Avery Thompson

Avery Thompson


The Return to Amsterdam of the Second Expedition to the East Indies.
How Sonar Discovered a 16th Century Shipwreck by Accident

A team of scavengers discovered one of the oldest known shipwrecks, filled with tons of copper, entirely coincidentally.

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Giant Meteor Explodes Over East Coast

The green fireball was seen by hundreds of people from Vermont to South Carolina.

Earth Was Hit by an Interstellar Asteroid Years Ago, Scientists Claim

Researchers calculate that an asateroid from beyond our solar system burned up in the atmosphere in 2014.

NASA's Newest Planet-Hunting Telescope Has Already Found an Earth-like World

NASA's TESS telescope was only launched a year ago, and is designed to find small Earth-sized exoplanets that may support life.

SpaceX Lost One of Is Recovered Rocket Boosters Because of Rough Seas

After pulling off a perfect triple rocket landing, SpaceX fell victim to misfortune.

Five AIs Just Worked Together To Beat a Top Human Video Game Team

Startup OpenAI spent years developing an AI that could play the classic 5v5 game Dota 2.

SpaceIL Will Try Again After Last Week's Failed Moon Landing

Israeli company SpaceIL is not giving up on its goal of becoming the first private company to land on the moon.

Behind the Scenes of the First Black Hole Photo

Taking the first ever photo of a black hole required an incredible amount of coordination and planning.

SpaceIL's Beresheet Spacecraft Fails To Reach the Moon

The lander experienced engine and communication failures before crashing into the lunar surface.

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SpaceX Lands All Three Falcon Heavy Boosters for the First Time

After failing to recover the center stage during last year's maiden flight, SpaceX appears to have fixed the problem.

The early Ice Age
It Turns Out Neanderthals and Woolly Mammoths Shared Genetic Traits for Staying Warm

New research finds that the two ice-age mammals shared more than just an environment.

NASA Created These Otherworldly Artificial Auroras in the Skies Above Norway

NASA's artificial aurora was designed to tell the agency more about real ones.

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Collage image with huge US at night with city lights from the outer space from the ISS window. Elements of this image furnished by NASA.
The ISS Has Bacteria and Fungi You'd Find in a Gym or Hospital
The International Space Station is home to all kinds of potentially dangerous bacteria, but scientists are unsure whether they still po…
Scientists Say They've Ruled Out Stephen Hawking's Theory About Dark Matter

A group of scientists have disproved Stephen Hawking's proposed explanation for mysterious dark matter.

Watch the Hayabusa Spacecraft Blow Up an Asteroid Tonight

The spacecraft will launch an explosive, create an artificial crater, and collect a sample to bring back to Earth.

Bald Eagles Are Stealing Trash from a Seattle Landfill and Dropping it in the Suburbs

Residents understandably want a solution. The only good one might be for them to learn how to better manage their trash.

India Blew Up a Satellite, and Now the Debris Is Threatening the International Space Station

The country shot down a missile last week, which has created a cloud of debris that risks damaging or destroying the ISS.

Supermassive black holes
We Might Be About to See the First Ever Photo of a Black Hole

An announcement next week by an international collaboration might contain the first-ever photo of a black hole's event horizon.

SpaceX Launches Satellites And Lunar Lander
Israel Company SpaceIL Could Win $1 Million This Month—If It Sticks a Moon Landing

The Israeli company SpaceIL will become the first private company to land a craft on the moon later this month.

New Method For Studying Exoplanets Could Tell Us Far More About Alien Worlds
A technique called optical interferometry is being applied to astronomy for the first time, giving scientists a new window to the unive…
Expedition 58/59 main crew prepares for launch at Baikonur Cosmodrome
The First All-Woman Spacewalk in History Is Canceled Due to a Lack of Medium Spacesuits
The International Space Station only has one functioning medium sized spacesuit, so one of the woman astronauts will be replaced by a m…
Jupiter Used to Be Four Times Farther from the Sun, Study Claims

New research explains a strange feature of Jupiter's nearby asteroids by suggesting the planet started out life much farther from home.

A Massive Solar Storm Is Hitting Earth This Weekend

Don't worry, it's not going to be harmful. If you're lucky, you'll get to see a good sky show.

Pregolskaya thermal power plant opens in Kaliningrad Region, Russia
One of the Worst Earthquakes in Korea's History Was Caused by Humans

An investigation finds that a geothermal plant near the city of Pohang triggered a magnitude 5.5 earthquake.

The U.S. Will Get the World's First Exascale Computer in 2021

The most powerful computer, dozens of times faster than any other computer in the world, will be built just outside Chicago.

Plastic bottles & garbage floating in Indian Ocean.
A Whale Washed Up on a Beach with 88 Pounds of Plastic in Its Stomach

This is a symptom of the increasing amount of plastic clogging up their oceans.

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SpaceX Is Finally Ready to Test Its 'Starship'

SpaceX is likely going to test its next-gen rocket this week, two months after the prototype was knocked over by wind.

What's the Closest Planet to the Earth? Not the One You Think!

A new calculation provides a new way to think about our solar system.

If SLS Won't Launch NASA's Moon Mission, What Will?
NASA's big next-gen rocket won't be ready in time for the agency's upcoming moon mission, meaning NASA will have to rely on someone els…
GE Just Switched On Cypress, the Next Generation of Wind Turbines

The prototype Cypress turbine blades come in two pieces and are assembled on site for larger and more durable turbines.