Science Reveals: Guys Love Lesbians

Hamilton Nolan · 01/28/11 03:21PM

People fossils! Dinosaur fossils! Sexy science! Cheating ladies! Lucky black hearts! Weights losing weight! Faraway planets! Implant perils! Monster alfalfa! And black holes that trip you out! It's your Friday Science Watch, where we watch science—with forgiveness!

Fun-Loving Scientists Invent 'Breast on a Chip'

Hamilton Nolan · 01/26/11 03:24PM

Old galaxies! Nabokov butterflies! Milk safety! Insomnia relief! Cell timers! Solar sails! Bat naps! Math extinctions! Ovulation dreams! Breast chips! It's your Wednesday Science Watch, where we watch science—wackily, come on!

The Case of the Christian Astronomer

Hamilton Nolan · 01/19/11 12:12PM

Martin Gaskell is an astronomer who studies quasars. He's also a Christian who questions evolution. The University of Kentucky decided not to hire him at least partly because of his religious views. Now Gaskell's won a settlement over it. Good.

The Giant Energy Bubbles At the Center of the Galaxy

Adrian Chen · 11/10/10 09:50PM

Astronomers using NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope have discovered two huge 'bubbles' of gamma ray energy at the center of the galaxy. They're either leftover from a shitload of supernovae, or caused by the black hole at the galaxy's center.

Tiny Godless Organisms Practice Abominable 'Cloning'

Hamilton Nolan · 06/15/10 11:34AM

Gender bias! Alien data! Virus art! Hard relaxing! Radical statins! Space water! And godless rotifers reproducing outside of the bounds of holy matrimony! It's your fact-based Science Watch, where we watch science—whether Jesus likes it or not!

Want to Watch Something Crash-Land on Jupiter?

Max Read · 06/03/10 11:50PM

Whoa! Something just hit Jupiter! The impact—which must have been huge to be visible on earth—was recorded by two different amateur astronomers, one in Australia and one in the Philippines. Was it... an alien vessel?? (No.)

Exploding Stars: Your New Cure for Osteoporosis

Max Read · 05/20/10 03:11AM

Astronomers have found a kind of supernova that barfs calcium as it dies, and think such supernovae could be behind the abundance of calcium in our universe. No word on if they're better than Tums, or what. [LAT]

Happy Birthday Hubble

Adrian Chen · 04/24/10 06:03PM

The Hubble telescope is 20 years-old today. It's produced many beautiful images. Here's a new one: A "three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby stars." (click to enlarge) [NASA]

Nebula Rosa

Brian Moylan · 02/10/10 06:30PM

[This new picture from the European Southern Observatory's new VISTA telescope of the future makes the Orion Nebula look like a bit of swirly sci-fi goodness. Image via ESO via Wired]