How Close Are We To Making Babies from Bone Marrow?

In 2007, a group of researchers reported a startling discovery: They had created sperm-like cells out of stem cells taken from the bone marrow of human men. Two years later, however, the study was retracted due to charges of plagiarism. Thirteen years later, the ability to create functional human sperm out of stem cells remains […]

Why Electric Cars Are Getting Louder

This story appeared in the September/October 2020 of Discover magazine as “Sound Off.” We hope you’ll subscribe to Discover and help support science journalism at a time when it’s needed the most.  Six years ago, three Volvo engineers sat on a forest floor in western Sweden, picking twigs off the ground and snapping them in half.  “We […]

The Robot Scientists Are Coming. But That’s Not a Bad Thing

This story appeared in the September/October 2020 of Discover magazine as “Robot Scientists Are Coming.” We hope you’ll subscribe to Discover and help support science journalism at a time when it’s needed the most.  In the beginning there was Adam. We’re not talking about the first human, but rather the first machine to fully automate the scientific […]

UFO Traffic On The Moon

A stinking 15-feet long sea creature that’s been compared to a washed-up mammoth and an alien has left locals mystified after turning up on a British beach. The creature, which has been dubbed the Ainsdale Anomaly, was spotted on the Merseyside beach on Wednesday and has had people puzzled since“It’s very bizarre,” said one man. […]

Did Steven Greer Fake a UFO with Flares?

     Dr. Steven Greer likes to suggest that he is in regular contact with extraterrestrials who are visiting Earth. Kindly, if for a price, Greer offers to train others in his “close encounters of the fifth kind” contact “protocols.” But is Greer really in contact with unidentified flying objects or what the military refers […]

New Class of Planet Can Form Around Black Holes, Say Astronomers

Supermassive black holes are among the most exciting and puzzling objects in the universe. These are the giant, massive bodies that sit at the heart of most, perhaps all, galaxies. Indeed, they may be the seeds from which all galaxies grow. Supermassive black holes are at least a hundred thousand times the mass of our […]