Pacific Garbage Patch May Be 16 Times Bigger Than Once Thought
In the vast stretch of ocean between California and Hawaii, there’s a patch of plastic twice the size of Texas—and it’s between four and 16 times the size scientists previously thought.
360° Dive into a Black Hole
Ecologists Use Astronomy to Track Endangered Species
An astronomer and an ecologist developed a system of drones and infrared cameras that could better keep track of endangered African animals.
Local Magnetic Fields Confuse Sea Turtles Heading Home
Sea turtles returning home to breed are misguided by local magnetic fields, creating some unusual genetic patterns.
The Supercomputer That Could Map the Human Brain
A planned “exascale” supercomputer may be powerful enough to map the human brain.
How Dust Built the Universe
Astronomers are uncovering the role of dust in creating our universe—and in helping us understand it.