This glowing ring of light is from a distant galaxy

New instruments on telescopes are allowing us to look back in time at the early universe, when it was only a few billion years old, including spectacular rings of light that represent halos around galaxies. Far from the center of each galaxy is an abundance of neutral hydrogen. This is where gas is exchanged between…

Curiosity rover detects highest levels of methane on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover encountered something new on the Red Planet last week and the results could potentially have implications for life on Mars. The rover’s tunable laser spectrometer, called SAM, which stands for Sample Analysis at Mars, detected the largest amount of methane ever measured during its mission. The reading indicated 21 parts per billion…

A 10th American has died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic

A man from New York died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic earlier this month, according to a US State Department official, making him the 10th American tourist to have died during or after their stay in the Caribbean nation. The official confirmed the death in response to questions from CNN about media reports regarding…

Start your Monday smart: Iran, 2020 Dems, Stonewall, G20, ‘Apollo 11’

Start your Monday smart: Iran, 2020 Dems, Stonewall, G20, ‘Apollo 11’

Here’s what you need to know to┬áStart Your Week Smart. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. You give us five minutes, and we give you five things you must know for your weekday, plus a Sunday edition to get your week started smart. Sign up…

The bodies of 7 missing climbers have been recovered in the Himalayas

The bodies of seven climbers who went missing in the Indian Himalayas late last month were recovered by rescue teams on Sunday, according to a tweet from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. Eight climbers — four Britons, two Americans, an Australian and their Indian liaison officer — went missing near Nanda Devi East, one of the…

Alex Morgan was subbed out with an injury and fans are worried

It might be too early to celebrate the US Women’s National Team’s win over Sweden in their highly anticipated grudge match in the World Cup on Thursday. Despite the team’s victory, one dark cloud looms: What exactly happened to the US’s star striker, Alex Morgan? Morgan was subbed out halfway through game after she suffered…

UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia unlawful, court rules as war in Yemen rages on

British arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful because they did not properly consider whether the weapons would be used to commit “serious violations of international humanitarian law,” the UK Court of Appeal ruled Thursday. The ruling will not halt British arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is deeply involved in the civil war in…

One in every 108 people on the planet has been displaced, says UN Refugee Agency

More than 70 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to violence or persecution, the United Nations has said, as the global migrant crisis pushed the number of refugees and displaced people to a new all-time high. The world’s displaced population is now almost double that from a decade ago, and includes…