mars
These Mineral Veins Trace the Flow of Water on Ancient Mars

The mineral veins that crisscross through the rock around the ridge in the above image-stitch tell an important story about Mars’s ancient past. So of course the ever reliable Curiosity rover shot them with a laser. Read More >>

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Science Finally Explains Slackers

There’s a neurological reason for apathy and laziness, according to new research. Inefficient connections between certain areas of the brain may make it harder for some people to decide to act. Read More >>

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Tour the Orion Nebula in This Gorgeous Image

The Orion Nebula has taught astronomers a great deal about how stars are born and how planetary systems form. Read More >>

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Scientists Have Found Fossilised Brains

Conventional wisdom says that brains don’t fossilise, but these seven fossilised brains beg to differ. Read More >>

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The Best Creepypasta Stories to Give You Nightmares Forever

This story is completely true. It happened right here on the internet, on a night just like this. Read More >>

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The Controversy Over Homo Naledi is Actually a Good Thing

Homo naledi, the newly discovered species of early hominin announced last month, is drawing a lot of fire from paleoanthropologists. Read More >>

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Behold the Splendour of a Starburst Galaxy

New stars form all the time, but some galaxies spawn new stars at such an amazing rate that astronomers call them “starburst galaxies”. Read More >>

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Scott Kelly Shares a Space Station Sunset

We’ve all seen sunsets, but most people never see a sunset like this one, with its last rays filtered through the solar panels of the International Space Station. ISS astronauts, of course, see sunsets like this regularly — several times a day, in fact. Read More >>