The James Webb Space Telescope has detected key carbon-bearing molecules on the potential ocean world K2-18b, including tantalising hints of a substance produced by tiny plankton on Earth.
A new study of ‘solar twins’ shows a fundamental constant appears to be the same throughout our local galactic neighbourhood.
New telescope allows us to study the atmospheres of planets orbiting stars other than our Sun in unprecedented detail.
A new laser technique that measures the chemical make-up of whisky may help fight cancers.
The discovery of phosphine in the acidic clouds of Venus can’t be explained by any known chemical or geological processes.
New research expands the pool of habitable worlds to include super-Earths with hydrogen-rich atmospheres.
Astronomers using a new technique to hunt black holes found one 70 times as heavy as the Sun
The technology to identify pills is getting cheaper and smaller. That means it could also be used to test the make-up of illegal pills at festivals and other events.
The latest version of the Spider-Man video game offers insights into how science could be taught more effectively to today’s college students, a researcher and video game enthusiast suggests.
Proteins guard their secrets closely, but once you get them to “sing”, there’s an enormous amount to learn.
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.