Erik Watland

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A 12-mile, underground lake may have been found on Mars. What could live there?

The red Martian surface may be barren and arid, but about a mile underneath Mars' south pole, scientists think they've found something …

European Space Agency

Alien Life on Proxima B: NASA Study Throws Lifeline to Nearby Exoplanet

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster for scientists studying Proxima b—an Earth-like planet sitting around our solar system’s nearest stellar neighbor, …

Planetary Habitability

Mysterious Light Flashes Are Coming from Deep Space, and AI Just Found More of Them

Last year's mysterious outburst of deep-space light flashes was even more frenzied than previously thought, a new study reports.<p>On Aug. 26, 2017, …

Artificial Intelligence

Experimental cancer vaccine combo has 100% success rate in mice

A promising new cancer vaccine has shown the ability to ward off, and stop the return, of aggressive cancer cells.<p>By adding a molecule called Diprovocim to a vaccine, researchers report being able to draw cancer-fighting cells to tumor sites in mice. It works in conjunction with other …

Immune System

Hubble: Andromeda Is Big, Massive, And Full Of The Stars Our Milky Way Is Missing

The Milky Way is our cosmic home, containing hundreds of billions of stars across 100,000 light-years.<p>But 2.5 million light years away, our big sister, Andromeda, outclasses us in every way.<p>It’s double our diameter, with around a trillion stars.<p>It’s the Local Group’s biggest, most massive and …

Universe

Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa Has a Really Weird Cold Spot

Just because Jupiter's moon Europa is coated in ice doesn't mean all that ice is the same temperature.<p>And now, scientists have mapped the hot and …

Astronomy

Jupiter’s Magnetic Field Is Super Weird and Has Two South Poles

Researchers have known for awhile that Jupiter has a huge magnetic field that dwarfs our own. Most assumed that the field was similar to Earth's with …

Magnetism

TRAPPIST-1 Worlds Are Rocky and Rich in Water, New Research Uncovers

The seven planets orbiting the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 are mostly rocky, with some potentially holding more liquid water than Earth.<p>New …

Universe

A Fundamental Physics Law Just Failed a Test Using Nanoscale Objects

Weird.<p>Planck's law of radiative heat transfer has held up well under a century of intense testing, but a new analysis has found it fails on the …

Physics

How to Get Everything Possible Out of Your Old Gadgets in 2018

There comes a time in every gadget’s life when it needs to accept the reality of growing old—software lag has gone beyond a joke, it’s no longer …

Gear & Gadgets

New stunning infrared maps see through Titan’s haze

Planetary scientists will be reaping the benefits of the Saturn Cassini mission for many decades to come. It orbited the ringed jewel of the solar …

Astronomy

Scientists ‘can’t rule out’ alien life on Jupiter after shocking discovery

In a stunning scientific discovery, researchers have found water clouds inside Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, raising the prospect that life may exist on …

Astronomy

Are We Witnessing the Start of Solar Cycle 25?

A precursor to the start of Solar Cycle 25? The Sun in hydrogen alpha from August 25th, 2018, showing enigmatic sunspot AR 2720. Image credit and …

Astronomy

New Horizons Spacecraft Snaps First Photo Of Ultima Thule From Very Far Away

The spacecraft is racing toward Ultima Thule and even captured its first snapshot of the icy world from 107 million miles away.<p>Nearly two months …

Solar System

Quantum Weirdness Just Got Reinforced With an Experiment Billions of Years in The Making

Spookier than ever.<p>What if we have quantum entanglement's 'spooky' nature all wrong, and we're missing something?<p>A new experiment using the …

Quantum Physics

Pluto's Underground Ocean

Over three and a half billion miles from the Sun, Pluto is too cold for liquid water to exist on its surface. Its interior however, may tell a …

Hottest Planet Ever Discovered, An Ultrahot Jupiter, Has Iron And Titanium In Its Atmosphere

This is the first time ever than astronomers find iron and titanium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet.<p>The name of “ultrahot Jupiter” speaks for …

New Horizons Just Found Hints of a Huge Structure at The Edge of Our Solar System

Oooooh.<p>Way out past Pluto, in the region of asteroid-filled space known as the Kuiper belt, NASA probe New Horizons just got a tantalising hint of a …

This Photo Of A Solar Coronal Mass Ejection Is Beyond Comprehension

​The sun is incomprehensibly big, and as such, most of the things it does are also incomprehensibly big. Case in point: this coronal mass ejection, …

One Simple Reason Why Touching The Sun Is So Hard

This past weekend, NASA successfully launched the Parker Solar Probe: the first spacecraft that will ever touch, with its own instruments, solar material directly in the vicinity of the Sun itself. It seems paradoxical: how could it be so difficult to collide with the source of 99.8% of the mass in …

Parker Solar Probe

Is Gravity Quantum?

All the fundamental forces of the universe are known to follow the laws of quantum mechanics, save one: gravity. Finding a way to fit gravity into …

Physics

Where to look for life on Titan

Saturn’s moon Titan has lakes and seas, filled with liquid ethane and methane. But they might not be the best places to look for life, according to …

Get your own HAL-9000 replica with Bluetooth and voice command

'I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that.'<p>Sci-fi fans rejoice: You can now talk to your very own replica of the iconic HAL-9000 computer from Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke's seminal film, <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i><i>.</i> Master Replicas Group has already achieved 358 percent funding on this Indiegogo project, …

NASA Reveals Stunning New Photos Of Dwarf Planet Ceres

Just released by NASA: striking close-ups of the mysterious world Ceres, taken by a robotic probe turned paparazzi.<p>“These pictures are new to you and new to us too,” says Marc Rayman of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “It’s a wonderful flood of data.”<p>Every 27 hours, NASA’s …

Ceres

Microsoft details secret ‘pocketable’ Surface device in leaked email

A new and disruptive dual-screen device to blur the lines between mobile and PC<p>Microsoft has been working on a new mysterious Surface device for at least two years. Codenamed Andromeda, the device has appeared in patents, reports, and in operating system references multiple times and will include a …

Two Earth-like exoplanets now even better spots to look for life

Kepler 186f ignited the imaginations of space nerds everywhere four years ago when NASA announced it as the first potentially habitable, Earth-size planet confirmed beyond our solar system. A new study indicates the exoplanet 500 light-years away may also have seasons and a climate similar to our …

The Discovery of Complex Organic Molecules on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Is a Huge Deal

Using data collected by NASA’s late-great Cassini space probe, scientists have detected traces of complex organic molecules seeping out from …

Mars Will Soon 'Reverse Its Course' in the Sky

Look up this weekend to catch bright Mars as it begins a zigzag detour across the spring sky.<p>In just five and a half weeks, Mars will make its …

Water May Not Be the Only Sign of Alien Life

(Inside Science) – When it comes to looking for alien life, scientists mostly focus on where there is water. Now researchers suggest that looking at …

Researchers find a tiny moon around a large unnamed dwarf planet

2007 OR10 is the largest body in the solar system with no common name. And now, the no-name dwarf planet with a diameter between 800 and 950 miles …