Category: Science

Scientists locate origin of the sun’s magnetic field

Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. I was lucky enough to catch an awesome glimpse of the northern lights from my own home this month when the biggest solar storm to reach Earth in two decades made auroras […]

That distinctive springtime smell: Asparagus pee

Along with many other delights, springtime brings the beginning of the asparagus growing season. Regardless of whether you prefer the green, purple or white variety, asparagus provides a rich source of vitamins and minerals, and its consumption as part of a healthy diet may reduce risk of cancer and cardiovascular-related diseases. Despite the nutritional benefits […]

Venezuela is first Andean country to lose of all its glaciers

For the people of the Venezuelan state of Mérida, the glaciated peaks of its Sierra Nevada have been a source of pride since time immemorial: The mountains are part of the regional identity and the origin of various legends in the area that relate them to mythical white eagles. However, none of the six glaciers […]

James Webb Space Telescope spots 3 of our universe’s earliest galaxies

Astronomers using the James Webb Space Telescope have found what they say are three of our universe’s earliest galaxies, spotted actively forming when the cosmos was just 400 million to 600 million years old. In the JWST’s images, this galactic trio resembles fuzzy red smudges feeding on nearby helium and hydrogen.Over millions of years, it […]

NASA PREFIRE mission set to launch to study Earth’s polar regions

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. NASA is set to launch the first of two research satellites to measure how much heat is lost to space from the Arctic and Antarctica. The shoebox-size satellite is expected to lift off Saturday aboard […]

Sweden’s Arctic spaceport moves one step closer to orbital launches

In a groundbreaking move for the European and international space markets, Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and South Korean rocket company Perigee Aerospace Inc. have entered into a collaborative agreement to jointly launch satellites from Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden starting in 2025. All being well, Perigee’s Blue Whale 1 microlauncher will be the first-ever […]

NASA says helium leak poses no safety threat to Boeing’s Starliner capsule

After nearly three weeks of exhaustive tests and data analysis, NASA managers said Friday they are confident Boeing’s oft-delayed Starliner crew capsule can safely launch “as is” on June 1, saying a small helium leak in the ship’s propulsion system does not pose a flight safety concern. Steve Stich, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, […]

Watch Rocket Lab launch a NASA climate change cubesat early on May 25

Rocket Lab will launch a small NASA Earth-observation satellite early Saturday morning (May 25), and you can watch the action live. An Electron launcher is scheduled to lift off from Rocket Lab‘s New Zealand site Saturday during an hour-long window that opens at 3:15 a.m. EDT (0715 GMT; 7:15 p.m. local New Zealand time). It […]

SpaceX targeting June 5 for 4th test flight of Starship megarocket

We may be less than two weeks away from Starship’s next test flight. SpaceX announced today (May 24) that it’s targeting June 5 for the fourth-ever liftoff of Starship, the giant vehicle it’s developing to get people and cargo to the moon, Mars and beyond. That date is written in pencil rather than pen, however, […]