Supermassive black holes that have a retrograde spin might produce more ferocious jets of gas, a new theory suggests.
US and European researchers have named the Nebulae system at the National Supercomputing Centre in Shenzhen in southern China the world's second-fastest machine, clocking in behind the US Department of Energy's Jaguar in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Gov. John Vanderhoof says that he has a moon rock given to the state in 1974, which officials only recently realized had gone missing.
After six months in orbit in the International Space Station, three astronauts will board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft Tuesday night to return to Earth.
Peering out of a hole in the side of a jumbo jet, NASA's new Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) captured its first images of Jupiter and of the galaxy M82.
The brilliant optical effect of tropical butterfly wings, a result of light bouncing off microscopic structures on the insects' wings, can be reproduced to improve the security of paper money.
According to a new study by the American Chemical Society, the world's first composite mortar was sticky rice, used in China some 1,500 years ago.
A new image from the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory shows that galaxies are not scattered randomly.
A life-size model of a huge new space observatory described as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is on display at the World Science Festival at New York City's Battery Park.
For the first few weeks of June, Mars and the star Regulus will appear to move closer together, offering a rare sky show.
A deadly fungus has rolled across Central America, wiping out an estimated 100 species.
Unearthed in Mexico, a newly discovered species of dinosaur was found to have had horns bigger than any member of its group, including the legendary Triceratops.
Mainers Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz, who achieved Internet celebrity status in 2006 with their impressive Mentos-and-Diet-Coke fountains, now seek to harness the sweet combination's explosive power to propel an automobile.
The One Laptop Per Child program, which developed the XO laptop, plans to develop an inexpensive tablet computer for developing countries.
Under NASA's new space plan, commercial spacecraft and services have a larger role than before.
A spitting cobra can shoot its venom into the eyes of a moving target with astonishing accuracy. Bruce Young, a biologist at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, wanted to find out how.
A small object that buzzed our planet this month is likely a spent rocket stage, and not an asteroid, NASA officials said Thursday.
Ardi, the 4.4 million-year-old skeleton whose discovery last year upended models of human evolution, has prompted a debate about where she lived, and whether she is indeed an ancestor of modern humans.
The US Air Force launched a new global positioning system (GPS) satellite from atop an unmanned Delta 4 rocket late Thursday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.