Ancient volcanic explosions shed light on Mercury’s origins

The surface of Mercury crackled with volcanic explosions for extended periods of the planet’s history, according to a new analysis led by researchers at Brown University. The findings are surprising considering Mercury wasn’t supposed to have explosive volcanism in the first place, and they could have implications for understanding how Mercury formed.

Mercury once had vast lava ocean

Mercury may once have had a large ocean of magma, Messenger data shows, shortly after its formation about 4.5 billion years ago.

Frozen water on Mercury reveals its cooler side

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft has found that water ice likely exists on the frozen poles of Mercury, the planet closest to the sun.

The mystery of Mercury’s core

The MESSENGER spacecraft recently completed its study of the planet Mercury which it orbited for one Earth-year.

That Rainbow Roll safe? Check the Safe Sushi app

If you love eating sushi, but worry about high mercury levels in fish, there is a new app that can help. 


NASA extends life of MESSENGER Mercury probe

NASA's decided to extend the MESSENGER mission for an extra year of orbital operations at Mercury.

Messenger probe reveals Mercury surprises

Mercury's a bit weird, say NASA scientists, with a different surface composition and magnetic field to other planets.

Broken lightbulbs spill dangerous levels of mercury

If broken and not removed, a compact fluorescent light bulb can release enough mercury vapor to exceed safe limits, a research team has found.

Messenger delivers first Mercury photo

NASA's released the first picture of the surface of Mercury taken by its Messenger spacecraft early yesterday morning.

Messenger moves into orbit around Mercury

NASA's Messenger spacecraft is poised to go into orbit around Mercury tonight, after a six-year, five billion-mile journey.

HD Radio gets new slate of support from BMW, Ford, others

At the New York International Auto Show, the company behind HD Radio technology announced that seven automakers have renewed their commitment to providing HD Radio as a standard feature.