Fabien Cousteau will spend 31 days in an underwater laboratory known as Aquarius. He hopes to break his grandfather Jacques Cousteau's record of 30 days underwater. Cousteau will be studying the impact of ocean pollution and warming seas on coral reefs.
Shall we dance? Earth and the moon tug on each other as they whirl through space. The moon's tug causes rising and falling tides on Earth, but the tidally locked moon must flex rock – and the bulge moves as Earth does.
Three physicists who helped develop the theory that the universe expanded rapidly in the moments following the Big Bang have been awarded the $1 million Kavli Prize, which also went to six other scientists studying neuroscience and nanoscience.
Astronomers looking for exoplanets that support life have eagerly anticipated improved analyses of their atmospheres. But observations of Saturn's moon Titan suggest haze and dust could pose a problem.
A new estimate finds extinction rates to be 10 to 100 times faster than previous estimates. But those involved in the analysis take hope in the sophisticated, public databases of species that have emerged in recent years.