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Astronomers say a Neptune-sized planet lurks beyond Pluto

The solar system appears to have a new ninth planet. Today, two scientists announced evidence that a body nearly the size of Neptune—but as yet …

Universe

North Korea says that it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb

North Korea reportedly detonated the device at the Punggye-ri underground test site in the far northeast, its official Korean Central News Agency said.<p>A television anchor read a typically propaganda-heavy statement on state TV that said North Korea had tested a "miniaturized" hydrogen bomb, …

North Korea

Plan hatched to build modern successor to Colossus of Rhodes

Towering over the ancient city like a watchful giant, the Colossus of Rhodes statue was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Now, over two …

PICTURED: Huge 'clam shell' found on Mars triggers claims Red Planet could house LIFE

NASA•YouTubeThe Martian discovery (ringed) and a giant clam found on Earth<p>UFO hunters claim the revelation proves there was once life on the planet, …

Gun Rights Groups Plan Mock Mass Shooting at Texas University

Guns rights groups are planning to stage a fake mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin in an attempt to end gun-free zones at the …

Smartphones to die out 'within five years', says new study

According to a new study of 100,000 consumers, mobile technology is expected to be replaced by artificial intelligence<p>Many consumers believe smartphones will cease to exist within five years, according to new research carried out by researchers on behalf of Ericsson.<p>The company's ConsumerLab …

NASA Spotted an Object 3.3 Billion Miles Away From the Sun

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured the closest-ever look at a small object in the solar system’s distant Kuiper Belt, the ring of icy bodies and …

Australia enacted one of the largest gun reforms ever nearly 2 decades ago — and gun deaths plummeted

Forced to react to yet another mass shooting, President Barack Obama reiterated points he's made before: That the US is the "only advanced country in the world that sees these mass shootings every few months" and "this type of mass violence does not happen in other developed countries."<p>That wasn't …

Guns

Bazinga! Scientists break quantum teleportation distance record

The future of cybersecurity is almost certainly quantum mechanics and this week we moved one step closer as researchers announced they “teleported” …

Has Stonehenge been found on Mars? Ancient 'alien' stone circle discovered on Red Planet

NASA•MISTERENIGMA•YouTube"Marshenge" as it has been called (left) and the real Stonehenge<p>Against all the evidence provided by Nasa, alien …

Stonehenge

Physicists Set a New Fiber-Optic Quantum Teleportation Record

100 kilometers.<p>Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have bested the previous quantum teleportation fiber-optic distance record four times over, achieving a span of 100 kilometers. While physicists have teleported over farther distances in free space—via open-air …

The amount of space junk around Earth has hit a 'critical density' — and it could jeopardize our space missions

<b>"We're at what we call a 'critical density' — where there are enough large objects in space that they will collide with one another and create small debris faster than it can be removed,"</b> Kessler recently told Marketplace.<p>For nearly 20 years, Kessler (who was retired until very recently) lead …

Matt Damon could (almost) travel to Mars in this suit, thanks to Nasa

<i>This article was first published in the October 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted</i> …

Israeli archaeologists may have found tomb of Jewish Maccabees

Israeli archaeologists may be one step closer to solving a riddle that has vexed explorers for more than a century: the location of the fabled tomb of the biblical Maccabees.<p>Israel's government Antiquities Authority said Monday that an ancient structure it began excavating this month on the side of …

Russian jets in Syria mean no-fly zone is 'out of the question', warn experts

Vladimir Putin is carrying out Russia's biggest military intervention outside the old Soviet Union for almost 30 years<p>Russia’s deployment of jet fighters in Syria has effectively destroyed the West’s option of imposing a “no-fly zone” over the country, experts have warned, as the British Defence …

The theory of parallel universes is not just maths – it is science that can be tested

The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical …

'Mind Blown': Is Human Ancestor Discovery the Long-Sought Missing Link?

The stunning announcement Thursday that scientists had discovered a "hybrid" early human species immediately set off discussion of whether it's the elusive "missing link" between modern humans and their earliest apelike ancestors.<p>Scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand, the National …

Humanity

Physicists discover ring of exotic ‘exceptional points’

Physicists have long known about the existence of unique points where two physical states coalesce into one. They call them “exceptional …

Saudi Arabia promises investigation after crane collapse kills 107 in Mecca's Grand Mosque

Incident comes as hundreds of thousands of Muslims begin to gather in Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage<p>Saudi Arabia promised an investigation on Saturday after at least 107 pilgrims were killed when a giant construction crane collapsed on the roof of the Grand Mosque in Mecca.<p>The crane, one of 15 …

How 'Human' Is This Newly Discovered Species?

The discovery of a new human-related species, named <i>Homo naledi</i>, has thrown the evolutionary biology world for a loop. The newfound species<i>,</i> uncovered …

Strange Crater Shape Leads to Enormous Mars Underground Ice Discovery

An oddly shaped crater on the mid latitudes of the Martian northern hemisphere likely obtained its terraced profile from a surprisingly large …

Geophysics

CERN: Test results show more detail about 'God particle'

GENEVA (AP) — Two years after finding the elusive Higgs boson "God particle," physicists now know a little bit more about how it acts. And it acts just like they thought it would.<p>The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, said Tuesday that two experiments that …

Physics

CDC reports 11 cases of human plague since April

<b>(CNN) —</b> Since April 1, there have been 11 cases of human plague in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Three of those patients have died. This is according to a new report from the CDC putting doctors on alert that the number of cases this year seems to …

Public Health

Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people? | Ian Sample

A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans. Ian Sample meets the scientists whose research could transform our lives<p>On an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans …

Stanford University

Space crab? Mars object in NASA pics totally thrills red planet fans

“Spider”, “Alien”, “John Carter”, “awesome Martian space crab” – these are a few suggestions by social media users who apparently thoroughly studied …

NASA confirms the discovery of a rocky exoplanet just 21 light years away

Earth just got a new next-door neighbor<p>Astronomers have found the closest rocky planet outside our solar system using the Spitzer Space telescope. The planet, known as HD 219134b, orbits a star just 21 light years away, and NASA is calling a "potential gold mine of science data."<p>The planet is …

NASA Confirms Liquid Lake on Saturn Moon

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA scientists have concluded that at least one of the large lakes observed on Saturn's moon Titan contains liquid hydrocarbons, …

Astronomy