down a few centimetres into the Martian dirt. It’s a positive sign that the probe didn’t hit a rock as engineers originally feared and that a newly devised strategy to remedy the situation is actually working. Read More >>

Discovery of Bronze Age Warrior’s Kit Sheds New Light on an Epic Prehistoric Battle

A knife, chisel, arrowheads, and other gear belonging to a Bronze Age warrior have been uncovered on a 3,300-year-old battlefield in Germany. Read More >>

Aerial Laser Scans Uncover Hidden Early Capital of the Khmer Empire

Archaeologists in Cambodia have used jungle-penetrating laser to confirm the location and layout of an ancient capital city associated with the early stages of the Khmer Empire. Read More >>

Social Inequality, Marriage Habits, and Other Clues to Bronze Age Life Revealed in New Study

A fascinating new study chronicles the family histories of European Bronze Age households, revealing the presence of surprising marital practices, patterns of inheritance, and the unexpected early emergence of social inequality within these homestead farms – including the possible use of slaves or servants. Read More >>

Ancient Egyptian ‘Industrial Zone’ Uncovered in Luxor’s Valley of the Monkeys

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has announced new archaeological discoveries in Luxor, highlighted by a remarkable “industrial zone” in which workers manufactured items for royal tombs. Read More >>

Unprecedented Video Shows Pigs Using Tools

Pigs may never fly, but they’re capable of using tools, as fascinating new research demonstrates. Read More >>

Humans Have a ‘Salamander-Like’ Ability to Regenerate Damaged Body Parts, Study Finds

Salamanders are renowned for their regenerative capabilities, such as growing back entire limbs. We can’t pull off this biological trick, but new research highlights a previously unknown regenerative ability in humans – one held over from our evolutionary past. Read More >>

How the Last Woolly Mammoths Met Their Demise on a Remote Arctic Island

The last mammoths to stomp on Earth lived on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean. This isolated population lived for thousands of years after most mammoths were gone, but when extinction finally came, it happened quickly. New evidence may finally explain what happened to these stubborn holdouts. Read More >>

You’ve Heard of Water Bears, but How About These Ancient Mould Pigs?

An analysis of 30-million-year-old amber has resulted in the discovery of a previously unknown microscopic creature from the Cenozoic period. Bearing a resemblance to tardigrades (aka water bears), these now-extinct “mould pigs,” as they’ve been dubbed, are unlike anything seen before. Read More >>

Study: Nuclear War Between India and Pakistan Would Trigger Global Starvation

In addition to killing as many as 125 million people, a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan would unleash mass starvation around the world due to the ensuing climate impacts, according to a disturbing new study. Read More >>

Ruins of 5,000-Year-Old Megalopolis Uncovered in Israel

Archaeologists working in northern Israel have discovered the remnants of an Early Bronze Age city that boasted some 6,000 inhabitants, in a find that’s dramatically altering conceptions of the region’s ancient past. Read More >>

Rodents With Part-Human Brains Pose a New Challenge for Bioethics

Rapid progress in research involving miniature human brains grown in a dish has led to a host of ethical concerns, particularly when these human brain cells are transplanted into nonhuman animals. A new paper evaluates the potential risks of creating “humanised” animals, while providing a pathway for scientists to move forward in this important area. Read More >>