Joanna Michowicz

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Layer of strange "dark hydrogen" believed to exist on Jupiter-like planets

As the most abundant element around and the basis for a full three-quarters the mass of the universe, you'd think scientists would have uncovered all …

Why NASA is Legally Required to Go to Jupiter—and Why That's Good

For a planet that has absolutely no chance of harboring life, Jupiter gets a lot of love from Earth. Five NASA spacecraft have flown by or orbited it …

'New Era' of Astrophysics: Why Gravitational Waves Are So Important

There was big news in astrophysics this week: An experiment detected ripples in space-time, known as gravitational waves, created by two black holes …

‘Electric wind’ can strip Earth-like planets of oceans and atmospheres

Venus has an “electric wind” strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in …

Breakup Brain: Getting Over a Lost Lover is Like Quitting Drugs, Says Neuroscientist

The symptoms of heartbreak, such as cravings and dependence, are similar to drug withdrawal, says neuroscientist Lucy Brown.<p>Dr. Lucy Brown is annoyed …

Albert Einstein

Wide-field imaging approach can help study underlying mechanisms of brain function

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NASA's Kepler Catches Early Flash of an Exploding Star

The brilliant flash of an exploding star's shockwave -- what astronomers call the "shock breakout" -- has been captured for the first time in visible …

Universe

Scientists Just Discovered a Black Hole That's Blasting The Fastest 'Space Wind' in The Known Universe

Wind speeds of 200 million km/h.<p>Astronomers have discovered the fastest ultraviolet winds ever recorded in the Universe, swirling around a …

Scientists May Have Spotted Buried Lava Tubes on the Moon

THE WOODLANDS, Texas—A system of buried, empty lava tubes hides beneath the moon’s surface, remnants of a bygone age when the volcanically active moon launched fountains of fire into space.<p>At least, that’s what scientists think.<p>For years, teams have hunted for these elusive sublunar tunnels, which …

Spacecraft spots the tallest mountain seen on Saturn's moon Titan

Anyone up for a low-gravity hike on an icy moon?<p>The Cassini spacecraft, which has explored Saturn and its moons from close range for about 12 years, …

A new way to determine the age of stars?

Researchers have developed a new conceptual framework for understanding how stars similar to our Sun evolve. Their framework helps explain how the …

Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s ‘Northern Lights’

Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s intense ‘Northern Lights’ by generating a new X-ray aurora that is eight times brighter than normal and hundreds of …

Dramatic change in the moon’s tilt may help us trace the origin of water on Earth

Astronomers have found evidence that the axis that the moon spins around shifted billions of years ago due to changes in the moon’s internal …

All You Need to Know NASA's Mammoth SLS Rocket in Less Than 3 Minutes

The most powerful rocket in the world will likely take the first people to Mars.<p>The Space Launch System is the biggest and most expensive rocket ever developed. Each launch is projected to cost $500 million when we finally blow some of these things off the Earth. For that kind of money, we're …

Electrical brain rhythm unites memories and sensations

Regions of the brain can “dance” on their own but when they work together they fall in step to a well-timed choreography: according to a study just …

How Stress Can Damage the Brain

Cortisol, often referred to as the ‘stress hormone’ is essential for life. So why should it also be dangerous? It was Thomas Addison, a 19th century …

Alzheimer's Disease

Your Brain’s Memory Capacity May Be as Big as the World Wide Web

In an attempt to understand and measure the brain’s synapses, whose shape and size have remained mysterious to scientists, researchers at the …

How Sleep Can Heal Our Brains — NOVA Next | PBS

“The thing about sleep that is maddening is we don’t know what it’s for,” Paul Shaw says with a hint of frustration. Rather than truly grasping the …

Discovery of key abnormality affecting brain development in people with Down syndrome

For the first time researchers have identified the lifelong changes in gene expression in the brains of people born with Down syndrome (DS).<p>The …

How Bilingualism Affects Your Brain and Body

Hello! Salut! Ciao! Hola! Konnichiwa! Shalom! Marhaba!<p>With so many ways to say the same thing, it’s no wonder that communication can sometimes be …

Mental abilities are shaped by individual differences in the brain

Everyone has a different mixture of personality traits: some are outgoing, some are tough and some are anxious. A new study suggests that brains also …

This Exercise Routine Could Intensify The Growth And Development of New Brain Cells

That morning jog might be doing more good than you think.<p>Here's a potential benefit to add to the long list of reasons for why we should always stay …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Scientists Studied How Our Brains Would React to Teleportation

Neuroscientists offer some surprising results about how the brain finds its way around.<p>Teleportation turns out to be an easy thing to simulate, neurologically speaking. The rhythmic brain patterns that appear in real-world spatial navigation reappear as subjects navigate virtualized environments on …

The Sound of Dark Matter

Despite making up the vast majority of stuff in our universe, dark matter remains invisible. But perhaps it’s not inaudible.<p>Dark matter is some of …

Photonic Propulsion Could Send a Spacecraft to Mars in As Little As 3 Days

If the technology can actually be scaled enough to use on space probes, it might be the key to visiting worlds outside our solar system.<p>There's no argument in the astronomical community—rocket-propelled spacecraft can take us only so far. The SLS will likely take us to Mars, and future rockets …

Watching electrons cool in 30 quadrillionths of a second

Two University of California, Riverside assistant professors of physics are among a team of researchers that have developed a new way of seeing …

What will power tomorrow’s spacecraft?

The missions that will last decades or longer will need a new generation of power sources. What are the options?<p>Power systems are a critical part of a spacecraft. They need to be able to operate in extreme environments and be utterly reliable. Yet, with the ever-increasing power demands of more …

Mechanical quanta see the light

Quantum physics is increasingly becoming the scientific basis for a plethora of new “quantum technologies”. These new technologies promise to …

Cocaine blues: Drug triggers brain cell cannibalism

New research suggests that high doses of cocaine can cause the brain to eat itself, according to The Daily Telegraph.<p>A study carried out by …