The UAE’s First Mars Mission Is a Robo-Meteorologist

“When the UAE was created, some countries were already sending things to space,” says Omran Sharaf,…

Astronomers Are Uncovering the Magnetic Soul of the Universe

Anytime astronomers figure out a new way of looking for magnetic fields in ever more remote…

A Bird’s Epic Migration Stuns Scientists and Wins Online Fans

This story originally appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When…

Hummingbirds Can See Colors We Can’t Even Imagine

The phrase “every color of the rainbow” isn’t quite as all-encompassing as it sounds. For one…

How Masks Went From Don’t-Wear to Must-Have

“There was very strong pushback that the evidence was too weak,” says Lidia Morawska, a leading…

Your Firework Smoke Could Be Tainted With Lead

The holiday pyrotechnic smoke can be so thick, in fact, that historically, epidemiologists studying ambient levels…

Where Should Covid-19 Vaccines Be Tested? It’s a Moving Target

A word about how clinical trials work. Candidate vaccines and potential drugs spend years progressing through…

The CEO of Novartis on Developing Drugs During a Pandemic

As CEO of Novartis, the world’s second-largest drug company, Vas Narasimhan knows that Big Pharma is…

Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past

The basic idea behind all nuclear power plants is the same: Convert the heat created by…

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

A few months ago, NASA unveiled its next-generation space suit that will be worn by astronauts…