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Meteorite Falling to Earth

Meteorites Brought Space Sugar to Earth

Scientists have found traces of the sugar called ribose in meteorites. Since ribose is a building block of living organisms, this discovery sheds light on the origin of life on earth. Find out more.

Exoplanet Giant Orbiting White Dwarf Star

Exoplanet Giant Orbiting Tiny White Dwarf

A giant exoplanet has been discovered orbiting a tiny white dwarf star only a quarter of the planet's size. That's right, the planet is far larger in size than its star. Find out why this matters to our search for life on other worlds.

Friendly face of a laughing woman.

Friendly Faces Drove Human Evolution

Friendly faces are something we all look for in others. Now science confirms that they exist based on genetics and human evolution. Find out more. (4:00 min read)

Dwarf Galaxy No Missing Matter

"Missing Matter" Missing in 19 Dwarf Galaxies

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have identified 19 dwarf galaxies that appear to contain none of cosmology's mysterious dark matter. Learn why this challenges the conventional wisdom about the workings of our universe. (4:00 min read)

COP25 Dais Opening Remarks

COP25: Will it Lead to Climate Action?

COP25, the long-anticipated 2019 Climate Change Conference begins today. The goals are ambitious, but results from past meetings have been underwhelming. Will this one be different? There are reasons for hope. (4:30 min read)

Christmas Nostalgia Advent Candles

Christmas Nostalgia Not Like it Used to Be

Christmas nostalgia always seems to overtake us when the month of December rolls around. Is there one authentic way to celebrate the "true meaning of Christmas?" Some reflections on the first day of Advent. (3:40 min read)

Green House Gas Bulletin Smokestacks

Greenhouse Gas Bulletin: Bizarre Thanksgiving Ritual

The annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin has been released by the World Meteorological Organization. As always, nothing has been accomplished. Learn more about the bizarre ritual we all go through every year when it comes out. (3:30 min read)

Three Black Holes in NGC 6240

Three Black Holes Colliding in Galaxy’s Core

Three black holes were discovered in the core of the nearby galaxy NGC 6240 by scientists at the University of Gottingen. Find out how they did it, and what it means for our understanding of the story of our universe. (3:30 min read)