archaeology
One of the World’s Most Ancient Cities Experienced Surprisingly Modern Problems

New archaeological evidence suggests the inhabitants of Çatalhöyük, an ancient city founded over 9,000 years ago in what is now Turkey, were subject to many urban problems we’re familiar with today, including overcrowding, interpersonal violence, and sanitation issues. Read More >>

animals
US Agency Investigates Surge in Dead Dolphins Along America’s Gulf Coast

Since the beginning of February, over 260 bottlenose dolphin strandings have been documented along America's northern Gulf Coast, prompting the declaration of an “unusual mortality event.” The reason for the strandings isn’t entirely clear, but indications point to excessive freshwater from rain—and even the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, which has comprised dolphin health. Read More >>

space
Astronomers Peer Back 13 Billion Years and See Two Galaxies Colliding

Scientists have spotted what might be the most distant (and therefore the youngest) example of merging galaxies yet observed, according to new results. Read More >>

ai
New AI Searches Google Street View For Street Signs That Need Repairs

Take a moment to think about all the street signs that blur past as you’re driving. Stop signs, speed limits, and traffic warnings all add up to a massive amount of infrastructure for a city that’s challenging and costly to maintain. But piggybacking on Google’s hard work, scientists have found a clever way to streamline the process of tracking signage in need of repair. Read More >>

science
This Snail-Inspired, Reusable Adhesive is Far Stronger Than Velcro

Scientists have developed an adhesive that is both sticky and reusable thanks to inspiration from snail mucus, according to a new study. Read More >>

cancer
Scientists Make ‘Landmark’ Discovery in Synthesising Anti-Cancer Molecules Found in Sea Sponges

Harvard and Japanese scientists say they’ve made a “landmark” discovery in cancer drug development. In a new study published Monday, they say they have finally found a way to synthesise in bulk a complex class of promising cancer-fighting molecules derived from sea sponges. Their new strategy has already helped speed up research into these molecules, including a planned clinical trial in humans. Read More >>

science
Shampoos, Perfumes, and Other Cosmetics Send Thousands of Kids to A&E Every Year

Nail polish removers and other personal care products are sending a shocking number of young kids in the U.S. to A&E, according to a new study out Monday. Nearly 65,000 children under the age of five have been treated for “cosmetic-related injuries” in hospital in the 15 years leading up to 2016, the study found. Read More >>

science
Blood Feasts and Roach Vacuums: The Life of an Urban Pest Scientist

It’s not often you get to witness one of the most brutal acts of the natural world up close: bed bug sex. Read More >>

Palaeontology
Meet the New King of Trilobites, R. rex

Nobody messes with the king. Well, except for the relentless passing of time. Read More >>

science
Boaty McBoatface Just Helped Solve a Deep-Sea Mystery

The internet was a purer place in 2016, and there’s no more perfect distillation of that truth than the spontaneous, crowdsourced effort to name a £200 million state-of-the-art research vessel Boaty McBoatface. Parliament eventually decided to go with the more stately RRS Sir David Attenborough, but it offered the public an olive branch by naming an autonomous sub Boaty McBoatface. And it brings me great joy to take a break from the hellscape that is the internet in 2019 and revisit Boaty the sub, which recently did some serious sciencing around Antarctica. Read More >>

space
Spectacular New Crater Discovered on Mars

A fresh Martian crater has been detected in a stunning new image taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Read More >>

science
This Striking Climate Change Visualisation Is Now Customisable for Any Place on Earth

When University of Reading climate scientist released his warming stripes visualisation for the globe last year, people freaked (in a good way). The minimalist graphic stripped out unnecessary clutter and told the story of global warming in blue and red stripes. Read More >>

space
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Takes Stunning Photo of Asteroid Bennu From Just 0.4 Miles Away

NASA’s asteroid-sampling OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which is currently in position around the tiny, near-Earth asteroid 101955 Bennu, has transmitted its closest shot of the asteroid’s surface yet. Read More >>

space
The Hidden Ocean Beneath Europa’s Frozen Crust May Contain Basic Table Salt

Observations from the Hubble Space Telescope point to the presence of sodium chloride on the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. This is potential evidence that sodium chloride, otherwise known as table salt, exists within Europa’s subsurface ocean – yet another indication of this moon’s potential to support alien life. Read More >>

science
Researchers Follow Bats’ Example, Use Cheap Speakers and Mics to See Objects Hidden Around Corners

A lot of amazing technologies developed at universities or corporate R&D labs never see the light of day because they’re just too expensive to turn into consumer-ready products. But by copying how bats navigate the world at night, researchers have come up with a way to see hidden objects around corners using cheap mics and speakers. Read More >>