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Chinese satellite detects mysterious signals in search for dark matter - Xinhua

BEIJING, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- China's Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) has detected unexpected and mysterious signals in its measurement of …

Volcanologist Who Shifted Date of Next Super-Eruption Is Surprisingly Chill

"We should not be worried about super-eruptions."<p>A supervolcano could kill millions of humans, pushing us back to a pre-civilization state, far …

Ho hum, just another black hole merger that blasted out soul-crushing amounts of energy and shook the fabric of reality

About 1.1 billion years ago, two black holes coalesced. They had danced around each other for billions of years, losing energy and swinging closer, …

7 Shining Facts About the Sun

Isaac Asimov described the solar system as the Sun, Jupiter, and debris. He wasn't wrong—the Sun is 99.8 percent of the mass of the solar system. But …

Aurora fans could get big show thanks to huge, surly sunspot

The "northern lights" could stretch farther south than normal thanks to an unsettled sunspot wider than the Earth itself.<p>On Wednesday evening, the "northern lights" will no longer be just for those in the far north. Lucky sky-watchers as far south as Ohio and Indiana may be able to see the aurora …

Astronomy

New Horizons Will Get Incredibly Close to Its Next Target

On New Year’s Day 2019, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will zoom past MU69—a mysterious Kuiper Belt object located four billion miles from Earth. In …

Does quantum tunneling take time or is it instantaneous?

In the weird world of quantum physics, it's not unusual for particles to tunnel through barriers that under normal circumstances they shouldn't be …

Weird worm-lizard creature looks like a serpentine centaur

With just its head and front legs peeking out from its underground burrow, the Mexican mole lizard could pass for a slender, pink lizard — until it emerges completely, its body etched with ring after earthworm-like ring. But despite its regular lizard-like appearance, the reptile doesn't have any …

The Sun’s Core Spins Roughly Four Times Faster Than Its Surface

Within the fiery heart of the sun is a dense core spinning nearly four times faster than the star's surface, according to new measurements.<p>The roots …

Universe

Scientists journey to the world's 'Lost' 8th continent

Scientists will soon venture to the world's hidden eighth continent, the sunken land of Zealandia.<p>The lost continent, which is mostly submerged, with all of New Zealand and a few islands peeking out from the water, is about half the size of Australia. By drilling deep into its crust or upper layer, …