Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs Of 2014

This year, humanity landed on its first comet, a child was born to a woman with a transplanted womb, and a fossilized sea shell forced us to reconsider our conceptions of human culture. Those are just a taste of the 20 achievements, innovations, and advances we've selected for our roundup of 2014's biggest… » 12/19/14 12:40pm 12/19/14 12:40pm

Philae's Discovery Of Organic Molecules Is Actually Not A Big Deal

Prior to going into hibernation mode, the Philae lander hurriedly conducted a number of experiments and sent its findings back to Earth. Preliminary analysis shows that the icy and dust-covered comet contains organic molecules. It's a cool discovery, no doubt, but one that shouldn't be exaggerated in terms of its… » 11/19/14 9:40am 11/19/14 9:40am

Is That Comet We Landed On Singing?

In what was a bit of an unexpected find, Rosetta's Plasma Consortium picked up variations in the magnetic field around the comet, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The variations had audible frequencies, and the frequencies ranged from 40-50 millihertz. That frequency range is inaudible to the human ear, so some… » 11/14/14 4:30pm 11/14/14 4:30pm

It's Time For Another Episode In Rosetta And Philae's Adventures!

It's time for the latest installment in Rosetta and Philae's adorable cartoon series. After insisting the spacecraft wake up, impatiently demanding to know if it was there yet?!, telling stories to pass the time, and finally arriving, it's time to get giddy about Philae's impending landing on a comet. » 11/12/14 3:57am 11/12/14 3:57am