Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight, Signaling Concern Among Scientists

It is getting closer to midnight. On Thursday, the group of scientists who orchestrate the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic instrument informing the public when the earth is facing imminent disaster, moved its minute hand from three to two and a half minutes before the final hour.

Trilobites: Better Weather Forecasts, and These Pretty Pictures, Too

Here’s a reminder of how beautiful our planet is. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the first batch of images taken by its recently launched GOES-16 satellite on Monday. With its high-definition camera, the satellite shows our blue marble with its wisps of white clouds and splotches of green and brown in vivid detail better than NOAA has seen with its weather satellites before.

Basics: Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized

Whether personally or professionally, Daniel Kronauer of Rockefeller University is the sort of biologist who leaves no stone unturned. Passionate about ants and other insects since kindergarten, Dr. Kronauer says he still loves flipping over rocks “just to see what’s crawling around underneath.