How We Came To Recognize The Sun As The Center Of Our Solar System

The Sun-centered model of the solar system was first proposed more than a thousand years before Copernicus. » 1/24/15 10:00am 1/24/15 10:00am

First Breathtaking Images from Europe's New Sentinel Satellite

The first satellite in the European Space Agency's new Earth-monitoring Sentinel mission is already sending photos home. The first photos are of land use in Belgium, flooding in Namibia, and glacial retreat and land cover monitoring in Antarctica. » 4/16/14 12:00pm 4/16/14 12:00pm

Clever minimalist posters pay tribute to scientists and their…

In observance of India's National Science Day, graphic designer Kapil Bhagat created a series of simple typographical posters that creatively recognize scientists for their various inventions or discoveries. » 3/05/13 9:00am 3/05/13 9:00am

17th century priest discovered the Coriolis effect while trying to…

Even the fiercest opponents of science can sometimes make brilliant discoveries...just not quite in the way that they intended. Like Italian priest Giovanni Riccioli, who in his zeal to prove Copernicus wrong unintentionally discovered the Coriolis effect 200 years early. » 1/16/11 1:00pm 1/16/11 1:00pm

Copernicus given a hero's burial...450+ years after his death

Nicolaus Copernicus died a nobody in 1543, and his theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun was condemned for centuries by the Catholic Church. He finally got his due this Saturday - the former heretic received a hero's burial. » 5/23/10 4:00pm 5/23/10 4:00pm

Earth: A Very Special Place In the Void

You know that "I'm an insignificant dot in the middle of this enormous universe" feeling you get when you stare up into the night sky a little too long? Well, some Oxford scientists think you might be a little more special than that - or at least, the planet you live on is. Their radical new theory would not only… » 9/29/08 1:20pm 9/29/08 1:20pm