Science Ticker

A roundup of research and breaking news

  1. first image from Zwicky Transient Facility

    New camera on Palomar telescope will seek out supernovas, asteroids and more

    The Zwicky Transient Facility at Palomar Observatory in California will seek supernovas, black holes and asteroids.

  2. IBM's quantum computer
    Quantum Physics

    Quantum computers take a step forward with a 50-qubit prototype

    Race to build ever-more-powerful processors edges the technology closer to being able to best traditional machines.

  3. Asian tiger mosquito

    EPA OKs first living pest-control mosquito for use in United States

    Feds approve non-GM male tiger mosquitoes for sale as fake dads to suppress local pests.

  4. Illustration of New Horizons' next target

    NASA wants your help naming New Horizons’ next destination

    NASA’s New Horizons mission team is asking the public to vote on a nickname for the spacecraft’s next destination.

  5. mammoth tusk fossil

    What male bias in the mammoth fossil record says about the animal’s social groups

    Male woolly mammoths were more often caught in natural traps that preserved their remains, DNA evidence suggests.

  6. lithium dendrite crystals
    Materials Science

    Nobel Prize–winning technique illuminates the fibers that set off battery fires

    Scientists get a closer look at the filaments that ruin lithium-ion batteries from the inside out.

  7. Dawn spacecraft over Ceres

    Dawn spacecraft will keep orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres indefinitely

    NASA just gave the Dawn spacecraft a second mission extension to orbit Ceres indefinitely.

  8. illustration of Milky Way

    Measured distance within the Milky Way gives clues to what our galaxy looks like

    Astronomers used an old but challenging technique to directly measure the distance to a star on the opposite side of the galaxy for the first time.

  9. Animals

    New deep-sea sponge could play a starring role in monitoring ocean health

    A new species of sponge that dwells on metal-rich rocks could help scientists track the environmental impact of deep-sea mining.

  10. Animals

    Ancient whale turns up on wrong side of the world

    A Southern Hemisphere whale species was briefly a northern resident.

  11. glutamate dehydrogenase

    Cool way to peer into molecules’ inner workings wins chemistry Nobel Prize

    Three scientists will split the prize for their work developing cryo-electron microscopy.

  12. ichthyosaur illustration

    A baby ichthyosaur’s last meal revealed

    A new look at an old fossil shows that some species of baby ichthyosaurs may have dined on squid.