Everything You Need to Know About the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse
A veteran eclipse chaser explains how to get ready for one of the planet’s biggest celestial events
What Does the Universe Sound Like?
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and other researchers have melded astronomy and music to offer a new oeuvre
The Ten Best Science Books of 2022
From a detective story on the origins of Covid-19 to a narrative that imagines a fateful day for dinosaurs, these works affected us the most this year
When Will the Next Supernova in Our Galaxy Occur?
Scientists have new tools at their disposal to detect and study the dramatic explosion of a star
The Very Real Effort to Track Killer Asteroids and Comets
In "Don't Look Up," researchers warn authorities about a comet hurtling towards Earth. Such a scenario isn’t just science fiction
The Ten Best Science Books of 2021
From captivating memoirs by researchers to illuminating narratives by veteran science journalists, these works affected us the most this year
The Ambitious Idea to Study the Evolution of a Comet
Researchers want to send a spacecraft near Jupiter to join up with a chunk of rock and ice as it’s flung toward the sun
New Project Aims to Create Most Detailed 3-D Map of the Universe
An instrument named “DESI” will chart up to 40 million galaxies, ten times more than any previous survey
Could Weirdly Straight Bolts of Lightning Be a Sign of Dark Matter?
A group of scientists say the phenomenon could indicate dark matter speeding through our world at more than 300 miles a second
One Hundred Years Ago, Einstein Was Given a Hero's Welcome by America's Jews
The German physicist toured the nation as a fundraiser for Zionist causes, even though he was personally torn on the topic of a Jewish nation
How Darwin's 'Descent of Man' Holds Up 150 Years After Publication
Questions still swirl around the author’s theories about sexual selection and the evolution of minds and morals
What Is Math?
A teenager asked that age-old question on TikTok, creating a viral backlash, and then, a thoughtful scientific debate
The Complicated Legacy of Herbert Spencer, the Man Who Coined 'Survival of the Fittest'
Spencer's ideas laid the groundwork for social Darwinism, but scholars say there was much more to the Victorian Age thinker than that
Charles Darwin's Publisher Didn't Believe in Evolution, but Sold His Revolutionary Book Anyway
The famed naturalist and conservative stalwart John Murray III formed an unlikely alliance in popularizing a radical idea
One Hundred Years Ago, Einstein's Theory of General Relativity Baffled the Press and the Public
Few people claimed to fully understand it, but the esoteric theory still managed to spark the public's imagination