Astronomers have indirectly spotted some of the first stars in the universe by making their most distant detection of oxygen in a galaxy that existed just 500m years after the Big Bang.
As galaxies get older they get rounder, and fall victim to the middle-aged spread that catches many of us humans here on Earth.
Growing grapes and making wine come with a lot of implications about a culture's capabilities. Apparently, Sicily of 6,000 years ago was more sophisticated than archaeologists had given it credit for.
Artworks can look very different if you view them with more than the unaided eye, and that can help you spot the fake from the genuine.
New research is narrowing the gap, creating technology with the detecting capabilities of canines but without the downsides of relying on a biological system.
Astronomers were looking forward to the first high-res X-ray spectra from space, and all they would tell us about the cosmos. But unknown disaster seems to have befallen the Japanese satellite.
A hint of oxygen and a whiff of methane in a distant exoplanet's atmosphere may be the first evidence we discover of alien life.
HD 219134 b may not be a catchy name - but our new planetary neighbour deserves just as much attention as Earth's cousin, Kepler-452 b.
Astronomers can tell a whole lot more about a star or a galaxy if they break up the visible light in a rainbow of colours.
Astronomers have found thousands of exoplanets and the hunt is on for life beyond Earth. Once biological neighbors are identified, our planet’s philosophies and religions will need to adapt.
Researchers at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva have taken the first spectroscopic measurements of antihydrogen, marking an…