Mystery Solved

  1. Paleontology

    A tiny mystery dinosaur from New Mexico is officially T. rex’s cousin

    A newly identified dinosaur species called Suskityrannus hazelae fills a gap in tyrannosaur lineage.

  2. Physics

    Here’s what causes the aurora-like glow known as STEVE

    Amateur astronomer images and satellite data are revealing what causes the strange atmospheric glow called STEVE.

  3. Physics

    Microwaved grapes make fireballs, and scientists now know why

    Electromagnetic waves bounce back and forth inside a grape, creating plasma.

  4. Animals

    Wombats are the only animals whose poop is a cube. Here’s how they do it.

    The elasticity of wombats’ intestines helps the creatures shape their distinctive poops.

  5. Animals

    While eating, these tiny worms release chemicals to lure their next meal

    As they eat insects, one nematode species releases chemicals that attract more insect prey.

  6. Physics

    Here’s how to bend spaghetti to your will

    Researchers have discovered how to snap spaghetti sticks without sending bits of pasta flying.

  7. Life

    How salamanders can regrow nearly complete tails but lizards can’t

    Differences in stem cells in the spinal cord explain the amphibians’ ability.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Finally, there’s a way to keep syphilis growing in the lab

    Scientists have figured out how to keep a sample of the bacteria Treponema pallidum alive and infectious for over eight months.

  9. Astronomy

    On Jupiter, lightning flashes from storms swirling at the poles

    After almost 40 years, scientists have discovered that Jupiter has lightning that is similar to lightning on Earth — it just happens in a different place.

  10. Physics

    How ravens caused a LIGO data glitch

    Ravens pecking at frosty pipes caused a glitch in gravitational wave data.

  11. Tech

    Mix of metals in this Picasso sculpture provides clues to its mysterious origins

    The alloys used to cast Picasso’s bronze sculptures provide a valuable piece of the puzzle in reconstructing the histories of the works of art.

  12. Astronomy

    Here’s what really happened to Hanny’s Voorwerp

    Glowing clouds of gas known as Hanny’s Voorwerp offer a way to study galaxies and black holes in the distant past.