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Giant green space blob mystery solved

A giant blob of gas and dust far off in the universe mysteriously glows bright green, and astronomers have finally figured out why. Two huge galaxies were observed in the blob's core, and they're surrounded by a swarm of smaller galaxies in what appears to be the birth of a massive cluster of …

Astrophysics

Astronomers Just Spotted Deep-Space Galaxies That Are Like Nothing We've Seen Before

Star systems "never before dreamed of".<p>Astronomers have gazed deep into a distant region of space and found evidence of a hidden trove of young …

Gaia clocks speedy cosmic expansion

<b>Europe’s Gaia space telescope has been used to clock the expansion rate of the Universe and - once again - it has produced some head-scratching.</b><p>The reason? The speed is faster than what one would expect from measurements of the cosmos shortly after the Big Bang.<p>Some other telescopes have found this …

Astrophysics

6 Body Parts And Organs That Are Absolutely Useless

The human body has evolved from being a normal primate (think of our tree-swinging ancestors to make a visual connection) to the sleek and stylish …

Biology

How Does WiFi Work?

WiFi is a technology that uses radio waves to send and receive signals from nearby devices to provide Internet access to the devices connected to …

Wi-Fi

Why Do Stars Twinkle, But The Sun Doesn't?

Stars twinkle because they are so far away from Earth that they appear as point sources even when seen through powerful telescopes. The light rays …

Astronomy

A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford review – genes, race and rewriting the human story

This effervescent book contains the latest thinking on the African origins of Homo sapiens and asks what our genes can really tell us<p>In trying to categorise a new arrival in the film <i>Mean Girls</i> one character asks: “if you’re from Africa, how come you’re white?” The mean girl cannot have been paying …

Mars Had Lakes of Water Way More Recently than We Thought

We knew Mars had water, but until now, we figured it all dried up long ago. It turns out, the red planet may have been wet a lot more recently than …

Lake Tahoe

These Winning Space Photos Will Leave You Wishing For More

Anyone with a deep appreciation of space and everything beyond earth is going to love this year's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners. Thousands of people submitted photographs of the sun, planets, and more and only 10 won.<p>The contest, which ran from February to April 2016, includes …

August was the warmest month on record. Ever.

According to data released by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) earlier this week, last month ranked as the hottest August on record. …

Global Warming

After Year in Space, Scott Kelly Is Still Adjusting to Earth

Filed Under Science, Health & NASA<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>On Wednesday, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly …

How We Can Finally Get to Mars

America is taking its sweet time about getting to Mars. In 1969, shortly after the Apollo 11 moon landing, the prediction was that we’d have boots on …

'It's Just Too Perfect': Inside the First Gravitational Wave Detection

A year ago today, a select group of scientists became the first people on the planet to learn that, after a century of theory and experiments, Albert …

Albert Einstein

Gaia Completes First Mind-Blowing 3-D Galactic Map

The European Gaia mission has pinpointed the positions of over a billion stars in the Milky Way -- but the best is yet to come.<p>The Gaia space probe, …

Astrophysics

Here's Why You Can't See All 12 Black Dots in This Crazy Optical Illusion

Our eyes feel weird.<p>Welcome to the latest optical illusion that has the internet in meltdown right now. Give it a try - look at the image above, and …

Entangled Particles Reveal Even Spookier Action Than Thought

Sorry, Einstein: It looks like the world is spooky — even when your most famous theory is tossed out.<p>This finding comes from a close look at quantum …

How To Think, According To This Winner Of The Brain Prize

MIT's Ed Boyden on thinking, taking notes and rebooting your failures.<p><i>”Synthesize new ideas constantly. Never read passively. Annotate, model, think, and synthesize while you read, even when you’re reading what you conceive to be introductory stuff. That way, you will always aim towards</i> …

Scientists record a human-like conversation between two dolphins for the first time ever

Yasha and Yana, two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, have been chatting it up lately and scientists have been listening in. The recordings can clearly …

Black Sea

Cold plasma will heal non-healing wounds - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Russian scientists at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), the Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of …

Don’t Panic, But There’s An Asteroid Right Over There

We’re still trying to find all the space invaders that could damage Earth.<p>An asteroid no bigger than a school bus whizzed past Earth at 18,000 miles …

Water helps assembly of biofibers that could capture sunlight - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

When it comes to water, some materials have a split personality – and some of these materials could hold the key to new ways of harnessing solar …