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Is Time Running Out On Dark Matter?

Time may be running out on the search for the cosmos’ exotic dark matter. Decades after the first searches for dark matter’s hypothetical exotic particle counterparts, researchers are mostly at a loss to explain why there still has been no direct detection. That is, one that could explain why such …

Dark Matter

New Technology Allows Ground Telescope to Take Sharper Images Than Hubble

Adaptive optics is the future of astronomy.<p>In 1610, Galileo used a telescope to discover the four largest moons of Jupiter, and for more than two hundred years the only way to get a better look at the night sky was to build a bigger telescope. In the 19th century, astronomers began hauling …

Universe

Could The Present Ever Change The Past?

In our everyday lives, things seem to happen in a particular order. Things that happen to us seem to be triggered by earlier events. The upset stomach we have in the evening is caused by that third taco we had at lunch. Doing well on a final exam is thanks to studying the entire week before. Our …

Quantum Physics

Every Tiny Speck of Light in This Image Is a Galaxy

To help us grok the immensity of the cosmos, the European Space Agency has released a remarkable image of space in which every point is an entire …

Universe

New South African Telescope Releases Epic Image of the Galactic Center

You’re looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness.<p>Scientists …

Universe

SpaceX is one step closer to launching astronauts into space

This week, SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule arrived at Cape Canaveral, Florida after completing thermal vacuum and acoustic testing. This means the spacecraft is one step closer to its first launch, which will be an uncrewed test mission to the International Space Station. Demonstration Mission-1, or …

Space Exploration

Republicans Thought Peter Strzok Would Be a Punching Bag. He Just Knocked Them Out.

He was supposed to be a key in the imaginary conspiracy Trump’s congressional lackeys and media fantasists have desperately tried to write as …

Donald Trump

Ghostly particle caught in polar ice ushers in new way to look at the universe

If astronomers are right, a ghostly particle that lit up an instrumented swath of ice beneath the South Pole on 22 September last year was a …

Physics

New Higgs Boson Discovery Could Help Solve Cosmic Puzzle

Scientists can’t take pictures of the Higgs boson. But they can find proof of its existence by watching “E=mc2” play out in hundreds of millions of …

Physics

Evidence Found for a New Fundamental Particle

An experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago has detected far more electron neutrinos than predicted — a possible …

Physics

Telescope Aimed at Black Hole Gives Taste of Incredible Results to Come

You might remember that about a year ago, astrophysicists <i>turned the whole Earth into a telescope</i> to try and get a picture of a black hole<i>.</i> That image …

Lightning Inside This Ferocious Hurricane Blasted a Beam of Antimatter at Earth

Oh, what fun.<p>When Hurricane Patricia shredded into the west coast of Mexico in October 2015, it was the strongest Pacific hurricane on record – but …

Weather

This object isn't supposed to be in our solar system

<b>(CNN) —</b> For billions of years, it lived in our solar system without us even knowing it was there. But this object couldn't remain hidden around Jupiter forever. It was just peculiar enough to be noticed by researchers.<p>In 2017, the first observed interstellar visitor, an asteroid named 'Oumuamua, …

Universe

Syfy Says This Season of The Expanse Will Be the Last One on the Network

<i>The Expanse</i> will need to find a new home, because Syfy has chosen to end its relationship with what’s widely regarded as one of the best …

An Experiment With 100,000 Gamers Just Proved Einstein Got It Wrong About 'Spooky Action'

Sorry, Albert.<p>A new study involving more than 100,000 volunteer gamers is the latest to show that quantum entanglement works. It's a phenomenon …

Astronomers Have Accidentally Taken a Direct Photo of a Possible Baby Exoplanet

600 light-years away!<p>Sometimes the most amazing discoveries can happen just by chance. Case in point: an international team of astronomers …

Physicists Just Found Time Crystals in a Common Item You Can Buy at The Toy Store

Whoa.<p>Characteristics of mysterious time crystals have been found in the most unexpected place you'd ever think to look - a compound found in …

Stephen Hawking's Final Theory About Our Universe Has Just Been Published, And It Will Melt Your Brain

His final word on whether multiverses exist.<p>Groundbreaking physicist Stephen Hawking left us one last shimmering piece of brilliance before he died: …

Scientists discover how to harness the power of quantum spookiness by entangling clouds of atoms

From tunnelling through impenetrable barriers to being in two places at the same time, the quantum world of atoms and particles is famously bizarre. …

Tomorrow's Star Map Release Could Revolutionize Our Understanding of Astronomy

Astronomers from <b></b>the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission <b></b>will release the biggest map of our galaxy ever tomorrow, using data collected by the Gaia …

Scientists use graphene to squeeze light to just one atom thick paving the way for tiny switches and sensors

Breakthrough in light compression heralds dawn of a new age of technological possibilities<p>Graphene is regarded as one of the ultimate materials we …

Nanotech

Here's How We Know the Big Bang Happened

At 13.8 billion years ago, our entire observable universe was the size of a peach and had a temperature of over a trillion degrees.<p>That's a pretty …

This Spy Survived Torture to Make the Nazis Pay for Their Crimes

Wearing a gray flannel suit and a thick scarf around her head, Odette Sansom shielded her eyes from the salty ocean spray as the fishing boat scudded …

The Case for Putting Aside Dark Energy to Reevaluate General Relativity

A renewed suggestion that dark energy may not be real – dispensing with 70% of the stuff in the universe – has reignited a longstanding debate.<p>Dark …

An Iraq War vet makes the case against shallow patriotism

“I think a lot of people have a third-grade understanding of what patriotism is.”<p>If you’re looking for a rose-colored view of the military, Marine and Iraq War veteran Matt Young’s new memoir <i>Eat</i> <i>t</i><i>he Apple</i>isn’t for you.<p>But if you want a glimpse of the regret and shame and confused pride that consumes …

Iraq Veterans

Physicists Just Discovered an Entirely New Type of Superconductivity

"No one thought this was possible in solid materials."<p>One of the ultimate goals of modern physics is to unlock the power of superconductivity, where …

Quantum Physics

Why Earth's History Appears So Miraculous

The strange, cosmic reason our evolutionary path will look ever luckier the longer we survive<p>It was hard times for the bomber pilots that floated over Europe, their planes incinerating cities below, like birds of prey. Even as they turned the once-bustling streets beneath to howling firestorms, …

Stephen Hawking

All Galaxies Take a Billion Years to Rotate. Which Is Really Cool, and Totally Weird.

Big or small, dense or empty, it's one thing they all share.<p>Galaxies come in all shapes and size, and NASA's best estimates indicate there are more than 200 billion of them in the observable universe. According to the latest findings from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research …

Tesla Next-Gen Roadster Spotted at Gigafactory, and It Looks Amazing

Tesla’s second-generation Roadster is going on something of a tour. The upcoming electric supercar, set to hit the roads in 2020, was spotted at the …

Tesla