Smile! Goats prefer happy people, study finds

The next time you encounter a goat, be sure to smile at it.  We all know dogs are good at reading our moods, but it turns out goats may have a talent for telling if humans are happy or not, too.  An international team of researchers led by Alan McElligott of London’s Queen Mary University […]


New load of mysterious alien signals detected in one big haul

Fast radio bursts are among the most mysterious and elusive outer space phenomena of recent years. Now, researchers using an Australian radio telescope have just detected one of the biggest single hauls of the brief but powerful bursts of radio waves. ‘We’ve found 20 fast radio bursts in a year, almost doubling the number detected worldwide […]


Virgin Galactic flew an engagement ring to space

It’s a love story that transcends gravity. The successful test flight of Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo to suborbital space on Thursday was followed up by a heart-warming, on-the-ground proposal. Flight test engineer Brandon Parrish asked his girlfriend Veronica McGowan, a structural engineer, to marry him. He used an engagement ring that had just flown […]

Great White Shark

Sharks have a new enemy: Magnets

Forget the old ‘shooting the scuba tank’ trick. The next time you need to ward off a shark, try wearing a giant magnet. Researchers at Australia’s University of Newcastle have found that attaching magnets to commercial fish traps can successfully ward off sharks and rays, meaning fewer sharks are caught as bycatch. The study, published […]


Hypnotic Mars crater looks like a reptile’s eyeball

  Here’s looking at you. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a view of a crater on Mars that looks like it’s staring back.  The HiRise camera team at the University of Arizona in Tucson posted two different views of the crater to Twitter on Friday. One shows the crater in context in black and white, […]