Satellite orbiting Pluto

Pluto Gets a Close-Up

What the New Horizon voyage tells us about Pluto.
A robot deep in thought

How Synthetic Brains Can Advance Robotics

Why try to create synthetic brains? Given the anxieties around artificial intelligence, why risk it?
Europa, oneEuropa, one of the four Galilean moons orbiting Jupiter

NASA Sets Its Sites on Europa

NASA has decided on the nature and scope of a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, scheduled in the 2020s.
Origami Robot Courtesy of MIT

Self-Folding Origami Robots!

Origami robots can not only walk, but swim, climb, and carry twice their body weight—granted, the robot only weighs a third of a gram.
A woman reaches out from bed to silence her alarm clock

Early Bird? Night Owl? It Might Be in Your Genes.

Researchers in England have identified several genes associated with the timing of peak activity.
Close-up of an open human eye

An Eye Full of Ebola

Dr. Ian Crozier was declared cured after a harrowing bout with the Ebola virus, only to discover that his left eye was full of the virus.
Bees swarming on a honeycomb

The Lowdown on Bees and Pesticides

New research suggests that declines in wild bees may be due to a specific pesticide.
Seagulls follow whales to eat anchovies.

The Sound of an Unknown Whale

Researchers might have identified one—and maybe even two—brand new species of whale.
Twin stars in space

Watching the Twin Suns Rise on a Real-Life Tatooine

Twin suns, like the ones seen in Star Wars, may be more common than originally thought.