Merriam-Webster reported a 176 percent increase in look-ups of the word 'science' on its website this year. A Merriam-Webster editor says that the most looked-up words in the dictionary reflect the big ideas that are lurking behind the headlines.
Comet ISON never lived up to its early hype as the 'Comet of the Century,' and now astronomers are debating whether it can still be classified as a comet at all. Comet ISON – or what's left of it – will be closest to the Earth on December 26.
Jade Rabbit is the name China has given its robotic lunar rover. The Jade Rabbit is designed to collect soil samples and send photos back to Earth. If the Chang'e 3 spaceship successfully soft-lands on the moon, China will become only the third country to land on the moon.
There are three possible ways the comet could react to the sun's gravitational pull: it could survive, break up into chunks, or dissolve into dust. If one of the first two happens, viewers will be able to catch a glimpse.
A supernova first discovered in 1572 has yielded new secrets to astrophysicist Hiroya Yamaguchi, who mapped the leading edge of a 'reverse shock wave' that heats the exploding star fragments as it moves backward, toward the center of the supernova.
A paper published this week in Science Translation Medicine describes a wearable system that allows paralyzed people to navigate the world by flicking their tongues. But first, they need a tongue piercing.