Moon passes planets in morning as Saturn moves to evening

Stephan's Quintet (MIRI Image)

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continues to prove its worth. On July 12, NASA and the European Space Agency released the first five images from the JWST. They included: the Carina Nebula; Stephan’s Quintet; the Southern Ring Nebula; WASP-96 b; and SMACS 0723. The Carina Nebula is a young, star-forming region located about 7,600 … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope detects a surprise supernova

The supernova is visible in the Webb images as a small bright dot on the right of the big bright spot on the left.

The James Webb Space Telescope has surprised scientists by unexpectedly detecting its first supernova, an explosion of a dying star. The detection could possibly open up an entirely new area of research possibilities, scientists say. Just a few days after the start of its science operations, the James Webb Space Telescope‘s NIRCam camera spotted an … Read more

‘Never seen anything like it’: Impeccably preserved Jurassic fish fossils found on UK farm

A fossilized Pachycormus, an extinct genus of ray-finned fish.

A farm in England was the unlikely source of a Jurassic jackpot: a treasure trove of 183 million-year-old fossils. On the outskirts of Gloucestershire in the Cotswolds, beneath soil that is currently trampled under the hooves of grazing cattle, researchers recently uncovered the fossilized remains of fish, giant marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs, squids, insects and … Read more

AlphaFold Generates 3D View of the Protein Universe

AlphaFold Protein Structure Prediction

AlphaFold predicts the structure of almost every cataloged protein known to science. Credit: Karen Arnott/EMBL-EBI AI-powered predictions of the three-dimensional structures of nearly all cataloged proteins known to science have been made by DeepMind and EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). The catalog is freely and openly available to the scientific community, via the AlphaFold Protein … Read more

A.I. Predicts the Shape of Nearly Every Protein Known to Science

A.I. Predicts the Shape of Nearly Every Protein Known to Science

In 2020, an artificial intelligence lab called DeepMind unveiled technology that could predict the shape of proteins — the microscopic mechanisms that drive the behavior of the human body and all other living things. A year later, the lab shared the tool, called AlphaFold, with scientists and released predicted shapes for more than 350,000 proteins, … Read more

AI group says it has solved one of biology’s ‘grand challenges’

AI group says it has solved one of biology's 'grand challenges'

An artificial intelligence group says its program has successfully predicted the structure of nearly every protein known to science — effectively solving one of the “grand challenges” of biology and paving the way for new discoveries and technologies in fields as diverse as medicine, food security and climate science. DeepMind, an AI firm owned by … Read more

Scientists reanimate dead spiders as robot gripping claws

Scientists reanimate dead spiders as robot gripping claws

Why bother to design your own robots when you can just reuse what nature created? This was the thought process behind a research project from engineers at Rice University who successfully transformed dead spiders into robotic gripping claws. The scientists have dubbed their new area of research “necrobotics” and say it could create cheap, effective, … Read more