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First U.S. Lunar Lander in Decades Goes Silent After Stumbling on Touchdown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first U.S. spacecraft to land on the moon since the Apollo astronauts fell silent Thursday, a week after breaking a leg at touchdown and tipping over near the lunar south pole. Read More: TIME’s Original 1969 Coverage of Apollo 11 [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Intuitive Machines’ lander, Odysseus, lasted longer than the...


THURSDAY 29. FEBRUARY 2024


Singapore to Build World’s Largest Facility to Boost Carbon-Removal Power of the Ocean

The Equatic Process, a novel carbon removal technology and one of the best inventions of 2023, is getting a major scale-up, with the world’s largest ocean carbon dioxide removal (OCDR) facility set to be built in Singapore and operational by 2025—sparking optimism for what has been hailed as a potential game changer for global climate efforts after scientists agreed in 2022 that...


WEDNESDAY 28. FEBRUARY 2024


Where You Can Watch the Solar Eclipse

The big map in the little shop in Casper, Wyo., was drawing a lot of attention when I visited on Aug. 20, 2017. A solar eclipse was coming the next day, with totality occurring at 11:43 a.m. Mountain Time. Our TIME reporting and video crew had arrived to cover the event and we selected Casper out of all of the cities and towns across the eclipse’s path, from Salem, Ore., through...


MONDAY 26. FEBRUARY 2024


Why We Have Leap Years

It would seem awfully hard to lose track of 0.24219 of a day. That not-inconsiderable amount adds up to five hours, 48 minutes and 20 seconds and if it were added to the clock in any 24-hour period, you’d surely notice it. But if the same span of time were spread out over the course of an entire year, it would be a whole lot easier to let it slip by. That, in fact, is exactly what...


FRIDAY 23. FEBRUARY 2024


The Odysseus Lunar Landing Brings NASA One Step Closer to Putting Boots on the Moon

Early this week, Facebook provided me with a sweet piece of serendipity when it served up a picture of the late Gene Cernan. I had taken and posted the picture in 2014, when Cernan, the last man on the moon, was being feted at the premiere of the documentary about his life, titled, straightforwardly, The Last Man On the Moon. I had gotten to know Gene well over the course of many years of...

A Private Lander Made a Historic Touchdown on the Moon, But Sent a Weak Signal

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A private lander touched down on the moon Thursday but managed just a weak signal back, as flight controllers scrambled to gain better contact with the first U.S. spacecraft to reach the lunar surface in more than 50 years. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Despite the spotty communication, Intuitive Machines, the company that built and managed...


TUESDAY 20. FEBRUARY 2024


Astronomers Find What May Be the Universe’s Brightest Object With a Black Hole Devouring a Sun a Day

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronomers have discovered what may be the brightest object in the universe, a quasar with a black hole at its heart growing so fast that it swallows the equivalent of a sun a day. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] The record-breaking quasar shines 500 trillion times brighter than our sun. The black hole powering this distant quasar is more than...


WEDNESDAY 14. FEBRUARY 2024


Climate Change Will Make Locust Outbreaks ‘Increasingly Hard to Prevent and Control’

Extreme wind and rain may lead to bigger and worse desert locust outbreaks, with human-caused climate change likely to intensify the weather patterns and cause higher outbreak risks, a new study has found. The desert locust — a short-horned species found in some dry areas of northern and eastern Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia — is a migratory insect that travels in...


TUESDAY 13. FEBRUARY 2024


As the Ice Melts, Polar Bears Are Failing to Find Enough Food on Land

It’s not easy to swim 175 km (109 mi.) when you’re starving to death. It’s not easy either to try to survive when you’re shedding body weight at a rate of 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) a day. And it might be hardest—or at least most tragic—of all if you’re a nursing mom and your calorie intake has dropped so low that you can no longer produce the milk you need to...


MONDAY 12. FEBRUARY 2024


2024 Marks an Important Year in NASA’s Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Not a lot of spacecraft have gone aloft with poetry etched on their sides. Actually, no spacecraft has ever gone aloft with poetry etched on its side—but no spacecraft has ever been quite like NASA’s Europa Clipper. The ship, which is in its final stages of assembly, will launch in October, making a long, six-year journey out to Jupiter. Once there, it will execute a series...

Nearly Half of the World’s Migratory Species Are in Decline, U.N. Report Says

(WASHINGTON) — Nearly half of the world’s migratory species are in decline, according to a new United Nations report released Monday. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Many songbirds, sea turtles, whales, sharks and other migratory animals move to different environments with changing seasons and are imperiled by habitat loss, illegal hunting and fishing, pollution...


