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'Monster' planet discovery stuns scientists

Astronomers have discovered a planet the size of Jupiter orbiting a star that’s only half the size of the sun — a celestial phenomenon that contradicts theories of planet formation.<p>NGTS-1b, a massive, 986-degrees-hot ball of gas revolving around a red M-dwarf star 600 light years from Earth, is the …

NASA Voyager Probes Still Going Strong After 40 Years

Forty years ago, the <i>Voyager 1</i> and <i>2</i> missions began their journey from Earth to become the farthest-reaching missions in history. In the course of …

Space

A perfectly-timed photo of the space station and the moon puts human achievements in perspective

The International Space Station is the size of a football field. But a stunning image by Spanish photographer Dani Caxete shows it as a tiny figure dwarfed by the moon—a jaw-dropping reminder of the magnificence of nature, and the persistence of human achievement.<p>The image is on the shortlist for …

Astronomy

Where did the antimatter go?

<b>(CNN) —</b> You've no doubt heard of Einstein's famous equation E = mc2, and you may well have heard that it means that matter can be converted to energy and back again. That statement is true but incomplete.<p>What is more correct is that energy can be converted not only into matter, but also antimatter …

Universe

Anthony Stewart Head missed the Buffy reunion, but not for lack of trying

Anthony Stewart Head might have missed <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>‘s 20th-anniversary reunion of the cast and creator of <i>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</i>, but the …

Cyclone Debbie: police fear fatalities with extent of damage unclear

Slow-moving category-four storm hits Australia’s north-east but it will be at least a day before destruction can be assessed<p>• Worst storm in Australia in years hits the mainland – as it happened<p>Queensland’s police commissioner has warned people to prepare for the possibility of deaths from Cyclone …

Weather

John Surtees obituary

Motorcycling champion who went on to F1 success<p>John Surtees, who has died aged 83, was the only man to have won the world championship on both two wheels and four – motorcycle grands prix and Formula One. A naturally gifted and accomplished competitor, he might well have achieved more success in F1 …

Motor Racing

Elon Musk: I can fix South Australia power network in 100 days or it's free

Elon Musk, the billionaire co-founder of electric car giant Tesla, has thrown down a challenge to the South Australian and federal governments, saying he can solve the state’s energy woes within 100 days – or he’ll deliver the 100MW battery storage system for free.<p>On Thursday, Lyndon Rive, Tesla’s …

Tesla

Why This Part of the Universe Makes No Sense to Scientists

New data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Herschel Space Observatory is undoing a century of scientific evidence, boggling astronomer’s …

RANKED: The 30 richest countries in the world

The ranking was published in February 2017 and based on data from the International Monetary Fund.<p>The magazine ranked the world's countries according to their gross domestic product (GDP) based on purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita.<p>The PPP takes into account the relative cost of living and …

Lithium-ion co-creator introduces new battery with up to 3 times the juice

Lithium-ion battery-cell chemistry is currently dominant in electric cars, not to mention consumer electronics and other fields.<p>But what seems to be an army of researchers thinks it can be improved.<p>That includes one of the people who helped create lithium-ion batteries in the first place.<p>John …

Clean Energy

Ask Ethan: Does dark energy mean we’re losing information about the Universe?

If black holes lose information in an event horizon, then do we have a paradox with our cosmic horizon?<p><i>“The history of astronomy is a history of</i> …

Pluto’s Apparent Planethood

<i>New stories about the former planet Pluto popped up in my news feed again this week. It has now been over a decade since the definition of what</i> …

Solar System

New Research Suggests Earth's Mantle Might Be Hotter Than Anyone Expected

What's going on?<p>New data suggests that the upper parts of Earth's mantle are around 60°C (108°F) hotter than previously expected.<p>The mantle is the …

NASA released incredible new animations of a star that exploded with the energy of 100 million suns

New animations released by NASA are recasting a groundbreaking astronomical moment in a whole new light.<p>On February 24, 1987, astronomers Oscar Dhalde and Ian Shelton witnessed an incredible sight atop a Chilean mountain: a new star in the night sky. Soon, however, they realized it was not a star's …

7 Ways Earth Would Change If Our Moon Were Destroyed

For nearly the entire 4.5 billion year history of our Solar System, the Earth hasn’t been alone while we revolve around the Sun. Our giant lunar companion is larger and more massive than any other moon when compared to the planet it orbits. When it’s in its full phase, it brightly illuminates the …

Astronomy

Historic supernova explosion still shines bright after 30 years

The strikingly bright shock waves from a massive star explosion first observed in 1987 can still be seen today, three decades later.<p>This brilliant star explosion, called Supernova 1987A, occurred only 160,000 light-years from Earth in a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way known as the Large …

Edge of darkness: looking into the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way

At the heart of our galaxy, a vast black hole is devouring matter from the dust clouds that surround it. Little by little, expanses of interstellar material are being swallowed up by this voracious galactic carnivore that, in the process, has reached a mass that is 4m times that of our sun.<p>The …

Black Holes

Has the Large Hadron Collider Disproved the Existence of Ghosts?

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) might be the world's most incredible science experiment. A particle collider seventeen miles in circumference, it …

Physics

Nasa scientists want Pluto to be a planet again

It's been more than ten years since Pluto was cruelly stripped of its planetary status but the decision could be reversed if a group of scientists …

Universe expanding, but scientists at odds on how fast

NEW YORK — There is a crisis brewing in the cosmos, or perhaps in the community of cosmologists. The universe seems to be expanding too fast, some …

Universe

The Universe Has A Lithium Problem

Over the past decades, scientists have wrestled with a problem involving the Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang Theory suggests that there should be three …

Superhot

Quantized Inertia, Dark Matter, The EMDrive And How To Do Science Wrong

Science isn’t easy. It isn’t supposed to be. The process of open publication, peer review and clear data are a part of science because they help us understand how the Universe works. It can be inconvenient and contentious, but it works. Through this process, new ideas are faced with an uphill …

Physics

Ancient pottery reveal weakening of Earth's magnetic field isn't cause for alarm

As if we didn't have enough to worry about, one doomsday scenario making the rounds is that the Earth's magnetic field will one day reverse and cause …

Magnetism

Earth Has a New Continent Called 'Zealandia', Study Reveals

It was hiding in plain sight.<p>Kids are frequently taught that seven continents exist: Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America, and …

Earth Science

Scientists spotted a supernova just hours after it exploded

Its dying gasps could reveal what makes stars go out with a bang<p>Talk about going out with a bang. Stars that are about 10 times more massive than the Sun tend to die in colossal explosions called supernovae.<p>Scientists aren't sure why or how these stars detonate near the end of their lives, but …

Universe

Why Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics Is More Important Than That of Poached Eggs

Interview by Richard Marshall.‘<i>I think the scientists who are unhappy with metaphysics generally have a rather narrow view of what metaphysics is –</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

South Africa may be the epicenter of a geomagnetic pole reversal in progress - ExtremeTech

By on February 10, 2017 at 2:06 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Don’t start running around like …

South Africa

The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought

In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos.<p>There might be no getting around what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” With an experiment described this week in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>—a feat that involved harnessing …

Electricity market operator denies being ‘asleep at the wheel’ during blackout

Australian Energy Market Operator executive David Swift admitted to Senate committee there was an error in South Australia forecast<p>The Australian Energy Market Operator says it was not asleep at the wheel after another electricity shortage in South Australia on Wednesday caused blackouts for 40,000 …

Senate Committees