Research Highlights

Selections from the scientific literature by Nature's news team

Illustration of a supermassive black hole shown in various shades of yellow and orange

Supermassive black holes (artist’s impression of one such object) in the early Universe might have formed from the collision of small galaxies. Credit: Mark Garlick/SPL

Astronomy and astrophysics

How huge black holes sprouted just after the Big Bang

Hubble observations of faint galaxies suggest that such objects could have been the seeds of very early supermassive black holes.
A colour composite image of Arrokoth on a black background

The icy body Arrokoth (artificially coloured) might be sugar coated, according to laboratory experiments on the types of ice found on its surface. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Roman Tkachenko

Planetary science

‘Sugar world’ sweetens the Solar System’s remote reaches

The icy body Arrokoth has a sugary coating that gives the body its distinctive red appearance.