Elliptical orbits of bismuth surface electrons in a large magnetic field. The orientation and interference patterns of the electronic states reveal that the electrons prefer to occupy a single valley. Image created using a theoretical model of the data. Credit: Ali Yazdani Laboratory, Princeton University A Princeton-led study has revealed […]

Illustration highlighting ALMA’s high-frequency observing capabilities. Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF, S. Dagnello A team of scientists using the highest-frequency capabilities of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has uncovered jets of warm water vapor streaming away from a newly forming star. The researchers also detected the “fingerprints” of an astonishing assortment of […]

This photo provided by the National Park Service shows a large sinkhole at the Kilauea Overlook intersection inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Slowing activity at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is prompting scientists to downgrade their alert level for the mountain. (Janice Wei/National Park Service […]

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, the first to carry a human crew, is seen under construction inside the Boeing Starliner Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch NASA astronauts Eric Boe, Nicole Aunapu Mann and Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson in 2019. Credit: Space.com/Amy […]

Bubbles of methane mark a lake where permafrost is melting below and quickly releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Credit: Katey Walter Anthony/ University of Alaska Fairbanks Scientists have worried for years that rising temperatures will free carbon trapped in frozen soil in the Arctic, accelerating the pace of climate change — […]

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity photographed this odd object on Aug. 13, 2018. Mission team members initially thought it might be a piece of the rover, but Curiosity’s observations revealed it to be a rock flake. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Don’t worry: NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity isn’t falling apart. On Monday (Aug. 13), Curiosity photographed […]