Never mind Comet ISON: If all goes well, in January the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe will "wake up" in preparation for a rendezvous with Comet 67-P, currently hanging out in the vicinity of Jupiter.
Now that the craft is officially in interstellar space, it should continue to send data back to Earth for another 12 years or so, barring any unforeseen complications. Understandably, scientists are excited.
Later this year, a project will arrive at the International Space Station containing all the materials needed to grow a special breed of lettuce for eventual on-board consumption.
The microbes and enzymes in pandas' digestive systems have a unique ability to break down plant waste. Collecting it from the animals' feces could lead to faster and cheaper biofuel production.
The newly discovered aquifers contain an estimated 250 billion cubic liters of water and could change the lives of the people living in Turkana, one of the country's driest and poorest regions.
As part of this week's Festival of the Planets celebration, University College London has made available to the public a selection of historic images from its archive. Included are glimpses of the surface of Venus.
They're the first major finds by NASA's X-ray space observatory, which went into orbit last year. Scientists expect it to find many more in the near future.
Devices that take advantage of a revolutionary new solar energy technology could provide medical professionals in developing countries with a reliable means of sanitation.
Scientists learned that the leopards share their habitat with a large number of monasteries, which use their influence to limit poaching.
Researchers have confirmed that Tamu Massif, located in the northern Pacific, is a single volcano rather than a composite of different eruption points. At 120,000 square miles in size, it's about as big as the entire state of New Mexico.
The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) recently met in Seattle to discuss their progress on designing a transportation system that would cost "about 3,000 times less" than a space shuttle trip.
The massive storm that wrapped itself around the planet in 2010-2011 seems to have dredged up water ice from an invisible lower atmospheric layer, according to NASA researchers.
A team of California scientists combined two ingredients commonly used in firefighting into an all-natural temporary spray gel that outperformed other coatings in lab tests.
The building has been blamed for melting the plastic on a parked car, setting store carpets on fire, and shattering tiles. Believe it or not, it's the second structure architect Rafael Viñoly has built that has this "feature."
The Ohio city had never experienced an earthquake before the 2010 opening of a wastewater injection well. All 109 earthquakes that occurred in the ensuing 12 months now appear to be linked to the well, says a new study.