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Fly above Jupiter's terrifying north pole in new NASA video

Jupiter's north pole is unsettling, at best. It's comprised of one giant storm encircled by eight spinning cyclones — all of which have larger …

Astronomy

Scientists surprised by relentless cosmic cold front

This winter has brought many intense and powerful storms, with cold fronts sweeping across much of the United States. On a much grander scale, …

Universe

Hearing the cosmic hum of 100,000 black-hole mergers

<i>Every few minutes, a pair of black holes slams together, producing a faint but steady drumbeat of gravitational waves. And thanks to a new technique,</i> …

Black Holes

Scientists found a new type of water in diamonds, holy crap

Scientists have found a new type of water known as Ice-VII from diamonds deep in the Earth's crust. This type of ice is about 1.5 times as dense as …

Go figure: Nature's numbers are the keys to the cosmos

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Universe

Researchers Devise a New Way to Solve Long-Standing Mystery About the Universe

We know that the universe is expanding, but a strange discrepancy in just how fast that expansion is occurring continues to confound physicists—and …

Universe

Stephen Hawking explains what happened before Big Bang

Commentary: The physicist tells Neil deGrasse Tyson what came before the Big Bang. Was there anything there? Was there nothing there? Was there even a there there?<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>So there was this chicken, OK? And then …

Physics

A stunning discovery about the start of the universe

<b>(CNN) —</b> For millennia, humans have sat under a clear midnight sky and marveled at the spectacle emblazoned across the heavens. The stars seem eternal, as if they have always been there. But there's just one problem.<p>It isn't so.<p>The universe was once entirely dark, with nary a light anywhere …

Universe

Scientists Discover Stunningly Beautiful New Ultraluminous X-ray Source

Imagine a source of light somewhere in the universe so impossibly bright and radiant in X-rays that it equals the wavelengths of more than a million …

Universe

This Red Giant is Bringing a "Zombie Star" Back To Life

A rare spotting of cosmic necromancy.<p>Astronomers across the globe discover something new about the universe <i>pretty much</i> every day, and sometimes they …

Universe

What is a runaway star?

For the most part, stars in our Milky Way galaxy move in a more or less orderly way. But some stars are runaways.<p>The sun and all of the Milky Way’s …

South Africa's Stone Age people were unharmed by supervolcano eruption

The Pinnacle Point archeological locality on the south coast of South Africa, a rock shelter, called PP5-6, used by humans from about 90,000 to …

Cosmic dawn: astronomers detect signals from first stars in the universe

‘Revolutionary’ observations suggest the first stars appeared 180m years after the big bang – and may hold information on dark matter<p>Astronomers have detected a signal from the first stars as they appeared and illuminated the universe, in observations that have been hailed as “revolutionary”.<p>The …

Dark Matter

A spectacular crater glows on the Moon's far side

My heavens, our Moon is beautiful.<p>I knew this before, but when the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter slipped into the Moon's grasp back in 2009, this fact …

Whoa, like, Jupiter is DEEP. Really, really deep.

Scientists studying Jupiter using data and observations from the Juno spacecraft just released four new papers on their results, and I honestly can't …

A star is about to plunge head first toward a monster black hole. Astronomers are ready to watch.

Sometime over the next few months, a massive star is going to take a deep plunge near a gigantic black hole in our galaxy. As it screams past the …

Laser Mapping Shows Ancient City in Mexico Contained 40,000 Buildings

When researchers first found Angamuco, an ancient city in western Mexico built by rivals of the Aztecs, back in 2007, they tried several methods to …

Astronomers discover one of the oldest stars in the Milky Way

In a new study published in <i>The Astrophysical Journal Letters</i>, a team of Spanish astronomers announced the discovery of one of the first stars to form …

TRAPPIST-1 worlds likely terrestrial and water-rich

Terrestrial means more like Earth than Jupiter or Saturn. Water-rich means a potential for life. New insights about the 7 planets orbiting the nearby …

James Webb Telescope arrives in California

The James Webb Telescope’s 2 component halves had been undergoing testing in Houston. They’re now at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in …

Elon Musk, on Falcon Heavy’s triumphant launch

Follow Musk’s description of the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy lift vehicle, which will give the U.S. a capability in space not seen since …

Viruses—lots of them—are falling from the sky

An astonishing number of viruses are circulating around the Earth's atmosphere – and falling from it – according to new research from scientists in …

Ecology

Ride along with the dummy driving Elon Musk’s Tesla to Mars

Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage<p>Mere minutes after successfully launching the Falcon Heavy rocket on the first try, SpaceX is now live streaming footage from Tesla Roadster it released into space. Now we know what CEO Elon Musk meant yesterday when he teased that there would be “epic …

Tesla

Meteorites Brought Water To Earth During the First Two Million Years

A new study of a rare basaltic meteorites called angrites suggests that volatiles, which are elements with relatively low boiling points such as …

Will future landers on Europa sink?

Jupiter’s moon Europa is an ocean world beneath an icy crust, and scientists want to land a spacecraft there. But a new study indicates a surface …

Analysis reveals tiny dino with rainbow feathers

This bird-like dinosaur lived in China about 161 million years ago. Scientists think it might have used its rainbow ruff to dazzle potential mates.<p>A …

Ingredients for life in meteors that fell to Earth

Two space rocks that crashed to Earth in 1998 are the 1st meteorites found to contain both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds such …

Oldest Human Fossils Outside Africa Push Back Our Timeline...Again - Dead Things

By Gemma Tarlach | January 25, 2018 1:00 pm<p>The oldest human fossils outside Africa, a partial upper jaw bone and several teeth, were found in Misliya …

January 31 lunar eclipse: What scientists can learn

The lunar eclipse on January 31 offers scientists a chance to see what happens when the surface of the moon cools quickly.<p>The lunar eclipse on …