Late-Breaking Stories We're Following on the Internet

  • Asteroids May Be Remnants of Destroyed Worlds

In echo of ancient esoteric lore, a study published in July in the journal Nature Astronomy, says asteroids were once pieces of worlds. A vast majority of the half-million bodies in the inner asteroid belt may in fact be shrapnel from as few as five parent bodies called “planetesimals,” scientists say.


  • Organic Matter on Dwarf Planet Ceres More Abundant than Thought

A new analysis of data collected by NASA’s Dawn orbiter suggests that organic molecules—evidence of ancient life—may exist in surprisingly high concentrations on the surface of Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt. The study appears in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.


  • Asteroid Rush Sends Prospectors Into Space

A race is on to mine billions of dollars in resources from solar-system asteroids, fueling our future in the stars and here on Earth.


  • Could Aliens Have Rearranged Stars to Fight Dark Energy?

Any advanced civilization would understand the grim reality of universal expansion, says one scientist. Such a civilization wouldn’t sit around idly while the universe literally passed it by. It would, a new study argues, capture stars from other galaxies, reel them in, and harvest their energy, before those stars (and their energy) became inaccessible forever.


  • Ancient Technology Inspires ‘Tractor Beam’ Laser

A team from Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel is using millennia-old knowledge to create a true science-fiction staple: a particle- trapping laser tractor beam. As with science fiction, as in Star Trek, the device can shine a laser on an object and then draw it in.


  • Ancient Star Brushed Our Solar System, Throwing Planets Off Course

New research suggests that a star that ‘grazed’ the solar system 70,000 thousand years ago caused significant disruption in the region, throwing hundreds of objects off course.


  • Is China Getting Ready for Space War?

A new laser gun can instantly ‘carbonize’ human skin. China’s ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle is reportedly capable of hitting a target from a kilometer away, igniting flammable objects, and burning through human skin. And it’s ready for production, researchers claim.


  • Swedes Implanting Microchips into Their Bodies

Thousands of people in Sweden have inserted microchips, which can function as contactless credit cards, key cards and even rail cards, beneath their skin.


  • Scientists Growing Neanderthal Brains to Put Inside Robots

Neanderthal brains grown in petri dishes, are destined to be put inside crab-like robots. Scientists at University of California, San Diego believe that by studying the robot’s behavior, they’ll gain a new understanding of why Neanderthals went extinct.