The Ocean Cleanup’s goals are laudable, but the nonprofit faces challenges. For one, the company’s first garbage collector, a 2,000-foot buoy-and-skirt invention nicknamed Wilson, broke in two.

The partial government shutdown has stalled an emergency update to the World Magnetic Model, an important tool for navigation.

Months after a dazzling supernova was spotted in the sky above Hawaii, scientists are puzzling over what caused it.

The rise of consumer genetic tests has provided law enforcement with new tools that have the potential to break open cold cases.

A hardware problem has hobbled ultraviolet and optical observations from one of telescope's celebrated cameras.

A new instrument detected more than a dozen fast radio bursts — powerful flashes of radio energy that appear all over the sky.

Scientists are smarting from the loss of data, research opportunities and paychecks.

How a giant of the solar system helped humanity find our place in the cosmos.

The Dunning-Kruger effect has gotten a surge of interest during the Trump administration.

The mission will explore a massive crater at the lunar south pole.

Ultima Thule, made of two icy space rocks smashed together, resembles a reddish snowman.

Scientists rang in the new year with a flyby of Ultima Thule, a far-flung space rock that may hold clues to the earliest days of our solar system.

“Climate change is here, and it’s already costing tens of billions of dollars a year," one expert said.

Get ready for New Horizons' unprecedented exploration of the Kuiper belt.

A prolonged government shutdown means a rocky start for science in the new year.

Scientists studying the Tunguska impact of 1908 call for a special observing campaign next summer.

From aardvark to zebra, the National Zoo studies the milk of hundreds of mammal species.

Spacecraft launches and failures, disease outbreaks, climate catastrophes, biomedical breakthroughs and more.

Animals that weigh less than a gram can travel hundreds of miles.

If the TV host could go anywhere in the universe, he’d search for life in our solar system.

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