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Astronomers Discover A Fast Radio Burst That's Even Stranger Than Ones Detected Before

A study revealed last week a team of scientists discovered a Fast Radio Burst that is unusual even by the standards used to judge FRBs. This …

How our universe will end: 'The black holes will eat up everything'

Robbert Dijkgraaf is a theoretical physicist and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is also the co-author of "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge." In this video, he explains how our universe will meet its death. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>The black</i> …

Astrophysics

We Know the Universe is Expanding and Accelerating and Here’s the Proof

We’ve known for quite some time now that the universe is not only expanding but that expansion rate is also accelerating too. All that is held within …

Astrophysics

String Theory Says We Have at Least 10 Dimensions, but That's Not the Weirdest Thing About It

Quantum physics is weird. As soon as you think you understand it, you find five more reasons you don't. Take this, for example: the Standard Model of …

Physics

Astronomers Found an Enormous Object Orbiting at the Edge of Our Solar System

Didn’t See You There<p>It’s no Planet Nine, but the planetary body astronomers have found at the far edge of our solar system is a notable discovery …

40 billion trillion reasons why aliens probably exist

It’s the question at the heart of humanity itself, the key to everything we know about ourselves, about our world and even of our gods: Are we alone …

Physicists Discover an Unexpected Force Acting on Nanoparticles in a Vacuum

Nanoparticles can be pushed by pure nothingness.<p>Researchers have discovered a new and unexpected force that acts on nanoparticles in a vacuum, …

Astronomers May Finally Have the First Picture of a Black Hole

Westford, Massachusetts<p>Using a massive telescope network, scientists have data in hand that could open new frontiers in our understanding of gravity.<p>For the monster at the Milky Way’s heart, it’s a wrap.<p>After completing five nights of observations, today astronomers may finally have captured the …

Astrophysics

One Of The Most Distant Galaxies In The Universe Discovered, And It Is Perfectly Ordinary

Finding some of the oldest objects in the universe can be a challenge, considering the ever-expanding nature of the universe would have increased the …

How Lucky Was Hubble To Find The Most Distant Galaxy Ever?

If you take the world’s most powerful space telescope, point it into the cosmic abyss for days, and collect all the light possible, you’ll see something fantastic.<p>But you won’t see the Universe’s most distant galaxy.<p>The most distant galaxy ever discovered comes from when the Universe was only …

Astrophysics

Neil deGrasse Tyson isn't riding SpaceX to Mars until Elon Musk answers this challenge

Neil deGrasse Tyson, the ever-witty astrophysicist who delivers the truth about space and science to the masses, held a Reddit AMA on Sunday, and it …

Is there a nature of time?

As time goes by we realize that there seems to be only one direction. In our retrospective view of events time moves from past to present to future, …

New Simulations Suggest Dark Energy Might Not Exist

68 percent of the Universe might not exist.<p>Ever since the late 1990s, physicists have been fairly certain that the Universe isn't only getting …

Pictures Show a Mysterious Planet Get More Surreal Over Time

Since arriving at Jupiter last July, the Juno spacecraft has been beaming back artistic and unusual views of the “king of the solar system.”<p>A spinning, solar-powered spacecraft has captured new images of the neighborhood’s largest planet—and wow, are they spectacular.<p>Since entering orbit on July 4 …

Astronomy

Astronaut Captures Stunning GoPro Footage During Spacewalk

Walking in space is a kind of slow-motion skydiving. An orbit, after all, is nothing but a free fall — albeit one in which the Earth keeps curving …

Australian stargazers invited to join hunt for mysterious Planet 9

‘It really is Where’s Wally,’ says Australian National University’s Brad Tucker, but the twist is you get a say in the official name of anything you find<p>Everyday stargazers will have a shot at naming a new planet by joining Australian astronomers in the hunt for a mysterious large orb believed to …