Trump Is Banning Science Communication

We all knew that when Trump eventually rose to office it would be a bit rocky. I cannot say with any certainty, however, that we predicted quite how insane things would become. At the time of writing, Trump has been inaugurated for 5 days. In that time he has: Withdrawn the USA from the Trans…

NASA to Launch Probe to Ancient Planetary Core, 16 Psyche

Within the asteroid belt sitting between Mars and Jupiter lies a bizarre metal asteroid known as 16 Psyche. Believed to be the naked core of an ancient planet, the object is the only one of its kind known to us within our solar system. This unique opportunity for knowledge proved too good to pass up for…

Rosetta Makes Her Final Descent Today at 11.20GMT

The Rosetta mission is finally coming to an end today after a 12 year stretch gathering data from the comet 67P. The probe will make a ‘collision manoeuvre’ around 11.20 GMT, and will continue to collect information until the very last moments. Here are some of the images the probe has already collected today (all…

Swedish Scientist Attempts to Edit Genome of Healthy Embryo in World First

Earlier this year we reported that British scientists had been given the go ahead to begin gene editing on human embryos. Assistant Professor Fredrik Lanner of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm has beaten these scientists to the punch, and in a world-first has already attempted to edit the genome of a healthy embryo. Using Crispr-Cas9, a gene-editing technology first developed by Martin…