Scotland's Isle of Skye is known for its beautiful rocky cliffs and brilliant green fields. It was upon one of the island's rocky beaches that a team of scientists made a shocking discovery in 2017. The expedition—funded by the National Geographic Society—discovered a large jawbone poking out of a rock. The jawbone turned out to be part of an enormous pterosaur fossil, a type of winged reptile from the Jurassic Period.
Lots of people have thought about the apocalypse, including what they might eat when society or the environment collapses.
Spending time outdoors can offer myriad health benefits.
The spine is critical to human mobility. The spinal cord connects the brain to the branches of the nervous system throughout the body. To move the legs, for example, a signal is sent by the brain's motor cortex through the spinal cord to the muscles of the legs. When the spine is severed, this communication becomes impossible, resulting in paralysis.
Astrophotographers from 30 nations entered their best work into the inaugural photo competition from the Save a Star non-profit.
Though it may look like a CGI animation, this gif of the Moon transiting Earth is very real.
NASA is in celebration mode. Its James Webb Space Telescope has successfully deployed, positioning itself almost one million miles from Earth. Folded within a rocket and launched on Christmas Day, the telescope promises to photograph the origins of the universe. Before it can search for ancient light, however, the craft had to unfold a sun shield the size of almost three tennis courts and align its golden mirrors.
Alan Hawes works as a registered nurse at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Bubbles are more scientifically complex than one might think.
How old is our human species? This question is a tricky one. Our genus Homo evolved from the more ancient Australopithecus around 2.8 million years ago. Scientists examining fossils believe modern humans—scientifically known as Homo sapiens—only emerged around 300,000 years ago. They continue to learn more about this process by examining the fossil record. A new study published in Nature is an example of such continuing study.
Mars has long fascinated astronomers.
Whether advancing cancer treatment techniques or helping us land on the Moon, women in science have helped change the course...