How Will NASA Know if Opportunity is Okay After The Martian Dust Storm?

Nearly all of Mars has been under the assault of a planet-wide dust storm since June. The nerve-wracking question: Is the Opportunity rover okay? Read More >>

Huge Patch of Universe is Strangely Opaque Despite Its Lack of Galaxies

The mere fact that we live in a universe boggles my mind every once in a while. But thankfully, our cosmic home is a place that follows rules; the laws of physics seem to agree everywhere, and galaxies are uniformly distributed throughout. Except for in this 300-million-light-year-long region, which seems to be missing something. Read More >>

E. Coli Bacteria Made This Image of the Mona Lisa

Scientists created this picture of the Mona Lisa using genetically modified E. coli bacteria. Such teeny little artists! Read More >>

The Universe’s Oldest Galaxies Could Be Right in the Milky Way’s Backyard

A team of researchers studying dark matter noticed a strange trend in the brightness of the satellite galaxies around the Milky Way. There seem to be two classes of these orbiting dwarf galaxies—dim ones and bright ones—with few in the middle range. The researchers propose that this kink, when viewed on a graph, could be explained by a period early on in the Universe’s history called the re-ionisation era. Read More >>

Scientists Solve Spaghetti Mystery that Irked Richard Feynman

Scientists have spent a lot more time breaking dry spaghetti noodles than you might think. For, if you can control cracked noodles, perhaps you can control the world. Read More >>

Astronomers Directly Detect Iron and Titanium on an Exoplanet for the First Time

Scientists directly observed the signal of iron and titanium atoms in the atmosphere of an exoplanet 600 light-years from Earth, a new paper reports. Read More >>

Excavation Begins on a Truly Giant New Telescope

The bigger a telescope’s mirrors, the better resolution it has. Excavation has just begun on a new telescope that will be truly enormous, called the Giant Magellan Telescope. Read More >>

Surprising Accelerator Finding Could Change the Way We Think About Neutron Stars

Neutron stars are having a renaissance, as far as space objects go. These ultra-dense collapsed stars are the source of last year’s most important astrophysical discovery, and they could supply the universe with much of its gold and other heavier elements. But, confusingly, many of their most important properties may not come from the neutrons they are named for. Instead, protons might hold the key to many neutron star phenomena. Read More >>

This Exoplanet Is So Hot, It Apparently Tears Apart Water Molecules

There’s an exoplanet whose surface is so hot, it rips apart water molecules. It’s almost a star, but not quite; it’s an ultra-hot, Jupiter-like world located around 880 light-years from Earth. Read More >>

Earth’s Oldest Rocks Could Have Been Formed by Meteorite Impacts

Some of the Earth’s oldest rocks may have formed from the high temperatures of meteorite impacts, a new study reports. Read More >>

How Will NASA Get this Probe to the Sun Without It Melting?

A human-made spacecraft is finally heading to the centre of the Solar System. NASA’s first launch window for the Parker Solar Probe began today at 8:33 a.m. If all goes well, the ship will then begin its journey to the Sun. Read More >>

New Horizons Spacecraft Sees Hydrogen Wall at the End of the Solar System

As it speeds away from the Sun, the New Horizons mission may be approaching a “wall.” Read More >>

Bomb Squad Called After NASA Weather Device Labeled ‘NOT A BOMB’ Drops From Sky

A summer student has been removed from an experiment after NASA decided that a completely accurate note mentioning President Donald Trump attached to an experiment that fell in a field in the US state of New Jersey was a “misguided attempt to be lighthearted,” a NASA spokesperson told WNBC-TV. Read More >>

Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend?

One of the year’s most active meteor showers, the Perseids, will peak overnight Saturday into Sunday and Sunday into Monday, with 60 to 70 meteors per hour. But lots of Gizmodo readers live in cities. So, inspired by a friend’s tweet, I wondered – will city dwellers see the meteor shower? Read More >>

Mysterious ‘Alien’ Radio Signal: Here’s What You Need to Know

You may have seen recent headlines about a strange radio signal picked up by a Canadian telescope. Some go as far as to say it was caused by all-caps ALIENS. Read More >>