Why satellites have those golden foils on them — and how it saves a lot of lives

Like many other NASA technologies, this also proved to be really useful on Earth.

Designer Oscar Lhermitte brings the moon to your fingertips

You can’t get any more lunar than this without leaving the planet.

Cats are both solid and liquid — and other surprising tidbits of science from the Ig Nobel Awards

Cats really *are* liquid… but only sometimes.

The Colossal Earthworks of Stan Herd

Entire fields are his canvas.

Seal hitches a ride on the back of a whale

Sometimes, you just hitch a ride on a whale.

Democracy is failing in the West, scientists warn

Only 19% of young Americans think it’s wrong for the military to take over the government if it’s incompetent or doesn’t do it’s job.

The explosive difference between nuclear fission and fusion

Despite having some things common, the two can be considered polar opposites.

Mimicry at its finest — or why this is not a snake

Disclaimer: this is not an actual snake.

Carefree Crow Hitches a Ride on the Back of Bald Eagle

Don’t mind me, just hitching a ride.

“Nothing” changed: ancient Indian text pushes the history of zero back 500 years

As far as modern tech and know-how is concerned, zero is the hero.

The Mars Terraformer Transfer (MATT):  what it is and how we’d use it

Terraformation need not engineer an entire planetary surface. The Lake Matthew Team introduces their audacious invention.

Follow the last 30 years of humanity shaping the planet through the eyes of Google’s Timelapse

Bird’s eye view.

Please don’t shoot Hurricane Irma, officials warn

Don’t challenge the hurricanes.

What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Dementia is a syndrome while Alzheimer’s is a disease. More key differences between the two after the jump.

Voyager-1 spacecraft: 40 years of history and interstellar flight

Despite traveling more than ten billion miles in four decades, Voyager-1 is still at it.

Amazing timelapse video shows Harvey flooding a parking lot

A flood of biblical proportions.

The best photos from the 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year

These are some brilliant entries.

Too much innovation wrecks weak economies, too much competition paralyzes strong ones, paper reports

Moderation is key.

Birmingham design student crafts cool, fully recyclable furniture — from cow dung

You could say she… manurefactures them.

How science knows when nations are testing nuclear bombs — even when they are lying

We can’t deduce everything, but we can deduce A LOT.