SpaceX launches tomato seeds, other supplies to space station

CNN — SpaceX is carrying a fresh haul of supplies to the International Space Station this weekend after bad weather at the launch site forced the company to wave off its first attempt. The mission took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida around 2:20 pm ET Saturday. The original liftoff date had been … Read more

525-million-year-old fossil defies textbook explanation for brain evolution

Artist’s impression of an individual 525-million-year-old Cardiodictyon catenulum on the shallow coastal sea floor, emerging from the shelter of a small stromatolite built by photosynthetic bacteria. Credit: Nicholas Strausfeld/University of Arizona Fossils of a tiny sea creature that died more than half a billion years ago may compel a science textbook rewrite of how brains … Read more

Webb telescope makes another discovery on far away exoplanet

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — The James Webb Space Telescope has captured a detailed molecular and chemical portrait of a far away planet’s skies, scoring another first for the exoplanet science community. WASP-39b, otherwise known as Bocaprins, can … Read more

Space Rock Strike on Webb Telescope Was Just Bad Luck, NASA Team Says

In late May, the Webb Space Telescope’s tranquil commissioning process was interrupted by an uncommonly large micrometeoroid strike on one of the $10 billion observatory’s mirrors. Now, a NASA-led analysis of the event indicates the impact was a statistical anomaly and the telescope will be less susceptible to space rock damage in the futuree. Micrometeoroids … Read more

‘Zombie ant’ fungi infected with parasites of their own

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — Around the world, a parasitic fungus transforms ants into “zombies.” The fungus is like something out of a horror movie: The organism hijacks the body and brain of its ant host, mind-controlling it … Read more

What’s Next for the Orion Spacecraft as It Cruises Toward the Moon

Artist’s depiction of Orion traveling past the Moon, with an Earthrise in the background. illustration: NASA NASA’s Space Launch System blasted off on Wednesday, sending the uncrewed Orion spacecraft on a 25-day journey to the Moon and back. Orion should reach its destination early next week, at which time it’ll perform some intricate orbital acrobatics … Read more