Science Textbooks Wrong? 525-Million-Year-Old Fossil Defies Common Explanation for Brain Evolution

Artist’s impression of an individual 525-million-year-old Cardiodictyon catenulum on the shallow coastal sea floor, emerging from the shelter of a small stromatolite built by photosynthetic bacteria. Credit: Nicholas Strausfeld/University of Arizona According to a new study, fossils of a tiny sea creature with a delicately preserved nervous system solve a century-old debate over how the … Read more

Is Earth a self-regulating organism? New study suggests our planet has a built-in climate control

The Permian–Triassic extinction event, also called The Great Dying, has certainly earned its nickname. It was the largest mass extinction in the geological record, wiping out between 83 and 97 percent of all species living on Earth. Although the exact cause is debated, extreme volcanic activity that perhaps cooked the planet has been fingered as … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope researchers helps uncover early galaxies in ‘new chapter in astronomy’

In what James Webb Space Telescope researchers call a “whole new chapter in astronomy,” the observatory has helped to locate two early galaxies, one of which may contain the most distant starlight ever seen. In a tweet, the international team said the unexpectedly bright galaxies could fundamentally alter what is known about the very first … Read more

What’s Next for the Orion Spacecraft as It Cruises Toward the Moon

Artist’s depiction of Orion traveling past the Moon, with an Earthrise in the background. Illustration🇧🇷 NASA NASA’s Space Launch System blasted off on Wednesday, sending the uncrewed Orion spacecraft on a 25-day journey to the Moon and back. Orion should reach its destination early next week, at which time it’ll perform some intricate orbital acrobatics … Read more

ISS: American spacewalkers Cassada and Rubio ventured outside the space station Tuesday

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more🇧🇷 CNN 🇧🇷 The first in a series of end-of-the-year spacewalks kicked off Tuesday morning outside the International Space Station. First-time spacewalkers and NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio began their excursion outside the space … Read more

New “Artificial Photosynthesis” System Produces Methane With 10x Efficiency

A study from six chemists at the University of Chicago shows an innovative new system for artificial photosynthesis that is more productive than previous artificial systems by an order of magnitude. Above, an artistic illustration of the process. Credit: Illustration by Peter Allen University of Chicago breakthrough creates methane fuel from sun, carbon dioxide, and … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope peers into lonely dwarf galaxy

The most powerful space telescope currently operating has zoomed in on a lonely dwarf galaxy in our galactic neighborhood, imaging it in stunning detail. At around 3 million light-years from Earth, the dwarf galaxynamed Wolf–Lundmark–Melotte (WLM) for three astronomers instrumental in its discovery, is close enough that the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) can distinguish … Read more

Lunar eclipse: November full beaver moon will be a total lunar eclipse, too

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — Set to turn a coppery shade of red in the sky this Tuesday, November 8, the full moon will kick off Election Day with an early morning event of its own — a … Read more