Hubble Finds Center of Our Galaxy

Peering deep into the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope reveals a rich tapestry of more than half a million stars. Except for a few blue, foreground stars, the stars are part of the Milky Way’s nuclear star cluster, the most massive and densest star cluster in our galaxy. So packed with stars, it is equivalent to having a million suns crammed into the volume of space between us and our closest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri. At the very hub of our galaxy, this star cluster surrounds the Milky Way’s central supermassive black hole, which is about 4 million times the mass of our sun. Read more

Honey Bees with BackPacks Will Determine the Future of Food in the World

Bee populations around the world are dying out, with serious consequences for the global food supply, and no one really knows why. On the west coast of the U.S., the lack of honey bees available to pollinate crops is already having a drastic effect on the almond industry, while in China, people are beginning to do pollination by hand, Paulo de Souza, a CSIRO science leader in micro-sensing technologies, told Mashable Australia. Read more

Texas Floods Linked to Climate Change

A new study directly links human-caused global warming to the catastrophic flooding in Texas and Oklahoma this spring. In May, more than 35 trillion gallons of water fell on Texas — enough to cover the entire state in eight inches of water. More than two dozen people were killed, and it was the wettest single month on record in both Texas and Oklahoma. Read more