Michelle Starr, ScienceAlert

Michelle Starr


Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Recent articles by Michelle:

JWST Has Found Life's Elemental Building Blocks in The Depths of Darkest Space

JWST's unparalleled ability to peer into the shrouded hearts of distant clouds has revealed the elements of biochemistry in the coldest and darkest place we've seen them yet. → Read More

Scientists Reveal The Most Distant Galaxy We've Ever Found

A galaxy whose light has traveled nearly 13.5 billion years to reach us has just been confirmed as the earliest galaxy found to date. → Read More

Ripples in Space-Time Could Actually Reveal When Time Began

The propagation of gravitational waves through matter could reveal the ripples in space-time generated by the Big Bang. → Read More

Scientists Create Shapeshifting Humanoid Robot That Can Liquefy And Reform

Scientists have made a breakthrough in robotics: a shapeshifting robot that can switch between liquid and metal states to navigate tricky environments without compromising on strength. → Read More

Astronomers Just Realized The Milky Way Is Too Big For Its Surroundings

Our home, the Milky Way, doesn't seem particularly odd for a galaxy. → Read More

Physicists Break Record Firing a Laser Down Their University Corridor

Physicists have just set a new record confining a self-focused laser pulse to a cage of air, down the length of a 45 meter-long (148 foot-long) university corridor. → Read More

Great White Sharks Are Being Scared From Their Habitat by Just 2 Predators

There is no sea creature whose name inspires terror – rightly or wrongly – as much as the great white shark. → Read More

Massive Volcanic Outburst Detected on Jupiter's Hellish Moon Io

The most powerful volcanic eruptions in the Solar System occur not on Earth, but on Io, a sulfurous moon orbiting the planet Jupiter. → Read More

Astronomers May Have Solved The Mystery of The Bubbles Towering Over The Milky Way

When the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope entered low-Earth orbit in 2008, it opened our eyes to a whole new Universe of high-energy radiation. → Read More

We Finally Know How Ancient Roman Concrete Was So Durable

The ancient Romans were masters of building and engineering, perhaps most famously represented by the aqueducts. → Read More

Ghost Light From Homeless Stars Glimmered Even in The Early Universe

There's a lot more out there in space than immediately meets the eye. → Read More

We May Be Able to Find Life on Enceladus Without Even Landing

Saturn's moon Enceladus is one of the Solar System's prime extraterrestrial locations for life to thrive. → Read More

There's One Thing Dogs Don't Use Their Tail For, Scientists Say

Tails come in many shapes, strengths, and sizes. → Read More

Cut Marks on Ancient Bones Reveal What Was in Fashion 320,000 Years Ago

Ancient bones retrieved from an archaeological site in Germany suggest that archaic humans were peeling bears for their skins at least 320,000 years ago. → Read More

We're on The Brink of Hearing The Universe's Background Hum. Here's Why We're Listening

The Universe should be humming. → Read More

Scientists Grew Stem Cell 'Mini Brains' And Then The Brains Sort-of Developed Eyes

Mini brains grown in a lab from stem cells spontaneously developed rudimentary eye structures, scientists reported in a fascinating 2021 paper. → Read More

The Color of Wolves Mysteriously Changes Across America. We Finally Know Why

Guessing the color of the coat of a gray wolf seems like a no-brainer. → Read More

Water From The Sun Has Been Found on The Moon

A new analysis of dust retrieved from the Moon suggests that water bound up in the lunar surface could originate with the Sun. → Read More

Astronomers Just Got an Unusually Close Look At a Black Hole Devouring a Passing Star

Back in March of 2021, a star in a galaxy 250 million light-years away was seen having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day indeed. → Read More

Monkey Experiment Reveals a Brain Switch That Could Be Useful For Space Travel

For humans to ever venture out among the stars, we will have to solve some hefty logistical problems. → Read More