Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

In science, progress is all about building a better model—explaining more with less.

Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion

After years of digging, archaeologists discover nine medieval graves holding the remains of at least 300 people.

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Meet a Mad Scientist Who Flies Into Hurricanes

A hurricane bounces NOAA's sensor-packed plane around with such violence, the crew spends a good amount of time in zero G.

The Riddle, and Controversy, of All That Missing Plastic

The contentious Ocean Cleanup campaign has an idea where marine plastic ends up. But it's already stirring debate.

How to Practice Long-Term Thinking in a Distracted World

Bina Venkataraman, author of *The Optimist's Telescope*, talks about the future: how to imagine it, how to be optimistic, how to not...

Chinese Scientists Try to Cure One Man's HIV With Crispr

For the first time, a patient got treated for HIV and cancer at the same time, with an infusion of gene-edited stem cells. The results?...

A New Water Vapor Discovery in Space, SFO Delays, and More...

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Scientists Find Water Vapor on the Most Habitable Exoplanet...

A so-called super Earth with water in its atmosphere has many appealing attributes. But that doesn't mean it hosts life.

The Best Place to Make Undersea Cables Might Be ... in...

A startup plans to manufacture fiber optic cable on the International Space Station and then ship it back to customers on Earth. Easy!

Sean Carroll Thinks We All Exist on Multiple Worlds

In his book *Something Deeply Hidden*, the physicist explores the idea of Many Worlds, which holds that the universe continually splits...