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Two become one: two raven lineages merge in 'speciation reversal'

Speciation, where one species diverges into two, is a well-known concept in the theory of evolution. But a new study based on almost 20 years of research has revealed that “speciation reversal”, the merging of two previously distinct lineages, may also play an important role.<p>Scientists have …

Biology

Physicists Capture the Elusive Neutrino Smacking Into an Atom's Core

Every second of every day, trillions of tiny particles called neutrinos are raining down on your head. But unlike raindrops, hailstones, or bird …

Physics

Ask Ethan: What 'Impossible Physics' Would Be Possible With Warp Drive?

When warp drive was first brought into the public consciousness with the debut of <i>Star Trek</i> fifty years ago, our understanding of the Universe was fundamentally different than it is today. For one, warp drive was simply a plot device to reach the distant stars without having characters and the …

Physics

Wait, Why the Hell Is Pluto Emitting X-Rays?

You just can’t keep a good Pluto down. Even after its (admittedly justified) demotion to dwarf planet status exactly 10 years and four days ago, …

Space

Physicists Are Close to Producing Metallic Hydrogen, And It Could Change Everything

Hydrogen’s Mega-Evolution<p>The simplest and most common element, first in the periodic table, shouldn’t be difficult to crack, right? “What could be …

Philae has been found – now every ounce of science can be wrung out of it

Just as the Rio Olympics finish, the European Space Agency find their long-lost celestial triple jump champion, the Philae space probe. The washing-machine-sized Philae captured the world’s attention on 12 November 2014, when it landed on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.<p>No one – myself included – who …

Space

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How Ghost Particles Are Slowing Down Stars

There's no such thing as empty space in outer space. What are virtual particles and how do they create friction in the vacuum of space?<p>Spinning …

Rosetta space probe finds lost Philae lander on comet

Europe's Rosetta space probe has located its lost Philae lander, wedged in a "dark crack" on a comet, the European Space Agency said Monday.<p>Rosetta's camera finally captured images on Friday of the lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, weeks before the probe's own mission ends, the agency said …

Philae lander found on comet almost two years after going missing

The Philae comet lander has been discovered almost two years after going missing - and just two weeks before scientists were due to deliberately …

Space

These Closest-Ever Images of Jupiter Are "Like Nothing We Have Seen Before", Says NASA

Out of this world.<p>NASA just shared the most detailed images of Jupiter that humanity has ever seen, and no one was prepared for how unique the …

The 'Impossible' EM Drive Is About to Be Tested in Space

Time to get to the bottom of this crazy thing.<p>An actual EM Drive is about to be launched into space for the first time, so scientists can finally …

Confirmed! Sun's Nearest Neighbor Has 'Earth-Like' World

The discovery of a small rocky exoplanet at Proxima Centauri brings the search for life beyond the solar system into our home turf.<p>The star closest …

Our Interstellar Neighbors: 5 Potentially Earth-Like Planets Nearby

A possibly Earth-like planet has been found within the habitable zone of humanity's closest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri, and astronomers think …

'Galactic Tick Day' Celebrates Sun's Trip Around the Galaxy

Every time the Earth makes one complete loop around the sun, humans celebrate the journey with some kind of New Year's holiday. So why won't we …

Universe

Cancer breakthrough: Scientists develop 'smoke detector' test that can spot disease before symptoms are noticeable

A simple blood test that can detect cancer before any symptoms are noticeable has been developed by researchers in a breakthrough that could save …

Cancer

Apollo: The Alignment Optical Telescope

The Apollo program is a constant reminder that we just don’t need so much to get the job done. Sure it’s easier with today’s tools, but hard work can …

Telescopes

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Scientists discover ground-breaking material: Graphane

That's because the scientists, from the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, have found that graphene will react with other substances to …