A quarter of a century may be a short term for mankind, but the Hubble Telescope has managed to offer a plethora of amazing findings over this time, measuring our ever-expanding universe and furthering human knowledge of deep space.
The scary Yellowstone National Park super-volcano continues to dazzle: scientists have mapped a second magma reservoir that could fill the Grand Canyon 11 times over, giving themselves a clearer picture than ever of what awaits us if the lid blows.
Drones and dinosaurs may seem like an unlikely combination, but scientists in Australia are using present-day technology to track pre-historic footprints. The prints were laid in Western Australia about 130 million years ago.
A major earthquake – the Big One – is statistically almost certain in California in the coming decades, and there is even worse news below the ground: it is likely to be followed by a series of similar-sized temblors, according to a leading seismologist.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) has released a map of earthquakes believed to be the result of human activity. Experts say most of the quakes were caused by the oil and gas industry injecting wastewater underground. Fracking was also blamed in some cases.
For the first time ever, Chinese scientists report having successfully edited human embryos’ genomes. The breakthrough has, however, also revived heated debate about the ethical feasibility of such experiments, which are feared to lead to eugenics.
Another slam-dunk for the anti-fracking lobby, as new evidence draws a more direct link between hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes in North Texas. The study is the first time researchers were able to move past ‘possible’ and into ‘most likely’ causes.
Scientists might soon get closer to understanding the nature of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole. To observe its mysterious event horizon, they are connecting a planet-wide system of telescopes that will “see” 1,000 times better than Hubble.
Medicines used to help cure skin problems might prove to be vital in the fight against multiple sclerosis. US scientists have found that two drugs may promote the body’s own stem cells to replace brain cells, which are affected by the disease.