Historic mission paves way for space tourism
Should humans go and live in space? Inventor Elon Musk has just sent a manned, reusable rocket into space. It could make space travel a reality for all – but some would rather stay on Earth.
How bumblebees make flowers bloom
Can we learn from bees? Honeybees are organised and work in teams. Bumblebees work alone, but are great problem solvers. They have developed an ingenious way to trick plants into flowering.
Life in lockdown leads to extended lie-ins
Should we get up later? Over 50% of children are waking up later while in lockdown. These changes to our sleep could improve our mood, but might make returning to normal life difficult.
The secret social life of snakes
Do snakes have personalities? A recent study has found that snakes form tight social bonds. The discovery suggests that the creatures might be more similar to humans than we thought.
Meet Moxie the robot: your new best friend
Could a robot be a friend? A new machine designed to build social skills can listen to your stories, play games with you, and even understands when you are upset and need cheering up.
Scientists grow plants that glow in the dark
Is it wrong to interfere with nature? Using mushroom DNA, a group of researchers has successfully created plants that give out light. Some say it is wrong to meddle with the natural world.
Humans ‘could feel at home’ on new alien planet
Have we found another Earth? Astronomers have discovered a distant planet previously missed by telescopes. The exoplanet has many of the properties needed to make a second home in space.
Epic inventions fight climate crisis
As Earth Day celebrates its 50th birthday, the climate crisis is a global environmental problem. But the new technology being developed to combat the emergency is something worth celebrating.
Mice reveal moods through facial expressions
German researchers have discovered that mice move their ears, cheeks, and eyes in response to different sensory experiences, indicating that the creatures might experience emotions.
Astronauts return safely from space
Three astronauts have returned to Earth after more than 200 hundred days living on the International Space Station. Back on board, a brand new crew is settling into life in space.
Elephants try to help each other like humans
Do elephants have the same feelings as humans? Scientists now believe that elephants will do anything to help each other — even if it means putting themselves in danger.
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The incredible mouse living on a volcano
Scientists have found the world’s highest-dwelling mammal. This mouse is one of the hardiest creatures on the planet, living higher than 22,000 feet and surviving extreme conditions.
Everyday heroes of the pandemic
In the midst of the global crisis, people are taking care of the elderly, making sure those in quarantine don’t feel alone, and turning cancelled work into opportunities to help society.
Welcome to the planet where it rains iron
Scientists may have discovered the most extreme climate yet. This distant gas giant has exotic weather featuring heat of more than 2,000C, ultra-high winds, and iron rain!
All aboard the new mission to the Moon
Do you dream of mastering a moonwalk? Humans first set foot on the Moon in 1969. Nearly 50 years later, NASA is developing technology for a new Orion space capsule that means we can go back.