‘Most powerful meteor storm in generations could light up skies above North America early next week

Images of 48 comet fragments from SW3 recorded in May 2006 by the infrared camera (IRAC) aboard the Spitzer Space Telescope.  The emission of dust particles warmed by sunlight appears to fill space along the comet's orbit

The “most powerful meteor storm in generations” could light up skies over North America next week. Fragments of the dying comet SW3 are expected to be visible from the United States and parts of Canada as Earth crosses its orbital path on Tuesday. Comet SW3, full name 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, is responsible for the dust fragments … Read more

Is Maverick too OLD to be a fighter pilot? His age wouldn’t stop him – but his lifestyle might

The moment Top Gun fans have been waiting for over 30 years is finally here, with the UK launch of Top Gun: Maverick today.

The moment Top Gun fans have been waiting for over 30 years is finally here, with the UK release of Top Gun: Maverick today. The sequel to the cult classic sees Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, played by Tom Cruise, train a cohort of graduates to become Navy test pilots. Maverick’s age is a key plot point … Read more

Entirely new kind of ‘highly reactive’ chemical is found in Earth’s atmosphere

Scientists have detected a new type of highly reactive substance in Earth's atmosphere that could pose a threat to human health, as well as the global climate

Scientists have detected a new type of extremely reactive substance in the Earth’s atmosphere that could pose a threat to human health, as well as to the global climate. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have shown that trioxides – chemical compounds with three oxygen atoms attached to each other – form under atmospheric conditions. … Read more

Geologists plan to crack open an 830-million-year-old crystal that might contain ancient life 

Researchers have found tiny remnants of prokaryotic and algal life inside a halite crystal from the 830 million year old Browne Formation in central Australia.  Pictured: fluid inclusions in halite with microorganisms

Geologists plan to crack open an 830-million-year-old crystal of rock salt, which they believe contains ancient microorganisms that may still be alive. Researchers from the Geological Society of America first announced their discovery of tiny remnants of prokaryotic and algal life inside an ancient halite crystal earlier this month. These organisms were found inside microscopic … Read more

390 million-year-old fish-like creature revealed to be one of our earliest ancestors

Palaeospondylus gunni is an ancient vertebrate that scientists believe may be an early predecessor to four-limbed creatures, including humans.  Pictured: A reconstruction of the Palaeospondylus by computed tomography X-ray

A 390 million year old fish-like creature with four limbs is probably not what you would expect to find in your family tree. But a new study has shown the creature, called Palaeospondylus gunni, may be one of our earliest ancestors. Fossils of the eel-like creature are plentiful in Caithness, Scotland, where they were first … Read more

Amazing video shows how salamanders glide like skydivers

Stunning footage has captured how 'wandering salamanders' glide like skydivers to help control and slow their descent when jumping from a lofty height

Free-falling salamanders! Amazing video shows how amphibians glide like SKYDIVERS to slow down and control their fall from trees Researchers have filmed salamanders hovering like skydivers to control their fall They are often difficult to observe as they live in some of the tallest trees in the world Experts wanted to find out why the … Read more

‘Dragon of Death’ ancient flying reptile is unearthed in Argentina

Giant beast: The remains of a huge flying reptile dubbed the 'dragon of death' - which lived alongside dinosaurs 86 million years ago - have been discovered in Argentina

‘Dragon of Death’ unearthed in Argentina The remains of a huge flying reptile nicknamed “the dragon of death” discovered in Argentina At around 30 feet (9 m) long, it is the largest pterosaur discovered in South America This species is estimated to have lived alongside dinosaurs 86 million years ago Argentinian experts say the ‘beast’ … Read more

Could sea corals be used to treat CANCER? Scientists discover ‘holy grail’ chemical in soft corals

Scientists have taken a big step forward in the search for a new treatment for cancer, after discovering a 'holy grail' natural cancer-fighting chemical in common soft corals (pictured)

Could marine corals be used to treat CANCER? Scientists find cancer-fighting chemical ‘holy grail’ in common soft corals off Florida coast The chemical, called eleutherobin, has been shown to have cytotoxic properties It was first found in rare coral off the coast of Australia in the 1990s. Since then, scientists have not been able to … Read more

NASA captures eruption of ‘Sharkcano’ Kavachi where mutant sharks live in acidic underwater crater

NASA satellite images show a plume of discolored water emitted from the Kavachi volcano, which lies about 15 miles south of Vangunu Island

“Sharkcano” is erupting! NASA satellite images capture a plume of discolored water emitted from the Kavachi volcano where mutant sharks live in an acidic underwater crater Satellite images show a plume of discolored water emitted from Kavachi Data suggests multi-day volcanic activity in April and May 2022 Kavachi was nicknamed “sharkcano” because two species of … Read more

Hubble detects changes in universe’s rate of expansion that cannot be explained by current physics 

Hubble detects changes in universe's rate of expansion that cannot be explained by current physics 

“Something weird” is happening with the expansion of our universe and it cannot be explained by current physics, NASA has revealed. Data from the Hubble Space Telescope has shown that there is a huge gap between the current expansion rate of the universe and the rate just after the Big Bang. The iconic orbiting observatory … Read more