The Complicated History of Religion and Archaeology

The Temple Mount is one of the most popular destinations in the ancient city of Jerusalem. In Arabic, it’s known as Haram al-Sharif — “the Noble Sanctuary.” Considered the holiest site in Judaism and third holiest in Islam, it is where, according to the Bible, King Solomon built the first temple for the Jews. It’s also said […]

Massive glowing objects flying past the sun

A new drone footage shows a UFO fastwalker flying at a speed of 3,600 km/h through the sky over Saarland, South West-Germany.  The small craft, captured on August 8, 2020, comes into view of the drone camera at a distance of at least 1 kilometer from the drone flying the 1 kilometer in just 1 […]

A Gift Guide for Citizen Science

Citizen Science Salon is a partnership between Discover magazine and SciStarter.org. This holiday season, treat yourself or someone else you love to these awesome science instruments and give the gift of citizen science. Do you, or your friends and family, like to garden, birdwatch, storm chase or enjoy other science hobbies? If so, then our […]

COVID-19: A Basic Guide to Different Vaccine Types and How They Work

This article appeared in Discover’s annual state of science issue as “A Brief Guide to Vaccine Types.” Support our science journalism by becoming a subscriber. The COVID-19 pandemic likely plunged you into a world — specifically, the world of vaccine development — that you didn’t know much about before. Maybe you’ve learned that vaccines typically take […]

Prince Philip has spent decades collecting library of books on UFOs and aliens

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Prince Philip had a heart-to-heart with TV psychic Uri Geller about UFOs and ET

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Scratching Away: The Complexities of Chronic Itch

It seems hard to believe that a basic human sensation — one that can be evoked by a simple mosquito bite — still has scientists scratching their heads. Yet despite centuries of study, understanding itching is still fraught. Itch, write two scientists in a review in the journal Immunity, “has been described as one of the […]

Why Did NASA Retire the Space Shuttle?

In 1972, Apollo 17 carried the last batch of astronauts to the lunar surface. But during that same year, NASA was already beginning the design and develop their next generation of crew-carrying craft. Nearly a decade later, the Space Shuttle was born. The Space Shuttle Program eventually flew 135 missions, making it the core of […]

How Do Octopuses Experience the World?

When Dominic Zivitilli began to study invertebrates, it didn’t take him long to pick a favorite. As he peered into the tanks of jellyfish, snails, crabs and their many spineless cousins, one organism seemed to be of a different class. “I got the feeling that one of them was studying me back,” he says. Over […]