TUESDAY 6. FEBRUARY 2024


Some Experts Want a New ‘Category 6’ For Stronger Hurricanes

A handful of super powerful tropical storms in the last decade and the prospect of more to come has a couple of experts proposing a new category of whopper hurricanes: Category 6. Studies have shown that the strongest tropical storms are getting more intense because of climate change. So the traditional five-category Saffir-Simpson scale, developed more than 50 years ago, may not show...


MONDAY 5. FEBRUARY 2024


Why NASA’s New Climate Satellite is Studying Clouds and Phytoplankton

If you’re trying to spot a phytoplankton, it pays to get exceedingly close. Among the smallest life forms inhabiting both fresh and marine water, phytoplankton can measure as little as one micrometer—or one millionth of a meter. But little things can have a big impact. Blooms of phytoplankton, which are actually a form of microalgae, can spread hundreds of square miles,...

How to See the First Solar Eclipse of 2024

A rare total solar eclipse will occur across Mexico, the U.S., and Canada on April 8, 2024. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking the sun’s rays during the day time, causing a temporary period of darkness.  If you would like to see the total solar eclipse, you will need to visit one of the places along the total eclipse path, which...


FRIDAY 2. FEBRUARY 2024



WEDNESDAY 31. JANUARY 2024


How Implanted Brain Chips Like Neuralink Could Change Our Lives

Elon Musk announced on Monday that the first human has received a brain implant through his Neuralink startup—marking a new step forward for the company and its goal to connect the human brain to computers.  [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] “The first human received an implant from @Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well,” Musk announced in a post...


THURSDAY 25. JANUARY 2024


An Inside Look at the Embryo Transplant That May Help Save the Northern White Rhino

The two loneliest rhinos in the world are the female known as Najin and her daughter, known as Fatu. They live in the Ol Pejeta conservancy, a 360 sq km (140 sq mi.) sanctuary in central Kenya. A lot of different animals representing a lot of different species call Ol Pejeta home, but Najin and Fatu are special: they are the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos, a species that...


WEDNESDAY 24. JANUARY 2024


What is a Wolf Moon? And When You Can See it This Week

The first full moon of 2024, known as the “wolf moon,” will appear Wednesday night, and will remain visible until Friday It’s expected to reach its peak on Thursday at 12:54 PM ET— though viewers will have to wait until the evening to see it, and it will look like a full moon until midnight on Friday. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] No special...


TUESDAY 23. JANUARY 2024


What Spending a Record 371 Days in Space Taught Astronaut Frank Rubio

On Sep. 27, astronaut Frank Rubio, 48, broke the record for the longest continuous spaceflight by an American with his 371-day mission. When he returned to earth, his first meal back was a salad.  [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] “What most of us crave when we get back is fresh food, fresh fruits, vegetables. I kept saying that I wanted a salad,” he...


FRIDAY 19. JANUARY 2024


Two Broods of More Than a Trillion Cicadas Will Emerge in the U.S. This Year

More than a trillion cicadas will be coming to the U.S. in an event that has not happened since Thomas Jefferson was U.S. president in 1803. Two adjacent broods of the red-eyed flying cicadas will emerge from the ground in April, and residents in the Midwest and Southeast should brace themselves for a season of high-pitched buzzing.  [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”]...

Japan Becomes 5th Country to Reach the Moon

TOKYO — Japan became the fifth country in history to reach the moon when its spacecraft landed on the lunar surface early Saturday, officials said. But officials still were trying to determine whether they could classify the feat as a total success, because they needed more time to analyze whether the spacecraft, which wasn’t carrying astronauts, made a pinpoint landing....


FRIDAY 12. JANUARY 2024


2023 Was the Hottest Year Ever and 2024 May Be Even Worse

Anyone who has watched global average temperature records land every month since June probably doesn’t need to be told that 2023 was the hottest year ever, but just in case, the world’s major scientific weather monitoring bodies delivered the hard data this week. According to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (CCCS), the United Nations World...


WEDNESDAY 10. JANUARY 2024


Blame Climate Change For The World’s Shrinking Snowpack

(DENVER) — River basins around the world that were once regularly snowbound are increasingly seeing their snowpack shrink and climate change is to blame, a new study found. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] “Many of the world’s most populous basins are hovering on the precipice of rapid snow declines,” concluded the study of snow amounts since 1981 in...


MONDAY 8. JANUARY 2024


Microplastics in Bottled Water At Least 10 Times Worse Than Once Thought

Pure, natural spring water, just as nature intended. Well, not exactly. Bottled water has long been marketed as a safer alternative to what comes out of the tap—if it doesn’t come straight from a mountain spring, it’s at least purified and chemical free. But a new study by scientists at Columbia University and Rutgers University demonstrates that bottled water may be...