Humans Have Left Some Cat Breeds With Grimaces Forever Stuck on Their Faces

It's no accident that cats are adorable: We've selectively bred them across generations for maximum cuteness. But that breeding has a downside: It's left some of our feline friends with permanent frowny faces that cannot show emotions. In particular, new research published in December in the journal Frontiers of Veterinary Science suggests that selective breeding for the "brachycephalic," or fl

In 1110, The Moon Vanished From The Sky. We May Finally Know Why

Almost a millennium ago, a major upheaval occurred in Earth's atmosphere: a giant cloud of sulphur-rich particles flowed throughout the stratosphere, turning skies dark for months or even years, before ultimately falling down to Earth. We know this event happened because researchers have drilled and analysed ice cores - samples taken from deep within ice sheets or glaciers, which have trapped s

Physicists Observe Fleeting ‘Polaron’ Quasiparticles For The First Time

Polarons are important nanoscale phenomena: a transient configuration between electrons and atoms (known as quasiparticles) that exist for only trillionths of a second. These configurations have unique characteristics that can help us understand some of the mysterious behaviours of the materials they form within – and scientists have just observed them for the first time. Polarons were mea

This Extremely Fluffy Exoplanet Is Changing Our Understanding of Planetary Formation

One of the fluffiest exoplanets we've ever found in the Milky Way galaxy is challenging our understanding of how giant planets form. It's called WASP-107b, orbiting an orange dwarf star 211 light-years away, and it was already known as one of the lowest density exoplanets when its discovery was announced in 2017. A new analysis shows the puffy planet is even puffier than astronomers thought.

Solar Wind Is Strangely Drawn to Earth’s North Pole, And Scientists Don’t Know Why

Likely the most well-known result of the Earth's magnetic field are the Aurora Borealis and Australis (Northern and Southern Lights). When charged particles from the solar wind run into the Earth's magnetic field, they can occasionally elicit spectacular light displays. For years now, scientists have thought that the charged particles that cause those displays were sent in equal numbers toward

17-Year-Old High Schooler Discovered A New Planet Only 3 Days Into His NASA Internship

Back in summer 2019, 17-year-old high school student Wolf Cukier from New York joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt to start his internship, where his job was to examine variations in star brightness captured by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, also known as TESS. On the third day of his internship, the teenager discovered a brand new planet lying in a system

British photographer captures schooner’s encounter with iceberg

British photographer James Rushworth captured the moment when a schooner passed by a giant iceberg off the east coast of Greenland. /VCG Photo The 108-foot-long two-masted schooner was dwarfed by the 300-foot-tall turquoise iceberg. /VCG Photo The 32-year-old photographer braved temperatures of minus 10 degrees Celsius as he waited for the vessel to reach the center of the arch of the ic

I Captured The Beautiful Winter In The Northern Part Of Sweden

In winter, above the polar circle, there are only a few hours of light. But I do my best to capture the different colors in the sky. More info: Instagram #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13

Giant Sea Elephant Emerges From The Ocean In Iceland

This basalt rock formation on the island of Heimaey in Southern Iceland looks just like a giant elephant or wooly mammoth dipping its trunk into the sea. Heimaey is the largest island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, which is a geologically young set of islands formed by volcanoes. Eldfell, a volcano on Heimaey, erupted in 1973, prompting locals to pump cold seawater onto the resulting la

Photographer Captures The Beauty Of Japan In Winter, And The Pics Will Take Your Breath Away

Photographer @naagaoshi has captured the beauty of Japan in winter, giving you more reasons to visit the Land of the Rising Sun. The 22-year-old has visited Ginzan Onsen, one of the country’s most beautiful hot springs resorts, and the town looks absolutely magical. Covered in snow and ice, its gas lamp-style streetlights radiate even more romance. Viewing the shots, you feel as if you’re e