• colorful image of marine life attached to hydrothermal vent

    Beyond Earth

    Researchers develop techniques to detect evidence of life on other planets

    Scientists think that some of the earliest life on Earth originated near deep-sea volcanoes, where living organisms can exist without sunlight or oxygen, says UMass Amherst microbiologist Jim Holden... More

  • Picture of honey bees and honey comb

    Summer at the Apiary

    Student looks for ways to improve the health of honeybees

    If you are fond of fruits, vegetables, and nuts, you will appreciate the research Bryanna Joyce ’20 conducted with honeybees as a summer scholar at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Joyce, a... More

  • Ancient elephant bird bones showing five cut marks.

    Old Bones

    Researchers find human activity on Madagascar 6,000 years earlier than thought

    Analysis of the bones of what was once the world’s largest bird has revealed that humans arrived on the tropical island of Madagascar more than 6,000 years earlier than previously thought, according... More

  • Picture of Artaic's mosaic tile installation at the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove.

    Twenty-First Century Mosaics

    UMass experts improve manufacturing innovation for Massachusetts company

    Mechanical engineer Dr. Ted Acworth founded Artaic with a goal to revitalize the ancient mosaic art form. He was inspired by the beauty of the artwork but found the modern mosaic-making process to be... More

  • Two Ibex stand on a rock formation

    Rare Sighting

    UMass ecologist documents rare goat species in Afghanistan

    A new study by an international team, including a UMass Amherst wildlife ecologist, has for the first time documented by direct observation the presence of two rare Asian wild goat species in... More

  • Picture of Hypothetical dark matter ring, tinted blue, in galaxy cluster Cl0024+17 (Credit: NASA)

    Invisible Dark Matter

    UMass Amherst students contribute to the quest for an elusive energy

    Deep beneath a mountain in the Apennine range in Italy, an intricate apparatus searches for the dark matter of the universe. University of Massachusetts physics students played a crucial part of the... More