(CNN) — A star, caught in the grips of a supermassive black hole. The immense gravity slowly strips the stellar material from its parent, forming a disc of gas around the black hole as it converts gravitational
Is there really a 9th planet? The idea of a 9th large planet possibly existing on the outskirts of our solar system made quite the splash in the media when it was re-suggested earlier this year, but I
"WFIRST has the potential to open our eyes to the wonders of the universe, much the same way Hubble has.” It's finally official: NASA's next major telescope project will be the innovative Wide Field Infrared
Processors that use the strangeness of quantum mechanics are reportedly achieving much greater problem-solving speed than standard computers – but what will the effect on security be? ‘The world is not
By Sarah Kaplan Sarah Kaplan Reporter for Speaking of Science Email Bio Follow It’s a big, dark presence at the farthest reaches of our solar system, a mysterious force powerful enough to skew the paths
Astronomers have pinpointed exactly when and where we can see the cataclysmic explosion of a giant star, called a supernova, from start to finish. Their first-ever prophecy of a supernova is based on photographed
Although 310,000 miles away may not sound close, the giant space rock is zooming by only a little farther away than the moon is from the Earth — close enough to spot with an amateur telescope, says NASA.
We can't see it or feel it. But as Lisa Randall says, dark matter may explain a lot about our universe--including the dinos' demise. As every astronomy buff knows, dark matter is pretty elusive stuff.
The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer. Ten years of research
Hawking has been outspoken about the dangers of AI, which he has warned "could spell the end of the human race." He himself uses a primitive form of AI to produce his characteristic robotic speech, since
Meet the D-Wave 2X It looks like the holiday season came early for Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. Google, NASA, and the Universities Space Research Association announced today that they’re
Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful. This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.
The missing planet bumped into Neptune before disappearing into the abyss of space, according to a new study. The four gas giant planets in our solar system -- Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune -- have
The key to a successful fantasy football draft isn't the early rounds. Every contending team is going to need terrific production from its star players in order to make a run toward the title. Drafts won
“We carried out a year's worth of experiments in a matter of hours.” Today marked the unveiling of a reprogrammable optical chip that is capable of processing photons in an infinite variety of ways. This
(CNN) — A moonless evening gave stargazers a fantastic light show this week. The annual Perseid meteor shower, which is known for being among the brightest of meteor showers, happened near the tail end
A few times last week at the Schrödinger Sessions workshop, I made reference to books that I think do a good job with particular aspects of quantum physics (in addition to the one that I wrote, that is…).
Popular Science Blogs Boxplot Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro Imagine taking a road trip to visit an old friend, driving for nine years, and finding out that, along
Do you ever realize that you’re full, but finish that burger and fries anyway? There may be a scientific reason for that: too little of a hormone called GLP-1, which is thought to play a role in obesity
Just an easy quantum procedure Black holes are full of conundrums. Like, what would happen if you threw a book inside one of these gravity wells? The theory of general relativity (the physics laws that